From interview [Camerimage, 2013]

 

   


DANIEL PEARL   ASC

 

Born: 1951, Bronx, New York City, N.Y., USA, as Daniel C. Pearl.

Education: University of Texas, Austin [MA in Communication (Film), 1973].

Career: His first film was an 8mm movie about skateboarding, which he shot and edited at the age of 13. His father was an alumnus of the University of Texas. He took his father's advice and enrolled at that school with undefined plans for the future. Became a film noir fan and got involved in the local filmmaking community. He intuitively focused on cinematography and ph many student films. Became official cameraman for the State of Texas. Moved to Los Angeles in 1976.

Ph [and sometimes directed] 500+ music videos. Ph numerous commercials dir by Marcus Nispel ['Wings' for Motorola], Kieran Walsh [for US Postal Service, Kellogg's, etc.], Meiert Avis, Simon West, Bob Giraldi, a.o.

Was lighting consultant on many music tours, concerts and other events.

Member of the ASC since 2004.

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

Awards [selection]: MTV Video Music Award [1984] for 'Every Breath You Take'; MTV Video Music Award nom [1987] for 'With or Without You'; MTV Video Music Award [1992; shared] for 'November Rain'; MTV Video Music Award nom [1992] for 'I Can't Dance'; MVPA Lifetime Achievement Award [1996]; Kodak Vision Hall of Fame Award [1997]; MTV Video Music Award nom [1999] for 'Miami'; MTV Video Music Award nom [2000] for 'Take a Picture'; Kaleidoscope Award [2000]; Camerimage Special Award for Outstanding Achievements in the Field of Music Clips and Videos and Advertising Spots [2006].

Website: Daniel Pearl


Daniel Pearl: 'You can get everything else in a music video right but if the beauty shot of the singer isn't perfect, chances are it is not going to work. The beauty shot is a close-up where the diva connects and reaffirms her relationship with the audience. I've been fortunate to photograph many beautiful divas including Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Toni Braxton, Shania Twain, Janet Jackson and others. They are all beautiful to start with, but it's still a precise science. I model and sculpt everything else with light, but that doesn't apply to beauty shots. Film is a two-dimensional medium and a shadow implies depth. There are only a few shadows tolerated in beauty shots and they've got to be in the right places. [...] The first thing I do while we are saying hello is really look at their face. I'll orientate them toward the light. I may ask them to step by a window or to spin around in a chair. I size up their facial structure. Are there weaknesses or strengths? What about the shape of the nose, cheekbones, and jaw line? Is their face symmetrical? Most people part their hair to open up the good side of their face. Basically, I use light to de-emphasize things they don't like and to accentuate their best features. Wrinkles show up as dark lines, but if we drive light into them they disappear on film. It's the same with bags under someone's eyes. You begin with the key light that is usually pretty close to the line of the lens. I shift the light a bit to one side or the other based upon the structure of the face. Some divas look best in dead-on hard light - depending on where it's placed - and others need softer light, maybe through a diffusion frame or a Kino Flo. Someone with a chin problem shouldn't wear high, white collars because the light will bounce back and accentuate the chin. If someone is tired with bags under their eyes, you want the light a little lower. If there is a strong muscle under the eyes, it should be higher. You always have to put a sparkle in their eyes because that's how they connect with the audience. Often, I'll use a white or silver bounce card from below or maybe an eye light. [...] There are new, bigger lights and faster films with finer grain structures, but it also comes down to the individual. I designed a special light box to shoot Mariah Carey for 'MTV Unplugged' and often came up with a different lighting rig. I am always trying something new, trying to keep ahead of the game. I tend to shoot the slowest, finest grain film available but it's also situational.' [From the KODAK InCamera website, July 2001.]


