HANANIA BAER

 

Born: 24 September 1943, Palestine [now Israel]. His family [father: Ernst Ezriel Baer (1890-1968)] came from Halberstadt, Germany. Went to London, UK, shortly after the Six-Day War [1967].

Education: London School of Film Technique [LSFT] [now London Film School], London, UK.

Career: Teaches part-time at the Yolanda and David Katz Faculty of the Arts of Tel Aviv University.

Awards: Daytime 'Emmy' Award nom [1982] for 'Daddy, I'm Their Mama Now'; Daytime 'Emmy' Award [1984] for 'Andrea's Story: A Hitchhiking Tragedy'; Daytime 'Emmy' Award [1991] for 'But He Loves Me'.


'Irene in Time' [2006]: Veteran Writer/Director Henry Jaglom has been making small but acclaimed indie films since the early '70s, and Emmy Award-winning Israeli DP Hanania Baer has been working with him since 1984. By his own estimate, Baer has shot 'about 12' of Jaglom's films. Their recent feature 'Irene in Time' was shot on location in L.A. over a two-week period. Baer says that the shoot typifies Jaglom's unorthodox working methods. 'The camera is just like another character for Henry and has a dialogue with the actors,' he says.

Baer shot 'Irene in Time' with two Moviecams, 'one in the studio mode, and the lighter SL version for all the handheld shots.' He reports that it's a challenge to shoot and light Jaglom's films since they don't really work with a script. 'We have an outline but things keep changing on the day, as his goal is to always give his actors as much freedom as possible, and to make them as unselfconscious about the camera as possible,' he explains. 'It's a very different method from the traditional Hollywood way of working where you break up the scenes into shots and set-ups, and you're very particular about camera angles and all the lighting. And on top of that, Henry often likes to use non-actors, so the whole approach is very loose and spontaneous.'

With all this in mind, the DP was equally as loose as he approached the lighting. 'You don't want to limit any of the actors by doing a lighting set-up that forces them to stay on a specific mark,' Baer notes. 'So my lighting approach tended to be more generalized, as there's no standard breakdown of scenes into master shots, close-ups and so on. It's more a matter of creating an atmosphere and feeling that doesn't intimidate any of the actors while they're doing a scene.'

Baer reports that the shoot didn't require an extensive lighting package, and used a mixture of lamps. 'We rented all the lights from our gaffer, and used a bunch of HMIs, the largest being 6Ks,' he says. 'And we didn't work so much with hard lights, but more with soft lights and bounce lights with a lot of diffusion. We used quite a few Kino Flo's and also had a package of tungsten lights, the biggest being some 5Ks, which I basically used for all the night shoots as well as some interiors. And with today's film stocks, you can mix every color temperature because there's now so much latitude compared with all the stocks when I began shooting some 40 years ago. There's been so many advances, and that's really affected the way you light as well.'

Baer says he always enjoys working with Jaglom and on indie films. 'You never know what's going to happen next, and it allows you to be quite inventive, which I love,' he says. 'It's always interesting.' [From article by John Law in P³ Update Magazine.]


 

 FILMS

1977

Massa alunkot/Paratroopers/Journey of the Stretchers [Yehuda 'Judd' Ne'eman] cs/c

1978

Fyre [Richard Grand] c

1978

Fantasia al noseh romanti/Fantasy on a Romantic Theme [Vitek Tracz] c

1979

Dracula Sucks/The Coming of Dracula's Bride/Lust at First Bite [Philip Marshak] p/c; 2uc: Bruce Markoe; 3uc: Titus Moody

1979

Up Yours - A Rockin' Comedy [John Hayes & Eddie Ryder] c

1979

UFO's Are Real/Flying Saucers Are Real! [Howard Hunt] c; doc/150m

1980

Ha-pachdanim/The Cowards [Avi Nesher] c

1980

Alligator [Lewis Teague] c; co-2uc; ph: Joseph Mangine

1980

The Being/Easter Sunday/The Pottsville Horror [Jackie Kong] c; addph; ph: Robert Ebinger

