#1: From interview [2012, Plus Camerimage]

#2: From interview [2011, NZ On Screen]

#3: Shooting a commercial with the RED [2008]

 

   


STUART DRYBURGH   ASC/NZCS

 

Born: 30 March 1952, London, UK. Moved to New Zealand at age 9 [1961].

Education: University of Auckland [Bachelor of Architecture, 1977].

Career: 'My father gave me my first camera when I was 8 years old. Later, when I was studying architecture at Auckland University, they taught us photography and encouraged us to use the darkroom. Photography became part of my life. In the final year of my degree we were required to submit a major project as a sub-thesis, usually a design project. As I had become interested in moviemaking, I decided that I wanted to make a 16mm film. I had a book in one hand about how to make films all the time I was shooting. The theme was about the energy crisis during the mid-1970s. It dealt with things that are relevant now. I used architecture to help tell the story. With the help of my friend who was a trainee editor and a very good book about editing, I managed to connect the pieces into something that was not a bad looking narrative film. I thought this was magical. I wanted to be an editor. [...] Next, I had an opportunity to work in a P.A. position on a couple of New Zealand films. I ended up helping out in the lighting department. I became very interested in lighting. I was promoted to gaffer almost overnight, with on-the-job training provided by the cinematographers who taught me about lighting. Looking back, I understand that I was privileged to be able to see how different cinematographers approached lighting and what choices they made. As a gaffer, I was at their right hand. If you pay attention, you can really learn. After a while, I got opportunities to light low-budget and no-budget films. […] I went to the commercial directors whom I knew, told them I was just getting started as a director of photography, and asked if they would they give me little jobs. I was gradually accepted. People would say maybe he knows how to light, but can he frame a shot. It took three years for me to get a solid commercial career going in New Zealand. It was a great learning experience, because I was shooting something different every day with decent budgets and professional crews. I also shot some music videos, maybe a dozen or 15.' [From interview with Bob Fisher on the KODAK OnFilm website.]

Moved to the USA [New York City] in 1996.

Ph commercials dir by Doug Liman, a.o. Ph music videos dir by Alison MacLean, Fane Flaws, a.o. Co-dir the music video 'Bleeding Hearts' [1985, a: Everything That Flies].

Member of the ASC since 2009. Member of the NZCS.

One of the subjects in the book 'Shot in New Zealand - The Art and Craft of the Kiwi Cinematographer' [2007, Duncan J. Petrie].

Married to film production manager Carla Raij.

Awards: New Zealand Film Award [1990] for 'An Angel at My Table'; AFI [Aus] Award [1993], Camerimage 'Golden Frog' [1993], BSC Award nom [1993], LAFCA Award [1993, shared], 'Oscar' AA nom [1994], ASC Award nom [1994] & BAFTA Film Award nom [1994] for 'The Piano'; Csapnivalo 'Golden Slate Award' nom [2000] for 'Runaway Bride'; New Zealand Screen Award [2005] & Shanghai IFF 'Golden Goblet Award' [2005] for 'In My Father's Den'.

Website: Stuart Dryburgh


 

 FILMS

1985

Drum / Sing [Gregor Nicholas] c; perf (with music-performance group From Scratch)/22m; cph: Alan Locke, Ian Paul & Leon Narbey

1985

Jewel's Darl [Peter Wells] c; short/28m; also ep 7-part tv-series 'About Face'

1987

The Leading Edge [Mike Firth] c; cph: M. Firth

1988

Kitchen Sink [Alison MacLean] b&w; short/14m

1988

Fender Bending [Chris Todd & Chris Williams] 16mm/c; doc/47m; cph: Richard Scott

1988

Rushes [Gregor Nicholas] c; short/12m

1988

Haka/Haka - A Musical and a History [Geoff Steven] b&w-c; doc/36m; cph: Paul Richards

1989

An Angel at My Table [Jane Campion] 16mm-35bu/c; 2uc: Allen Guilford; replaced ph Alun Bollinger, who was unavailable; originally a 3-part tv-miniseries

1991

The Piano [Jane Campion] c; uwph: Rob Hunter

1992

The Invisible Hand [Athina Tsoulis] 16mm/c; short/11m

1993

Once Were Warriors [Lee Tamahori] c

1993

Sense of Place - Robin Morrison Photographer [John Bates] b&w-c; doc/46m; addph: Roland Carati; also ep tv-series 'Work of Art'

