#2: [Right] with prod Mark Steven Grove

#3: 1990

 

   


  RIC WAITE

 

Born: 10 July 1933, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, USA, as Richard Waite.

Died: 18 February 2012, Los Angeles, Calif., USA.

Education: University of Colorado.

Career: Started his career in New York City where he owned and operated a photography studio with Playboy, Vogue, Jaguar, a.o. as his clients. Moved to Los Angeles in 1970 and entered the film industry. Moved to Denver in 2002 where he has been busy shooting real estate, portraits and weddings.

'People are always asking me "how do I get into the movie business?" That's kind of a tough question to answer. I can tell them how I got into the movie business. I was a fashion photographer in New York for ten years before I tried for the "industry". I had met a lovely young gal who said to me one day, "why don't you go out to California and get into the movie business." It was a statement, not a question. As the saying goes, behind every successful man there is a good, smart woman. Well, my wife was just that. So, in all my ignorant bliss, I took my portfolio of still photos - I had no reel at that point - and went to Los Angeles. I bought the local production guide and started knocking on doors. Only commercial producers mind you. Five days later I knocked on Chris Peterson's door. Chris had a commercial producing company and was then very successful. For some reason he hired me! As a director/cameraman. So my bride and I moved to Los Angeles. A few weeks after I'd started with Chris I got my first assignment - as a cameraman - on a Navy training film. The next day I arrived at the stage, introduced myself to the director. Imagine - a young kid from Chicago via Korea [war] via New York was actually on a Hollywood sound stage about to start shooting his first picture. Only problem was, I didn't know how to even begin. The director gave my my first set up. A nurse leaves a room down the hall, comes toward us to the nurse's station, chats with another nurse for a moment, then walks away up another hall. I thought to myself - she's going to move? Hell, I'd been photographing people on a seamless background using strobe lights. How the heck do you light a person to get from A to B? I hadn't the foggiest. So I confessed my sins to the gaffer. His name was Cal Bassin and what a terrific guy he was. He just smiled, told me to follow him around and pay attention to what he did and how he did it. I followed his advice. Finally, he announced we were ready and I should tell the director so. I did and he - the director - said "fine Ric - just climb on the dolly and we'll get a rehearsal." I took one look at this huge camera mounted on this funny looking device that had a hand wheel in the back and another small hand wheel on the side. I thought to myself, what the hell's that? I'd been used to a small tripod and either a Rolleiflex or Hasselblad. So, I conjured up myself and said to the director: "You know, I really like to sit in a chair and watch the actors - make sure they're hitting their marks, staying in their lights, etc." He said "okay, we'll get an operator over here right away." Well, that's how it went for the first six months I was there. A bit of lying, a hint of cajoling; a little bit of stalling and a lot of watching, learning and keeping my mouth shut - but a smile on my face - Always! And I began to learn how to be a cinematographer.' [From Ric Waite's blog, January 12, 2009.]

Taught at the Colorado Film School and at the International Film & Television Workshops in Rockport, Maine. 'I've been taking for 30 years, and now I'm giving back. Some folks say, "Ric, I worked for a director of photography and asked him how to do something, but he won't tell me because it's a little secret." I say, "Well, that's petty. I'll share any shred of knowledge that I have. I mean, first of all, I respect that you're here because you want my job, which is fine." I tell them anything they want to know, and I share all of my 'secrets'. We all have a few, but I have no compunction about revealing mine. I really enjoy the teaching.'

Was a member of the ASC since 1984.

His son Richard R. is a c.asst.

Awards: 'Emmy' Award [1976/7] for 'Captains and the Kings' [Chapter 1]; 'Emmy' Award nom [1976/7] for 'Tail Gunner Joe'; 'Emmy' Award nom [1977/8] for 'The Life and Assassination of the Kingfish'; CableACE Award nom [1993] for 'Last Light'; 'Emmy' Award nom [1996] for 'Andersonville' [Part II].