 

 FILMS

 

 

1973

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre [Tobe Hooper] 16mm-35bu/c; addph: Tobe Hooper; see 2002

1977

Stunts/Who Is Killing the Stuntmen? [Mark L. Lester] c; addph; ph: Bruce Logan

1977

Day of the Animals/Something Is Out There [William Girdler] tao35/c; 2uc; ph: Robert Sorrentino

1977

I Never Promised You a Rose Garden [Anthony Page] c; fantasy seq ph; ph: Bruce Logan

1977

She Came to the Valley/Texas in Flames [Albert Band] p/c; 2uc: Robert Primes

1978

The Secret Life of Plants [Walon Green] p/c; doc/98m; cph: Robert Primes, Mike Hoover, Ghislain Cloquet, David Myers, a.o.; natural history ph: Ken Middleham

1978

It Lives Again/It's Alive II [Larry Cohen] c; addph; ph: Fenton Hamilton

1978

Ravagers [Richard Compton] p/c; addph; ph: Vincent Saizis

1978

Fairy Tales/Adult Fairy Tales [Harry Tampa (= Harry Hurwitz)] c

1978

The Fifth Floor [Howard Avedis] c

1978

Rust Never Sleeps [Bernard Shakey (= Neil Young)] c; concert film/103m; cph: Robbie Greenberg, Hiro Narita, Jon Else, David Myers, Larry A. Johnson, Richard Pearce & Paul Goldsmith; filmed 22 October (San Francisco)

1979

Skatetown, U.S.A. [William A. Levey] c; roller skating cam; ph: Donald M. Morgan

1979

The Day Time Ended/Time Warp/Vortex/Earth's Final Fury [John 'Bud' Cardos] p/c; cph prologue; ph: John Morrill

1979

Roller Boogie [Mark L. Lester] c; uncred addph (+ roller skating cam); ph: Dean Cundey

1979

Hometown U.S.A. [Max Baer Jr.] c

1979

Full Moon High [Larry Cohen] c

1979

Shadows and Light - by Joni Mitchell [Joni Mitchell] b&w-c; feature film seq + mus perf/73m; co-addph; ph: David Myers; filmed September

1980

Getting Wasted [Paul Frizler] c; addph: Bob Carras (= Robert Primes)

1980

The Return/The Alien's Return/Earthright [Greydon Clark] c; cph: Tomislav Pinter

1980

The Funhouse/Carnival of Terror [Tobe Hooper] p/c; uncred addph; ph: Andrew Laszlo

1981

The Seduction [David Schmoeller] c; addph; ph: Mac Ahlberg

1981

Q/The Winged Serpent [Larry Cohen] c; co-addph; ph: Fred Murphy

1981

Class of 1984 [Mark L. Lester] c; addph; ph: Albert J. Dunk

1982

Zapped! [Robert J. Rosenthal] c; 2uc: Tom Grubbs & Chris Tufty

1982

The Junkman/Gone in 60 Seconds 2: The Junkman [H.B. Halicki] b&w-c; cph: Tony Syslo

1983

Styx - Caught in the Act [Jerry Kramer (concert) & Brian Gibson (mini-movie 'Kilroy Was Here'; 9m)] c/V; mini-movie + mus perf/88m; concert ph; concert cameramen: Billy Dickson, Wayne Isham, Oley Sassone, a.o.; mini-movie ph: Stephen Goldblatt; concert filmed 9-10 April (New Orleans)

1984

The Winning Edge [- John McEnroe, Ivan Lendl: Private Lessons with the Pros] [John Yandell] c/V; tennis training short/45m

1984

Thompson Twins - Into the Gap Live [Dee Trattmann] c/V; concert film/84m; filmed 30 September

1984

Body Double [Brian De Palma] c; addph (sex club seq); ph: Stephen H. Burum

1985

Iron Maiden - Live After Death [Jim Yukich] c/V; concert film/90m; + co-c.op; filmed March ('World Slavery Tour')

1985

Invaders from Mars [Tobe Hooper] J-D-C Scope/c; 2uc: J. Michael McClary; sfx ph: Richard Rownak; optical ph: Jerry Pooler

1985

Amazon Women on the Moon/Cheeseburger Film Sandwich [Joe Dante ('Reckless Youth'), John Landis, Carl Gottlieb, Peter Horton & Robert K. Weiss] b&w-c

1986

Population: 1 - An American Memoir/Population: One [René Daalder] b&w-c; ph 'The Big Shelter' seq; ph: Jürg Victor Walther & Frans Bromet (seq '10c a Dance' & 'Jazz Vampire')

