#1: From interview [premiere "Exodus: Gods and Kings", 2014]

#2: From interview [Plus Camerimage, 2009]

 

   


DARIUSZ WOLSKI   ASC

 

Born: 1956, Warsaw, Poland, as Dariusz [Darek] Adam Wolski.

Education: PWSFTviT, Lódz, Poland.

Career: 'I was born and raised in Warsaw and went to the national film school in Lódz. My sister is a painter, and I suppose that got me interested in visual arts. Becoming a filmmaker seemed almost unachievable, so I found that to be a challenge. We were taught a lot of theory at school, but I was lucky, because Witold Sobocinski, a great Polish cinematographer, taught a couple of classes. One of his classes was a workshop, where he had us set up for a complicated shot that he lit and we filmed. In his next class, we watched a couple of his movies with no sound. He commented on every shot. 20 years later, I was invited to do a very similar workshop at AFI, and realized that I was trying to imitate what he had done, because it made a deep impression. After about 3 years at school in Lódz, I felt that I needed to be someplace more cosmopolitan and international. I kind of had this fantasy that the film industry in the United States was like Paris for painters at the beginning of the 20th century. I went to New York City in 1979. I knew somebody who was studying at Columbia University, so I hung out there, shot some student films, and found work as a production assistant and assistant cameraman. I was fortunate that somebody introduced me to people at the BBC. I worked on a lot of documentaries for them as an assistant. I got to work on documentaries featuring politicians, scientists, writers and actors. Professionally, it was pretty basic and straightforward work. It wasn't creative cinematography. Anytime there was a chance to shoot anything , I grabbed that opportunity. Once I was an operator on a low budget movie and took over shooting the second half. I remember thinking, now I'm a director of photography, but no one saw that film. Then, I went back to being an assistant. Everyone has the same story to tell. If you want to be a cameraman, you shoot anything you can when you are starting out. I got fortunate. My friend Martin Schaer, who is still my operator, and I worked on a very low budget movie in Death Valley, California. I was a camera assistant. He convinced me to move to Los Angeles in 1986 just when MTV was catching on. I shot two music videos with a band that wasn't very well known, but they were for Virgin Records and the images looked great. Someone at Virgin liked my work, and showed the videos to other people, and all of a sudden I was shooting a lot of music videos. I shot some videos that led to opportunities to shoot commercials. There were some very good directors working on videos and commercials. My first movie was made for cable television in 1991 ['Chains of Gold']. It was a bit of a disaster. I got it based on my music videos. It was a horrible low budget movie with John Travolta. I was fired with two weeks to go. I've learned about Hollywood the hard way.' [From interview with Bob Fisher on the KODAK OnFilm website.]

Ph 100+ music videos [see below for selection] with David Bowie, Sting, Elton John, a.o. Ph numerous commercials dir by Marco Brambilla, Marek Kanievska, Jake Scott [for Blaupunkt], Alex Proyas, Russell Mulcahy [for Canon], Julien Temple, Jeremiah Chechik [for Levi's], Michael Hausmann, Mike Rowles [for Honda], Lyndall Hobbs, Bob Giraldi, David Fincher [for Levi's], a.o. Directed commercials [for Nike].

Member of the ASC since 1996.

Awards: MTV Video Music Award 'Best Cinematography' nom [1990] for 'Janie's Got a Gun'; ASC Award nom [1996] for 'Crimson Tide'; MTV Video Music Award 'Best Cinematography' nom [2001] for 'Stan'.


 

 FILMS AT THE PWSFTviT

1978

Calineczka [Andrzej Mellin; short] co-c.asst (+ small part); ph: Wlodzimierz Glodek

1979

Droga z pierwszenstwem przejazdu [Krzysztof Tchórzewski] b&w; short/21m; cph: Krzysztof Pakulski

1979

Kregoslup [Jacques Louis Sennyey] b&w; doc/4m

1979

W starym piecu [Pawel Nowicki] 16mm/c; doc/17m

 

 FILMS

1984

The Oasis/A Savage Hunger [Sparky Greene] c; co-2uc (+ 1st c.asst); ph: Alexander Gruszynski

1986

Heart [James Lemmo] c; addph; ph: Jacek Laskus

1989

Chains of Gold [Rod Holcomb] c; cph: Bruce Surtees (replaced D. Wolski); premiered on cable-tv in 1991

1992

Romeo Is Bleeding [Peter Medak] c; aph: Don Sweeney

1993

The Crow [Alex Proyas] c; miniature ph: Michael Talarico

1994

Crimson Tide [Tony Scott] p/c; addph: Daniel Mindel; uwph: Jim Dickson; vfx ph: Scott Beattie, Scott Campbell, Craig Moore, a.o.

