Preface

When I joined the BBC in the 1960s as a trainee projectionist, I was the youngest trainee at that time. I was lucky enough to be entering a world which offered the best possible training for any aspiring film-maker. As I progressed through the grades, becoming eventually one of the six senior film cameramen before leaving to go freelance, I enjoyed a substantial amount of practical and theoretical training. That training no longer exists – indeed, the BBC Film Department no longer exists, and you cannot get that training anywhere now.

One of the most enjoyable aspects of being a Director of Photography is the opportunity to shoot a wide variety of work. Recently, for instance, I have shot three hours of 35 mm, three hours of Super 16, ...

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