#1: Photo by Mike Dronge

#2: 2002

 

   


BRAD RUSHING   CSC

 

Born: 27 October 1964, Houston, Texas, USA, as John Bradley Rushing.

Education: High School for Performing & Visual Arts, Houston [1980-82]; University of Houston [1982-86].

Career: 'My entree to cinematography beginning in the late 1980s was narratives, especially independent features. I started out with indie films then began shooting direct-to-video and tvm's before moving on to theatrical festival and studio films. In 2002 I began shooting high end music videos and commercials, including iconic work like Eminem's multi-award winning 'Without Me' [2002], Moby's 'We Are All Made of Stars' [2002], which won me an MTV Video Music Award for Best Cinematography, and Britney Spears' 'Toxic' [2003]. My work continues to include features as well as high end commercials and music videos for both major and emerging artists. I have always been very deliberate in seeking out diverse projects and not letting myself be labeled with any one style.  For instance 'Cook County' is a dark, aggressive film that examines a family torn apart by methamphetamine. The lighting is very stark and contrasty and intrusive. I used flares to punctuate emotional beats in the narrative. While 'Divorce Invitation' is a bittersweet romantic comedy with broad, gentle soft lighting and lots of beauty work. I shot a $2 million web series called 'Aim High' [2nd season] for Warner Brothers/Wonderland/Bandito Brothers in May/June 2012. Web distributed media is a fast expanding new world that I am excited to explore. I have often had the good fortune to be among the first to work with new technologies. While I have been working in the business for 25 years now and the great majority of my work is on 35mm film, I have also been eager to master the digital cameras. I shot two pictures with the Sony F900 when they were brand new and I have done a great deal of work recently with the RED camera and the ARRI ALEXA. One of my specialties is vfx work. I became involved in visual effects cinematography early on in my career. I have worked with many world class vfx supervisors and houses. I have shot green screen, blue screen, luma key, plates, motion control, miniatures as well as high-speed photography with both Photo-Sonics and Phantom HD cameras. My vfx work ranges from the spectacular, like in the multi-million dollar music video 'Freeek!' [2002] for George Michael, to the subtle, where I used green screen to create a seamless tumbling cigarette effect in 'Cook County'. In addition to my cinematography I am very active in outreach to young people in schools and entering the industry. In 1995 I taught a Cinematography class at Columbia College. I have spoken at a number of colleges including USC, UCLA [2005], Loyola University, New Orleans [2007], and Cal Arts [I will be speaking there for a 3rd time in October 2012]. I have mentored more young people than I can count and I have had several of them over the years sleeping on my couch as they moved out to L.A. to begin their careers. Many times I have given young people their first job in the industry and watched with pride as they became established and successful in their careers.'

Is a full member of the CSC since 2000.

Ph numerous commercials dir by Joseph Kahn, Grady Hall, Kurt Spencer, Jeff Tomsic, a.o.

Ph numerous music videos [see below].

Awards: MVPA Awards 'Best Cinematography' nom [2002] & MTV Video Music Awards 'Best Cinematography' [2002] for 'We Are All Made of Stars'; MTV Video Music Awards 'Video of the Year' [2002] for 'Without Me'; Much Music Awards 'Best Cinematography' nom [2003] for 'Time'; CSC Award 'Best Cinematography in a Music Video' [2005] for 'Always On My Mind'; CSC Award 'Best Cinematography Music Video/Performance' nom [2009] for 'City of Noise'.

Agent: APA - Agency for the Performing Arts, 405 South Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90212 - COMMERCIALS: Michael Kirschner (310) 598-4767  |  mkirschner@apa-agency.com - TELEVISION/FEATURES: Amanda Pecora (310) 888-4228  |  apecora@apa-agency.com

Website: Brad Rushing


 

 FILMS

1988

Ninja Vengeance/Ninja Revenge/Black and White: A Warrior's Quest [Karl R. Armstrong] 16mm/c; 2uc (+ co-c.op & co-add c.asst); ph: Jaraslov (Jaroslav) Vodehnal

1989

Keaton's Cop [Robert Burge] c; 2uc; ph: Ozzie Smith

1989

Neurotic Cabaret/Good Girl, Bad Girl [John Woodward] c; 2uc; ph: Daniel Anaya

1989

U Wouldn't Understand [David W. Green] 16mm/b&w; short/?m

1990

Worldpiece [David W. Green] unfinished (16mm/c); making-of footage and some original footage available on the Internet (YouTube)

1990

Look Who's Toxic/Toxic Adventure Part 4 [Louis Mathew] c; addph; ph: L. Mathew

1991

First Impressions [Stephen Laughlin] c; short/8m

1992

Something Different... [Stephen Laughlin] c; short/18m

1992

Hollywood Loves [Alan Görg] c; addph; ph: ?; unreleased

1993

Mama Said [Mike Costanza] b&w; short/3m; recreation of a vintage tv perf by The Shirelles performing their hit song 'Mama Said' (1961), intercut with doc footage of civil unrest in America during the 1960s

