Photo by Thomas Scott Stanton

2006

               

 TOBIAS SCHLIESSLER   ASC

Born: 5 November 1958, Baden-Baden, Baden-Württemberg, [West-]Germany, as Tobias A. Schliessler, son of Anemone Heim and ph, doc dir and sculptor Martin Schliessler [Schließler] [1929-2008].

Education: Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Career: Moved with his family to Vancouver, Canada, in 1979. 'I had done a little work as an assistant on documentaries and ski movies with my father, but I wanted to get into dramatic filmmaking, and the school [Simon Fraser University] had a good program. I really enjoyed the camaraderie between the faculty and other students, and learning about film history. We were required to study everything, including editing and sound. That was a great help later in my career. We had 20 to 25 students in my class. We worked, experimented, hung out and watched movies together. I'm still in contact with a lot of them. After graduation, I got my first job shooting a documentary for the National Film Board. Charles Wilkinson, one of my fellow students, directed it. [...] I bought a camera and started shooting documentaries and music videos, mainly with directors whom I met at school. MTV definitely changed the way people look at movies. After a while, I got opportunities to shoot independent movies in Canada. By the late 1980s, there were a lot of television movies being produced in Canada. I also began shooting commercials, which gave me opportunities to experiment, work with different directors and build my reel. [...] I moved to Los Angeles in 1997 after I got deeper into the commercial world.' [From interview by Bob Fisher on the KODAK OnFilm website.]

Ph commercials dir by Andrew Becker [for New York Stock Exchange], Nico Beyer, Robert Logevall, Vic Armstrong [for Range Rover], Joseph Kahn [for Ford], Jake Scott [for Hummer], Lance Kelleher [for Hyundai], a.o. Ph music videos.

Member of the ASC since 2008.

His daughter Aisha [Aisha Jau] is an actress. His brother Jochen [1964-] is a sound mixer and doc dir; his sister Tina is a still ph, painter and film animator and is married to film dir Charles Wilkinson.

Awards: AICP Show 'Cinematography Honoree' [2000] for Audi commercial 'Wake-Up' [d: Robert Logevall]; AICP Show 'Cinematography Honoree' [2001] for Lincoln Financial commercial 'Doctor' [d: Robert Logevall].



 FILMS

1982

Tiers: A Story of the Penitentiary [Charles Wilkinson] c; doc/19m

1983

Die Badile-Nordostwand - Der Weg ist das Ziel [Martin Schliessler] 16mm/c; docudrama/50m; 2nd cam; ph: M. Schliessler; filmed 1983-84; also edited version 'Zwischen Fels und Eis - Wege in die Wildnis' (1994; 44m)

1984

Walls [Thomas Shandel] c; co-addph; ph: Doug McKay

1984

My Kind of Town [Charles Wilkinson] c; cph: David Geddes

1986

Close to Home [Ric Beairsto] ?; doc/95m

1987

Regeneration [Russell Stephens] 16mm/c; 2uc: Dan Nowak

1987

The Top of His Head [Peter Mettler] b&w-c; cph: Peter Mettler; 2uc: Gerald Packer

1988

Bombs Away [Peg Campbell] c; short/18m

1988

Quarantine [Charles Wilkinson] c

1988

Lighthouse/Stranded [Paul Tucker] c

1990

Angel Square/The Comic Book Christmas Caper [Anne Wheeler] c

1990

Chaindance/Common Bonds [Allan A. Goldstein] c

1990

South of Wawa [Robert Boyd] c; addph: Brian R.R. Hebb

1991

John Wyre - Drawing on Sound [Niv Fichman] c; doc/26m; cph: René Ohashi & David Geddes

1991

North of Pittsburgh [Richard Martin] c; Vancouver ph: William Waring

1992

Anything for Love/Just One of the Girls [Michael Keusch] c/V

1993

Max [Charles Wilkinson] c; + co-prod

1993

Far From Home - The Adventures of Yellow Dog [Phillip Borsos] c; co-addph; ph: James Gardner

1994

Bulletproof Heart/Killer/New York Killer [Mark Malone] c

1994

Double Cross [Michael Keusch] c; 2uc: Gregory Middleton & William Waring

1994

Dream Man [René Bonnière] c

1994

Candyman - Farewell to the Flesh [Bill Condon] c

1995

Bliss [Lance Young] c; addph; ph: Mike Molloy

1995

Just Looking [Tyler Bensinger] c

1996

Free Willy 3 - The Rescue [Sam Pillsbury] c; 2uc: Brian Pearson; wildlife ph: Bob Talbot; uwph: Pete Romano