1986

It's Alive III: Island of the Alive [Larry Cohen] c

1986

A Return to Salem's Lot [Larry Cohen] c; 2uc: J. Michael McClary

1986

Deadly Illusion/Love You to Death [William Tannen & Larry Cohen] c

1987

Cyndi Lauper in Paris [Andy Morahan] c/V; concert film/85m; filmed 12 March (Le Zénith. Paris, France)

1987

Hiding Out/Adult Education [Bob Giraldi] c

1987

Collision Course [Lewis Teague] c; substitute doph; ph: Donald E. Thorin

1990

Truth or Dare/In Bed with Madonna [Alek Keshishian] b&w-c; doc/119m; doc ph Houston; ph: Robert Leacock; concert ph: Toby Phillips

1990

Michael Jordan's Playground [Zack Snyder] b&w-c/V; sports video/43m

1992

van Halen Live: Right here, right now. [Mitchell Sinoway] b&w-c/V; concert film/112m; filmed 14-15 May (Fresno, California)

1994

Rolling Stones - Live - Voodoo Lounge [Jim Gable] c/V; concert film/88m; + c.op Louma crane; filmed 14 August

1995

Bonnie Raitt - Road Tested [Jim Yukich] c/V; concert film/110m; filmed 18-19 July (Paramount Theatre, Oakland, Calif.); also a PBS-tv music special (47m)

1997

Cunning Stunts [Wayne Isham & (fly on the wall dir/prod) Adam Dubin] c/V; concert film (with heavy metal band Metallica)/130m; cph (+ prod): David Hausen; filmed 9-10 May at the Fort Worth Convention Center, Fort Worth, Texas

1998

Usher Live [Antoine Fuqua] c/V; concert film/57m; filmed 15-16 October (Chattanooga, Tennessee)

2000

Mariah Carey - Rainbow Tour [Sanaa Hamri] unreleased concert film; songs released individually as music videos

2000

The Up in Smoke Tour/Up in Smoke Tour 2000 [Philip G. Atwell] c/V; doc + concert film/120m & 155m; concert ph; doc cam: Jason Cooley, Bryan Barber, a.o.; interv ph: Billy Park; concert short film ph: Paul Cameron; filmed 20 July; on DVD + behind-the-scenes footage shot on 16mm

2002

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre [Marcus Nispel] b&w-c; addph: Peter Simonite; remake of film (see 1973)

2003

National Treasure [Jon Turteltaub] s35/c; legend seq ph; ph: Caleb Deschanel

2005

Just My Luck [Donald Petrie] c; concert footage ph; ph: Dean Semler

2005

Captivity [Roland Joffé] s35/c; 2uc: Bruce L. Finn; addph: Antonio Zavala

2005

Pathfinder [Marcus Nispel] s35/c; aph 2u: A.J. Vesak; uwph: Ian Seabrook; remake of 'Ofelas/Veiviseren' (1986, Nils Gaup; ph: Erling Thurmann-Andersen)

 

[Left, looking over shoulder] with Colin & Greg Strause - "AVPR"

 

2006

AVPR - Aliens vs. Predator - Requiem/AvP2 [Colin & Greg Strause] s35/c; 2uc: Joel Ransom; addph: James Hawkinson; uwph: Ian Seabrook

2007

Adventures in Appletown/The Kings of Appletown [Robert Moresco] s35-to-35mm/c/V; 2uc: Peter Simonite; uncred addph: Alex Nepomniaschy

2008

Friday the 13th [Marcus Nispel] p (+ D-Cinema)/c; splinter unit ph (+ c.op 'b' cam): Don Reddy; uwph: Vance Holmes

2008

George Michael - Live in London [Andy Morahan] c; concert film/134m; concert ph; ph 'Dita Von Teese shoot': George Tiffin; filmed 24-25 August (London, UK)

2009

The Obama Effect/The Effect [Charles S. Dutton] c; released in 2012

2010

The Apparition [Todd Lincoln] p+J-D-C Scope-to-35mm scope (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Peter  Simonite; aph: Michael Kelem

2010

The Briar Lake Murders [David R. Ellis] announced as ph, but replaced during pre-production by Gary Capo

2011

No One Lives [Ryûhei Kitamura] s16/c

2015

The Boy/In a Dark Place/The Inhabitant [William Brent Bell] HD (ARRI ALEXA XT Plus)-to-D-Cinema (scope)/c

