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Also Known As: Stephen Henry Burum Died:
Born: November 25, 1939 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Visalia, California, USA Profession: director of photography, student teacher of cinematography

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Leading modern cinematographer who collaborated on some of the most visually striking films of the 1980s. Burum learned his craft at UCLA while working with two undisputed giants of the field: ace cinematographer James Wong Howe ("Body and Soul," "Sweet Smell of Success," "King's Row") and technological pioneer Charles Clarke. He developed a fruitful relationship with Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope Studio, beginning with an assignment as director of second-unit photography for "Apocalypse Now" (1979). Burum would later shoot two of Coppola's most lyrically stylized films, "The Outsiders" (1983) and "Rumble Fish" (1983). The former featured such rich color photography that this elemental tale played like a "Gone With the Wind" for troubled teens. The even more stylish "Rumble Fish" reimagined a black-and-white 1950s juvenile delinquent flick as directed by Jean Cocteau. This unusual film has also been a significant influence on the look and feel of music videos.

Leading modern cinematographer who collaborated on some of the most visually striking films of the 1980s. Burum learned his craft at UCLA while working with two undisputed giants of the field: ace cinematographer James Wong Howe ("Body and Soul," "Sweet Smell of Success," "King's Row") and technological pioneer Charles Clarke. He developed a fruitful relationship with Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope Studio, beginning with an assignment as director of second-unit photography for "Apocalypse Now" (1979). Burum would later shoot two of Coppola's most lyrically stylized films, "The Outsiders" (1983) and "Rumble Fish" (1983). The former featured such rich color photography that this elemental tale played like a "Gone With the Wind" for troubled teens. The even more stylish "Rumble Fish" reimagined a black-and-white 1950s juvenile delinquent flick as directed by Jean Cocteau. This unusual film has also been a significant influence on the look and feel of music videos.

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Worked as a student teacher for renowned cinematographers James Wong Howe and Charles Clarke while studying at UCLA
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Started working in the film industry at age 23 as director of photography for Disney nature films including "My Family is a Menagerie"
1979:
First significant credit, as director of photography for the second unit on "Apocalypse Now"
1979:
First credit as director of photography on "Pacific High", a documentary feature
1981:
First credit as director of photography on a fiction film, "Death Valley"
1983:
First collaboration with Francis Ford Coppola as director of photography on "The Outsiders"
1984:
First collaboration with Brian De Palma on "Body Double"
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Education

University of California at Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California -
University of California at Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California -
Reedly College: Reedly , California -

Notes

In 1987, he was nominated for the American Society of Cinematographers Award for his work on Brian De Palma's "The Untouchables".

Nominated in 1989 for the ASC Award for his work on Danny De Vito's "The War of the Roses".

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