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Cinematography (feature film)

1.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010)
Percy Jackson discovers his father is Poseidon, that he is invested with supernatural powers and that it is his job to save the world.
2.
Charlie St. Cloud (2010)
In this romantic drama based on an acclaimed novel, Charlie St. Cloud is a young man who survives an accident that lets him see the world in a unique way.
3.
Box Collector, The (2008)
Harry Green is a brooding young artist, who collects boxes of all sizes and shapes and draws them. His possessive and over-protective mother Beth, a widow of twenty years, dominates him. Harry suffers from recurring nightmares, a blocked-out memory from his childhood, where he saw his drunken father
4.
War (2007)
After his partner is brutally murdered by the infamous assassin Rogue, FBI agent Jack Crawford vows to find the elusive killer and personally avenge his partner's death.
5.
Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, The (2006)
Although street racing provides an escape from an unhappy home and the superficial world around him, for outsider Sean Boswell, his reckless involvement in the sport has made him very unpopular with the local authorities. After one crash too many--and to avoid jail time--Sean is sent to live with his gruff, estranged father, a career military man stationed in Tokyo. Now officially a gaijin (outsider), Sean feels even more shut out in a land of foreign customers and codes of honor. But after a fellow American buddy, Twinkie, introduces him to the underground world of drift racing--an exhilarating balance of speeding and gliding through a heart-stopping course of hairpin turns and switchbacks--he's hooked again, and back in trouble. Simple drag racing is replaced by a new, rubber-burning automotive art form--just bad enough to fit Sean's rebel style. On his first time out drifting, Sean unknowingly takes on D.K., the "Drift King," a local champ with ties to the Japanese crime syndicate Yakuza. Sean's loss comes with a high price tag when he's forced to work off the debt under the thumb of another ex-pat named Han. Han soon welcomes Sean into his family of misfits and introduces him to the real principles of drifting. Whether for pink slips, wads of cash or bragging rights, the stakes remain high for Sean and his competition--as they learn to elevate the race itself to an art form. They will take cutting-edge, modified racers to the densely populated streets of Tokyo's urban landscape at neck-snapping speeds then smoothly glide through tight hairpin turns punctuated by screeches and the acrid smell of smoking rubber. But when Sean falls for D.K.'s girlfriend, Neela, an explosive series of events is set into motion, climaxing with an ultimate high-stakes face off against his nemesis. Punishment for the loser? Banishment from Tokyo forever by Yakuza crime boss--and D.K.'s uncle--Kamata--if they survive the race at all. Honor will be challenged and racing skills will be p
6.
Fido (2006)
Welcome to Willard, a small town lost in the idyllic world of the 50's, where the sun shines every day, everybody knows their neighbor, and rotting zombies carry the mail. Years ago, the earth passed through a cloud of space dust, causing the dead to rise with an insatiable hunger for human flesh.
7.
Beowulf & Grendel (2005)
The epic tale of Beowulf, a Norse warrior who arrived in a time of need to assist King Hrothgar of the Danes when his kingdom was attacked by the monster Grendel.
8.
Reefer Madness (2005)
Based on the stage play, a musical parody of 1936 film "Reefer Madness" that takes that already overblown criticism of marijuana usage in the source material and ups the ante to humorous effect.
9.
Now & Forever (2005) as Director Of Photography
As children, John Myron and Angela Wilson form a powerful bond born on loneliness. They are guided by their friendship and by the First Nations spirituality that binds John's people together. As they mature into adulthood, Angela sets into motion a series of events that will forever change both the
10.
Jack (2004) as Director Of Photography
Jack was already struggling with the usual adolescent demons, when he noticed something unsettling -- his parents' marriage was coming to an end. He could feel the tension that existed between his mom, Anne, and his dad, Paul. When his dad moved out, Jack knew that his life was about to change forev
11.
It Must be Love (2004)
Based on a true story, an estranged couple takes a road trip in an effort to hammer out the details of an amicable divorce. When they are standed in a snowstorm, they come face to face with the truths of how their relationship went awry.
12.
Unexpected Love, An (2003) as Director Of Photography
A woman's family and marriage falls apart once she realizes she is in love with her female boss.
13.
I Spy (2002) as Director Of Photography (2nd Unit) (Budapest Unit)
Special agent Alex Scott and middleweight world champion Kelly Robinson are reluctantly paired for a dangerous mission to recover the Switchblade, the U.S.'s latest and most technologically sophisticated reconnaissance aircraft. The prototype spy plane has fallen into the hands of a nefarious arms dealer, Arnold Gundars, who plans to sell it to the highest bidder - a rogue terrorist with access to nuclear warheads. After the U.S. government fails to retrieve the plane through the normal undercover channels, the president asks Robinson to provide civilian cover for agent Scott to find the stealth aircraft before the terrorist transforms it into a delivery system for weapons of mass destruction. Scott needs Robinson to penetrate Gundars' palatial headquarters in Budapest. An avid boxing fan, Gundars is staging a championship bout between the undefeated Robinson (57-0) and the reigning European titleholder. The real contest takes place outside the ring, however, between the cocky Robinson and the put-upon Scott. After a series of near disasters, the two men finally bond in the depths of the Budapest sewer system. Robinson, the womanizer, coaches the shy, insecure Scott in the art of seduction so he can woo Rachel, the beautiful agent who is on assignment with them. In turn, Scott introduces Robinson to the dazzling world of espionage and high-tech spy gadgetry.
