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24 February 1993 (USA) See more »
Cameramen and women discuss the craft and art of cinematography and of the "DP" (the director of photography)... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ernest R. Dickerson ... Himself (as Ernest Dickerson)
Michael Chapman ... Himself
Allen Daviau ... Himself

Caleb Deschanel ... Himself
Lisa Rinzler ... Herself
Conrad L. Hall ... Himself (as Conrad Hall)
William A. Fraker ... Himself
John Bailey ... Himself
Néstor Almendros ... Himself (as Nestor Almendros)
Charles Rosher Jr. ... Himself (as Charles D. Rosher)

Vilmos Zsigmond ... Himself
Stephen H. Burum ... Himself
Harry L. Wolf ... Himself (as Harry Wolf)
Charles Lang ... Himself (as Charles B. Lang)

Sven Nykvist ... Himself

Robert Wise ... Himself

László Kovács ... Himself (as Laszlo Kovacs)

James Wong Howe ... Himself (archive footage)

Haskell Wexler ... Himself

Vittorio Storaro ... Himself
John A. Alonzo ... Himself (as John Alonzo)
Victor J. Kemper ... Himself
Owen Roizman ... Himself

Gordon Willis ... Himself

Bill Butler ... Himself

Michael Ballhaus ... Himself

Frederick Elmes ... Himself

Sandi Sissel ... Herself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Todd McCarthy ... Himself (uncredited)

Gregg Toland ... Himself - Takes Light Level on Gary Cooper (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Arnold Glassman 
Todd McCarthy 
Stuart Samuels 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Todd McCarthy 

Produced by
Arnold Glassman .... co-producer
Mariko Hirai .... associate executive producer: NHK
Terry Lawler .... executive producer
Yoshiki Nishimura .... executive producer
Irene Ohno .... associate producer
Stuart Samuels .... producer
Cinematography by
Nancy Schreiber 
Film Editing by
Arnold Glassman 
Art Department
Deborah Rhein .... set dresser
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael T. Balog .... gaffer (as Michael Balog)
Christopher Bernal .... electrician (as Chris Bernal)
Pat Blessing .... electrician
Nesya Blue .... additional cinematographer
Richard Brooks Burton .... photographer (as Richard Burton)
Joseph Caramico .... gaffer
James Chressanthis .... additional photographer
Andrew Dickerman .... video operator
Robert L. Ferguson .... gaffer (as Robert Ferguson)
Joey Forsyte .... additional photographer
Juan M. García .... grip (as Juan M. Garcia)
Karen Grossman .... additional photographer
Phillip Hack .... video operator
Ned Hallick .... gaffer (as Ned Halleck)
Ted Hayash .... gaffer
Roger Hays .... video operator
Joshua Jenkins .... electrician
Scott C. Johnston .... gaffer
Robert Krebsbach .... gaffer (as Bob Kresbach)
Brian Liberman .... grip
John Luker .... grip (as John C. Luker II)
Ed Marritz .... additional photographer
David Noble .... grip
David Novak .... grip
Ray Pashley .... video operator
Corky Quakenbush .... photographer
Rich Rose .... video operator
Brett Santucci .... electrician (as Brett Sartucci)
Michael Seaman .... electrician (as Mike Seaman)
David Sokosh .... photographer
Russell Steen .... grip (as Russel Steen)
Paul Steinberg .... gaffer
Rick Stribling .... grip
Miles Thomas .... electrician (as Miles W. Thomas)
James Torgeson .... electrician (as Jim Torgeson)
Keith Winikoff .... video operator
Editorial Department
Nancy Blaine .... assistant editor
Eric Enroth .... assistant editor
Deborah Gavlak .... assistant editor (as Debra Gavlak)
Meri Weingarten .... second editor
Paul White .... assistant editor
Music Department
Diane Prentice .... music clearance
Transportation Department
Brian Crispin .... HDTV truck driver utility
Other crew
Lee Arnone .... assistant to executive producer: AFI (as Lee Arnone-Briggs)
John Bailey .... co-chairman: ASC Education Committee
Maggie Biggar .... production coordinator (as Margaret Biggar)
Stephen H. Burum .... member: ASC Education Committee
Matthew Carnahan .... production assistant
Joan Cohen .... research director
Allen Daviau .... co-chairman: ASC Education Committee
Linwood G. Dunn .... member: ASC Education Committee
Jim English .... production assistant
William A. Fraker .... president: ASC
Akio Hayano .... assistant to executive producer: NHK
Christine Higgins .... production assistant
John Hora .... member: ASC Education Committee
John Ineno .... HDTV supervisor
Philip H. Lathrop .... member: ASC Education Committee (as Philip Lathrop)
Woody Omens .... chairman: ASC Education Committee
Richard L. Rawlings .... member: ASC Education Committee
Andrew Sabol .... HDTV video operator
Roy H. Wagner .... member: ASC Education Committee (as Roy Wagner)
Kimberly Wright .... assistant to producers: AFI
Saul Zaentz .... archive source
Mark Cyr .... HDTV Imaging Engineer (uncredited)
Néstor Almendros .... special thanks: AFI (as Nestor Almendros)
John A. Alonzo .... special thanks: AFI (as John Alonzo)
John Bailey .... special thanks: AFI
Michael Ballhaus .... special thanks: AFI
Stephen H. Burum .... special thanks: AFI (as Stephen Burum)
Bill Butler .... special thanks: AFI
Michael Chapman .... special thanks: AFI
Jordan Cronenweth .... special thanks: AFI
Dean Cundey .... special thanks: AFI (as Dean R. Cundey)
Allen Daviau .... special thanks: AFI
Caleb Deschanel .... special thanks: AFI
Ernest R. Dickerson .... special thanks: AFI (as Ernest Dickerson)
Joseph Dunn .... thanks
Linwood G. Dunn .... special thanks: AFI
Richard Edlund .... special thanks: AFI
Frederick Elmes .... special thanks: AFI
William A. Fraker .... special thanks: AFI
Conrad L. Hall .... special thanks: AFI (as Conrad Hall)
Victor J. Kemper .... special thanks: AFI
Richard H. Kline .... special thanks: AFI
Fred J. Koenekamp .... special thanks: AFI (as Fred J. Koenkamp)
Hans F. Koenekamp .... special thanks: AFI (as Hans F. Koenkamp)
László Kovács .... special thanks: AFI (as Laszlo Kovacs)
Akira Kurosawa .... special thanks: AFI
Charles Lang .... special thanks: AFI (as Charles B. Lang)
Bruce Lawton .... special thanks
George Lucas .... special thanks: AFI
Kris Malkewicz .... special thanks: AFI
Leonard Maltin .... thanks
Charles Minsky .... special thanks: AFI
Fred Murphy .... special thanks: AFI
Sven Nykvist .... special thanks: AFI
Bill Pope .... special thanks: AFI
Steven Poster .... special thanks: AFI (as Steven B. Poster)
Lisa Rinzler .... special thanks: AFI
Owen Roizman .... special thanks: AFI
Charles Rosher Jr. .... special thanks: AFI (as Charles D. Rosher)
Mikael Salomon .... very special thanks: AFI
Nancy Schreiber .... special thanks: AFI
John Seale .... special thanks: AFI
Sandi Sissel .... special thanks: AFI
Steven Spielberg .... special thanks: AFI
Vittorio Storaro .... special thanks: AFI
Les Waffen .... thanks
Haskell Wexler .... special thanks: AFI
Gordon Willis .... special thanks: AFI
Marek Wojs .... thanks
Harry L. Wolf .... special thanks: AFI (as Harry Wolf)
Vilmos Zsigmond .... special thanks: AFI

