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  ALAN HUME

 

Born: 16 October 1924, London, UK., as George Alan Hume.

Died: 13 July 2010, Chalfont St. Giles, Buckinghamshire, UK.

Career: Started as 'gofer' at Olympic Film Laboratories in Acton, Middlesex, during WWII. He would often go with the lab van to pick up daily rushes from the Denham Studios. There, he overheard that one of the clapper/loaders had been called-up for National Service. The next day he went to the Studios to see if he could get the job. Following a chat with Bert Easey, head of the camera department, he was taken to Stage 3 where they were shooting 'The First of the Few'. Following a chat with the c.op and focus puller he was accepted. He was promoted to focus puller on 'The Tawny Pipit' [1943]. He carried on until he was called up for National Service on 1st March 1944. After training, he served in the Fleet Air Arm as a photographer. He was demobilized in 1946. After about three months he was offered a job at Denham and Pinewood Studios as focus puller. In 1953 he got a break as c.op with doph Wilkie Cooper on 'Our Girl Friday/The Adventures of Sadie'. His first film as 1st unit doph was 'No Kidding/Beware of Children' [1960], produced by Peter Rogers and directed by Gerald Thomas at Beaconsfield Studios. He worked for Rogers and Thomas for 10 years without a contract, just a handshake. After that he went freelance. [From the BSC website.]

In 1976, John Glen invited Hume to work with him on the 2u of 'The Spy Who Loved Me' and the ski-jump that graces the pre-titles sequence. This lead to Hume being invited to ph John Glen's directorial debut, 'For Your Eyes Only' [1980].

Became a member of the BSC in 1964 and was president from 1969-71. Became honorary member of the BSC after his retirement.

His 4 children were/are active in the film industry: Lindsey [?-1967] was active in the cutting room, Martin is a c.op, Pauline is a titles designer, and Simon is a c.asst.

Wrote his autobiography 'A Life Through the Lens. Memoirs of a Film Cameraman' [2004] with Gareth Owen.

Awards: BSC Award nom [1989] for 'Shirley Valentine'.


Obituary: Despite, or because of, the ancient, dirty jokes, schoolboy humour, double entendres, and a string of hammy actors telegraphing each jest with pursed lips, rolling eyes or a snigger, the 'Carry On' films have an army of devotees. Behind the camera, on almost all of the 30 'Carry On' movies, was the cinematographer Alan Hume, who has died aged 85.

Hume started as camera operator on the very first, 'Carry On Sergeant', soon becoming director of photography on 'Carry On Regardless' [1960], and continuing until 'Carry On Columbus' [1992] ended the franchise. Though few would make any artistic claims for the films, they were competently shot, rapidly, on a shoestring. Because of the rapport Hume built up over a long period with the producer Peter Rogers and the director Gerald Thomas - he worked with them for years without a contract - he knew exactly what was required.

In the foreword to Hume's autobiography, 'A Life Through the Lens. Memoirs of a Film Cameraman', Rogers explained: "I have known Alan Hume almost as long as I know myself. I've known him as a giggling camera operator and as one of the film industry's foremost lighting cameramen. I say giggling operator because when we were working on the early 'Carry On' films, he giggled so much... that he had to leave the stage to recover. I've also known him as a non-giggling operator as, for instance, when he was shooting a scene... hanging out of a doorless helicopter and holding a handheld camera."

The latter referred to Hume's second-unit filming of the spectacular pre-credit sequence of 'The Spy Who Loved Me' [1976], in which James Bond (the stuntman Rick Sylvester standing in for Roger Moore), chased by baddies on skis, leaps off a cliff and opens up a Union Jack parachute. It was shot high on a mountain on Baffin Island, North Canada, after weeks of waiting for the weather to clear, so it had to be done in one take. "After so many weeks of preparing and anticipating this jump, I suddenly felt the blood rush from my face," Hume wrote. "This was it, and it was a far cry from my working diet of comedy and modest-budget dramas back in London."

Hume went on to be the daring cinematographer on three more Bonds, all starring Moore and directed by John Glen, each offering the well-tried formula of gals, guns, villains and glossy locations.

Among Hume's best work was Andrei Konchalovsky's 'Runaway Train' [1985], shot in freezing conditions in Canada and Iceland, on a real train. Also to be commended was his camerawork for two veteran directors of British cinema, Lewis Gilbert and Charles Crichton.

Hume was elected to the British Society of Cinematographers in 1964, serving as president for three years.

He is survived by his wife, Sheila, and three children. His eldest son, Lindsey, a film editor, died in 1967. His other sons, Martin and Simon, and a grandson, Lewis, are camera operators, while his daughter Pauline is a titles designer. [From obituary by Ronald Bergan in The Guardian,17 August 2010.]


