#1: From interview [Camerimage, 2013]

#2: With dir Terry Gilliam [right] - "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote" [2000] -

photo by François Duhamel

 

   


NICOLA PECORINI

 

Born: 10 August 1957, Milano, Italy.

Education: Scuole Civiche di Milano [Scuola di Cinema Televisione e Nuovi Media], Milan, Italy.

Career: Started as asst to fashion ph Oliviero Toscani in 1976. In May 1978, he moved to Switzerland to work as cameraman for Swiss TV. Attended Garrett Brown's Steadicam Workshop in April 1981 and became Steadicam op. In 1988, he and Garrett Brown founded the Steadicam Operators Association, Inc. [SOA].

Ph music videos, e.g. 'Riding With the King' [2000; a: Eric Clapton & B.B. King; d: Michael Haussman] & 'Pourtant' [2000; a: Vanessa Paradis; d: Richard Mudd (= Johnny Depp)]. Ph commercials dir by Andy Morahan [for Renault (November 1996)], John Woo [for Nike (January 1998)], Kinka Usher [for Smirnoff (April 2001)], Terry Gilliam ['The Secret Tournament' for Nike (November 2001)], Michael Haussman [for Suzuki (August 2004)], a.o.

Directed music videos, e.g. 'Dark Moon' [1993; a: Chris Isaak].

Appeared in the doc 'Lost In La Mancha [: The Un-Making of Don Quixote]' [2000, Keith Fulton & Louis Pepe; ph: Louis Pepe; 93m] about the unfinished film 'The Man Who Killed Don Quixote'.

Married to actress Caroline Goodall.

Awards: San Sebastián IFF 'Best Cinematography Award' [2000] for 'Harrison's Flowers'; 'Genie' Award nom [2006] for 'Tideland'; David di Donatello Awards 'Migliore Fotografia' nom [2010] for 'La prima cosa bella'.

Website: Nicola Pecorini


 

 FILMS

1986

Opera/Terror at the Opera Dario Argento] s35/c; 2uc (+ 'b' cam op/Steadicam op); ph: Ronnie Taylor

1987

La partita/The Gamble [Carlo Vanzina] c; 2uc (+ 2ud) (+ 'b' cam op/Steadicam op); ph: Luigi Kuveiller

1989

Due occhi diabolici/Two Evil Eyes [Dario Argento & George A. Romero] c; 2uc (+ co-2ud) (+ 'b' cam op/Steadicam op); ph: Giuseppe Maccari & Peter Reniers

1990

The Doors [Oliver Stone] p/c; co-2uc (+ co-2ud) (+ co-Steadicam op); ph: Robert Richardson

1992

Cliffhanger [Renny Harlin] p/c; co-2uc (+ co-2ud) (+ c.op/Steadicam op); ph: Alex Thomson

1992

Little Buddha [Bernardo Bertolucci] p70/c; 2uc (+ 2ud) (+ Steadicam op); ph: Vittorio Storaro

1993

Only You/Him/Just in Time [Norman Jewison] c; 2uc (+ 'b' cam op/Steadicam op); ph: Sven Nykvist

1994

Death and the Maiden [Roman Polanski] c; 2uc (+ 2ud) (+ 'b' cam op/ Steadicam op); ph: Tonino Delli Colli

1995

Stealing Beauty/Io ballo da sola [Bernardo Bertolucci] s35/c; 2uc (+ 2ud) (+ 'b' cam op/Steadicam op); ph: Darius Khondji

1996

Rhinoceros Hunting In Budapest [Michael Haussman] tvi/c; 2uc: Robert F. Smith

1996

The Brave [Johnny Depp] c; addph; ph: Vilko Filac

1997

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas [Terry Gilliam] s35/c; + Steadicam op

1998

Titus [Julie Taymor] replaced after 3 weeks of shooting by Luciano Tovoli

1999

Rules of Engagement [William Friedkin] p+tvi/c; cph: William Fraker & Dariusz Wolski (started prod)

1999

Harrison's Flowers [Elie Chouraqui] s35/c; addph: Lucas Bielan; + co-Steadicam op

2000

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote [Terry Gilliam] prod shut down after 6 days of shooting; prod was revived in 2008, but the funding collapsed in 2010

