From Creative Cow: Rodney Charters, ASC, CSC Brings Blackmagic to Dallas


Here’s a great article and interview from Creative Cow’s Debra Kaufman with Rodney Charters, ASC, who talks about shooting the television series Dallas and using the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera on the show.

Rodney Charters, ASC, CSC is probably best known for his work as cinematographer on the groundbreaking international hit 24. He has been plenty busy since then, most recently behind the lens of the TNT drama Dallas, featuring the next generation of the Ewing family from the 1978-1991 TV series.

Hailing from New Zealand, Charters started off his career as a documentary filmmaker, doing a 60 Minutes-style show that shot all over the world for Canadian networks. His pre-24 TV work included Friday the Thirteenth: The SeriesProfit, M.A.N.T.I.S., Nash Bridges, The Pretenderand Roswell. Since 24 ended its run in 2010, Charters has worked on Shameless, and shot the pilots forCharlie’s AngelsAlphas and Nashville.

Since shooting the pilot for Dallas, Charters has shot 36 episodes and directed three. Creative COW Contributing Editor Debra Kaufman chatted with Charters over a lunch break during shooting, about his work on Dallas, especially his use of the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera to complement the production’s ARRI Alexas.

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