Eyepiece: Adventures in Canadian Film and Television

Eyepiece: Adventures in Canadian Film and Television




In Eyepiece, brilliant cinematographer and filmmaker Vic Sarin lays out the landscape of his life. The book starts with his formative years in India and carries on with stories about early days at CBC, working with top Canadian performers and personalities, and his recent feature films and documentaries. To Vic, the entertainment business is a window to magic. Touching people with his art and celebrating the human side comes through in every chapter, just as is comes through in every one of his films.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781988824024
Publisher: Durvile Publications
Publication date: 11/01/2017
Series: Reflections Series , #3
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Born in 1945 Vic is an Indian-born Canadian/American film director, producer and screenwriter. His work in cinematography includes Margaret's Museum, Whale Music, Nowhere to Hide, Norman's Awesome Experience, and Riel. He also has directed such fiction film as Cold Comfort, Partition, Left Behind, and Shine of Rainbows plus award-winning documentaries Hue, The Boy from Geita, and Keepers of the Magic.

Read an Excerpt

One thing I have noticed in my career is every person in front of the camera wants to do their best. Let’s face it, who doesn’t – we all do, whether we are Prince Charles or Christopher Plummer, or even myself – I like to look good on camera too. I feel that most people whoever they are, the so-called people “up there” presidents or monarchy or whatever, want to be loved, they all want to look good at whatever they do, and they do not want to feel threatened by anything negative. That’s basic human nature. So if you can strip people down so they do not feel threatened by you, you can connect with them on a human level. Even more important is that they think you are really curious about what they think. These elements boil down to honesty, sincerity, and curiousity.

Table of Contents

Foreword, The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson
Part One: An Auspicious Start and CBC
1. Passage to Canada
2. CBC Studio and News
3. CBC Documentaries and Personalities
4. CBC The Film Department
Part II: Outside
5. Filmmaking on the Outside
6. Challenges and Satisfaction
7. Ripple Effects
8. Partition
9. Rapture and Shine
Part III: Adventures of the Present and Future
10. Documentary and Reality
11. Making Ends Meet
12. Further Adventures

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