1980

Echoes/Living Nightmare [Arthur Allan Seidelman] c

1981

Choices [Silvio Narizzano] c

1982

Revenge of the Ninja/Ninja II [Sam Firstenberg] c; addph; ph: David Gurfinkel

1983

Magash hakessef/Fellow Travellers [Yehuda 'Judd' Ne'eman] c

1983

Treasure: In Search of the Golden Horse [Sheldon Renan] V/c; 69m; ph 'Wilderness' & 'Forest' seg; other ph: Dennis Matsuda; addph: Harry Dawson & Christopher Gray; spph + dir sfx: Kees van Oostrum; sfx ph: Ted Rae; film invited viewers to search for a buried treasure and win a huge prize; released (also a book) in 1984

1983

Night Patrol [Jackie Kong] c; cph: Juerg Walthers; addph: Toyomichi Kurita & Joe Pennella; 2u c.op: Tom Fraser

1983

Maria's Lovers [Andrei Konchalovsky] c; 2uc; ph: Juan Ruiz-Anchía

1983

Ninja III - The Domination [Sam Firstenberg] c; 2uc: Karen Grossman

1984

Breakin'/Breakdance [Joel Silberg] c

1984

Breakin' 2 Electric Boogaloo/Breakdance 2 Electric Boogaloo [Sam Firstenberg] c; 2uc: Karen Grossman; spec c.op 2u: Jacques Haitkin

1984

American Ninja/American Warrior/American Fighter [Sam Firstenberg] c; 2uc: Freddie Conde

1985

Roman behemshechim/Again, Forever [Oded Kotler] c

1985

Always (But Not Forever) [Henry Jaglom] c; wedding home movies ph: Taryn Power & James Frawley

1985

Someone to Love [Henry Jaglom] c

1985

Bad Guys [Joel Silberg] c

1986

Assassination [Peter Hunt] c; hph: Jack Cooperman

1986

Masters of the Universe [Gary Goddard] c; addph: Michael Hofstein; vfx ph: Bill Neil

1987

New Year's Day [Henry Jaglom] c; co-addph; ph: Joey Forsyte

1987

Seven Hours to Judgment [Beau Bridges] c

1988

Elvira - Mistress of the Dark [James Signorelli] b&w (archive) & c; addph & Las Vegas/Game Show: Matthew Leonetti; optical ph: Jerry Pooler

1988

Eating [Henry Jaglom] c

1989

Diving In [Strathford Hamilton] c; add cam: Carl Pope

1989

Venice/Venice [Henry Jaglom] c

1991

Ernest Scared Stupid [John Cherry] c; 2uc: Mark Van Loon

1992

Lucky Ducks/Duck Souffle [Henry Jaglom] unfinished sequel to 'Sitting Ducks' (1980)

1992

Rescue Me/Street Hunter [Arthur Allan Seidelman] c

1992

Babyfever [Henry Jaglom] c; addph: Frank De Marco

1993

Dark Tide [Luca Bercovici] c

1993

Last Summer in the Hamptons [Henry Jaglom] c; addph: Frank DeMarco

1993

Chuppa: The Wedding Canopy [Laurie Zemelman & Sascha Schneider] c; doc/80m; + co-prod

1994

The Ram-Bow Kids: Soldiers of Peace [Nicholas Amendolare] announced for February start; status unknown

1994

Storybook/Adventure Land [Lorenzo Doumani] c; 2uc: Ken Blakey & Moshe Levin

1994

Summer in Ivye [Daisy Wright & Tamar Rogoff] b&w-c; doc/72m; addph: Harvey Wang

1994

Inner Sanctum II [Fred Olen Ray] c

1995

The Misery Brothers [Lorenzo Doumani] c; 2uc: Ken Blakey; + co-assoc prod

1995

A Nice Italian Girl [Kostas Iannios] announced for August start; status unknown

1995

The Beast [Rhoderyc Charles Montgomery] c; short/12m

1996

Cuba [Martin Kove] unrealized

1996

Follow Your Heart/Not Your Ordinary Girl [Lorenzo Doumani] c

1996

Déjà Vu [Henry Jaglom] c

1997

The Prince [Pinchas Perry] c/V

1997

Bug Buster/Blattella/Some Things Never Die [Lorenzo Doumani] c

1997

Chronika shel ahava/Chronicle of Love [Tzipi Trope] c

1999

Festival in Cannes [Henry Jaglom] c; addph: Yasha Sklansky

1999

Caminho dos sonhos/Um sonho no caroço do abacate/The Avocado Seed [Lucas Amberg] c

