#1: [Left] with dir Ang Lee - "Brokeback Mountain" - Photo by Kimberley French [2004]

#2: [Right] with dir Pedro Almodóvar - "Los abrazos rotos" [2008]

 

   


RODRIGO PRIETO   AMC/ASC

 

Born: 23 November 1965, Mexico City, Mexico, as Rodrigo Prieto Stambaugh. Moved to the USA in 2000.

Education: Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica [CCC], Mexico City.

Career: 'I first became interested in filmmaking as a 10-year-old kid, when my brother and I made a three-minute 8mm monster movie for a Halloween party. Each year we used to throw Halloween parties with a haunted house, in which we had floating objects, background music and miniature horror landscapes with clay monsters. A friend's father suggested using stop motion animation to make our clay monsters come to life. My father lent us his Bell & Howell 8mm camera. We took turns with the camera, acted, directed, edited, etc. It wasn't until I worked as an assistant in a still photography studio with ph Nadine Markova, that I became more aware of the use of lighting and composition. I worked as an apprentice in the camera department on a movie that Nadine shot called 'Welcome Maria'. Right after that movie, I enrolled in a film school in Mexico City. I started my career as a doph on commercials in Mexico when I was 22 years old. I shot my first feature while still in film school. It was a low, low budget murder thriller.' [From interview with Jennifer M. Wood in 'MovieMaker', Vol. 2, Issue #10.]

Ph music videos dir by Esteban Reyes [a: Fobia], a.o. Ph commercials.

Awards: 'Ariel' Silver Award [1996] for 'Sobrenatural'; Cartagena FF, Colombia, Best Photography Award [?] for 'Edipo alcalde'; San Sebastián FF Prize of the Jury for Best Photography [1998] & 'Ariel' Silver Award [1999] for 'Un embrujo'; New York Latin American Festival Best Photography Award [?] & 'Ariel' Silver Award nom [1999] for 'Fibra óptica'; Camerimage 'Golden Frog' Award [2000] & 'Ariel' Silver Award [2001] for 'Amores perros'; ASC Award nom [2002] for 'Frida'; Camerimage 'Silver Frog' Award [2004] for 'Alexander'; Bangkok IFF 'Crystal Lens' Award [2005]; 'Oscar' AA nom [2005], BAFTA Film Award nom [2005], ASC Film Award nom [2005] & CFCA Award [2005] for 'Brokeback Mountain'; BAFTA Film Award nom [2006] & CFCA Award nom [2006] for 'Babel'; Manaki Brothers 'Golden Camera 300' Award [2008] for 'Se, jie/Lust, Caution'; ASC Film Award nom [2016] for 'Silence'.


 

 FILMS AT THE CCC

1988

Aviso oportuno/Classified Ad [Daniel Gruener] 16mm/c; short/7m

1988

Llueve otra vez/It Rains Again [Bruno Bichir] 16mm/c; short/7m

1988

El sótano/The Basement [Patricia Martinez de Velasco] 16mm/c; short/7m

1989

La venganza/The Revenge [Eva López Sánchez] 16mm/c; short/7m

1990

Acopilco [Patricia Martinez de Velasco] 16mm/c; doc/16m

1990

Nadie es inocente/Nobody's Innocent [Silvana Zuanetti] c; short/11m

1990

El Yapo Galeana [Eva López Sánchez] 16mm/c; doc/17m

1990

Luna de miel al cuarto menguante/Honeymoon at the Moon's Decrease [Daniel Gruener] c; short/27m; + co-ed

1991

Amazona/Amazon [Daniel Gruener] c; short/27m

1991

No quiero discutir/I Don't Want to Argue [Jorge Ramírez Suárez] c; short/25m

1991

Objetos perdidos/Lost and Found [Eva López Sánchez] c; short/27m; + co-ed

1992

Giovanni è morto [Silvana Zuanetti] c; short/25m

 

 FILMS

1988

Hoy estoy triste [Daniel Gruener] c; short/7m

1991

Ratas nocturnas [Jon Michael Bischof] c; 65m

1991

Sólo con tu pareja/Love in the Time of Hysteria [Alfonso Cuarón] c; 2uc (+ 2ud); ph: Emmanuel Lubezki

1991

Paty chula/Beautiful Paty [Francisco Murguía] c; short/30m

1991

El jugador/Juegos de seducción [Joaquín Bissner] c

1992

Anatomia de una violación [Rodolfo Lopezreal] c

1992

Un instante para morir/El asesino del zodíaco/An Instant to Die [Christian González] c

1992

Twenty Bucks [Keva Rosenfeld] c; co-addph; ph: Emmanuel Lubezki

1992

Dama de noche/Lady of the Night [Eva López Sánchez] c

1993

Perfume, efecto inmediato [Alejandro Gamboa] c

1994

Fuera de este mundo [Esteban Reyes] c; short/12m

1995

Sobrenatural/All of Them Witches [Daniel Gruener] c

1995

Edipo alcalde/Oedipus Mayor [Jorge Alí Triana] c

1995

Un beso a esta tierra/A Kiss to This Land [Daniel Goldberg Lerner] b&w-c; doc/93m; cph: Oren Rudavsky, D. Goldberg Lerner, Jack Lach, a.o.

