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Release Date:
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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Did You Know?

Director Todd McCarthy had hoped to include an interview with the legendary cinematographer, John Alton, whose work is highlighted in the film, but could not locate him. Alton had quit the movie business after working on Elmer Gantry (1960), and for many years, even close friends didn't know his whereabouts, or if he was still alive. In 1992, McCarthy was shocked to receive a phone call from the now 91-year-old Alton, who had heard about Visions of Light (1992), and wanted to attend the premiere. Alton insisted that there was nothing mysterious in his disappearance, that he and his wife had simply decided to give up the movie business and travel a bit. They had lived in France, Germany, and Argentina, and had a great time. Alton died in 1996 at the age of 95.See more »
Vittorio Storaro:I understood at that moment that cinema really has no nationality.See more »
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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Lovely, 6 February 2006
Author: k h from United States

Yes, it ignores most of Europe and the rest of the worlds contributions, but for what it is, it's just lovely.

It's an introduction to the art of cinematography in American movies, with clips and comments from the greats about American film from birth till 1990 or so, when it was made. Some of the cinematographers are humble and self-effacing, some clearly have large egos, but they all obviously love and care deeply about film and film making.

This is a terrific film to show your children, a behind the scenes that is informative rather than salacious or snarky.

Highly recommended.

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