#1: 2009

 

   


JOHN TOLL   ASC

 

Born: 15 June 1952, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.

Education: Los Angeles City College; California State University, Los Angeles.

Career: Came to Los Angeles at the age of 19 to attend college. While in college he got a part-time job as prod asst and ph of inserts at David Wolper Productions. Was c.asst for Mike Dugan [2nd unit] and Andrew Laszlo [1st unit] on a tvm shot in the Bahamas. Ph some low-budget exploitation films in the early 70's. After his study he had several non-union jobs until he became c.asst working for doph David Walsh, Archie R. Dalzell [on the tv-series 'The Rookies'], Melvin Sokolsky [commercials], Richard Kline and John Alonzo. Became c.op.

Ph a 'behind-the-scenes' doc about the making of 'E.T.' [1981-82]. Started ph commercials in 1986 dir by Hugh Hudson ['US Marines'], Roland Emmerich [for DaimlerChrysler], a.o. Ph music videos dir by David Hogan ['Tragedy', 2001; a: Marc Anthony], a.o.

Member of the ASC [since 1995] and the SOC.

Married [1998-present] to make-up artist Lois Burwell.

Appeared in the doc's 'Italian Soldiers' [2000, Francesco Cabras; 65m], 'Prelude to a Dream' [2001; the making of 'Vanilla Sky'; 6m], 'Cinematographer Style' [2005, Jon Fauer; ph: J. Fauer, Jeff Laszlo, Brian Heller & David Morgan], 'Behind the Scenes of 'Seraphim Falls'' [2007; 19m] & 'The Man Who Shot Chinatown: The Life and Work of John A. Alonzo' [2007, Axel Schill; ph: Volker Gläser; 78m].

Awards: ASC TV Award nom [1990] for 'The Young Riders' [pilot 'The Kid']; 'Oscar' AA [1995], ASC Film Award nom [1995] & Camerimage 'Golden Frog' nom [1995] for 'Legends of the Fall'; 'Oscar' AA [1996], ASC Film Award [1996], BAFTA Film Award [1996] & Camerimage 'Golden Frog' nom [1996] for 'Braveheart'; NYFCC Award [1998], ASC Film Award [1999], 'Oscar' AA nom [1999], BSC Award nom [1999], Berlin IFF 'Honorable Mention' [1999] & CFCA Award [1999] for 'The Thin Red Line'; National Board of Review of Motion Pictures 'Career Achievement Award for Cinematography' [2003]; ASC Film Award nom [2003] & Golden Satellite Award [2004] for 'The Last Samurai'; 'Emmy' Award nom [2008] for 'Breaking Bad' [pilot]; ASC 'Lifetime Achievement Award' [2015]; Camerimage 'Lifetime Achievement Award' [2017].


 

 FILMS

1971

The Young Graduates [Robert Anderson] c; cph: J. Barry Herron

1971

The Hoax/The Swiss Bank Account [Robert Anderson] c

1981

E.T.: Behind-the-Scenes [?] c; doc/?m

1985

The Beach Boys: An American Band [Malcolm Leo] c; doc/103m; addph: Fritz Roland

1988

Tequila Sunrise [Robert Towne] c; co-2uc; ph: Conrad Hall

1989

Blaze [Ron Shelton] c; 2uc; ph: Haskell Wexler

1989

Always [Steven Spielberg] c; addph Montana; ph: Mikael Salomon

1991

Wind [Carroll Ballard] c; 2uc: Gary Capo; aph: Stan McClain

1991

The Forfeit [Kate Hall] c; 61m

1993

Legends of the Fall [Edward Zwick] c; addph: David Wagreich; 2uc: Ron Orieux

1994

Braveheart [Mel Gibson] p/c; 2uc; Eddie Collins, John Clothier & Raymond Stella

1995

Jack [Francis Ford Coppola] c

1996

[John Grisham's] The Rainmaker [Francis Ford Coppola] p/c; 2uc: Bob Yeoman

 

"The Thin Red Line"

 

1997

The Thin Red Line [Terrence Malick] p/c; 2uc (Solomon Islands): Reuben Aaronson

1998

Simpatico [Matthew Warchus] c; addph: Kenneth Barrows; 2uc: Mike Thomas

1999

Almost Famous/Untitled: Almost Famous the Bootleg Cut [Cameron Crowe] c; 2uc: Charles Minsky; aph: Stan McClain

