From the documentary

"Cinematographer Style"

               

 ROBBIE GREENBERG   ASC

Born: ?, New York City, N.Y., USA.

Education: The City College of New York [Social Theory].

Career: Left New York in 1969 and moved to San Francisco where he became involved with a group of young filmmakers who produced doc's, pre-MTV concert films, and ultra-low budget features. He worked as a c.asst, gaffer and grip. Went to Los Angeles in 1975 and ph music films for Warner Brothers with a number of their recording artists.

Ph and directed commercials.

Member of the ASC since 1988.

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

Awards: 'Emmy' Award [1999] & ASC TV Award [1999] for 'Winchell'; 'Emmy' Award [2000] & ASC TV Award [2000] for 'Introducing Dorothy Dandridge'; 'Emmy' Award nom [2002] for 'James Dean'; 'Emmy' Award nom [2004] & ASC TV Award [2004] for 'Iron Jawed Angels'; 'Emmy' Award nom [2004-05] & ASC TV Award [2005] for 'Warm Springs'.



Robbie Greenberg has been spending time at his property in the Pacific Northwest, walking in the woods and 'relearning' still photography. Work has slowed down for Robbie, but he shoots and directs the occasional commercial to keep his hand in. And he's deeply involved in developing a project that has financing and distribution deals with Sony.

Robbie's first steps towards cinematography were in stills. He came to the Bay Area in June of 1969, ostensibly for the summer. He had always been interested in photography but never had the opportunity to pursue it. As summer waned, he sold his car and used the money to buy a camera.

He spent much of the next seven years either in the darkroom or lugging a 4x5 camera around. He took up with like-minded friends in the underground art scene and learned from a talented mentor. Through this period, he was discovering that cinematography was his true calling.

"I found that I wanted to be able to create the light that stimulated me in real life," he recalls. "The only place you could do that was Hollywood. In 1975 I moved south and began my quest, having some experience shooting documentaries and a lot of music festivals. My first year in Los Angeles, I worked for Warner Bros. Records, shooting the precursors to rock videos on 16mm film."

Robbie still maintains a home at the beach in Los Angeles. Recently, he went back to the still photography world. He's been sharpening his skills with a new Leica M Monochrom camera, which shoots only black and white images. He's been doing mostly portraits, some of friends and some of his new grandson.

The feature project is called 'All Saints'. Robbie met the director, Steve Gomer, two decades ago while advising at the Sundance Institute, and in the mid-1990s shot his feature, 'Sunset Park'. Gomer found a story in a Tennessee newspaper about an Episcopal priest who came to the priesthood later in life.

Robbie plans to shoot the film. "In the next month or so, we'll start going out to cast, and see what happens," he says. "The parts are good, and hopefully we can get good people interested." [From article by David Heuring on the ASC website, September 25, 2013.]


 FILMS

1973

Brain Child [?] ?; unreleased

1975

Doctor Dracula/Svengali [Paul Aratow & Al Adamson] c; cph: Gary Graver

1976

Youngblood/YoungBlood [Noel Nosseck] c; pfx: Roger Dorney

1978

A Rainy Day [Beth Brickell] c; short/30m; cph: J.T. Gillie & Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

1978

Rust Never Sleeps [Bernard Shakey (= Neil Young)] c; concert film/103m; cph: Hiro Narita, Jon Else, David Myers, Paul Goldsmith, Richard Pearce, Larry A. Johnson & Daniel Pearl

1981

Night Warning/Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker/The Evil Protégé/Momma's Boy/Nightmare Maker/Thrilled to Death [William Asher] c; uncred cph: Jan de Bont

