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[on his use of tracking shots throughout his 50-year career] There's always a certain amount of camera improvisation. If a man is being pursued and the pursuers are more interesting than the pursued, I'll track to include them. Things would occur on the set and sometimes ahead of time. They turn you loose on the set.
He worked for an illumination company in Chicago, installing Cooper-Hewitt lamps at the Chicago Post Office, opposite the Essanay film studio. Essanay exec George K. Spoor
thought the lights could prove useful in movie photography and contracted Dwan to design a bank of lights. Dwan soon graduated to scenario editor. His first directing assignment arrived almost by accident: he was 'pressed into ...