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Bill Megalos
Bill Megalos
Los Angeles, California USA
Los Angeles, California USA

BILL MEGALOS began working professionally in the theater in New York in 1972 as a stagehand at the Metropolitan Opera House. He became a lighting designer and stage manager, eventually stage managing the national tours of "Godspell" and "Ain't Misbehavin'" as well as the Eliot Feld Ballet company and Nikolais Dance Theatre. As a concert lighting designer he worked with artists as diverse as Duke Ellington, Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Aerosmith and The Beach Boys. In the early 1990's he designed the architectural and entertainment lighting for the 43 acre amusement park ASIAN VILLAGE in Singapore.

Since 1976, he has been involved in all aspects of film and television production, from producing the comedy feature "Mutants in Paradise" to directing music videos. He apprenticed with renowned Greek director Theo Angelopoulos on his film “O Megalexandros” (“Alexander the Great”) which won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1980. Megalos was cameraman on numerous documentaries, including "Aretha," "Paris is Burning," and the Emmy Award-winning "W. Eugene Smith" with Peter Riegert for American Masters, "A Night in Havana-Dizzy Gillespie in Cuba," the PBS series "Quest for the Killers" and "Legendary Trails," as well as the Academy Award-winning "Down and Out in America," directed by Lee Grant.

Megalos' work as a director ranges from commercials and music videos to dramatic films. His biography of Jack Benny for HBO was awarded the Cine Golden Eagle Award. His series of distinctive network promos for CBS ran throughout the year of 1996. As a director or cameraman, Megalos filmed over 30 full-length documentaries for PBS, BBC and Channel 4 (UK) in more than 20 countries. His series of family planning mini-dramas in Bengali won the World Health Organization's Global Award for Media Excellence in Beijing in 1985. He produced and directed the ground-breaking half-hour infomercial that funded Jerry Brown's 1992 Presidential campaign. In 2004 he was a director on the DVD for the extended edition of “Return of the King,” the final Lord of the Rings film. For the past ten years, he has been making social documentaries and working as a media consultant for the Asian Development Bank, a large N.G.O. whose aim is the reduction and elimination of poverty in Asia. He spent two years traveling with Muhammad Yunus, 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, for a feature documentary on microfinance, “To Catch A Dollar,” which premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.

Megalos has a B.A. in anthropology and comparative literature from Columbia University where he studied with Margaret Mead. He also assisted Alan Lomax at that time. He was awarded an M.F.A. from Columbia as well and taught theater there at the graduate School of the Arts. He taught film at the School of Visual Arts in New York City for four years and was on the faculty of the University of Southern California for seven years. He has been teaching at the Maine Media Workshops (formerly the International Film and Television Workshops) in Rockport, Maine since the 1990's. He was the Vice President of Production and Director of Programming at The Recovery Network, a cable television, internet, and radio network, from its inception in May of 1996 until December of 1998. In his time there, he created six television series and produced 120 hours of programming. He created the company logo and the network look and was involved in the creation of the company’s website. In the early 1970’s he worked as a gold miner at the Homestake Mine in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

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Articles by Bill Megalos

Indie Film & Documentary
With Paul Mazursky, It's All Crap!

With Paul Mazursky, It's All Crap!

When Paul Mazursky decided to create a series of intimate conversations with Mel Brooks, Leonard Nimoy and his many other industry friends, Cinematographer Bill Megalos came on board to produce. In this article, Bill talks about the choices he made with regard to camera, lighting and direction to make compelling interviews with a limited budget.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Bill Megalos
Cinematography
Iraqi Filmmaking Workshop: Day One London Heathrow

Iraqi Filmmaking Workshop: Day One London Heathrow

In May 2013, award-winning cinematographer Bill Megalos traveled to Iraq to train young Iraqi filmmakers on behalf of a program organized by the Humpty Dumpty Institute. In this first trip, Bill blogs about guiding these filmmakers as they make short dramatic films this year. The focus in May was on their scripts, on story and character development, on working with actors, as well as giving them an overall background in production.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Bill Megalos
Indie Film & Documentary
Cinematographer's Journey: Rightfooted in Ethiopia - Goodbye

Cinematographer's Journey: Rightfooted in Ethiopia - Goodbye

Saying Goodbye, April 7th & 9th: Bill Megalos, cinematographer and documentarian, is in Ethiopia with first-time documentary feature director Nick Spark on a mission to "make a film that makes a difference." Raising money on Indiegogo, they're following Jessica Cox, a 29-year old woman without arms who is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and is licensed to fly planes solo (among her many accomplishments). She is an advocate for the disabled and often spends time in countries where the handicapped are stigmatized. Megalos is keeping a shooting diary for Creative COW readers of their experiences in Ethiopia.