 

 FILMS

1960

No Kidding/Beware of Children [Gerald Thomas] b&w

1960

Carry On Regardless [Gerald Thomas & (uncred) Ralph Thomas] b&w

1961

In the Doghouse [Darcy Conyers] b&w

1961

Raising the Wind/Roommates [Gerald Thomas] c

1961

Twice Round the Daffodils [Gerald Thomas] b&w

1962

Carry On Cruising [Gerald Thomas & (uncred) Ralph Thomas] c

1962

The Iron Maiden/The Swinging Maiden [Gerald Thomas] c

1962

Kiss of the Vampire/Kiss of Evil [Don Sharp] c

1962

Nurse on Wheels [Gerald Thomas] b&w

1963

Carry On Cabby/Call Me a Cab [Gerald Thomas] b&w

1963

This Is My Street [Sidney Hayers] b&w

1963

Carry On Jack [Gerald Thomas] c

1964

Carry On Spying [Gerald Thomas] b&w

1964

Dr. Terror's House of Horrors [Freddie Francis] ts/c; 5 seg

1964

Carry On Cleo [Gerald Thomas] c

1965

Three Hats for Lisa/One Day in London [Sidney Hayers] c

1965

The Big Job [Gerald Thomas] b&w

1965

Carry On Cowboy [Gerald Thomas] c

1966

Carry On Screaming! [Gerald Thomas] c

1966

Finders Keepers [Sidney Hayers] c; 2uc: Ronnie Taylor

1966

[Carry On:] Don't Lose Your Head [Gerald Thomas] c

1967

The Violent Enemy [Don Sharp] c

1967

Follow That Camel/Carry on in the Legion [Gerald Thomas] c

1967

Carry On Doctor [Gerald Thomas] c

1968

The Bofors Gun [Jack Gold] c

1969

Captain Nemo and the Underwater City [James Hill] p/c; uwph: Egil Woxholt & Jordan Klein Sr.

1969

Arthur! Arthur! [Samuel Gallu] c; 2uc (+ post prod run-by ph); ph: Brian Probyn

1969 

The Last Grenade [Gordon Flemyng] p/c

1970

The Firechasers/Cause for Alarm [Sidney Hayers] c; 2uc: Jack Lowin

1970

Zeppelin [Étienne Périer] p/c; 2uc: Brian West; aph: Jack Atchelor & Skeets Kelly (died during filming); spec pfx: Wally Veevers; process ph: Charles Staffell

1970

Perfect Friday [Peter Hall] c

1970

Carry On Henry/Carry On Henry VIII [Gerald Thomas] c

1972

For the Love of Ada [Ronnie Baxter] c

1972

Carry On Abroad [Gerald Thomas] c

1972

Not Now Darling [Ray Cooney & David Croft] c; cph: John Rook

1972

Visions of Eight/Olympic Visions [seg #5 'The Fastest' dir by Kon Ichikawa] c; doc/110m; 8 seg; cph: Masuo Yamaguchi & Mike Davies; chief ph cons: Michael Samuelson

1972

Father Dear Father [William G. Stewart] c

1972

Bless This House [Gerald Thomas] c

1972

The Legend of Hell House [John Hough] c

1973

Carry On Girls [Gerald Thomas] c

1973

From Beyond the Grave/Creatures [Kevin Connor] c; 4 seg ('The Gate Crasher', 'An Act of Kindness', 'The Elemental' & 'The Door')

1973

Sex Play/The Bunny Caper/Games Girls Play [Jack Arnold] c; uwph: Slim MacDonnell

1974

The Land That Time Forgot [Kevin Connor] c; process ph: Charles Staffell

1975

Landscape [Peter Hall] c; short/36m

1975

Confessions of a Pop Performer [Norman Cohen] c

1975

Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold [Chuck Bail (replaced Don Medford)] p/c

1975

Shout at the Devil [Peter Hunt] p/c; 2uc; ph: Michael Reed

1975

Trial by Combat/A Choice of Weapons/Dirty Knight's Work [Kevin Connor] c; 2uc: Jimmy Devis

1976

At the Earth's Core [Kevin Connor] c; process ph: Charles Staffell

1976

Crash!/Checkered Flag or Crash [Alan Gibson] p/c

1976

The Spy Who Loved Me [Lewis Gilbert] p/c; 2uc (opening seq dir by John Glen); ph: Claude Renoir

