Magazine article American Cinematographer

In Memoriam: Don Peterman, ASC, 1932-2011

Magazine article American Cinematographer

In Memoriam: Don Peterman, ASC, 1932-2011

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Oscar-nominated dnematographer Donald William Peterman, ASC died on Feb. 5 at the age of 79.

Peterman was born on Jan. 3, 1932, in Los Angeles, Calif. After graduating from Redondo Beach Union High School, he served in the U.S. Army, where he was assigned to travel the country filming a documentary.

He began his civilian career as a film loader at Hal Roach Studios, and then spent five years as an optical-lineup man and optical-printer operator at effects company Cascade Studios. "All of that [opticaleffects] experience is out the window because of computers, but I understand the concept of compositing layers of images," he told AC while discussing his work on Men in Black (June '97). "There's a certain mindset you have to have on an effects film ... in order to piece everything together and have a complete image of the film in your head while you're shooting."

Peterman eventually began finding work as a camera assistant and, before long, as an operator. His operating credits include the feature The Bubble (for Charles F. Wheeler, ASC) and two seasons of Lassie (for Robert Sparks).

In the 1970s, Peterman began finding steady work shooting commercials, and he eventually photographed more than 200 national-television spots. In 1979, he notched his first feature credit as a director of photography on When a Stranger Calls. He later told AC, "I shot that one with nothing - strictly Sun Guns and bounce cards at T1.4," The scale of his projects quickly grew, though, and in 1984 he earned his first Oscar nomination, for Adrian Lyne's fíashdance IAC May '83). …

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