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BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE – Philippe Ros

Philippe Ros was born in France. After completing his studies at the Ecole Nationale Louis Lumière in Paris, he spent 11 years working as a camera assistant, most notably with Bernard Lutic. He specialised in “intuitive” focusing with foreign operators, such as Gerry Fisher, BSC, Michael Serezin, BSC and Tonino Delli Colli, AIC.
But it was an American production that gave him the chance to start his professional career as a director of photography - working in cinemascope, from a motorcycle during the Tour de France and using two 35 mm cameras customised by Joe Dunton in London.

Shoulder-held camera work became his area of specialisation. With his knowledge of dynamics and rhythm, Ros soon started shooting live concerts and also worked on music documentaries, commercials and corporate films as lighting director.

As a director of photography, Ros has worked on a number of TV movies and feature films as part of the crew, including the renowned TV series, Kaamelott, for which he was responsible for lighting design.

Very early on his lighting career, Philippe became interested in digital cameras, drawing on his knowledge of film processing to work on the texture of the image.
He has become an expert on digital intermediate and has spoken at many international conferences and seminars on the subject. As an instructor, Ros has trained many operators and production managers in this domain, primarily in Europe.

Philippe also supervised the cinematography in ‘’Home’’, Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s feature film, produced by Elzevir Film and shot exclusively from helicopters.
One of his recent film, ‘’Oceans’’, directed by Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud, produced by Galatée Films, was a production lasting five and a half years, including 345 weeks of shoot spread over 3 and a half years, with seven teams. Philippe worked as technical supervisor of the cinematography, drawing heavilly on his knowledge of new developments relating to digital cameras. As director of photography, Ros ensured the quality of all the underwater night-time sections of the film and also those under the microscope.

In 2012, Ros explored the 4K potential with Olivier Garcia, engineer at HDSystems, Laurent Desbrueres senior colorist and Francois Dupuy technical manager at Digimage Cinema postproduction facility. Together they redesigned the whole Sony F65 digital workflow in a series of three short movies on robots directed by Ben Elia. The ‘Bot-Trilogy’, screened all over the world, became a reference on 4K digital intermediate.


Member of the French Cinematographers Association “AFC”
Honorary Member of the Canadian Society of Cinematographers "CSC"
Consultant for the Technical Committee of “IMAGO”, European Federation of Cinematographers

 

   Philippe ROS  AFC                                               

 

Cell: +33 6 61 45 84 72

Tel: +33 1 46 70 30 73

E-mail: philippe.ros66@gmail.com

Website :     http://www.philipperos.com">www.philipperos.com

  •  Honorary Member of the Canadian Society of Cinematographers, CSC
  •  Holder of the Professional Accreditation of France’s National Cinema Center “CNC” as Director of Photography for Feature Films

 

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Principal Films as:

Cinematographer, Digital Imaging Supervisor, Lighting director

 

ON N’EST PAS TOUT SEUL 

4 x Pilots - TV serial (2013) 

Co-directed with Joelle Sevilla (Kaamelott)

Co-Director & Cinematographer

 

ECOBOT - CITIBOT - LUVBOT(The BOT-TRILOGY)

Commercial promo/ short filmsfor the new 4K Sony F65 combined with Leica Summilux-C lenses. (2012).

Directed by Ben Elia

The films explored the 4K potential of the Sony F65 camera combined with Summilux-C lenses - Screening at IBC 2012, CINEC 2012, Berlin, Madrid, Munich, Oslo, Istanbul, Paris, French Cinematheque

Cinematographer - Director of Imaging

 

INSPIRATION 

Combined commercial promo/ short film/ camera test for the new 4K F65 Camera from Sony. 1920s/60s and contemporary.  (2012)

Directed by Peter Farrer Screening at Cannes 2012

Second unit Director of Photography (First unit DP: Nic Morris, BSC) 

 

ROSE MARY / PEPSI TWIST

Commercials Mitra Films / Garaz Miejsce Filmowe (2011)

Directed by Marcus Engstrand Combination of CGI and digital shoot

Cinematographer

OCEANS 

Documentary film (2004-09)  

Directed by Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud.

Cinematographer for parts of underwater shooting by night, in studio, in tanks, in aquarium, as well as microscopic shots. 

Digital Imaging Director - Supervised the images of 17 DP’s. 35 mm photography and HD tests in order to match HD and 35 mm.

