Magazine article American Cinematographer

President's Desk

Magazine article American Cinematographer

President's Desk

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The major finding of a recently released 2011 ~iters Guild of America survey was that `screenwriters believe their status in the industry has significantly deteriorated over the past several years." We are not surprised. I'm sure writers know that soon, there will be more drones in the U.S. Air Force fighting fleet than real planes with real pilots (the kind that can wear scarves around their necks), and that in some cases, pilots no longer pilot passenger jets, but "input" their instructions through phony levers to computers that actually do the flying.

In the world we live in, computers are seen by many as a democratizing force, but computers are also changing traditional crafts. What about the craft of cinematographers? Well, some upsetting stories came across my desk over the summer. One concerned a cinematographer who was not informed when a studio feature that he shot for a director he had worked with many times before was to be colorcorrected; the director, not the cinematographer, was in the DI suite. Another story told of a big-budget TV movie that was re-timed by the director and editor over the protests of the cinematographer and the network.

It is upsetting that those two directors did not respect their onset collaborators enough to continue collaborating through postproduction. But we are more concerned with the notion that cinematographers are merely pikts (with or without scarves), camera guys and gals whose job begins and ends with on-set dnematography. …

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