#1: "Conjurer" [2007]

#2: "CyberTracker" [1993]

#3: "The Prof" [1968] [Photos courtesy of Ken Blakey]

 

   


KEN BLAKEY

 

Born: 17 July 1947, Jackson, Mississippi, USA, as Kenneth T. Blakey.

Education: University of Southern Mississippi [USM] [Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications (major: Radio/TV/Film; minor: Journalism)].

Career: 'I have been a Director of Photography in Los Angeles since 1989 working almost exclusively in the independent feature world. I started my career in San Francisco shooting documentaries and commercials and then moved into fashion and glamour as both still photographer and cinematographer. I relocated to Los Angeles specifically to pursue a career in feature films. I have shot over sixty features and my greatest love continues to be working with people who recognize and respect artistry and have the same passion for movies and the process of making them that I do.'

Shot his first short feature 'The Prof' [1968] during his stay at USM.

Also active as still ph & composer/musician.

Awards: as photographer: Blue Ribbon honors, Ansel Adams Gallery, Monterey, Calif., for his large format fine art photography.

Website: Ken Blakey


Charles Fleischer & Rodney Dangerfield - "The 4th Tenor" [2001]

 

'The 4th Tenor' [2001]: At the Serenade Café, Ken Blakey lit the stage with a follow spot gelled to warm up skin tones slightly. By contrast, the street exteriors, also filmed on the Universal back lot, were kept slightly cooler in color temperature.

"In the café, I wanted a warm and inviting, natural look with true skin tones," says Blakey. "When we're out on the New York streets, I wanted the look a little cooler because you're down in the canyons between buildings and there's a lot of ultra-violet light. I shot the Italian scenes with a Tiffen #1 chocolate filter on the lens and timed it warm, so that it looks a little bit old world - very warm and inviting. There's a definite difference to the feel and the look."

Blakey photographed [Rodney] Dangerfield with wide lenses to accentuate his trademark bug-eyed look. He generally prefers wider lenses because they help to place the character in the environment. Blakey also chooses to create looks in the camera, using filtration and lighting.

His filter package usually included a #1 Ultracon and a 1/8 white Pro-Mist from Tiffen. Blakey shot the entire film on Kodak Vision 500T 5279 film. "I started using one film stock after seeing Dante Spinotti's work on 'Heat'," he says. "I read that he shot the whole movie on [Eastman EXR 500T] 5298 film. It's not something I do every time; different shows call for different approaches. But when you're shooting multiple cameras and multiple units in changing light, it solves a lot of problems."

Blakey generally overexposed the negative, shooting the 500 speed film at an E.I. of 320 and sometimes 250. "You want a bullet-proof negative," he says. "There's no reason for underexposure, which can bring graininess and lose contrast. Pushed a stop, the 5279 looks gorgeous." [From the KODAK OnFilm website, 2002.]


 

 FILMS

1974

A Day in the Life of Bonnie Consolo [Barry Spinello] 16mm/c; doc/17m

1974

Massage Parlor Wife [Barry Spinello] c

1975

House of Kinky Pleasures/Kinky Perversion [Artaur Ego] c; 58m

1975

The Erotic Fortune Cookies/Chinatown Blue [Artaur Ego] c; 59m

1983

Not in Vain: A Portrait of Erika [Barry Spinello] c; doc/44m; prod for the Erika Lohse Foundation

1990

The Last Riders [Joseph Merhi] c; 2uc; ph: Richard Pepin

1990

The Art of Dying [Wings Hauser] c; 2uc (+ gaffer); ph: Richard Pepin

1991

Ring of Fire [Richard W. Munchkin] c; 2uc (+ gaffer); ph: Richard Pepin

1991

A Time to Die [Charles T. Kanganis] c

1991

Bikini Summer [Robert Veze] 16mm-35bu/c

1991

Sunset Strip [Paul G. Volk] 16mm-35bu/c

1991

Maximum Force [Joseph Merhi] c

1992

Intent to Kill [Charles T. Kanganis] c; 2uc: Richard Pepin

1992

Bikini Summer 2 [Jeff Conaway] 16mm-35bu/c

1992

C.I.A. Code Name: Alexa [Joseph Merhi] c; 2uc; ph: Richard Pepin

1992

Eye of the Stranger [David Heavener] c; co-2uc; ph: Paul A. Edwards

1992

Ring of Fire II: Blood and Steel/Rage: Ring of Fire II [Richard W. Munchkin] c; 2uc; ph: Richard Pepin

