Mikael Salomon


Director Of Photography

About

Birth Place
Denmark
Born
February 24, 1945

Biography

Leading Danish cinematographer who by the age of 40 had some 50 credits under his belt, mainly in Scandinavian films. Salomon quickly built a reputation in Hollywood as an adept director of photography on epics, difficult shoots, and special effects extravaganzas. These successes soon led to directing assignments in TV and features. Salomon's credits in Denmark and Europe include Henning...

Biography

Leading Danish cinematographer who by the age of 40 had some 50 credits under his belt, mainly in Scandinavian films. Salomon quickly built a reputation in Hollywood as an adept director of photography on epics, difficult shoots, and special effects extravaganzas. These successes soon led to directing assignments in TV and features. Salomon's credits in Denmark and Europe include Henning Carlsen's biopic of Gaugin, "Wolf at the Door" (1987), "The Flying Devils" (1985), and "The Baron" (1979). In Hollywood, he has worked on "Zelly and Me" (1988), "Torch Song Trilogy" (1988), James Cameron's underwater spectacle, "The Abyss" (1989), which earned him an Oscar nomination, Ron Howard's "Backdraft" (1991), for which he was Oscar-nominated for visual effects, and Howard's "Far and Away," his first film shot in 65mm.

Salomon has been hailed for revolutionizing underwater lighting with his work in "The Abyss." He overcame the previously daunting challenge of ensuring a visual match between complex underwater scenes and those shot in tanks and sound stages. Impressed by Salomon's work on the Cameron film, Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy hired him to photograph Spielberg's "Always" (1989) thereby beginning his association with Amblin Entertainment. Kennedy showed him a screenplay for "A Far Off Place," an adaptation of two books by Sir Laurens van der Post--"A Far Off Place" and "A Story Like the Wind." Salomon immediately wanted to direct it. His next assignment was "Arachnophobia" (1990), the first feature directed by Amblin co-founder Frank Marshall. Produced by Disney's Hollywood Pictures division, this film helped set the stage for Salomon's directorial debut on "A Far Off Place" (1993), a Disney/Amblin co-production filmed in Zimbabwe and Namibia. This ecologically minded tale of survival in the African desert was reminiscent of Nicholas Roeg's solo directorial debut, "Walkabout" (1971).

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Freezer (2014)
Director
Big Driver (2014)
Director
Blue Lagoon: The Awakening (2012)
Director
The Drew Peterson Story (2012)
Director
Who Is Clark Rockefeller? (2010)
Director
The Lost Future (2010)
Director
Natalee Holloway (2009)
Director
Flirting With Forty (2008)
Director
Fallen (2006)
Director
Hard Rain (1998)
Director
Congo (1995)
Director
A Far Off Place (1993)
Director

Cinematography (Feature Film)

Far And Away (1992)
Director Of Photography
Backdraft (1991)
Director Of Photography
Arachnophobia (1990)
Director Of Photography
Always (1989)
Director Of Photography
The Abyss (1989)
Director Of Photography
Zelly And Me (1988)
Director Of Photography
Stealing Heaven (1988)
Director Of Photography
Torch Song Trilogy (1988)
Director Of Photography
The Man Who Broke 1,000 Chains (1987)
Director Of Photography
Peter von Scholten (1987)
Director Of Photography
Barndommens gade (1986)
Director Of Photography
The Wolf At The Door (1986)
Director Of Photography
The Flying Devils (1985)
Director Of Photography
Slaegten (1979)
Director Of Photography
Elvis! Elvis! (1977)
Director Of Photography
Pas paa ryggen, professor (1977)
Director Of Photography
Stroemer (1976)
Director Of Photography
Hjerter er Trumf (1975)
Director Of Photography
Kun Sandheden (1975)
Director Of Photography
Violer er bla (1975)
Director Of Photography
The Hottest Show in Town (1974)
Cinematographer
Z.P.G. (1972)
Addl Photographer
Motorvejdpaa Sengekanten (1972)
Director Of Photography
Rektor paa sengekanten (1972)
Director Of Photography
Welcome to the Club (1971)
Director of Photography
Hvorfor goer de det? (1971)
Director Of Photography
Mine Soestres Hoern, Naar de Er Vaerst (1971)
Director Of Photography
Et doegn med Ilse (1971)
Cinematographer
Threesome (1970)
Director of Photography
Relations (1970)
Director of Photography
Daddy, Darling (1970)
Director of Photography
The Dreamers (1969)
Director of Photography