Website [blog]: Ric Waite

 


 

 FILMS

1971

The Day of the Wolves [Ferde Grofé, Jr.] c

1972

[The Deja Vu] A Time for Love/Forever/Forever My Love [Rick Jason] p/c

1973

Goodnight Jackie/Games Guys Play [Jerry London] c

1973

Dead of Night [Dan Curtis] c; comp of 3 ep ('Second Chance', 'No Such Thing as a Vampire' & 'Bobby') of unaired tv-series; released in 1977

1975

The November Plan [Don Medford] c; comp of first 3 ep of tv-series 'City of Angels'; see Television (1975)

1977

The Other Side of the Mountain Part II [Larry Peerce] c

1978

Defiance [John Flynn] c; assoc ph New York: Harvey Genkins

1979

On the Nickel [Ralph Waite] c

1979

The Long Riders [Walter Hill] c

1980

The Border [Tony Richardson] p/c; addph (started film, but left due to writers' strike): Vilmos Zsigmond

1981

Tex [Tim Hunter] c

1982

48 Hrs. [Walter Hill] c

1982

Class [Lewis John Carlino] c

1983

Footloose [Herbert Ross] c

1983

Uncommon Valor [Ted Kotcheff] c; addph; ph: Stephen Burum

1983

Red Dawn [John Milius] c; 2uc: Frederick Elmes; spec title ph: Dana Kershner

1984

Brewster's Millions [Walter Hill] c; ph New York: Leroy Patton; addph: Charles F. Wheeler

1984

Volunteers [Nicholas Meyer] c; addph: Jack Green

1985

Blue City [Michelle Manning] c; addph; ph: Steven Poster

1985

Summer Rental [Carl Reiner] c; + 2ud

1985

Cobra [George Pan Cosmatos] c; addph: Nick McLean; filmed 1985-86

1987

Adventures in Babysitting/A Night on the Town [Chris Columbus] c

1987

The Great Outdoors [Howard Deutch] c; 2uc: Robert Thomas

1990

Marked for Death/Screwface [Dwight H. Little] s35/c; addph: Robert Thomas; 2uc: John M. Stephens

1990

Out for Justice/Price of Our Blood [John Flynn] s35/c; addph: Robert Wagner

1991

Rapid Fire [Dwight H. Little] c

1992

Scam/Miami Affairs [John Flynn] c; ph Jamaica (2u): John H.D. Elton; aired as a tvm on Showtime-tv in May 1993

1993

On Deadly Ground [Steven Seagal] Clairmont-Scope/c; addph (Alaska): Theo van de Sande; 2uc: John M. Stephens; aph: David Nowell; vfx ph: Bill Neil; wildlife ph: Scott Ransom

1996

Truth or Consequences, N.M. [Kiefer Sutherland] c; 2uc: Leo Napolitano

1998

Woman Wanted [Kiefer Sutherland] c; 2uc: Curtis Petersen

1999

The Watcher [Joe Charbanic] c; addph; ph: Michael Chapman

2003

Fallacy [Jeff Jensen] c

2007

A Handful of Beans [?] announced for October start; status unknown

2008

Best Ribs in Town [David Mikalson] c; reshoots in February 2009

2009

Assassins' Code/Serpent Rising [Larry Riggins] c; cph: Richard Lerner

2011

Legacy [Jon Lee Brody & Jon Knitter] pre-production; status unknown

 

 TELEVISION

1973

Police Story [ep #7 'Collision Course' dir by David Friedkin, #10 'Man on a Rack' dir by John L. Moxey, a.o.] 89-part series, 1973-77 + 15 2hr specials, 1977-80 & 1988; other ph: Jack Woolf, Emmett Bergholtz & Robert L. Morrison (pilot)

1973

Nakia [Leonard Horn] pilot (1974); followed by 13-part series, 1974

1973

New Temperatures Rising [ep #12 'Four of a Kind' dir by William Asher, #14 'Big Brother' dir by Richard Kinon, #15 'Is There a Lady Doctor in the House?' dir by Herbert Kenwith (HK), #16 'Kid Genius' dir by HK, #17 'Three Faces of Edwina' dir by HK, #18 'Healer Man' dir by HK & #19 'Shafted' dir by Roger Duchowny] 20-part series, 1973-74; other ph: Henry Cronjager; followed 26-part series 'Temperatures Rising' (1972-73)