2000

Captain Corelli's Mandolin [John Madden] p/c; 2uc: Peter Field

2000

Vanilla Sky [Cameron Crowe] c; 2uc: Craig Haagensen; vfx ph: David Drzewiecki

2001

Orange County [Jake Kasdan] c; uncred end beach ph; ph: Greg Gardiner

2002

The E.T. Reunion [Laurent Bouzereau] c/V; doc/18m; ph original 'E.T.: Behind-the-Scenes' footage (1981); ph: Ron Siegel

2002

The Last Samurai [Edward Zwick] p/c; 2uc (+ 2ud): Gary Capo

2004

Elizabethtown [Cameron Crowe] c; 2uc: Mike Thomas

2005

Rise [: Blood Hunter] [Sebastian Gutierrez] HD/c; 2uc: Philip Lee

2005

Seraphim Falls [David Von Ancken] p/c; 2uc: Michael Ferris

2006

Gone Baby Gone [Ben Affleck] 35mm (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc (+ c.op 'b' cam): Mike Thomas; aph: Brian Heller

2007

Wanted [Timur Bekmambetov] s35 (+ D-Cinema)/c; ph New York; ph: Mitchell Amundsen

2007

Tropic Thunder [Ben Stiller] s35 (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Josh Bleibtreu; ph splinter unit: Steve Adcock; aph: David B. Nowell; HD ph: Micky Froehlich

2007

The Burning Plain [Guillermo Arriaga] s35/c; addph (finished film); ph: Robert Elswit

2008

Gimme Shelter [Ben Affleck] dv/c/V; comm doc/5m; for UNHCR

 

"It's Complicated"

 

2009

It's Complicated [Nancy Meyers] 35mm (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Patrick Capone & (uncred; + 2ud Santa Barbara): Guillermo Navarro

2009

Unbound Captives [Madeleine Stowe] pre-production (still in pre-prod in 2014; M. Stowe: 'We're funded but we have to get the right leading man.')

2009

The Adjustment Bureau [George Nolfi] HD+s35-to-35mm (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Lukasz Jogalla; splinter unit ph: Jack Donnelly

2011

The Odd Life of Timothy Green [Peter Hedges] 35mm (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc (+ 2ud): Robbie Greenberg; uwph Los Angeles: Mike Thomas

2011

Cloud Atlas [Tom Tykwer (1936, 1973 & 2012 seg), Andy Wachowski & Lana Wachowski (1849, 2144 & 2321 seg)] s35+HD (Phantom HD)-to-35mm scope (+ D-Cinema)/c; 172m; ph seg dir by the Wachowski's; other ph: Frank Griebe; uncred splinter unit ph: Florian Emmerich; insert unit ph: David Lee; high speed ph: Max Penzel; aph: Jeremy Braben & (Spain) Steven Desbrow

2012

Iron Man 3 [Shane Black] HD (ARRI ALEXA & Studio + Canon C500)-to-35mm scope (+ IMAX-70bu & D-Cinema [also 3-D version])/c; ph China: Gabriel Beristáin; Mandarin seq ph: Thomas Kloss; 2uc: Larry Blanford; aph 2u: Hans Bjerno (Barrel of Monkeys), David B. Nowell (docks) & Craig O'Brien (skydiving); filmed 2012-13

2013

Jupiter Ascending [Andy & Lana Wachowski] HD (ARRI ALEXA XT & Plus 4:3 + Canon EOS 6D)+RED Epic-to-35mm scope (+ D-Cinema [also 3-D version]); aph: Phil Pastuhov; filmed 2013-14

2015

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk [Ang Lee] HD (Sony F65/120 fps)-to-D-Cinema (also 3-D version)/c

 

 TELEVISION & INTERNET

1972

The Rookies [various] 92-part series, 1972-76; other ph: Arch Dalzell, a.o.

