VOL 95 (2014) FROM ASC CLOSE UP – BEST PROFESSIONAL ADVICE RECAP

 

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

MICHAEL BONVILLAIN, ASC

‘Never stand when you can sit, and never sit when you can  lie down.’

JAVIER AGUIRRESAROBE, ASC, AFC

I don’t remember ever receiving advice about my work from anyone except my gaffers, who advised me not to be so impatient.However, I once received  this general advice : ‘ A movie is like the Tour de France: It’s not necessary to win all the stages. It’s more important to resolve the worst situations,maintain the consistency, and then arrive in Paris as the winner’.

REXFORD METZ, ASC

‘Never say no!’

GEORGE MOORADIAN, ASC

At the bottom of a silver mine in Park City, Utah, 1 1/2 Miles underground Garland Wilde intoned, ‘Don’t be afraid of the Dark.’ You can take that advice anywhere.

JAMES A. CHRESSANTHIS, ASC

Vilmos Zsigmond told me, ‘Jim, it takes 10 years to become a cinematographer, so be patient and remember, nice guys finish first. And promise me that when you are a successful, you will help the next person.’

ALEX FUNKE, ASC

‘Never ask the crew to undo something  they already done!’ And, ‘Always finish the day leaving a shot ready to start right away the next morning.’

KRAMER MORGENTHAU, ASC

‘In this business, if you aren’t early, you are late.’

JONATHAN FREEMAN, ASC

‘Trust your instinct. Your first choice is usually the best.’

KEN KELSCH, ASC

John Cassavetes told us at NYU not to stop shooting.Just figure it out a way to do it.

JULIO G. MACAT, ASC

When you shoot, take chances, don’t play it safe; push the envelope into that scary and dangerous place; do not settle  for mediocre work. There is always  for improvment . Be original; do ordinary things in a extraordinary way. Don’t forget you are telling a story- so what does each shot say? Shoot images that you would enjoy watching.

To Be Continued… –つづく…

VOL 94 (2013) FROM ASC CLOSE UP – BEST PROFESSIONAL ADVICE RECAP

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

NEWTON THOMAS SIEGEL, ASC

Find a way to keep shooting, no matter what. That is how I have learned and how I have grown.

STEPHEN GOLDBLATT, ASC,BSC

My gaffer in England, Martin Evans,advised me to say nothing during the first three weeks of production,to just watch and listen. I wish I had followed his advice more closely.

RUSSELL CARPENTER, ASC

‘Every Producer,every lab,every equipment house and every crewmember(from Director to caterer) is your family.’

CHRISTHOPHER BAFFA, ASC

‘Lead through respect,not intimidation.’ Words of wisdom from Dad.

PAUL MAIBAUM, ASC

‘All one really has in this business is one’s reputation as someone who can be trusted’

SHELLY JOHNSON, ASC

‘Learn from your mistakes,not your successes’

DON BURGESS, ASC

‘Spend less than you make’

STUART DRYBURGH, ASC, NZCS

‘Using Pentax spot meter,John Toon Taught me the relationship  between incident and spot readings. I have used this method of exposure calculation ever since’

RON FORTUNATO, ASC

‘We’re all replaceable’

STEVE GAINER, ASC

‘Always set the people you’re working with know if you are unsure about something . it’s much better than explaining  why a mistake was made’

SEAMUS McGRAVEY , ASC, BSC

‘Cinematography is 10 Percent cinematography and 90 percent bladder control’

MICHAEL SLOVIS, ASC

‘Remain Positive.’ It’s harder than you think.

To Be Continued… –つづく…

VOL 92 (2011) FROM ASC CLOSE UP – BEST PROFESSIONAL ADVICE RECAP

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From ASC CLOSE UP american-cinematographer-logo Vol 92(2011)

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

JACK COUFFER, ASC

From editor Irving Lerner: ‘Cut out all the comin’s and goin’s’

BARRY MARKOWITZ, ASC

‘There’s only one way to shoot this thing : Two Ways’

CRESCENZO NOTARILE, ASC

From Owen Roizman :” There’s no need to have an ego as a man. Let your work on that screen be your ego”

DENNIS MUREN, ASC

Jim Danforth taught me the value of critical thinking, especially about your own work, and how to see your work as the audience will see it. And during THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, George Lucas showed me a helicopter shot and asked if I could add a creature running in the ground, which at the time seemed impossible because of the six axis camera motion. He said, ‘ Give it some thought,’ and within 15 minutes I had a solution,That Taught me that a right answer might be one thought away.

TOBIAS SCHLIESSLER, ASC

‘Don’t shoot your demo reel.Be true to the story.’

DEAN SEMLER, ASC, ACS

From George Miller:’Just be bold,Dino!Be as bold as yo want!’

BRUNO DELBONNEL, ASC, ACS

When I was an AC, a gaffer told me, ‘Don’t run on a set, ‘because you show everyone that you probably forgot something. I still don’t run on set, and I try not to forget too many things’.

TOM HOUGHTON, ASC

I received early encouragement from Woody Omens,ASC; and Walter Lassally,BSC taught me many crucial concepts over the course of several projects. I also appreciated the opportunity to be on set of Fat City, where Conrad Hall, ASC was executing  innovative ideas using 8k (4x2K) umbrella lights for the fight scenes.In dailies,John Huston would just put his head on down and listen, trusting Conrad to deliver their visual plan.

DANTE SPINOTTI, ASC, AIC

It was actually given to my son  when he was getting ready to direct his thesis film at the American Film Institute.Jay Fortune, a New York gaffer I ‘d just completed a film with, suggested to him, ‘ Don’t lose your sense of humor,even when everything seems to be going in the opposite direction.’

