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Joe Dante to Speak Thursday

Undergraduate Film Department instructor Allen Daviau will host famed director, producer and editor Joe Dante to campus Thursday for a lecture and Q&A.

Like many directors of his generation, Dante began his career with Roger Corman’s New World Pictures in the ’70s, starting as a trailer editor and soon directing hit films for New World and then the majors.

Known for his vivid, highly inventive visual style, Dante directed such films as Piranha, The Howling, Twilight Zone: The Movie (segment three), Gremlins, Explorers, Innerspace, The ‘Burbs; Gremlins 2:

The New Batch, Small Soldiers, Looney Tunes: Back in Action and the upcoming Monster Love.

This event is open to all Art Center students, alumni, faculty and staff.

Distinguished Filmmakers Series: Joe Dante
Thursday, April 14, 1 p.m.
Ahmanson Auditorium

Special Documentary Screening: Allen Daviau

Don’t miss a special screening and Q&A session this afternoon with
 British documentarian John Henderson about his work-in-progress documentary based on Art Center faculty member
 Allen Daviau.

E.T., Daviau

Henderson has been creating a series of in-depth documentaries about the world’s great cinematographers, and the first film in the series is about famed cinematographer and Art Center instructor Daviau.

Allen’s first feature film was E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, earning the first of five Oscar nominations and launching his career as one of the industry’s leading cinematographers. Since then, he has worked on such notable films as The Color Purple, Falcon and the Showman, Empire of the Sun, Avalon, Bugsy, Congon and Van Helsing. He has been nominated for three American Society of Cinematographers Awards, winning twice, and has received the ASC Lifetime Achievement Award. Stop by and meet the legendary cinematographers who will be attending the screening, including Vilmos Zsigmond, Haskell Wexler and Owen Roizman. The event is open to all Art Center students, alumni, faculty and staff.

Special Documentary Screening: Allen Daviau
Thursday, March 24, 1 p.m.
Ahmanson Auditorium

Hollywood Greats Stopping By Campus

It’s shaping up to be an incredible week in the Film Department, as they welcome some amazing guests to campus this week as part of their Distinguished Filmmakers Series.

Tomorrow, March 8, Film Department instructor David Kellogg will host a Q&A with writer/director John Lee Hancock at 1:30 p.m. in the L.A. Times Media Center. Hancock’s credits include The Blind Side, The Alamo and The Rookie. He also wrote the screenplays for Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and A Perfect World.

On Wednesday, March 9, Film Department instructor Lee Rosenbaum will host a Q&A with Oscar-nominated producer Lawrence Turman, whose credits include The Graduate, American History X, Pretty Poison, The Great White Hope, The Thing, Mass Appeal, Short Circuit, The River Wild and many others. Turman is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Board of Governors, and is a member of the Producers Guild Hall of Fame. The talk will be held at 12:30 p.m. at the L.A. Times Media Center.

And on Thursday, March 10, Film Department instructor Allen Daviau will hosting five-time Oscar nominated cinematographer Owen Roizman, whose credits include The French Connection, The Exorcist, The Stepford Wives, Three Dys of the Condor, Network, Absence of Malice, Tootsie, Grand Canyon, Wyatt Earp and many others. A member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Board of Govenors, Roizman has directed and photographed hundreds of television commercials. In 1997, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Cinematographers. The talk will be at 1 p.m. at Ahmanson Auditorium.

All three events are open to all Art Center students, alumni, faculty and staff.

Always Carry Your Reel: The Journey from Poland to an Oscar-Winning Career

The path to becoming an Academy Award-winning cinematographer sounds so easy when he talks about it before a packed auditorium of Art Center students, faculty and staff.


Yesterday, award-winning cinematographer Janusz Kamiński was on campus to speak as part of the Film Department’s Distinguished Filmmakers Series. Faculty member Allen Daviau hosted the Q&A with the two-time Academy Award-winning cinematographer and director. Some of the most fascinating people in film come to campus as part of the series, and Kamiński was no exception.

Kamiński grew up in Poland, with his love of movies beginning as a boy. After immigrating to Chicago, Kaminski had a choice: becoming a laborer, or pursue an education. He chose film school.

After attending Columbia College (not associated with Columbia University) he moved to Los Angeles and completed his MFA at the American Film Institute. Kamiński had a friend who worked as an assistant to Diane Keaton, and after the actress viewed his reel, she hired Kamiński to film Wildflower, a made-for-TV movie.

