Victor J. Kemper

Victor J. Kemper

Highest Rated: 100% The Hospital (1971)

Lowest Rated: 15% Jingle All the Way (1996)

Birthday: Apr 14, 1927

Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, USA

A prolific director of photography whose films run the gamut from broad comedies to character-driven dramas, Victor J. Kemper may not be as well-known as some of his colleagues, but he is a respected and talented practitioner of his craft. Born and raised in Newark, NJ, he began his career in the nascent television industry in the late 1940s, working as a sound mixer, sound recorder, floor manager and technical director. After a brief detour operating a hat manufacturing factory with a cousin in Florida, Kemper returned to New Jersey and his true calling. When he learned of a training course offered by Ampex on their new videotape system, he asked his employer to pay for the training. When the station manager refused, Kemper quit his job and spent his own money for the classes. When he returned East, he was the only freelance worker in the NYC area with knowledge of the system and therefore was in demand. EUE, a respected commercial production company hired him in a technical capacity and he remained there until Screen Gems purchased the company and closed the video department. Forming VJK Productions, Kemper operated his own company for about two years before his main backer died.

Filmography

Movies

Credit
20% 70% Bring It On: All or Nothing Cinematographer - 2006
15% 38% Jingle All the Way Cinematographer $60.6M 1996
42% 90% Tommy Boy Cinematographer $30.7M 1995
30% 35% Beethoven Cinematographer $56.5M 1992
33% 43% Married to It Cinematographer $1.8M 1991
28% 72% See No Evil, Hear No Evil Cinematographer $45.4M 1989
No Score Yet 51% Walk Like a Man Cinematographer $186.9K 1987
65% 86% Clue Cinematographer $13.4M 1985
87% 79% Pee-wee's Big Adventure Cinematographer $40.9M 1985
93% 85% National Lampoon's Vacation Cinematographer - 1983
82% 57% Mr. Mom Cinematographer - 1983
No Score Yet 48% Author! Author! Cinematographer - 1982
83% 64% Magic Cinematographer - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Prince of Central Park Cinematographer - 1977
85% 89% Slap Shot Cinematographer - 1977
67% 40% Stay Hungry Cinematographer - 1976
96% 90% Dog Day Afternoon Cinematographer - 1975
78% 77% The Gambler Cinematographer - 1974
75% 75% They Might Be Giants Cinematographer - 1971
100% 73% The Hospital Cinematographer - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Magic Garden of Stanley Sweetheart Cinematographer - 1970
64% 80% Husbands Cinematographer - 1970

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