Cinematographers who became directors

by John-564-342449 | created - 14 Mar 2017 | updated - 19 hours ago | Public

….and directors who became cinematographers

-- Roger Deakins directed 2 films at the very beginning of his career according to this site, but they are missing on IMDB: http://www.cinematographers.nl/PaginasDoPh/deakins.htm

1. Nicolas Roeg

Director | Don't Look Now

When he made his directorial debut in 1970, Nicolas Roeg was already a 23-year veteran of the British film industry, starting out in 1947 as an editing apprentice and working his way up to cinematographer twelve years later. He first came to attention as part of the second unit on David Lean's ...

2. John G. Avildsen

Director | Rocky

John G. Avildsen was born on December 21, 1935 in Oak Park, Illinois, USA as John Guilbert Avildsen. He was a director and editor, known for Rocky (1976), Rocky V (1990) and The Karate Kid Part III (1989). He was married to Tracy Brooks Swope and Marie Olga Maturevich. He died on June 16, 2017 in ...

http://variety.com/2017/film/news/john-g-avildsen-dead-dies-rocky-karate-kid-1202469349/#respond

3. Bruno Nuytten

Director | Camille Claudel

Bruno Nuytten is one of the most successful French cinematographers notable for his many collaborations with outstanding filmmakers. He was twice awarded the César for Best Cinematography: Barocco (1976) and So Long, Stooge (1983). Later he started to direct and is best known for his masterpiece ...

4. Barry Sonnenfeld

Director | Men in Black

Barry Sonnenfeld was born and raised in New York City. He graduated from New York University of Film School in 1978. He started work as director of photography on the Oscar-nominated In Our Water (1982). Then Joel Coen and Ethan Coen hired him for Blood Simple (1984). This film began his ...

5. Jack Cardiff

Director | Sons and Lovers

Almost universally considered one of the greatest cinematographers of all time, Jack Cardiff was also a notable director. He described his childhood as very happy and his parents as quite loving. They performed in music hall as comedians, so he grew up with the fun that came with their theatrical ...

6. Rodrigo Prieto

Cinematographer | Brokeback Mountain

Rodrigo Prieto is a Mexican cinematographer. He is best known for Brokeback Mountain (2005), Babel (2006), Argo (2012), The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), and Silence (2016).

He also worked with Alejandro González Iñárritu on the acclaimed Amores perros (2000), 21 Grams (2003), and Biutiful (2010).

...

...will make his directorial debut with the revenge thriller Bastard. (…) La La Land's Jordan Horowitz is producing Bastard through his Original Headquarters shingle, while Martin Scorsese and Emma Tillinger Koskoff are executive producing…(…).Bill Gullo penned the original screenplay, which is set against a looming flood that will ravage the small town of Bird’s Point, Mo.

7. Wally Pfister

Cinematographer | Inception

Wally Pfister is an American cinematographer and film director, who is best known for his work with Christopher Nolan. He is also known for his work on director F. Gary Gray's The Italian Job (2003) and Bennett Miller's Moneyball (2011).

He made his directorial debut with the film Transcendence (...

8. Joseph Vilsmaier

Director | Stalingrad

Joseph Vilsmaier was born on January 24, 1939 in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. He is a cinematographer and director, known for Stalingrad (1993), The Harmonists (1997) and Brother of Sleep (1995).

9. Christopher Doyle

Cinematographer | Paranoid Park

Christopher Doyle was born on May 2, 1952 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. He is a cinematographer and actor, known for Paranoid Park (2007), Hero (2002) and 2046 (2004).

10. Janusz Kaminski

Cinematographer | Schindler's List

Janusz Kaminski is a Polish cinematographer and film director. He has established a partnership with Steven Spielberg, working as a cinematographer on his movies since 1993. He won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography for his work on Schindler's List (1993) and Saving Private Ryan (1998).

His ...

11. Michael Seresin

Cinematographer | War for the Planet of the Apes

Michael Seresin is a New Zealand cinematographer, best known for several collaborations with the British director Alan Parker.

His work as a cinematographer also include films like Angel Heart (1987), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), and War for...

12. Phedon Papamichael

Cinematographer | Nebraska

Phedon Papamichael, an award winning Cinematographer, was born in Athens, Greece and moved with his family to Germany, where in 1982 he completed his education in Fine Arts, in Munich. Working as a photojournalist brought Phedon to NYC in 1983, where he started crossing over into cinematography.

His...

