Magazine article American Cinematographer

In Memoriam: Frederick Gately, ASC

Magazine article American Cinematographer

In Memoriam: Frederick Gately, ASC

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Frederick Gately, ASC, a veteran cinematographer who was a pioneer in the making of motion pictures for television, died January 8 after a long illness. He is survived by his wife, Rivia, and a daughter, Laurel Gately Burton. He had been an ASC member for 36 years.

Born in DeKalb, Illinois, on October 5,1909, Gately got a youthful start in the industrial and commercial field. He was a film editor for Wilding Pictures, a leading non-theatrical producer headquartered in Detroit with studios in Chicago and Culver City, and later became head of the motion picture division of Sarra, Inc. By 1931 he was photographing commercial and documentary films for a number of established producers, working with a wide variety of equipment in 35mm black and white and 165mm and 35mm color.

In 1947 he photographed the Ewing Scott expeditionary drama, Harpoon, and several of Warner Bros. So You Want To ...comedies directed by Richard Bare. Shortly he began photographing television films which were being produced in 35mm black and white, mostly at Hal Roach Studio, Samuel Goldwyn Studio and Republic Studios (soon renamed Revue Studios), for such early TV production companies as Allegro Pictures, New World Productions and GrossKrasne Productions. …

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