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Watch: Life and career advice from Emmy-winning DP Roy H. Wagner ASC

Mar 3, 2021

Two-time Emmy-winning cinematographer Roy H. Wagner ASC, shares his life and career advice honed from decades of experience on TV and films such as Nightmare on Elm Street, Ray Donovan and the Stand! Movie Musical​.

In the video Wagner describes how he picks his projects; “To me life is a journey and it’s all about what’s in front of you, if I’m offered something I often try to embrace it because you never know quite where it’s going to take you.”

On what attracted him to the Stand! Movie Musical script​, Wagner said;  “It was a story about people, for me I liked very much that the characters were very much like modern characters.”

Watch the interview in full below:

You can watch Roy’s work in Stand! at​

“I’ve photographed on every imaginable format from 65mm to 16mm from iPhone to Sony’s F65 and everything in between. I love all styles of photography, working from hundred million dollar features to cable television.”

“I’ve been an active member of the motion picture industry for the last 46 years. When I came to Hollywood most of the great master cinematographers were very active. I was mentored by many but most prominently by Harry Stradling Sr. ASC, James Wong Howe ASC, Leon Shamroy ASC, William A. Fraker ASC, Frank Phillips ASC and Leonard South ASC. I worked briefly as one of Ansel Adams assistants.”

Roy H. Wagner ASC is an American cinematographer known for dramatic, dark imagery. Named by Kodak as one of the “Top 100 directors of photography in the world” Wagner’s career has spanned 35 years in the motion picture and television industries. He has also received the ASC Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography for a Miniseries, and is a two-time Primetime Emmy Award nominee.

Wagner is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the American Society of Cinematographers and has won the Producers Guild “Vision Award”. He studied with Ansel Adams who taught him to rise to the challenge of new technology. Wagner is extremely active within the American Society of Cinematographers, and contributes much of his free time furthering the charter of the organisation.

Header Photo: Roy H. Wagner ASC on the set of musical drama Stand!

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