Magazine article American Cinematographer

In Memoriam: Jess Kizis, ASC

Magazine article American Cinematographer

In Memoriam: Jess Kizis, ASC

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Jess Kizis, ASC, a leading photographer of news and sports subjects for 43 years, died of a heart attack on January 22. He was 91.

Kizis was born in Pittston, Pennsylvania, on May 22, 1901. "Starting my film career in the DeLuxe Laboratory at New York in 1923," he said some years ago, "I learned all I could about that phase of the motion picture business, consisting of developing, timing, printing and editing, to name some of its facets. But cinematography was my goal from the start and in 1927 I became a newsreel cameraman for the then Fox News, going on to sound with the creation of Movietonews."

For Fox Movietone he often used a Wall sound-on-film newsreel camera. Silent footage was shot with the more portable Bel I & Howell Eyemo. Kizis donated both of these cameras to the ASC Clubhouse museum after his retirement. In 1936 he teamed up with famed sports commentator Tom Comminsky to make the popular Sports Review series released by Twentieth Century-Fox until 1948.

"Because I've been a sports specialist, when such spectacles as the World Series, Kentucky Derby or the big football games came along I went to work on them," Kizis recalled late in his career. …

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