Manfred Guthe, C.S.C.
Manfred Guthe contacted me via e-mail after seeing the earliest version
of my unofficial P:TL web site way back in 1996 (before it became LegacyWeb.Com).
He kindly allowed me to ask some questions and provided a select list
of his work. Thanks Manfred, it was a pleasure!
Manfred Guthe, C.S.C. - Director of Photography for the pilot episode
of Poltergeist: The Legacy explaining how to give a show it's "look":
"Defining the look of a show entails deciding what style of
photography to use. In this case it meant the creation of lighting effects
to give it that Poltergeist feeling, creating mattes (backgrounds) to
give us a sense of being in Ireland. I helped decide what all the visual
effects would be in the show. For example, the transitions from the
Legacy House to the dream sequences where they go outdoors into another
world. Or the Mirror scenes where he changes (which by the way were
done entirely in camera on the set with no special effects post help).
The most difficult thing was to create a lighting design that would
be in keeping with the Poltergeist films but different and hopefully
more interesting. Also the type of camera movement; crane shots, steadycam,
camera rotations etc."
What does a "Director of Photography" do?
"The DP is responsible for creating (in collaboration with
the Producers and Director) the look of the show. In other words the
images you see when you watch a movie or tv show.This is achieved with
lighting and camera movement. He or She is directly in charge of the
camera crew, the lighting crew, and the grip crew, and works closely
with the heads of all of these other departments, art, hair, makeup,
wardrobe, special effects, sound, post production."
What' does the "C.S.C." stand for?
"C.S.C. stands for Canadian Society of Cinematographers."
What would you like everyone to know about your work?
"I will to attach a list of some of my credits." [below]
Do you use film or video? That's something that I've always
wondered about: the quality of the picture when watching tv shows. Is
it just the lighting or is it "how" they're shot or what?
"I shoot most shows 99% on film 35mm, or 16mm, and a little
on Video tape. Most of the shows are shot on film, whereas sitcoms in
the most part are shot in Video although there are some that are also
shot on film. I thing that some of the difference comes from the fact
that sitcoms are shot with multiple cameras and are mostly confined
to a few sets."
(Please note that this list has not been updated since 1997)
MOVIES OF THE WEEK / MINI-SERIES
POLTERGEIST: THE LEGACY Trilogy / MGM/UA Studios
(PILOT 1st. Episode) Stuart Gillard / Director
THE AWAKENING Alliance / CBS
(MOW) George Blumefeld / Director
ISLAND FEVER Warner Brothers /
(PILOT) ABC Television
Steve Surjik / Director
******THE POSSESSION OF MICHEAL D.
Atlantis Entertainment /(MOW) Fox Television
Micheal Kennedy / Director
BUTTERBOX BABIES Sullivan Entertainment /
(MOW) CBC Television
Don McBrearty / Director
TO SAVE THE CHILDREN Kushner Locke /
(MOW) CBS Television
Stephen Stern / Director
LUKAS B Sullivan Films / Taurus
(Mini-Series) Films Germany
Allan King / Director
TELEVISION SERIES / SPECIALS / VIDEOS
*NORTH OF SIXTY Alliance Entertainment /
(32 - 1 hr.episodes) Westventures II / CBC
MATRIX U.S.A. Network / Reeves
(13 - 1 hr. episodes) Entertainment / Sunrise Films
**ROAD TO AVONLEA Sullivan Films / Disney
(39 - 1 hr. episodes) Channel / CBC
***CANADA ONE, THE AMERICA'S CUP Dale Hartlaben / Producer
BRYAN ADAMS CPI / Producer
(rock videos for 'Somebody' & 'One Night Love Affair') Steve Surjik
RONNIE HAWKINS Henry Less / Producer
(special) Martin Khan / Director
THE STUPIDS Savoy Pictures
John Landis / Director
MIDDAY SUN Chris Zimmer / John
Hunter / Producers
Lulu Keating / Director
BUYING TIME Richard Gabourie /
Gabourie / Director
****TOO OUTRAGEOUS Consequel Films
Dick Benner / Director
ODDBALLS Maurice Smith / Producer
Micklos Lente / Director
CURTAINS Peter Simpson / Producer & Director
THE PIT John Bassett / Producer
Lew Layman / Director
DEADLINE Henry Less / Producer
Mario Azzopardi / Director
*****TWO IS A CROWD Peter Gerretsen Director/Producer
* Nominated Best Cinematography, CSC 1993
** Awarded Best Cinematography, 1990, Awarded Kodak Lifetime achievement
***Awarded Best Cinematography, CSC
****Nominated Best Cinematography, CSC 1987
*****Awarded Best Cinematography, NewYork Film Festival
****** Nominated Best Cinematography Gemini Awards 1995
Questions written by Clair aka "Clarianna" (netname). Answers
& credits by Manfred Guthe. Copyright © 1996-2002 LegacyWeb.Com