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UK:92 min
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Most of the interviews with Cinematographers were shot using early HDTV production equipment, in order to introduce HDTV to Hollywood Cinematographers. NHK-Japan provided the equipment, hoping that American Cinematographers would start using the new technology.See more »
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7 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
"Visions of Light" is kind of lightweight, 16 December 2006
Author: El Cine from Southeastern Massachusetts

In movie documentaries, and in the public's awareness of movies, cinematography rarely gets much attention, however important it may be. Indeed, the public would probably never hear about the craft if not for the academic cover it provides for the Oscars ceremony; putting it in the award lineup gives those silly prizes some more serious technical credibility, as do editing and art direction. Thus when I heard about this obscure documentary, I was impressed that somebody would focus on this topic, and expected a viewing experience that would educate me (an interested film buff who isn't aspiring to be a filmmaker) more about this aspect of film-making. Unfortunately the documentary turns out to be more superficial. I thought "Visions of Light" would be more "illuminating" (pun not intended) and "enlightening" (pun intended).

The visual presentation mainly consists of a glut of shots from films over the years parading by in breathless fashion, and amounts to little more than celebratory name-dropping. These shots could've showed up in the context of some other documentary -- about directors, actors, or "great American films", for instance -- and it would've been much the same. Sometimes the montage is pointless. Why look at Quinlan strangle a guy in "Touch of Evil"? Is the cinematography more interesting for this particular shot? And what *did* the cinematographer or "DP" for "Do the Right Thing" do to convey the hottest day of the year through his photography? The documentary never makes this clear, and the clips from the movie become the random scenes of a promotional featurette.

What the documentary cares to teach us is not technical enough; the show reiterates that DPs employ light and shadow to construct a shot. Okay, well, I knew that already. We glimpse many DPs chatting with the interviewer about their craft, but often their talking is just anecdotes or "Oh, what an eye-catching scene that old master made!" I wished to learn: What kind of process goes into shooting a scene? What kind of buttons and dials does the cameraman manipulate? Could we have seen some videos or animations of cameras, lights, and other devices in action? Likewise, there is no narrator to flesh out the history and technique of cinematography; we mainly hear the DPs reminiscing.

There is only scattered discussion of a few techniques used on a few films. It was intriguing to hear Michael Chapman mention how Paul Schrader's script for "Taxi Driver" was very visual and helpful for guiding his work. I would've liked to hear more about how the DP collaborates with the screenwriter, director, and other filmmakers, not just that Orson Welles was impressed by Gregg Toland, for instance.

A few humorous moments include (1) Chapman observing how both he and Martin Scorsese talk rapidly, which made discussing films with each other easier; (2) Gordon Willis making a pompous fool of himself by casually comparing himself to Rembrandt.

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