1992

Fist of Honor [Richard Pepin] c; 2uc: Garett (as Garret) Griffin

1992

Magic Kid/Ninja Dragons/Tiger Kid [Joseph Merhi] c/V; + ph Michigan crew (dir by Jerry Jacobs); 2uc: Garett (as Garret) Griffin

1992

To Be the Best [Joseph Merhi] c/V; 2uc; ph: Richard Pepin

1992

Alien Intruder [Ricardo Jacques Gale] c/V; 2uc; ph: Michael Pinkey

1993

Private Wars [John Weidner] c/V; 2uc; ph: Garett Griffin

1993

Firepower [Richard Pepin] c; 2uc: Garett Griffin; spec vfx: Frank Isaacs

1993

Magic Kid 2 [Stephen Furst] c; 2uc: Garett Griffin

1993

CIA II: Target Alexa [Lorenzo Lamas] c; 2uc (+ gaffer); ph: Richard Pepin

1993

Direct Hit [Joseph Merhi & (add dir) Paul G. Volk] c; 2uc: Richard Pepin

1993

Ice [Brook Yeaton] c; 2uc: Garett Griffin

1993

Guardian Angel/Beyond Justice [Richard W. Munchkin] c/V; co-2uc; ph: Garett Griffin

1993

CyberTracker [Richard Pepin] c; 2uc: Garett Griffin; spec vfx: Frank Isaacs; optical ph: Mark Corzine

1993

A Dangerous Place/No Surrender [Jerry P. Jacobs] c; 2uc: Garett Griffin

1993

Deadly Target/Fire Zone [Charla Driver] c; 2uc; ph: Richard Pepin

1993

Zero Tolerance [Joseph Merhi] c; 2uc: Garett Griffin

1994

T-Force [Richard Pepin] c; 2uc: Maurice McGuire & Joe Backes; spec vfx: Frank H. Isaacs

1994

Storybook/Adventure Land [Lorenzo Doumani] c; co-2uc; ph: Hanania Baer

1994

Lion Strike/Ring of Fire 3: Lion Strike [Rick Jacobson] c; co-2uc; ph: Garett Griffin

1994

Bigfoot: The Unforgettable Encounter [Corey Michael Eubanks] c

1994

Steel Frontier [Jacobsen Hart & Paul G. Volk] c/V; 2uc; ph: Richard Pepin

1994

Last Man Standing [Joseph Merhi] c/V; 2uc: Jacques Haitkin & Maurice K. McGuire

1994

Hologram Man [Richard Pepin] c

1994

The Power Within/Power Man [Art Camacho] c; 2uc: Maurice K. McGuire

1995

CyberTracker 2 [Richard Pepin] c; 2uc: Maurice K. McGuire & William Tunnicliffe; vfx superv: Frank Isaacs

1995

Rage [Joseph Merhi] c; 2uc: Igor Meglic

1995

To the Limit [Raymond Martino] c; ph Los Angeles; ph: Henryk Cymerman

1995

Midnight Temptations 2/Devotion [Rob Spera] 16mm/c; 2u c.op: Jeffrey Orsa

1995

Tiger Heart [Georges Chamchoum] c; co-2uc; ph: Maurice K. McGuire

1995

The Silencers [Richard Pepin] c; 2uc: Maurice K. McGuire

1995

The Misery Brothers [Lorenzo Doumani] c; 2uc; ph: Hanania Baer

1995

The Sweeper [Joseph Merhi] c; 2uc: Igor Meglic

1995

Pure Danger [C. Thomas Howell] c; 2uc: Igor Meglic & Maurice K. McGuire

1995

Little Bigfoot [Art Camacho] c

1995

Dark Breed [Richard Pepin] c; 2uc: Maurice K. McGuire

1996

One Clean Move [D.W. Brown] 16mm/c; short/15m

1996

Riot [Joseph Merhi] c; 2uc: Igor Meglic

1996

The Assault [Jim Wynorski] c; 2uc; ph: Zoran Hochstätter

1996

Black Sea Raid/Special Forces [Jenö Hodi] c; cph: Valery Roko

1996

Freedom Strike [Jerry P. Jacobs] c; 2uc: Bill Tunnicliffe & David Kiang; c.op naval seq: Gary Graver & Mark Putnam

