On Thursday, June 2, 2011, Panavision hosted an event for our customers and clients at the Panavision Hollywood facility, giving the entertainment community a chance to stop by and “refresh yourself.”
Uta Briesewitz grew up in Leverkusen, Germany, where she was always fascinated by images and drawn to them. When she was a teenager, she started as an intern at a local TV production company, and fairly quickly started working with all the major TV networks in Germany. She then continued her studies at the Berlin Film Academy and after four years in Berlin, moved to Los Angeles to enroll in the American Film Institute’s graduate program. Uta’s first US feature was “Next Stop Wonderland” (1988), directed and written by Brad Anderson, which starred Hope Davis and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Lawrence Sher was born and raised in Teaneck, New Jersey, and grew up with a passion for photography. He chose instead to study economics, graduating with a degree from Wesleyan University in 1992.
Born in Omaha, Nebraska but raised primarily in New York and on the east coast, cinematographer Reed Morano chose to attend NYU, one of the top film schools in the country. Her application included still photos from her photography collection and samples of her writing.
Haris Zambarloukos, BSC grew up in Nicosia, Cyprus, an island outside of Greece. He left Cyprus for London to attend Central St. Martins College of Art and Design, where he discovered a love for cinematography. After college, he was accepted to the graduate program at American Film Institute, where he earned his MFA in cinematography. His thesis film was the short “First Daughter.” A meeting with legendary cinematographer Conrad Hall, ASC, resulted in an internship on “A Civil Action.”
Don Burgess, ASC, grew up in Santa Monica, California, and began his career while still a student at Art Center College of Design. A 2nd unit DP, Johnny Stephens, who was also a friend of the family, asked him if he wanted to work as a loader on a film called “The Sorcerer,” which was shooting in the Dominican Republic. The experience shaped a career that went on to include a collaboration with director Bob Zemeckis on five movies: “Forrest Gump,” “Contact,” “What Lies Beneath,” “Castaway,” and “The Polar Express.” Other notable directors he worked with, to name a few, include Phillip Noyce, “Blind Fury,” Billy Crystal, “Forget Paris,” Sam Raimi, “Spider-Man,” Gary Winick, “Thirteen Going on Thirty,” Joe Roth “Christmas with the Kranks,” Frank Marshall, “Eight Below” and Albert and Allen Hughes, “The Book of Eli.”
Cinematographer John Seale, ASC, ACS, was born in Warwick, Queensland, Australia. His first credits as a camera operator included several films directed by fellow Australian Peter Weir, including “Picnic at Hanging Rock,” (1975) and “Gallipoli” (1981). Soon after Weir moved to the United States, Seale joined him on the project “Witness,” (1985), directed by Weir, and garnered his first Oscar nomination for cinematography. Since then, Seale has earned more than 40 credits as a cinematographer, and worked with directors such as Anthony Minghella (“The English Patient,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” “Cold Mountain”), Barry Levinson (“Rain Man”), Rob Reiner (“The American President,” “Ghosts of Mississippi”) and Michael Apted “(Gorillas in the Mist”) to name a few. His awards are numerous, including four Oscar nominations and one win (for "The English Patient"), four ASC Award nominations and one win (also for "The English Patient"), three awards. Seale was recently honored by the American Society of Cinematographers with the ASC International Award, which was presented on February 13, 2011. Seale has been a long-time Panavision customer, so we spoke to him about his career.