GUILLERMO NAVARRO   ASC

Born: 1955, Ciudad de México [Mexico City], Mexico.

Education: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México [UNAM] [Sociology], Mexico City.

Career: 'I started taking stills when I was 13 years old. I took a photography workshop in middle school. I had a very small darkroom at home. I took it very seriously. I did a lot of different things, and I had to learn fast, because I had to take care of myself at a very young age, 15 or 16. I was independent by then, and I was able to support myself. I shot album covers, a lot of tabletop work, and later some fashion photography. I also did some stills for motion pictures. My sister was a producer. The first stills I took on movie sets were for her. That triggered my interest in cinematography. I was a camera assistant for about a year. I was pretty bad at following focus. I decided that I wasn't going to follow the traditional way of climbing up the ladder. It was very hard to get into the industry as a cameraman. I had to find a way to do work outside the main industry. I worked on a lot of documentaries, both shooting and directing. I decided to go to Europe and that became my film school. I moved to London first, but that didn't work out because of regulations that limited my chances to work. I moved on to Paris where a director of photography took me under his wing and became my mentor. His name was Ricardo Aronovich. […] It took me around 10 years from shooting my first stills on a movie set to doing my first feature as a director of photography.' [From the KODAK OnFilm website.]

Moved to the USA in 1994.

Ph commercials dir by Rick Schulze, Adam Massey, Jonathan David, Terry Windell [for Pfizer], Bryan Singer, a.o.

Appeared in the doc ''Hellboy': The Seeds of Creation' [2003, Javier Soto; 143m].

Awards: Cannes IFF Critic's Award [1993] for 'Cronos'; 'Emmy' Award nom [1994] for 'Lost Kingdoms of the Maya'; 'Oscar' AA [2006], Camerimage 'Golden Frog' Award [2006], BSFC Award [2006], NYFCC Award [2006], BAFTA Film Award nom [2006], Silver Ariel Award [2007], Independent Spirit Award [2007] & 'Goya' Award [2007] for 'El laberinto del fauno/Pan's Labyrinth'; Los Angeles Latino IFF 'Gabi Lifetime Achievement Award' [2011].



 FILMS

1973

Sur: sureste 2604 [Paul Leduc] c; doc/20m; cph: Rafael Corkidi, Miguel Garzón, Ángel Goded & Alexis Grivas

1978

Nicaragua, los que harán la libertad [Bertha Navarro] 16mm/?; doc/45m

1978

Esta voz entre muchas [Humberto Ríos] 16mm/b&w; doc/45m

1979

El día que vinieron los muertos/Mazatecos I [Luis Mandoki] 16mm/c; doc/69m; cph: Toni Kuhn

1980

Historias prohibidas de Pulgarcito/Forbidden Tales of Tom Thumb [Paul Leduc] 16mm/c; doc/132m; cph: Ángel Goded & Leoncio Villarias

1980

El tango es una historia/Tango Is History [Humberto Ríos] 16mm/c; mus doc/55m; cph: Miguel Ehrenberg, Gonzalo Infante, Mario Luna, Gaston Ocampo & Humberto Ríos

1985

Amor a la vuelta de la esquina/Love Around the Corner [Alberto Cortés] c

1987

El reajuste [Ariel Zúñiga] ?; 63m

1988

Una moneda en el aire/A Coin in the Air [Ariel Zúñiga] c

1988

Morir en el golfo/To Die in the Gulf [Alejandro Pelayo Rangel] c

1989

Intimidades en un cuarto de baño/Bathroom Intimacies [Jaime Humberto Hermosillo] c

1991

Cabeza de vaca/Shipwrecks [Nicolás Echevarría] c

1991

Vinaya [Josse De Pauw & Peter van Kraaij] c

1992

Cronos/Chronos/La invención de Cronos [Guillermo del Toro] c

1993

Dollar Mambo [Paul Leduc] c

1994

Desperado/El mariachi 2/Pistolero [Robert Rodriguez] c

1994

Four Rooms [seg #3 'The Misbehavers' dir by Robert Rodriguez] c; other ph: Rodrigo Garcia (#1), Phil Parmet (#2) & Andrzej Sekula (#4)

1995

Dream for an Insomniac [Tiffanie DeBartolo] b&w-c

1996

The Long Kiss Goodnight [Renny Harlin] s35/c; uncred addph: Ueli Steiger; uwph: Peter Romano

1996

From Dusk Till Dawn [Robert Rodriguez] c

1996

Spawn [Mark Dippé] c; 2uc: Jonathan Taylor

1997

Jackie Brown [Quentin Tarantino] c; ph 'Chicks Who Love Guns' seq: Jeff Graham

1998

Stuart Little [Rob Minkoff] c; New York unit ph: Wally Pfister; 2uc: Mark Vargo & Christopher Faloona; vfx ph: Les Bernstien

[Left] with dir Robert Rodriguez [right] - "Spy Kids"

2000

Spy Kids [Robert Rodriguez] c; aph: Dylan M. Gross; + small part

2000

El espinazo del diablo/The Devil’s Backbone [Guillermo del Toro] c

2000

Silencio roto/Broken Silence [Montxo Armendáriz] c

2001

Blade II [Guillermo del Toro] c; cph: Gabriel Beristáin

2001

Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams [Robert Rodriguez] announced as doph, but replaced by Robert Rodriguez