13. Judith Kaufmann

Cinematographer | Zwei Leben

Judith Kaufmann was born on September 20, 1962 in Berlin, Germany. She is known for her work on Two Lives (2012), Inbetween Worlds (2014) and When We Leave (2010).

14. Ali Olcay Gözkaya

Cinematographer | Praia do Futuro

After having studied Visual Communication at the HdK (now UdK) in Berlin, Germany he entered the film sector, working as a gaffer and second assistant cameraman since 1991. Later, he continued his training at the Deutschen Film und Fernsehakademie Berlin (DFFB).

15. Thomas Mauch

Cinematographer | Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes

Thomas Mauch was born on April 4, 1937 in Heidenheim/Brenz, Germany. He is known for his work on Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972), Fitzcarraldo (1982) and The Reign of Naples (1978).

16. Maxime Alexandre

Cinematographer | Shazam!

Maxime Alexandre was born in Renaix, Belgium, 1971. At five years old he moved with his mother, sisters and brother to Rome, Italy. His stepfather, Inigo Lezzi (during that period A.D. for Marco Bellocchio, Gianni Amelio, and Nanni Moretti) let Maxime discover one by one the Italian cinema sets. ...

17. Xaver Schwarzenberger

Cinematographer | Otto - Der Film

Xaver Schwarzenberger was born on April 21, 1946 in Vienna, Austria. He is a cinematographer and director, known for Otto - Der Film (1985), Der stille Ozean (1983) and Donauwalzer (1984).

18. Michael Ballhaus

Cinematographer | Goodfellas

Michael Ballhaus was a German cinematographer. He worked on many American films, including Baby It's You (1983), Old Enough (1984), After Hours (1985), The Color of Money (1986), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), Goodfellas (1990), Dracula (1992), The Age of Innocence (1993), Gangs of New York ...

19. Lawrence Sher

Cinematographer | Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Lawrence Sher was born on February 4, 1970 in Teaneck, New Jersey, USA. He is known for his work on Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019), The Hangover (2009) and Garden State (2004).

20. Michael Chapman

Cinematographer | Raging Bull

Michael Chapman is an American cinematographer. He is best known for Taxi Driver (1976), Raging Bull (1980), The Fugitive (1993), and Primal Fear (1996).

Chapman began his film career as a camera operator before making the leap to cinematographer. As a cinematographer, he became famous for his two ...

21. Curtis Clark

Camera_department | Internal Affairs

Member of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) since 1991.

22. Reed Morano

Director | The Handmaid's Tale

Reed Morano was born on April 15, 1977 in Omaha, Nebraska, USA. She is known for directing and executive producing the pilot and episodes 1 & 2 of The Handmaid's Tale (2017) as well as directing the feature film, Meadowland (2015). As a cinematographer, Reed is known for her work on Lemonade (2016)...

23. Haskell Wexler

Cinematographer | Medium Cool

Two-time Academy Award-winning cinematographer Haskell Wexler was adjudged one of the ten most influential cinematographers in movie history, according to an International Cinematographers Guild survey of its membership. He won his Oscars in both black & white and color, for Who's Afraid of ...

24. Guillermo Navarro

Cinematographer | El laberinto del fauno

Guillermo Navarro was born in 1955 in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico. He is a cinematographer and director, known for Pan's Labyrinth (2006), I Am Number Four (2011) and Pacific Rim (2013).

http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/tv-news-roundup-catherine-zeta-jones-lifetime-1202433998/

25. Freddie Francis

Cinematographer | The Elephant Man

During his last years at school he spent most of his time writing a thesis on 'the future of film' On leaving school he joined Gaumont British Studios at Lime Grove as an apprentice to a stills photographer for a year. He claimed this taught him more about the art of photography than any other form...

26. David Parker

Cinematographer | Malcolm

David Parker was born in 1947 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. He is known for his work on Malcolm (1986), The Big Steal (1990) and Amy (1997).

27. Michael Goi

Cinematographer | American Horror Story

Michael Goi, ASC, ISC

Michael Goi, ASC, ISC was born and raised in Chicago, where he established himself in the fields of documentaries and commercials. As a cinematographer, he has compiled over 70 narrative credits, including films for cinema and television screens such as "American Horror Story,"...

see Variety: Horror with Gary Oldman.

28. Paul Sarossy

Cinematographer | The Sweet Hereafter

Prolific and most-awarded Canadian cinematographer, Sarossy has worked with Atom Egoyan, Denys Arcand, Norman Jewison, Paul Schrader, Neil Labute and Neil Jordan, among other film directors.

