Gerry Fisher BSC 1926 - 2014

Gerry Fisher BSC died December 2nd at age of 88. He was a member of both BSC and GBCT societies. Gerry Fisher was honored with the BSC Life Time Achievement Award in 2008.
Gerry started his career right after the war as clapper loader climbing to be a camera operator in 1957. His most known work was «The Go-Between» which gave him nominations for BAFTA and BSC awards.

Check his filmography HERE:
http://www.cinematographers.nl/GreatDoPh/fisher.htm

GERRY FISHER – HONORARY BSC
Some tributes received.

Though anticipated, we were saddened to hear that Gerry Fisher died yesterday, thankfully still unaware his wife had preceded him. Carey has been told but as mentioned is unfit to travel at the moment. Mark Moriarty who has been keeping us informed is hopeful that both Gerry and Jean may be able to share a joint funeral service.
We will be running a tribute in the next issue of the BSC Newsletter to the life of Gerry Fisher and would welcome any anecdotes and stories for inclusion.
In sadness.
Frances


That is very sad another legend going, it will be merciful for Gerry to just pass on not knowing. It is so unfair life has to finish so badly.
Vic Armstrong – Stunt Co-Ordinator


Oh, Frances...I am so sorry to hear all this.
As always, if we can offer any support on this end it's all here for the asking.
Meanwhile I'll pass the word and will keep everyone in my thoughts and prayers.
My best to you and yours for Christmas and New Years. I hope to see you at CineGear 2015!
Richard – RPC Cam

Frances so sorry about Gerry - Somehow in sadness a joint funeral with Jean seems the perfect finale to their lives. God bless them.
Alec Mills

The older members of our guild will remember Gerry as a superb craftsman and a gentleman.
John Grover GBFTE


Sad to hear. Jerry was the DP on my first, and only, film as trainee. When Saturday comes. I was a terrible trainee, and he recognized that. He told me to pursue my creative endeavors, or face eternal unemployment, as my assistant skills were lacking. So Jerry played a significant part in my development as a DP.
Rob Hardy

It is with such a great sadness I read your mail. Gerry has been so much important in my life and career and he was my friend.
I have tried several times in the last months to get them on phone without any success and was fearing this so sad end of life.
And now Jean and Gerry pasted away. I have tears in my eyes.
And Carey who faces such a distress !
if you accept, I can write a text-souvenir of him for the BSC newsletter.
in sadness
Richard Andry AFC

I am sad about this news.
I haven't got an anecdotes but I worked only once with Gerry in this short film. I believe in 1992 or 1993 the actor was the late Philippe Noiret and the small Renault film was directed by Claude Delon. I was the focus puller and we used two cameras a Bl4 and an ARRI III. We shot it of I am mistaken in only 2 days and it was just amazing with a very small crew. I remember we were about to shoot in the interior of the car and we had the dog in the right place and I didn't have the stop and I asked for it and Gerry without even taking a reading told me 7.3 . No cinematographer ever gives such readings and I thought we was just pulling a joke on me. I have never forgot him. When I first met Gerry Fisher he was not immediately introduced me as the Dop. I saw this English gentleman really nicely dressed so I have never thought he would be the cameraman for the job and he was. Here is the link fortunately I found this rare film.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCACIEpa7Vs
best
Tony Costa

Hello Francis,
Thank you for letting us know. Another important member of our cinematic history fades.
Kind regards,
David Wakeley.

Sad news....today !
Gerry Fisher was a real real master of light....
I had the great privilege to be Focus Puller in France, with him, in the 80's
Huge person and light painter !
It would be an honor for me if you could, BSC, transmit my regret to his family
Thank you,
Eric DUMAGE Director of Photography AFC


I first met Gerry Fisher in 1975 on the set of Joseph Losey’s Mr Klein.
At that time, I was 2nd AC in P.W Glenn’s team, who was operating on this film.
I admired his work on Accident, Secret Ceremony, The Offence, A Doll’s House and Man in the Wilderness, and was shadowing him on the set, trying to learn his cinematography.
Armed with only his viewing filter he was sculpting the light and his meters box stayed most of the time on the shelves in the camera truck.
I particularly remember an anecdote. We were shooting a sequence planned in a moving steam train with very restricted time slots but, by the whim of a movie star, we started 3 hours late. It was winter and the daylight was short so we had to shoot the scene in total darkness. When I saw Gerry looking preoccupied in front of the dark countryside running behind the windows of the narrow corridor, as a good little soldier I asked: « What can I do for you Sir? » His reply was « Jump! ». I was witnessing his sense of humour. Typically British, indeed.
On the set we invented a secret code : when he blinked his right eye, it meant : special development push one stop, the left eye : please bring me a cup of coffee and both eyes…a glass of champagne. This code was used again during the part of Billy Wilder’s Fedora shot in France. We had the opportunity of drinking champagne a number of times as I had the luck to work with him very often and over time reach out in friendship.
With him I started my first 1st AC job then my first feature as an operator and I replaced him on a commercial in Tunisia when he was badly suffering with Crohn’s disease. I remember him in a remote hospital, suffering with courage waiting for an ambulance to rescue him, through a flood of water which covered the area at this time, to Tunis airport.
He was a great man and a great professional, demanding on the set, talented and special, inventive, tireless and generous. I have always considered him as one of the best cinematographers of the second half of the twentieth century. He was my mentor.
When he retired with his wife Jean, in their house by the River Thames, I visited them some times and called him monthly. He wanted to practice his French, which he spoke fluently and revise the parisian slang I had taught him during all these years. The last time I saw him in Glebelands, where Nigel drove me, he did not seem to have lost any of his french slang vocabulary.
He was beloved by a lot of french technicians, actors and directors. A number of my colleagues of the AFC were his assistants on a number of commercials he shot in France, Gerry was our friend. We are sad. And our thougths today are for his son Carey.
Gerry Fisher BSC was a recipient of the Medal of Knight of Arts (Chevalier des Arts et Lettres)
Au revoir Gerry. Salut mon pote.
Richard ANDRY AFC