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A lesson in what to show prospective employers
Walter Lassally Film-maker
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Trying to get more work, I... I once had a... a meeting with a couple of... a producer/director team. I think it was Cy Endfield and his producer. And, I tried to get work with them, and I showed them the... the Moroccan film, and that was a big mistake. And I discovered that people lost not capable of separating the photography from the rest. So all they saw was the bad direction, and, so I put in my... my book, I put; it... it pays you...it pays to show prospective employers only smash hits, if at all possible. So that didn't lead anywhere showing him that... that film, although there's nothing wrong with the photography, but they just can't separate that that in their mind for... from the inept direction, which wasn't my fault, after all. But as I said before the... one shouldn't have an... an inexperienced director working with an inexperienced cameraman is not the best combination, much better to have an experienced cameraman working for a first-time director, which subsequently, of course, I did. Subsequently, I worked many times with first-time or second-time directors, and I was able to, increasingly as my career progressed, I was able to help those people a lot, because I had the experience that they lacked. But on Another Sky, of course, that wasn't the case.

Born in Germany, cinematographer Walter Lassally (1926-2017) was best known for his Oscar-winning work on 'Zorba the Greek'. He was greatly respected in the film industry for his ability to take the best of his work in one area and apply it to another, from mainstream to international art films to documentary. He was associated with the Free Cinema movement in the 1950s, and the British New Wave in the early 1960s. In 1987 he published his autobiography called 'Itinerant Cameraman'.

Listeners: Peter Bowen

Peter Bowen is a Canadian who came to Europe to study and never got round to heading back home. He did his undergraduate work at Carleton University (in Biology) in Ottawa, and then did graduate work at the University of Western Ontario (in Zoology). After completing his doctorate at Oxford (in the Department of Zoology), followed with a year of postdoc at the University of London, he moved to the University's newly-established Audio-Visual Centre (under the direction of Michael Clarke) where he spent four years in production (of primarily science programs) and began to teach film. In 1974 Bowden became Director of the new Audio-Visual Centre at the University of Warwick, which was then in the process of introducing film studies into the curriculum and where his interest in the academic study of film was promoted and encouraged by scholars such as Victor Perkins, Robin Wood, and Richard Dyer. In 1983, his partner and he moved to Greece, and the following year he began to teach for the University of Maryland (European Division), for which he has taught (and continues to teach) biology and film courses in Crete, Bosnia, and the Middle East.

Tags: producer, photography, direction, experience

Duration: 1 minute, 25 seconds

Date story recorded: June 2004

Date story went live: 24 January 2008