"When starting out as a cinematographer, seek out someone with white hair or at least fifteen years experience, because that's where you're going to learn everything. Those people will share. The guy with blonde hair and who's twenty-two is trying to do the same thing as you are, and he doesn't have the backing."
About This Interview
In his four-hour Archive interview, Ben Wolf (1929- 2013) recalls his early television experiences at KLAC and CBS in Los Angeles, working on such programs as The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, The Ed Sullivan Show, Carson's Cellar and Climax!. He speaks about his work on The Jack Benny Show and The Red Skelton Show, and explains the day-to-day process of working as a cameraman on the latter program. He touches upon his work on The Judy Garland Show, CBS Playhouse and The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. He reminisces about working on Norman Lear-produced programs including All in the Family and Maude. He talks about working on Three's Company and Mama's Family and becoming a freelance cameraman for the remainder of his career. He gives his impression of the then-current state of cinematography on television, and outlines some of the then-recent technological advances. He concludes by sharing several pictures from his long and varied career. Henry Colman conducted the interview on January 23, 2001 in Los Angeles, California.