1994

Shelter from the Storm [Gregory Scanlan] c

1994

Seven Days to Kill [Adam Lima] 16mm/c

1994

Below 30 - Above 10,000 [P. James Keitel] 16mm/c; cph: Duane Manwiller & John Bailey

1994

Bird of Prey [Temistocles Lopez] c; 2uc; ph: David Knaus

1995

Justine: Exotic Liaisons [Kevin Alber] 16mm+v (3-D seg)/c; ep of 7-part series 'The Adventures of Justine'

1995

Justine: A Private Affair [Kevin Alber] 16mm+v (3-D seg)/c; ep of 7-part series 'The Adventures of Justine'

1996

Perfect Mate [Karl Armstrong] 16mm-35bu/c

1996

Looking for Bruce [Dan Clark] s16/c

1996

Justine: Seduction of Innocence [L.L. Shapira (= Lev L. Spiro)] 16mm+v (3-D seg)/c; ep of 7-part series 'The Adventures of Justine'

1996

Carjack/Rumble in L.A. [Conan Lee] 16mm/c; cph: Lon Magdich; 2uc: Jennifer Perkins & Neal Fredericks

1996

Beat the Bash [Michael Costanza] c; anti-violence PSA for GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation)

1996

Raven's Ridge [Mike Upton] s16/c; 2uc: Chris Shaw, Andrea V. Rossotto & Neal Fredericks

1996

The Haunted Sea/Ghost Ship [Dan Golden & Daniel Patrick] c; 2uc; ph: John B. Aronson

1996

Casper: A Spirited Beginning [Sean McNamara] c/V; co-2uc; ph: Christian Sebaldt

1997

Shrieker/Shriek [Victoria Sloan (= David DeCoteau)] scope/c/V

1997

Tomorrow by Midnight/Midnight 5/After Midnight [Rolfe Kanefsky] scope/c

1998

Watchers Reborn/Watchers 4 [John Carl Buechler] c/V; 2uc; ph: Michael Michniewicz

1998

Addams Family Reunion [David Payne] c/V; 2uc; ph: Christian Sebaldt

2000

Julie Strain: Supergoddess [Jeffrey Schwarz] BetaSP/c/V; doc/13m; prod for the DVD of anim film 'Heavy Metal 2000/Heavy Metal F.A.K.K. 2'

2000

Heavy Metal 2000: Voice Talent Featurette [Jeffrey Schwarz] BetaSP/c/V; making-of doc/4m; prod for the DVD of anim film 'Heavy Metal 2000/Heavy Metal F.A.K.K. 2'

2000

Fleshing Out the 'Hollow Man' [Jeffrey Schwarz] BetaSP/c/V; making-of doc (15 mini-featurettes)/40m; cph: Adam Cindric, Bill Sheehy & Steve Wynn; prod for the DVD 'Hollow Man [- Special Edition] [- Director's Cut]'

2000

Stitches [Neal Stevens (= Benjamin Carr)] HD (Sony)/c/V; vfx: David Lange

2000

L.A.X. [Uri Zighelboim] c

2000

Pretty Cool [Rolfe Kanefsky] c

2000

Winter Break/Snow Job/Sheer Bliss [Marni Banack] Hawk Scope/c; co-2uc; ph: George Mooradian

2001

As You Wish: The Story of 'The Princess Bride' [Jeffrey Schwarz] BetaSP/c/V; making-of doc/27m; cph: Chris Meagher, Jim Newport & Steve Coleman; prod for the DVD 'The Princess Bride - Special Edition'

2001

Flying Virus/Killer Buzz [Jeff Hare] c; addph: Richard A. Jones

2002

Torque [Joseph Kahn] s35/c; 2uc; ph: Peter Levy

2006

Love and Mary [Elizabeth Harrison] HD (Sony F900) scope/c

2007

Cheerleader Massacre 2 [Brad Rushing] c/V; 2uc: Andrea Rossotto; released in 2011

2007

How Nikola Tesla Popped My Cherry [Sean & Shane McAllen] s16/c; short/11m

2007

Fallen [Mark Allen] c; comm short/c. 3m; a visual accompaniment to the 'Aurical Angel' photoshoot by photographer Robert Lobetta of hairstyling brand Sebastian Professional

 

"Cook County" - photo by Paul Armstrong

 

2007

Cook County [David Pomes] s16-35bu/c; 2uc: Jeff Faulkinbury; premiered in 2008; limited release in 2011

2008

Heineken Experience: Brew U [Danny Hartigan] RED/c; comm short (ride film)/8m; for the Heineken Experience, Amsterdam

2008

Heineken Experience: Born in Amsterdam [Danny Hartigan] RED/c; comm short/7m; for the Heineken Experience, Amsterdam

2008

Fading of the Cries/Lord of the Light [Steven Maguire] p/c

2009

The Shadow Effect [Scott Cervine] b&w-c; docudrama/69m; cph: Mikki Willis & Petra Costner; Mr. Rushing is mentioned as cph on the website of the film, but he told us: 'Definitely not part of my work. I helped these people with advice, but I did not DP this.'