1993

Peach [Christine Parker] c; short/16m

 

With dir Mira Nair [right] - "The Perez Family"

 

1994

The Perez Family [Mira Nair] c

1995

The Beach [Dorthe Scheffmann] c; short/8m

1995

Lone Star [John Sayles] s35/c

1995

The Portrait of a Lady [Jane Campion] s35/c

1996

The Bar [Dorthe Scheffmann] c; short/13m

1998

Analyze This [Harold Ramis] c

1998

Runaway Bride [Garry Marshall] s35/c; 2uc: Ian Fox

2000

Bridget Jones's Diary [Sharon Maguire] s35/c; addph: Lawrence Gardner; 2uc: Nigel Willoughby

2001

Kate & Leopold [James Mangold] c

2001

The Recruit [Roger Donaldson] s35/c

2002

The Beautiful Country [Hans Petter Moland] s35/c

2003

Joe's Last Chance [Andrew Bergman] announced for September start; status unknown

2003

In My Father's Den [Brad McGann] s35/c

2004

Æon Flux [Karyn Kusama] s35/c; 2uc: Josh Bleibtreu & Anna Foerster; aph: John Trapman

2005

A Doll's House/Et dukkehjem [Liv Ullmann] scheduled to start in June, but postponed due to budget problems

 

[Left] with actor Edward Norton - "The Painted Veil"

 

2005

The Painted Veil [John Curran] p (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc (+ 2ud): John Mahaffie

2006

No Reservations [Scott Hicks] s35/c; remake of 'Bella Martha/Drei Sterne/Mostly Martha' (2000, Sandra Nettelbeck; ph: Michael Bertl)

2006

The Girl in the Park [David Auburn] scope/c

2007

Nim's Island [Jennifer Flackett & Mark Levin] s35/c; addph: Alun Bollinger (+ 2ud) & John Stokes

2008

Amelia [Mira Nair] Hawk Scope+RED (some aerial shots)-to-35mm scope (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Jacques Haitkin & (South Africa) Miles Goodall; addph 2u (Toronto): Bill Heath; aph: John Marzano

2008

Bitter Memories [Joshua Marston] s16/c; short/14m; prod for Scenarios USA

2008

The Tempest [Julie Taymor] s35+HD (Phantom)-to-35mm scope (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Dana Gonzales & (New York) David M. Dunlap

2010

George Harrison: Living in the Material World [Martin Scorsese] b&w-c; doc/208m; co-c.op; ph: Robert Richardson & Martin Kenzie; filming started late 2007; premiered in 2-parts on HBO-tv (2011)

2010

Texas Killing Fields/The Fields [Ami Canaan Mann] HD (Genesis)-to-35mm scope (+ D-Cinema)/c; aph: Steve Cassidy

2011

I Don't Know How She Does It [Doug McGrath] 35mm (+ D-Cinema)/c

2012

Emperor [Peter Webber] Hawk Scope (+ D-Cinema)/c

2012

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty [Ben Stiller] Hawk Scope+s35+p-to-35mm scope (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Craig Haagensen & (Iceland) Erik Wilson; addph: Gwynn (= Toby) Irwin & (uncred) Lawrence Sher (reshoots in May 2013); Pursuit ph: Greg Baldi; aph: David B. Nowell (Iceland) & (uncred) Brian Heller; uwph (Iceland): Pete Romano; replaced ph Toby Irwin, who quit about a month into filming

2012

Runner Runner [Brad Furman] s35 (+ D-Cinema)/c; Princeton ph; ph: Mauro Fiore

2013

Blackhat/Cyber [Michael Mann] HD (ARRI ALEXA M/Hawk Scope & XT Plus/Hawk Scope + Canon EOS C300 & 5D Mark II + GoPro HD Hero + Phantom Flex)+RED Epic & Scarlet-to-35mm scope (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Duane Manwiller & John Grillo; aph Hong Kong: Hans Bjerno

2014

Alice Through the Looking Glass/Alice in Wonderland 2 [James Bobin] HD (ARRI ALEXA 65 & XT + Sony F65)/c; 2uc (+ 2ud): Shaun O'Dell