1996

Executive Target [Joseph Merhi] c; 2uc: Jürgen Baum

1996

The Underground [Cole S. McKay] c

1997

Whatever It Takes [Brady MacKenzie] c; 2uc; ph: Andrea V. Rossotto

1997

Dog Pie [Andrew Levy] c; short/5m

1997

Simple As a Dog [Andrew Levy] c; short/13m

1997

Recoil [Art Camacho] c; 2uc: Igor Meglic

1997

Land of the Free [Jerry Jameson] c

1997

Evasive Action/Steel Train [Jerry P. Jacobs] c; ph miniature efx: Chuy Elizondo

1997

The Cutoff [Art Camacho] c; 2uc: Brett Allen

1997

Love and War II [Sartaj Kahn (= James Tyler)] c

1998

Dirt Merchant [: Alternative Investigator] [B.J. Nelson] c

1998

Unconditional Love [Steven Rush] c

1998

Can't Stop Dancing [Steven Falick & Ben Zook] c; addph; ph: Mac Ahlberg

1998

Running Red [Jerry P. Jacobs] c/V; 2uc: Howard Wexler

1998

Psycho Too [Andrew Levy] b&w; short/5m

1998

Final Voyage [Jay Andrews (= Jim Wynorski)] c/V; + addph; 2u c.op: Maurice McGuire

1998

No Tomorrow [Master P (= Percy Miller)] c/V; 2uc (+ 2ud): Igor Meglic

1999

Epicenter [Richard Pepin] c; co-2uc; ph: Richard Leiterman

1999

Hot Boyz/Gang Law [Master P (= Percy Miller) & (action dir) Spiro Razatos] c/V; 2uc: Jacques Haitkin; 3uc: Paul Janossy

1999

The Stray [Kevin Mock] c/V; 2uc: Maurice McGuire

1999

Rangers [Jay Andrews (= Jim Wynorski)] c/V

1999

Terror Tract/House on Terror Tract [Lance W. Dreesen (seg 'Make Me An Offer' & 'Bobo') & Clint Hutchison (seg 'Nightmare' & 'Come to Granny')] c; 4 seg

1999

Running from the Shadows [Steven Rush] s16/c

1999

Agent Red [Damian Lee] c; 2uc (+ re-shoots ph dir by Jim Wynorski): Robin Melhuish; optical ph: James R. Kerrigan

2000

The Black Rose [Steven Rush] s16/c

2000

Savage Season [Mike Tristano] DVcam-to-35mm/c

2000

Extreme Honor/Last Line of Defence 2 [Steven Rush] c/V; 2uc: Maurice McGuire

 

With dir Harry Basil [left] - "The 4th Tenor"

 

2001

The 4th Tenor [Harry Basil] c; 2uc: Igor Meglic; see above

2002

Back by Midnight [Harry Basil] c

2002

El Padrino [Damian Chapa] c; 2uc; ph: Pierre Chemaly

2002

White Rush [Mark L. Lester] c

2003

Hatchetman [Robert Tiffi] s16/c; 2uc: Roberto Schein

2005

Back in Time [Ari Bass] HD/c

2005

The Legend of William Tell [Fred Olen Ray] HD/c

2006

Big Bad Wolf [Lance W. Dreesen] c; addph; ph: Stephen Crawford

 

[Right] with dir Joseph Merhi - "Game of Life/Oranges"

 

2006

Game of Life/Oranges [Joseph Merhi] HD/c

2006

Half Past Dead 2/Justified [Art Camacho] s16/c/V

2007

Conjurer [Clint Hutchison] HD/c

2008

Tommy and the Cool Mule/Jackie A. [Andrew Stevens] HD/c/V

2008

The Way Home/Our Child Is Missing [Lance W. Dreesen] HD/c

2008

Saint Seiya [Joseph Merhi] announced

2009

Breaking the Press [Andrew Stevens] HD/c

2012

Jessabelle [Kevin Greutert] HD (ARRI ALEXA)/c; 2uc; ph: Michael Fimognari

2013

Demonic/House of the Dead/House of Horror [Will Canon] c; 2uc; ph: Michael Fimognari

 

 TELEVISION

1995

Beverly Hills Bordello [ep #1 'Reunion' dir by Robert Angelo & #2 'Inspiration' dir by Robert Davis] 27-part series/16mm, 1996-98; 1st season; other ph: Carl Oakwood, Keith L. Smith, a.o.

