Walter Schneiderman

Walter (Wally)
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19 Feb 2013
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In this interview:-

Famous films: Cry Freedom and Elephant Man
Actors and actresses: Raquel Welch. Gregory Peck, Robert De Niro, Sophia Loren, Barbara Streisand 
Discussion of work between cinematographer, work with continuity, work with actors and actresses. 
Overall theme reputation dependent on actors and actresses, would sometimes access work through them. But also could see their work on the screen
Shepperton – most information 
Denham – some on Denham
Walton on Thames
MGM British Elstree
ABPC Elstree


Name: Walter Schneiderman
Born in 1922. Father died in 1933, clothes cutter and designer. Mother a tailoress. Started in hairdressing aged 15. Elementary school, left at 14
Was in the RAF as a ground gunner during the war.
Started in film industry in 1947. Recruited through the hairdressers academy? Started an informal apprenticeship at Shepperton Studios for 2 years on £15 per week in make-up department. Worked on films until 1952 then moved into TV on Robin Hood (first ITV serial) Then back into film in 1960 until Chaplin in 1992. Worked continually on 2-3 films per year throughout 60s and 70s.
Had a period out of work from 1949-1950 and worked in hairdressing.
Member of NATKE. Chair of make-up section for two years.
Moved into make-up supervisor on Robin Hood. Some information on role as supervisor.