#2: 2005

 

   


CHARLES MINSKY   ASC

 

Born: 13 December 1946, ?, USA, as Charles 'Chuck' David Minsky.

Education: University of California, Los Angeles [Political Science].

Career: 'I graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, but didn't pay attention to film until my first job, three years after I graduated. After working as a social worker and a waiter, I went back to school to study psychology. Out of boredom, I got a job on a low-budget project in San Diego - my father knew someone who knew someone who wanted to make a movie. On that first job in the business, I was told to carry camera cases and help the camera assistant. I spent three months doing everything that was asked of me, and before I finished, I fell in love with the camera. I hadn't taken so much as a Polaroid before, but suddenly I was fascinated by cinematography. My life changed in a matter of months. I got a Nikon F2 and took as many pictures as I could afford. [...] As a camera assistant, I worked steadily for five years with a commercial director/cameraman named Melvin Sokolsky. I watched him and learned how to conceptualize a project. I also watched and learned about lighting. I also worked for years as an assistant in the camera departments at Universal and Warner Bros. I worked with Matt Leonetti, Joe Biroc and John Alonzo, and with Ray Villalobos.' [From the ASC website.]

Ph 200+ commercials [dir by Robert Black, Greg Wilson, a.o.] since 1988.

Member of the ASC [since 2001] and associate member of the SOC.

Appeared in the doc's 'Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography' [1991] & 'Cinematographer Style' [2005, Jon Fauer; ph: J. Fauer, Jeff Laszlo, Brian Heller & David Morgan].

Website: Charles D. Minsky


 

 FILMS

1984

Radioactive Dreams [Albert Pyun] c; cph: Thomas Mauch

1985

The Hitcher [Robert Harmon] p/c; 2uc; ph: John Seale

1985

April Fool's Day/Slaughter High [Fred Walton] p/c

1985

Dangerously Close/Choice Kill/Campus '86 [Albert Pyun] c; 2uc; ph: Walt Lloyd

1986

Weekend Warriors/Hollywood Air Force [Bert Convy] c

1987

Off Limits/Saigon [Christopher Crowe] c; addph; ph: David Gribble

1987

Bull Durham [Ron Shelton] c; addph; ph: Bobby Byrne

1989

Pretty Woman [Garry Marshall] c; + small part

1990

Dutch/Driving Me Crazy [Peter Faiman] c; 2uc: Paul Pollard

1992

The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag [Allan Moyle] c; 2uc: James L. Carter

1992

Amazing Stories: Book Four [seg 'Blue Man Down' dir by Paul Michael Glaser] c/V; collection of 3 ep of tv-series; + seg 'Mr. Magic' (d: Donald Petrie; ph: John McPherson) & 'Mirror, Mirror' (d: Martin Scorsese; ph: Robert M. Stevens); see Television (1986)

1993

Terminal Velocity [Deran Sarafian] p/c; addph; ph: Oliver Wood

1994

A Little Princess [Alfonso Cuaron] c; 2uc; ph: Emmanuel Lubezki

1994

Congo [Frank Marshall] c; 2uc; ph: Allen Daviau

1995

Kazaam [Paul Michael Glaser] c; 2uc: John Fante

1996

Dear God [Garry Marshall] c

1998

Looking for an Echo [Martin Davidson] c

1998

Guinevere [Audrey Wells] c; sfx ph: Chuck Shuman

1999

Almost Famous/Untitled: Almost Famous the Bootleg Cut [Cameron Crowe] c; 2uc; ph: John Toll

2000

Tomcats [Gregory Poirier] c

2000

Slap Her... She's French/She Gets What She Wants [Melanie Mayron (replaced Evan Dunsky)] c; addph: Brown Cooper; replaced ph Roberto Schaefer

2001

Welcome to Collinwood [Anthony & Joe Russo] s35/c; cph: Lisa Rinzler

2003

Raising Helen [Garry Marshall] c; 2uc: Michael Stone

2003

The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement [Garry Marshall] c; 2uc: Ian Fox

2004

Keeping Up with the Steins/Lucky 13 [Scott Marshall] c

2005

The Producers [Susan Stroman] p/c; cph: John Bailey (replaced by C. Minsky 2 months into shooting)

2005

You, Me and Dupree [Anthony & Joe Russo] c; 2uc: Igor Meglic

2007

N.Y.C. Underground/Brooklyn to Manhattan [Jessy Terrero] c/V

2007

Alternate Endings [Elisabeth Fry] c; short/14m

2007

Post Grad [Vicky Jenson] 35mm (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: John M. Stephens; addph: Eric Steelberg; filmed 2007-08

2008

Hard Boiled Eggs [Aaron Lee] c; short/16m; prod Brooks Institute, Calif.

