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Listen to my compelling interview with Cinematographer James Chressanthis, ASC, (American Society of Cinematographers) about his personal home movie legacy, his prolific career, and why he chooses to include scenes shot on Super 8 film for a number of his projects.
His feature film directing debut No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos about the legendary Hungarian cinematographers and the American New Wave, premiered as an official selection of the 2008 Cannes Film Festival and has been seen in more than thirty six film festivals worldwide culminating with a national broadcast on PBS and his third Emmy® Nomination: Outstanding Arts & Culture Programming.
CHRESSANTHIS RECREATED “HOME MOVIES” or USED ACTUAL ARCHIVAL FOOTAGE IN ALL THESE PROEJECT. His new project, The Watsons Go To Birmingham, will also make use of super 8 film to recreate the feeling of the area
Chressanthis began his film career shooting break-through and first music videos for such artists as NWA, Dr. Dre, John Wesley Harding, Hammer, and Bobby McFerrin as well as James Brown and a Grammy® nominated clip Smells Like Nirvana for “Weird Al” Yankovic. More recently Chressanthis has been a director and cinematographer of the popular CBS dramatic series Ghost Whisperer completing five seasons. Recent movies and series include the thriller Hide for TNT, Prosecuting Casey Anthony for Lifetime, The Makeover for ABC and the pilot and first two seasons of The Client List.
He is currently preparing his latest project “The Watsons Go To Birmingham” a dramatization of the tragic 1963 Birmingham church bombing.
James Chressanthis trained as a sculptor and today exhibits large mixed media digital prints and paintings when he is not shooting films.
Bio: James Chressanthis, ASC is a filmmaker who has earned a diverse range of nearly forty credits since the early 1990s, including studio motion pictures, independent features, television movies episodic drama series and documentaries. His cinematography has been nominated for an Emmy® twice: Four Minutes Roger Bannister’s quest to break the four minute mile barrier and the acclaimed mini-series Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows. He also shot critical additional 1st Unit photography on the Oscar® – winning Chicago. Other notable credits include Urban Legend, the controversial mini-series The Reagan’s, “3” (The Dale Earnhardt Story), The Music Man, Eloise at the Plaza and Eloise at Christmastime (both with Julie Andrews), Judas Kiss and Brian’s Song.
DON’t MISS THE “TECH TALK” SEGMENT WITH PHIL VIGEANT (last 15 min of the podcast) that gives great tips on how to use recreated super8 home movies in a theatrically released or made for TV movie)
No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos