JONATHAN SELA

 

Born: 29 April 1978, Paris, France.

Career: Grew up in Israel. At age 10, his Polish grandfather took him to the set of 'Schindler's List' in Krakow, inspiring him to pursue a career in filmmaking. He began his career at age 14, when he joined crews making Israeli television shows and then films, beginning as a lighting technician and later moving up to gaffer. He came to the United States when he was 19, enrolling in AFI's film school in Los Angeles. He served as an assistant to Vilmos Zsigmond on two movies, before getting his first feature assignment as 2uc on 'Winter Break'. [From the btlnews.com website, 2013.]

Ph numerous commercials. Ph music videos with a: Miley Cyrus ('Wrecking Ball', 2013, Terry Richardson), Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Jay Z, Kanye West, Christina Aguilera, Beyoncé, a.o.

Married to photographer Megan Schoenbachler.

Website: Jonathan Sela


 

 FILMS & TELEVISION

2000

Cypress Hill: Still Smokin' [seg 'Lowrider' (4m) dir by Smith n' Borin] b&w-c; comp of music videos/107m

2000

The Newman Shower [Dan Passman] 16mm/c; short/25m; prod AFI (USA)

2000

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

2001

Earth Is Heaven [Are Paulsen] c; short/28m

2003

The Girl Next Door [Luke Greenfield] c; uncred addph; ph: Jamie Anderson

2003

Seascape [Marc Webb] scope/c; short/?m

2003

DysEnchanted [Terri Miller] c; short/8m

2003

I Am Stamos [Rob Meltzer] s35/c; short/18m; 2uc: Brett Juskalian

2003

Soul Plane [Jessy Terrero] c

2004

Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School [Randall Miller] p/c; based on the short film of the same name (1990; ph: Michael Ozier)

2004

Dreamland [Jason Matzner] c

2004

Honey Trap [Bob Giraldi] HD (Thomson Viper)/c; short/12m

2005

Rohtenburg/Grimm Love [Martin Weisz] s35/c; uwph: Sascha Mieke

2005

Martian Child [Menno Meyjes] 35mm (+ D-Cinema)/c; addph; ph: Robert Yeoman; released in 2007

2005

Randy and the Mob [Ray McKinnon] c; released in 2007

2005

The Omen [John Moore] 35mm (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Asen Sopov & Juraj Chlpik; addph (Rome/Matera): Daniele Massaccesi; uncred aph: Adam Dale

2007

The Midnight Meat Train [Ryûhei Kitamura] s35/c; 2uc: Bridger Nielson; addph: John Smith

2007

Powder Blue [Timothy Linh Bui] s35/c; 2uc: Barry Berona; released in 2009

2008

Max Payne [John Moore] s35+HD (Phantom HD)-to-35mm scope (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Glen Keenan; aph: David B. Nowell; uwph: Pete Romano

2009

Law Abiding Citizen [F. Gary Gray] s35 (+ D-Cinema)/c; ph (insert & aerial unit): Glen Keenan & Paul Hughen; doc ph: John J. Moers; aph (insert & aerial unit): David B. Nowell

2012

A Good Day to Die Hard/Die Hard 5 [John Moore] s35+HD (Canon EOS 5D)-to-35mm (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Jonathan Taylor; 2uc (Moscow): Yelena Ivanova; addph: Andrew Banwell; aph: John Marzano; 'The first conversation we had was simply about digital versus film. When I read the script I felt that the movie needed to have grain and texture, which is more difficult to do with digital and I like to do as much as possible in-camera. The other thing was the workflow: John has two small black-and-white monitors on the set and he doesn't want more than that. He has the traditional attitude that he hires a DP and trusts the DP to light the image and shoot it; he wants to pay attention to the actors and he feels that monitors can be a distraction. And finally most of the movie was shot handheld, which for me is a little easier to do on film, especially if you're working with multiple cameras. I didn't want to be spending all my time sitting in a black tent.' (From the ARRI.com website)

2013

John Wick [Chad Stahelski & (uncred) David Leitch] HD (ARRI ALEXA M & XT/Hawk Scope & spherical)-to-35mm scope (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Duane Manwiller; aph: Steve Koster; 'This was my first digital movie; all the commercials I've shot for the last couple of years have been digital, but this was the first feature. We had the idea of using both anamorphic and spherical lenses, so we got hold of a set of Hawk's Vintage '74 anamorphics and combined them with Cooke S4s. Originally we planned to use anamorphics for the first section and sphericals for the second, but once we were shooting we felt that the camerawork was enough to separate those two worlds and we ended up using the anamorphics mainly for day work and the sphericals for night work.' (From the ARRI.com website)

2015

Limitless [pilot dir by Marc Webb] 22-part tv-series, 2015-16

2015

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend [ep #1 'Josh Just Happens to Live Here!' dir by Marc Webb] tv-series, 2015-present; 1st season, 2015-16 (18 ep); addph: Charles Papert; for The CW Network; an half-hour pilot (d: Marc Webb; ph: ?) was shot in October 2014 for Showtime-tv (opted not to proceed with it)

2015

Atomic Blonde/The Coldest City [David Leitch] HD (ARRI ALEXA M & XT Plus/Hawk Scope)-to-D-Cinema (scope)/c; 2uc: Imre Juhasz; filmed 2015-16

2016

Transformers: The Last Knight/Transformers 5 [Michael Bay] RED Epic Dragon/p & Weapon Dragon/p & Weapon Helium/p+HD (Phantom 65 Gold/IMAX 3-D)-to-D-Cinema (scope [also 3-D version])/c; 2uc: Peter Lyons Collister; aph: David B. Nowell; drone ph: Michael FitzMaurice; uwph: Pete Romano

2017

Deadpool 2 [David Leitch] HD (ARRI ALEXA XT/p)+s35-to-D-Cinema (scope)/c; aph: Hans Bjerno; uwph: Ian Seabrook

 

 MISCELLANEOUS

1995

Tmunot Yafo'iyot [Matti Harari & Arik Lubetzki; 12-part tv-series, 1995 & 1997] co-lighting tech; ph: Itamar Hadar

1995

Bat Yam - New York [various; 24-part tv-series, 1995-98] co-lighting tech; ph: various

1997

Ha-Chaverim Shel Yana/Yana's Friends [Arik Kaplun] best boy; ph: Valentin Belonogov

1997

Ha-Dybbuk B'sde Hatapuchim Hakdoshim/Ahava Asura/The Dybbuk [Yossi Somer] electrician; ph: Manu Kadosh

1997

Babcha [Noam Zilberstein; short/28m] gaffer; ph: Ra'am Don; prod Tel Aviv University

1998

Mesukenet/Dangerous Acts [Shemi Zarhin] co-electrician; ph: David Gurfinkel

1999

The Body [Jonas McCord] asst; ph: Vilmos Zsigmond

2000

Hammerlock [Chris McIntyre] co-electrician; ph: Lila Javan

2000

Burning Heart [Alexa Schulz; short/18m/16mm] gaffer; ph: Matthias Grunsky; prod AFI (USA)

2000

Life as a House [Irwin Winkler] camera intern; ph: Vilmos Zsigmond