2001

Poem - Ich setzte den Fuß in die Luft, und sie trug/Poem - I Set My Foot Upon the Air and It Carried Me [Ralf Schmerberg] b&w-c; 19 seg; ph seg #19 (4m20s) 'Ode an die Freude' (cph: Jörg Schmidt-Reitwein, Daniel Gottschalk & R. Schmerberg); other ph: Darius Khondji, Franz Lustig, Jörg Schmidt-Reitwein, Robby Müller, a.o.; filmed April 2000-April 2002

2002

The Order/The Sin Eater [Brian Helgeland] c

2002

Good Omens [Terry Gilliam] scheduled to start in March, but prod stalled

2003

The Brothers Grimm [Terry Gilliam] c; replaced as 1st unit doph by Newton Thomas Sigel, but credited as addph

 

With actress Jodelle Ferland - "Tideland"

 

2004

Tideland [Terry Gilliam] s35/c; 2uc: Mark Dobrescu; + Steadicam op

2006

Postmortem Bliss [Floria Sigismondi] c; short/11m

2006

Problema [Ralf Schmerberg] b&w-c; doc/98m; cph: Franz Lustig, Jörg Schmidt-Reitwein, Frank Griebe, a.o.; aph: Ralf Brauner; filmed 9 September; released in 2010

2007

Tutta la vita davanti/A Whole Life Ahead [Paolo Virzì] s35/c

 

"The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus"

 

2007

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus [Terry Gilliam] s35-to-35mm (+ D-Cinema)/c; filmed 2007-08

2009

La prima cosa bella/The First Beautiful Thing [Paolo Virzì] c; 2uc: Francesco Di Giacomo

2009

M/The Other Side [David Michaels] pre-production

2010

Ra.One/Random Access One [Anubhav Sinha] s35 (+ D-Cinema)/c; 156m; cph: V. Manikanandan; 2uc: Francesco Di Giacomo; aph: John Marzano

2011

The Wholly Family [Terry Gilliam] HD (ARRI ALEXA)/c; short/20m; sponsored by Pastificio Lucio Garofalo S.p.A.

2012

The Zero Theorem [Terry Gilliam] s35-to-35mm (+ D-Cinema)/b&w-c; ph add unit: Marius Ivascu

2013

Incompresa/Misunderstood [Asia Argento] s16/c

2015

A Sexual Thriller [Joël Colburn] pre-production

2015

Hallucinaut [Daniel Auber] c; short/15m; 2uc (+ aph): Marco Tomaselli

 

 TELEVISION

1985

The Painter's World: Changing Constants of Art from the Renaissance to the Present [ep #3 'The Artist and the Nude' dir by Judith Wechsler] 6-part (x 28m) doc series/b&w-c; cph (#3): Mark Koninckx; anim ph (#3): Edward Joyce

1995

Tracey Takes On... [Thomas Schlamme (ep #1-3, 5 & 10), Simon Curtis (#4, 6-8) & Nicola Pecorini (#9)] 47-part series, 1996-99; 1st season, 1996 (10 ep)

1997

Push [pilot dir by Eric Laneuville & Ken Olin] 8-part (5 unaired) series, 1998; other ph: Cary Fisher & (2uc) Christopher Gosch

 

 FILMS AS CAMERA OPERATOR & STEADICAM OPERATOR

1982

Il commissionario [Florestano Vancini; tvm] ?; ph: Claudio Cirillo; ep series 'Racconti italiani/10 registi italiani, 10 racconti italiani'

1982

La segnorina [Pasquale Squitieri; tvm] ?; ph: Eugenio Bentivoglio; ep series 'Racconti italiani/10 registi italiani, 10 racconti italiani'

1982

Tenebre/Tenebrae/Sotto gli occhi dell'assassino/Shadow/Under the Eyes of the Assassin/Unsane [Dario Argento] Steadicam op; ph: Luciano Tovoli

1982

Un'avventura a Campo de' Fiori [Luigi Magni; tvm] ?; ph: Arturo Zavattini; ep series 'Racconti italiani/10 registi italiani, 10 racconti italiani'

