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
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.
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.
“Vic Sarin is one of the greatest cinematographers Canada has ever produced.” — The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson,
Other titles by Adrienne Clarkson
A Portrait of Canada’s Parliament
The Paradox of Citizenship
What Else Matters
Special China Edition Extraordinary Canadians Norman Bethune
Room for All of Us
Surprising Stories Of Loss And Transformation
Extraordinary Canadians: Norman Bethune
Penguin Celebrations - Heart Matters
Art at Work/L'Art au Travail
Art Bank of the Canada Council of the Arts/ Le banque d'œuvres d'art du Conseil des Arts du Canada