Contacting Jack Cardiff
Posted 02 October 2006 - 11:08 PM
Posted 03 October 2006 - 01:03 PM
house coming up in the future. You might find out if Mr. Cardiff will be there. I have wanted to
meet David Mullen ASC for a long time and I'm hoping to find him at next ASC open house.
One needs to be sincere when dealing with these matters. I am a stills photographer and stu-
dent cinematographer. I have photographed several stars(with their permission) and of course
I was sincere. I wish you success. When one sincerely acts professional they are usually per-
ceived professional. I would never photograph a star and then sell the photographs.
Posted 03 October 2006 - 01:24 PM
Posted 03 October 2006 - 02:38 PM
I produced an interview with Mr. Cardiff for a documentary last year. Contrary to Max's comments, Mr. Cardiff was still frequenting Poland, Edinburgh and LA for various film/cinematography based festivals, lectures and such. Very busy shedule. However, well into his 90s, it's only understandable that Mr. Cardiff spends a lot of valued time resting in between (and during) these excursions with his family. Please understand and respect this if you choose to write to him.
I would also advise you to contact both the ASC and BSC and find out if Jack will be attending any lectures or festivals in your area anytime soon.
Posted 04 October 2006 - 01:04 PM
when all looks impossible,thats the time to work harder and not quit. If you are truely sincere
then you should try to contact Mr. Cardiff. I hope you will do so with great respect and con-
sideration for Mr. Cardiff. I once thought that I could not photograph John Travolta(set of Lucky
Numbers). Everyone said no but I had the courage to approach him,acting professionally and he
said yes and even created his own poses for me. Those photos are only in my private archives
and one is hanging in my studio.
Posted 04 October 2006 - 01:20 PM
Posted 04 October 2006 - 01:37 PM
Posted 04 October 2006 - 02:17 PM
Posted 05 October 2006 - 01:38 PM
Why don't you try to contact Mr. Cardiff through his agent as gentleman has provided you
with the agent's phone number. Be professional and sincere, if that does not work you may
want to try to be more agressive(with respect and consideration). In this regard I mean try
to contact Mr. Cardiff himself. These are tried and true methods I use as a professional stills
photographer. I absolutely will not photograph a star without permission for example. Some-
thing wonderful and creative always happens when the star wants to be photographed. I once
meant Michael Chapman ASC in a crowded room by chance. Well let me tell you I idolize his
work! I did not know what to say and I was taken back! I said...."its you" and he said..."yes its
me"and I said..."I love your work." I asked him what it was like hanging from cables and taking
meter readings and he commented a little. I could tell that he really wanted his privacy. He did
thank me for being a fan of his art,cinematography. Brian, I had a Nikon F4S hanging around my
neck and another Nikon hanging on my shoulder. I never tried to photograph him and I could sen-
se that he did not want to be photographed. So I had great respect for him,I was considerate.
Sometimes the best images never reach the film,the focal plane. They stay in your mind and you
can visualize them for ever,call up the visual archive. I'm 58 years old now and I'm a student cine-
matographer,can you imagine that? Be professional and act sincere, monetary values can never re-
place the art,craft. Best of luck to you in all of your endeavors sir.
Posted 15 October 2006 - 02:30 AM
It took me a little while to understand why would a filmmaking legend serve me a coffee. Later I learned he was three times PHD, the third PHD given to him in person by the queen. Jack reached the very peak in cinematography, but as humans we were equals. He treated me as any of his friends. His modesty is unsurpassed.
I will always see him as my grandfather.
I just thought I share this happy experience with you guys.
Yes, consider his age, but don't be ambarresed to approach him. I would also advise you to contact his agent. Jacks schedule is really tight, but it can be done. You can imagine how many people know him and want to spend few minutes with him.
Posted 15 October 2006 - 04:04 PM
I have wanted to meet David Mullen ASC for a long time and I'm hoping to find him at next ASC open house
I'd love to do that, go to an ASC open house AND meet David M.
Posted 24 October 2006 - 01:58 PM
Find Jack Cardiff's information, sometimes you get lucky and get his personal contact info even, but for the big guys you at least get their agent's contact info.
Send a very heartfelt and professional fax or email expaining what you're looking for, and most of the time the agent will pass along the info. (Or at least they claim to)
I've tried this a couple times when I was an AC trying to get some bigger movies, I got hold of Wally Pfister even to try to get on the Prestige. (They were crewed up, damn it.)
Give that a shot.