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William Fraker

William Fraker



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Also Known As: Died: May 31, 2010
Born: September 29, 1923 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: Cinematography ...


In 2001, Fraker was awarded the Mary Pickford Alumni Award from USC.

"I think the criterion for separating the men from the boys is the fact that when you look at a cinematographer's work on screen, you have to look at the consistency of the work. The consistency has to be there." --William A Fraker quote introducing section on Fraker in "Masters of Light: Conversations with Contemporary Cinematographers" by Dennis Schaefer and Larry Salvato (Berkeley and Los Angeles, California: The University of California Press, 1984)

"I don't believe in style. I think you find what the movie looks like within the material. And the director, the actors, the location all help you dictate the look of the film, not some arbitrary style you want to impose." --Fraker quoted in Moviemaker, June-July 1998

On receiving the 1999 Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Cinematographers: "I was flabbergasted, and I'm very honored. I love the ASC; it means a hell of a lot to a lot of people, so I'm very happy to get this award. Being recognized by your peers is probably more important than anything else.

"Also, if any success is given to me, it has to be shared with my crew--they are magnificent and loyal: gaffer Doug Pentek, best boy Don Yamosaki, camera operator David Diano, camera assistant Ted Chu and key grip Al Laverde." --Fraker to David E Williams in American Cinematograper, February 2000

"Why would anybody want to re-create reality? The only reason to attend a concert, a stage play or a movie is to escape reality. You have to be a storyteller, to invite the audience into what you want to say and take them on a trip. Part of that is photography, so why should I try to make it look 'real'?

"One of the things I love about shooting in the studio, as opposed to on location, is that you can walk onto a dark stage and put that first light anywhere. That's the first brushstroke, and you can then build on it with each additional lamp. You create your own reality, rather than re-creating something that's already there." --Fraker in American Cinematographer, February 2000

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