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ROGER EATON

 

Born: 31 August 1956, Cambridge, UK.

Education: Uppingham School; Trained as a photographic apprentice/assistant under Lord Snowdon [Anthony Armstrong-Jones] and Eve Arnold.

Career: Started his career as an international fashion and fine art photographer. Moved to New York in the early 1980s. Worked with Andy Warhol for 'Interview Magazine' while being creatively involved with artists such as Julian Schnabel, Francesco Clemente and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Entered the 'world of fashion' shooting covers for 'Vogue' and 'The Face' while working on advertising campaigns for De Beers, Bounty, Renault, Smirnoff Black Label, Clairol, Ray Ban, a.o. Photographed some of the world's most famous faces including Diana Princess of Wales, Andy Warhol, Naomi Campbell, Truman Capote, Bridget Fonda, Claudia Schiffer, Nancy Reagan, Andie MacDowell, Linda Evangelista, the Pope and Kate Moss while his work as an art photographer has been exhibited in solo shows in Milan, New York and London. Returned to London where he decided to trade stills photography for the moving image. 'I can say specifically when it happened. I was shooting a Bounty bar stills advertising campaign in Antigua. Because the production values were so high, we had yachts and spent lots of money. I was working with a commercial film crew, and the cinematographer on that was a guy called Adrian Biddle. Back in those days we couldn't paint in a blue sky, we had to wait for it and we had quite a lot of down days, we'd be sitting in these gorgeous places waiting for the sky to clear because it was overcast. I spent a lot of time talking to Adrian about photography and cinematography and the similarities and differences. I realized that moment that I should have really always been doing moving pictures, because I was also very interested in narrative within still pictures, to distil that narrative into a single image. Then I realized that through moving image I had a hell of a lot more freedom. The other thing was to deal with the temporal difference, because the other thing that got me with stills photography is you end up with one photograph in a magazine, on a wall, whatever it is, and that's it really. Whereas with the moving image I really felt there was much more scope and space to investigate human psychology, people, stories, all that sort of stuff. When I came back I was working with a director called Marcus Thompson, shooting a music video out of a helicopter for a pop promo. We became very close talking about stories, narrative, images, so he introduced me really and gave me the tools I needed to be able to investigate the moving image. So that was a turning point. Was it a natural progression? I think it probably was because I learnt my craft and skills doing lighting, dealing with people, dealing with the politics on the set, all that sort of stuff, so in a way it put me in a very good stead. That was a very strange move not to come up through the grades, in a way, to split straight from stills photography into being a cinematographer.' [From interview with Cihan Narin, 26 December 2006.]

Ph commercials dir by Mike Tombeur [for Texas Instruments], Nigel Coen [for Opel], Miguel Sapochnik [for Sugar Puffs], James Lebon [for Head & Shoulders], Hugron Ragnorson, a.o. Ph music videos dir by Nathan Wiley, Emily Hill, James Lebon, a.o.

Directed commercials, e.g. 'Frog' [1998; co-d: Alan Fleming; for The Green Party; + ph], 'Performance' [for L'Oréal], a.o.

Co-owns the prod company The Vatican.

Appeared in the doc 'Shooters and Chasers' [2002; 143m].

Awards: As dir: Clio Silver Award [1998] for 'Frog'.

Website: Roger Eaton


 

