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Born: July 8, 1961 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: Cinematography ...
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Director (feature film)

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Cast (feature film)

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Side by Side (2012)
Join Keanu Reeves on a tour of the past and the future of filmmaking. Since the invention of cinema, the standard format for recording moving images has been film. Over the past two decades, a new form of digital filmmaking has emerged, creating a groundbreaking evolution in the medium. Reeves explo
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Cinematographer Style (2006)
Celebrates the art of motion picture photography, and examines how and why movies look the way they do. With interviews of 110 leading cinematographers around the world, director and cinematographer Jon Fauer explores how his colleagues use technique and technology, art and lighting to tell stories

Cinematography (feature film)

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Dark Knight Rises, The (2012)
It has been eight years since Batman vanished into the night, turning, in that instant, from hero to fugitive. Assuming the blame for the death of D.A. Harvey Dent, the Dark Knight sacrificed everything for what he and Commissioner Gordon both hoped was the greater good. For a time the lie worked, as criminal activity in Gotham City was crushed under the weight of the anti-crime Dent Act. But everything will change with the arrival of a cunning cat burglar with a mysterious agenda. Far more dangerous, however, is the emergence of Bane, a masked terrorist whose ruthless plans for Gotham drive Bruce out of his self-imposed exile. But even if he dons the cape and cowl again, Batman may be no match for Bane.
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Moneyball (2011)
Based on the true story of Billy Beane - once a would-be baseball superstar who, stung by the failure to live up to expectations on the field, turned his fiercely competitive nature to management. Heading into the 2002 season, Billy faces a dismal situation: his small-market Oakland A''s have lost their star players (again) to big market clubs (and their enormous salaries) and is left to rebuild his team and compete with a third of their payroll. Driven to win, Billy takes on the system by challenging the fundamental tenants of the game. He looks outside of baseball, to the dismissed theories of Bill James, and hires Peter Brand, a brainy, number-crunching, Yale-educated economist. Together they take on conventional wisdom with a willingness to reexamine everything and armed with computer driven statistical analysis long ignored by the baseball establishment. They reach imagination-defying conclusions and go after players overlooked and dismissed by the rest of baseball for being too odd, too old, too injured or too much trouble, but who all have key skills that are universally undervalued. As Billy and Peter forge forward, their new methods and roster of misfits rile the old guard, the media, the fans, and their own field manager, who refuses to cooperate. Ultimately this experiment will lead not only to a change in the way the game is played, but to an outcome that would leave Billy with a new understanding that transcends the game and delivers him to a new place.
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Inception (2010)
Dom Cobb is a skilled thief, the absolute best in the dangerous art of extraction, stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb's rare ability has made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate
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Dark Knight, The (2008)
With the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to destroy organized crime in Gotham for good. The triumvirate proves to be effective, but they soon find themselves prey to a rising criminal mastermind known as the Joker, who thrusts Gotham into anarchy and forces the Dark Knight ever closer to crossing the fine line between hero and vigilante.
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Dark Knight (Theatrical), The (2008)
With the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to destroy organized crime in Gotham for good. The triumvirate proves to be effective, but they soon find themselves prey to a rising criminal mastermind known as the Joker, who thrusts Gotham into anarchy and forces the Dark Knight ever closer to crossing the fine line between hero and vigilante.
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Prestige, The (2006)
It all begins in rapidly changing, turn-of-the-century London. At a time when magicians are idols and celebrities of the highest order, two young magicians set out to carve their own paths to fame. The flashy, sophisticated Robert Angier is a consummate entertainer, while the rough-edged purist Alfr
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Batman Begins (2005)
How does one man change the world? It''s a question that haunts Bruce Wayne like the specter of his parents, gunned down before his eyes in the streets of Gotham on a night that changed his life forever. Tormented by guilt and anger, battling the demons that feed his desire for revenge and his need to honor his parents'' altruistic legacy, the disillusioned industrial heir vanished from Gotham and secretly travels the world, seeking the means to fight injustice and turn fear against those who prey on the fearful. In his quest to elucidate himself in the ways of the criminal mind, Bruce is mentored by a mysterious man called Ducard in the mastery of the physical and mental disciplines that will empower him to fight the evil he has vowed to destroy. He soon finds himself the target of recruiting efforts by the League of Shadows, a powerful, subversive vigilante group headed by enigmatic leader Ra''s al Ghul. Bruce returns to Gotham to find the city devoured by rampant crime and corruption. Wayne Enterprises, his family''s former bastion of philanthropic business ideals, now rests in the hands of CEO Richard Earle, a man more concerned with taking the company public than serving the public good. Meanwhile, Bruce''s close childhood friend Rachel Dawes, now an Assistant District Attorney, can''t secure a conviction of the city''s most notorious criminals because the justice system has been so deeply polluted by scum like crime boss Carmine Falcone. It doesn''t help that prominent Gotham psychiatrist Dr. Jonathan Crane bolsters insanity defenses for Falcone''s thugs in exchange for nefarious favors that serve his own devious agenda.
