From interview

                

 PAUL CAMERON   ASC

Born: 30 May 1958, Montréal, Canada, as Paul A. Cameron; raised in and around New York City.

Education: State University of New York, Purchase, N.Y.

Career: 'I lived with my brother, an actor out of the Yale Drama School, in New York City for about five years. I did stage lighting for school plays and rock-and-roll lighting for bands when I was in high school. During my last year of high school, my guidance counselor asked me what I was going to do with my life. I said I was going to go to film school. That was in 1977. I enrolled at the State University of New York, and by default I shot a lot of other students projects, because I didn't have enough money to shoot my own films. After the first year, I was living in Manhattan and bartending at a rock-and-roll club to help pay for school. There was a band called the 'B-52s' coming to play at the club. My dear friend Charlie Libin and I got a bunch of equipment from the school and filmed them performing. We were very excited, and looking forward to showing our film to everyone at school. [However,] Charlie and I were asked to leave the university, because we didn't ask anyone for permission to use the equipment. Six months later, I was driving around Los Angeles with a 16mm pre-MTV film of the 'B-52s'. I got to show it to people at the Warner Bros. music department. They basically said this is great, but we have no use for it. I decided to go back to school in New York City, where I was also working at camera rental houses. Around two years after I finished school, I tried to get into the camera guild as an assistant cameraman. By then, I was shooting a lot and had constructed a reel [music videos and 16mm doc's]. I took the test and didn't pass. The following week I applied to NABET [National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians] as director of photography and was accepted. […] It was a pretty brief period, but I did get to go to some interesting places. I worked on a film about a group of students from Yale who visited China. About a year later [in 1985], I went to China as a cameraman with Lindsay Anderson. It was a documentary concert film with 'Wham!'. Charlie [Libin] and I were also directing and shooting a lot of music videos. […] After I got into NABET, I started thinking that I never had a chance to be mentored by other directors of photography. I decided that I should pull focus or operate a camera for somebody who was a cinematographer. By chance, I got a call the next day from Ron Fortunato. Ron was a classmate. He went directly to Europe after graduation, and had success photographing German films. He said, I'm coming back to New York and need an assistant cameraman. Will you work with me for a year? I worked with Ron for about a year, and then hooked up with a number of European cameramen who were shooting music videos and other films for television. That lasted about two years.' [From the KODAK OnFilm website.]

Ph commercials for Bacardi, AT&T, BMW, Seiko, Coca-Cola, Revlon (d: Sam Mendes), a.o. Ph music videos with a: Janet Jackson ['I Get Lonely'; d: Paul Hunter], Lil' Kim ['No Matter What They Say'], Alicia Keys, David Bowie, a.o.

Directed commercials for Cadillac, Marlboro, Prada, a.o.

Also active as still ph.

Member of the ASC since 2006.

Married to commercial and music video prod/dir Laura Stabilini.

Awards: Clio Award 'Best Cinematography' [2003] for 'Beat the Devil'; LAFCA Award [2004; shared], BAFTA Film Award [2004; shared] & ASC Film Award nom [2004; shared] for 'Collateral'.

Website: Paul Cameron



 FILMS

1986 

The Seer: Live in New York [Eddie Arno & Markus Innocenti] c/V; concert film/55m; climax of The Seer's 'Big Country Tour' (10 tracks)

1987

Distribution of Lead [Charles Libin] 16mm/c

1994

The Last Supper [Stacy Title] c; 2uc: Teresa Medina

1998

Advice from a Caterpillar [Don Scardino] c; addph: Phil Oetiker

1999

Gone in Sixty Seconds/Gone in 60 Seconds [Dominic Sena] p/c; 2uc: Philip C. Pfeiffer; remake of film (1974)

2000

The Up in Smoke Tour/Up in Smoke Tour 2000 [Philip G. Atwell] c/V; doc + concert film/120m & 155m; concert short film ph; concert ph: Daniel Pearl; filmed 20 July

2000

Swordfish [Dominic Sena] p/c; 2uc: Josh Bleibtreu

2002

Beat the Devil [Tony Scott] s35/c; short/9m; aph: David B. Nowell; ep 8-part series 'The Hire' for carmaker BMW

2003

Man on Fire [Tony Scott] s35+16mm-to-35mm scope/c; addph (+ Steadicam op): Stephen St. John; aph: David B. Nowell

2003

Collateral [Michael Mann] HD (Sony F900 + Thomson Viper)+s35-to-35mm scope/c; ph first 3 weeks; cph: Dion Beebe; aph: David B. Nowell (for more technical information on this production click here.)

2005

In the Land of Women [Jonathan Kasdan] s35/c; 2uc: Dana Gonzales

2006

Deja Vu [Tony Scott] HD (Genesis)+s35-to-35mm scope (+ D-Cinema)/c; aph: Kurt E. Soderling & David B. Nowell; uwph: Peter Zuccarini; vfx ph: Gary Waller

2006

American Combatant [Charles Libin] c; ph of seq from 'Distribution of Lead'; ph (dv): James Roche

2007

Divine Forces [Leonardo Ricagni] scheduled as ph for this s16 film; prod cancelled

2007

White Jazz [Joe Carnahan] in development; status unknown

2009

Henry's Crime [Malcolm Venville] s35/c; filmed 2009-2010

2009

Moorish Dreams [Leonardo Ricagni] pre-production; prod suspended

2010

Man on a Ledge [Asger Leth] s35 (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Lukasz Jogalla; aph: Brian Heller

2011

Total Recall [Len Wiseman] RED Epic+p-to-35mm scope (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Josh Bleibtreu; add  action unit ph: Brian Pearson; aph: Steve Koster; remake/version of film (1989, dir by Paul Verhoeven; ph: Jost Vacano)

2012

Dead Man Down [Niels Arden Oplev] HD (ARRI ALEXA Plus)-to-35mm scope (+ D-Cinema)/c; addph: Lukasz Jogalla

2014

Tower [Malcolm Venville] pre-production


 TELEVISION

1993

Chantilly Lace [Linda Yellen] tvm

1993

Parallel Lives [Linda Yellen] tvm; 2uc: Steven Finestone & Christophe Lanzenberg

1996

Relativity [pilot dir by Mark Piznarski] 17-part series, 1996-97; other ph: Bruce Douglas Johnson & Michael O'Shea

1997

Michael Hayes [: US Attorney] [pilot dir by Thomas Carter] 22-part series, 1997-98; other ph: James L. Carter

2014

Westworld [Jonathan Nolan] pilot; for HBO-tv; pre-production


 MISCELLANEOUS

1981

Andrea Doria: The Final Chapter [Peter Gimbel; tv-doc] 2u c.asst; ph: John Lindley, Arthur Albert & Mark Shelley

1985

Wham! In China: Foreign Skies [Lindsay Anderson; Strathford Hamilton & Andy Morahan; mus doc] co-c.asst; ph: David Myers; L. Anderson made his own version after being removed from the project: 'If You Were There' (unreleased)

1985

Olivia: Soul Kiss [David Mallet; mus short/24m] cameraman; ph: Peter MacKay & Michael Sutcliffe

1989

Industrial Symphony No. 1: The Dream of the Brokenhearted [David Lynch; short] c.op; ph: John Schwartzman

1989

Songs for 'Drella by Lou Reed and John Cale [Ed Lachman; tv-concert film] co-c.op; ph: E. Lachman

1989

Van Morrison - The Concert [Jon Small; concert film] co-c.op; ph: Crescenzo Notarile