Academy-Award Nominated cinematographer Dean Cundey returns to UCR

In All, Digital Production, Events, Film & Video by Richard Gonzales

(In the picture above) Cinematographer Dean Cundey discusses the next shot with director Taylor Hatch (center) and first assistant director Hana Bookman

For the second year in a row, Dean Cundey, the Academy-Award nominated cinematographer of Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Jurassic Park, Apollo 13, Back to the Future, Mrs. Doubtfire and many more acclaimed feature films worked with students in the Department of Theatre, Film & Digital Production to produce our fourth-annual 15-minute department short film. This time out, second-year CWPA MFA student Taylor Hatch directed the film, Bad Timing, written by TFDP Professor Stu Krieger.
Taylor worked with an all-student crew and cast of actors.

The film will premiere at the annual Department Film Festival April 7 & 8 at 8:00 p.m. in the Arts 335 screening room.

The preproduction seminars and four-day shooting schedule provided a memorable collaborative learning experience for all involved.

TFDP major Anakaren Chable who stars in the film as Nini, a young research assistant caught in a compromising position, said, “Working with a professional like Dean really created a very in depth learning experience, for he provided such great insights and stories about what it was like working on a set and in the industry. Taylor truly was a great director, with the patience and commitment she had with us actors.

“I could not have asked for a better first experience participating in a UCR production. Thank you for everyone involved who made it the amazing journey it was.”Anakaren Chable, TFDP Student

Nelson Matti, acting in front of the camera for the very first time, filled the pivotal role of Stupid Johnny. Reflecting on his experience, Nelson said, “Every time we had a rehearsal, I just couldn’t wait for it to be 6:30pm so that I could park my car at lot 6 and walk my funny self to the basement of Sproul Hall and start creating some magic with people who ultimately brought out the good in me! I seriously loved this experience and I am so grateful to have had all these people in my life!”

Fourth-year TFDP filmmaking major Andrew Golden, a member of the film’s production crew added: “It was an absolute honor getting to work as Dean Cundey’s first assistant camera. Working under such a legend is certainly an experience I’ll never forget, and has provided invaluable information about both cinematography and larger budget forms of filmmaking. A field like cinematography demands an experience like this, and is something I’ll be forever grateful for.”

Director Taylor Hatch summed up her time on the project with this: “I learned every second that I worked with Dean Cundey. He was extremely willing to share his wealth of knowledge in the art of filmmaking and visual storytelling. He has a sincere desire to help us learn and succeed, and we were lucky to have him.”

Please join us April 7 & 8 to enjoy the fruits of everyone’s creative labor! We look forward to seeing everyone there.

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