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Laurel Canyon (2003)
"Laurel Canyon," a street that runs through the heart of the Hollywood Hills, has for decades been a sort of Greenwich Village of the West, home to many musicians, actors, artists and other bohemian types. Among its current residents is Jane, a veteran record producer, trying to come up with a hit s
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Italian Job, The (2003)
The plan was flawless. The job was executed perfectly. The escape was clean. The only threat mastermind thief Charlie Croker never saw coming was from a member of his own crew. After pulling off an amazing gold bullion heist from a heavily guarded palazzo in Venice, Italy, Charlie and his gang--insi
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INSOMNIA (2002)
A psychological thriller centering on Will Dormer, a veteran LAPD detective who travels to a small Alaskan town with his partner Hap to investigate the disturbing murder of a seventeen year-old girl. Under the glare of the region's perpetual daylight, Dormer and Hap close in on the primary suspect,
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Sanctuary (2001)
Photojournalist Jo Hathaway, overworked and under stress, begins to have nightmares about her mother, who disappeared years earlier. At the same time, she starts receiving peculiar private photographs of herself via e-mail from an unknown "friend." Jo retreats to her childhood island home -- Sanctua
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Memento (2001) as Director of Photography
A robber attacks a married couple, killing the woman and leaving the man for dead. As he convalesces, the man struggles to overcome amnesia through the chaos of memory loss induced by his injuries. Finding himself within rag-tag moments of his past, he attempts to remember the vital details and solv
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Scotland, PA (2001) as Director Of Photography
A modern take on Shakespeare's "Macbeth" set in a 1970s Pennsylvania diner. Mac and Pat McBeth are stuck in their dead-end jobs at Duncan's Restaurant. Restless and a bit delusional, they hear about the boss's idea for revolutionizing the fast-food industry and hatch a plan that will solve all their
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Million Dollar Hotel, The (2000)
A tale of friendship, trust, betrayal and the overwhelming power of unconditional love. The story follows a gang of unique outcasts and misfits living in a downtown Los Angeles fleapit, known locally as the "Million Dollar Hotel". Their story is seen through the eyes of Tom Tom, a young man who serv
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Sharing the Secret (2000)
A mother is forced to face the self-destructive secret her daughter has been hiding -- bulimia -- and the fact that, in order for her daughter to start down the long road to recovery, painful issues must be confronted.<P>Nina is a loving mother and dedicated child psychologist who helps distressed f
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Stuart Little (1999)
A little guy with a big heart, Stuart searches for a sense of belonging and a place to call home in a decidedly supersized world. When he''s adopted by the Littles, a human family, he embarks on adventures with a variety of characters and learns the family, loyalty and friendship. The Littles discover there is a little Stuart in all of us, the spunk, spirit and courage to be true to ourselves and follow our dreams despite the odds.
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Instinct (1999)
Within the brilliant mind of primatologist Ethan Powell lies an ominous secret--a deep-seated mystery unsolved by his estranged family and the law enforcement officials who have tracked him down and jailed him for murders that occured in the jungles of Rawanda. Highly educated and sophisticated Powell''s truth was derived from years of studying mountain gorillas--to the point where he was living among them in the wild, and accepted as one of their own. Now, held captive in a brutal prison for the criminally insane, Powell who has not spoken in years, is remanded to psychiatrist Theo Caulder. Caulder''s unbridled ambition drives him to risk everything and put his life on the line in order to understand the actions of this headline-gripping madman. Eventually both men embark on an extraordinary journey fueled by their insatiable hunger for truth, regardless of the cost.
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Hi-Line, The (1999) as Director Of Photography
Sam Polvino comes to a small Montana town to recruit employees for his Chicago retail agency. His first interviewee is Vera Johnson, a recent high school graduate eager for her first job. However Sam has not been upfront about why he is in Montana--he agreed to find Vera Johnson to fulfill a final
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Mouse Hunt (1997)
Two hapless brothers inherit an old mansion from their father which would be worth millions, if only they could evict a smart, tenacious mouse that is intent on staying in the house and making life miserable for the brothers.
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Cherokee Kid (1996)
Movie about Isaiah Turner, an adventurous farmboy whose quest to avenge his parents'' death sets him on a journey where he encounters an array of fictional and historical characters, ultimately becoming a self-assured gunslinger known as the Cherokee Kid. The story is narrated by The Cherokee Kid''s supportive sidekick, Juan Nepomuceno Cortina.
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Phenomenon (1996)
Everybody in the small town of Harmon knows George Malley as a nice guy, a good auto mechanic, and a dependable friend. But on his 37th birthday George begins to change. As a result of an extraordinary occurrence, George''s seemingly unremarkable life takes a mystifying and wonderous turn. George has a sudden insatiable appetite for learning, and begins to comprehend the beauty and intelligence of the universe. Suspicious about the new-found power of George''s mind, and apprehensive of the riddle he has become, George''s life-long friends begin to turn away from him. But with the love and support of the cautious, yet caring, Lace, George is able to see the larger picture of his place in the scheme of things, and to trust the remarkable path of his life.
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While You Were Sleeping (Theatrical) (1995)
When Megan's fiancé is killed, she moves cross country and rebuilds her life with a new boyfriend and a closer relationship to her sister. When she runs into one of her old colleagues, Lloyd, she is pleasantly surprised and the pair become close friends; yet, Lloyd wants more and he soon begins to s