 

 TELEVISION

1985

Phil Collins: No Jacket Required - Sold Out [Jim Yukich] mus special/60m; filmed in May (Reunion Arena, Dallas, Texas); for HBO-tv

1987

Disney's Totally Minnie [Scot Garen] mus + anim special/44m; ph Elton John seq; ph: Richard Kooris; 2uc: J. Michael McClary

1991

Paul Reiser: 3½ Blocks from Home/Paul Reiser: Right on 14th Street [Jim Yukich] comedy perf special/58m; for Showtime-tv

1993

A Day in the Life of Country Music [exec prod: Ken Kragen] mus special/120m; Dallas ph; other ph: Ed Lachman (Fairfax), David Connell (Fort Worth), Anghel Decca (Nashville), a.o.; shot on one day (7 May); for CBS-tv

1993

Here Is Mariah Carey [Lawrence Jordan] mus special/60m; filmed 18 July; for NBC-tv; expanded version on DVD as 'Mariah Carey - Here Is Mariah Carey'

1993

Trisha Yearwood: The Song Remembers When [Steve Purcell] mus special/60m; for the Disney Channel

1993

Rolling Stone '93: The Year in Review [Joel Gallen & Pam Thomas] variety special/60m; ph Cindy Crawford seq; other ph: Crescenzo Notarile; for FOX-tv

1994

Reba!/Reba Live [Jon Small] mus special/60m; filmed at the Omaha Civic Center, Omaha, Nebraska; for NBC-tv

1995

Mariah Carey [Larry Jordan] mus special/60m; for FOX-tv

1998

When You Believe: Prince of Egypt [Mary Lambert] mus special/60m; cph: Tony Molina; for NBC-tv

1999

Shania Twain: Come On Over [Lawrence Jordan] mus special/45m; filmed 14 November (Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas); for CBS-tv

2004

Frankenstein [Marcus Nispel] tvm/s16-to-HD; originally prod as a pilot; for USA Cable Network

2012

Rod Stewart: Merry Christmas, Baby [Jim Gable] Christmas special/57m; ep PBS-tv series 'Great Performances'; taped in September at the Villa de Leon, Pacific Palisades, Calif.

 

 MISCELLANEOUS

1980

The Hearse [George Bowers] Steadicam op; ph: Mori Kawa

1981

The BeastMaster [Don Coscarelli] 2nd c.op; ph: John Alcott

1988

Pink Floyd - Delicate Sound of Thunder [Wayne Isham; concert film] co-c.op; ph: Marc Reshovsky

1989

The Who Live, Featuring the Rock Opera Tommy [Larry Jordan; live tv broadcast/135m] Louma crane op

1992

The Cure - show [Aubrey Powell & Leroy Bennett; concert film/119m] co-c.op (as Daniel Perarl); ph: Jeff Zimmerman; filmed June (Auburn Hills, Michigan)

1992

Metallica: Live Shit - Binge & Purge [Wayne Isham; concert film] Louma crane op; ph: Dave Rudd; filmed 13-14 January (San Diego)

2010

Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas to You [Joel Gallen] Christmas special/60m; lighting cons; for ABC-tv

2013

Lumberjack Man [Josh Bear] scope/c; spec ph adv; ph: Joseph Winchester

 

 MUSIC VIDEOS [Selection]

1969

Rock 'n' Roll Nose [a: The Byrds; d: Daniel Pearl] + ed/prod

1982

Ice Cream for Crow [a: Captain Beefheart; d: Don Van Vliet & Ken Schreiber]

1982

It's Raining Again [a: Supertramp; d: Russell Mulcahy]

1983

Billie Jean [a: Michael Jackson; d: Steve Barron]

1983

Dancing with Myself [a: Billy Idol; d: Tobe Hooper]

1983

Every Breath You Take [a: The Police; d: Lol Creme] b&w

1983

Radio Free Europe [a: R.E.M.; d: Arthur Pierson]

1983

All Night Long [a: Lionel Richie; d: Bob Rafelson]

1984

This Woman [a: Kenny Rogers; d: Jay Dubin]

