Conrad Hall Cinematographer












During the time from the end of the 1960s to the middle of the 1970s,it  was a good time for the American cinematographers, back then they called it the new generation of directories, that would visualize certain film genres in a new way, and  among these prestigious cinematographers who came out in that time, was a man named Conrad Hall.

Conrad Hall was born on June 21, 1926 and died on January 4, 2003, he was born in Tahiti and was the son of the writer and author of Mutiny on the Bounty, James N. Hall. Before Conrad Hall became a great cinematographer, he studied filmmaking at the USC and founded a small production company with two other students.  Back then they were hired to make industrial films, TV commercials and to shoot location footage for feature films. In 1960s Conrad Hall worked as a camera assistant and after that, he worked his way up to be a camera operator. At that time, he started getting credits for his work as a cinematographer and won the Academy Award for best cinematography for, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), American Beauty (1999) and Road to Perdition (2002( When Conrad was asked, how does he know where to point his camera, his answer was “I point it at the story. I’m not trying to characterize the people in the film; the actors do that. My job is trying to frame them in an appropriate emotional context for the scenes”. He always saw himself as a storyteller like his father by using visuals, and because of that Paul Newman was very impressed by Conrad Hall after working with him on Harper and cool Hand Luke, so he decide to hire him to work on Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, that ended up being Conrad Halls first work where he received  an Academy Award for Cinematography



3 thoughts on “Conrad Hall Cinematographer

  1. Very interesting I did not know he was apart of American Beauty (which I really dislike) but the cinematography was crazy good. I knew about a few of his other films. He really did earn those three Oscars.

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  2. i worked with conrad hall when i was at usc. i wrote a short story for him which he filmed on the johnny carson sound stage: ) my cinematographer friend erik greene brought me on board to help cast and coach the actors as well.


  3. A true icon and legend. I absolutely fell in love with the quote of Hall’s cinematic technique. I think that’s amazing, his perspective of cinematography, because a lot of films use the cinematography to characterize. However, Hall feels that it should be used to emotional evoke the audience of something. He is all about the look. I really admire that. Great post!



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