2006

 

   


JAN KIESSER   CSC/ASC

 

Born: ?, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, as Jan E. Kiesser. His family moved to Los Angeles [Studio City] when he was five.

Education: University of California, Los Angeles [UCLA].

Career: Served in the US Army in Germany. Started making Super 8mm films. Became anim ph in 1970. Became c.asst & c.op. Moved back to Canada in 1994.

Ph commercials and PSA's dir by Nigel Dick, Ulf Buddensieck, Jon Stanley, Gary Weis, Louis Lyne, Danny Boyle, a.o.

Member of the ASC since 1992.

Awards: 'Genie' Award nom [1998] for 'Such a Long Journey'; 'Genie' Award nom [2002] for 'Rare Birds'; 'Emmy' Award nom [2003] for 'Door to Door'; ASC TV Award nom [2006] for 'Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical'; 'Genie' Award nom [2006] & CSC Award nom [2007] for 'Beowulf & Grendel'; 'Leo' Award [2007] for 'Fido'.

Website: Jan Kiesser


 

 FILMS

1970

Premonition/The Impure/Head [Alan Rudolph] c; sfx ph (+ co-c.asst); ph: John Bailey

1976

Jackson County Jail/The Innocent Victim [Michael Miller] c; 2uc (+ 2ud); ph: Bruce Logan

1978

The Rose [Mark Rydell] c; co-add concert ph; ph: Vilmos Zsigmond

1981

Endangered Species [Alan Rudolph] c; addph; ph: Paul Lohmann

1981

Something Wicked This Way Comes [Jack Clayton] c; addph; ph: Stephen Burum

1981

Hysterical [Chris Bearde] c; co-2u camera; ph: Donald M. Morgan

1982

Point of Departure [Jennifer Warren] c; short/30m; prod American Film Institute (Directing Workshop for Women)

1982

Table for Five [Robert Lieberman] c; addph; ph: Vilmos Zsigmond

1983

Meatballs Part II/Space Kid [Ken Wiederhorn] c; 2uc; ph: Donald M. Morgan

1983

Return Engagement [Alan Rudolph] c; doc/89m

1984

Purple Hearts [Sidney J. Furie] p/c

1984

Choose Me [Alan Rudolph] c

1984

The River Rat [Tom Rickman] c; 2uc: David Myers & Steve Yaconelli

1984

Weird Science [John Hughes] c; co-addph; ph: Matthew Leonetti

1984

Fright Night [Tom Holland] p/c; filmed 1984-85

1985

The Check Is in the Mail.../The Cheque Is in the Post [Joan Darling] c

1986

Made in Heaven [Alan Rudolph] b&w-c

1986

Some Kind of Wonderful [Howard Deutch] c

1987

The Moderns [Alan Rudolph] c; addph; ph: Toyomichi Kurita

1987

Clean and Sober [Glenn Gordon Caron] c

1988

Sing [Richard Baskin] c; co-addph; ph: Peter Sova

1989

Dad [Gary David Goldberg] c

1990

V.I. Warshawski [Jeff Kanew] c; 2uc (+ ph boat chase seq): John M. Stephens

1992

Aspen Extreme [Patrick Hasburgh] c; co-2uc; ph: Steven Fierberg & Robert Primes

1992

Trouble Bound [Jeff Reiner] c; addph; ph: Janusz Kaminski

1992

King of the Hill [Steven Soderbergh] c; addph; ph: Elliot Davis

1992

The Air Up There [Paul Michael Glaser] replaced by ph Dick Pope

1993

Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle/Mrs. Parker and the Round Table [Alan Rudolph] s35/b&w-c

1994

Georgia [Ulu Grosbard] c

1994

Man with a Gun/Gun for Hire/Hired for Killing [David Wyles] c; 2uc: Wade Ferley; aph: Peter McLennan

1994

Jumanji [Joe Johnston] c; 2uc; ph: Thomas Ackerman

1995

Larger Than Life [Howard Franklin] c; 2uc; ph: Elliot Davis

1996

Bad Moon [Eric Red] Clairmont-Scope/c

1996

Kundun [Martin Scorsese] s35/c; co-2uc; ph: Roger Deakins

1997

Finding Graceland [David Winkler] c; addph; ph: Elliot Davis

1997

The X Files [Rob Bowman] s35/c; co-glacier unit ph; ph: Ward Russell

1997

The People [Aaron Lipstadt] c

1997

Such a Long Journey [Sturla Gunnarsson] c; originally a project with dir Deepa Mehta and ph Guy Dufaux (1994-95)

1998

Bruno/The Dress Code [Shirley MacLaine] c

1999

Trixie [Alan Rudolph] c

1999

Dr. T & the Women [Robert Altman] p/c; desert unit ph: Ed Lachman

2000

Rare Birds [Sturla Gunnarsson] c

2001

Now & Forever [Bob Clark] c

2001

I Spy [Betty Thomas] c; 2uc (Budapest); ph: Oliver Wood; filmed 2001-02

2004

Beowulf & Grendel [Sturla Gunnarsson] s35/c

 

[Right] - "Fido"

 

2005

Fido [Andrew Currie] s35/c; 2uc: Randall Platt

2005

The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift [Justin Lin] s35/c; 2uc; ph: Stephen Windon