Feature, People / Interview
Bill Megalos
Indie Film & Documentary
Cinematographer's Journey: Rightfooted in Ethiopia April 6th

Cinematographer's Journey: Rightfooted in Ethiopia April 6th

April 6th: Bill Megalos, cinematographer and documentarian, is in Ethiopia with first-time documentary feature director Nick Spark on a mission to "make a film that makes a difference." Raising money on Indiegogo, they're following Jessica Cox, a 29-year old woman without arms who is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and is licensed to fly planes solo (among her many accomplishments). She is an advocate for the disabled and often spends time in countries where the handicapped are stigmatized. Megalos is keeping a shooting diary for Creative COW readers of their experiences in Ethiopia.

Feature, People / Interview
Bill Megalos
Indie Film & Documentary
Cinematographer's Journey: Rightfooted in Ethiopia April 5th

Cinematographer's Journey: Rightfooted in Ethiopia April 5th

April 5th: Bill Megalos, cinematographer and documentarian, is in Ethiopia with first-time documentary feature director Nick Spark on a mission to "make a film that makes a difference." Raising money on Indiegogo, they're following Jessica Cox, a 29-year old woman without arms who is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and is licensed to fly planes solo (among her many accomplishments). She is an advocate for the disabled and often spends time in countries where the handicapped are stigmatized. Megalos is keeping a shooting diary for Creative COW readers of their experiences in Ethiopia.

Feature, People / Interview
Bill Megalos
Indie Film & Documentary
Cinematographer's Journey: Rightfooted in Ethiopia April 4th

Cinematographer's Journey: Rightfooted in Ethiopia April 4th

April 4th: Bill Megalos, cinematographer and documentarian, is in Ethiopia with first-time documentary feature director Nick Spark on a mission to "make a film that makes a difference." Raising money on Indiegogo, they're following Jessica Cox, a 29-year old woman without arms who is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and is licensed to fly planes solo (among her many accomplishments). She is an advocate for the disabled and often spends time in countries where the handicapped are stigmatized. Megalos is keeping a shooting diary for Creative COW readers of their experiences in Ethiopia.

Feature, People / Interview
Bill Megalos
Cinematography
Cinematographer's Journey: Rightfooted in Ethiopia April 3rd

Cinematographer's Journey: Rightfooted in Ethiopia April 3rd

April 3rd: Bill Megalos, cinematographer and documentarian, is in Ethiopia with first-time documentary feature director Nick Spark on a mission to "make a film that makes a difference." Raising money on Indiegogo, they're following Jessica Cox, a 29-year old woman without arms who is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and is licensed to fly planes solo (among her many accomplishments). She is an advocate for the disabled and often spends time in countries where the handicapped are stigmatized. Megalos is keeping a shooting diary for Creative COW readers of their experiences in Ethiopia.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Bill Megalos
Cinematography
Cinematographer's Journey: Rightfooted in Ethiopia April 2nd

Cinematographer's Journey: Rightfooted in Ethiopia April 2nd

April 2nd: Bill Megalos, cinematographer and documentarian, is in Ethiopia with first-time documentary feature director Nick Spark on a mission to "make a film that makes a difference." Raising money on Indiegogo, they're following Jessica Cox, a 29-year old woman without arms who is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and is licensed to fly planes solo (among her many accomplishments). She is an advocate for the disabled and often spends time in countries where the handicapped are stigmatized. Megalos is keeping a shooting diary for Creative COW readers of their experiences in Ethiopia.

Feature, People / Interview
Bill Megalos
Cinematography
Cinematographer's Journey: Rightfooted - Travels to Ethiopia

Cinematographer's Journey: Rightfooted - Travels to Ethiopia

Bill Megalos, cinematographer and documentarian, is in Ethiopia with first-time documentary feature director Nick Spark on a mission to "make a film that makes a difference." Raising money on Indiegogo, they're following Jessica Cox, a 29-year old woman without arms who is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and is licensed to fly planes solo (among her many accomplishments). She is an advocate for the disabled and often spends time in countries where the handicapped are stigmatized. Megalos is keeping a shooting diary for Creative COW readers of their experiences in Ethiopia. Today's entry covers events from March 28th to April 1st.

Feature, People / Interview
Bill Megalos
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