1982

Swamp Thing [Wes Craven] c; as Robin Goodwin

1982

Time Walker/Being from Another Planet [Tom Kennedy] c

1984

Creator/The Big Picture [Ivan Passer] c

1984

Movers and Shakers [William Asher] c; addph: Michael A. Jones & Michael Gershman

1985

Sweet Dreams [Karel Reisz] c

1986

The Milagro Beanfield War [Robert Redford] c; 2uc: Jack Couffer

1987

Far North [Sam Shepard] c; 2uc: George Kohut

1991

All I Want for Christmas [Robert Lieberman] c; matte ph: Wade Childress

1992

Free Willy [Simon Wincer] p/c; uwph: Pete Romano & Marty Snyderman; miniature ph: Pete Romano; wildlife ph: Bob Talbot

1993

Squanto: A Warrior's Tale/The Last Great Warrior [Xavier Koller] c; 2uc: Steve Danyluk

1994

Under Siege 2: Dark Territory [Geoff Murphy] c; addph: Alexander Witt & Rick Bota; 2uc: Michael Gershman; aph: Frank Holgate & Don Morgan; vfx superv: Richard Yuricich

1995

Sunset Park [Steve Gomer] c

1996

Fools Rush In [Andy Tennant] c; 2uc: Michael Carmine

1999

Snow Day [Chris Koch] c; 2uc: Peter Wunstorf; stop motion ph: Robert Ennis

1999

Save the Last Dance [Thomas Carter] c; uncred cph: Robert A. Hudecek

2001

Marci X [Richard Benjamin] c; replaced scheduled ph Shane Hurlbut; + reshoots in May 2002

2001

A Guy Thing [Chris Koch] c; 2uc Vancouver: Les Erskine; aph: David B. Nowell

2005

Even Money/Jump Shot [Mark Rydell] c

"The Santa Clause 3 - The Escape Clause"

2005

The Santa Clause 3 - The Escape Clause [Michael Lembeck] c; 2uc: Kenneth Zunder

2006

Wild Hogs [Walt Becker] s35 (+ D-Cinema)/c; aph: Dylan M. Gross

2006

The Great Buck Howard [Sean McGinly] c; add unit ph; ph: Tak Fujimoto

2008

Crazy on the Outside [Tim Allen] c; aph SpaceCam: Ron Goodman

2011

The Odd Life of Timothy Green [Peter Hedges] 35mm (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc (+ 2ud); ph: John Toll

2012

Photo Finish [Jordan Sommers] c; short/2m11s; prod for The Soho House Short Film Competition

2013

All Saints [Steve Gomer] pre-production


 TELEVISION

1979

The Lathe of Heaven [David Loxton & Fred Barzyk] tvm; for PBS-tv

1983

This Girl for Hire [Jerry Jameson] pilot; for CBS-tv

1983

[John Steinbeck's] The Winter of Our Discontent [Waris Hussein] tvm; ep #258 'Hallmark Hall of Fame'-series

1983

My Mother's Secret Life [Robert Markowitz] tvm

1985

Second Serve/I Change My Life [Anthony Page] tvm

1993

South of Sunset [pilot dir by Andy Tennant] 6-part series; other ph: Jerry Callaway; cancelled by CBS-tv after airing of pilot; remaining ep aired on VH1-tv in 1994

1998

Winchell [Paul Mazursky] tvm

1998

Introducing Dorothy Dandridge [Martha Coolidge] tvm

1999

If These Walls Could Talk 2 [seg '1972' dir by Martha Coolidge] tvm/b&w-c; 3 seg; other ph: Peter Deming & Paul Elliott

2000

James Dean [Mark Rydell] tvm

2002

Iron Jawed Angels [Katja von Garnier] tvm; 2uc: Frank DeMarco

2004

Warm Springs [Joseph Sargent] tvm/b&w-c

2005

Prison Break [ep #2 'Allen' dir by Michael Watkins & #3 'Cell Test' dir by Brad Turner] 81-part series, 2005-09; 1st season, 2005-06; other ph: Dante Spinotti (pilot, 2004), Chris Manley & Robert LaBonge

2007

Skip Tracer [Stephen Frears] pilot; for CBS-tv


 MISCELLANEOUS

1978

Human Highway [Bernard Shakey (= Neil Young) & Dean Stockwell] co-c.op dream seq; ph: David Myers