Visual-effects cinematographer and animation specialist Pete Kozachik, ASC recently published his memoir, Tales from the Pumpkin King's Cameraman, through River Grove Books.
Working in collaboration with his wife, Katy Moore-Kozachik, he details his entire career, offering a candid view on his early days working on low-budget commercials, leading up to his tenure at Industrial Light and Magic (working on projects including Willow, InnerSpace and Howard the Duck), and shooting the stop-motion animated features The Nightmare Before Christmas, James and the Giant Peach, Corpse Bride and Coraline.
For aspiring cinematographers and visual-effects artists, his personal story offers a candid, inspiring account of the difficulty in finding success in these difficult fields and the need to find creative collaborators.
This 322-page title, featuring introductory notes by longtime collaborators Tim Burton and Henry Selick — as well a forward penned by Dennis Muren, ASC — is illustrated with numerous unseen photos from Kozachik's personal archive.
The book is now available here from the ASC Store.