14.
Door to Door (2002) as Director Of Photography
Story about the life of a door to door salesman that's suffering from cerebral palsy. Based on the true story of Bill Porter.
15.
Rare Birds (2001) as Director Of Photography
Dave Purcell is ready to call it quits. On his marriage and on his restaurant "The Auk". The restaurant, which like the ill-fated bird for which it was named, has definitely seen better days. Everything changes when Dave's neighbor Phonse proposes a mad and ingenious scheme to save the restaurant. T
16.
Trixie (2000) as Director Of Photography
Numbed after witnessing a colleague's murder, security guard Trixie Zurbo accepts a laidback job at a lakefront casino, working undercover to nab pickpockets. Here, Trixie meets a colorful assortment of regulars, including Ruby, a glamorous young barfly and Dex, a raffish ladies' man. Later, in a ch
17.
Holiday Heart (2000) as Director Of Photography
The story of a drag queen who learns to open his heart when he begins caring for a young girl whose mother is battling a drug addiction.<P>For years, Holiday Heart has been living in the past. Devastated by the loss of his lover, a respected member of the Chicago police force, who kept Holiday as "h
18.
Dr. T and the Women (2000) as Director Of Photography
A gynecologist has a midlife crisis.
19.
Bruno (2000) as Director Of Photography
Eight-year-old Bruno attends a Catholic boarding school and seems a natural to win the Vatican's upcoming national spelling bee, but he has one problem -- he insists on cross-dressing. Fending off criticism, he tells everyone that he wears dresses as a source of power -- a religious vestment, inspir
20.
X-Files, The (1998) as Director Of Photography (Glacier Unit)
FBI Special Agents Scully and Mulder are drawn into a web of intrigue while investigating the mysterious bombing of a Dallas office building. Somehow, the crime seems linked to a colonization plan by an alien life force, a plan that implicates the US government in more than just a cover up.
21.
Nightmare Street (1998) as Director Of Photography
Joanna Burke wakes up from a near-fatal auto accident to find herself in a parallel life. She has a new name, a new sister and learns from a detective that she is accused of murdering her son. Only Dr. Matt Westbrook believes Joanna's claim that she is living a strange life that co-exists with anoth
22.
Such A Long Journey (1998) as Director Of Photography
Story of how one family in the Parsis community in Bombay is affected by the political turmoil of 1971, when India went to war with Pakistan. Gustad is a middle aged Parsis with a very normal, even humdrum family and work life. But when old friend Jimmy asks him to help with laundering money for a g
23.
Baby Dance, The (1998) as Director Of Photography
Based on the play by Jane Anderson. Desperately poor Wanda LeFauve and her unemployed husband Al live in a cramped trailer in Shreveport, Louisiana. Wanda, expecting a fifth child, answers the newspaper ad of Rachel and Richard Luckman, an affluent, infertile couple who want a baby. But what at firs
24.
Perfect Mother, The (1997) as Director Of Photography
After being set up on a blind date by their mothers, Kathryn and John fall in love and marry. John's possessive and controlling mother, Eleni, lavishes gifts on the couple, including a new home near hers. Initially, Kathryn is pleased to be part of such a close-knit family, but soon becomes uncomfor
25.
Murder in My Mind (1997) as Director Of Photography
Callain Peterson, a young FBI agent, agrees to an experimental and dangerous brain-cell transplant operation that allows her to enter the mind of a witness who is comatose, in the hope of catching a serial killer/rapist before he strikes again.
26.
Kundun (1997) as Director Of Photography (2nd Unit) (British Columbia)
The Dalai Lama fights Chinese oppression while trying to lead his flock.
27.
Bad Moon (1996) as Director Of Photography
In this intimate horror thriller, Ted Harrison, an adventurous photojournalist, is transformed after being bitten by a strange beast in Nepal. After his ordeal, his sister welcomes him home, where only the family dog, Thor, recognizes the terrible significance of the man's experience. Ted struggles to retain the last vestige of his humanity before the beast growing within him destroys his unsuspecting sister and her innocent son. As his lust for blood begins to override his sense of conscience, all that stands in his way is Thor. But the monster who was Ted might just underestimate the unshakable bond between a boy and his dog.
28.
Larger Than Life (1996) as Director Of Photography (2nd Unit)
Meet Jack Corcoran, motivational speaker to the masses in mini-malls and rented halls across the country. Take Jack's advice: if life isn't all all that you expected, put aside all those wouldas, couldas and shouldas and GET OVER IT! That's what Jack has done. He got over the fact that his father di
29.
Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes: The Annette Funicello Story, A (1995) as Director Of Photography
Television movie based on the autobiography of Annette Funicello -- Disney television star, recording artist and film star.
30.
Georgia (1995) as Director Of Photography
Georgia is a self-assured, successful folk rock singer who never cared much about a career on the stage, but achieved one anyway. With her extraordinary voice, she is beloved by her fans, but finds her greatest happiness beyond the stage. Georgia's younger sister, Sadie, is a virtually invincible fo
31.
Holiday to Remember, A (1995) as Director Of Photography
Big-city psychiatrist Carolyn Giblin dumps her no-good husband and moves her daughter back to her tiny home town in South Carolina. There she finds that the guy she left at the altar still carries a torch.
32.
Man With a Gun (1995) as Director Of Photography
A gangster assigns one of his hired guns to kill his blackmailing wife, but he is unaware that the hitman and his wife are having a torrid affair.