1982

Live [Bruno Bigoni & Kiko 'Enrico' Stella] ?; ph: Fabio Cirifino

1982

Neil Young - Berlin [Michael Lindsay-Hogg; concert film/60m/v] Steadicam op; c.op: Rainer Berndt, Alexander Pahl, Heinz Wolff, a.o.; filmed on 19 October at the Deutschlandhalle, West-Berlin

1983

Claretta/Claretta Petacci [Pasquale Squitieri] Steadicam op; ph: Eugenio Bentivoglio

1983

Lui è peggio di me [Enrico Oldoini] Steadicam op; ph: Alessandro D'Eva

1983

Phenomena/Creepers [Dario Argento] Steadicam op; ph: Romano Albani

1983

Ladyhawke [Richard Donner] Steadicam op; ph: Vittorio Storaro

1984

Survivors: The Blues Today [Robert Schwartz & Cork Marcheschi; concert film/87m] Steadicam op; ph: Eric F. Young; filmed on 13-15 March at Wilebski's Blues Saloon, St Paul, Minnesota, USA

1984

Un delitto [Salvatore Nocita; tvm] ?; ph: Blasco Giurato

1984

Rosso di sera [Beppe Cino] ?; ph: Adolfo Bartoli

1984

Anche lei fumava il sigaro/Giobbe/Solo per amore [Alessandro Di Robilant] c.op; ph: David Scott

1985

La piovra 2 [Florestano Vancini; 6-part tv-miniseries] uncred ?; ph: Nino Celeste

1985

Sotto il vestito niente/Nothing Underneath [Carlo Vanzina] Steadicam op; ph: Giuseppe Maccari

1985

Minaccia d'amore/Ragno gelido/Dial Help/Dial: Help [Ruggero Deodato] ?; ph: Renato Tafuri

1985

Ishtar [Elaine May] Steadicam op; ph: Vittorio Storaro

1986

Via Montenapoleone [Carlo Vanzina] Steadicam op; ph: Luigi Kuveiller

1986

Opera/Terror at the Opera [Dario Argento] 'b' cam op/Steadicam op (+ 2uc); ph: Ronnie Taylor

1986

Nasty Hero [Nick Barwood] Steadicam op; ph: Oliver Wood

1986

The Last Emperor [Bernardo Bertolucci] Steadicam op; ph: Vittorio Storaro

1987

Graceland - The African Concert [Michael Lindsay-Hogg; concert film/87m/v] Steadicam op; cam superv: Barrie Dodd; cameramen: John Duncum, David Johnson, Jim O'Donnel, a.o.; filmed on 14 February at the Rufaro Stadium, Harare, Zimbabwe, Africa

1987

La partita/The Gamble [Carlo Vanzina] 'b' cam op/Steadicam op (+ 2uc/2ud); ph: Luigi Kuveiller

1987

Rent-a-Cop [Jerry London] Steadicam op; ph: Giuseppe Rotunno

1988

Miss Firecracker [Thomas Schlamme] Steadicam op; ph: Arthur Albert

1988

La chiesa/The Church/Cathedral of Demons/Demons 3 [Michele Soavi] 'b' cam op/Steadicam op; ph: Renato Tafuri

1988

La piovra 4 [Luigi Perelli; 6-part tv-miniseries] uncred ?; ph: Nino Celeste

1988

Mery per sempre/Forever Mary [Marco Risi] uncred Steadicam op; ph: Mauro Marchetti

1988

Bye bye chaperon rouge/Bye Bye, Red Riding Hood/Piroska és a farkas [Márta Mészáros] Steadicam op; ph: Thomas Vámos

1989

Tempo di uccidere/Time to Kill/The Short Cut [Giuliano Montaldo] 'b' cam op/Steadicam op; ph: Blasco Giurato

1989

Il sole anche di notte/Night Sun/Sunshine Even by Night [Paolo & Vittorio Taviani] Steadicam op; ph: Giuseppe Lanci

1989

Due occhi diabolici/Two Evil Eyes [Dario Argento & George A. Romero] 'b' cam op/Steadicam op (+ 2uc/co-2ud); ph: Giuseppe Maccari & Peter Reniers

1989

The Comfort of Strangers/Cortesie per gli ospiti [Paul Schrader] Steadicam op; ph: Dante Spinotti

