Dean Cundey, Cinematographer, meets with CoSA and CMS students

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Dean Cundey, Cinematographer, meets with CoSA and CMS students


Dean Cundey

Dean Cundey, Cinematographer of movies including:

Romancing the Stone (Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner)

Who Framed Roger Rabbit (he was nominated for an Oscar for this movie)

Back to the Future I, II, and III (Michael J. Fox)

Apollo 13 (Tom Hanks)

Jurassic Park (T-Rex)

met with CoSA students and Broadcast students from CMS in the theatre on February 28. He spent over an hour answering questions and imparting wisdom about what it takes to get started and be successful in the film industry (and many other entertainment-related industries, for that matter!). An interview of Dean Cundey filmed by the CMS students will be posted on this website in the near future. CoSA is grateful to the Coronado Island Film Festival for sponsoring this event.

Just what does a “cinematographer” do?

                The cinematographer directs the photography and camerawork in movie-making, the chief over the camera and light crews working on a film. This person is responsible for making the artistic and technical decisions related to the image. In other words, it is the person who makes the movie.

The information below was copied from The Harvard Crimson, written by Abigail Schoerberg, February 8, 2011, and provides the bigger picture:

“The cinematographer—also known as the Director of Photography, or “DP”—though one of the most obscure members of the production team, is responsible for all the visual elements of a film. He or she makes every creative choice related to composition, lighting, and camera motion—anything that audiences can see in a given shot. The DP determines everything from color to depth-of-field—how much of the shot is in focus versus how much is blurry—from zoom to the positioning of people and objects within any given frame.

Needless to say, this is no simple task. From choosing the lenses and film stock—will the film be grainy? lush?—to lighting the set and instructing the camera operator, the cinematographer is one of the movie director’s closest collaborators and as such DPs often accompany directors from project to project.”