Magazine article American Cinematographer

From the Clubhouse

Magazine article American Cinematographer

From the Clubhouse

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Frank E. Johnson, who recently was elected to membership in the ASC, began a notable motion picture career in 1966 as a U. S. Air Force cameraman.

"When I was stationed in Hawaii, I had an opportunity to work on a documentary film on the making of Torat Tora! Tora! The excitement of working on a big picture made me want to go to Hollywood and pursue a career ... In the 70s I photographed a number of independent features, documentaries and educational films."

Johnson photographed multicamera 65mm and CircleVision shows for Disney, and soon was shooting second units for such TV shows as 240 Robert, Simonand Simon, The Greatest American Hero and Hunter. Beginning in 1985 he was director of photography on The A Team for two seasons. Then he photographed Wiseguy, which was acclaimed for its pictorial style, for three seasons. He has also filmed many features, pilots and movies of the week including Flaw Force, Heated Vengeance, Top of the Hill, Project: Kill, The Last Heunion, T. J. Hooker, Predator, Police Story and Hardball.

Johnson was born in Rockford, Illinois in 1947. He and his wife and two sons are now at home in both Burbank and Big Bear, Calif. He recently photographed a feature directed by Sidney J. Furie, The Taking of Beverly Hills.

Larry Barton, president and chief engineer of Cinematography Electronics, is now an associate ASC member. He has been in the industry since 1969, including 12 years atTyler Camera Systems, where he designed and refined aerial and water camera stabilization equipment (including the Gyro Platform). He founded Cinematography Electronics in 1978.

Barton's early speed control designs allowed cameras to run at crystal speeds for flicker-free filming with HMIs. His Precision Speed Control, which earned an Academy Technical Achievement Award in 1985, simplified the filming of computer or video monitors and became an industry standard. …

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