The end pages of the 1930 Cinematographic Annual published by the A.S.C. feature full page ads with headshots of society members, first generation pioneers of Hollywood motion pictures: Hal Mohr, John F. Seitz, Alvin Wyckoff, Victor Milner, John Arnold, Charles Clark, Guy Wilky, Charles Rosher, as well as “best wishes” ads from director Ernst Lubitsch and actors Joan Crawford and George O’Brien. The body of the volume contains several dozen articles, mostly on newly emerging movie sound systems and cameras, on lens filters, color and lab sensitometry, even make-up. The volume offers a window into new equipment and techniques at the cusp of film’s transition from silents to sound. An arresting, forty-page mid-section highlights photographs made by the society’s members. A few are dramatic, moody set stills such as aerial cinematographer Elmer Dyer’s from the 1930 Hell’s Angels.
Or Ned Van Buren’s personal desert nature studies. He gave up cinematography early in his career to work for Kodak Hollywood. Continue reading ‘The A.S.C. Cinematographer: One Frame at a Time, Part One’