"Norman Lear came down and he goes, 'my name is Norman Lear.' I said, 'yes sir, I know.' And then he said, 'you did a good job.' And that's it. So I figured well, maybe I'm coming back. And I did."
About This Interview
In his three-and-a-half-hour 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 All in the Family, 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 interview on May 12, 2011 in Los Angeles, CA.