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Visiting David Samuelson

The 70mm Newsletter
Written by: Mark Lyndon, London Date: 20.11.2014
David W. Samuelson born 1924.

The term genius is applied to many of the most talented in the world.

Nevertheless, it still comes as a shock to meet a genuine, authentic, 24 carat genius. We were granted a great privilege in being given an interview with one of the Film and Television industry's greats.

David Samuelson is a great man whose work and inventions have changed the way we see the world, through the eye of the moving image camera.

As a news cameraman, his reportage was always fresh, immediate and compelling. From maritime disasters to high performance military aircraft catastrophies, he told the story to the world through his lens, at no small risk to himself. He covered the most important events, such as the Queen's Coronation and ceremonies involving the greatest statesmen, such as Churchill.

• Go to David Samuelson: A Lifetime with the Movies
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David W. Samuelson with his Academy Award.

He pioneered the use of CinemaScope in capturing the first footage of Her Majesty at the races. David was always the man on the spot, the man with the scoop. His television camerawork for shows such as Candid Camera, incorporated the disciplines he had acquired and honed, in catching the news as it unfolded. There were no second takes. Candid Camera, for which he had created that special look, never looked so newly minted and edgy in subsequent series. David had moved on.

These days, David is confined to a wheelchair in a care home in North London, complete with fiercely protective staff. Luckily, on the day, they came to accept and even welcome our presence. We were here to bear witness to greatness. David Samuelson retains a dogged and defiant Churchillian spirit - a point blank refusal to bow to the ravages of time and fortune.

Mark Lyndon, David W. Samuelson and Thomas Hauerslev with OSCAR.

David shared an Oscar with Jean Marie Lovalou and Alain Masseron for his contribution to the development of their brainchild, the Louma Crane for which he developed the remote control system.

The presentation of moving pictures, worldwide, has changed radically and dramatically as a result of the widespread use of the Louma crane. No football match or feature film is complete without the Louma crane capturing that thrilling goal or tingling spell by Harry Potter. Through the visionary magic of the Louma crane, the world, his wife and their children have all come to share in David Samuelson's vision.

The world owes him much.

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