2015

The Great Wall [Zhang Yimou] HD (ARRI ALEXA 65)/c; addph: Zhao Xiaoding; 2uc: Duane Manwiller

2015

Gifted [Marc Webb] Hawk Scope (+ D-Cinema)/c

2016

The Only Living Boy in New York [Marc Webb] c

2017

Untouchable [Neil Burger] HD (ARRI ALEXA XT/Hawk Scope)/c; aph: Jason Aron; remake of 'Intouchables' (2011, Olivier Nakache & Eric Toledano; ph: Mathieu Vadepied)

 

 TELEVISION

1986

The Mighty Civic [Peter Wells] doc/b&w-c/62m/16mm; drama ph; ph seg 'Reunion': Kevin Hayward; addph: Sally Bongers, Bayly Watson & Greg McPherson

1989

The Ray Bradbury Theater [ep #20 'A Miracle of Rare Device' dir by Roger Tompkins, #24 'A Sound of Thunder' dir by Costa Botes & #26 'The Haunting of the New' dir by Roger Tompkins] 65-part series, 1985-86, 1988-90 & 1992

1989

Space Knights [ep #1 'The Golden Knight' dir by Chris Bailey] 22-part series; sfx ph: Alun Bollinger

1997

Poodle Springs [Bob Rafelson] tvm

1998

Sex and the City [pilot dir by Susan Seidelman] 94-part series/s16, 1998-2004; 1st season, 1998; other ph: Michael Spiller, Michael Barrow & Maryse Alberti

2000

3rd Rock from the Sun [ep #123-124 'Dick'll Take Manhattan, Part 1 & 2' dir by Terry Hughes] 139-part series, 1996-2001; 6th season, 2000-01; other ph: Ronald W. Browne (+ cph ep #123-124)

2001

The Extreme Team/The X-Team [Leslie Libman] tvm; 2uc: Chris Patterson

2007

New Amsterdam [pilot dir by Lasse Hallström] 8-part series, 2008

2009

Boardwalk Empire [pilot dir by Martin Scorsese] 56-part series/s35-to-HD, 2010-14; 1st season, 2010 (12 ep); 2uc: Charles Libin; other ph: Kramer Morgenthau (5 ep) & Jonathan Freeman (6 ep)

2010

Luck [pilot (s35+HD [Sony F35 + Canon EOS 5D & 7D]-to-HD) dir by Michael Mann & ep #2 'Ace Meets with a Potential Investor' dir by Terry George] 9-part series (ep filmed with the ARRI ALEXA), 2011-12; 2uc (pilot): Duane Manwiller; other ph: Lukas Strebel (#4, 6, 7 & 9), Russell Lee Fine (#3 & 5) & John L. Grillo (#8)

2014

American Odyssey [ep #1 'Gone Elvis' dir by Peter Horton] 13-part series/HD, 2015

 

 MISCELLANEOUS

1978

Middle Age Spread [John Reid] best boy/runner; ph: Alun Bollinger

1980

Nutcase [Roger Donaldson; short/47m] grip; ph: Graeme Cowley

1980

Queen Street [Martin Blythe; tvm] gaffer; ph: Leon Narbey

1981

Goodbye Pork Pie [Geoff Murphy] gaffer; ph: Alun Bollinger

1981

Smash Palace [Roger Donaldson] gaffer; ph: Graeme Cowley

1981

Battletruck/Warlords of the 21st Century [Harley Cokliss] gaffer; ph: Chris Menges

1982

Savage Islands/Nate and Hayes [Ferdinand Fairfax] best boy; ph: Tony Imi

1983

Bodyspeak [Gregor Nicholas; short/10m] co-gaffer; ph: Alan Locke & Jusin Keen

1983

Strata [Geoff Steven] gaffer; ph: Leon Narbey

1983

Trespasses/Omen of Evil [Peter Sharp] gaffer; ph: Leon Narbey

1984

Vigil [Vincent Ward] gaffer; ph: Alun Bollinger

1984

Pallet on the Floor [Lynton Butler] gaffer; ph: Kevin Hayward

1984

Heart of the Stag [Michael Firth] gaffer; ph: James Bartle

1985

Came a Hot Friday [Ian Mune] gaffer; ph: Alun Bollinger

2006

Shine a Light [Martin Scorsese; mus doc] co-c.op; ph: Robert Richardson