1996

L.A. Heat [ep #16 'Falcon' dir by Joseph Merhi] 48-part series/16mm, 1997 & 1999; 1st season (26 ep), 1997; 2uc (#16): Steve Jackman

1997

L.A. Heat [ep #29 'Burning Sanctuary' dir by Bill Tunnicliffe, #30 'Strip Show' dir by Jerry Jacobs & #33 'John Doe' dir by Paul G. Volk] 2nd season (22 ep), 1999; 2uc: Mike Weaver (#29), Bill Tunnicliffe (#30) & Charles Schner (#33); see 1996

1997

L.A. Heat [ep #31 'Eyewitness' dir by Kevin Mock & #32 'Little Saigon' dir by Richard W. Munchkin] 2nd season (22 ep), 1999; 2uc; ph: Bill Tunnicliffe (#31) & Charles Schner (#32); see 1996

1999

Sacrifice [Mark L. Lester] tvm; co-2uc; ph: Robert Steadman

2000

Role of a Lifetime [Antony Alda] tvm; 2uc; ph: Troy Smith

2002

Recipe for Disaster [Harvey Frost] tvm; 2uc; ph: Christopher C. Pearson

2005

A.I. Assault/Shockwave [Jay Andrews (= Jim Wynorski)] tvm

2005

Women on Death Row [Angie Brown & Philip Reeder] doc/60m/BetaSP; cph: George Feucht, a.o.

2006

Christmas Do-Over/Christmas Every Day [Catherine Cyran] tvm/HD; 2uc: Euripides Núñez

2007

Sands of Oblivion [David Flores] tvm; co-2uc; ph: Keith Duggan; for Sci-Fi Channel

2007

Fire from Below [J.R. Mandish (= Jim Wynorski)] tvm

2009

Mongolian Death Worm [Steven R. Monroe] tvm; 2uc; ph: Neil Lisk; for Syfy Channel (2010)

2009

Mandrake/Unearthed [Tripp Reed] tvm/35mm-to-HD; 2uc: David Blood; for Syfy Channel (2010)

2011

The Jadagrace Show [Joseph Merhi] sitcom series, 2012

 

 MISCELLANEOUS

1971

The Brain Machine/Gray Matter/Mind Warp [- An Infinity of Terror] [Joy N. Houck, Jr.] uncred props; ph (+ ed): Robert A. Weaver

1979

Board and Care [Ron Ellis; short] gaffer; ph: Frederic Goodich

1979

Fear No Evil/Mark of the Beast/Lucifer [Frank LaLoggia] gaffer; ph: Fred Goodich

1990

The Killer's Edge/Blood Money [Joseph Merhi] gaffer; ph: Richard Pepin

1990

The Art of Dying [Wings Hauser] gaffer (+ 2uc); ph: Richard Pepin

1991

Ring of Fire [Richard W. Munchkin] gaffer (+ 2uc); ph: Richard Pepin

1991

Final Impact [Joseph Merhi & Steven Smoke] gaffer; ph: Richard Pepin

1992

Street Crimes/Dead Even [Steven Smoke] gaffer; ph: Richard Pepin

1992

Out for Blood [Richard W. Munchkin] gaffer; ph: Richard Pepin

1992

Deadly Bet [Richard W. Munchkin] gaffer; ph: Richard Pepin

2001

Earth vs. The Spider [Scott Ziehl; tvm] c.op 'b' cam; ph: Tom Callaway

2007

Cheerleader Massacre 2 [Brad Rushing] co-c.op 1st unit; ph: B. Rushing

2012

The Little Rascals Save the Day/The Little Rascals [Alex Zamm] c.op 2u; 2uc: Keith J. Duggan; ph: Levie Isaacks

 

 FILMS & TELEVISION AS DIRECTOR

1996

L.A. Heat [ep #18 'Smash and Grab'] 1st season (26 ep), 1997; ph: Jürgen Baum; 2uc: Bill Tunnicliffe; see Television

1997

Bikini Summer III: South Beach Heat [feature; + prod] ph: Scott Mumford