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Rick Wise Director of Photography

Director of Photography

743 Calmar Ave - Oakland, California - 94610 - United States

The big jobs, and the small, we love them all.
ExperienceI've been shooting and making films for over thirty years and have worked with the famous (Francis Ford Coppola, Audrey Hepburn, Albert Finney, Darryl F. Zanuck, Jules Dassin, Sun Micro, Apple, Microsoft, etc.) and the not so famous. All get my equal attention, skills, and dedication to the project at hand.

After a brief period working as an assistant director for American productions shooting in France, I became a news and documentary filmmaker, ending up at KQED San Francisco during its golden years. From 1968-70 I covered the daily riots at San Francisco State and then UC Berkeley as a cameraman and editor, honing my skills at visual storyteller. The station bumped me up to produce, shoot and edit a series of long-form documentaries for PBS, including the highly acclaimed Private Lives of Americans.[1] When the Nixon administration cut PBS to the bone in 1972, I became a freelancer. I shot, edited, and sometimes produced various projects including shooting second camera and editing one of the bicentennial films from Alan Landsburg Productions, Cowboys and Indians. That documentary work then morphed into commercials and for the last twenty years I've been a Director of Photography for commercials and high-end corporate productions in the San Francisco Bay Area and occasionally for television docudramas and feature films. As a result of living in France and Italy for nine years, and my overseas assignments, I am an experienced traveler in Europe, Middle East, North Africa, Asia, Mexico, and of course the USA. I am still reasonably fluent in French. I shoot all the formats: 35mm, 16mm, video from HD to HDV to mini-DV. I edit all my own projects and those of my clients when appropriate.
EducationDartmouth College, BA
l'Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinématographiques (Film School, Paris, France)
SpecialityLive action film and video; green / blue screen; table-top.
Hardware ProficiencyAll forms of film and video cameras
Software ProficiencySony Vegas NLE, Word, Excel, Photoshop

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