1928 - 20.2.1999
GERRY ANSTISS Assoc BSC
Gerry was a fine operator and the best teacher any aspiring camera assistant could ever wish for. He lived and breathed the camera department and would willingly share his vast knowledge if you wanted to learn.
He always knew instinctively how a scene should be photographed, it came easily to him for he was a highly intelligent operator who knew the process of film making so well, and was often way ahead of those around him. He understood how a scene should be covered early on in a 'line-up' and how it should cut smoothly together, with the eye-lines perfect. The right focal length lens, lens height, how to dress a shot properly and imaginatively, he knew how to do it all, sure and confident. How to lay a track, where to place a crane in a precise position, he took it all in his stride - easily. It was a great privilege for me to work with and learn from such a gifted technician.
And all of this was achieved with great humour because Gerry possessed a huge capacity for recalling one story after another, anecdotes and gags, and like any class act he could deliver them with great timing for maximum effect. As they say, timing is everything.
So, for Gerry, I say thank you. Thank you for sharing your experience and wisdom, your friendship and humour with so many of us over the years.
Ken Brinsley, BSC
GERRY’S credits as operator:
The Wicked Lady (second unit camera operator)
Worzel Gummidge (TV Series) (camera operator - 15 episodes)
Yanks (camera operator)
The Omen (camera operator)
The Romantic Englishwoman (camera operator)
Legend of the Werewolf (camera operator)
Digby, the Biggest Dog in the World (camera operator)
Dad's Army (camera operator)
The House That Dripped Blood (camera operator)
There's a Girl in My Soup (camera operator)
Till Death Us Do Part (camera operator)
The Anniversary (camera operator)
The Family Way (camera operator)