Czech cinematographic legend is rewarded for his lifetime of achievement
The legendary cinematographer Miroslav Ondricek will be presented the American Society of Cinematographers International Achievement Award this weekend in Los Angeles, California. The prolific cameraman began his career in Czechoslovakia, with the emergence of what was known as the "New Wave" of Eastern European filmmakers in the early 1960s. He began his career working on documentaries and later started studying at the Prague film school FAMU. He entered the Hollywood mainstream during the late 1970s and now has 40 film credits and a number of Oscar nominations under his belt. Mr. Ondricek made some time to speak to Kay Grigar before he flew to LA Wednesday morning.
When you forged a working relationship with Milos Forman one could say you became the legendary cameraman/director tandem. How do you compare working on projects in the sixties in Czechoslovakia to making blockbuster movies in Hollywood?
"It's the same small budget or big budget. You must make it good. You must be perfect regardless of having a lot of money or no money. When I was developing working in cinematography I always thought to myself I have to work with the story. My job is to sell the story."