One of a 4-part interview with director of photography Joseph M. Wilcots. Wilcots speaks about his early interest in photography and his filmmaking experiences while serving in the Navy. He described his work at the Westheimer Optical House, in particular the special effects on the original Star Trek series. He relates how he became the first African-American member of the camera operators union and identified the slow shift in adding other African-American members into the union over the years. He talks about his work in independent filmmaking and reminisced about some of the people he worked with including director Gordon Parks and cinematographer Robert Surtees. He speaks in detail about the two projects for which he is most associated, the miniseries: Roots and Roots: The Next Generations in which he served as Directory of Photography. He acknowledges his work on the Alex Haley/Norman Lear series Palmerstown USA Lastly, he gives his impressions of three individuals for whom he worked for extensively: actor/director George Stanford Brown, Bill Cosby, and Michael Jackson. Visit emmytvlegends.org for links to all online interviews in the collection.
Video Rating: 4 / 5
Just a camera test with the JVC GY-HM100U. Featured on screen would be two of our amazing crew members, Chris and Stephen. Acclaimed director Kyle Gehring and acclaimed cinematographer Emily Warren are behind the camera.
Video Rating: 5 / 5