Winton Hoch

Winton C. Hoch, A.S.C. (born July 31, 1905 in Storm Lake, Iowa; died following a stroke on March 20, 1979) in Santa Monica was originally a lab technician who contributed to the development of Technicolor before becoming a cinematographer in 1936. His understanding of the colour process quickly led to him being hailed as one of Hollywood's premier colour cinematographers. Hoch never made a film in black and white. Moving to California in 1924 and graduating in 1931 as a chemist from the California Institute of Technology, Hoch was a research physicist who joined the Technicolor company in 1934. His developing and familiarity with the three color Technicolor process led him to work as a cinematographer in the James A. Fitzpatrick travelogues. He won a Technical Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1940 for his contributions to the development of new improved Process Projection Equipment. Hoch's first feature film as an associate cinematographer/Technicolor consultant was Dr. Cyclops followed by the live action portions of The Reluctant Dragon and aviation films Dive Bomber and Captains of the Clouds.


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