How New Technology Has Shaped Motion Pictures: A Short History

Richard P. Crudo, ASC

President, American Society of Cinematographers

In 1978 I was a college student whose after-school job was as an assistant cameraman for a documentary/newsreel cinematographer based in my home town of New York City. I loved what I was doing and saw it as the first step on the road to someday becoming a shooter myself. Our work was done in 16mm film format, generally for network television presentation under the auspices of such programs as CBS News’ 60 Minutes. One afternoon my boss and I were dispatched to the Plaza Hotel to photograph an interview with a visiting European dignitary. Upon arrival at the appointed suite, we were met by a second camera ...

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