Magazine article American Cinematographer

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When you were a child, what film made the strongest impression on you?

I remember two. When I was very young, I saw the original Invaders from Mars (1953), which was powerfully frightening. And Lawrence of Arabia (1962) -such strong visuals, and in 65mm, no less.

Which cinematographers, past or present do you most admire, and why?

ASC members Haskell Wexler, Gordon Willis and Owen Roizman. No two of their films seemed to look alike, and they're very storyoriented cinematographers.

What sparked your interest in photography?

The photographic aspects of film, lighting and composition, seemed to attract me from the beginning. I remember being 15 or 16 and wanting to know what duties the director of photography performed for his job.

Where did you train and/or study?

The American Film Institute.

Who were your early teachers or mentors?

George Folsey Sr., ASC, and Jan DeBont, ASC.

What are some of your key artistic influences?

The films of Truffaut, Godard and Hitchcock.

How did you get your first break in the business?

I fell in with a documentary company in the Boston area. I started loading Éclair NPR mags, and within six months I was shooting second camera. …

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