2000

Vegas, City of Dreams [Lorenzo Doumani] c/V

2001

Going Shopping [Henry Jaglom] c

2004

Hollywood Dreams [Henry Jaglom] c; add set ph; ph: Alan Caudillo

2005

Nuzhat al-Fuad [Yehuda 'Judd' Ne'eman] HD/c; + co-prod

 

[Left] with dir Henry Jaglom and 1st c.asst Don Presley - "Irene in Time"

 

2006

Irene in Time [Henry Jaglom] c;  released in 2009; see above

2006

Dim'at Shekherezada [Yehuda 'Judd' Ne'eman] dv/c/V; doc/81m; + co-prod

2007

Have Will Have [Hanania Baer] c; doc/71m; + prod/scrpl; filmed 2007-08

2008

Queen of the Lot [Henry Jaglom] c; filmed 2008-09

2010

Just 45 Minutes from Broadway/45 Minutes from Broadway [Henry Jaglom] c; cph: Nancy Schreiber

2011

The M Word [Henry Jaglom] scope/c

 

 TELEVISION

1979

A Special Gift [Arthur Allan Seidelman] tvm/60m; an ABC-tv 'Afterschool Special'

1980

Schoolboy Father [Arthur Allan Seidelman] tvm/60m; an ABC-tv 'Afterschool Special'

1981

Daddy, I'm Their Mama Now/The Night Swimmers [Jeff Bleckner] tvm/26m; an ABC-tv 'Afterschool Special'

1981

The Wave [Alex Grasshoff] tvm/44m; an ABC-tv 'Afterschool Special'

1982

Between Two Loves [Robert C. Thompson] tvm/60m; an ABC-tv 'Afterschool Special'

1983

A Killer in the Family [Richard Heffron] tvm

1983

Andrea's Story: A Hitchhiking Tragedy/Did You Hear What Happened to Andrea? [Robert Mandel] tvm/30m; an ABC-tv 'Afterschool Special'

1984

The Cartier Affair [Rod Holcomb] tvm; 2uc: Sam Gart

1984

Obsessed with a Married Woman [Richard Lang] tvm

1985

Prince of Bel-Air [Charles Braverman] tvm

1986

Brotherhood of Justice [Charles Braverman] tvm

1986

Samaritan - The Mitch Snyder Story [Richard Heffron] tvm

1987

The King of Love [Anthony Wilkinson] tvm

1987

Poker Alice [Arthur Allan Seidelman] tvm

1987

Strange Voices/72 Hours [Arthur Allan Seidelman] tvm

1987

An Enemy Among Us [Arthur Allan Seidelman] tvm

1988

A Friendship in Vienna [Arthur Allan Seidelman] tvm

1989

Murder in Paradise [Fred Walton] tvm

1990

The Kid Who Loved Christmas [Arthur Allan Seidelman] tvm

1990

Leona Helmsley: The Queen of Mean [Richard Michaels] tvm

1990

Moe's World [Kevin Rodney Sullivan] pilot/60m; uncred 2uc: Joseph Calloway

1990

But He Loves Me [Strathford Hamilton] tvm/60m; a CBS-tv 'Schoolbreak Special'

1991

Battling for Baby [Art Wolff] tvm

1991

Please God, I'm Only 17 [Strathford Hamilton] tvm/60m; a CBS-tv 'Schoolbreak Special'

1992

Body Language [Arthur Allan Seidelman] tvm

1997

Deep Family Secrets [Arthur Allan Seidelman] tvm

2004

A Christmas Carol [: The Musical] [Arthur Allan Seidelman] tvm

 

 MISCELLANEOUS

1967

Sayarim/Rangers/Scouting Patrol [Micha Shagrir] co-c.asst; ph: Yahin Hirsch

1968

Sunday Saturnalia [Tirosh Feldman; short/9m] c.op; ph: Oscar White; prod LSFT

1980

The Ghost Dance [Peter F. Buffa] 2u c.op; ph: Fred Murphy

 

 FILMS AS DIRECTOR

1996

Lethal Games [co-d: Tzury Mimon; feature] ph: Jeff Baustert

1997

Win or Die [feature] ph: Jeff Baustert; 2uc: Jayma Koerner

2007

Have Will Have [+ prod/scrpl/ph] see Films