Meet Rick Wise!
Creative COW Forum Host
shooting and making films for over thirty years. After a brief
period working as an assistant director for American productions
shooting in France, I became a news and documentary filmmaker,
ending up at KQED San Francisco during its golden years.
1968-70 I covered the daily riots at
San Francisco State and then UC Berkeley as a cameraman and
editor, honing my skills at
visual storyteller. The station bumped me up to produce, shoot
and edit a series of long-form documentaries
for PBS, including the highly acclaimed
Private Lives of
When the Nixon administration cut PBS to the bone in
1972, I became a freelancer. I shot, edited, and sometimes
produced various projects including shooting second camera and
editing one of the bicentennial films from Alan Landsburg
Productions, Cowboys and Indians.
That documentary work then morphed into
commercials and for the last twenty years I've been a Director
of Photography for commercials and high-end corporate
productions in the San Francisco Bay Area and occasionally
for television docudramas and feature films.
As a result of
living in France and Italy for nine years, and my overseas
assignments, I am an experienced traveler in Europe, Middle
Africa, Asia, Mexico, and of course the USA. I am still
reasonably fluent in French. I
shoot all the formats: 35mm, 16mm, video from HD to HDV to mini-DV.
I edit all my own projects and those of my clients when
I was born in NYC; BA Dartmouth College (American Letters);
taught high school English in Beirut Lebanon; studied film for
two years in Paris at l'Institut des Hautes Etudes
Cinématographiques; I have been a visiting lecturer at the
Communication Department, St. Mary's College in Moraga, teaching
a class I designed from the ground up (" True Lies: Film
Structure & Film Language"); Instructor
of graduate Lighting and Graduate Cine 1 at the Academy of Art
University / Film Division including major syllabus redesign for
both classes, fall 2005; I continue to teach graduate lighting
at the Academy and refine the syllabus; I was President of the
Board, Berkeley Montessori School, September 1993-January 1998;
I practice Wu-style Tai Chi; married, two grown children.
You can find Rick Wise hosting in Creative COW's Cinematography, and Lighting Design Pros Forums.
Articles by Rick Wise
Lighting Design Pros
Lighting with Shadows
In this extended version of his article in the Creative Cow Visual Effects Issue, lighting expert and instructor Rick Wise draws on his decades of experience to illustrate how shadows can be the most important part of how a scene is lit. Learn how to control the direction and quality of your lighting design to add texture, dimension, and force to your images.