March 28, 2011

Noted cinematographer to speak on campus

by Pete Rosenbery

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Richard Sands, a noted director of photography, cinematographer, and lighting director/designer, will offer his insights during a visit to Southern Illinois University Carbondale later this week.

Sands will give a visiting artist presentation at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 31, in the Hiram H. Lesar Law Building Auditorium at the SIU School of Law. Sand will also be in residence with a variety of workshops and classroom offerings within the Department of Cinema & Photography beginning Wednesday, March 30, through Friday, April 1.

The visit is “wonderful opportunity” for students as Sands “brings with him a wealth of experience from a wide range of disciplines,” said Daniel Overturf, a professor in the Department of Cinema & Photography. “He understands Hollywood, but he also has considerable experience with smaller, more independent film making as well as fine art still photography.”

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Sands’ career includes creating lighting for 35 theatrical motion pictures with directors including Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola and Sam Raimi; 47 television movies and 100 one-hour television episodes. Sands’ work also involved creating lighting for four books of photographer Gregory Crewdson’s fine art photographs.

“Rick Sands is a technician by trade and title, but he has much more to offer to students and anyone interested in how craft meets vision,” Overturf said. “My hope is while the audience might come to hear him discuss the famous directors and artists he has worked with … there will be more to experience.

“I know the audience will want to hear about the popular films and fine art he has helped create, but I suspect that anyone who attends Rick’s presentation will also take away a greater appreciation for how those well-known figures are reliant on a large team to bring their ideas to fruition.”

Sands will lead a professional lighting workshop from 9 to 11:30 a.m., Friday, April 1, in the cinema and photography soundstage in the Communications Building room 1116.

During his visit, Sands will offer individual student critiques. He will also visit Overturf’s Applied Photography II/Senior Portfolio class, and a 16mm film production class taught by Associate Professor Lilly A. Boruszkowski.

While on campus Sands “will also be a resource for anyone who wants to understand the creative process, from the inside and at the start – how to take concept, feeling and idea to the point where those original ideas are visible in a final product,” Overturf said.

Sands’ visit is made possible through the SIUC Student Fine Arts Activity Fee.