33.
Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994) as Director Of Photography
The story of Dorothy Parker and the famed Algonquin roundtable; a gathering of writers, actors and assorted folk at the New York hotel in the late 1920s and 30s.
34.
Trouble Bound (1993) as Additional Camera
The vengeance-seeking daughter of a murdered mob boss tags along with a man running from his own pursuers.
35.
Aspen Extreme (1993) as Director Of Photography (2nd Unit)
A young man from Detroit goes with his friend to Aspen to become a ski instructor. He quickly excels at his job and is elevated to a level of celebrity among the rich and famous. This good life soon makes him restless and he longs to pursue his dreams of something more substantial.
36.
V.I. Warshawski (1991) as Director Of Photography
A female detective teams up with a teenage girl to solve the mystery behind her father's murder, and uncovers intrigue within a wealthy Chicago family.
37.
Dad (1989) as Director Of Photography
A man, returning home to take care of his ailing father, discovers new meaning in their relationship.
38.
Clean & Sober (1988) as Director Of Photography
The story of a middle class cocaine addict and his struggle in a rehabilitation clinic.
39.
Made In Heaven (1987) as Director Of Photography
Mike Shea left his small Pennsylvania town and to move to California. On the way, he rescues a woman her children from a river, dying in the process. After arriving in heaven, Mike falls in love with a girl named Annie, but she has to return to Earth and inhabit another body in order to earn her wings. Desperate to be with her, Mike is offered a deal: He can return to Earth and find Annie, but neither will remember each other, and they have thirty years to re-connect.
40.
Some Kind Of Wonderful (1987) as Director Of Photography
Teenage tomboy Watts has always thought that Keith Nelson was her best friend. But when Keith asks out the popular Amanda, Watts realizes that she had deeper feelings for him. Amanda's wealthy ex-boyfriend Hardy has no feelings for her any more, but has no intention of allowing a working class boy like Keith to date her. However, his plans to cause problems for Keith fail when Keith turns the tables on him. In the process, Amanda decides that she prefers to be single and Keith realizes that he has deeper feelings for Watts.
41.
Check Is in the Mail, The (1986) as Director Of Photography
42.
Fright Night (1985) as Director Of Photography
A teenager enlists the help of a TV horror movie host to subdue a suave vampire.
43.
Meatballs 2 (1984) as Camera Operator 2nd Unit (2nd Unit)
44.
Ratings Game, The (1984) as Additional Cinematography
Diminutive Danny DeVito, as both actor and director, skewers television, the ratings system, big business and anything else that gets in the way in this first movie-for-television made for The Movie Channel, playing New Jersey trucking magnate Vic DeSalvo, who breaks into television by having the worst idea ever to come down the pike accepted by a disgruntled, just-fired TV progamming chief. The neophyte's script becomes the biggest hit in television history and Vic DeSalvo becomes the industry's darling.
45.
Choose Me (1984) as Director Of Photography
Ann, a radio psychologist called "Dr. Love," dispenses advice, but is hopelessly mal-adjusted herself. Eve, owner of a small bar, is beautiful and promiscuous, but as she's also lonely as hell. Into their lives walks Mickey, either a wayward genius or the world's greatest liar.
46.
River Rat, The (1984) as Director Of Photography
47.
Victims For Victims: The Theresa Saldana Story (1984) as Director Of Photography
Actress Theresa Saldana played herself, recreating her nearly fatal attack by a crazed fan in 1982, not long after starring with Robert DeNiro as Jake LaMotta's sister in Raging Bull," and then trying to survive emotionally the trauma which followed and sebsequently becoming spokesperson for the org
48.
Purple Hearts (1984) as Director Of Photography
A dedicated Army surgeon falls in love with an equally dedicated nurse but the Vietnam War is raging and the two find themselves pitted against greater odds than either of them know how to handle.
49.
Hysterical (1983) as Camera Operator 2nd Unit (2nd Unit)
50.
Return Engagement (1983) as Cinematographer
51.
Blow Out (1981) as Camera Operator
When audio technician Jack Terri is recording sound effects for a movie, he hears a car crash. Just as the car is sinking in the river, Jack pulls the woman inside to safety, but cannot save the other passenger. When he learns that man who drowned was a presidential candidate, he suspects that the w
52.
Roadie (1980) as Camera Operator
Travis is a Texas truck driver who falls for rock groupie and roadie Lola Bouilabase whose main ambition is to sleep with rocker Alice Cooper. When Lola hears that Cooper's band is on tour, she tries to catch up with them and Travis follows her. On the road, the two of them meet several touring pop stars and Travis becomes a roadie himself, soon known as the "greatest roadie of all time." But Travis is faced with leaving this new success because he needs to go back to Texas for his sister's wedding.
53.
Heaven's Gate (1980) as Camera Operator
A Wyoming sheriff tries to protect immigrant farmers from ruthless ranchers.
54.
Elvis (1979)
An affectionate biography of Presley from his boyhood through his spectacular rise to fame and ending with the Las Vegas nightclub appearance in 1969 that began Elvis' resurgence and his final epoch. Kurt Russell, cinematographer Donald M. Morgan, and makeup specialist Marv Westmore each won an Emmy
55.
Hair (1979) as Camera Operator (California)
A young man joins a hippie commune on the eve of reporting for military service.
56.
Perfect Couple, A (1979) as Camera Operator
A member of a rock band and a shy man from a traditional Greek family meet through a dating service and fall in love.
57.
Premonition (1972) as Camera Assistant
Three college students who are using drugs begin to have premonitions of their own deaths when they see red flowers, and eventually their visions begin to come true.

