‘Dog Day Afternoon’ Cinematographer Was 96

Victor J. Kemper, the cinematographer driving “Dog Working day Afternoon,” “Pee-wee’s Significant Experience,” “National Lampoon’s Vacation” and other noteworthy movies, has died. He was 96.

American Cinematographer, the worldwide publication of the American Modern society of Cinematographers, verified the information of his passing on social media.

1 of Kemper’s most distinguished movies is the biographical criminal offense drama “Dog Day Afternoon” (1975), directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Al Pacino. The movie, which tells the correct story of a 1972 bank robbery and hostage scenario in Brooklyn, was nominated for 6 Academy Awards and was admitted to the Nationwide Film Registry by the Library of Congress.

Kemper also experienced an ongoing collaborative romance with director Arthur Hiller, performing collectively on films like “The Tiger Can make Out” (1969) and “See No Evil, Hear No Evil” (1989). Other distinguished directors he labored with involve John Cassavetes, Anthony Harvey, Michael Ritchie, Elaine May possibly, J. Lee Thompson and Elia Kazan, amid several many others.

Kemper was born on April 14, 1927, in Newark, N.J. He graduated from Seton Corridor College in South Orange, N.J., and received his start out in the sector as an assistant doing work on commercials at EUE Studios in New York City.

Kemper’s in depth vocation doing work on aspect films spanned from the 1960s to the 2000s. He shot about sixty films together with “The Jerk” (1979), “The Ultimate Countdown” (1980), “National Lampoon’s Vacation” (1983), “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure” (1985), “Clue” (1985) and “Beethoven” (1992).

Kemper was a longtime member of the American Culture of Cinematographers, serving twice as the organization’s president. He was also honored with the ASC’s life time accomplishment award in 1998.

Cinematographer/director Richard Crudo, ASC, penned a tribute to his peer on his passing, producing, “On the most own of notes, he was a single of the sweetest guys you could meet. You haven’t really lived right until you have invested a evening or two making the most of his war tales and absorbing his counsel more than a ration of Glenlivet in Billy’s Bar at the ASC Clubhouse.”

Crudo concluded, “He was a wonderful mentor to lots of, not the very least of which myself, specifically for the duration of my early several years with the business. I will generally be grateful for his guidance. And now, together with the other giants I have been privileged to get to know there, I’ll constantly pass up him, much too.”