 FILMS

1985

Gaudi - An Act of Kindness [Marcus Thompson] 16mm/c; doc/27m

1988

Malevolence [Marcus Thompson] 16mm/b&w

1997

11.1.97 [Tom Cotton] v+dv+35mm stills-to-V/b&w-c; short/18m; + co-prod

1997

Headcase [Lynden Alexander] dv/c; short/10m

1997

An Exercise in Conversation [Lynden Alexander] dv/c; short/10m

1997

Lulu [Lindsay Thurlow] s16/c; short/10m

1997

Dogtribe [Youseff Ali Kahn] dv/c

1997

The Rationalist [Warwick Collins] c; director's test for prod Miramax/10m

1998

Green Milk [Tom Cotton] s8+16mm-to-V/c; short/8m

1998

Bird [Andy Ross] s16/c; short/10m

1998

Talisman [Xian Vassie (= Christian Vassie)] s16/c

1998

Struggle [Gary Coleman] dv/c; short/10m

1998

Rocka & the Angel [Rikki Tarascas] dv+s8-to-V/c; short/23m

1998

Situation Dog [Lawrence Jackson] dv/c; short/10m

1998

Out of Depth [Simon Marshall] c; 2uc; ph: Adam Suschitzky

1998

The Web [Lynden Alexander] dv/c; short/10m

1999

The Booth [Anthony Alleyne] c; short/12m

1999

Cold Fish [David Fairman] s16-35bu/c

1999

Lava [Joe Tucker] s16-35bu/c; + 2uc; cph: Ian Liggett & (uncred) Sam McCurdy; addph: Shane Daly

1999

Closed Circuit [Chloe Thomas] 35mm+dv-to-V/b&w-c; short/12m; cph: Daniel Rohrer; 2uc: Tanja Koop & Nicola Marsh

2000

Courier [Rikki Tarascas] s16/c; short/10m & 15m

2000

Un Certain Disregard [Rikki Tarascas] dv/c; short/5m

2000

The Spell [Michael Rebehn] c; short/10m

2000

Funny Isn't It [Albert Kodagolian] DigiBeta/c; short/10m

2000

Meninos do Marumbi/Children of the Favellas [Milo Downes] dv/c; doc/60m

2000

Butterfly Effect [Chris Clarke] dv/c; short/50m

2001

The Still [Nima Shayeghi] s16/?; short/10m

2001

Mr Thompson's Carnation [Diene Petterle] DigiBeta/c; short/10m

2001

The A to Z of Partial Deaths [Chris Clarke] dv/c; short/30m

2001

Beezlebub [Tom Trewitt] DigiBeta/c; short/5m

2001

Willows/Inspiration [Andreas Wisniewski] c

2002

Therapy for Tom [Roy Khalil] DigiBeta/c; short/10m

2002

Flinch [Jay Weddon] p/c; short/10m

2003

Code 46 [Michael Winterbottom] s35/c; co-3uc (on dv); ph: Alwin Kuchler & Marcel Zyskind

2003

The Toybox [Paolo Sedazzari] DigiBeta-to-35mm/c; spec pfx: Sasha Lewis

2003

Disturbance [Jonathan English] s35/c; trailer/5m

2003

Magda [Andy Isaac] dv/c; short/10m

2003

Cab Hustle [Osita Aneke (Futura 3000)] dv (Panasonic AG-DVX100)-to-35mm/c

2004

Kebbi [Wale Ojo] dv/c; doc/60m

2004

Thérèse de Lisieux [Lydia Lanzi] dv/c; doc/30m

2004

Lift [Dean Craig] dv/c; short/11m

2004

The Truck of Dreams [Arun Kumar] s16-35bu/c ; cph: Owen Scurfield

2005

Sunshine Sally [Andy Isaac] c; short/5m

2005

Gas [Sylvie Bolioli] c; short/12m; cph: Steve Brooke-Smith; 2uc: Dominik Rippl; filmed February & November

2005

Maasai 10th Lost Tribe of Israel/Maasai Circumcision Ritual [Dante Montagnani] HD (Sony HVR-Z1U)/c; doc/60m; + co-prod; released in 2014

2006

The Killing of John Lennon [Andrew Piddington] s16+8mm+HD (Sony F900)-to-35mm scope/c; filmed December 2003- March 2006

2006

The Real Gavin Reed [Adam Forgash] test shoot (Panasonic AJ-HDC27F) in May

2006

Far Out Far In [Arun Kumar] pre-production; status unknown

2008

The Big I Am [Nic Auerbach] 35mm+RED-to-35mm (+ D-Cinema)/c; ph add scenes; ph: Shane Daly