·        Creation of the digital chain with Olli Barbé, executive producer, and the postproduction company Digimage Cinéma.

·        Development of new customised digital tools (housing controls, fishes, studio housing, microscope) for in-motion underwater shooting.

·        Development of a dedicated real-time software tool to control HD cameras, in collaboration with Sony France.

·        Conception of specific “digital stocks” designed for underwater housings. Creation of gamma curves with HDSystems, Sony France, and Digimage in order to obtain an image close to that of the 35 mm scan. 

·        Creation of a dailies management system with Digimage.

·        Creation of a lighting system to ensure lighting continuity between night shots (indoor, outdoors, studio, tanks, aquarium)

 

HOME 

Documentary film released in theaters (2007-08)

Directed by Yann Arthus-Bertrand. Aerial shooting in HD using the Cineflex gyro-stabilized camera system. Supervision of the image of four teams.

Digital Imaging supervision and technical supervision.

 

SCORPENE 

3D Imax demo reel (2008)

Directed by François Garnier, Stereographer: Alain Derobe. Launch of an attack submarine.3D Imax shot in 35 mm x 2 cameras.

Cinematographer

 

PHOENIX INTERACTIVE 

Video Games Company (2009) 

Digital Imaging Consultant 

 

KAAMELOTT 

TV series (2004-07) 

Directed by Alexandre Astier. Costume Series, 500 episodes – Seasons I to V

500 x 3:30 – HD.

Cinematographer. Imaging conception through camera setting and lighting

 

PASTORALE VERTIGO

Imax demo reel (2007)

Directed by Philippe Vuaillat. Imax demo reel shot in 35 mm, 6K Digital Intermediate transferred to 70 mm 15 perfs. Special customization of the 35 mm camera.

Cinematographer. Imaging supervisor.

CANON VISION THEATER

      Corporate film (2005)

Directed by Atsushi Abe. Shot in Japan and France. Giant screen projection.

Cinematographer. Technical supervisor.

 

MISSION CLIPPERTON 

Documentary series (2005) 

Directed by Pascal Plisson and Luc Marescot

Technical supervisor of the images shot in HD and Super 16 mm.

 

LALIQUE L’HOMME DE VERRE 

Documentary film (2004)

Directed by Claude THERET - On famous French glass designer

 52’ - Bêta numérique

Cinematographer

BRAIN POWER 

Imax movie (2003)

Directed by Bailey Silleck.Imax film shot during the 2003 Tour de France.

Cinematographer of 35 mm second unit.


VINCENT DELERM AU BATACLAN 

Filmed concert (2003)

Directed by Bruno Sevaistre. HD.

Cinematographer

 

LE NEGOCIATEUR 

TV series (2003) 

Directed by Eric Woreth - Super 16 mm

Cinematographer

 

NISSAN AL FUGA

      Corporate film(2003)

Directed by Naoki Fukada. HD

For giant screen projection at the 2003 Tokyo Motor Show.

Cinematographer

COMMISSAIRE MOULIN 

TV series (2002) 

Directed by Jean-Luc Breitenstein. 2 x 90’. Super 16 mm

Adaptation of Telecine to reduce grain, with Laurent Desbruères, colorist

Cinematographer

 

CENTRAL NUIT 

TV series2nd season. (2002)

Directed by Didier Delaitre - 6 x 52’ - Super 16 mm.

Cinematographer


EDNA O’BRIEN

Documentary (2002)

Directed by Jérôme de Missolz – 0:26 – 16 mm and DVcam

Honorable Mention, San Francisco International Film Festival

Cinematographer

 

LES FEUX DE LA RAMPE

Documentary series (2001-03) 

Directed by Philippe Azoulay, presented by Bernard Rapp – 15 x 0:52 – Digital Beta. Series of documentaries on French directors and actors

Cinematographer. Imaging conception through camera settings and lighting

 

AVANTIME 

Corporate (2001)

Directed by Henri Poulain. New Renault Convertible car. Shot on 35 mm and Digital.

Cinematographer

 

CHRISTOPHE LEMAIRE 

Corporate (2001)

Film on the subject of fashion, catwalk designed for screening in theaters

Shot, post-produced and screened in HD.

Director & cinematographer

 

L’AMATEUR D’IMPRUDENCE 

Documentary (2000)

Directed by Evelyne Clavaud, as part of the collection “Un Siècle d’Ecrivains” – 0:52 Digital Beta - Selected at the 2001 FIPA festival in Biarritz

Cinematographer

 

AVATARS

Short film (2000)

Directed by Ben Elia (35 mm) - Selected at the 2001 Mostra di Venezia Film Festival.