2009

Exploration Space: Explorers Wanted [Philipp Edelmann, Chris Pavlica & Matthew Solari] RED/c; comm short/25m; cph: Adam Silver; for (NASA) Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex (2010)

2010

The Captains [William Shatner] dv/c; doc/97m; add camera (for one day); ph: Decebal Dascau

2011

Divorce Invitation [S.V. Krishna Reddy] HD (ARRI ALEXA)-to-35mm (+ D-Cinema)/c

2012

Vampires of Hollywood [Eli Roth (replaced Rob Walker)] looking for investors; it's uncertain if this film will ever be realized

2012

The Maul [Isaac Florentine] announced; it's uncertain if this film will ever be realized

2012

Risk for Honor [Leon Melas] pre-production; scheduled to start filming in October, but it's uncertain if this film will ever be realized

2013

The Proposal [Justin Baldoni] b&w-c; short/27m; ph music video seg; other ph: Fouad Elgohari, Kieran Murphy, a.o.

2014

The Hands of Time [Jose Ho-Guanipa] HD/b&w; short/4m

2014

Pony [Candice Carella] HD (ARRI ALEXA)/c; short/31m

2016

[in]visible [Rosser Goodman] HD/c; short/6m; + co-exec prod

2016

Radius [Jose Ho-Guanipa] c; short/?m

2016

Beautiful Dead Things [Renee Faia & Ingela Ogard] HD (Blackmagic Cinema Camera)/c; short/?m; 2uc: Marc-Olivier Dubois

2016

Planet [?] ?; short/?m

2016

For the Record [Julian DeZotti] HD (Sony PXW-FS7) scope/c; short/10m

2017

Sunset Glory/Doolittle's Heroes [Shaun Piccinino] c

 

 TELEVISION & INTERNET

1996

[Roger Corman Presents:] Alien Avengers/Welcome to Planet Earth [Lev L. Spiro] tvm; co-2uc; ph: Christopher Baffa; for Showtime-tv

1998

Men in White/National Lampoon's Men in White [Scott Levy] tvm; 2uc: David Rakoczy; for Fox Family Channel

2000

Senseless Acts of Video [various] stunt series (BetaSP+16mm), 2000; for MTV

2005

Earth to America! [Jay Roach, Ron de Moraes & Robert B. Weide (opening seq)] comedy special/120m; ph a short 35mm promo; for TBS-tv

 

"Aim High"

 

2012

Aim High [Ari Sandel] 10-part web series/RED, 2011 (x 8-10m) & 2013 (x 21m); first on Facebook and then picked up by Crackle.com

2015

Valentine's Die [Graham Denman] HD/c; short/5m; for Crypt TV (internet) (2016)

2016

People Magazine Investigates [Stephen Schuster (recreations)] 10-part series/HD, 2016-17; ph recreations; 2uc: Eduardo Fierro; for Investigation Discovery-tv

 

 MISCELLANEOUS

1989

Black Snow [Frank Patterson] loader; ph: Thomas L. Callaway

1989

Heart Full of Soul [Eagle Pennell] c.asst; ph: Brian Huberman

1989

Laura's Death [Alex Georges; short] 1st c.asst; ph: Jaroslav Vodehnal

2006

Star Trek New Voyages [ep #3 (2007/64m) 'World Enough and Time' dir by Marc Scott Zicree] pilot + (12-part) web series, 2004-present; co-c.op (Los Angeles unit); ph (Los Angeles unit): Robert Veze

2007

Cheerleader Massacre 2 [dir; + ph] see Films

 

 MUSIC VIDEOS [Selection]

2002

Freeek! [a: George Michael; d: Joseph Kahn]

2002

We Are All Made of Stars [a: Moby; d: Joseph Kahn]

2002

Without Me [a: Eminem; d: Joseph Kahn]

2002

Time [a: Chantal Kreviazuk; d: Todd Kellstein]

2003

Boy (I Need You) [a: Mariah Carey; d: Joseph Kahn]

2003

To Love a Woman [a: Lionel Richie & Enrique Iglesias; d: Simon Brand]

2003

Toxic [a: Britney Spears; d: Joseph Kahn] 

2004

State of Mind [a: Holly Valance; d: Jake Nava]

2004

Always on My Mind [a: Alsou; d: Joseph Kahn]

2004

Spoiled [a: Joss Stone; d: Joseph Kahn]

2005

She Might [a: The Noise Next Door; d: Phil Griffin]

2007

City of Noise [a: The Summerlad; d: Mitch Barany; 2uc: Dan Dumouchel]

2008

All the Love Is Gone [a: Slum Peasants; d: Brian Smith]

2010

Rich (Fake It Til You Make It) [a: Lolene; d: Justin Harder]