From the documentary

"Cinematographer Style"

                

 RICHARD CRUDO   ASC

Born: 1957, Brooklyn, New York City, as Richard P. Crudo.

Education: St. John's University, New York City [History]; Columbia University, New York City [Film Arts Program; graduated in 1981].

Career: 'I studied at St. John's University, and one of my instructors was a commercial director. I latched onto to his crew as a P.A., which began to give me an idea of how things work. My plan was to go on to grad school at Columbia University and work as a P.A. and loader on non-union productions while I was waiting to get into the Guild. That was around 1979 or 1980. You almost had to be born into it at that stage. The local in New York at that time was very small. There were probably less than 400 members and only 75 to 80 of them actually made their living on camera crews. I was one of, I think, five people who got into the Guild [in New York] around that time. It was a lot different than today. You didn't qualify based on days of experience. First, you had to pay a fee to fill out an application. Then, you waited for maybe a year to see if you were going to be allowed to apply. When and if that happened, you filled out a much more detailed application, and if you got past that, you were interviewed by a panel. If you got through that process, you were allowed to apply for membership, which meant you gave them some more money and waited another couple of years until you were called for a test. You showed up at Panavision, in New York, on a Saturday at 8 a.m., and there were 15 stations with 15 different set-ups of cameras in cases. You had to work your way around the stations and assemble all 15 cameras by 5 p.m. All the while, there were people grading you and giving you a hard time. There was also a written test, which was quite easy. It just dealt with basic photography questions and procedures. After you got through the Saturday crucible, and assembled the 15 cameras, you waited anxiously for a couple of weeks, waiting to hear if you passed. I was very fortunate; I got in on my first try. Then I wrote a big check, and began looking for work. I had made some contacts with a few Guild cameramen who were doing newsmagazine and documentary work, including Greg Andracke and Chuck Levey. They were working for programs like '60 Minutes' and '20/20', which were still being shot on film. I spent a lot of time with Greg, in particular. I also did many jobs with Chuck Levey for '60 Minutes', '20/20' and PBS-tv - a lot of documentaries, nature and medical films. All of those programs were produced on 16mm film, so I learned a lot about exposure, composition, working under pressure, and also using natural light sources.' [From interview with Bob Fisher on the International Cinematographers Guild website.]

During the 1980s, he became c.asst working with doph Gordon Willis, Michael Chapman and Steadicam op Larry McConkey and Ted Churchill. During the late 1980s he ph student and promotional films, doc's and very low budget work.

President of the ASC [2003-05 & 2013-14]. Member of the CSC. Associate member of the SOC.

KODAK Cinematographer-in-Residence [2011], School of Theater, Film and Television, UCLA.

Appeared in the doc 'Cinematographer Style' [2005, Jon Fauer; ph: J. Fauer, Jeff Laszlo, Brian Heller & David Morgan].

Website: Richard Crudo



 FILMS & TELEVISION

1989

Title Shot [Bill Durkin] c

1991

Federal Hill [Michael Corrente] b&w; was 'colorized' for video release; + co-prod

1992

Joshua Tree/Army of One [Vic Armstrong] s35 & 70bu/c; co-2uc; ph: Dan Turrett

1993

Spree [Kevin Lynn] s35/c

1993

Rave Review [Jeff Seymour] c

1994

Between Mother and Daughter [Matthew Diamond] tvm/48m; a CBS-tv 'Schoolbreak Special'

1994

The Low Life [George Hickenlooper] c

1995

Tilt-A-Whirl [Tom Sullivan] c

1995

Critics and Other Freaks/Critic's Choice [Ernie Mirich] c

1995

American Buffalo [Michael Corrente] c

1996

Persons Unknown [George Hickenlooper] c

1996

Campfire Tales [David Semel, Martin Kunert & Matt Cooper] c; co-addph; ph: John Peters

1997

Music from Another Room [Charlie Peters] c

1997

Say You'll Be Mine [Brad Kane] c

1997

The First to Go [John L. Jacobs] c

1997

Bongwater [Richard Sears] c

1997

Outside Providence [Michael Corrente] c

1998

American Pie [Paul Weitz & (uncred) Chris Weitz] c

1999

In Pursuit [Peter Pistor] c/V

2000

Down to Earth/I Was Made to Love Her [Paul & Chris Weitz] c; addph New York: Tom Houghton