1997

Hoods/The Prince of Mulberry Street [Mark Malone] c

1998

The Fisherman and His Wife [Jochen A. Schliessler] b&w; short/11m

1999

The Guilty [Anthony Waller] c

1999

Bait/Piégé [Antoine Fuqua] s35/c; 2uc (+ 2ud): Peter Lyons Collister; vfx ph (+ aph): Kurt E. Soderling

2002

The Rundown/Welcome to the Jungle [Peter Berg] s35/c; 2uc: Peter Lyons Collister; aph: Kurt E. Soderling

2004

Friday Night Lights [Peter Berg] s35/c; 2uc: Thom Owens; vfx ph: Jas. Shelton; aph: Kurt E. Soderling

2006

Dreamgirls [Bill Condon] s35/c; 2uc: Dino Parks

2006

All God's Children Can Dance [Robert Logevall] c; co-addph; ph: Giorgio Scali

2007

Hancock [Peter Berg] s35 (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Paul Hughen; aph: David B. Nowell

[Left] with dir Tony Scott - "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3"

Photo by Rico Torres

2008

The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 [Tony Scott] s35 (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Alexander Witt; aph: Richard Brooks Burton; remake of film (1973, Joseph Sargent; ph: Owen Roizman)

2008

Pure Shooter [Neema Barnette] pre-production; scheduled to start filming in June; status unknown

"Battleship" - photo by Frank Masi

2010

Battleship [Peter Berg] p+s35-to-35mm scope (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Larry Blanford & (RIMPAC) Dino Parks; Hong Kong ph: Jason Kwan; aph: Kurt Soderling (uncred) & Hans Bjerno; uwph: Pete Romano

2012

Lone Survivor [Peter Berg] RED Epic-to-35mm scope (+ D-Cinema)/c; action unit ph: Dino Parks; aph: Hans Bjerno

2013

The Fifth Estate/The Man Who Sold the World [Bill Condon] HD (ARRI ALEXA Plus & Studio)-to-35mm scope (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Dino Parks


 TELEVISION

1989

The Ray Bradbury Theater [ep #27 'To the Chicago Abyss' dir by Randy Bradshaw, #28 'Hail and Farewell' dir by Alan Kroeker & #30 'Boys! Raise Giant Mushrooms in Your Cellar!' dir by David Brandes] 65-part series, 1985-86, 1988-90 & 1992

1990

Child of Darkness, Child of Light [Marina Sargenti] tvm/b&w-c

1990

Mom P.I. [pilot dir by Brad Turner] 23-part series, 1990-92; 1st season, 1990-91; other ph: Andreas Poulsson

1990

Neon Rider [various] 64-part series, 1990-95; other ph: David Geddes, Joel Ransom, John S. Bartley & Don McCuaig

1991

Writer's Block [Charles Correll] tvm

1991

Duplicates [Sandor Stern] tvm

1992

Sexual Advances [Donna Deitch] tvm

1992

The Heights [Donald Petrie, a.o.] 13-part (1 unaired) series; other ph: Richard Leiterman

1993

Born to Run [Albert Magnoli] tvm

1993

Sin & Redemption [Neema Barnette] tvm

1994

Green Dolphin Beat/Green Dolphin Street [Tommy Lee Wallace] pilot; for Fox-tv

1995

The Omen [Jack Sholder] pilot; for NBC-tv

1995

The Limbic Region [Michael Pattinson] tvm

1996

Mandela and de Klerk [Joseph Sargent] tvm

1996

Them [Bill L. Norton] pilot; efx ph: Tom Turnbull; for UPN-tv

1996

Volcano: Fire on the Mountain [Graeme Campbell] tvm

1997

The Escape [Stuart Gillard] tvm

1997

Outrage [Robert Allan Ackerman] tvm

1997

The Baby Dance [Jane Anderson] tvm; 2uc; ph: Jan Kiesser

1997

The Long Way Home [Glenn Jordan] tvm

1998

Legalese [Glenn Jordan] tvm

1998

DayBreak [Tucker Gates] pilot; uwph: Pete Romano; for Fox-tv

2010

The Big C [pilot dir by Bill Condon] 40-part series/HD (Genesis), 2010-13; 1st season, 2010; series ph: John Thomas