1987

The China Odyssey: 'Empire of the Sun', a Film by Steven Spielberg [Les Mayfield] doc/49m; cph: Mark Zavad; for CBS-tv

1987

WonderWorks [ep 'Hiroshima Maiden' dir by Joan Darling] 6-part series, 1988; other ph: Gregory Andracke, Orlando Bagwell, John McLean & Tony Jannelli

1989

The Young Riders [pilot 'The Kid' dir by Robert Lieberman] 68-part series, 1989-92

1990

Good Night, Sweet Wife - A Murder in Boston [Jerrold Freedman] tvm

 

With actor Bryan Cranston and dir Vince Gilligan - "Breaking Bad"

 

2007

Breaking Bad [pilot dir by Vince Gilligan] 62-part series/s35-to-HD, 2008-13; 1st season, 2008; other ph: Reynaldo Villalobos

2014

Sense8 [pilot 'Limbic Resonance' dir by Andy & Lana Wachowski (as The Wachowskis) + 11 ep dir by various] series/HD (Sony F55), 2015-present; 1st season, 2015 (12 ep); addph: Frank Griebe, Christian Almesberger & Danny Ruhlmann; aph: Hans Bjerno; for Netflix

 

 FILMS AS CAMERA ASSISTANT/OPERATOR

1975

Whiffs [Ted Post] uncred 1st c.asst; ph: David M. Walsh

1975

Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood [Michael Winner] 1st c.asst; ph: Richard H. Kline

1976

Black Sunday [John Frankenheimer] c.asst 'b' cam; ph: John Alonzo

1976

The Last Waltz [Martin Scorsese; concert film] co-1st c.asst; ph: Michael Chapman

1977

[Neil Simon's] The Cheap Detective [Robert Moore] uncred 1st c.asst; ph: John Alonzo

1977

FM/Citizen's Band [John Alonzo] c.op; ph: David Myers

1978

Norma Rae [Martin Ritt] c.op; ph: John Alonzo

1978

Human Highway [Dean Stockwell & Bernard Shakey (= Neil Young)] c.op; ph: David Myers

1978

...and your name is Jonah [Richard Michaels; tvm] c.op; ph: David Myers

1979

Tom Horn [William Wiard] c.op; ph: John Alonzo

1979

Portrait of a Stripper/The Secret Life of Susie Hanson [John Alonzo; tvm] c.op; ph: John Alonzo

1979

The Boy Who Drank Too Much [Jerrold Freedman; tvm] c.op; ph: Allen Daviau

1979

Urban Cowboy [James Bridges] c.op; ph: Reynaldo Villalobos

1979

Bustin' Loose [Oz Scott] c.op 2uc; 2uc: Fred Goodich; ph: Dennis Dalzell

1979

Belle Starr [John Alonzo; tvm] c.op; ph: John Alonzo

1980

Back Roads [Martin Ritt] c.op; ph: John Alonzo

1980

Zorro, the Gay Blade [Peter Medak] c.op; ph: John Alonzo

1981

National Lampoon Goes to the Movies/National Lampoon's Movie Madness [Bob Giraldi (2 seg) & Henry Jaglom (1 seg)] co-c.op; ph: Tak Fujimoto (2 seg) & Charles Correll (1 seg)

1981

Os saltimbancos trapalhões [J.B. Tanko] co-c.op; ph: Antônio Gonçalves & Fred Goodich

1981

Richard Pryor Live on the Sunset Strip [Joe Layton] co-c.op; ph: Haskell Wexler

1981

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial [Steven Spielberg] c.op 2u; 2uc: John Stevens; ph: Allen Daviau

1982

Blue Thunder [John Badham] uncred co-c.op; ph: John Alonzo

1982

Twilight Zone: The Movie [John Landis (seg #1), Steven Spielberg (#2), Joe Dante (#3) & George Miller (#4)] co-c.op seg #2-4; ph: Allen Daviau (#2 & 4) & John Hora (#3)

1982

Scarface [Brian De Palma] co-c.op; ph: John Alonzo

1983

The Falcon and the Snowman [John Schlesinger] c.op; ph: Allen Daviau

1984

Refuge of the Roads [Joni Mitchell; mus perf] co-c.op; ph: Jordan Cronenweth

1985

Sweet Dreams [Karel Reisz] c.op; ph: Robbie Greenberg

1985

Peggy Sue Got Married [Francis Coppola] c.op; ph: Jordan Cronenweth

1985

Just Between Friends [Allan Burns] c.op; ph: Jordan Cronenweth

1986

Black Widow [Bob Rafelson] c.op; ph: Conrad L. Hall

1986

The Milagro Beanfield War [Robert Redford] c.op; ph: Robbie Greenberg

2006

Shine a Light [Martin Scorsese; mus doc/122m] co-c.op; ph: Robert Richardson