XAVIER GROBET, ASC, AMC

Life is like an airplane: you either get on board , or you don’t . It’s up to you.

DAN MINDEL, ASC

When I was a focus puller on a movie with Adrian Biddle, BSC, I told him I did not have focus marks, and he said ‘ Feel The Force. ‘ I use that advice all the time.

LUCIANO TOVOLI, ASC, AIC

‘The Edges of the frame are often more interesting then the center’

To Be Continued… –つづく…

SHOWBIZ

MY MOST INSPIRING , INFLUENTIAL PERSONS , ARTISTS , “PEN” AND GOOD FRIENDS IN THE SHOWBIZ

DANTE SPINOTTI AIC ASC Cinematographer L.A. – Muina di Ovaro (Italy)

MICHAEL MANN Director,Producer L.A.

GUSMANO CESARETTI Photographer,Producer L.A. Lucca 

JOHN MURPHY Composer,Musician L.A. Liverpool

STEPHEN PIZZELLO publisher and editor-in-chief of American Cinematographer

PETER MARTORANO Location Manager L.A.-St.Petersbourg FL

MAXIME ALEXANDRE AIC Cinematographer Venezia – L.A.

DANNY MIGUEL Freelance Director L.A.

OTTAVIA DA RE Publisher,Journalist,Photographer @ Venice Film Festival San Donà di Piave Venezia

PIER MARIA BOCCHI Writer,Author,Film Critic,Torino Film Festival, Vigevano Italy

MATTEO MERLI Director Producer Freelance Arkadin Pictures Mirandola Italy

ANTONY HARDING’s July Skies West Midlands U.K. Musician

Other memorable meetings and contacts:Mogwai(Post Rock Group Special Thanks to BARRY BURNS for his empathy)Glasgow-Alan Howarth(Composer) L.A.-Stephane Piter (special Efx Painter)France-Rick Eager(Writer,Actor,Real Estate Agent) Norman OK-Temecula CA-Fulvio Bortolozzo (IED Torino-Photographer) Torino-Alessandro Borri(Writer/Author)Roma-Edoardo Graziani(Photographer)Bologna-Roy H.Wagner ASC(Cinematographer)N.Y.-Duane C.Manwiller(Camera Operator,Cinematographer)L.A.

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…

LOST AND FOUND SOUNDTRACKS : THE LOVELY BONES

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THE LOVELY BONES Some Of The Unreleased Soundtrack


SMALL CRAFT ON A MILK SEA – COMPLEX HEAVEN – EMERALD AND STONE

BRIAN ENO From the Album SMALL CRAFT ON A MILK SEA

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BRIAN ENO From AMBIENT 1: MUSIC FOR AIRPORTS

THE THIRD UNCLE

BRIAN ENO From TAKING TIGER MOUNTAIN BY STRATEGY

THE BIG SHIP

BRIAN ENO From ANOTHER GREEN WORLD

THE FIRST LIGHT

BRIAN ENO HAROLD BUDD From AMBIENT 2 THE PLATEAUX OF MIRROR

ALICE

COCTEAU TWINS From VIOLALINE Disc Four of 4AD ‎– CT BOX 2 EP Box Set LULLABIES TO VIOLALINE

SONG TO THE SIREN

THIS MORTAL COIL From 4AD IT WILL END IN TEARS

CELTIC SWING

VAN MORRISON From INARTICULATE SPEECH OF THE HEART

VOL 86(2005) FROM ASC CLOSE UP-BEST PROFESSIONAL ADVICE RECAP

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From ASC CLOSE UP american-cinematographer-logo Vol 86(2005)

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

GERALD PENNY FINNERMAN , ASC

Harry Stardling Said to me ,”Make Everyone on the set like you.The Rest will be easy for you.Remember that.”

TONY ASKINS , ASC

Philip Lathrop said “Always be on time,dress nicely,leave your ego home,treat everyone equally and with respect,and always be positive,no matter how hard it gets”

STEPHEN LIGHTHILL , ASC

Experienced filmmakers always reminded me to wear comfortable shoes while shooting.They were right, and they inspired in me a lifelong love of good shoes

ISIDORE MANKOFSKY , ASC

Be bold, and take chances-Advice I have not always followed,much to my regret. Also,following your intuition is usually the smart thing to do.

RUSS ALSOBROOK , ASC

“Tell the story and make your stars look great.”

JON FAUER , ASC

“The only reason to be late for a call is being dead.” This was drilled in to me by Mel London or Freddie Young, BSC

DON McCUAIG , ASC

While shooting newsreel for the Canadian Broadcast Corporation , producer Allan Clapp told me I should analyze every frame of film or videotape I shot.It has been tremendous help .Also ,Woody Omens, ASC told us at Panavision workshop that it was important to examine laserdisc,freeze a perfect frame, and dissect the lighting.What a Great gift.Other important advice was three words: “Prep,Prep,Prep”

LEVIE ISAACKS , ASC

I Was told that Hollywood was a work-ethic town:do the work the very best you can and that will count the most.I have found it to be true.

DENIS LENOIR , ASC

“But Denis,This is flat! That was said by corporate-movie director(and former cinematographer) Georges Pessis on my first day with him,after I had lit part of a Nestlè factory with a few Mini-Brutes and Redheads.It just blew my mind:light could be flat and therefore also not flat”

RICHARD EDLUND , ASC

Don’t Look Back : Bob Dylan

HENNER HOFMANN , ASC

Gabriel Figueroa, AMC told me one day, “Your Negative needs to look like an avocado skin, not like a light onion skin.” I found that to be exquisite advice for both cinematographers and chefs.

RALPH WOOLSEY , ASC

“Never Look Back.”- Karl Freund

To Be Continued… –つづく…