RUSSELL BOYD   ACS/ASC

 

Born: 21 April 1944, Geelong, Victoria, Australia.

Career: 'I was born and raised in a small town in Victoria. My family was farmers. Australia's economy rode on the backs of sheep during the 1950s. My dad used to go around to the shearing sheds, collect wool in bails and send it off to market. I was a teenage photo hobbyist. My very first job was in a small production company [Cinesound Newsreel in Melbourne] that produced newsreels for the cinema in Australia. We didn't get television until the late 1950s. I started off painting sets and projecting film dailies, and it just developed from there. After about a year, I got to shoot newsreels. After a few years of filming newsreels, I got a job shooting television news for Channel 7 in Melbourne. It was b&w at first. I think even then, I had a feeling I wanted to go into drama. After about three to four years in Melbourne, I went to Sydney where I worked for a small documentary company [Supreme Studios]. We drove around Australia, shooting films that were put on a loop in an 8mm projector. […] I was shooting TV commercials, a lot of them... actually, a different one every day. I worked for a studio that also had a big laboratory with around 150 people. It was big by Sydney standards in those days. On the weekends, I worked with a friend who made student movies with no budget whatsoever. His name is Mike Thornhill. In 1974, he made a very low budget, full fledged dramatic movie called 'Between Wars', and asked me to shoot it.'

Ph commercials.

Member of the ACS since 1975 and member of the ASC since 2004.

Appeared in the doc's 'Feature Film Lighting: Russell Boyd A.C.S. Interviewed by Peter Thompson' [1984, John Wiggins; 57m] & 'Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation' [2008, Mark Hartley; 103m]. 

Awards: ACS 'Milli' Award 'Australian Cinematographer of the Year' [1976] for 'Between Wars'; AFI [Aus] Award [1977] for 'Break of Day'; BSC Award nom [1976], BAFTA Film Award [1977] & 'Saturn' Award [1979] for 'Picnic at Hanging Rock'; AFI [Aus] Award [1978] for 'The Last Wave'; AFI [Aus] Award nom [1980] for 'The Chain Reaction'; AFI [Aus] Award [1981] & ACS 'Milli' Award 'Australian Cinematographer of the Year' [1982] for 'Gallipoli'; AFI [Aus] Award nom [1983] for 'The Year of Living Dangerously'; AFI [Aus] Award nom [1986] for 'Burke & Wills'; AFI [Aus] Award nom [1990] for 'Prisoners of the Sun'; ACS 'Hall of Fame' Award [1998]; Film Critics Circle of Australia 'Special Achievement Award' [2002]; Camerimage 'Special Award Best Duo' [2003; shared]; Camerimage 'Golden Frog' nom [2003], ASC Film Award nom [2003], Golden Satellite Award nom [2003; shared]; 'Oscar' AA [2003], BAFTA Film Award nom [2003] & NSFC Award [2004] for 'Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World'; ASC International Award [2018].


Russell Boyd: 'Technology is constantly changing. There is a fascinating future ahead. I'm a purist. I prefer to work in film, but digital intermediate technology can be a great enhancement. In 'Master and Commander' there is a scene in the captain's cabin, where Russell Crowe is giving a midshipman quite a lecture. Russell walked forward and when he stopped I had too much light on him. Instead of stopping everything and shooting another take, we scanned that shot and I timed it digitally to bring the light on him down. In that case, it was more efficient to do it. Digital intermediate technology can help you finesse some things, but it can't cover glaring mistakes. It has its good points, but there are limits to what it can do. The cinematographer still has to get it right, knowing that he may be able to tweak it later. I don't foresee the cinematographer's role diminishing because of advances in post technology, and I think producers are starting to become aware of that.' [From the KODAK website.]


 

 FILMS

1966

Hennessy's Holiday [Barry Scott] c; promotional doc/22m

1968

Cobar Copper: A New Era in Mining [Bob Warbrook] 16mm/c; doc/25m; cph: David Gribble & Noel Leeder

1968

The American Poet's Visit [Michael Thornhill] 16mm/b&w; short/16m

1970

The Acid Test [Peter Benardos & Kenneth Cook] c; doc/52m; cph: Andrew Fraser & Oscar Scherl

1970

The Girl from the Family of Man [Michael Thornhill] c; short/25m

1970

Jindivik: The Hunted One [Bewick Hack] c; doc/15m

1971

Project Turana - A New Australian Target Concept [Bewick Hack] c; doc/12m

1972

Making It Work [?] ?

1973

Joker [James Ricketson] b&w; short/25m; cph: Tom Cowan

1973

Matchless [John Papadopoulos] 16mm/b&w; short/55m; addph: Wolfgang Kress & Gillian Armstrong

1973

Mr. Fixit - My Dad [Michael Thornhill] c; docudrama/8m

1973

Lanshan [Graham Shirley] b&w; short/22m; cph: Peter Newton; prod Australian Film and Television School

1973

Cheryl and Kevin [Michael Thornhill] 16mm/c; doc/9m

1973

This Is Philosophy [Arch Nicholson] 16mm/c; educational doc/27m

1974

Between Wars [Michael Thornhill] 16mm-35bu/c; cph: Greg Hunter, a.o.