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Unstrung Heroes (1995)
Steven Lidz is 12 years old and his world is fracturing. Overwhelmed by his life with an ailing mother and an emotionally distant father, Steven runs off to live with his two wildly eccentric uncles, Danny and Arthur. Baffled by the tragedies surrounding him, Steven finds solace in the idiosyncrasie
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While You Were Sleeping (1995)
Lucy, a young Chicago transit worker, escapes her lonely existence when she rescues a handsome commuter she has admired from afar, Peter, from the path of a speeding subway train. While Peter languishes in a coma, his concerned family mistakes Lucy for his fiancee and she goes along with the deception, enjoying a warm family relationship missing in her own life. Matters become increasingly complicated when Peter regains consciousness and becomes convinced that Lucy is his fiancee; in the meantime, she''s fallen in love with his brother.
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White Dwarf (1995)
A young medical intern is assigned, against his will, to work with a legendary healer (the White Dwarf) on a distant, war-torn planet. Set in the year 3040 A.D.
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Secret Games 3 (1995) as Director Of Photography
Diane Larson's marriage to a busy doctor leaves her frustrated and unfulfilled. To satisfy her needs, she becomes a patron at an exclusive brothel where she begins to explore her innermost fantasies. There she meets Terrell Baxter, who seems to be every inch her fantasy. Their passionate affair esca
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Object of Obsession (1995) as Director Of Photography
A "wrong number" leads to a torrid affair between a newly-divorced woman and a seductive stranger, until she realizes that the call was a part of his calculated plan to keep her in his life forever.
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Granny, The (1995) as Director Of Photography
A bickering family puts up with their curmudgeonly, mean, wheelchair-bound Granny because of her wealth, hoping to benefit from her death. When a stranger gives Granny a potion for eternal life, Granny takes it incorrectly and dies, to the delight of her family, who anticipate the inheritance. How
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Past Tense (1994)
An ex-cop turned mystery writer attempts to sort out the bewildering events leading up to the murder of a former lover.
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Animal Instincts 2 (1994) as Director Of Photography
After her marriage ends, Joanna writes a tell-all book about her sexual past which ends up giving her bad press. She decides to get away from it all and moves to a new town where no one knows her. Bored with suburbia, she becomes intrigued by her neighbors, especially the husband, Steve. She soon le
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Mirror Images II (1994) as Director Of Photography
Carrie is a good student and always well behaved, whereas her identical twin Terrie is a bad girl with an insatiable sexual appetite and a habit of seducing her sister's boyfriends. When the latter dies under mysterious circumstances, Carrie hires a private investigator and soon discovers that there
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Last Laugh, The (1994) as Director Of Photography
Two old friends are brought together at the funeral of a much loathed girlfriend.
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Amityville: A New Generation (1993)
Photographer Keyes Terry is given a mirror from a homeless person that he has photographed. When Keyes gives the mirror to a friend, he doesn't realize it has the effect of showing people terrible things happening to them and that the events do come true. The question is whether the people have comm
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Sketch Artist (1992)
A police sketch artist is brought in on a murder case in which he realizes the woman fleeing the scene of the crime is his wife. He covers it up, then gets so embroiled in the case that he too becomes a suspect.
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In the Heat of Passion (1992)
A commercial actor, who resembles a local rapist, has an affair with a wealthy, married woman.
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Sketch Artist (1992)
A police sketch artist is brought in on a murder case in which he realizes the woman fleeing the scene of the crime is his wife. He covers it up, then gets so embroiled in the case that he too becomes a suspect.
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Night Rhythms (1992) as Director Of Photography
A talk radio host is framed for murder after developing his show around women callers who confess their innermost problems and desires.
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Animal Instincts (1992)
A policeman and his wife are having sexual problems and their marriage is about to fall apart. By chance, the husband learns that he has a voyueristic streak and to please him, his wife has several affairs which she arranges for him to watch on closed-circuit television. But they find that there are
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Perfect Bride, The (1991)
A woman investigates her future sister-in-law's background and discovers her to be a murderer using a false identity.
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Leather Jackets (1991)
A contemporary street version of "Romeo and Juliet," set amidst gang warfare.
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Unborn, The (1991) as Director Of Photography
A woman, charmed by a diabolical specialist in the fields of fertility and genetics, agrees to an in-vitro fertilization and soon begins to experience increasingly harrowing "complications" with her pregnancy.
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Secret Games (1991)
In order to escape a repressive marriage, a beautiful woman takes refuge in an exclusive brothel where she is paid to act out her wildest fantasies.
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Lower Level (1991) as Director Of Photography
A young female architect is left stranded in an empty highrise while her secret "admirer" stalks her.
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Barbara Stanwyck: Fire And Desire (1991) as Director Of Photography
Barbara Stanwyck''''s multi-faceted career reveals uncanny reflections of her off-screen life.

