Magazine article American Cinematographer

From the Clubhouse

Magazine article American Cinematographer

From the Clubhouse

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Makris Joins ASC

The latest inductee into the ASC is Constantine Makris, a native of Brooklyn, New York. After graduating from Queens College with a degree in political science and communications, Makris started working as a production assistant on commercials. In 1974, he joined NABET in New York. After observing various cameramen on both commercials and features, he decided to pursue a career in cinematography.

In 1980, Makris became an assistant cameraman under the tutelage of Larry Pizer, BSC and within a year became his camera operator. Markis credits Pizer with teaching him an aesthetic for the moving image, light and composition. For nine years Makris worked exclusively as an operator and second-unit cameraman. He professes to have been greatly influenced by the work of ASC members Fred Murphy, Ernest Dickerson and Luciano Tovoli, as well as cinematographers John Lindley, Amir Mokri and Walter Lassally, BSC-all of whom Makris worked with as an operator.

In 1988, Makris earned his first feature credits as director of photography on the low-budget action picture One-Man Force. He was soon asked to shoot his first TV series, H.E.L.P., for Dick Wolf films, after having operated on the pilot for Ernest Dickerson. …

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