Magazine article American Cinematographer

Pro Perspective John Schwartzman, ASC: Roll with It

Magazine article American Cinematographer

Pro Perspective John Schwartzman, ASC: Roll with It

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John Schwartzman, ASC is the cinematographer behind Benny & Joon, The Rock (AC June '96), Pearl Harbor (AC May '01), National Treasure: Book of Secrets, The Amazing Spider-Man (AC Aug. '12) and The Founder. He received an Oscar nomination and an ASC Award for his work on SeabiscuitiAC Aug. '03), and he'll next be reteaming with his Jurassic World (AC July '15) and The Book of Henry direðor, Colin Trevorrow, for Star Wars: Episode IX.

"The most important tool I bring to set is my sense of humor," offers the cinematographer. Although this may seem like a tongue-in-cheek response, Schwartzman, ironically, is dead serious. "It's more important than my meter or any other piece of kit. Making a film is a team sport. Although the cinematographer may have a very strong sense of how he or she wants the film to look, the real world conspires against us every day, and I have found that having a sense of humor, and realizing that it's not a perfect world, has allowed me to not only survive but thrive in this business. …

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