TIM ORR

Born: 1968, North Carolina, USA, as Timothy D. Orr.

Education: Appalachian State University [Political Science]; North Carolina School of the Arts [NCSA] - School of Filmmaking, Winston-Salem [graduated in 1998].

Career: 'I had little to no film experience before entering NCSA. I had made a couple of Super 8 films, and had begun writing screenplays, but they were all dreadful. I had heard that the North Carolina School of the Arts had opened a film school, so I applied. My intention then was to become a writer/director. The first two years were spent learning a bit of everything; writing, directing, editing, cinematography. Everyone served as crew members on each other's films. I found that I had an affinity for the camera and a talent for lighting. At the end of the first two years, we were to declare a major. I chose cinematography. I shot several projects on video, and three 16mm short films. This was one of the most important aspects of the film program at NCSA. We had the opportunity to work on a lot of films. From the first week as a first year student I was out with a video camera, beginning to learn the basics of telling a story with a camera.' [From the KODAK Campus Beat website.]

Ph commercials dir by David Gordon Green, a.o.

Awards: As ph: Stockholm FF 'Best Cinematography Award' [2000] & Independent Spirit Award nom [2001] for 'George Washington'; Chlotrudis Award nom [2004] for 'All the Real Girls'; Independent Spirit Award nom [2004] for 'Dandelion'.

As dir: CINE Eagle Award [1999] for 'Summer's Torn'.

Website: Tim Orr



 FILMS

1996

AI/Artificial Insemination [David Gordon Green] ?; doc/?m; prod NCSA

1998

Laundry [Chad Benton] 16mm/c; short/4m

1999

George Washington [David Gordon Green] 2.35 Research/c; addph: Karey Williams, Adam Stone & Steve Pedulla; 2uc: Kenneth Wilson II

1999

Hart Island: An American Cemetery [Melinda Hunt] dv+16mm+HD/c; doc/66m; cph: Craig Braden; filmed 1999-2002; rough cut completed in 2002 - second cut in 2007

2001

EvenHand [Joseph Pierson] c

2001

The Rough South of Larry Brown [Gary Hawkins] b&w-c; dram doc (3 seg)/79m; ph seg #2 'Wild Thing'; cph: G. Hawkins; other ph: Scott Gardner (#1), Adam Larsen (#1), Jason Dowdle (#1) & Alton Chewning (#3)

2001

Raising Victor Vargas/Long Way Home [Peter Sollett] s16-35bu/c; + 2 days add shooting in January 2002; expanded version of short film 'Five Feet High and Rising' (1999; d & ph: P. Sollett); 'I was a bit concerned about shooting Super 16. This was the first time I had shot that format for blow-up, and I had seen few good examples. Most blow-ups I had seen were too flat and grainy for my taste. To get a good blow-up you actually need more light because you're working with a smaller negative. I found that overexposure, coupled with a deeper stop produced the best results. I overexposed the negative by one stop and shot most all of the interiors at a T4. In 35mm I will shoot faster film and work at more open apertures, like T2 or T2.8. I like to work with low light levels, to keep the look as natural and real as possible, so it was a challenge using more light and still maintaining a natural look.'

2001

All the Real Girls [David Gordon Green] 2.35 Research/c; 2uc: Adam Stone & Kenneth Wilson II

2002

Dandelion/Into the Sun [Mark Milgard] 2.35 Research/c

2003

Undertow [David Gordon Green] c; 2uc: Kenneth Wilson II

2003

Imaginary Heroes [Dan Harris] s35/c

2004

The Baxter [Michael Showalter] c

2004

A Lover's Discourse: Fragments [Donna Vermeer] c; short/15m

2004

Little Manhattan [Mark Levin] s35/c

2004

Trust the Man [Bart Freundlich] s35/c

2004

A Confederacy of Dunces [David Gordon Green] project; status unknown

2005

Come Early Morning [Joey Lauren Adams] c

2005

Off the Black [James Ponsoldt] scope/c

2006

Snow Angels [David Gordon Green] s35/c

2006

Year of the Dog [Mike White] c

2007

Pineapple Express [David Gordon Green] s35/c; 2uc: Buzz Feitshans IV

2007

Choke [Clark Gregg] s16-35bu/c

2008

Sex Drive [Sean Anders] s35-to-35mm/c

2008

Observe and Report [Jody Hill] s35/c; 2uc: Michael A. Benson

[Left] - "Provinces of Night"

2009

Bloodworth/Provinces of Night [Shane Dax Taylor] s35/c

2009

Your Highness [David Gordon Green] p (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Fraser Taggart; uncred main title ph: John Frost; aph: John Marzano

2010

Salvation Boulevard [George Ratliff] s35-to-35mm/c; addph: Michael Barrett

2010

The Sitter [David Gordon Green] s35-to-35mm (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Patrick Capone

2011

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World [Lorene Scafaria] HD (ARRI ALEXA Plus)-to-35mm scope (+ D-Cinema)/b&w-c

2011

Ted [Seth MacFarlane] HD (Genesis)-to-35mm (+ D-Cinema)/c; co-2u addph; ph: Michael Barrett

2012

Stuck in Love/Writers [Josh Boone] HD (ARRI ALEXA) scope/c

2012

Prince Avalanche [David Gordon Green] HD (ARRI ALEXA) scope-to-D-Cinema/c; remake of 'Á annan veg/Either Way' (2011, Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson; ph: Árni Filippusson)

2012

Suspiria [David Gordon Green] announced in 2008; scheduled to start filming in September; prod delayed due to a rights dispute; prod halted because the financing has reportedly fallen apart; remake of film (1976, Dario Argento; ph: Luciano Tovoli)

2012

Joe [David Gordon Green] HD (ARRI ALEXA Plus) scope/c

2013

The World Made Straight [David Burris] c; 2uc: Jerome Fauci

2013

Search Party [Scot Armstrong] HD (ARRI ALEXA)/c

2013

Cymbeline [Michael Almereyda] HD/c

2013

Manglehorn [David Gordon Green] HD (ARRI ALEXA) scope/c

2014

Z for Zachariah [Craig Zobel] HD (ARRI ALEXA Plus 4:3/p)/c

2014

Our Brand Is Crisis [David Gordon Green] c


 TELEVISION & INTERNET

2001

Autopsy [ep #8 'Dead Giveaway' dir by Arthur Ginsberg] 11-part doc series, 1994-2005; add loc ph; ph: Mead Hunt & Andrew Philip; for HBO-tv

2008

Eastbound & Down [ep #1 dir by Jody Hill (JH), #2, #3 & #4 dir by David Gordon Green, #5 dir by Adam McKay & #6 dir by JH] series/s35-to-HD, 2009-present; 1st season, 2009

2010

His Way [Douglas McGrath] doc/87m; addph: Matthew Petrosky; for HBO-tv (2011)

2012

Local Talent/On We Go [Douglas McGrath] pilot/HD; for USA Network

2014

Red Oaks [David Gordon Green] pilot/RED Dragon; for Amazon.com


 MISCELLANEOUS

1998

The Lesser Evil [David Mackay] grip (North Carolina crew); ph: Stephan Schultze


 FILMS AS DIRECTOR

1998

Summer's Torn [short; + scrpl] ph: Greg Ridge; prod NCSA