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Rex Sikes' Movie Beat chats with cinematographer/filmmaker Richard Chisolm

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Richard Chisolm is an Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker and cinematographer with over twenty-five years of production experience. Based in Baltimore, he has shot films and television programs on a wide variety of subjects in the US and abroad. Deeply committed to the value of real stories and the adventures of real people, Richard has worked for PBS, National Geographic, BBC, Discovery Channel, HBO, and many other broadcast entities. He was the Director of Photography for both of ABC's "Hopkins" prime time medical documentary series (2000 and 2008). He is also the recipient of a Peabody Award, a Columbia duPont Journalism award, two Kodak Vision awards, three CINE Golden Eagles, and is a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Maryland. In Richard’s Own Words: When shooting, I think about lighting, movement, framing, depth of field, eye lines, etc., and I critically weigh the utility of shots on the eventual editing table. But above all, I imagine in the back of my mind the perspective of a curious and possibly restless viewer. I try to deliver to an audience the feeling of being there--being inside the story. To me this intuitive process is as important as the technical aspects of cinematography, and I strive for it to be second nature. Over the years I have done camera work on a wide variety of projects: feature films, TV series, commercials, corporate and educational videos. However, most of my experience continues to be in the realm of documentaries and actuality-style drama, much of it shot hand-held, a particular specialty of mine. Stay tuned to Rex Sikes' Movie Beat for other great archived interviews, cast and crew listings, events, festivals, premieres, and more at http://www.rexsikes.com