SHOWDOWN AT SHINAGAWA: Tales of Filming from Bombay to Brazil

Roving Camera Album: Click Photo

Sony F65

The Author

Bill Zarchy ( is a freelance director of photography, writer, and teacher based in San Francisco. He has shot film, video, and HDTV projects in 30 countries and 40 states, including interviews with three former presidents for the Emmy-winning West Wing Documentary Special.

Other credits include the Grammy-winning Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em, the feature films Conceiving Ada and Read You Like A Book, and the PBS science series Closer to Truth, as well as countless high-end corporate projects for a wide variety of technology and medical companies.

He currently blogs at
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His tales from the road, technical articles, and personal essays have appeared in American Cinematographer, Emmy, and other trade magazines, Travelers’ Tales and Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies, the San Francisco Chronicle and other newspapers and literary publications. He is working on a book about his work and travels. For a number of years, he has been a member of the San Francisco-based writers’ collective Townsend 11 ( and has contributed stories to each of their first three anthologies: No Fixed Destination, No Set Boundaries, and No Definite Plans, all available now as e-books at the Kindle, Nook, and iBooks stores.

He has a BA in Government from Dartmouth and an MA in Film from Stanford. He has taught Advanced Cinematography & Lighting to graduate students at San Francisco State University since 2002, as well as Lighting workshops and classes at UC Berkeley, De Anza College, & the Art Institute of California-San Francisco.


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