Magazine article American Cinematographer

From the Clubhouse

Magazine article American Cinematographer

From the Clubhouse

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Ronald Vargas is the latest director of photography to become an active member of the ASC.Vargas' work is currently a feature of the popular TV series, Jake and the Fatman. Other credits include the 1989 version of Dinner at Eight, the Riptide TV series, Studio 5-B, Hill Street Blues and Zorro and Son.

"I started as a film loader at Warner Bros, in 1965 and went to 20th Century Fox that same year as a second assistant cameraman," Vargas recalled. "I became a first assistant in 1966 on the Green Hornet show and worked as an assistant until 1971." His first show as a camera operator was Now You see Him, Now You Don't, which Vargas describes as "the perfect title for a first time operator." He worked for ASC members Charles Wheeler, James Wong Howe, Frank Phillips, Haskell Wexler and Fred Koenekamp before he became a director of photography in 1982 on the Disney six part miniseries, Gun Shy.

H. A. "Hap" Parker, general manager of the Fuji Professional Motion Picture Products Division, has been elected an ASC associate member.

Parker, who was born in Honolulu in 1936, has been with Fuji for 17 years and began working in the motion picture area two years ago. He is headquartered in Hollywood.

Geoffrey H. Williamson, noted design engineer and manufacturer of motion picture cameras and equipment, is now an associate member of the ASC. A veteran of 41 years in the industry, Williamson heads Wilcam Photo Research, Inc.

Born in Montevideo, Williamson became world famous in auto racing in England in the late 1940s and at the same time was director of Williamson Photographic Appliances, Ltd., where he designed industrial and medical motion picture and still cameras. In 1962, as chief engineer for L-W Photo, Inc., he designed flickerless projectors in 16mm, 35mm and 70mm. He started Wilcam in 1970 and shortly afterward he made the first single system sound Super 8 reflex camera. Later, he designed the 16mm sound Mitchell-Wilcam reflex camera and produced special parts for Introvision Systems.

The Ultracam 35mm, the Technoflex 35mm, the Showscan 65mm (in association with Cinema Products), the reflex VistaVision 200 and 10O fps reflex cameras and IMAX 120 fps reflex cameras were created at Williamson's facility in Santa Monica with a small crew and none of the advantages available in a larger corporate setting. His adaptation of the Flight Research camera into the Image 300 Camera has become one of the essential tools of high speed, pin registered visual effects photography.

"Images and Obsessions: the Cinematography of Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC," is a series of programs held January 5 through 26 at the American Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, New York. …

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