Focusing on Technique

Douglas C. Hart, born and raised in New York City, attended The School of Visual Arts (BFA Degree in Cinema Studies) and New York Institute of Technology (MA Degree in Communication). Brought on sets throughout his childhood by his father, Robert E. Hart - a Key Construction Grip and Construction Supervisor in IATSE Local 52, on TV Episodic, TV Commercial and Feature work. With both parents in "Show Business" (Doug's mother, Jean Hart, was a professional musician and accompanist, on the piano), Doug was destined to work in the Entertainment field, starting as a Studio Mechanics Local 52 Grip in 1967, and joining Camera Local #644 in 1974. Doug's son, Bryan M. Hart, is now Third Generation Show Biz.

He has been a freelance First Camera Assistant (joining Local #644 in 1974), on Feature films,  Documentaries, Episodic Television, TV Commercials, Music Videos and Concerts, for more than 40 years, including 10 years (and 10 Features) as First Camera Assistant to famed and recently deceased DP, Gordon Willis, ASC, as well as work in 46 U.S. states, 36 foreign countries, and 3 Space Shuttles! [on the ground, pre-launch !]

Doug's work as First Camera Assistant has included Stardust Memories, Hannah and Her Sisters, Zelig, The Money Pit, Broadway Danny Rose, Purple Rose of Cairo, Bright Lights Big City, Presumed Innocent; as well as the New York and New Jersey locations for Legal Eagles, Coming to America, NYPD Blue, Lock Up; 2nd Unit on The Hard Way, Stepmom, Sleeping with the Enemy, Rocket Boys, additional cameras on The Patriot, Cowboy Way, Sex in the City, Manhattan, Law and Order, Hudson Hawk, Die Hard III, New York Undercover, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, Gossip Girl, and the complete First (and only) Season of the TV Series; The Cosby Mysteries, and Central Park West.

Doug is the former President of the International Photographers Local #644. IATSE, now part of International Cinematographers Guild Local #600, IATSE. He is currently an ICG 600 National Executive Board Member, representing Eastern Region Camera Assistants, and member of the National Training and Education Committee. 

Doug was also one of the two 2000 recipients of the ICG Local #600 "Billy Bitzer" Award, for Career Achievement as a First Camera Assistant. This award was named for D.W. Griffith's cameraman, Billy Bitzer, who was also a Founding Member of Camera Local #644 IATSE.

Doug also teaches Camera Assisting at the Maine Media Workshops in Rockport, Maine, since 1986 - creating the Film and Digital Camera Assistants Workshop. He also currently teaches Film Production and Camera Assisting at Pace University, and has also taught at the School of Visual Arts, NYIT, New York Univ., Hofstra Univ., Columbia Univ., Syracuse Univ., Miami Univ., The Art Institute, The Rhode Island School of Design, Quinnipiac Univ., the New School, and so far SIX Camera Assistant Workshops, for the ICG Local #600.

Doug, who retired from ICG 600 in 2012, is the author of The Camera Assistant: A Complete Professional Handbook (Focal Press; 1996), and is the Co-Author of two other books on Film History, and at work on two others.

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