Born and raised in Los Angeles, Cameron Duncan (who earned an ICG Emerging Cinematographer Award in 2007 for Year of the Dog) traces his interest in photography back to his father's home movies, as well as the many superlative images he soaked up in National Geographic Magazine. He studied film production at California State University, Northridge, where he shot more than a dozen student projects. After graduation, Duncan worked at Panavision for four years, where Dan Sasaki taught him about optics while he was prepping camera packages for cinematographers.
"I the joined the Guild in the mid-1990s as a loader," Duncan recounts. "I was fortunate enough to work with people like Dion Beebe, ASC, ACS (Memoirs of a Geisha), Seamus McGarvey, ASC, BSC (Atonement) and Bill Pope, ASC (The Matrix trilogy), which was the best graduate film school anyone in this industry could have."
In Mr. Marceau (directed by Jared Allen), Tom Fitzpatrick plays an elderly recluse who collects clocks. As his beloved timepieces begin to disappear, he finds wisdom by learning to accept life's triumphs and tragedies with equilibrium and grace. The 20-minute film was produced in three days in the director's apartment - dressed to depict the recluse's home. Duncan used a RED camera that belongs to a friend.
"I avoided a sharp, digital look by using a 1/8 Classic Soft filter and creating a lot of haze," Duncan describes. "It was a great surprise getting the call from Steven Poster (ASC) telling me our film was being recognized. That tells me I'm on the right track."
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