2006

War/Rogue Assassin [Philip Atwell] s35/c; co-addph; ph: Pierre Morel

2007

Smile [Julia Kwan] s16-35bu/c; short/17m

2007

The Box Collector/Love at First Kill [John Daly] c

2008

Conversation with the Supplicant [Mark A. Lewis] b&w; short/10m

2008

The Thaw [Mark A. Lewis] HD (Thomson Viper) scope/c

2008

Pop Switch [Jason R. Goode] HD (Panasonic AJ-HPX3000) scope/c; short/18m

2009

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief [Chris Columbus] s35/c; 2uc; ph: Stephen Goldblatt

2009

Charlie St. Cloud [Burr Steers] Hawk Scope/c; co-2uc; ph: Enrique Chediak

2012

A Christmas Story 2 [Brian Levant] HD/b&w-c/V

2012

No Clue [Carl Bessai] c; aph: John Trapman

2015

Numb [Jason R. Goode] c

2016

Max 2: White House Hero [Brian Levant] HD/c

 

 TELEVISION

1971

The Point [Fred Wolf] anim tvm; co-anim ph

1984

Victims for Victims: The Theresa Saldana Story [Karen Arthur] tvm

1984

The Ratings Game/The Mogul [Danny DeVito] tvm; addph; ph: Tim Suhrstedt

1995

A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes: The Annette Funicello Story [Bill Corcoran] tvm

1995

The Adventures of Captain Zoom in Outer Space [Max Tash] pilot; for Starz!-tv

1995

A Holiday to Remember [Jud Taylor] tvm; + 2uc

1996

The Perfect Mother/The Mother-In-Law [Peter Levin] tvm

1996

National Lampoon's "Dad's Week Off" [Neal Israel] tvm

1996

Murder in My Mind [Robert Iscove] tvm

1997

The Baby Dance [Jane Anderson] tvm; 2uc: Tobias Schliessler

1997

Nightmare Street [Colin Bucksey] tvm

1998

Killer App [Robert Altman] pilot; for FOX-tv

2000

Holiday Heart [Robert Townsend] tvm

2001

Door to Door [Steven Schachter] tvm

2002

An Unexpected Love/This Much I Know [Lee Rose] tvm

2003

Jack [Lee Rose] tvm

2003

It Must Be Love/Surviving Love [Steven Schachter] tvm

2004

Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical [Andy Fickman] tvm/b&w-c/HD (Sony F900)

2006

Luna: Spirit of the Whale [Don McBrearty] tvm; uwph: Braden Haggerty

2006

Nobody [Jeff Woolnough] pilot; for ABC Family

2008

Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins [Brian Levant] tvm; 2uc: Karl Herrmann

2014

Pants on Fire [Jonathan Rosenbaum] tvm/HD

2014

Falling Skies [ep #45 'Hatchlings' dir by Robert Lieberman, #47 'Non-Essential Personnel' dir by Olatunde Osunsanmi, #49 'Everybody Has Their Reasons' dir by Matt Earl Beesley & #51 'Reunion' dir by Brad Turner] 52-part series, 2011-15; 5th season/HD (ARRI ALEXA), 2015 (10 ep); other ph: Barry Donlevy

2015

Mark & Russell's Wild Ride [Jon Rosenbaum] tvm

2016

The Flash [ep #50 'The New Rogues' dir by Stefan Pleszczynski] series/HD, 2014-present; 3rd season, 2016-17 (23 ep)

2016

A Royal Christmas [Allan Harmon] tvm

 

 FILMS AS CAMERA ASSISTANT/OPERATOR

1970

Premonition/The Impure/Head [Alan Rudolph] co-c.asst (+ sfx ph); ph: John Bailey

1971

Idaho Transfer/Deranged [Peter Fonda] co-c.asst; ph: Bruce Logan

1973

This Is a Hijack [Barry Pollack] c.asst; ph: Bruce Logan

1974

Jaws [Steven Spielberg] c.asst uwph; uwph: Rexford Metz; ph: Bill Butler

1974

Rooster Cogburn [Stuart Millar] co-1st c.asst; ph: Harry Stradling Jr.

1976

Welcome to L.A. [Alan Rudolph] 1st c.asst; ph: David Myers

1976

My Mom's Having a Baby [Larry Elikann; tvm] c.op; ph: Donald M. Morgan; an 'ABC Afterschool Special'

1976

One On One [Lamont Johnson] co-c.op; ph: Donald M. Morgan

1977

The Gauntlet [Clint Eastwood] c.op; ph: Rexford Metz

1977

Remember My Name [Alan Rudolph] c.op; ph: Tak Fujimoto

1977

Hair [Milos Forman] c.op California unit; ph: Miroslav OndrĂ­cek

1978

A Perfect Couple [Robert Altman] c.op; ph: Edmond L. Koons

1978

The Darker Side of Terror/Ectogen 2: Clone [Gus Trikonis; tvm] c.op; ph: Donald M. Morgan

1978

Elvis [John Carpenter; tvm] c.op; ph: Donald M. Morgan; released theatrically outside USA

1979

Heaven's Gate/Johnson County Wars [Michael Cimino] c.op; ph: Vilmos Zsigmond

1979

Make Me an Offer [Jerry Paris; tvm] c.op; ph: Donald M. Morgan

1979

Roadie [Alan Rudolph] c.op; ph: David Myers

1980

Blow Out [Brian De Palma] c.op; ph: Vilmos Zsigmond

1981

Jinxed! [Don Siegel & (uncred) Sam Peckinpah] co-c.op; ph: Vilmos Zsigmond