Cinematographer

 

PHILIPS IMAGING

Series of commercials (2000)

Directed by Jean-Philippe Blime - Shot in 35 mm and Super 16 mm, 2K Digital Intermediate filmed out in 35 mm in order to promote Philips Spirit DataCiné 2K. Intended for Agencies, NAB, IBC 

Cinematographer

 

LES PERLES DU PACIFIQUE 

TV series (1999) 

Directed by Hervé Renoh - 4 x 0:52 - Super 16 mm

Cinematographer

 

ZAZIE LE TOUR DES ANGES

Musical documentary (1999)

Directed by Gilbert Namiand - Digital Beta

Cinematographer

 

CHEZ MA TANTE 

TV film (1997)

Directed by par Daniel Ravoux - Super 16 mm

Cinematographer

 

CHEMISE NOIRE

Documentary (1997)

Directed by Alain de SEDOUY - 52’ - Digital

Shot in Italy on fascist parmilitary armed squads during WWI and WWII

Cinematographer

 

ARIANE 5 

Corporate film (1996)

Directed by Noël Drouzy - 35 mm, Cinemascope. On the european rocket.

Cinematographer

 

SUR LES QUAIS DU METRO…DES HOMMES 

Documentary (1997)

Directed by Catherine Plantrou - 52’ - Digital

Life of homeless in the subway. Shot with special customization of the camera menus

Cinematographer

 

T.M.A. RENAULT

Museography (1996)

Free interpretation in studio of an assembly lane of cars

35 mm &CGI - 6-year-screening at the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie in Paris

Director & cinematographer

 

MATCH 

TV film (1994)

Directed by par Yves Amoureux – Super 16 mm

Cinematographer

 

LE LOUVRE - LA GRANDE GALERIE

Documentary (1993)

Directed by Alain Fleischer - 35mm – 0:52

Cinematographer

 

LE JAPONISME

Documentary (1992)

Directed by Henry Colomer - Shot on location in Japan. Super 16 mm - 0:52

http://www.henry-colomer.org/

Cinematographer

 

LES VISITEURS

Feature film (1992)

Directed by Jean-Marie Poiré

Cinematographer, second unit (stunts, special effects)

 

 

LES ROUTES DE LA LUMIERE

Documentary series (1991)

Directed by Henry Colomer – A history of colors - 35 mm - 3 x 0:52

      www.henry-colomer.org 

Cinematographer

 

NINA RICCI, LENOR, PIZZA HUT, FILA

Commercials (1990-92) 

Directors: Tony Kaye, Denis Piel, Jean-Pierre Pozzi, Pascal Deux

Cinematographer

 

RENAULT(Cars),TRES PRES(Cosmetics), BMCE(Bank)

Commercials (1990-94)  

Director & cinematographer

 

PRIMO LEVI

Documentary (1990)

Directed by Henry COLOMER.

From ‘’Prefaces’’ TV series produced by ArteChannel, 26’ - Digital
www.henry-colomer.org

Cinematographer

 

LA NEIGE ET LE FEU 

Feature film (1990)

Directed by Claude Pinoteau

Cinematographer, second unit

 

BERRE, UNE PREMIERE 

Corporate film (1989)

Directed by Patrice Tessier – 35 mm

Gold Medal (Best Cinematography), New York Film Festival

Cinematographer

 

WEP, WEP

Video clip (1989)

By the Caribbean group Kassav', rated as one of the top ten videos in 1989.

Super 16 mm

Director & cinematographer

 

MISTER SWING 

Musical documentary (1989) 

Musical documentary about French singer Michel Jonasz’s show. Shot in the USA and on stage in France over a year and a half.- Super 16 blown up to 35 mm - 1h15’

Director & cinematographer

 

SALVADORE ESPRIU

Documentary (1986)

Directed by Henry COLOMER.

