Masanobu (Masa) Takayanagi grew up in Tomioka City, Gunma Prefecture, in Japan. He relocated to Los Angeles to attend Cal State Long Beach, and after completing film school, he applied and was accepted into AFI.
Paul Cameron, ASC, was born in Montreal, Canada, and attended high school in New York City, where his brother lived. While attending school, he worked on stage lighting for plays and helped with lighting for bands. After determining that he wanted to attend film school, he enrolled at the State University of New York. He shot other students’ projects and bartended at a club in Manhattan.
Cinematographer/director David Boyd grew up as a military brat overseas. His first look at a film set happened when he skipped a couple weeks of elementary school to watch the filming of Rene Clement’s “Is Paris Burning?” which was shooting on the streets of Paris.
At the Plus Camerimage Festival last November, I had the privilege of organizing and moderating John Seale’s Master Class, which was sponsored by Panavision, as well as a Cinematographer Panel sponsored by Panalux.
It’s that time again, not just the holidays, but awards season, when the entertainment industry is flooded with nominations: Spirit Awards, Oscars and Golden Globes, and when organizations such as the ASC, PGA, DGA, VES, ACE, SOC and ADG nominate their peers for their work over the past year.
Brendan Galvin was born in Ireland, and attended the Dublin Institute of Technology. He began his career as a trainee, and progressed through the various classifications.
This past October, at the Ojai Film Festival in Ojai, California, cinematographer Owen Roizman, ASC received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Packed into a weekend of screenings, filmmakers and locals had the chance to attend an afternoon conversation with Owen about his work.
Cinematographer Tom Stern grew up in Palo Alto, California, but spent part of his teenage years in France, where he began experimenting with photography. He attended college at St. Johns in Santa Fe, New Mexico, graduating with a liberal arts degree. He continued at Stanford University, where he concentrated on film studies and honed his camera skills by shooting several student films.