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From Createasphere: An Interview With Sandi Sissel, A.S.C

At Createasphere’s Entertainment Technology Expo in New York this past September, Sandi Sissel, ASC, stepped on stage with her colleagues from the American Society of Cinematographers, including Richard Crudo, ASC and Bob Primes, ASC, to engage in an honest and thoughtful conversation about the role of the cinematographer. Moderated by American Cinematographer’s Iain Stasukevich, the trio engaged in a candid and high-spirited look at the state of art and technology today, and what the future may hold.


Sandi brought a unique set of experiences to this conversation. She began her career as a cinematographer at NBC and ABC where she received two Emmy Awards on Her Majesty’s Britannia and coverage of the war in Vietnam. During the 1970s and ‘80s, she shot countless segments for ABC’s 20/20, Saturday Night Live and 60 Minutes. Sandi served as director of photography on the Oscar-nominated and Camera D’Or winning motion picture Salaam Bombay. Her impressive resume includes many motion pictures as DP and second unit DP, award-winning documentaries, television programs and miniseries over the course of a distinguished career. In 1994 Sandi received the Kodak Vision Award for Women In Film and has appeared in the films Visions of Light, Shooting Women and Women Behind the Lens. Sandi presently serves as Head of Cinematography in the graduate film program at New York University.


Createasphere: You’ve been teaching for a few years now in addition to your work as a cinematographer. Have you seen a difference in the interests and approach of the students in your graduate program at NYU in the past five years?

Sandi: Clearly changes in technology over the last few years affect NYU graduate film students just as they do the industry. One of the biggest changes I have observed is ..


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