Candide Franklyn

February 2, 1967 - February 12, 2013

Grip Department

Member Since September 11, 2002



It is with profound sadness that we announce that our union brother and friend, Candide Franklyn, passed away Tuesday, February 12th, 2013.

From humble beginnings in Toronto he began his film career, rising through the ranks as a grip and an expert dolly technician, to become a revered and world-renowned steadicam/cameraman in both Toronto and Los Angeles. Candide owed much to his mentors-Roger Kumble, Steve Burum, Adam Sandler, Dennis Dugan, Norman Jewison, M. Night Shyamalan, Ernest Dickerson, Malcolm Lee, Theo van de Sande, Tak Fujimoto, Peter Howitt to name a few. In a career that spanned over three decades, he was loved and admired by many.

While we will no longer hear the sound of his signature laugh, his joy and passion for filmmaking will live on and echo in our souls every time we see the images he created for the screen. With an open door and an open heart, Candide gave back to those that touched him. The consummate host, his quiet eloquence and his articulate intelligence, always united us around a table to discuss politics, films, quantum physics, or his much beloved Colts. His unique worldview infused his still photography and creative writing. Our gentle giant has left us too soon.

Candide is survived by his loving and devoted wife Leslie Whittaker and his mother Yolanda Franklyn.

A memorial service will be held for Candide in Toronto at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The City Life Project.