Tak Fujimoto


Director Of Photography

Biography

A leading director of photography, Tak Fujimoto began his career working on commercials as an assistant to celebrated director/cinematographer Haskell Wexler. He received his first credit as a director of photography on Terrence Malick's "Badlands" (1973). Fujimoto sent nearly three years working on films produced by Roger Corman and it was during this period he began what is arguably th...

Biography

A leading director of photography, Tak Fujimoto began his career working on commercials as an assistant to celebrated director/cinematographer Haskell Wexler. He received his first credit as a director of photography on Terrence Malick's "Badlands" (1973). Fujimoto sent nearly three years working on films produced by Roger Corman and it was during this period he began what is arguably the most fruitful collaboration of his distinguished career--his association with producer-director Jonathan Demme.

Fujimoto and Demme first worked together on the women-in-prison flick "Caged Heat" (1974) and the female killers film "Crazy Mama" (1975). Their association has encompassed everything from the Hitchcockian "Last Embrace" (1979) to the period romance "Swing Shift" (1984), perhaps reaching its zenith with Fujimoto's appropriately claustrophobic photography on "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991). While "Beloved" (1998) may not have set any box-office records, the film featured strong work from the cinematographer who utilized various film stocks to achieve the film's textured look.

In addition to his long-standing partnership with Demme, Fujimoto has lent his considerable talents to numerous other projects. He created the appropriately noirish look for Alan Rudolph's "Remember My Name" (1978) as well as the colorful world of teenagers in both "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and "Pretty in Pink" (both 1986). His work on 1995's "Devil in a Blue Dress" (1995) ranks as among his best. In Carl Franklin's adaptation of Walter Mosley's detective novel, he avoiding using diffused light in order to create the subtle but rich earth tones found in old photographs. Fujimoto's photography also lent emotional resonance to both "A Thousand Acres" (1997) and M Night Shyamalan's "The Sixth Sense" (1999).

Filmography

 

Cinematography (Feature Film)

Gods Behaving Badly (2012)
Director Of Photography
Devil (2010)
Director Of Photography
The Happening (2008)
Director Of Photography
The Great Buck Howard (2008)
Director Of Photography
Breach (2007)
Director Of Photography
The Manchurian Candidate (2004)
Director Of Photography
Final Cut (2004)
Director Of Photography
The Truth About Charlie (2002)
Director Of Photography
Signs (2002)
Director Of Photography
The Replacements (2000)
Director Of Photography
The Sixth Sense (1999)
Director Of Photography
Beloved (1998)
Director Of Photography
A Thousand Acres (1997)
Director Of Photography
That Thing You Do! (1996)
Director Of Photography
Grumpier Old Men (1995)
Director Of Photography
Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)
Director Of Photography
Philadelphia (1993)
Director Of Photography
Night And The City (1992)
Director Of Photography
Gladiator (1992)
Director Of Photography
The Silence Of The Lambs (1991)
Director Of Photography
Crooked Hearts (1991)
Director Of Photography
Miami Blues (1990)
Director Of Photography
Cast the First Stone (1989)
Director Of Photography
Sweet Hearts Dance (1988)
Director Of Photography
Cocoon: the Return (1988)
Director Of Photography
Backfire (1988)
Director Of Photography
Married To The Mob (1988)
Director Of Photography
Pretty In Pink (1986)
Director Of Photography
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
Director Of Photography
Something Wild (1986)
Director Of Photography
Seduced (1985)
Director Of Photography
Blackout (1985)
Director Of Photography
Swing Shift (1984)
Director Of Photography
The Seduction of Gina (1984)
Director Of Photography
Heart Like A Wheel (1983)
Director Of Photography
Divorce Wars: A Love Story (1982)
Director Of Photography
National Lampoon's Movie Madness (1982)
Director Of Photography
Where the Buffalo Roam (1980)
Director Of Photography
Melvin and Howard (1980)
Director Of Photography
Borderline (1980)
Director Of Photography
Last Embrace (1979)
Director Of Photography
This Man Stands Alone (1979)
Director Of Photography
Some Kind Of Miracle (1979)
Director Of Photography
Remember My Name (1978)
Cinematographer
Stony Island (1978)
Director Of Photography
Star Wars: A New Hope (1977)
Camera Operator
Chatter Box (1977)
Director Of Photography
Cannonball (1976)
Director Of Photography
Crazy Mama (1976)
Director Of Photography
Death Race 2000 (1975)
Director Of Photography
Dr. Black and Mr. Hyde (1975)
Director Of Photography
Caged Heat (1974)
Director Of Photography
Bootleggers (1974)
Director Of Photography
Badlands (1973)
Director Of Photography