2002

Imagining Argentina [Christopher Hampton] c

2003

Hellboy [Guillermo del Toro] c; miniature ph: Christopher Warren

2004

Zathura [: A Space Adventure] [Jon Favreau] c; 2uc: Enrique Chediak & Ueli Steiger; miniature ph: Les Bernstien

2004

Toothpaste/Someone's Sorrow [Ben Younger] c; short/20m31s; prod for Scenarios USA

2005

El laberinto del fauno/Pan's Labyrinth [Guillermo del Toro] 35mm (+ D-Cinema)/c

2006

Night at the Museum [Shawn Levy] s35-to-35mm (+ IMAX 70-bu)/c; 2uc: Larry Blanford & David Geddes; vfx ph: Dennis McHugh

2007

Blood Brothers [Vishal Bhardwaj] c; short/18m20s; addph: Rajeev Ravi; ep of 4-part series on AIDS awareness; other ep: 'Migration' dir by Mira Nair, 'Prarambha/The Beginning' dir by Santosh Sivan & 'Positive' dir by Farhan Akhtar; prod Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

[Left] with dir Guillermo del Toro

"Hellboy 2: The Golden Army"

2007

Hellboy 2: The Golden Army [Guillermo del Toro] 35mm (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Stephen Jackson

2008

The Day the Earth Stood Still [Scott Derrickson] s35 (+ IMAX-70bu)/c; uncred addph (reshoots in 2008); ph: David Tattersall; remake of film (1951, Robert Wise; ph: Leo Tover)

2008

It Might Get Loud [Davis Guggenheim] HD+35mm-to-35mm/b&w-c; mus doc/97m; cph: Erich Roland; addph: James Mathers, Lee Daniel, Tami Reiker, Ivan Strasburg, a.o.

2008

What We Take... From Each Other [Scott Z. Burns] dv/c; short/4m; ep series 'Love at First Sight & Other Dangers'

2009

It's Complicated [Nancy Meyers] 35mm (+ D-Cinema)/c; uncred 2uc/2ud (Santa Barbara); ph: John Toll

2009

The Resident/Invasion of Privacy [Antti Jokinen] s35/c

2009

The Hobbit: Part 1 [Guillermo del Toro (left prod in 2010); Peter Jackson] announced; replaced by ph Andrew Lesnie (filmed 2011-12)

2009

Nicholas North [Antti Jokinen] pre-production; scheduled to start shooting in Spring 2010; status unknown

2010

I Am Number Four [D.J. Caruso] s35-to-35mm (+ IMAX-70bu & D-Cinema)/c; uncred addph: Alex Nepomniaschy; aph: David B. Nowell & Michael Kelem; uwph (Florida): Pete Romano

2010

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 [Bill Condon] s35 (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Roger Vernon; aph: Hans Bjerno; filmed 2010-11

2010

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 [Bill Condon] s35 (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Roger Vernon; aph: John Trapman; filmed 2010-11

2011

Pacific Rim [Guillermo del Toro] RED Epic-to-35mm (+ D-Cinema [also 3-D version])/c; ph 'b' cam unit: Checco Varese; Hong Kong ph: Richard Brooks Burton; filmed 2011-12

2013

London Fields [Mathew Cullen] HD (ARRI ALEXA XT)/c

2014

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb/Night at the Museum 3 [Shawn Levy] RED Epic/c


 TELEVISION

1989

Trying Times [ep #8 'The Hit List' dir by Michael Lindsay-Hogg] 12-part series, 1987 & 1989; 2nd season, 1989; other ph: Ángel Goded, Henner Hofmann, Tony Kuhn & Tom Richmond; for PBS-tv

1993

The Cover Girl Murders [James A. Contner] tvm

1993

Lost Kingdoms of the Maya [Christine Weber] doc/56m; co-addph (+ ph re-creations); ph: Robert Elfstrom, Don Lenzer, Peter Schnall & Mackenzie Waggaman; a 'National Geographic Special'

1993

The Cisco Kid [Luis Valdez] tvm

1993

Just Chill [Lorna Davis] tvm/45m; ep 'ABC Afterschool Specials' (1994)

2012

Mockingbird Lane [Bryan Singer] pilot/HD


 MISCELLANEOUS [e.g. as consultant & director]

1973

Los que viven donde sopla el viento suave [Felipe Cazals; doc] c.asst; ph: Alexis Grivas & Ángel Goded

1979

CaboBlanco Where Legends Are Born... [J. Lee Thompson] co-prod asst; ph: Alex Phillips Jr.

1981

El Salvador: Another Vietnam [Glenn Silber & Teté Vasconcellos] 16mm/c; doc/53m; ph: Newton Thomas Sigel, a.o.; uses extracts from the doc 'Historias prohibidas de Pulgarcito/Forbidden Tales of Tom Thumb'; see Films (1980)

1981

Missing [Costa-Gavras] apprentice; ph: Ricardo Aronovich

2006

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa [Eric Darnell & Tom McGrath; anim/89m] cinematography cons

2011

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted [Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath & Conrad Vernon; anim/93m] cinematography cons

2012

Hannibal [dir ep #5 'Coquilles', #9 'Trou Normand' & #11 'Rôti'] tv-series, 2013-present; 1st season, 2013; ph: James Hawkinson; for NBC-tv

2012

Mr. Peabody & Sherman [Rob Minkoff; anim/92m] visual cons