Men Who Built America

NOMINATED FOR 5 EMMY AWARDS, INCLUDING BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY.   A  History network mini-series that blended character-driven narrative and documentary.  It followed the careers of America’s first industrial titans: JP Morgan, Andrew Carnegie, John Rockefeller, and Cornelius Vanderbilt.  The main visual challenge was to create an epic look for the show — one that emotionally charted …

Gold Fever

A docu-drama for Discovery that chronicled the original American Gold Rush of the 1850s.  The Western genre is well-travelled, something that I tried to use to the show’s advantage.  I based the color palette on some of the iconic films of Western lore, giving audiences an easy way to access the story.  The story begins …

The Girl is in Trouble

Executive produced by Spike Lee, The Girl Is In Trouble shows off a very different look from the period pieces I have shot for TV.  A modern film noir, the worlds of urban money, drugs, and clubs collide to tragic ends.  I was grateful because the producers allowed the director and I ample prep to …

I Sell the Dead

AWARDED THE KODAK VISION AWARD FOR BEST CINEMATOGRAPHER AT THE SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL. A comedy-horror set in 18th century Britain, starring Ron Perlman and Dominic Monaghan.  Filmed in Super 35.  Extremely ambitious: all locations were in Manhattan, Staten Island, Brooklyn, and Long Island.  Inspiration came from Hammer Studios’  horror classics and the saturated horror fantasy …

Uniformadas

AWARDED BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY AT THE 2011 CUADRILLA DE LAGUARDIA-RIOJA ALAVESA.   A movie about a day in the life of a precocious, Catholic school girl in Madrid, Spain.  We subtly emphasized the subjective nature of her experience through camera angles, lens choice, and muted color palette.  I used antique suede warming filters on the lens …

Swedish Auto

VARIETY LAUDED THE “EXPERT CINEMATOGRAPHY” in this feature starring January Jones (of Mad Men fame) and Lucas Haas.  The director wanted a distinctive look to render the story of two voyeurs who fall in love.  I Used cyan filters through much of the movie until the end when the two stars finally unite.  Camera movement cut …

Florence + the Machine

“What the Water Gave Me” was the darkest of the songs I filmed For Florence + the Machine.  It was also my favorite look.  Her voice is so ethereal.  When restrained, it transports the listener.  To express that idea, we suspended twinkling light bulbs in a black void.  At full throttle, Florence’s voice cuts you …

Wasteland

A movie about a reluctant murderer who loses both his target and his soul in the California desert.  Shot on film with available light over many days to capture a twilight sequence that eventually dissolves into darkness.  Color and contrast trace the killer’s emotional arc.  A burnt, yellow look for the day exterior scenes suggests …