A member of the American Society of Cinematographers, the British Society of Cinematographers and the ...

29. Erik Poppe

Director | Utøya 22. juli

Erik Poppe (born 24 June 1960) is a Norwegian film director, screenwriter and former cinematographer.

Poppe is regarded as one of Europe's most experienced and compelling directors recognized for his work with actors and impeccably well crafted multi-pronged narratives. His movies are often built ...

30. Ernest Day

Camera_department | Mission: Impossible

Brother-in-law of Dorothy Provine.

31. Larry Smith

Cinematographer | Trafficker

Larry Smith was born in London, England. He is known for his work on Trafficker (2015), Only God Forgives (2013) and The Guard (2011).

32. Ernest R. Dickerson

Cinematographer | Do the Right Thing

Ernest Roscoe Dickerson A.S.C., aka. Ernest R. Dickerson, is an American film director and cinematographer. As a cinematographer, he is known for his frequent collaborations with Spike Lee. As a director, he is known for films such as Juice (1992), Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight (1995), Bones (...

33. Christian Berger

Cinematographer | Das weiße Band - Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte

1973 founded own production company TTV Film. Extensive work as a documentary film-maker. 1977 building of experimental video studio. Work with and technical support for various young film-makers working under TTV Film. 1980/81 increasing work in TV plays, screen adaptations with various authors, ...

director & cinematographer

34. Fred Kelemen

Cinematographer | Abendland

Born in Berlin (West), Fred Kelemen studied painting, music, philosophy, science of religions and theatre sciences and worked in different theatres as a director's assistant before he began his studies at the German Film & TV Academy Berlin (dffb) in 1989. Since that time, he has made a number of ...

director & cinematographer

35. Gabriel Kosuth

Cinematographer | Undeva în Est

Gabriel Kosuth studied Cinematography at the 'National University of Theatre and Film "I.L. Caragiale" (UNATC)' in Bucharest, Romania.

36. Edward Lachman

Cinematographer | Carol

Edward Lachman was born on March 31, 1948 in Morristown, New Jersey, USA. He is known for his work on Carol (2015), Far from Heaven (2002) and Ken Park (2002).

37. Steven Soderbergh

Director | Sex, Lies, and Videotape

Steven Andrew Soderbergh was born on January 14, 1963 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, the second of six children of Mary Ann (Bernard) and Peter Soderbergh. His father was of Swedish and Irish descent, and his mother was of Italian ancestry. While he was still at a very young age, his family moved to ...

now always his own DP

38. Paul Thomas Anderson

Director | Punch-Drunk Love

Anderson was born in 1970. He was one of the first of the "video store" generation of film-makers. His father was the first man on his block to own a V.C.R., and from a very early age Anderson had an infinite number of titles available to him. While film-makers like Spielberg cut their teeth making...

His own cinematography on debut short "The Dirk Diggler Story" (1988) (on Video) and "Phantom Thread" (35mm, Golden Frog nom).

39. Bruno Delbonnel

Cinematographer | Un long dimanche de fiançailles

Bruno Delbonnel was born in 1957 in Nancy, Meurthe-et-Moselle, France. He is known for his work on A Very Long Engagement (2004), Amélie (2001) and Inside Llewyn Davis (2013).

40. Jan de Bont

Director | Speed

Jan de Bont was born in the Netherlands to a Roman Catholic Dutch family on the 22 of October 1943. He has always had a creative mind and good mentality for camera techniques and soon got into film as a popular cinematographer. He worked on a huge number of films before finding himself on the ...

41. Andrzej Bartkowiak

Cinematographer | Falling Down

Andrzej Bartkowiak was born on March 6, 1950 in Lódz, Lódzkie, Poland. He is a cinematographer and director, known for Falling Down (1993), Doom (2005) and The Verdict (1982). He was previously married to Diane Venora.

42. Andrzej Sekula

Cinematographer | Pulp Fiction

Andrzej Sekula was born on December 19, 1954 in Wroclaw, Dolnoslaskie, Poland. He is a cinematographer and director, known for Pulp Fiction (1994), American Psycho (2000) and Reservoir Dogs (1992).

43. Alfonso Cuarón

Writer | Gravity

Alfonso Cuarón Orozco was born on November 28th in Mexico City, Mexico. From an early age, he yearned to be either a film director or an astronaut. However, he did not want to enter the army, so he settled for directing. He didn't receive his first camera until his twelfth birthday, and then ...

