On this Bonus Edition of Filmmaker U Chats we are joined by Director of Photography/Camera Operator and Educator Scott Ressler. On this episode we talk with Scott on his experiences working with some of Hollywood's most talented Directors; as well as stories behind the scenes of his favorite projects. Tune in!
Tuesday, July 13th | 2:00 PM EDT/ 11:00 AM PDT
Scott Ressler has worked in feature and television camera for more than 30 years. He hails from Houston, TX, where he trained in animation and worked a production assistant on local documentaries. Scott moved to Los Angeles to attend the USC Film School, which led to forays in screenwriting, makeup special effects, and visual effects. As a camera assistant, he was fortunate enough to work with Roger Deakins, Stephen Katz, Paul Elliott, Peter Deming, Shelly Johnson, and many others. As a camera operator, television series include "Dexter," "Shameless," and Childrens Hospital, and features such as "Austin Powers in Goldmember," "Sky High," "Shopgirl," and "Jarhead." Scott continues to shoot independent features, 2nd Units, and shorts, such as David Lynch’s "What Did Jack Do?," and teaches Cinematography at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
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