2000

Out Cold [Brendan & Emmett Malloy] c; 2uc: John Clothier, Joel Ransom & Andy Wilson

2002

Bring It on Again [Damon Santostefano] c/V

2002

Grind [Casey LaScala] scope/c; 2uc: Matt Goodman

2003

Out of Reach/The Rescue/The Package [Po-Chih Leong] c/V; 2uc: Janusz Gauer

2004

Under My Skin [Michael Mayer] announced with actress Annette Bening; status unknown

2004

Brooklyn Rules/Nailed Right In [Michael Corrente] p/c

2005

Homie Spumoni/It's Under My Skin [Mike Cerrone] scope/c

2006

My Sexiest Year [Howard Himelstein] c; 2uc: Bart Tau

2007

Pistol Whipped/The Marker [Roel Reiné] s16-35bu/c/V; 2uc: Bill Trautvetter

2010

Inherit the Dust [William A. Fraker & Rod Barkley] in development; status unknown

"Dirty People"

2011

Dirty People [Richard Crudo] HD (Canon Cinema EOS C300 [16:9])-to-35mm (1.85:1)/c; + co-prod/scrpl; a comp of excerpts (5m52s) was shown as 'Max Is Back'

2011

Justified [ep #27-37] tv-series, 2010-present; 3rd season/RED Epic, 2012; addph; ph: Francis Kenny

2011

Justified [ep #38 'Coalition' dir by Bill Johnson] 3rd season/RED Epic, 2012; addph: Francis Kenny; see above

2012

Justified [ep #48 'The Hatchet Tour' dir by Lesli Linka Glatter & #52 'Ghosts' dir by Bill Johnson] 4th season/RED Epic, 2013; other ph: Francis Kenny; see 2011

2013

Justified [ep #54 'The Kids Aren't All Right' dir by Bill Johnson & #55 'Good Intentions' dir by Dean Parisot] 5th season/RED Epic Dragon, 2014; addph; ph: Francis Kenny; see 2011


 MISCELLANEOUS

1982

Broadway Danny Rose [Woody Allen] 2nd c.asst; ph: Gordon Willis

1983

The Purple Rose of Cairo [Woody Allen] 2nd c.asst; ph: Gordon Willis

1984

The Last Dragon [Michael Schultz] cam trainee; ph: James A. Contner

1985

The Money Pit [Richard Benjamin] 2nd c.asst; ph: Gordon Willis

1985

Ishtar [Elaine May] 2nd c.asst New York; ph: Vittorio Storaro

1986

Raising Arizona [Joel Coen] c.asst; ph: Barry Sonnenfeld

1986

Five Corners [Tony Bill] Steadicam asst; Steadicam op: Rick Raphael; ph: Fred Murphy

1988

Field of Dreams [Phil Alden Robinson] Boston 2u panaglide asst; ph: John Lindley

1988

Dead Poets Society [Peter Weir] ?; ph: John Seale

1988

Ghostbusters II [Ivan Reitman] Steadicam asst; Steadicam op: Larry McConkey; ph: Michael Chapman

1989

Presumed Innocent [Alan Pakula] c.asst; ph: Gordon Willis

1989

The Silence of the Lambs [Jonathan Demme] ?; ph: Tak Fujimoto

1990

Company Business [Nicholas Meyer] Steadicam asst; Steadicam op: Larry McConkey; ph: Gerry Fisher

1990

The Divine Garbo [Susan F. Walker; tv-doc] c.asst; ph: Bill Megalos

1990

Jungle Fever [Spike Lee] co-Steadicam asst; Steadicam op: Ted Churchill Larry McConkey & Kirk Gardner; ph: Ernest Dickerson

1991

Breaking the Silence/Some Kind of Love [Robert Iscove; tvm] 1st c.asst; ph: John Beymer

2000

Donnie Darko [Richard Kelly] co-c.op; ph: Steven Poster


 FILMS AS DIRECTOR

1998

Conundrum [feature; + scrpl/co-prod] presented as film project at the Cannes IFF in 1999 by the Fries Film Group Inc.; scheduled to start shooting in June 1999; status unknown

2008

Against the Dark/Last Night [feature] ph: William Trautvetter; 2uc: Gabriel Kosuth

2011

Dirty People [+ co-prod/scrpl/ph] see Films & Television