From ‘’Prefaces’’ TV series produced by Arte Channel, 26’ – Digital

Shot in Spain on famous catalan poet. In pat

Cinematographer

 

 

LANTERLOO 

Musical documentary (1987) 

A program on Stravinsky opera The Rake’s Progress, staged by Robert Altman. On-stage camera in sequency shot at the opening performance - Super 16 mm blown up to 35 mm – 0:17

Director & cinematographer

 

JACQUES HIGELIN 

Musical documentary (1983) 

Directed by par Pierre Barouh - Super 16 mm

Musical documentary about French singer Jacques Higelin tour. Shot in Venice (Italy) and on stage in France and Corsica - Super 16 mm - 90’

Cinematographer

 

Principal Films as:

Camera operator                                                          1991 - 1986

 

IN BED WITH MADONNA 

Feature film (concert in Paris, 1991)

Directed by Alek Keshishian

 

LA CONTRE ALLEE 

Feature film (1990)

Directed by Isabel Sebastien

 

PLEIN FER 

Feature film (1989)

Directed by José Dayan

 

THE YELLOW JERSEY 

Feature film (1986)  

Directed by Jorgen Leth

Anamorphic 35 mm - Cameras customized by JDC (Jo Dunton) Camera Rental House at Philippe Ros’s special request.

Shot during the "Tour de France" on a motorcycle.

 

LE LIEN DE PARENTE 

Feature film (1985) 

Directed by Willy Rameau

 

Commercials with: 

          

Ian Mac Donald, Lester Bookbinder, Gérard Jugnot, and others

 

Next pages:

-      Researches, Workshops, seminars & conferences

-      Focus puller resume

-      Diploma

Researches                                                                       2013 - 1990 

 

§  Since 1990, research on telecine, digital intermediate*, digital shooting and film/digital media matching mainly with Laurent Desbrueres, senior colorist at Digimage postproduction facility and Olivier Garcia, engineer at HDSytems company (* Digital Intermediate : Shooting in film and scanning or digital shooting, and 2K or 4K special effects and grading,  and transfer to film).

 

§  Since 1994, he has also been developing the processing of digital imaging, during shooting and postproduction. With graphic artists, he has been developing real-time processing to achieve digital image texturing.

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§  Invited by Panavision, Panasonic, Technovision, Sony France, and BandPro Munich, he has been carrying out tests on HD cameras and digital intermediate, including Panavision Genesis, Sony CineAlta (F900, F23, F35, F9000, F65) Panasonic (Varicam, 3700), Viper Thomson, Red One, with transfer to film through the CinéDuboicolor or Digimage Widerange process.

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§  Invited by Zeiss Germany, Cooke Optics UK and Leica Summilux-C lenses,he has carried out successful tests and films on their new lenses with digital cameras through gamma curves & calibration designed by HDSystems.

 

 

Conferences                                                                      2013 - 2002 

 

 

On digital shooting

§  2012, French Cinematheque - Conference “Digital, new era for filmmakers?”

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§  2012, Amsterdam IBC exhibition: invited to take part in a conference on “High-Res Digital Cameras Transforming Filmmaking’’with Steven Poster, ASC, Lennert Hillege, NSC Session produced by George Jarret in conjunction with The International Cinematographers Guild.

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§  2004, Invited to Cannes International-Digital Film Forum (I-DIFF) Presentation of his work and postproduction researches, with screenings of films shot with HD cameras.

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§  2003 Amsterdam IBC exhibition: invited to take part in a conference on digital 2K postproduction from film and digital shooting, with Steven Poster, ASC and Geoff Boyle, CML, UK.

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§  2002 - First International HD Symposium in Italy. On this occasion, a demo reel, shot with advanced use of the menus of the HD camera, was presented.

 

 

On digital Imaging Supervision and cinematography of the feature documentary film“OCEANS”

§  Richmond USA, invited by French film Festival March 2012

§   Workshops at Digital Cinematography, Munich, 2012, 11, 10, 09, 08,

§  Toronto, invited by Canadian Society of Cinematographers, February 2011

§  Montreal, invited by Rendez Vous du Cinema Quebecois, February 2011

§  Frankfurt Edit 14, October 2011

§  Oslo invited by Imago Digital Cinema conference, 2009

§  Frankfurt Edit 12, October 2009,

§  I-DIFF, Paris, February 2009

§  Consultant and technical advisor at I-DFF 2005 and 2006 

 

Instructor                                                                    2013 – 2002 

 

 

Instructor - Worshops for Directors of Photography,

§  Focal Workshop in Geneva and Zurich (2011, 2008, 2007, 2006) for Swiss DP’s, organised by Swiss Focal Foundation,

 

§  Nordmedia “Hands on HD” Workshop in Hannover(2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006),for Europeans DPs. 

