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      Victor J. Kemper

      Victor J. Kemper

      Highest Rated: 100% The Hospital (1971)

      Lowest Rated: 17% American Pie Presents: Band Camp (2005)

      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.




      20% 70% Bring It On: All or Nothing Cinematographer - 2006
      17% 50% American Pie Presents: Band Camp Cinematographer - 2005
      19% 39% Jingle All the Way Cinematographer $60.6M 1996
      41% 90% Tommy Boy Cinematographer $30.7M 1995
      31% 36% Beethoven Cinematographer $56.5M 1992
      30% 43% Married to It Cinematographer $1.8M 1991
      27% 72% See No Evil, Hear No Evil Cinematographer $45.4M 1989
      No Score Yet 52% Walk Like a Man Cinematographer $186.9K 1987
      87% 79% Pee-wee's Big Adventure Cinematographer $40.9M 1985
      69% 86% Clue Cinematographer $13.4M 1985
      93% 85% National Lampoon's Vacation Cinematographer - 1983
      76% 57% Mr. Mom Cinematographer - 1983
      50% 49% Author! Author! Cinematographer - 1982
      86% 64% Magic Cinematographer - 1978
      84% 89% Slap Shot Cinematographer - 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Prince of Central Park Cinematographer - 1977
      67% 40% Stay Hungry Cinematographer - 1976
      96% 90% Dog Day Afternoon Cinematographer - 1975
      80% 76% The Gambler Cinematographer - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler Cinematographer - 1973
      100% 74% The Hospital Cinematographer - 1971
      75% 75% They Might Be Giants Cinematographer - 1971
      65% 79% Husbands Cinematographer - 1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Magic Garden of Stanley Sweetheart Cinematographer - 1970