2009

Valentine's Day [Garry Marshall] c; 2uc: Mark Irwin; aph: Dylan Goss

2010

Something Borrowed [Luke Greenfield] s35-to-35mm (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: William Rexer II, Steve Koster & Patrick Capone

2011

New Year's Eve [Garry Marshall] HD (ARRI ALEXA)-to-35mm (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Patrick Capone; aph: David B. Nowell & Steve Koster

 

[Right] with Harry Kakatsakis - "Admissions"

 

2011

Admissions [Harry Kakatsakis] HD (Panavision)/c; short/21m

2015

Mother's Day [Garry Marshall] HD (ARRI ALEXA)-to-D-Cinema/c; 2uc: Tim Fabrizio; aph: Jesse Brunt & Roger Tonry

2016

January Rain [Bill Duke] pre-production; scheduled to start shooting in July

 

 TELEVISION

1983

Testament [Lynne Littman] tvm; addph; ph: Steven Poster; ep PBS-tv series 'American Playhouse'; also in theatres

1986

Amazing Stories [ep #26 'Miscalculation' dir by Tom Holland, #28 'Welcome to My Nightmare' dir by Todd Holland (TH), #33 'Thanksgiving' dir by TH, #38 'Blue Man Down' dir by Paul Michael Glaser, #42 'Such Interesting Neighbors' dir by Graham Baker & #45 'Miss Stardust' dir by Tobe Hooper] 45-part series, 1985-87; 2nd season, 1986-87; other ph: Vincent A. Martinelli, Allen Daviau, John McPherson & Robert M. Stevens; see Films (1992)

1987

The Silence at Bethany [Joel Oliansky] tvm; ep PBS-tv series 'American Playhouse'

1988

China Beach [pilot dir by Rod Holcomb] 62-part series, 1988-91; 1st season, 1988; other ph: John J. Connor, Francis Grumman & Richard Thorpe

1989

Capital News [pilot dir by Mark Tinker] 4-part series, 1990; other ph: Gerald Perry Finnerman

1990

Hull High [pilot dir by Kenny Ortega + 5 ep dir by various] 8-part (2 unaired) series

1992

A House of Secrets and Lies [Paul Schneider] tvm

1993

Lois & Clark [: The New Adventures of Superman] [pilot dir by Robert Butler] 88-part series, 1993-97; 1st season, 1993-94; other ph: Robert Seaman & James R. Bagdonas

1994

Past Tense [Graeme Clifford] tvm

1994

Keys/Keys to Her Past [John Sacret Young] pilot/93m

2001

The Beast [e.g. ep #2 'The Damage Done' dir by Jeff Bleckner] 6-part series; other ph: Anette Haellmigk (pilot)

2002

John Doe [pilot (ep #1) dir by Mimi Leder] 21-part series, 2002-03; other ph: David Geddes (20 ep)

2002

Lucky [pilot dir by Anthony & Joe Russo, #2 'Calling Dr. Con' dir by Peter Lauer (PL), #3 'Up the Steaks' dir by Anthony & Joe Russo, #4 'Come Lie with Me' dir by Stephen Gyllenhaal, #5 'The Tell' dir by Michael Lessac & #9 'Lie, Cheat, and Deal' dir by PL] 13-part series, 2003; other ph: Paul Maibaum (4 ep) & James L. Carter (3 ep)

2005

Related [pilot (unaired) 'Sisters' dir by Mimi Leder & ep #1 'Moving Out, Moving In, Moving On' dir by James Frawley] 18-part series, 2005-06; other ph: Paul Maibaum

