Robert K. Blaisdell

Robert Blaisdell

Title: Filmmaker, President
Company: Robert Blaisdell Productions

Location: Carmel By the Sea, California, United States

Robert Blaisdell, Filmmaker and President at Robert Blaisdell Productions, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in cinematography.

As a student, Mr. Blaisdell earned an Associate of Arts in Music from Monterey Peninsula College, and studied at San Jose State University. He was unable to finish his schooling, as he was drafted into the United States Coast Guard in 1957, where he served until his honorable discharge in 1960. Afterwards, he wanted to travel, but knew that working in a symphony would prevent him from pursuing this passion, so he started working with his brother, who was a photographer and journalist. An educational film company hired Mr. Blaisdell to produce a dozen educational films, and after his success, he made an environmental film entitled “Speedcoast” in 1967. He sold copies in libraries, and in public, and finally shipped some to Hollywood and San Francisco. He was hired to shoot a film, then again with another company from New York, and his career as a filmmaker took off.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Blaisdell has created numerous films, including “Big Sur—The Way it Was,” “Sea Coast,” “By Daylight & In Dreams,” “World on a String,” and “Adventure in Ventana,” among others. He has also served as director for many films, such as “Travels with Charley,” “The Unexplained,” “The Last Cheetah,” and many more. His excellence as a cinematographer has earned him several awards, including the Cine Award from the Chicago Film Festival, the Cine Award from the San Francisco Film Festival, and the Short Film Showcase Award from the National Endowment for the Arts. He has worked as president of his own film company since 1967, when he started Black Lion Film Productions Ltd, and now works as president of Robert Blaisdell Productions. He worked as a screenwriter and director for Summit International Pictures, and served as a member of the faculty for the Victor D’Amico Art Institute. Mr. Blaisdell credits his brother, Lee Blaisdell Jr., as a mentor.

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