#1: From doc/interview [2012]

#2: From doc "Cinematographer Style" [2005]

 

   


DENIS LENOIR   AFC/ASC

 

Born: 1949, Paris, France.

Education: École du Louvre, Paris [Art History]; École Vaugirard [now École Louis Lumière], Paris [Cinematography].

Career: 'I was born and raised in Paris and lived there until I moved to Los Angeles about six years ago. I'm a child of the French Cinémathèque. I started watching films when I was in medical school. In two years I saw about 1,000 films. I didn't do a lot of studying. After I dropped out of medical school, I thought seriously about becoming an English teacher in a high school. One day, my mother asked me, what are you going to do? I said I was thinking about studying English. She asked, if cinema is your passion, why don't you do that professionally instead of just your hobby? That opened a whole new world. I went to the Vaugirard film school. I wanted to be a director. I had no interest at the time in cameras, lighting, framing or techniques. After I finished school, I had to work and somebody suggested the camera department. I became a very bad camera assistant. After about three years, I was 27, and decided that I wasn't doing well as a focus puller. I decided to become a lighting cameraman. On my first job, I had 400 feet of film in the camera and a few lights. I was alone. I drove to a very small town in the morning and shot about 60 meters of film in a curtain shop, editing in the camera. In the afternoon, I drove to a music shop and shot the rest of the film. It was for local commercials that ran in one cinema in this little town. During the early 1980s, I started to do corporate movies. I had an opportunity to work with a director-producer who was a former cinematographer. The crew was three people. I was the cinematographer, electrician and focus puller. On my first day - we were working in a factory - I set up my lighting, running the cables myself. This director turned to me and said, "But Denis, it's flat." It was like opening a new world for me: light could be flat or non-flat! I started thinking about lighting, and studying my colleagues' work. Lighting became a passion for me. I still remember the first time that I realized light was not an immaterial, invisible concept but actually fluid photons that I could throw across a room like paint or water from a bucket and watch it bounce along the ground and against the walls. I realized light was something that I could physically manipulate, shape, bend. Suddenly, I could feel the light. It had taken me a while to learn the pleasure of switching on lights.' [From the KODAK OnFilm website, 2002.]

Was c.asst working with doph Bernard Lutic.

Ph music videos [a: Julien Clerc, Céline Dion, Amina, Texas, David Byrne, a.o.] and commercials [dir by Stéphane Sednaoui, Andrew McPherson, a.o.].

Was co-founder of the AFC. Member of the ASC since 2001.

Co-authored the book 'John Cassavetes' [1986].

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

Awards: AFI [Aus] Award nom [1991] for 'Dingo'; ASC Award [2002] & 'Emmy' Award nom [2002] for 'Uprising' ['Emmy' for 'Part 2']; Camerimage 'Bronze Frog' Award [2002] for 'Demonlover'.

Website: Denis Lenoir


 

 FILMS

1976

Sotelo [Raúl Ruiz] 16mm/c; doc/15m

1977

Colloque de chiens/Coloquio de perros/Dog's Dialogue [Raúl Ruiz] c; short/22m; cph: Patrice Millet

1982

Eros de conduite [Robert Millie] b&w-c; short/7m; cph: R. Millie

1982

Laissé inachevé à Tokyo [Olivier Assayas] b&w; short/22m

1983

Les veufs [Patrick Dewolf] c; short/14m

1983

Vivre dangereusement [Marie Sauvanet] c; short/6m

1984

Electra [Alain Guesnier] c; short/11m

1984

Winston Tong en studio [Olivier Assayas] 16mm-35bu/b&w; mus perf/10m

1984

Destino crudele/Cruel Destiny [Roy Lekus] 16mm/c; short/20m

1985

L'amour propre... ne le reste jamais très longtemps [Martin Veyron] c

1985

Dressage/Éducation perverse [Pierre B. Reinhard] c

1986

Désordre/Disorder [Olivier Assayas] c

1986

Le rescapé/The Survivor [Okacha Touita] c

1987

Le professeur Taranne [Raúl Ruiz] c; short/52m

1987

Eux! [Ann-Gisel Glass] c; short/8m

1987

La lumière du lac [Francesca Comencini] c

1987

Tandem [Patrice Leconte] c

1987

Ville étrangère/A Foreign City [Didier Goldschmidt] c

1988

Tocsin [Solange Martin] 16mm/c; short/12m

1988

L'enfant de l'hiver/Winter's Child [Olivier Assayas] c

1988

Monsieur Hire [Patrice Leconte] p/c

1989

Question de peau [Alain Le Breton] c; short/6m

1989

Le bal du gouverneur [Marie-France Pisier] c

1989

Dingo [- Dog of the Desert] [Rolf de Heer] p/c

1990

Daddy nostalgie/Daddy Nostalgia/These Foolish Things [Bertrand Tavernier] p/c

1990

Shuttlecock/Entre chien et loup [Andrew Piddington] c; addph: Robin MacDonald; see 2014

