Production Professionals

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents



Bernie Oseransky on being an Executive in charge of production; on what that job entails; on the difference between that and Production Executive
Joseph M. Wilcots on how the Star Trek transporter effects were created in post-production
Stewart MacGregory on the difference between a unit manager and a production manager 
Abby Singer on the duties of a unit production manager
Ben Wolf on shot composition 
Ira Skutch on the craft of staging managing for television, and on stage managing The Hour Glass
Who talked about this profession

John Bartley

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John Bartley on the responsibilities of a Director of Photography
John Bartley on the importance of the camera operator (and other camera crew)

Wade Bingham

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Wade Bingham on working with CBS News correspondents and producers when shooting a story
Wade Bingham on the job of a camera operator/cinematographer on a news program or documentary series
Wade Bingham on starting to use multiple cameras for news stories

Haskell Boggs

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Haskell Boggs on new filming techniques that came about during the run of Bonanza
Haskell Boggs on learning to deal with the smaller sized television screen during his time was director of photography on Bonanza
Haskell Boggs on acting as director of photography for the Bonanza episode "Bushwhacked, and on the importance of a director of photography knowing the script
Haskell Boggs on dealing with the weather and daylight when working on location on Bonanza
Haskell Boggs on how cinematography techniques changed during his time on Bonanza and moving to the Warner Bros. set
Haskell Boggs on the differences between shooting for television and shooting features and on working with Bing Crosby and Bob Hope
Haskell Boggs on advice to aspiring directors of photography

Robert Caminiti

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Robert Caminiti on the difference between stage managing and being an assistant director
Robert Caminiti on assistant directors editing footage
Robert Caminiti on how technology has impacted Saturday Night Live and the job of assistant director
Robert Caminiti on advice for aspiring television production professionals
Robert Caminiti on advice for aspiring assistant directors

Frank Inn

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Frank Inn on the keys to his success as an animal trainer
Frank Inn on advice to aspiring Hollywood animal trainers
Frank Inn on the specific talents an animal trainer must possess
Frank Inn on his technique training animals
Frank Inn on the difference between training male dogs and female dogs, and on his animals getting awards

Stewart MacGregory

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Stewart MacGregory on the duties of a stage coordinator 
Stewart MacGregory on how the advent of color affected his job as stage coordinator 
Stewart MacGregory on the technical aspects of being a unit manager on Wide Wide World
Stewart MacGregory on the difference between a unit manager and a production manager 

Kent McCray

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Kent McCray on the craft of being a production manager
Kent McCray on the importance of keeping things light with his crew

Bernie Oseransky

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Bernie Oseransky on deciding he wanted to work on the production side of television while he was still an usher at CBS studios in the 1950s; on his duties as an usher
Bernie Oseransky on what he learned as an usher at CBS Studios early in his career

Ed Resnick

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Ed Resnick on advice to aspiring cameramen

Thomas Del Ruth

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Thomas Del Ruth on his style of communication and his early projects as a cameraman 
Thomas Del Ruth on what a director of photography does and working with directors
Thomas Del Ruth on acting as director of photography on various made-for-television movies and on the technical aspects of the job
Thomas Del Ruth on his visual style 
Thomas Del Ruth on the most important developments in television cinematography 
Thomas Del Ruth on his advice to an aspiring cinematographer 

Abby Singer

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Abby Singer on the duties of a unit production manager
Abby Singer on what makes a good production manager
Abby Singer on the main responsibilities of a production manager/executive, and a typical work week
Abby Singer on advice to people getting into production management and his influence in the business

Joseph M. Wilcots

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Joseph M. Wilcots on the challenges of lighting Roots
Joseph M. Wilcots on depth of field and selective focus when shooting, and the use of filters
Joseph M. Wilcots on technological innovations during his career, and on working with a crew
Joseph M. Wilcots on advice to an aspiring cinematographer

Ben Wolf

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Ben Wolf on how the television cinematographer works with the lighting director
Ben Wolf on advice to someone starting out in the cinematography business
Ben Wolf on how cinematography has changed
Ben Wolf on then-recent technological developments for cameras and then-current cinematography
Ben Wolf on the role of a cinematographer in television
Ben Wolf on the television cinematographer working with the director
Ben Wolf on cinematographers working with assistant directors and stage managers
Ben Wolf on cinematographers establishing a look for a show with lighting directors
Ben Wolf on shot composition 

This category consists of technical professionals involved in the production. These include: camera operators, cinematographers, directors of photography, lighting designers, and lighting directors, as well as dialogue coaches, location managers, medical consultants, stage managers, production coordinators, technical directors, trainers, and unit production managers.