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Cameramen and women discuss the craft and art of cinematography and of the "DP" (the director of photography), illustrating their points with clips from 100 films, from Birth of a Nation to... See more »

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Arnold Glassman ... (directed by)
Todd McCarthy ... (directed by)
Stuart Samuels ... (directed by)

Written by

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Todd McCarthy ... (written by)

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Arnold Glassman ... co-producer (co-produced by)
Mariko Hirai ... associate executive producer: NHK
Terry Lawler ... executive producer
Yoshiki Nishimura ... executive producer
Irene Ohno ... associate producer
Stuart Samuels ... producer (produced by)

Cinematography by

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Nancy Schreiber ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Arnold Glassman ... (edited by)

Editorial Department

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Nancy Blaine ... assistant editor
Eric Enroth ... assistant editor
Deborah Gavlak ... assistant editor (as Debra Gavlak)
Meri Weingarten ... second editor
Paul White ... assistant editor

Art Department

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Deborah Rhein ... set dresser

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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
Philip W. Hack ... video operator (as Phillip Hack)
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

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Diane Prentice ... music clearance

Transportation Department

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Brian Crispin ... HDTV truck driver utility

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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)

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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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Plot Summary

Cameramen and women discuss the craft and art of cinematography and of the "DP" (the director of photography), illustrating their points with clips from 100 films, from Birth of a Nation to Do the Right Thing. Themes: the DP tells people where to look; changes in movies (the arrival of sound, color, and wide screens) required creative responses from DPs; and, these artisans constantly invent new equipment and try new things, with wonderful results. The narration takes us through the identifiable studio styles of the 30s, the emergence of noir, the New York look, and the impact of Europeans. Citizen Kane, The Conformist, and Gordon Willis get special attention. Written by

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Also Known As
  • The Art of Cinematography (World-wide, English title)
  • В луче света (Russia)
  • Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography
  • A fény művészete (Hungary)
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  • 92 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Benny & Joon/The Positively True Adventures of the Alledged Texas Cheerleader Murdering Mom/Map of the Human Heart/Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography (1993). See more »
Soundtracks Shadow Waltz See more »
Quotes Vittorio Storaro: I understood at that moment that cinema really has no nationality.
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