The Forth Road Bridge was opened on September 4th, 1964. For reasons I do not remember, someone requested some aerial shots of the new bridge. The request was that it should be shot in Eastmancolor and in CinemaScope. Read more
Posts from the ‘Cameraman tales’ Category
A unique special effect technique was used when Alex jumps out of the window in an attempt to commit suicide and the viewer sees the ground approaching the camera until collision, i.e., as if from Alex’s point of view. This effect was achieved by dropping a Newman Sinclair clockwork camera in a box, lens-first, from the third story of the Corus Hotel. To Kubrick’s surprise, the camera survived six takes. Read more
Sometimes the occurrence of a news story is known in advance. These stories include a doorstep statement by the Prime Minister or the appearance of the Chancellor of the Exchequer outside No. 11 on Budget Day. For such events, the Media turn up in force.
So it was in the late thirties. Read more
There once was a cameraman called Rosario Casella, an Italian, resident of Tripoli, Libya during the reign of old King Idris.
After the parting of British Movietone News and United Press in 1963, it became necessary for United Press International Newsfilm, UPIN, to take on some staff cameramen who would operate 16mm film cameras. Because United Press did not wish to deal with the film union of the day, The Association of Cine, Television and Allied Technicians, ACTT, they asked Movietone to be the de facto employers of the cameramen. Read more
It is possible that all of my Cameraman’s Tales are apocryphal, but they were told to me directly or indirectly by the cameramen themselves.
In 1928, Paul Wyand was working as a cameraman for Fox Movietone of New York. He was based in London. He was cabled with some outrageous demands to obtain pictures that were virtually unobtainable. He gives one example “Vital we have pix of Prince of Wales wearing kilt with close-up of knees”.
However, he did receive one demand that he thought he might be able to obtain. Read more
He crossed the finishing line at 8.58 in the evening, nine months and one day after setting off from the historic port. Sir Francis was the first person to race around the world, solo, with only one port of call, and that was Sydney. Read more