INTERVIEW: STEVEN POSTER, CINEMATOGRAPHER

INTERVIEW: STEVEN POSTER, CINEMATOGRAPHER

Steven Poster, A.S.C, I.C.G. is an American cinematographer and photographer who is the former President of the International Cinematographers Guild.

Poster began his career as a creative assistant at The Film Group, a commercial film production company based in Chicago, Illinois. After being promoted to director of photography due to his skill at lighting, he met Herschell Gordon Lewis and worked with him in various crew positions on a total of three films. Poster founded a production company with director Michael Mann and served as the cinematographer on numerous industrial and education films.

He served as the second-unit director of photography on Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

Poster joined the American Society of Cinematographers in 1987, relocating to Hollywood in the process. He shot the iconic music video to Like A Prayer by Madonna, as well as commercials directed by Ridley Scott and Kinka Usher. In 1988, he was nominated for the ASC Award for Outstanding Achievement in Theatrical Releases for his work on Someone to Watch Over Me.

Poster served as the President of the ASC between 2002-2003. In 2006, he received an Emmy nomination for Mrs. Harris. That same year, he was elected as the National President of the International Cinematographers Guild, a position he held until 2019.

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Steven Poster on dedolight:

"Well, I can tell you that the influence that Dedo has had on me. Has been significant. Since I first saw my first dedolight.

And I absolutely fell in love with it. It was a incandescent light, as we all know. The old ones that had just beautiful optics and and I I ended up deciding that I would never go out on a job without a Dedo kit; because they're so handy to just put in little places and and get that extra bit of light. Plus you can do small little shoots and tabletop work with just one kit and they're beautifully designed, beautifully made.

The Optics are incredible in them. No manufacturer that I know of other than Dedo thinks of the optics in the lights being as important as the bulb. But of course they are and and here we are today with the new work that Dedo has done which is just an exceptional piece of lighting equipment.

I can not go anywhere without my Dedo kit."

Steven Poster

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