Film Production - Main (feature film)

58.
Sing (1989) as Additional Photography
About a teenage Italian punk forced to work with an innocent Jewish girl.
59.
Moderns, The (1988) as Additional Photography
A stylized look at 1920s Paris.
60.
Weird Science (1985) as Additional Photography
A pair of nerdy high-schoolers, outcasts to everyone, take to their computer and magically bring to life a stunningly beautiful woman whose devotion to them--and not to mention her special powers--make them the most desired kids on the block.
61.
Table For Five (1983) as Additional Photography
62.
Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983) as Additional Photography
Two boys find themselves in a tangled web when a strange carnival comes to town, accompanied by the eerie proprietor who claims to grant your every wish...for the price you are willing to pay.
63.
Endangered Species (1982) as Additional Photography
A New York cop and a lady sheriff investigate a string of cattle mutilations in the West.
64.
Rose, The (1979) as Additional Photography
The tragic story of a self destructive rock star, modeled after Janis Joplin.
65.
Premonition (1972) as Special Effects Photography
Three college students who are using drugs begin to have premonitions of their own deaths when they see red flowers, and eventually their visions begin to come true.

Cinematography (TV Mini-Series)

66.
National Lampoon's Dad's Week Off (1997) as Director Of Photography
67.
Adventures of Captain Zoom in Outer Space, The (1995) as Director Of Photography

Film Production - Main (TV Mini-Series)

68.
Finding Graceland (1998) as Additional Photography

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