1989

Stanno tutti bene/Everybody's Fine [Giuseppe Tornatore] uncred ?; ph: Blasco Giurato

1989

Max et Jérémie/Max and Jeremy [Claire Devers] Steadicam op; ph: Bruno de Keyzer

1989

Donna d'onore/Vendetta: Secrets of a Mafia Bride/Bride of Violence [Stuart Margolin; 2-part tvm] Steadicam op; ph: Ennio Guarnieri

1989

In nome del popolo sovrano/In the Name of the Sovereign People [Luigi Magni] Steadicam op; ph: Giuseppe Lanci & Roberto D'Ettorre Piazzoli

1989

Verso sera/Towards Evening/By Night Fall [Francesco Archibugi] Steadicam op; ph: Paolo Carnera

1989

The Sheltering Sky [Bernardo Bertolucci] 'b' cam op/Steadicam op; ph: Vittorio Storaro

1989

La putain du roi/The King's Whore/Die Hure des Königs [Axel Corti] Steadicam op; ph: Gernot Roll

1990

The Doors [Oliver Stone] co-Steadicam op (+ co-2uc/co-2ud); ph: Robert Richardson

1990

La condanna/The Condemnation/The Conviction [Marco Bellocchio] Steadicam op; ph: Giuseppe Lanci

1990

The Inner Circle/Il proiezionista [Andrei Konchalovsky] Steadicam op; ph: Ennio Guarnieri

1990

La setta/Demons 4/The Devil's Daughter/The Sect [Michele Soavi] co-Steadicam op; ph: Raffaele Mertes

1990

Back in the U.S.S.R. [Deran Sarafian] c.op/Steadicam op; ph: Yuri Neyman

1990

La villa del venerdì/Husbands and Lovers/In Excess [Mauro Bolognini] Steadicam op; ph: Giuseppe Lanci

1991

Piedipiatti/Cops [Carlo Vanzina] Steadicam op; ph: Luigi Kuveiller

1991

Lunes de fiel/Bitter Moon [Roman Polanski] c.op/Steadicam op; ph: Tonino Delli Colli

1991

Nel continente nero/On the Dark Continent [Marco Risi] Steadicam op; ph: Mauro Marchetti

1992

La soif de l'or [Gérard Oury] Steadicam op; ph: Tonino Delli Colli

1992

Cliffhanger [Renny Harlin] c.op/Steadicam op (+ co-2uc/co-2ud); ph: Alex Thomson

1992

Little Buddha [Bernardo Bertolucci] Steadicam op (+ 2uc/2ud); ph: Vittorio Storaro

1993

Profil bas [Claude Zidi] c.op; ph: François Catonné

1993

Mario und der Zauberer [Klaus Maria Brandauer] Steadicam op; ph: Lajos Koltai

1993

La cité de la peur, une comédie familiale [Alain Berbérian] Steadicam op; ph: Laurent Dailland

1993

Only You/Him/Just in Time [Norman Jewison] 'b' cam op/Steadicam op (+ 2uc); ph: Sven Nykvist

1994

Death and the Maiden [Roman Polanski] 'b' cam op/Steadicam op (+ 2uc/2ud); ph: Tonino Delli Colli

1994

Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long [Thomas Schlamme; tvm] c.op; ph: Alexander Gruszynski

1994

French Kiss/Paris Match [Lawrence Kasdan] 'b' cam op/Steadicam op; ph: Owen Roizman

1994

Cutthroat Island [Renny Harlin] c.op (Malta)/Steadicam op; ph: Peter Levy & Oliver Wood

1995

The American President [Rob Reiner] 'b' cam op/Steadicam op; ph: John Seale

1995

Stealing Beauty/Io ballo da sola [Bernardo Bertolucci] 'b' cam op/Steadicam op (+ 2uc/2ud); ph: Darius Khondji

1996

Beverly Hills Ninja [Dennis Dugan] c.op; ph: Arthur Albert

1996

Bulworth [Warren Beatty] c.op/Steadicam op; ph: Vittorio Storaro

 

 TELEVISION AS DIRECTOR

1995

Tracey Takes On... [ep #9 'Health'] see Television