1976

Gulliver's Travels [Peter Hunt] c; live action + anim/81m

1976

The Amsterdam Kill/The Cold Wind Kills [Robert Clouse] p/c; 2uc: John Elton

1977

The People That Time Forgot [Kevin Connor] c; spec tank ph: Paul Beeson; aph: Peter Allwork & John Harris; process ph: Charles Staffell

1977

That's Carry On [Gerald Thomas] b&w-c; cph extracts; new ph: Tony Imi; comp of 'Carry On...' films

1977

Wombling Free [Lionel Jeffries] c

1977

Warlords of Atlantis/Warlords of the Deep [Kevin Connor] c; 2uc: Arthur Wooster; process ph: Charles Staffell

1978

The Legacy/The Legacy of Maggie Walsh [Richard Marquand] c; cph: Dick Bush; uwph: Michel Gemmell

1978

Carry On Emmannuelle [Gerald Thomas] c

1978

Arabian Adventure [Kevin Connor] c; process ph: Charles Staffell

1978

Alistair MacLean's Bear Island [Don Sharp] p/c; 2uc: Derek Browne & Keith Woods; uwph: Arthur Wooster; aph: Donald Morgan

1979

The Watcher in the Woods [John Hough & (uncred dir new ending) Vincent McEveety] c; addph: Godfrey Godar; spph: Art Cruickshank & Bob Broughton; spec ph processes: Robin Browne

1979

Five Star Five [?] scheduled to start filming in November; status unknown

1980

Caveman [Carl Gottlieb] c; 2uc: Genaro Hurtado; stop motion ph: Paul Gentry

1980

Eye of the Needle [Richard Marquand] c; 2uc: Jack Lowin

1980

For Your Eyes Only [John Glen] p/c; 2uc: Arthur Wooster; uwph: Al Giddings; aph: James Devis; ski ph: Willy Bogner; vfx ph: Paul Wilson; filmed 1980-81

 

2nd c.asst Simon Hume - 1st c.asst Mike Frift - c.op Alec Mills [top] - AH

"Return of the Jedi"

 

1982

Star Wars - Return of the Jedi/Star Wars - Episode VI - Return of the Jedi [Richard Marquand] J-D-C Scope (+ 70bu)/c; uncred cph: Alec Mills; addph: Jack Lowin & Hiro Narita; loc ph: James Glennon; aph: Ron Goodman & Margaret Herron; optical efx & miniature ph: Robert Elswit, Scott Farrar, a.o.; matte ph: Craig Barron & Neil Krepela; Hume had a falling out with the producers because he felt they were mistreating the director - he was never officially sacked, but the photography during the last month was handled primarily by his c.op Alec Mills

1982

Octopussy [John Glen] p (+ 70bu)/c; addph: Jimmy Devis & Bob Collins; 2uc: Arthur Wooster; aph: Geoff Mulligan; model ph: Leslie Dear

1983

Supergirl [: The Movie] [Jeannot Szwarc] p (+ 70bu)/c; vfx ph: Paul Wilson

1984

Lifeforce/Space Vampires [Tobe Hooper] J-D-C Scope (+ 70bu)/c; 2uc: Jack Lowin; spec vfx: John Dykstra

1984

A View to a Kill [John Glen] p/c; addph: Jan d'Alquen & Egil Woxholt; 2uc: Arthur Wooster; ski ph: Willy Bogner; aph: David Butler, Peter Allwork & Doug Milsome; model ph: Leslie Dear

1985

Runaway Train [Andrei Konchalovsky] c; 2uc Alaska: Don Burgess; matte ph: Jim Danforth

1985

The Second Victory [Gerald Thomas] c

1986

Hearts of Fire [Richard Marquand] J-D-C Scope/c; 2uc: Jimmy Devis, Christophe Bonnière & Paul Mitchnick; aph: Peter Allwork

1987 

A Fish Called Wanda [Charles Crichton & (uncred) John Cleese] c

1988

Without a Clue/Sherlock and Me [Thom Eberhardt] c

1988

Shirley Valentine [Lewis Gilbert] c; 2uc: John Harris

1989

Eve of Destruction [Duncan Gibbins] c

1990

Stepping Out [Lewis Gilbert] c

1991

Just Like a Woman [Christopher Monger] c; 2uc: Jimmy Devis & Derek Browne

1992

Carry On Columbus [Gerald Thomas] c; last film in the 'Carry On..' series

 

 TELEVISION

1965

The Third Man [ep #71 'The House of Bon-Bons' dir by Robert M. Leeds] 77-part series/b&w, 1959-65; 3rd season, 1964-65

