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PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2015 6:34 pm    Post subject: ALOYSIUS VINCENT-I Reply with quote

ALOYSIUS VINCENT - I

The name – A Vincent used to have a possessive effect on the movie goers –Tamil, Malayalam, Hindi and Telugu. Before he managed to be in the limelight, his career, like anyone else’s had a modest beginning at the age of 20 as an ‘Assistant / Trainee’ in the movie-making house –The Gemini studios, Chennai. For aspirants into moviedom, ‘Gemini’ was a mesmerizing name. The then trend in movie-making was to have ‘employee technicians’ and not contractual engagements of technicians per movie. Gemini studios had troupes of technicians; Cinematography wing had at least 3 teams independently headed by Kamal Ghosh, Marcus Bartley and Yellappa. Each of these names was highly respected in the cine industry across the country. It was under Kamal Ghosh that A Vincent was groomed in his early career. Working styles of each group had a stamp of its own and were known as distinct schools of thought on the way of movie picturisation. Clearly, they had lighting styles, scene-lab co-ordination and methods of exploiting camera angles and so on.

Obviously, aesthetic presentation determined the efficacy of cinematography which was making a deep impact on the audience through the celluloid imagery. The art of cinematography was then through a phase of experimentation, deeply constrained by an ‘emulsion characteristic’ called film speed [ expressed in ASA –the arithmetic scale or DIN –the log scale].
Considering those limitations, Indian cinematography has held its head high in pride, thanks to all our pioneer technicians who have given us delight through those immortalized images though they must have toiled a lot. The brief reference to the situations then is a must for us to recognize the value of human effort and that success in the era of technology is a product almost for the asking.
Soon,[1950s] A V moved to Venus pictures with T. Prakash Rao as their Director. If ‘Gemini’ was a macrocosm of the industry, Venus pictures was a microcosm that groomed talent in all spheres of movie making and understandably Vincent became their cinematography chief and hogged the limelight by his sheer novelty in lighting and image rendition that were distinct and demanding attention.
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N Y MURALI
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2015 10:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear Professor,
Yes. Vincent is special. He lives every moment when we see him through works. Apart from the 'Cot scene' from 'nenjil or aalayam' there many specials in his work. Especially his works with Mirrors.

Great Vincent.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2015 12:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear Professor,
Even before we try to understand and visualise one writeup from your pen, out flows the next stream of thoughts!! We are almost taken back to the era under discussion and can see the events unfold before us, as though it happened just a few days back! Thank you for taking us all back in time...!
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Sai
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