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Mr. William McDonald

Professor

UCLA

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UCLA

325 Westwood Plaza

Los Angeles, California 90095

United States

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Founded in 1949, UCLA School of Law is the youngest major law school in the nation and has established a tradition of innovation in its approach to teaching, research and scholarship. With approximately 100 faculty and 970 students, the school pioneered c ... more

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Chair of the Department of Film, Television and Digital Media
UCLA

Professor and Cinematographer
UCLA School of Theater , Film and Television

Vice Chair for Production
UCLA School of Theater , Film and Television

Head of Cinematography
UCLA School of Theater , Film and Television

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William McDonald, Pamela ...

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William McDonald, Pamela Beere Briggs, Sue Mitchell

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UCLA professor William McDonald, Pamela Beere Briggs and artist Sue Mitchell at Riverside's Fairmount Park, the site of the trees that are the subject of her art.
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UCLA professor and filmmaker William McDonald of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television (TFT) and Pamela Beere Briggs, his collaborator and wife, recently premiered their latest documentary, "Something Like a Sabbatical," at the Riverside Art Museum.
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"What she didn't know was how difficult the process would be ... and that once she started, she wouldn't want to stop," said McDonald, chair of the Department of Film, Television and Digital Media and a TFT alumnus with an M.F.A. in cinematography.
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McDonald and Briggs - a writer as well as a filmmaker - first collaborated as TFT graduate students on Briggs' M.F.A. thesis film, "Out of the Rain," a short drama.
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The challenges that Mitchell went through, McDonald said, reminded him of the complexities of making a portrait documentary.
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Working as a cinematographer, McDonald said, poses its own artistic challenges. "You have to become invisible and yet still exert a certain amount of control over the process so that you are getting the footage you need to tell the story as you are experiencing it," he said. But since McDonald and Briggs have teamed up for 30 years, he said, "we've developed a rhythm to the way we work that is seamless and unspoken."
A lesson in facing your fears In addition to their March premiere - which drew a packed house and raised $52,000 for the museum - the filmmakers screened their film in early April at Belmont Village Westwood senior living community and in a symposium for film and television majors that McDonald teaches. "We wanted to see if Sue's story would speak to a wider audience with diverse interests and experiences," he said.
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William McDonald, Pamela Beere Briggs, Sue Mitchell
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William McDonald, Pamela Beere Briggs, Sue Mitchell
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Filmmaker and UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television professor William McDonald, Pamela Beere Briggs and ...
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William McDonald, Pamela Beere Briggs, Sue Mitchell


William McDonald, the chair ...

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William McDonald, the chair of the Department of Film, Television and Digital Media at UCLA, said a spot at Newport is a coveted prize for his students.


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"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

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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.
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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.'


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UCLA's William McDonald to Receive Kodak Educational Award at SMPTE Tech Conference News: UCLA's William McDonald to Receive Kodak Educational Award at SMPTE Tech Conference The 2012 Kodak Educational Award will be presented to Professor William McDonald of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), at the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineer's (SMPTE) Honors and Awards Ceremony during the SMPTE 2012 Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition in Hollywood. McDonald, a cinematographer and filmmaker himself, is being recognized for his dedication to educate the next generation of filmmakers in the art and craft of cinematography throughout his professional career.

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