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

The Great Buck Howard (2008)
Other
The Truth About Charlie (2002)
Other
The Replacements (2000)
Other
The Sixth Sense (1999)
Dp/Cinematographer
Beloved (1998)
Dp/Cinematographer
A Thousand Acres (1997)
Dp/Cinematographer
Grumpier Old Men (1995)
Dp/Cinematographer
Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)
Dp/Cinematographer
Gladiator (1992)
Dp/Cinematographer
The Silence Of The Lambs (1991)
Dp/Cinematographer
Crooked Hearts (1991)
Dp/Cinematographer
Married To The Mob (1988)
Dp/Cinematographer
84 Charlie Mopic (1988)
Assistant
Cocoon: the Return (1988)
Dp/Cinematographer
Something Wild (1986)
Dp/Cinematographer
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
Dp/Cinematographer
Blackout (1985)
Dp/Cinematographer
Swing Shift (1984)
Dp/Cinematographer
Heart Like A Wheel (1983)
Other

Life Events

1969

Joined Haskell Wexler as an assistant on filming commercials

1973

Debut feature as a director of photography, "Badlands", directed by Terrence Malick; was one of three credited cinematographers

1974

First teaming with Jonathan Demme, "Caged Heat"

1977

Served as a camera operator on the 2nd unit photography for "Star Wars"

1979

TV debut as a cinematographer on the NBC movie "This Man Stands Alone"

1980

Shot "Melvin and Howard" for Demme

1983

Was director of photography for "Heart Like a Wheel"

1984

Reteamed with Demme for "Swing Shift"

1986

Lent talents to the teen pics "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and "Pretty in Pink"

1988

Reunited with Demme for "Married to the Mob"

1989

Last TV credit (to date), "Cast the First Stone" (NBC)

1991

Served as director of photography for Demme's Oscar-winning Best Picture "The Silence of the Lambs"

1993

Collaborated with Demme on "Philadelphia"

1995

Earned widespread praise as director of photography for the moody, noirish "Devil in a Blue Dress"

1996

Was cinematographer on Tom Hanks' directorial debut, "That Thing You Do!"

1997

Captured the heartland of America for "A Thousand Acres"

1998

Again reteamed with Demme on "Beloved"

1999

Forged the appropriately eerie atmosphere for "The Sixth Sense"

2000

Was cinematographer on the sports-themed drama "The Replacements"