1996

Fibra óptica/Optic Fiber [Francisco Athié] c

1997

Un embrujo/Under a Spell [Carlos Carrera] c; 2uc: Serguei Saldívar Tanaka

1998

Don Juan [Adrian Rudomin] scheduled to start filming in January; status unknown

1998

Ricky 6/Say You Love Satan [Peter Filardi] c; 2uc: Todd Elyzen

1999

Amores perros/Amor y rabia/Love's a Bitch [Alejandro González Iñárritu] c

2000

Original Sin/Dancing in the Dark [Michael Cristofer] s35/c

2000

Angel Eyes [Luis Mandoki] c; ?; ph: Piotr Sobocinski

2000

Beyond Borders [Oliver Stone] unfinished docudrama shot in Africa and Europe

2000

Ten Tiny Love Stories/Women Remember Men [Rodrigo García] HD (Sony/Panavision CineAlta)-to-35mm scope/c

2001

Frida [Julie Taymor] b&w-c; 2uc: Serguei Saldívar Tanaka & Antonio Riestra

2001

8 Mile [Curtis Hanson] s35/c

2002

Comandante [Oliver Stone] dv/c; doc/99m; cph: Carlos Marcovich

2002

25th Hour [Spike Lee] s35/c; 2uc: Ellen Kuras (was not available for 1st unit ph)

2002

21 Grams [Alejandro González Iñárritu] c; 2uc: Xavier Pérez Grobet

 

[Left] with dir Oliver Stone - "Alexander"

Photo by Jaap Buitendijk

 

2003

Alexander [Oliver Stone] s35/c; 2uc: Jonathan Taylor; aph: John Marzano; vfx ph: Stefan Lange

2004

Viva Frankenstein [Daniel Gruener] c

2004

Brokeback Mountain [Ang Lee (replaced Gus Van Sant)] c; 2uc: Peter Wunstorf; + small part

2005

Babel [Alejandro González Iñárritu] p+s16+35mm+s35-to-35mm (+ D-Cinema)/c; addph Mexico: Xavier Pérez Grobet; 2uc Mexico: Eduardo Flores Torres; 2uc Morocco (+ 'b' cam op): Berto (= Gilbert Lecluyse); 2uc Japan (+ 'b' cam op): Masanobu Takayanagi; aph Morocco: Jörg Widmer

2006

Se, jie/Lust, Caution [Ang Lee] c

2008

State of Play [Kevin Macdonald] HD (Genesis)+p-to-35mm scope (+ D-Cinema)/c; addph (reshoots): Dante Spinotti; 2uc: Masanobu Takayanagi; aph: Dwayne McClintock

2008

Los abrazos rotos/Broken Embraces [Pedro Almodóvar] p+s16+35mm-to-35mm scope/c

2008

Biutiful [Alejandro González Iñarritu] p+35mm-to-35mm scope (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Daniel Aranyó; filmed 2008-09

2009

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps [Oliver Stone] s35 (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Patrick Capone; aph: Phil Pastuhov

2010

Water for Elephants [Francis Lawrence] p+s35-to-35mm scope (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Robert Baumgartner

2011

We Bought a Zoo [Cameron Crowe] s35-to-35mm (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Brad Shield, Patrick Murguia & Eduardo Mayén

 

[Left] with Ben Affleck - "Argo" - photo by Keith Bernstein

 

2011

Argo [Ben Affleck] Hawk Scope+HD (ARRI ALEXA Plus/Hawk Scope)+s35+ts+s16+s8-to-35mm scope (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: John Grillo, Robert Baumgartner & Patrick Capone (Washington DC); aph 2u: David B. Nowell

2012

LiKENESS [Rodrigo Prieto] c; short/8m; + scrpl

2012

The Wolf of Wall Street [Martin Scorsese] Hawk Scope+s35+HD (ARRI ALEXA Plus/Hawk Scope & Studio/Hawk Scope + Canon EOS C500 + Phantom HD)-to-35mm scope (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc (+ 2ud/vfx superv): Robert Legato

2012

Gravity/A Study in Gravity [Michael Haussman] HD (2,000 fps)/c; video installation/7m (2013)

2013

The Homesman [Tommy Lee Jones] s35+HD (Sony F55)-to-35mm scope (+ D-Cinema)/c

2013

Birdman [Alejandro González Iñárritu] HD (ARRI ALEXA M & XT)-to-35mm (+ D-Cinema)/c; addph New York; ph: Emmanuel Lubezki

2013

La voce umana/The Human Voice [Edoardo Ponti] HD (Canon EOS C500) scope/c; short/25m

2013

A Midsummer Night's Dream [Julie Taymor] c; filmed stage perf/144m; filmed 2013-14

2015

Silence [Martin Scorsese] Master Scope+HD (ARRI ALEXA Studio/Master Scope)-to-D-Cinema (scope)/c; 2uc: Lukasz Jogalla

2015

Passengers [Morten Tyldum] HD (ARRI ALEXA 65)-to-D-Cinema (scope [also 3-D version])/c; 2uc (+ c.op main unit): Chris Duskin

 

 TELEVISION & INTERNET

2002

Persona non grata [Oliver Stone] doc/b&w-c/67m/dv; cph: Serguei Saldívar Tanaka; ep HBO-tv series 'America Undercover'

2003

Looking for Fidel [Oliver Stone] doc/82m/HD; cph: Carlos Marcovich; ep HBO-tv series 'America Undercover'

2010

Write the Future [Alejandro González Iñárritu] RED (scope)/c; commercial/3m; ph (+ dir) Kobe Bryant scene; ph: Emmanuel Lubezki; for Nike (premiered during the FIFA World Cup 2010)

2014

Vinyl [pilot dir by Martin Scorsese] 10-part series/HD (ARRI ALEXA + Sony F55), 2016; for HBO-tv

2017

The Irishman/I Heard You Paint Houses [Martin Scorsese] scope+HD (ARRI ALEXA XT)/c; for Netflix