VOL 89 ( 2008 ) FROM ASC CLOSE UP-BEST PROFESSIONAL ADVICE RECAP

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From ASC CLOSE UP american-cinematographer-logo Vol 89(2008)

What’s The Best Professional Advice you’ve received?

GLEN MacPHERSON, ASC

‘Keep it Simple’. it’s Always exciting to try a new piece of gear, but sometimes two grips pulling a camera on a blanket is stille the best solution.

TORBEN JOHNKE, ASC

I once worked with Irvin Penn, who told me a simple rule: less is often better.He used a single soft light for most of his shots. We shot a number of Pepsi commercials that way, and those spots won several Clios.

WAYNE KENNAN, ASC

Right After I was accepted into the union as an operator, I was offered a job at Warners as An Assistant. I needed a letter from a producer to re-rate me.The Producer told me I’d be an idiot not to pursue operating because it might take me 10 or more years to ge there again.He was right;it was a struggle. But I established myself as an operator and was working steadily within a year.

RODNEY TAYLOR, ASC

When Leavie Asked me to work with him at Corman’s, the pay was 50$ a day.Levie said,’They’re not paying for experience .Take the job and you’ll meet people.’

ANTONIO CALVACHE, ASC, AEC

This is directly related to my memorable blunder. When Conrad Hall ASC gave me a lecture at AFI, he was asked what a single piece of advice he’d give to aspiring cinematographer.His answer :’Get Enough Sleep.’

ROB MacLACHLAN, ASC, CSC

My Dad told me it did not matter what I did for a living as long as I loved it.Also, much later, Richard Leiterman caught up with me at CSC Awards, where I’d  just gotten my fourth consecutive  award for TV series and was on a bit of a roll. He told me not to ‘get too damn comfortable’ and to ‘get the hell back to the USA while ya can!’ A year later, I was divorced, living in my native California, doing my most satisfying work ever, and shooting a big studio feature. My career and life have only gotten better since that.

BILL TAYLOR, ASC

When I asked Freddie Francis for his secret to glamour lighting, he said, ‘Put a great Big light over the lens. And get Brooke Shields if you can.’

JOHN S.BARTLEY, ASC, CSC

‘Light the Set, then turn off half the lights and shoot.’

PETER KOZACHICK, ASC

At ILM, Dennis Muren, ASC had a simple, powerful phrase:’ One Shot, one Thought.’ When we lapse into gliding the lily on a setup, that quote provides a reality check.

ROSS BERRYMAN, ASC, ACS

‘Be nice to people on your way up because you never know who you’re going to meet on the way down.’

VICTOR GOSS, ASC

When I was becoming successful shooting commercials, a wise producer friend learned over in a screening room once and whispered ‘Don’t let this go to your head.’About 23 years later, I figured out what he meant.

DONALD McALPINE, ASC, ACS

The late and wonderful Phil Gersh, my agent for many years, listed the directors one should avoid working with. I’m not going to publish that list.Reports and anecdotes over the years have been an indication of grief avoided.

To Be Continued… –つづく…

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