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Old January 4th, 2016, 06:51 AM   #1
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Death of two great DPs

Two of the great DPs have passed away Haskell Wexler and Vilmos Zsigmond. They have influenced the work of a couple of generations of camera people. I hoped that Vilmos Zsigmond was going to run a workshop that I attended, but it was run by another Oscar winning DP instead, so I missed out on that experience.

Haskell Wexler, Legendary Cinematographer, Dead at 93 | Thompson on Hollywood

Vilmos Zsigmond, Oscar-winning cinematographer, dead at 85 - LA Times
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Old January 4th, 2016, 10:02 AM   #2
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Terrible start to the new year.
Zsigmond's cinematography was some of the best art - stellar. He and Conrad Hall were in a class alone.

Had the opportunity to observe a discussion with Haskell Wexler - he was so energetic and talked about the comparison of old school 16mm run and gun versus the advantages of modern digital gorilla shooting. Smart man.

Both will be sorely missed. I can still see Zsigmonds use of light and broad vistas in my mind's eye.
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Old January 4th, 2016, 10:59 AM   #3
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Sad indeed!
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Old January 7th, 2016, 11:50 AM   #4
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Add to that Milton Keslow.....who started General Camera & Keslow Broadcasting...and later Keslow Camera with his son Robert....which is probably the biggest rental house in town now.

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Old January 8th, 2016, 02:37 PM   #5
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About 21 years ago, just after the Sony VX1000 came out, Haskell Wexler was featured on a Sunday CBS program. He talked a lot about shooting techniques and he and an interviewer walked around, while he shot clips with the VX1000. They integrated some of the footage he shot and although the camcorder was handheld, it was flawless and steady as a rock. There was no visible difference between it and what the broadcast cameras had shot. If you can locate this program somewhere online, it would be worthwhile to watch it.
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