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Cinematographer Don Burgess, ASC, Discusses his work on Source Code

Don Burgess, ASC, grew up in Santa Monica, California, and began his career while still a student at Art Center College of Design. A 2nd unit DP, Johnny Stephens, who was also a friend of the family, asked him if he wanted to work as a loader on a film called “The Sorcerer,” which was shooting in the Dominican Republic. The experience shaped a career that went on to include a collaboration with director Bob Zemeckis on five movies: “Forrest Gump,” “Contact,” “What Lies Beneath,” “Castaway,”  and “The Polar Express.” Other notable directors he worked with, to name a few, include Phillip Noyce, “Blind Fury,” Billy Crystal, “Forget Paris,” Sam Raimi, “Spider-Man,” Gary Winick, “Thirteen Going on Thirty,” Joe Roth “Christmas with the Kranks,” Frank Marshall, “Eight Below” and Albert and Allen Hughes, “The Book of Eli.”

His myriad awards include an Oscar nomination for best cinematography in 1995 for “Forrest Gump;” two ASC Awards nominations, one for “Forrest Gump” in 1995 and a nomination for outstanding cinematography in a movie of the week for “The Court-Marshal of Jackie Robinson” (1991); a BAFTA Film Award nomination in 1995 for “Forrest Gump,” three  award nominations for “Cast Away,” including the 2001 Chicago Film Critics Association Award, the 2001 Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award and the 2001 Phoenix Film Critics Society Award; and a 1998 Golden Satellite Award nomination for “Contact.” He recently completed production on “The Muppets,” and took some time to talk to Panavision about his career and the recently released film “Source Code,” which debuted at the SXSW Film Festival and opened in wide release on April 1, 2011 to positive reviews.
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Cinematographer John Seale, ASC, ACS Talks About "The Tourist

Cinematographer John Seale, ASC, ACS, was born in Warwick, Queensland, Australia. His first credits as a camera operator included several films directed by fellow Australian Peter Weir, including “Picnic at Hanging Rock,” (1975) and “Gallipoli” (1981). Soon after Weir moved to the United States, Seale joined him on the project “Witness,” (1985), directed by Weir, and garnered his first Oscar nomination for cinematography. Since then, Seale has earned more than 40 credits as a cinematographer, and worked with directors such as Anthony Minghella (“The English Patient,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” “Cold Mountain”), Barry Levinson (“Rain Man”), Rob Reiner (“The American President,” “Ghosts of Mississippi”) and Michael Apted “(Gorillas in the Mist”) to name a few. His awards are numerous,  including four Oscar nominations and one win (for "The English Patient"), four ASC Award nominations and one win (also for "The English Patient"), three awards. Seale was recently honored by the American Society of Cinematographers with the ASC International Award, which was presented on February 13, 2011. Seale has been a long-time Panavision customer, so we spoke to him about his career. 

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Cinematographer John Seale, ASC, ACS Talks About "The Tourist

Cinematographer John Seale, ASC, ACS, was born in Warwick, Queensland, Australia. His first credits as a camera operator included several films directed by fellow Australian Peter Weir, including “Picnic at Hanging Rock,” (1975) and “Gallipoli” (1981). Soon after Weir moved to the United States, Seale joined him on the project “Witness,” (1985), directed by Weir, and garnered his first Oscar nomination for cinematography. Since then, Seale has earned more than 40 credits as a cinematographer, and worked with directors such as Anthony Minghella (“The English Patient,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” “Cold Mountain”), Barry Levinson (“Rain Man”), Rob Reiner (“The American President,” “Ghosts of Mississippi”) and Michael Apted “(Gorillas in the Mist”) to name a few. His awards are numerous,  including four Oscar nominations and one win (for "The English Patient"), four ASC Award nominations and one win (also for "The English Patient"), three awards. Seale was recently honored by the American Society of Cinematographers with the ASC International Award, which was presented on February 13, 2011. Seale has been a long-time Panavision customer, so we spoke to him about his career. 

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