2008

Last Day of Summer/Held Captive/Awaken the Night [Vlad Yudin] HD (Genesis) scope/c; uncred cph; ph: Patryk Rebisz

2008

The Universe of Myron Evans [Francesco Fucilla] c; doc/52m; ep #1 of 5-part science series; other ph: Lillo Sorce

2010

Everybody Knows My Name [Philip Bulcock] scope/c; mus short/10m

2010

Queens of the Cage [Victoria Wood] HD/c; doc/26m; filmed June-December

2011

Boys with Broken Ears/Too Young the Hero [Nima Shayeghi] c; doc/54m (tv-version) & 78m; cph: Iraj Haghighipour

2012

A Boy Dancing Freestyle [Hattie Worboys] c; exp dance film/4m; + co-prod

2012

Red Throne [Arun Kumar] announced

2012

The Burning Bush [Semeli Economou] HD (Canon EOS 5D Mark III)/c; short/14m

2014

Sins of a Father [Andrew Piddington] c; cph: Denis Lenoir (ph in 1990); partly reshot and re-edited version of A. Piddington's 'Shuttlecock/Entre chien et loup' (1990)

2014

8 Beats [Arun Kumar] pre-production

 

 TELEVISION

1985

Neat & Tidy - Adventures Beyond Belief [Marcus Thompson] unaired pilot; followed by 5-part series, 1988; series ph: John Metcalfe; for Channel 4

1991

The Changeling [Marcus Thompson] pilot; in 1994, M. Thompson filmed the feature 'Middleton's Changeling' (96m) ph by Richard Butland & (add scenes) Ricardo Coll

1997

TV Travelshop [ep (30m) 'Gran Canaria' dir by Sam Hodgkin] doc series/dv

1998

TV Travelshop [ep (30m) 'Andorra' & 'Saux d'Oulx-Turin' dir by Mark Craig] doc series/dv

1998

Wild Things [Jonathan Bairstow] doc/30m/dv

1998

London Fashion Shows [Kent Wong] doc/15m/dv; for Chinese TV Network

1998

The Secrets of Sleep [ep 'The Dreaming Brain' dir by Joseph Bullman] 3-part (x 60m) doc series/dv; also 9-part series (163m); for Channel 4

1998

Trust Me I'm a Doctor/Rogue Doctors [Howard Bradburn] doc/60m/dv; for Channel 4 series 'Dispatches'

1998

Driven [ep 'Scenic vs. A-Class', 'Jaguar S-Type 200', 'Aston Martin', 'Honda Accord Type-R', 'Lotus' & 'Bentley' dir by Justin Linnane] doc series/each ep 30m/DigiBeta; for Channel 4; filmed September-November

2001

Mario Testino: Diana's Favourite Photographer [Louise Hooper] doc/48m/DigiBeta; cph: David Meadows; ep BBC-tv series 'Omnibus'

2001

Out of Eden - This is Your Life [Andrew Piddington] tvm/104m/DigiBeta; filmed June-November

2001

The Real Eve/Where We Came From [Andrew Piddington] dram doc/103m/DigiBeta; filmed June-November in Kenya; for Discovery Channel

2002

Dinosaur Hunters [Andrew Piddington] 2-part (x 52m) tvm/DigiBeta; for Channel 4

2006

Sting - 'Songs from the Labyrinth' [Jim Gable & Ann Kim] HD/c; mus special/60m; co-c.op; ph: David Rudd; for PBS-tv series 'Great Performances'

2008

Vladimir Lenin [Frederick Rendina] doc/b&w-c/52m/HD (Sony HVR-Z1); for The Biography Channel

2009

Samurai [Andrew Piddington] doc/88m/HD (Sony PMW-EX3); cph: A. Piddington; for History Channel (2010)

 

 MISCELLANEOUS

2013

Transparency: Inside the Fifth Estate [Keith Clark; doc/78m] co-c.op; ph: Christopher Rowe & Nathan Wiley