Interviews

 

George Spiro Dibie

Director of Photography

On the importance of smelling good in front of cast and crew - "Hi, Sexy"

01:06

You are in charge of the look. Especially the technical look more than anything.  You report to the director. I want to add that it's a collaboration - the director, cinematographer, production designer - these are the guys who are responsible for the look… The director directs us, and I bring his vision to the screen -  what he has on the brain, how he wants it to look. I do that for him.

About this interview

In his three-hour Archive interview, George Spiro Dibie discusses his childhood in Jerusalem and his passion for American films. He speaks of his move to Los Angeles as a youngster and of his start in the entertainment industry -- as a member of the electrical department at Fox. He details his rise up the ranks to Director of Photography and how his experience as an electrician and gaffer contributed to his expertise in cinematography. Dibie describes lighting techniques he invented (Dibie net, Dibie square), shares the myth about his work on pilot episodes, and explains his contributions to series Barney Miller, Growing Pains, Night Court, Just the Ten of Us and Sister, Sister, among others. Stephen J. Abramson conducted the interview on July 26, 2010 in Sherman Oaks, CA.

You are in charge of the look. Especially the technical look more than anything.  You report to the director. I want to add that it's a collaboration - the director, cinematographer, production designer - these are the guys who are responsible for the look… The director directs us, and I bring his vision to the screen -  what he has on the brain, how he wants it to look. I do that for him.

Interview Highlights

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On the importance of smelling good in front of cast and crew - "Hi, Sexy"

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On the challenges of lighting women

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On the luck of every pilot he did becoming a series

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On changing the way sitcoms were lit in the 1970s

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