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Getting behind the camera

Cinematographers discuss their work

HOLLYWOOD — In a mood to share, the exclusive American Society of Cinematographers opened its Clubhouse doors April 18 for a bit of show and tell.

Young lions Wally Pfister (“Batman Begins”), Dion Beebe (“Memoirs of a Geisha) and Rodrigo Prieto (“Brokeback Mountain”) were joined by the more seasoned John Seale (“Poseidon”) to illustrate the method behind their magic with slides and film clips.

Asked if this is a recurring event, ASC brahmin William Fraker said, “We normally get together once a month to beat each other up.”

Pfister departed from the rest by showing not his own work but that of Vittorio Storaro, in footage from “Apocalypse Now.” “It dances between surreality and reality,” said the fortysomething d.p. “It inspired me to become a cinematographer.”

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