Film Production - Main (feature film)

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Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
A hip secret agent frozen in the ''''60s thaws out in the ''''90s to face his greatest enemy.
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Naked Obsession (1990)
An honest politician, entrapped in the bowels of urban perversion, must reclaim his soul from a satanic emissary.
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Prayer Of The Rollerboys (1990)
A desolate city of the future is plagued by a demonic, rollerblade gang and must depend on a young renegade idealist for salvation.
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After Midnight (1989) as Grip
When a crazed psychology professor holds a class in his home for a select group of college students, he teaches each of them a lesson in fear. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to the professor, someone is fed up with his scare tactics and is out to get him.

Misc. Crew (feature film)

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Turbo (2013)
Turbo is a snail who dreams of being the greatest racer in the world, just like his hero: 5-time Indianapolis 500 champ Guy Gagne. Turbo's obsession with speed and all things fast has made him an oddity and outsider in the slow and cautious snail community and a constant embarrassment to his careful

Cast (special)

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Making the Movie: The Italian Job (2003)
A look at the making of "The Italian Job" including interviews with the cast and crew as well as a sneak peek at one of the film's scenes.
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Anatomy of a Scene: Memento (2002) as Interviewee
The program looks at the creative process as the production crew and writer dissect the making of their film "Memento."

Cinematography (special)

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High Stakes in Cyberspace (1995)
Examination of the new rush to stake claims in cyberspace. Reports on the effects these changes will have on the individual and how they will alter society.
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Time For Change, A (1991)
A health-care special hosted by Dr. C. Everett Koop, former U.S. Surgeon General, exploring the future of medicine.

Cinematography (TV Mini-Series)

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Rhapsody in Bloom (1998) as Director Of Photography

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