1991

Jeux d'hiver [Alain Le Breton] b&w-c; short/10m

1991

Paris s'éveille/Paris at Dawn [Olivier Assayas] c

1991

Farewell to Paradise [Alexandra von Grote] announced; status unknown

1992

Drôles d'oiseaux/Bilan provisoire [Peter Kassovitz] c

1992

Beau fixe/Set Fare [Christian Vincent] c

1992

Une nouvelle vie/A New Life [Olivier Assayas] p/c

1993

Decadence [Steven Berkoff] c; 2uc: John Ward

1993

L'éau froide/La page blanche/Cold Water [Olivier Assayas] c; 92m; ed version (67m) was ep of 9-part tv-series 'Tous les garçons et les filles de leur âge'

1993

La partie d'échecs/The Chess Game [Yves Hanchar] p/c; cph: Rémon Fromont

1994

La séparation [Christian Vincent] c

1994

Carrington [Christopher Hampton] c

1994

Le géographe Manuel [Michel Sumpf] b&w/silent (1st part) & c/sound (2nd part); cph: Renato Berta, William Lubtchansky, Pascal Marti, Jacques Loiseleux, Dominique Chapuis, Agnès Godard, Raoul Coutard, Romain Winding, a.o.

1995

Clubbed to Death (Lola)/La petite Lola [Yolande Zauberman] c

1995

[Joseph Conrad's] The Secret Agent [Christopher Hampton] c

1996

Since You've Been Gone/Dogwater [David Schwimmer] c

1996

Food of Love [Stephen Poliakoff] c; cph: Wit Dabal; Lenoir: 'I worked 9 days on this film. Actually I left on the first day of the shooting, but stayed another 8 days waiting for the Polish doph to replace me.'

1997

Un air si pur/An Air So Pure [Yves Angelo] c; cph: Edward Klosinski

1997

Thursday [Skip Woods] c

1998

Fin août, début septembre/Late August, Early September [Olivier Assayas] s16-35bu/c; 2uc: Yorick Le Saux

1998

Steal This Movie/Abbie! [Robert Greenwald] b&w-c

1999

The Old Man Who Read Love Stories [Rolf de Heer] Hawk Scope/c; 2uc: Bruce Phillips

2000

Dragonfly [Thierry Fassioti] - Lenoir: 'I didn't film 'Dragonfly'; at some point I was supposed to film it and, with my permission, the director used my name in the trade papers.'

2001

Demonlover [Olivier Assayas] s35+s16-to-s35/c; 2uc: Yorick Le Saux; aph: Santiago Navarrete

2002

The Clearing [Pieter Jan Brugge] c; 2uc: Monty Rowan

2003

Intent [Mary Ann Marino] c; short/14m

2003

Control [Tim Hunter] c; 2uc: Andrej Certov & Emil Topuzov; uwph: Stefan Todorov

2004

Entre ses mains/In His Hands [Anne Fontaine] c

2005

Paris, je t'aime [seg '14th arrondissement' dir by Alexander Payne] c

2005

88 Minutes [Jon Avnet] s35/c; addph: Uta Briesewitz & Francis Kenny

2006

Angel/The Real Life of Angel Deverell [François Ozon] c

2007

The Moon and Sixpence [Christopher Hampton] announced; status unknown

 

"Righteous Kill" - photo by Ken Regan

 

2007

Righteous Kill [Jon Avnet] s35/c; 2uc: Luke Geissbuhler

2008

The Vintner's Luck/A Heavenly Vintage [Niki Caro] scope/c; inserts ph: Sébastien Tran

2009

Carlos [, le film] [Olivier Assayas] ts/c; cph: Yorick Le Saux; comp of 3-part tv-miniseries