1974

Emergency!/Emergency One [20 ep dir by various] 122-part series (+ 7 specials, 1972-79), 1972-77; 4th season, 1974-75 (22 ep); other ph: Bud Thackery

1975

City of Angels [various] 13-part series, 1976; see Films (1975)

1975

Captains and the Kings [Douglas Heyes & Allen Reisner] 6-part miniseries; other ph: Vilis Lapenieks & Isidore Mankofsky

1975

Medical Story [ep #6 'An Air Full of Death' dir by Ralph Senensky & #12 'The Quality of Mercy' dir by Robert E. Collins] 12-part series, 1975-76

1976

Wonder Woman/The New Adventures of Wonder Woman/The New Original Wonder Woman [ep #13 'The Bushwhackers' dir by Stuart Margolin & #14 'Wonder Woman in Hollywood' dir by Bruce Bilson] 59-part series, 1976-79 (+ 2 pilots, 1974 & 1975); 1st season, 1976-77; other ph: Joseph Biroc (pilot 1974), Dennis Dalzell (pilot 1975), Robert Hoffman & Ted D. Landon

1976

Tail Gunner Joe [Jud Taylor] tvm

1976

Red Alert [William Hale] tvm

1976

The Life and Assassination of the Kingfish/Every Man a King [Robert E. Collins] tvm

1977

Nero Wolfe/The Doorbell Rang [Frank D. Gilroy] tvm

1977

The Initiation of Sarah [Robert Day] tvm

1977

A Question of Guilt [Robert Butler] tvm

1977

Leave Yesterday Behind [Richard Michaels] tvm

1978

Dear Detective [Dean Hargrove] pilot; followed by 4-part series, 1979

1978

A Guide for the Married Woman [Hy Averback] tvm

1978

Amateur Night at the Dixie Bar and Grill [Joel Schumacher] tvm

1978

Charleston [Karen Arthur] tvm

1978

Steeletown [Robert E. Collins] tvm; cph: Gil Hubbs

1978

Greatest Rescues of Emergency! [R.A. Cinader & Randolph Mantooth] special; co-seg ph; ph: Frank Thackery; ep series 'Emergency!/Emergency One' (1972-77)

1979

And Baby Makes Six [Waris Hussein] tvm

1979

The Comeback Kid [Peter Levin] tvm

1980

A Perfect Match [Mel Damski] tvm

1980

Baby Comes Home [Waris Hussein] tvm

1980

Revenge of the Stepford Wives [Robert Fuest] tvm

1980

Freebie and the Bean [ep #1 'The Seduction of the Bean' dir by Lawrence Dobkin] 9-part series, 1980-81

1983

Dempsey [Gus Trikonis] tvm

1985

Midas Valley [Gus Trikonis] pilot; for ABC-tv

1986

You Ruined My Life [David Ashwell] tvm; ep 'Disney Sunday Movie'

1988

Police Story: Burnout [Michael Switzer] tvm; see 1973

1993

Last Light [Kiefer Sutherland] tvm

1995

Andersonville [John Frankenheimer] 2-part tvm

1995

Nowhere Man [ep #2 'Turnabout' dir by Tobe Hooper, #3 'The Incredible Derek' dir by James Darren, #4 'Something About Her' dir by James Whitmore Jr. & #5 'Paradise on Your Doorstep' dir by Thomas J. Wright] 25-part series, 1995-96; other ph: James Chressanthis & Isidore Mankofsky

1995

Money Play$ [Frank D. Gilroy] tvm

1996

Last Stand at Saber River [Dick Lowry] tvm

1996

Heart Full of Rain [Roger Young] tvm

1997

Hope [Goldie Hawn] tvm

1999

Ratz [Thom Eberhardt] tvm

1999

Absence of the Good [John Flynn] tvm

2000

Love and Treason/Aladdin Window [Lewis Teague] tvm

2000

The Triangle [Lewis Teague] tvm; uwph: Paul Guenette

2001

A Mother's Fight for Justice/Crash Course [Thomas Rickman] tvm

 

 MISCELLANEOUS

2007

A Single Beam of Light [E.S. Knightchilde; short/2m] cons prod; ph: ?