João Fernandes (cinematographer)

Joao Fernandes is a Brazilian-born cinematographer best known for his work in the adult film industry during the Golden Age of Porn,[2] before his shift toward more mainstream genre cinema.

João Fernandes
Born (1939-07-21) July 21, 1939 (age 81)[1]
Alma materNew York University
Spouse(s)Judith-Marie Bergan (deceased)

Life and careerEdit

Born in Brazil, Fernandes studied at New York University under Haig P. Manoogian[3] and began work as a crewman on low-budget pornographic films. Throughout the 1970s, Fernandes shot many entries in the emerging "porno chic" subgenre, including the seminal Deep Throat and director Gerard Damiano's follow-up feature, The Devil in Miss Jones, a film which Roger Ebert described as being the "best entry" in the entire genre.[4] In 1978, Fernandes made his first foray into mainstream filmmaking with Land of No Return, a wilderness adventure film directed by Kent Bateman and starring William Shatner. Fernandes subsequently shot Bloodrage, a low-budget exploitation film which reused numerous locations, cast, and crew from an earlier independent film never released. Fernandes subsequently became the go-to director of photographer for the film's director, Joseph Zito, shooting his follow-up picture The Prowler. The cult slasher film caught the attention of Frank Mancuso Jr., the producer of the Friday the 13th film franchise. Mancuso hired Zito direct the series' fourth entry, and Fernandes re-teamed with the director to shoot the film.[5] Fernandes then shot numerous Chuck Norris action films produced by Cannon Films, including Missing in Action and [[Invasion U.S.A. (1985 film)|Invasion U.S.A.] also directed by Joseph Zito]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0272857/
  2. ^ "Acclaimed cinematographer João Fernandes talks for the first time about being "Harry Flecks" – The Prince of Porn". The Prince of Porn. 2015-08-06. Retrieved 2017-01-12.
  3. ^ "Acclaimed cinematographer João Fernandes talks for the first time about being "Harry Flecks" – The Prince of Porn". The Prince of Porn. 2015-08-06. Retrieved 2017-01-12.
  4. ^ Ebert, Roger. "The Devil in Miss Jones Movie Review (1973) | Roger Ebert". www.rogerebert.com. Retrieved 2017-01-12.
  5. ^ "Friday The 13Th: The Final Chapter". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2017-01-12.

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