2010

La belle endormie/The Sleeping Beauty [Catherine Breillat] c

2010

Tous les soleils [Philippe Claudel] HD (Sony F35)-to-35mm/c

2010

So Undercover [Tom Vaughan] HD (ARRI ALEXA) scope-to-D-Cinema/c; 2uc: Rémi Tournois; filmed 2010-11

2012

100% cachemire/The Ultimate Accessory [Valérie Lemercier] HD (ARRI ALEXA Studio)-to-digital/c

2012

Avant l'hiver/Before the Winter Chill/Winter Rose [Philippe Claudel] HD (ARRI ALEXA Studio/Hawk Scope)-to-35mm scope (+ D-Cinema)/c

2013

Eden [Mia Hansen-Løve] HD (ARRI ALEXA Plus) scope/c; addph: Pascal Auffray

2014

Sins of a Father [Andrew Piddington] c; cph: Roger Eaton; partly reshot and re-edited version of A. Piddington's 'Shuttlecock/Entre chien et loup'; see 1990

2014

Still Alice [Richard Glatzer & Wash Westmoreland] c; 2uc: Matthias Schubert

2014

Une Enfance/A Childhood [Philippe Claudel] HD (Sony F55)/c

2015

L'avenir/Things to Come [Mia Hansen-Løve] s35/c

2015

The Tale [Jennifer Fox] HD/c; as cinematographer; ph: Ivan Strasburg

2016

Three Christs [Jon Avnet] HD/c

 

 TELEVISION & INTERNET

1998

Mean Streak [Tim Hunter] tvm

2000

Meat Loaf: To Hell and Back [Jim McBride] tvm/s16

2000

Livin' for Love: The Natalie Cole Story/Unforgettable [Robert Townsend] tvm

2001

Uprising [Jon Avnet] 2-part tvm/b&w-c

2002

Boomtown [pilot, ep #2 'Possession' & #3 'The Squeeze' dir by Jon Avnet & #4 'Reelin' in the Years' dir by Bobby Roth] 24-part series, 2002-03; 1st season, 2002-03; other ph: John Newby

2003

E.D.N.Y. [Anthony Drazan] pilot; for NBC-tv

2005

Time Bomb [Stephen Gyllenhaal] tvm/HD

2008

Bunker Hill [Jon Avnet] pilot/HD (Genesis); for TNT-tv

2009

Hung [ep #2 'Great Sausage or Can I Call You Dick?' dir by Craig Zisk] 30-part series, 2009-11; 1st season, 2009; other ph: Uta Briesewitz (pilot + ep)

2009

Carlos [Olivier Assayas] 3-part (x 90m) miniseries/ts, 2010; ph majority ep #2 & 50/50 ep #3; cph: Yorick Le Saux (majority ep #1); also ed into a feature film (2009)

2011

Have a Little Faith [Jon Avnet] tvm/HD; ep #347 of 'Hallmark Hall of Fame'-series

2012

Blue Lagoon: The Awakening [Mikael Salomon] tvm/HD; cph: Roy H. Wagner

 

From doc/interview - "Kendra"

 

2012

Kendra [Jon Avnet] 8-part (x c. 7m) web series/HD (Sony F3), 2012; for wigs (YouTube channel) & watchwigs.com

2012

Mary [Tracy Gallacher] web short/HD/6m; cph: Michael Negrin; for wigs (YouTube channel) & watchwigs.com

2013

Lauren [12 ep (#4-15) dir by Jon Avnet] 15-part web series/HD, 2012-13; 2nd season, 2013 (12 ep); cph (#4-8 & #13-15): Michael Negrin; for wigs (YouTube channel) & watchwigs.com

2013

Susanna [Jon Avnet] 12-part web series/HD, 2013; for wigs (YouTube channel) & watchwigs.com

 

 MISCELLANEOUS

1972

L'insolent/Deadly Sting/The Insolent/The Killer [Jean-Claude Roy] 2nd c.asst; ph: Claude Saunier

1974

Les autres/The Others [Hugo Santiago] 2nd c.asst; ph: Ricardo Aronovich

1975

Deux soeurs qui ne sont pas soeurs [dir; short/b&w/4m/16mm] ph: Bernard Lutic

1983

Y a-t-il un pirate sur l'antenne?/Superflic se déchaine [Jean-Claude Roy] c.op; ph: Robert Millie