Magazine article American Cinematographer

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Magazine article American Cinematographer

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Society Welcomes Ballhaus, Richmond

New active member Florian Ballhaus, ASC was born and raised in Germany, and he began working as an assistant for his father, Michael Ballhaus, ASC, when he was 16. After graduating from high school, he moved to the United States, where he spent 15 years working as a camera assistant or operator on such features as Broadcast News, Goodfellas, Dracula, Quiz Show and Men in Black.

He returned to Germany to begin working as a cinematographer, and after notching credits on a variety of projects, he moved back to the States and shot the final season of Sex and the City. Since then, he has shot such features as The Devil Wears Prada (ACJuly ?6), Marley&Me, The Time Traveler's Wife, Red and Hope Springs. His credits as second-unit cinematographer include The Legend of Bagger Vance, Men in Black II and Gangs of New York.

Born in Bronxville, N.Y., Tom Richmond, ASC demonstrated an early interest in car design, architecture and painting before such movies as Bullitt, Rosemary's Baby and Blow Up steered him toward a career behind the camera. After graduating from Harvard University with a major in art and architecture, he found work as a freelance photographer in Houston, Texas, and then moved to Los Angeles, where he studied cinematography at the graduate level at the University of California-Los Angeles and the American Rim Institute.

As his career was taking off, he shot the MTV Award-winning video for Pearl Jam's "Jeremy." His work has also been honored at the Independent Spirit Awards and the Sundance Film Festival. His feature credits include The Chocolate War, Roadside Prophets, A Midnight Clear, Killing Zoe, Little Odessa, Knockaround Guys, The Singing Detective, House of 1000 Corpses and Nid and Norah's Infinite Playlist.

Kanter Becomes Associate Member

New ASC associate Mike Kanfer is a senior solutions consultant at Adobe, where he specializes in digital-production technology and workflows for motion pictures and video. He graduated from the University of Rochester with a degree in Fine Art and Science, and he began a career in visual effects as a graphic artist and motion-control camera operator at Charlex, Inc. …

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