Trained in Mexico as a cinematographer. Now he did "Roma" as his own DP. Source: https://www.indiewire.com/2018/12/roma-emmanuel-lubezki-alfonso-cuaron-cinematography-1202028167/

Has earlier credits for cinematography than directing...Won Bronze Frog at Camerimage 2018.

44. Adam Holender

Camera_department | Sea of Love

Adam Holender was born on November 13, 1937 in Kraków, Malopolskie, Poland. He is known for his work on Sea of Love (1989), Midnight Cowboy (1969) and Smoke (1995).

One feature film only.

45. Jerzy Lipman

Cinematographer | Das falsche Gewicht

Leading Polish cinematographer, a graduate of the Cinematography Department of the National Film School in Lodz and a co-founder of the Polish film school. Due to rising antisemitism, he emigrated to the west in 1968.

More info: https://culture.pl/en/article/the-polish-school-of-cinematography

46. Fabrice Aragno

Director | Luchando frijoles - Cuba de un día a otro

Fabrice Aragno is a cinematographer and editor, known for Luchando frijoles: Cuba from One Day to Another (1997), Goodbye to Language (2014) and Le jeu (2002).

48. Khalik Allah

Director | Black Mother

Khalik Allah is a director and cinematographer, known for Black Mother (2018), Field Niggas (2015) and Popa Wu: A 5% Story (2010).

49. Caleb Deschanel

Cinematographer | The Passion of the Christ

Caleb Deschanel is an American film cinematographer and film/television director. He has been nominated for six Academy Awards, each time in the field of cinematography. The first nomination came in 1983 for the film The Right Stuff (1983). His second was in 1984 for The Natural (1984), the third ...

51. Marc Reshovsky

Cinematographer | 3rd Rock from the Sun

Had been a member of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) since 2000.

52. James A. Contner

Director | Buffy the Vampire Slayer

James A. Contner is a director and cinematographer, known for Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997), Superman (1978) and Star Trek: Enterprise (2001).

53. Rui Poças

Cinematographer | Frankie

Rui Poças was born on December 4, 1966 in Porto, Portugal. He is known for his work on Frankie (2019), Zama (2017) and Good Manners (2017).

54. Hoyte Van Hoytema

Cinematographer | Dunkirk

Hoyte Van Hoytema was born in Horgen, Switzerland. Van Hoytema is a Dutch-Swedish director of photography known for his work on The Fighter (2010), Her (2013), Interstellar (2014), and Dunkirk (2017). Van Hoytema always wanted to be a filmmaker, therefore he wished to attend a film school in The ...

55. Philippe Rousselot

Cinematographer | Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles

Philippe Rousselot was born on September 4, 1945 in Briey, Meurthe-et-Moselle, France. He is known for his work on Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994), A River Runs Through It (1992) and Dangerous Liaisons (1988).

56. Jan Troell

Director | Här har du ditt liv

Jan Troell was born on July 23, 1931 in Limhamn, Malmö, Skåne län, Sweden. He is a director and cinematographer, known for Here Is Your Life (1966), Il capitano (1991) and The Emigrants (1971). He is married to Agneta Ulfsäter-Troell.

Shot a feature for Bo Widerberg 3 years before his own debut.

57. Rachel Morrison

Cinematographer | Black Panther

Rachel Morrison is an American cinematographer. She is best known for the films Fruitvale Station (2013), Cake (2014), Dope (2015), Mudbound (2017) and Black Panther (2018).

She began her career working on series and TV movies for a number of networks.

The independent film Palo Alto (2007) marked ...

Feature film debut announced: https://theplaylist.net/rachel-morrison-flint-strong-barry-jenkins-20190619/

58. Pierre Lhomme

Cinematographer | Cyrano de Bergerac

Pierre Lhomme was born on April 5, 1930 in Boulogne-Billancourt, Hauts-de-Seine, France. He is known for his work on Cyrano de Bergerac (1990), Camille Claudel (1988) and This Sweet Sickness (1977). He died on July 4, 2019 in Arles, Bouches-du-Rhône, France.

59. Frank Griebe

Cinematographer | Lola rennt

Frank Griebe was born on August 28, 1964 in Hamburg, West Germany. He is known for his work on Run Lola Run (1998), Cloud Atlas (2012) and Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006).

61. Sven Nykvist

Cinematographer | The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Sven Nykvist was considered by many in the industry to be one of the world's greatest cinematographers. During his long career that spanned almost half a century, Nyvist perfected the art of cinematography to its most simple attributes, and he helped give the films he had worked on the simplest and...

62. Liviu Marghidan

Cinematographer | Pororoca



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