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§  Santa-Fe HD Workshop organized in Munich in 2003: american training workshop for German and Scandinavians DPs, with Jeffrey Cree.

 

Instructor on digital workflow and digital intermediate

§  Sony Broadcast Europe (2013)To prepare people from Sony broadcast to deal with main actors of feature films (theater of broadcast release), commercials & video clip productions.

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§  DCP: Digital Cinema Production ChallengeFor European producers and production managers. Seminar organised by Focal Foundation, Zurich 2009, Berlin 2010, Oslo 2011, Paris 2012  http://www.focal.ch/digiprodchallenge/ 

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§  For DFFB Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin - A Clear View.With the support of the MEDIA Programme of the European Union In cooperation with LFS (The London Film School) and FAMU (Film and tv school of academy of performing arts in Prague) - April 2012

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§  Berlinale Talent Campus Berlinale Talent Campus - Diving Into Post-production.In cooperation with Camelot Broadcast Services. As expert, Ros was leading a group of talents during the 2011 Berlinale Film Festival- Session February 13 – 17th 2011 

 

§  For DFFB Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin. Topic  for filmschool student: Digital Intermediate  - March 2011 

 

§  For ACT, Israel Association of Cinema & Television Professionals, Master Class on “Cinema and Television Photography in the Digital Age”.During 26th Haifa Intern. Film Festival (member of the jury of Golden Anchor) November 2010 

 

§  For European directors and cinematographers in Vilnius, Lithuania, August 2009 (European Capital for Culture)

 

§  For the Kodak movie department (France) in December 2008. For a clear understanding of digital cameras and digital workflows

 

Articles written by Philippe Ros                                           

 

Intermediate - ‘’Too many labs’’

Are we still controlling the image and the final release?

http://www.intermediate-press.com/files.html 

 

Articles linked to Philippe Ros                                             

 

 

On the Bot Trilogy

 

Filmpro - ’Artistically Mathematic’’ –

By Philippe Ros &Irena Gruca November 2012

http://www.filmpro.com.pl/ 

 

Mediakwest - By Stephan Faudeux November 2012 

http://www.mediakwest.com/index.php/component/k2/item/495-sony-f65,-fiat-lux.html 

 

Film & tv Cameraman - By Philipp von Lucke October 2012

http://www.kameramann.de/ 

 

Professional Production  By Ruodlieb Neubauer

http://www.professional-production.de/fachbeitraege/einzelansicht/datum/2012/09/01/roboter-trilogie/

 

Film & Digital Times –Issue 53- Feb 2013 http://www.fdtimes.com/

 

Article on Oceans

 

Film & Digital Times  SpecialIssue 31 - Oceans - April 2010

http://www.fdtimes.com/

 

Professional Production : March 2010

http://www.eubucoverlag.de/pp2/archiv/fachbeitrag/10/10-03/10-03_210_UnsereOzeane.shtml

 

American Cinematographer - May 2010

http://www.theasc.com/ac_magazine/May2010/toc.php

 

Sonovision Digital Vision - Supplément 548 Février 2010

http://www.sonovision.com/

 

 

 

Principal Films as:

Focus Puller                                                                     1985 – 1974 

LAUNDROMAT 

TV film (1984)

Directed by Robert Altman

 

VINGT ANS DEJA 

Feature film, Part one (1984)

Directed by Claude Lelouch 

 

VIVA LA VIE 

Feature film (1983)

Directed by Claude Lelouch 

 

IL FAUT TUER BIRGITT HASS 

Feature film (1981)

Directed by Laurent Heynemann

 

LE BAR DU TELEPHONE  

Feature film (1980)

Directed by Claude Barrois

 

ANTHRACITE 

Feature film (1979)

Directed by Edouard Niermans

 

Over 450 commercials with the following D.P.:

 


Bernard Lutic

Gerry Fisher

Michael Seresin

Tony Pierce Roberts

Tonino Delli Colli

Ennio Guarnieri

Howard Atherton

Jimmy Glasberg

Ben Knoll,

and others… 


 

With the following directors:

 

Sergio Leone

Alain Franchet

Jean-Jacques Annaud

Jean-Paul Goude,

and others… 

 

Studies                                                                                      1974 – 1972 

 

Graduate of France’s National Institute of CinematographyLouis Lumière - (Ecole Nationale Supérieure Louis Lumière)