Producer (Feature Film)

Who Is Clark Rockefeller? (2010)
Co-Executive Producer
Natalee Holloway (2009)
Co-Executive Producer

Film Production - Main (Feature Film)

Backdraft (1991)
Photography
Time Out (1989)
Aerial Photography

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Far And Away (1992)
Dp/Cinematographer
Backdraft (1991)
Dp/Cinematographer
Arachnophobia (1990)
Dp/Cinematographer
Arachnophobia (1990)
Other
The Abyss (1989)
Dp/Cinematographer

Director (Special)

The Lost Future (2010)
Director

Producer (Special)

The Lost Future (2010)
Co-Executive Producer

Director (TV Mini-Series)

The Andromeda Strain (2008)
Director
The Company (TNT) (2007)
Director
The Grid (2004)
Director
Benedict Arnold: A Question of Honor (2003)
Director
A Glimpse of Hell (2001)
Director

Producer (TV Mini-Series)

The Andromeda Strain (2008)
Co-Executive Producer

Life Events

1967

First film as director of photography, "Dreamers" (Denmark)

1971

First US film as director of photography "Welcome to the Club"

1987

Moved back to USA to photograph a HBO TV-movie, "The Man Who Broke 1,000 Chains"

1987

Moved to Los Angeles

1989

Breakthrough American film, James Cameron's "The Abyss"

1993

American TV directing debut, the sci-fi series "Space Rangers" (CBS)

1993

Feature directing debut, "A Far Off Place"

1995

Worked as director of the aerial unit on "Anaconda"

2000

Helmed the pilot for the CBS drama series "The Fugitive"

2001

Directed the CBS fall drama "The Agency"

2003

Helmed the A&E telefilm "Benedict Arnold: A Question of Honor"

2004

Directed the TNT miniseries, "Stephen King's Salem's Lot"

2006

Helmed two segments of "Nightmares and Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King" (TNT)

2007

Directed the TNT miniseries "The Company"; earned a DGA nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television

Videos

Movie Clip

Torch Song Trilogy (1988) - I've Never Been Young And Beautiful A prologue with Anne Bancroft as the mom, then writing and starring in his adaptation of his substantially autobiographical Off then On-Broadway hit, Harvey Fierstein, his character called Arnold Beckhoff, introduces himself, in Torch Song Trilogy, 1988, also starring Matthew Broderick and Brian Kerwin.
Torch Song Trilogy (1988) - Love For Sale Beginning the second segment of his original autobiographical Broadway play, Harvey Fierstein as drag queen Arnold tears into a version of the Cole Porter standard, a friend (Bob Minor) intervening when customers led by Matthew Broderick as Alan get out of line, in Torch Song Trilogy, 1988.
Torch Song Trilogy (1988) - Lucky For Me Just after a performance at a New York gay nightclub, Arnold (Harvey Fierstein, in his own adaptation of his multiple Tony Award-winning play) meets Ed (Brian Kerwin), early in Torch Song Trilogy, 1988.
Torch Song Trilogy (1988) - Don't Shake, It's Cookies Hoping boyfriend Ed will arrive, disappointed when it’s only mom (Anne Bancroft), Harvey Fierstein, directed by Paul Bogart in his film adaptation of his Broadway show, as gay drag performer Arnold, getting through his birthday, in Torch Song Trilogy, 1988.
Always (1989) - I Was Rusty On Panic Sort of a Maguffin opening, highly dramatic, from director Steven Spielberg, in the picture he said was inspired-by, rather than a remake-of A Guy Named Joe, 1944, introducing Richard Dreyfuss and Holly Hunter, John Goodman supporting, in Always, 1989, co-starring Audrey Hepburn.
Always (1989) - Time Is Funny Stuff Firefighter pilot Pete (Richard Dreyfuss) doesn’t realized he’s just crashed his plane and died, but things are explained to him by “Hap” (Audrey Hepburn, her first appearance, having come out of retirement, for what would be her final film), in Steven Spielberg’s Always, 1989.

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