1984

Against All Odds [a: Phil Collins; d: Taylor Hackford]

1984

The Reflex [a: Duran Duran; d: Russell Mulcahy]

1984

Pride (Version 1) [a: U2; d: Donald Cammell] b&w

1984

Hot for Teacher [a: Van Halen; d: David Lee Roth & Pete Angelus]

1984

Relax (Version 4) [a: Frankie Goes to Hollywood; d: Brian De Palma]

1984

In the Midnight Hour [a: B.B. King; d: John Landis]

1985

We Don't Need Another Hero [a: Tina Turner; d: George Miller]

1986

Where Did Your Heart Go? [a: Wham!; d: Andy Morahan & George Michael]

1986

Dancing on the Ceiling [a: Lionel Richie; d: Stanley Donen]

1987

With or Without You [a: U2; d: Meiert Avis]

1988

Lost in You [a: Rod Stewart; d: Jonathan Kaplan]

1989

The Best [a: Tina Turner; d: Lol Creme]

1989

I Want That Man [a: Deborah Harry; d: Mary Lambert]

1990

Almost Hear You Sigh [a: The Rolling Stones; d: Wayne Isham]

1990

Blaze of Glory [a: Jon Bon Jovi; d: Wayne Isham]

1991

I Don't Wanna Cry [a: Mariah Carey; d: Larry Jordan]

1991

Runaround [a: Van Halen; d: Meiert Avis]

1991

Don't Cry [a: Guns N' Roses; d: Andy Morahan]

1991

Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me [a: George Michael & Elton John; d: Andy Morahan]

1992

I Can't Dance [a: Genesis; d: Jim Yukich]

1992

For Your Babies [a: Simply Red; d: Andy Morahan]

1992

Human Touch [a: Bruce Springsteen; d: Meiert Avis]

1992

Better Days [a: Bruce Springsteen; d: Meiert Avis]

1992

November Rain [a: Guns N' Roses; d: Andy Morahan] cph: Mike Southon

1992

Leap of Faith [a: Bruce Springsteen; d: Meiert Avis]

1993

I'd Do Anything for Love [a: Meat Loaf; d: Michael Bay]

1993

Hero [a: Mariah Carey; d: Larry Jordan]

1993

Estranged [a: Guns N' Roses; d: Andy Morahan]

1994

If I Only Knew [a: Tom Jones; d: Lol Creme]

1995

You Are Not Alone [a: Michael Jackson; d: Wayne Isham]

1995

One Sweet Day [a: Mariah Carey; d: Larry Jordan]

1997

Step by Step [a: Whitney Houston; d: Paul Hunter]

1997

Older [a: George Michael; d: Andy Morahan]

1997

Honey (Bad Boy remix) [a: Mariah Carey; d: Paul Hunter (seq Version 1) & Daniel Pearl (add seq)]

1997

Butterfly [a: Mariah Carey; d: Daniel Pearl]

1998

Heartbreak Hotel [a: Whitney Houston; d: Kevin Bray]

1998

You [a: Janet Jackson; d: David Mallet]

1998

Baila [a: Jennifer Lopez; d: Jim Gable]

1998

Miami [a: Will Smith; d: Wayne Isham]

2000

She Bangs [a: Ricky Martin; d: Wayne Isham] 2uc: Pete Zuccari

2002

Boys [a: Britney Spears; d: David Meyers]

2002

Alive [a: Jennifer Lopez; d: Jim Gable]

2003

One Heart [a: Céline Dion; d: Antti Jokinen]

2004

I Want You [a: Janet Jackson; d: Dave Meyers]

2005

I Ain't No Quitter [a: Shania Twain; d: Wayne Isham]

2005

Mississippi Girl [a: Faith Hill; d: Wayne Isham]

2006 

Enough Cryin' [a: Mary J. Blige; d: Hype Williams]

2009

I Wanna Know What Love Is [a: Mariah Carey; d: Hype Williams]

2011

Hollywood Nights [a: Michael Jackson; d: Wayne Isham]

2012

Dive [a: Usher; d: Chris Applebaum]

2012

Deadmau5 Ft. Gerard Way: Professional Griefers [a: deadmau5 & Gerard Way; d: Paul Boyd & Jeff Ranasinghe]