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I hold a cinematographer classification in the International Cinematographers Guild, as such I understand set protocol. Establishing a respectful relationship with the Director, DP and the camera department is key because if they respect you they will help you get your shots. I started photography in high school. I had an internship at KGO TV while in college and I knew I was interested in film. My earliest training in the film business was in documentary production with NFL FILMS in Philadelphia. There were some GREAT cameramen there to learn from and there were no second takes at the sporting events that we covered. I owe a lot of gratitude to the great DP Ernie Ernst and director Steve Sabol. Years of documentary journalism with ABC and CBS News also honed my ability to step into unfolding events and find the visual storyline. Whether motion pictures or stills it is all looking through the viewfinder and finding those moments that reveal your subject. It requires you to be observant, creative and above the fray.

Many of my performance and behind the scenes images have been incorporated into our unique Photographicvideo The Story video won seven Telly Awards for online video. I’m also a director in the DGA and have been involved in commercial, feature 2nd unit, and documentary filmmaking as a director/cameraman for decades. I really like this bit of information about the ethic and purity of shooting unscripted life as it unfolds as told to the Washington Post by Henri Cartier-Bresson in 1957: “There is a creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture. Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera. That is the moment the photographer is creative,” he said. “Oop! The Moment! Once you miss it, it is gone forever.” I have had a long career behind the camera covering many different subjects. I have tried to honor all of them with a strong resolve to be alert, curious and very hard working in my efforts to capture their “decisive moments”. – Bob Carmichael

We welcome inquiries, contact Carmichael Productions, Inc. by calling 303-955-7065 or email bc@bobcarmichael for information about our services and availability.