Award-winner John Bailey, ASC has been named the 2010 Kodak Cinematographer-in-Residence for the spring quarter at UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television (TFT). Now in its 11th year, the residency course was inaugurated by Professor William McDonald (with the support of Kodak) and gives students the opportunity to receive direct guidance and insight from award-winning, veteran cinematographers (including one-on-one sessions) over the course of 10 weeks.
“I’m thrilled John Bailey will be our 2010 Kodak Cinematographer-in-Residence,” says Teri Schwartz, dean of UCLA TFT. “I’ve had the great privilege of working with John on several films. He is enormously talented and is a splendid colleague. John will be a great inspiration not only to our TFT students, but to the entire UCLA community.” Past participants in the Kodak Cinematographer-in-Residence program include Roger Deakins, Laszlo Kovacs, Conrad L. Hall and Owen Roizman.
Bailey’s diverse resume, spanning over four decades, includes Ordinary People, The Big Chill, Groundhog Day, As Good as It Gets and The Kid Stays in the Picture. He recently completed work on his 70th feature, Love Don’t Let Me Down
The mentorship program began with a free screening of one of Bailey’s most acclaimed works, Paul Schrader’s biopic Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters, for which Bailey received a Best Artistic Contribution award for cinematography at the 1985 Cannes Film Festival. A discussion with Bailey, moderated by McDonald, followed the screening.
“Cinematographers tend to fly under the radar, but they are the heart and soul of the collaborative art and craft of filmmaking,” says Michael Zakula, regional sales and marketing manager for Kodak’s Entertainment Imaging Division. “We are privileged to have this opportunity to help nurture emerging talent through this program.”
For additional information about the Kodak Cinematographer-in-Residence program, please visit www.tft.ucla.edu.
For more information on John Bailey, visit his blog at www.theasc.com/blog.