Academy-Award Nominated Cinematographer Coming to UCR

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When the dinosaurs started eating their creators in Jurrasic Park, he was there. When Roger Rabbit first laid his bulging eyes on the future Jessica Rabbit, he was also there. He witnessed Marty McFly climbing into the DeLorean and was in Mission Control when things went horribly wrong for the astronauts aboard Apollo 13.

And next quarter, he will be teaching his craft to the students in the UC Riverside Department of Theatre, Film & Digital Production.

Academy-Award nominated cinematographer Dean Cundey will be working on our student-written, student-directed, student acted and crewed annual department short film, “Control Your State,” in March of 2015.

The entertainment industry is a business of contacts and relationships so you have to work incredibly hard to be a person that other people want to collaborate with and spend time around.Stu Krieger, Department Chair
Through eight pre-production seminars on cameras, lighting, composition and more, Mr. Cundey will prepare students for the four-day shoot that will follow their training. During principal photography, he will serves as the film’s d.p. – director of photography – continuing to offer his counsel and expertise to those students lucky enough and smart enough to be a part of this intensive learning experience.

With a career that spans forty years, in addition to the credits mentioned above, Mr. Cundey has worked with John Carpenter on “Halloween” and “Escape From New York,” with Steven Spielberg on “Hook,” with Robert Zemeckis on all three “Back to the Future” films and on “Death Becomes Her.” He shot the Lindsay Lohan version of “The Parent Trap” and worked with director Nancy Meyers on “The Holiday.” He has lit and shot stars from Cameron Diaz to Michael Douglas, from Bette Midler to Adam Sandler – as Jack and Jill.   Near the start of his career, he was also the cinematographer on the classic motion picture “Satan’s Cheerleaders” where he met the Chair of the UCR Department of Theatre, Film & Digital Production, Stu Krieger. Bringing Mr. Cundey to our campus is one more example of why Krieger is constantly reminding his students that they need to be nice to everyone they meet along the way.

“Dean and I hadn’t been in touch for more than ten years but in the mid ‘70s and early ‘80s we worked on four or five movies together, including the first two films where I was the credited screenwriter. Dean was also at my wedding 33 years ago. And when I shot him an email to see if he had any interest in working with our students at UCR, he was immediately on board. The entertainment industry is a business of contacts and relationships so you have to work incredibly hard to be a person that other people want to collaborate with and spend time around.”

Exciting things are happening in our department. Incredible faculty and amazing guests from the worlds of theatre, film, television and new media are working with the students in our major to prepare them for careers in every aspect of the vibrant and ever-expanding entertainment industry.

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