1974

Me and You, Kangaroo [Bert Salzman] c; short/19m; for Learning Corporation of America

1974

The Love Epidemic [Brian Trenchard-Smith] 16mm/c; doc + dram seq/83m

1974

The Man from Hong Kong/The Dragon Flies [Brian Trenchard-Smith] cs/c

1975

Picnic at Hanging Rock [Peter Weir] c; nature ph: David Sanderson

1975

The Golden Cage [Ayten Kuyululu] 16mm/c

1975

Douglas Stewart [Keith Salvat] c; interview/60m

1975

Marjorie Barnard [Keith Salvat] c; interview/50m

1975

Bert Flugelman [Keith Salvat] c; interview/44m

197?

Leon Gellert [Keith Salvat] 16mm/c; doc/50m

1975

Modern Masters: Manet to Matisse [Keith Salvat] 16mm/c; doc/55m

1975

The Crossing [Frank Shields] c; short/22m

1975

[Ric] Howard [Keith Salvat]16mm/c; doc/28m

1975

The Singer and the Dancer [Gillian Armstrong] 16mm-35bu/c; short/50m

1975

Amy Is a Tiger [Keith Hall] c; promotional doc/29m

197?

What Went Wrong at Currajong? [John S. Dick] 16mm/c; doc/26m; cph: Milton Ingerson & Paul Dallwitz

1976

Painted Horses [Keith Salvat] c; doc/15m; cph: Brian Probyn

1976

Alcestis [Ken Quinnell] 16mm/c; short/25m

1976

Summer of Secrets [Jim Sharman] c

1976

Break of Day [Ken Hannam] c

1976

Backroads [Phillip Noyce] 16mm/c; short/59m; addph: David Gribble & Micha Nussinov

1977

Plunge Into Darkness [Peter Maxwell] c

1977

The Reef [John Heyer] c; doc/76m; co-2uc; ph: Andrew Fraser

1977

The Last Wave [Peter Weir] c; addph: Ron Taylor, Klaus Jaritz & George Greenough

1977

Dawn! [Ken Hannam] c

1978

Stunt Rock/Crash/Sorcery [Brian Trenchard-Smith] 16mm (stunt footage)+35mm-to-tao35/c; co-2uc Australia; ph: Bob Carras (= Robert Primes)

1978

Temperament Unsuited [Ken Cameron] 16mm/c; short/57m

1978

Tapak dewata - Java/Tapak dewata - Path of the Gods [Phillip Noyce] 16mm/c; doc/27m; cph: Tom Cowan

1979

Just Out of Reach [Linda Blagg] 16mm/c; short/49m; cph: Nixon Binney

1979

Bali: Pulau dewata/Bali: Island of the Gods [Phillip Noyce] 16mm/c; comm doc/?m; for Qantas Airways

1979

Tranquility in a Wilderness: Gardens of Early Australia [William Fitzwater] c; doc/29m

1979

The Chain Reaction/Nuclear Run [Ian Barry] c; addph: Louis Irving, Steve Dobson, a.o.; uwph: George Greenough

1979

…Maybe This Time [Chris McGill] c

1980

Gymnastics: Just About the Best Thing Going [Frank Heimans] 16mm/c; doc/21m; cph: Nixon Binney

1980

A Club with Three Members [Frank Heimans] c; doc/?m

1980

Gallipoli [Peter Weir] p/c; uwph: Ron Taylor

1981

Starstruck [Gillian Armstrong] c; 2uc: Malcolm Richards

 

"Tender Mercies" - photo by Ron Phillips

 

1981

Tender Mercies [Bruce Beresford] c

1982

The Year of Living Dangerously [Peter Weir] p/c; 2uc: John Seale

1982

Phar Lap [Simon Wincer] p/c; 2uc: Keith Wagstaff; + co-add c.op

1982

Stanley [: Every Home Should Have One] [Esben Storm] c

1983

Night of Shadows [Brian Thomson] c; short/25m

1983

A Soldier's Story [Norman Jewison] c

 

"Mrs. Soffel"

 

1984

Mrs. Soffel [Gillian Armstrong] c; ph Pittsburgh: Peter Norman & Darwin Dean

1985

Burke & Wills [Graeme Clifford] p/c

1985

"Crocodile" Dundee [Peter Faiman] p/c; 2uc: John Haddy (Australia) & Terry Hopkins (N.Y.); wildlife ph: Michael Atkinson

1986

Hightide/High Tide [Gillian Armstrong] c; addph: David Gribble; 2uc: Peter Menzies, Geoffrey Wharton & George Greenough

