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Performing Arts Direction & Production


Adventures in Canadian Film and Television

by (author) Vic Sarin

foreword by Adrienne Clarkson

Durvile Publications
Initial publish date
Nov 2017
Direction & Production
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In Eyepiece, brilliant cinematographer and filmmaker Vic Sarin lays out the landscape of his life. The book starts with his formative years in India and carries on with stories about early days at CBC, working with top Canadian performers and personalities, and his recent feature films and documentaries. To Vic, the entertainment business is a window to magic. Touching people with his art and celebrating the human side comes through in every chapter, just as is comes through in every one of his films.

About the authors

Vic Sarin's profile page

Adrienne Clarkson became Canada’s twenty-sixth Governor General in 1999 and served until September 2005. She is the bestselling author of Heart Matters: A Memoir, Room For All Of Us: Surprising Stories of Loss and Transformation, and Great Canadian Lives: Norman Bethune. In her multi-faceted career as an accomplished broadcaster and distinguished public servant, she has received numerous prestigious awards and honorary degrees in Canada and abroad. In 2005, she co-founded the Institute for Canadian Citizenship. In 2006, she established the Clarkson Cup, which is now the championship trophy for the Canadian Women’s Hockey League. In 2007, she was appointed Colonel-in-Chief for Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. A Privy Councillor and Companion of the Order of Canada, she lives in Toronto.

Adrienne Clarkson's profile page

Excerpt: Eyepiece: Adventures in Canadian Film and Television (by (author) Vic Sarin; foreword by Adrienne Clarkson)

One thing I have noticed in my career is every person in front of the camera wants to do their best. Let’s face it, who doesn’t – we all do, whether we are Prince Charles or Christopher Plummer, or even myself – I like to look good on camera too. I feel that most people whoever they are, the so-called people “up there” presidents or monarchy or whatever, want to be loved, they all want to look good at whatever they do, and they do not want to feel threatened by anything negative. That’s basic human nature. So if you can strip people down so they do not feel threatened by you, you can connect with them on a human level. Even more important is that they think you are really curious about what they think. These elements boil down to honesty, sincerity, and curiousity.

Editorial Reviews

"Sarin's rollicking recollections belong on the bookshelf of any serious aficionado of Canadian film history." Charlie Smith, The Georgia Straight

“Judging by the way Vic Sarin’s richly composed images haunt the mind, at least a part of the national film industry has already arrived.” — John Bemrose, Macleans Magazine

“Sarin is a master cinematographer and Desert Riders is a beautiful film.” — John Mackie, Vancouver Sun

“In Heartaches, Vic Sarin’s cinematography is superb. The pearly, overcast shots are worthy of Ansel Adams.” — Jay Scott, The Globe and Mail

“Chautauqua Girl, the best television program of the year… Vic Sarin made it an enchanting experience on screen.” — Ross McLean, Montreal Gazette

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