Cinematographer Rob McLachlan, ASC, CSC, recently took time out from shooting Ray Donovan, the Showtime series that gives him an opportunity to work with a cast that includes Liev Schreiber and Jon Voight, among many others, and to work in the Los Angeles area — a departure from the globetrotting required by his other recent assignment, Game of Thrones. He is nominated for 2015 Canadian Society of Cinematographers awards for episodes of both shows.
Ron Garcia, ASC, is deep into an artistic endeavor he began more than 30 years ago, but then put on hold until recently. In 1967, he trained in fine arts at Art Center College of Design. Some years later, he took a sculpting class, and he was intrigued. Meanwhile, his career behind the camera was heating up. Decades passed, but Ron always had sculpture in the back of his mind. Three years ago, he found a nearby sculpture class in a converted farmhouse in Rustic Canyon, just north of Santa Monica.
Rodney Taylor, ASC, recently finished a couple of unusual films, both labors of love. He has been shooting one of them, Holbrook/Twain: An American Odyssey, sporadically for four years. Rodney’s camera takes viewers behind the scenes of Hal Holbrook’s famous one-man show, in which the actor takes on the persona of Mark Twain. Holbrook originated the show in 1954, when he was in college, and has been performing it ever since.
Johnny Simmons, ASC, has been going through his old still-photography negatives and scanning them, a process that has triggered many memories and attendant emotions. He is working on pulling an exhibit together, and there’s a lot to sift through.
“When you’re working as a cinematographer, it’s a creative endeavor, but you’re also satisfying a client,” he says. “You experience the creativity within the realm of your assignment and your collaborators. My own photography and my own painting — that’s a place where I can truly be free. It’s all about time and my own expression, and it’s always been that way.”