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Mr. William McDonald

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405 Hilgard Ave
Los Angeles , California 90095
United States

Company Description: UCLA Extension is one of the nation's largest and most comprehensive continuing higher education providers and has served Southern California since 1917. Each year,...   more

Employment History

  • Vice-Chair for Production
  • Professor
  • Vice Chair for Production
    UCLA School of Theater , Film and Television
  • Chair of the Department of Film, Television and Digital Media
    UCLA School of Theater , Film and Television
  • Head of Cinematography
    UCLA School of Theater , Film and Television
  • Screenwriter, Director, Editor, Cinematographer, Animator
    Run and Gun Pictures Writing Pool / Production
  • Professor and Cinematographer
    UCLA School of Theater, Film & TV
  • Professor
    203B East Melnitz Hall
  • Department of Film, Television and Digital Media Chair
  • Vice Chair for Production


  • Master of Fine Arts , Cinematography
180 Total References
Web References
JVC Professional Customer Support, 1 Dec 2001 [cached]
"It is very exciting to have the next generation of filmmakers using cutting-edge technology from an industry leader like JVC," said William McDonald, vice-chair for production at UCLA.
William McDonald, ..., 7 June 2012 [cached]
William McDonald, award-winning cinematographer and professor, has been appointed the new Chair of the Department of Film, Television and Digital Media (FTVDM) at UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television (TFT) and will assume his new position on July 1st.
Sapient: Press room, 12 Oct 2000 [cached]
"Digital tools have greatly expanded the filmmaker's creative possibilities," said William McDonald, vice chair for production, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.
Shifting Focus, 16 Feb 2006 [cached]
This is the aspect of digital cinematography that should be emphasized, argued Professor Bill McDonald, head of cinematography at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.
'This is just a natural stage of evolution within the art form,' McDonald said. 'It could not be more natural.There have been so many times within the film industry when some technology changed, and people said, 'You practitioners of the old techniques are the dinosaurs, goodbye.' In the end, it's just a tool.'
According to McDonald, there has always been the appearance of tension between old and new practices in cinematography.Despite technological changes that seem to alter the craft completely, however, McDonald holds that a cinematographer's true tasks have always been the same.
'It's a completely natural progression.Unfortunately, there seems to be a tendency to make it an 'or' - film or video.It's film and video; it's analog and it's digital.It's all embraced to tell stories better,' McDonald said.
We've gone from hand- cranked to motors, then we transitioned from fluid black-and-white to Technicolor cameras, through to today's hybrid, high-def video,' McDonald said.
'In other words, technology has always been changing for cinematographers.They are the first to embrace technology to help them tell better stories.'
McDonald is enthusiastic not only about incorporating new techniques as a cinematographer, but also about passing those techniques on to his students as a teacher.
'When my students leave UCLA, they can work in film, high-def video - they know how to work within all the tools to create the images that tell the story,' he said. 'As an educator, I couldn't be more excited about this, because it makes the students better storytellers and more employable.'
Suber's self-effacement is ..., 6 May 2014 [cached]
Suber's self-effacement is characteristic, said TFT Department of Film, Television and Digital Media Chair William McDonald.
"To meet this quite humble man, you would never know he had legions of devoted followers, but he does," McDonald said.
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