President's Letter

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President’s Letter – December 2013

“Pen and Ink” To all my next-generation friends, I want to send a short love letter: With my many (fill in the blank) years of experience working in motion pictures, television and commercials, I started my c... Read More...
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President’s Letter – November 2013

“Talking Story” About a week ago I visited the set of a young cinematographer’s first feature film. What I saw was a hard-working, happy crew, and a director, a producer and department heads all working in sea... Read More...
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President’s Letter – October 2013

“Inversion Layer” Things are not as they seem. And because our industry is constantly changing, things are never as they seem, especially in this new digital age. The role of the director of photography had s... Read More...
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President’s Letter – September 2013

“Dream Weaver” At the risk of repeating last month’s introduction, I’d like to start with another famous quote that urges us all to “go confidently in the direction of dreams; live the life have imagined.” G... Read More...
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President’s Letter – August 2013

Be Careful What You Wish For “2K, 4K, 8K, a dollar. All those who want it: stand up and holler!” A cheer heard on the floor at NAB 2013. When the “K” wars started back in the mid-90s, I was part of a group of... Read More...
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President’s Letter – July 2013

As this is our yearly Interview issue, and I’ve been having external and internal conversations for many years about the past, present and future of cinematography, I thought it was an appropriate time to get s... Read More...
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President’s Letter – June 2013

Passing Ships Indulge me some very personal ruminations this month about two people who recently passed away, both of whom helped to define the cinematographer I was to become and the man (and artist) I am tod... Read More...
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President’s Letter – May 2013

Into the Abbey Last month I had the good fortune to attend the annual exposition sponsored by the British Society of Cinematographers (BSC), which took place on a stage at the venerable Pinewood Studios, locat... Read More...
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President’s Letter – April 2013

The Miracle Within One of America’s greatest poet laureates, Ralph Waldo Emerson, famously said: “Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” Since I first picked u... Read More...
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President’s Letter – March 2013

BEST OF FRIENDS Who’s one of the cinematographer’s very best partners on the set? The visual effects supervisor, and I say that with some degree of authority having discovered, literally at the dawn of my care... Read More...
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President’s Letter – February 2013

Seeing is Disbelieving It is interesting to note that nearly all of the awards for scientific and technical achievement the Motion Picture Academy will hand out this year are for developments in digital softwa... Read More...
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President’s Letter – January 2013

Magic Hour Do we really have to continue the discussion debating the relative merits of film and digital? In my opinion, that argument has not only left the starting gate, it’s crossed the finish line. After ... Read More...