2006

Vanished [pilot dir by Mimi Leder (replaced Antoine Fuqua)] 13-part series, 2006-07

2007

Manchild [Stephen Gyllenhaal] pilot/30m/HD; for Showtime-tv (based on BBC-tv series)

2007

The Russell Girl [Jeff Bleckner] tvm; ep #335 of 'Hallmark Hall of Fame'-series

2007

My Boys [ep #20 'The Estates of Hoffman' dir by Rob Greenberg] 49-part series, 2006-10; 1st season, 2006-07; other ph: Paul Maibaum

2008

Loving Leah [Jeff Bleckner] tvm/s35; ep #336 of 'Hallmark Hall of Fame'-series

2012

Isabel [Todd Holland] pilot; for NBC-tv

2012

Christmas with Holly [Allan Arkush] tvm/HD (ARRI ALEXA); ep #350 of 'Hallmark Hall of Fame'-series

2013

Back in the Game [8 ep (#2-7, #9 & #11) dir by various] 13-part (3 unaired) series, 2013; other ph: Xavier Pérez Grobet (pilot), Ken Glassing (#8, 10 & 12) & Tom Yatsko (#13)

2015

Adventures in Babysitting/Further Adventures in Babysitting [John Schultz] pilot/HD; for Disney Channel

2016

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library [Scott McAboy] tvm/HD; for Nickelodeon-tv

 

 MISCELLANEOUS

1970

Wacky Taxi/Pepper and His Wacky Taxi [Alex Grasshoff & John Astin] 2nd c.asst; ph: Fritz Roland

1971

Chain Gang Women/Women in Chains [Lee Frost] co-c.asst; ph: Lee Frost; + small part

1971

Chrome and Hot Leather [Lee Frost] co-c.asst; ph: L. Frost

1972

Frogs [George McCowan] prod assoc; ph: Mario Tosi

1972

The Thing with Two Heads/The Man with Two Heads [Lee Frost] co-c.asst; ph: Jack Steely

1972

Stanley [William Grefé] asst to prod; ph: Cliff Poland

1973

Coffy [Jack Hill] uncred loc asst; ph: Paul Lohmann

1973

Scream Blacula Scream/Blacula II [Bob Kelljan] uncred co-loc manager; ph: Isidore Mankofsky

1973

Dillinger [John Milius] loc assoc; ph: Jules Brenner

1976

Mr. Billion/The Windfall [Jonathan Kaplan] 1st c.asst; ph: Matthew Leonetti

1977

The Choirboys [Robert Aldrich] c.asst; ph: Joseph Biroc

1978

The Magic of Lassie [Don Chaffey] 1st c.asst; ph: Michael Margulies

1979

Tom Horn [William Wiard] c.asst; ph: John Alonzo

1979

Urban Cowboy [James Bridges] c.asst; ph: Reynaldo Villalobos

1980

Nine to Five/9 to 5 [Colin Higgins] c.op; ph: Reynaldo Villalobos

1981

[An Act of Love:] The Patricia Neal Story [Anthony Harvey (dir USA); tvm] c.op USA (as Chuck Minsky); ph USA: Reynaldo Villalobos

1981

Prime Suspect/Cry of Innocence [Noel Black; tvm] c.op; ph: Reynaldo Villalobos

1981

The Black Stallion Returns [Robert Dalva] co-c.asst; ph: Carlo Di Palma

1982

Mike's Murder [James Bridges] c.op; ph: Reynaldo Villalobos

1984

Refuge of the Roads [Joni Mitchell; mus perf] co-c.op (as Chuck Minsky); ph: Jordan Cronenweth

1984

Teen Wolf [Rod Daniel] co-c.op 2u; ph: Timothy Suhrstedt

2007

Citizen McCaw [Sam Tyler; doc/78m] co-prod; ph: Brent Sumner; premiered in March 2008

 

 FILMS & TELEVISION AS DIRECTOR

2002

Lucky [ep #8 'The Method'] ph: James L. Carter; see Television

2013

Skating to New York [feature] ph: François Dagenais

2013

Back in the Game [ep #8 'No Crying in Baseball' & #13 'Who's On First'] see Television