1965

The Avengers [ep #80 'The Gravediggers' dir by Quentin Lawrence, #81 'The Cybernauts' dir by Sidney Hayers (SH), #86 'A Surfeit of H2O' dir by SH, #89 'Man-Eater of Surrey Green' dir by SH, #90 'Two's a Crowd' dir by Roy Baker (RB) & #93 'Room Without a View' dir by RB] 161-part series, 1961-69; 4th season/b&w, 1965-66; filmed March-June

1965

The Avengers [ep #97 'Quick-Quick Slow Death' dir by James Hill (JH), #98 'The Danger Makers' dir by Charles Crichton, #99 'A Touch of Brimstone' dir by JH & #100 'What the Butler Saw' dir by Bill Bain] 4th season/b&w, 1965-66; filmed November 1965-January 1966

1966

The Avengers [ep #110 'The Winged Avenger' dir by Gordon Flemyng & Peter Duffell, #111 'The Living Dead' dir by John Krish, #113 'The Correct Way to Kill' dir by Charles Crichton & #115 'Epic' dir by James Hill] 5th season, 1967; filmed December 1966-February 1967

1967

The Avengers [ep #117 'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Station' dir by John Krish & #119 'The Joker' dir by Sidney Hayers] 5th season, 1967; filmed March-April

1967

The Avengers [ep #125 'You Have Just Been Murdered' dir by Robert Asher (RA) & #127 'Murdersville' dir by RA] 5th season, 1967; filmed August

1968

The Avengers [ep #130 'Game' dir by Robert Fuest, #131 'Super Secret Cypher Snatch' dir by John Hough, #132 'You'll Catch Your Death' dir by Paul Dickson, #133 'Split!' dir by Roy Baker, #134 'Whoever Shot Poor George Oblique Stroke XR40?' dir by Cyril Frankel, #135 'False Witness' dir by Charles Crichton & #136 'All Done with Mirrors' dir by Ray Austin] 6th season, 1968-69; filmed February (#133) & April-July

1968

The Avengers [ep #143 'The Rotters' dir by Robert Fuest & #148 'Wish You Were Here' dir by Don Chaffey] 6th season, 1968-69; filmed September (#148) & October (#143)

1969

Mister Jerico [Sidney Hayers] tvm; in theaters outside USA

1976

Star Maidens [ep #1 'Escape to Paradise' dir by James Gatward & #2 'Nemesis' dir by Wolfgang Storch] 13-part series; other ph: Ken Hodges & Paddy Seale

1979

Birth of the Beatles [Richard Marquand] tvm; 2uc: Robin Browne; in theaters outside USA

1981

Carry On Laughing [Gerald Thomas] 13-part film comp series; for ITV/Thames-tv

1981

The Hunchback of Notre Dame/Hunchback [Michael Tuchner] tvm; 2uc: Frank Watts; ep #255 'Hallmark Hall of Fame'-series

1982

The Adventures of Little Lord Fauntleroy [Desmond Davis] tvm

1983

What a Carry On [Gerald Thomas] 13-part film comp series, 1983-84; for BBC-tv

1985

John and Yoko: A Love Story [Sandor Stern] tvm

1986

Space Police [pilot 'Star Laws' dir by Tony Bell] unaired pilot/25m & 52m; cph: Harry Oakes & Paddy Seale; followed in 1994 by the series 'Space Precinct'

1987

Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story [Charles Jarrott] 2-part tvm; cph: John Lindley; 2uc: Robin Vidgeon

1987

Jack the Ripper [David Wickes] 2-part tvm

1988

[Graham Greene's] The Tenth Man [Jack Gold] tvm; ep #271 'Hallmark Hall of Fame'-series

1989

[Judith Krantz's] Till We Meet Again [Charles Jarrott] 2-part tvm & 5-part miniseries

1989

Secret Weapon [Ian Sharp] tvm

1992

Covington Cross [pilot dir by William Dear] 13-part (6 unaired) series; other ph: Arthur Wooster

1993

Laugh with the Carry Ons [Gerald Thomas] 13-part film comp series/b&w-c; for ITV

1993

Acapulco H.E.A.T. [17 ep dir by various] 48-part series, 1993-94 & 1998-99; 1st season, 1993-94 (22 ep)

1994

Space Precinct [various] 24-part series, 1994-95; other ph: Tony Spratling; sfx ph: Harry Oakes & Peter Talbot

1994

The Return of the Native [Jack Gold] tvm; 2uc: Ronnie Maasz; ep #289 'Hallmark Hall of Fame'-series

1995

Annie: A Royal Adventure! [Ian Toynton] tvm

1996

[HBO's] Tales from the Crypt [ep #82 'Last Respects' dir by Freddie Francis & #87 'The Kidnapper' dir by James Spencer & Robin Bextor] 93-part series, 1989-96; 7th season