1987

The Rescue [Ferdinand Fairfax] s35-to-35mm/c

1987

"Crocodile" Dundee II [John Cornell] p/c

1988

In Country [Norman Jewison] c; 2uc: J. Michael McClary

1989

Confidence/Sweet Talker [Michael Jenkins] c

1989

Prisoners of the Sun/Blood Oath [Stephen Wallace] c

1990

Almost an Angel [John Cornell] c; 2uc: Richard Yuricich

1990

The Street of Dreams [Martin Sharp] c; doc/108m; cph: Geoff Burton, Tom Cowan & Michael Edols

1990

Turtle Beach/The Killing Beach [Stephen Wallace] c; uwph: Robert Hunter

1991

White Men Can't Jump [Ron Shelton] c

1992

Forever Young [Steve Miner] c; addph: Michael Benson; aph: Rexford Metz

1994

Cobb [Ron Shelton] p/b&w-c; 2uc Sierra (+ spec vfx superv): Mark Vargo

1994

Operation Dumbo Drop [Simon Wincer] p/c; aph: Frank M. Holgate

1995

Tin Cup [Ron Shelton] p/c; 2uc (+ 2ud): Mark Vargo

1996

Liar Liar [Tom Shadyac] c; 2uc: Donald McCuaig

1996

Oscar and Lucinda [Gillian Armstrong] p/c; addph; ph: Geoffrey Simpson

1997

Dr. Dolittle/Doctor Dolittle [Betty Thomas] c; 2uc: Donald McCuaig

1999

Company Man [Peter Askin & Douglas McGrath] c; addph: Michael Spiller

1999

Serenades [Mojgan Khadem] c

2000

American Outlaws [Les Mayfield] c; 2uc: Terry Leonard, Robert McLachlan & Paul Varrieur

2002

The Birthday [Samantha Rebillet] c; short/6m

 

[Right] with dir Peter Weir

"Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World"

 

2002

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World [Peter Weir] s35/c; addph (+ 2uc): Sandi Sissel; 2uc: Simon Akkerman & Kim Batterham; Cape Horn ph: Paul Atkins; vfx ph: Martin Rosenberg

2004

Stealth [Rob Cohen] p (+ D-Cinema)/c; uncred ph Thailand; ph: Dean Semler

2005

Ghost Rider [Mark Steven Johnson] s35/c; 2uc: Brad Shield; aph: Warwick Field

2006

What They Don't Know [Samuel Bennetts] scope/c; short/12m

2007

Finders Keepers [Melanie Bridge] scope/c; branded short/10m; for Schweppes

2009

The Way Back [Peter Weir] s35 (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Mark Vargo

2013

Light [Matt Murphy] c; short/7m

 

 TELEVISION & MULTI-PLATFORM

1967

Handle, Pitch and Drive [Alan Harkness] promotional doc/32m

1971

Way of Life/Nurses Story/Nurses Recruitment [Ted Holliday] doc/30m

1972

The Spoiler [Bill Hughes & Alister Smart] 13-part series/b&w

1972

The Marty Feldman Show [Brian Trenchard-Smith] special/b&w/30m

1975

Mama's Gone A-Hunting [Peter Maxwell] tvm/16mm; 2uc: Hans Heidrich

1976

Gone to Ground [Kevin James Dobson] tvm

1976

Is There Anybody There? [Peter Maxwell] tvm

1976

The Alternative [Paul Eddy] tvm/16mm

1977

Benny Hill Down Under/Benny Hill in Australia [Rod Kinnear (studio) & Richard McCarthy (film)] special/60m/v

1978

Julie Anthony's First Special [Russell Boyd] special/60m; for Seven Network

1978

Day's I'll Remember in South Australia [Howard Rubie] special/25m

1978

The Night Nurse [Igor Auzins] tvm

1979

Julie Anthony's Second Special [Russell Boyd] special

1979

New South Wales Images [Russell Boyd] doc/55m/16mm; cph: John Seale

1980

A Town Like Alice [David Stevens] 4-part miniseries

1985

The Perfectionist/Three's Trouble [Chris Thomson] tvm

1986

The Challenge [Chris Thomson] 3-part (originally 6-part) miniseries

 

"Watch with Mother"

 

2012

Watch with Mother [collective The Glue Society] 6-part (x 16-20m) multi-platform sketch horror series/HD (ARRI ALEXA); cph: Jeremy Rouse

 

 MISCELLANEOUS [camera op - director]

1972

Private Collection/Going Once, Going Twice [Keith Salvat] c.op; ph: David Gribble

1973

Number 96 [Peter Benardos] co-c.op; ph: John McLean

1978

Julie Anthony's First Special [dir; tv-special] see Television & Multi-Platform

1979

Julie Anthony's Second Special [dir; tv-special] see Television & Multi-Platform

1979

New South Wales Images [dir; + cph; tv-doc] see Television & Multi-Platform