Famed director Steven Spielberg saw Wildflower, and was interested in how quickly it was shot. He went on to hire Kaminski to film the award-winning Schindler’s List, and Kamiński has filmed every Spielberg movie since. And a few others, too.

The talk began with a viewing of the first and last ten minutes of Julian Schnabel’s The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. The beginning of the film is shot entirely from the viewpoint of Bauby, waking from a three-week coma. The end of the film again retreats into his world, depicting his reality as his brain begins misfiring and starts to shut down. The scenes used selective focus, skewed framing and hand cranking to portray the world as seen through Bauby’s one eye.

Kamiński noted that the film was much more linear between the opening and closing scenes. While the images were powerful and the story allowed for such unconventional techniques, he advised against going in this direction for too long or you lose the audience: “I was not interested in making an art film.”

Kamiński said he was grateful to work with Schnabel, who was not interested in conventional story telling and who had a sophisticated visual sense. “Most directors would have made a soppy, sentimental movie, Kamiński said. “I know I would have. I love sentimentality.”

Kamiński’s advice to students:

  • “You have to be very proactive with how you get jobs. I always had my demo reel with me. I didn’t always have a car but I had my reel.”
  • “Don’t be careful; just do it now. Be careful later.”
  • “Watch the world around you. Notice how the light changes during the day. How are you going to create that world on a screen?”

And on working with Spielberg:

  • “I have spent more time with him than with my previous two wives.”

Acclaimed Cinematographer to Speak Thursday

Art Center is honored to welcome to campus world-renowned Australian cinematographer Peter James this afternoon to discuss his craft and more. Film Department instructor Allen Daviau will host the discussion with the highly acclaimed cinematographer and director of photography.

James’ credits include Driving Miss Daisy, Black Robe, Alive, This Thing Called Love, Silent Fall, Diabolique, Paradise Road, The Newton Boys, Double Jeopardy, Meet the Parents, Cheaper by the Dozen 2, 27 Dresses and many more.

The event starts at 2 pm at the Ahmanson Auditorium and is open to all Art Center students, faculty, alumni and staff.

Peter James
Thursday, August 5, 2 pm
Hillside Campus, Ahmanson Auditorium

Cinematographer John Toll on Campus Today

Film Department instructor Allen Daviau will host a screening of The Thin Red Line, followed by a Q&A with cinematographer John Toll. Toll’s credits include Almost Famous, Gone Baby Gone, The Last Samurai, Tropic Thunder, It’s Complicated and many others. Toll one of just three cinematographers to win consecutive Oscars for Best Cinematography, for Legends of the Fall (1994) and Braveheart (1995).

The event starts promptly at 1 pm and is open to all Art Center students, faculty, alumni and staff.

John Toll
Thursday, April 8, 1 pm
Ahmanson Auditorium

The Wolfman Comes to Hillside Campus

There will be a special screening on campus of The Wolfman today. Film Department instructor Allen Daviau will host the 35mm screening of the Universal Pictures film for his Cinematography 5 Seminar. A Q&A with the film’s director of photography, Art Center alum Shelly Johnson, will follow.

A cinematographer and award-winning painter, Johnson has shot more than 50 feature and television projects including Tales from the Crypt, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II, Jurassic Park III, The Last Castle, Hidalgo, Sky High, The House Bunny and many more. The Wolfman, a reimagining of the 1941 horror classic, was directed by Joe Johnston, written by Andrew Kevin Walker and David Self, and boasts an all-star cast including Benicio Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, Hugo Weaving and Emily Blunt.

The event is open to the entire Art Center community, as space allows.

The Wolfman Special Screening and Q&A
Thursday, February 18, 1 pm
Ahmanson Auditorium

Acclaimed Cinematographer to Speak on Campus

Art Center is honored to welcome to campus world-renowned cinematographer Caleb Deschanel to discuss his craft and much more tomorrow, Oct. 15. Film Department instructor Allen Daviau will host the discussion with the five-time Academy Award-nominated cinematographer and director. Deschanel’s credits as cinematographer include The Black Stallion, The Right Stuff, The Natural, The Patriot and The Passion of the Christ. Film and television that he has directed include Crusoe, Twin Peaks, Law and Order and Bones.

The event starts at 1 pm at Hillside Campus’ Ahmanson Auditorium. For more information, call 626.396.2373.