1996

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea [Michael Anderson] tvm; 2uc: James Devis; uwph: Mike Valentine; model unit ph: Peter Talbot

1998

What's a Carry On? [John Highlander] doc/b&w-c/90m & 50m; cph: Martin Rissen; + interviewee

 

 FILMS AS CAMERA ASSISTANT/OPERATOR

1942

The First of the Few/Spitfire [Leslie Howard] clapper-loader; ph: Georges Périnal

1942

In Which We Serve [David Lean & Noel Coward] co-clapper-loader; ph: Ronald Neame

1942

Thunder Rock [Roy Boulting] co-clapper-loader; ph: Mutz Greenbaum

1943

Yellow Canary [Herbert Wilcox] clapper-loader; ph: Max Greene (= Mutz Greenbaum)

1943

The Tawny Pipit [Charles Saunders & Bernard Miles] focus puller; ph: Eric Cross

1944

They Came to a City [Basil Dearden] focus puller; ph: Stan Pavey

1945

Great Expectations [David Lean] 2nd c.op 2u; 2uc: Ernest Steward; ph: Robert Krasker (started the film) & Guy Green

1947

Oliver Twist [David Lean] co-focus puller; ph: Guy Green

1948

The Passionate Friends/One Woman's Story [David Lean] focus puller; ph: Guy Green

1949

Poet's Pub [Frederick Wilson] focus puller; ph: George Stretton

1949

Madeleine/The Strange Case of Madeleine [David Lean] focus puller; ph: Guy Green

1950

Prelude to Fame [Fergus McDonell] focus puller; ph: George Stretton

1950

The Clouded Yellow [Ralph Thomas] focus puller; ph: Geoffrey Unsworth

1951

Hotel Sahara [Ken Annakin] focus puller; ph: Jack Hildyard & David Harcourt (+ c.op)

1951

The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men [Ken Annakin] focus puller; ph: Guy Green

1952

The Pickwick Papers [Noel Langley] focus puller; ph: Wilkie Cooper

1952

Hot Ice [Kenneth Hume] c.op; ph: Ted Lloyd

1953

Our Girl Friday/The Adventures of Sadie [Noel Langley] c.op; ph: Wilkie Cooper

1954

Svengali [Noel Langley] c.op; ph: Wilkie Cooper

1954

The End of the Affair [Edward Dmytryk] c.op; ph: Wilkie Cooper

1954

Dance Little Lady [Val Guest] c.op; ph: Wilkie Cooper

1954

Geordie/Wee Geordie [Frank Launder] c.op; ph: Wilkie Cooper

1955

Portrait of Alison/Postmark for Danger [Guy Green] c.op; ph: Wilkie Cooper

1955

The Secret Tent [Don Chaffey] c.op; ph: Harry Waxman

1956

The Extra Day [William Fairchild] c.op; ph: Arthur Grant

1956

The Green Man [Robert Day & (superv) Basil Dearden] c.op; ph: Gerald Gibbs

1956

Loser Takes All [Ken Annakin] c.op; ph: Georges Périnal

1956

Three Men in a Boat [Ken Annakin] c.op; ph: Eric Cross

1956

Fortune Is a Woman/She Played with Fire [Sidney Gilliat] c.op; ph: Gerald Gibbs

1957

The Vicious Circle/The Circle [Gerald Thomas] c.op; ph: Otto Heller

1957

The Truth About Women [Muriel Box] c.op; ph: Otto Heller

1957

Chain of Events [Gerald Thomas] c.op; ph: Peter Hennessy

1957

The Duke Wore Jeans [Gerald Thomas] c.op; ph: Otto Heller

1957

The Silent Enemy [William Fairchild] c.op; ph: Otto Heller

1958

Carry On Sergeant [Gerald Thomas] c.op; ph: Peter Hennessy; 1st film in the 'Carry On...' series

1958

Carry On Nurse [Gerald Thomas] c.op; ph: Reginald Wyer

1959

Carry On Teacher [Gerald Thomas] c.op; ph: Reginald Wyer

1959

Kidnapped [Robert Stevenson] c.op; ph: Paul Beeson

1959

Please Turn Over [Gerald Thomas] c.op; ph: Ted Scaife

1959

This Other Eden [Muriel Box] c.op; ph: Gerald Gibbs

1959

Carry On Constable [Gerald Thomas] c.op; ph: Ted Scaife

1960

Tarzan the Magnificent [Robert Day] c.op; ph: Ted Scaife

1960

Watch Your Stern [Gerald Thomas] c.op; ph: Ted Scaife