Congratulations to Archive Interviewee Hector Ramirez, the individual record holder for the most overall Emmy nominations with a whopping 64 nominations! Ramirez got his start as a camera operator on All in the Family and went on to work on most of Norman Lear’s sitcoms, including Maude, The Jeffersons and Good Times. Also skilled at shooting variety shows, Ramirez worked on The Carol Burnett Show, shot Elvis: The ’68 Comeback Special, and regularly does camera work and technical direction for live awards shows such as The Grammys, The Academy Awards, and The Emmys. In the clip below, he discusses his Emmy win for the “Steadicam Tango” on the hit show, Dancing with the Stars:
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About this interview:
In his Archive interview, Hector Ramirez discusses his career as a camera operator, from his start on All in the Family, to one of his current positions as an Emmy-winning camera operator on Dancing With the Stars. He speaks of his move from Columbia to the United States, attending the Don Martin School of Radio and Television Arts and Sciences, and his work on Norman Lear sitcoms Maude, The Jeffersons, and Good Times. He details his work shooting several music and comedy specials, including Paul Simon’s Concert in Central Park, as well as his experiences as camera operator for The Academy Awards, The Golden Globes, The Emmy Awards, The Grammys, and MTV’s Award Shows. Ramirez also comments on holding the record for the most number of Emmy nominations, and shares his thoughts on reality television and what forms good composition. Beth Cochran conducted the three-and-a-half-hour interview on May 12, 2011 in Los Angeles, CA.