Videos

Movie Clip

Silence Of The Lambs, The (1991) - Somebody Loved Him Examining a victim of the killer Buffalo Bill, trainee agent Starling (Jodie Foster) dictates notes, confers with supervisor Crawford (Scott Glenn), then takes the pupa found in the body to bug scientists (not specified here, but at the Smithsonian, in the Thomas Harris novel) Roden and Pilcher (Dan Butler, Paul Lazar), in The Silence Of The Lambs, 1991.
Silence Of The Lambs, The (1991) - You Have The Power Back at the FBI training center, we learn from TV that the Buffalo Bill victim (Brooke Smith) is the daughter of a U.S. senator (Diane Baker), so Clarice (Jodie Foster) is sent to Dr. Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) with an offer, interrupted by psychiatric ward chief Chilton (Anthony Heald), in The Silence Of The Lambs, 1991.
Silence Of The Lambs, The (1991) - You're Not Real FBI Are You? The famous often-imitated scene by director Jonathan Demme, Jodie Foster as FBI trainee Clarice Starling, supported by Barney (Frankie Faison) and assaulted by Miggs (Stuart Rudin), meets genius serial killer Dr. Hannibal (“the cannibal”) Lecter in his cell, with shocking rude language, from the Thomas Harris novel, early in The Silence Of The Lambs, 1991.
Silence Of The Lambs, The (1991) - He'll Never Stop Having flown into rural West Virginia following the discovery of another victim of the serial killer Buffalo Bill, top FBI profiler Crawford (Scott Glenn) grills his trainee Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) before they reach a funeral home, meeting a local sheriff (Pat McNamara), stirring her memories, in The Silence Of The Lambs, 1991.
Silence Of The Lambs, The (1991) - You Spook Easily? Shooting on site at the FBI Academy, Quantico, VA, joining director Jonathan Demme’s opening, Jodie Foster in her Academy Award-winning role as trainee agent Clarice Starling is summoned by behavioral science boss Crawford (Scott Glenn), in the Best Picture winner based on the Thomas Harris novel, The Silence Of The Lambs, 1991.
Devil In A Blue Dress (1995) - My Adopted Son, Jesus In 1948 L-A, Ezekiel “Easy” Rawlins (Denzel Washington), after being beaten up by police over the murder of his one-night stand Coretta, gets an offer from mayoral candidate Terell (Maury Chaykin), who has questions, including some about the missing girlfriend of the other candidate, whom he’s been hired to find, in Devil In A Blue Dress, 1995.
Devil In A Blue Dress (1995) - My Name's Not Fella Evocative opening of 1948 South Los Angeles, we meet Denzel Washington as novelist Walter Mosley’s hero Easy Rawlins, unemployed veteran, Steve Randazzo as his ex-boss, in director Carl Franklin’s Devil In A Blue Dress, 1995.
Devil In A Blue Dress (1995) - Daphne Has A Predilection Unemployed L-A machinist Easy Rawlins (Denzel Washington), worried about his mortgage and looking for work, follows up on a lead from a friend and meets with shady Albright (Tom Sizemore) who, it turns out, wants him to find a mayoral candidate’s fianceè (Jennifer Beals), in Devil In A Blue Dress, 1995.
Devil In A Blue Dress (1995) - You Ain't Jumped Out No Windows? Gaining entrance to an unlicensed bar in 1948 South Central L-A, unemployed Easy (Denzel Washington), hired to find a white woman named Daphne, meets old pal Junior, (David Fonteno) then Jeris Poindexter, Albert Hall, Jernard Burks and Lisa Nicole Carson as Coretta, in Devil In A Blue Dress, 1995.
Devil In A Blue Dress (1995) - Why Don't You Search Me? At last the dress and the title character, Daphne (Jennifer Beals), the missing fianceè of a mayoral candidate and friend of murdered Coretta, has called novice detective Easy Rawlins (Denzel Washington) to see her at Ambassador Hotel, L-A, 1948, in Devil In A Blue Dress, 1995, from the Walter Mosley novel.
Philadelphia (1993) - The Very Fabric Of Our Society The last of the credits and the opening from director and co-producer Jonathan Demme, introducing Tom Hanks in what would be the first of his consecutive Academy Award-winning roles, opposed by Denzel Washington as lawyer Joe Miller, Roberta Maxwell the judge, in Philadelphia, 1993.
Philadelphia (1993) - They Panicked Attorney Joe Miller (Denzel Washington) delivers his opening argument to the jury for his AIDS patient client Andrew Beckett (Tom Hanks), in his lawsuit against his employers in Jonathan Demme's Philadelphia, 1993.

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