Was cinematographer on a pilot for a series to be called "The 33rd".
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[on making The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond
(1960)] We wanted to go for an authentic atmosphere for the 1920s where the film was showing. So after seeing some of the rushes, the producer went to Boetticher [director Budd Boetticher
] and said, "I thought you said Ballard was a great cameraman - this looks like it was shot in 1920!" And Budd said, "It's SUPPOSED to look like it was shot in 1920!"
Designed a special spotlight to light then-wife Merle Oberon
's face that had sustained scars in a near-fatal car crash in London in 1937. The device known as the "Obie" (Oberon's nickname) is usually mounted next to the camera where it lights the subject's face head on, thus reducing the incidence of unflattering facial lines and shadows.