Nick McLean Behind the Camera

The Life and Works of a Hollywood Cinematographer

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About the Book

Nick McLean was one of the most acclaimed camera operators in American cinema of the 1970s, during which time he shot many classics of the New Hollywood movement including McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Heaven Can Wait, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Deer Hunter, Marathon Man, and Being There. As a cinematographer throughout the 1980s, McLean would film blockbusters such as Cannonball Run II, City Heat, The Goonies, and Short Circuit before being lured into television to photograph some of the biggest shows in town, including Evening Shade, Cybill, and the pop culture phenomenon Friends, for which he was thrice Emmy-nominated.
This candid biography takes readers on an entertaining journey through five decades of Hollywood filmmaking, detailing McLean’s personal and professional relationships with some of the biggest film stars and directors in Hollywood (such as Robert Altman, Warren Beatty, Sylvester Stallone, Burt Reynolds, John Travolta, Paul Newman, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Alfred Hitchcock, and Mel Brooks) while delivering a behind-the-scenes look at some revered classics and beloved blockbusters of American film and television.

About the Author(s)

Wayne Byrne is a librarian, film historian and journalist, writing for Hot Press magazine. He lives in Ireland.
Nick McLean is an Emmy Award-nominated cinematographer and former camera operator whose credits include Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Deer Hunter, Sharky’s Machine, The Goonies, Short Circuit, Cybill, and Friends. He lives in Malibu, California.

Bibliographic Details

Wayne Byrne and Nick McLean
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 100 photos, index
Copyright Date: 2020
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7783-5
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3893-5
Imprint: McFarland