#1: From interview [by Craft Truck]

#2: [Left] with dir Craig Gillespie & dir Bennett Miller [2007]

 

   


ADAM KIMMEL   ASC

 

Born: 14 October 1960, New York, USA, as Adam John Kimmel.

Career: Started at age 17 as apprentice to doph Michael Chapman & Ralf Bode. Became c.asst in 1981. Became doph on commercials & music videos in 1986. Worked with dir Ted Demme [nephew of dir Jonathan Demme] at MTV [e.g. the 'Yo! MTV Raps'-series].

Ph commercials dir by Peter Salmi [for Volvo], Jörgen Loof [for Ericsson], Brian Aldrich [for DaimlerChrysler], Bennett Miller, Albert Watson [for Emerson Electronics], Traktor [for Miller Brewing Co.], Baker Smith [for Toyota & Compaq], a.o.

Ph music videos, e.g. 'One' [1992; a: U2; d: Mark Pellington], 'Streets of Philadelphia' [1994; a: Bruce Springsteen; d: Jonathan & Ted Demme] & 'Sapokanikan' [5m] + 'Divers' [7m] [2015; a: Joanna Newsom; d: Paul Thomas Anderson; cph: Aaron Tichenor].

Member of the ASC since 2009.

His brother Steve is a prod designer.

Awards: Independent Spirit Award nom [2005] for 'Capote'; Independent Spirit Award nom [2011] for 'Never Let Me Go'.

Website: Adam Kimmel


 

 FILMS

1990

Red Hot + Blue [seg #8 (3m) 'I Get a Kick' dir by Mark Pellington; a: The Jungle Brothers] b&w-c/V; mus comp/111m; other ph: Tom Sigel, Ed Lachman, Declan Quinn, a.o.; this film (18 music videos + art breaks) accompanied the comp album (20 tracks) from the Red Hot Organization (an AIDS Benefit project); also an ABC-tv special

1992

The Bet [Ted Demme] c; short/21m

1992

Who Do I Gotta Kill?/Me and the Mob [Frank Rainone] c

1992

Who's the Man? [Ted Demme] c

1993

The Ref/Hostile Hostages [Ted Demme] c

1994

New Jersey Drive [Nick Gomez] c; addph: Peter Fernberger

1994

Bed of Roses/Amelia and the King of Plants [Michael Goldenberg] c; aph: Dylan Gross & Michael Kelem

1995

Red Hot + Country [John Carlin & Richie Vetter] c; concert film/70m; filmed February (The Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, Tennessee); fifth in a series of AIDS Awareness Projects

1995

Beautiful Girls [Ted Demme] c; 2uc: Tony Jannelli

1996

Almost Heroes/Edwards and Hunt [Christopher Guest] c; cph: Kenneth MacMillan; addph: Jeffrey Jur; 2uc: Alan Caso & Brian Sullivan

1997

Monument Ave./Snitch/Noose [Ted Demme] c

 

"Jesus' Son"

 

1999

Jesus' Son [Alison Maclean] c

2003

Chrystal [Ray McKinnon] c

2004

Capote [Bennett Miller] s35/c; + small part

2005

Gray Matters/Southern Comfort [Sue Kramer] HD (Thomson Viper)-to-35mm/c; co-addph New York; ph: John S. Bartley

2006

Lars and the Real Girl [Craig Gillespie] c

2007

Abbey Lincoln: The Music Is the Magic [Carol Friedman] 16mm/b&w-c; mus doc/90m; cph: Anthony Hardwick, Crescenzo Notarile & Ruben O'Malley; shot over a period of 19 years; in 2010 seeking funds to complete the editing

2007

Rudo y Cursi [Carlos Cuarón] c; addph: John Grillo

2008

Eve [Natalie Portman] c; short/21m

2008

These Vagabond Shoes [Scarlett Johansson] HD (Genesis)-to-35mm/b&w (tinted); short/12m; prod for comp film 'New York, I Love You', but was left out of finished film (10 seg [originally 12] + transitions)

2009

Never Let Me Go [Mark Romanek] s35/c

2010

Moneyball [Bennett Miller (replaced Steven Soderbergh in 2009)] scheduled as doph, but replaced by Wally Pfister

2012

Foxcatcher [Bennett Miller] s35-to-35mm (+ D-Cinema)/b&w (archive) & c; 2uc; ph: Greig Fraser; filmed 2012-13

2016

Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House/The Silent Man/Felt [Peter Landesman] c

 

 TELEVISION & INTERNET

1990

Century 21 Marriage Counselors [James Signorelli] commercial parody for 'Saturday Night Live'-series (15th season, 1989-90)

1990

Nikey Turkey [James Signorelli] commercial parody (1m) for 'Saturday Night Live'-series (16th season, 1990-91)

199?

Mmmph? [James Signorelli] commercial parody for 'Saturday Night Live'-series

1991

MTV, Give Me Back My Life: A Harvard Lampoon Parody [Iain Paterson] tvm/60m

1992

[Denis Leary:] No Cure for Cancer [Ted Demme] comedy special/65m

1994

Conversations with the Rolling Stones [Susan Froemke, Kathy Dougherty & Albert Maysles] c; mus special/24m; cph: Albert Maysles & Susan Froemke; for VH1

1996

Subway Stories: Tales from the Underground [seg 'Manhattan Miracle' dir by Ted Demme] tvm/82m (10 seg); other ph: Tom Hurwitz (seg dir by Craig McKay), Ken Kelsch (7 seg) & Tony Jannelli (seg dir by Jonathan Demme)

1997

Denis Leary: Lock 'N' Load [Ted Demme] comedy perf/60m; ep 'HBO Comedy Hour'-series

1999

Auggie Rose/Beyond Suspicion [Matthew Tabak] tvm; also released theatrically

2009

I'm Here [Spike Jonze] c; comm short/30m; for Absolut Vodka (for internet)

2015

Dead & Company [Brett Ratner] HD/c; mus perf/168m; ep 'American Express UNSTAGED'-series, in collab with VEVO & YouTube; filmed (live stream) 7 November (Madison Square Garden, New York City)

 

 MISCELLANEOUS

1978

The Wanderers [Philip Kaufman] apprentice (+ small part); ph: Michael Chapman

1979

Raging Bull [Martin Scorsese] apprentice; ph: Michael Chapman

1979

Dressed to Kill [Brian De Palma] apprentice; ph: Ralf Bode

1980

Tribute [Bob Clark] 2nd c.asst New York (as Alan Kimmel); ph: Reginald H. Morris

1981

My Favorite Year [Richard Benjamin] 2nd c.asst; ph: Gerald Hirschfeld

1981

Genesis - Three Sides Live [Stuart Orme; doc + concert film] co-c.asst (concert); cameramen (concert): Alan Almond, Jerry Kaufmann, Wayne Paul & Dick Brookes; lighting cameraman (+ loc dir): Peter Mackay

1982

The Verdict [Sidney Lumet] co-c.asst; ph: Andrzej Bartkowiak

1984

Falling in Love [Ulu Grosbard] c.asst; ph: Peter Suschitzky

1984

Birdy [Alan Parker] co-Steadicam asst; ph: Michael Seresin

1986

Angel Heart [Alan Parker] c.asst; ph: Michael Seresin

1990

Dice Rules [Jay Dubin; comedy sketches + concert film] co-c.op (concert crew); ph: Michael Negrin (concert) & Charlie Lieberman ('A Day in the Life' seg)