He attended Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and worked as a graphic artist before moving to Pacific Title, where he created the title and optical effects for “Mr. Majestyk” in 1974. Smith then segued into camera work as a second assistant on film and television projects including “Little House on the Prairie.” On Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner,” he served as first camera assistant, a position he also held on ” Lookin’ to Get Out,” “Staying Alive” and “Brainstorm.”
As a camera operator, Smith worked on films including “Joe vs. the Volcano,” “The Bodyguard” and “Robin Hood: Men in Tights.” He also worked regularly on TV shows including “Doogie Howser, M.D.,” “Party of Five,” “House, M.D.,” “Bones” and “Eli Stone. ”
He is survived by two sons, two daughters and five grandchildren.
Donations may be made to the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research at UCLA.