1995

The Fan [Tony Scott] p/c; uncred addph: Daniel Mindel

1996

Dark City [Alex Proyas] s35/c; 2uc: Richard Michalak, Michael Wood & Gary Philips; addph: Ross Emery & Andrew Lesnie

1997

A Perfect Murder [Andrew Davis] c; filmed 1997-98

1997

Enemy of the State [Tony Scott] announced as doph, but replaced by Daniel Mindel

1999

Rules of Engagement [William Friedkin] p+tvi/c; started prod; cph: William Fraker & Nicola Pecorini

1999

Coyote Ugly [David McNally] s35/c; 2uc (+ 2ud); ph: Amir Mokri; addph: David Golia

2000

The Mexican [Gore Verbinski] s35/c

2001

Bad Company/Black Sheep [Joel Schumacher] s35/c; 2uc: Josh Bleibtreu

2002

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl [Gore Verbinski] s35/c; 2uc: Alexander Witt; uwph: Peter Zuccarini; vfx ph: Carl Miller & Pat Sweeney

2004

Hide and Seek [John Polson] s35/c; aph: Phil Pastuhov

2005

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest [Gore Verbinski] s35/c; 2uc: Patrick Loungway; 2uc Dominica: Josh Bleibtreu; aph: David B. Nowell; uwph: Peter Zuccarini

2006

Namaste, London [Vipul Amrutlal Shah] announced for August start, but ph by Jonathan Bloom

2006

Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End [Gore Verbinski] s35 (+ D-Cinema)/c; addph (oversaw principal ph for 5 weeks because D. Wolski had to start another film): Ben Seresin; 2uc: Patrick Loungway; uwph: Peter Zuccarini; vfx ph: Carl Miller

2007

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street [Tim Burton] 35mm (+ D-Cinema)/c; vfx ph: John Conroy

2007

Come Wander with Me/And She Stares Longingly at What She Has Lost [Phillip Van] c; short/3m; prod NYU; prod as part of the 5-part series 'Little Minx - Exquisite Corpse'

2007

Eagle Eye [D.J. Caruso] s35 (+ IMAX-70bu & D-Cinema)/c; add unit ph: Josh Bleibtreu; uncred addph: Alex Nepomniaschy; 2uc: Larry Blanford; aph: David B. Nowell; filmed 2007-08

 

With dir Tim Burton [left] - "Alice in Wonderland"

 

2008

Alice in Wonderland [Tim Burton] HD (Genesis)+35mm-to-35mm (+ IMAX-70bu & D-Cinema [also 3-D version])/c

2009

The Rum Diary [Bruce Robinson] s16-35bu (+ D-Cinema)/c; addph: John Seale; aph: David B. Nowell

2010

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides [Rob Marshall] RED (Epic & One)-to-35mm scope (+ IMAX-70bu & D-Cinema [also 3-D version])/c; 2uc: Patrick Loungway; addph 2u: Robert S. Gainer; aph: Michael Kelem & (Los Angeles) David B. Nowell; uwph: Peter Zuccarini & (Hawaii) Don R. King

 

[Left] with Ridley Scott - "Prometheus"

Photo by Kerry Brown

 

2011

Prometheus [Ridley Scott] RED Epic-to-35mm scope (+ IMAX-70bu & D-Cinema [also 3-D version])/c; aph: Adam Dale & John Marzano; vfx ph: Shaun O'Dell

2011

Untitled Keith Richards Documentary [Johnny Depp] c; doc/?m; filmed 2011 & February 2013

2011

Devils Mountain/The Cold [Daniel Calparsoro] pre-production

2011

Loom [Luke Scott] RED Epic-to-D-Cinema (3-D version/scope)/c; short/20m; prod in assoc with RED Digital Cinema and RED Studios to promote the 4K REDRAY (3D) Cinema Player

2012

The Counselor [Ridley Scott] RED Epic-to-35mm scope (+ D-Cinema)/c; addph: Shaun O'Dell

2013

Exodus: Gods and Kings [Ridley Scott] RED Epic Dragon/scope-to-D-Cinema (scope) (also 3-D version)/c; 2uc: Flavio Labiano; aph: John Marzano & (addph) Adam Dale; uwph: Tim Wooster; filmed 2013-14

2014

The Walk/To Reach the Clouds/To Walk the Clouds [Robert Zemeckis] RED Epic Dragon/scope-to-D-Cinema (scope) (also 3-D version)/c; aph: Brian Heller; vfx ph: Alfonso Maiorana

2014

The Martian/The Martian 3D [Ridley Scott] RED Epic Dragon & Scarlet Dragon+HD (GoPro Hero 4)-to-35mm scope (+ D-Cinema [also 3-D version])/c; Florida unit ph: Daniel Stilling; 2uc: Mark Patten; aph (Jordan): John Marzano; filmed 2014-15

2015

The Gentleman's Wager II [Jake Scott] c; comm short/11m; for Johnnie Walker Blue Label

2016

Alien: Covenant/Prometheus 2 [Ridley Scott] HD (ARRI ALEXA XT/scope)-to-IMAX-70bu (+ D-Cinema [also 3-D version])/c; aph: Peter Beeh

2016

Soldado [Stefano Sollima] HD/c; 2uc: Erik Messerschmidt; aph: Hans Bjerno; uwph: Peter Zuccarini; filmed 2016-17

2017

All the Money in the World [Ridley Scott] HD (scope)/c; aph: John Marzano; the scenes with actor Kevin Spacey were cut from the film and reshot in November with actor Christopher Plummer

 

 TELEVISION & INTERNET

1987

Land of Little Rain [Evelyn Purcell] tvm; ep PBS-tv anthology series 'American Playhouse'

1987

Nightfall [Paul Mayersberg] tvm

1990

Fifteenth Phase of the Moon [Mark Amos Nealey] tvm/30m; ep 'Showtime 30-Minute Movie'-series

2015

War Machine/The Operators [David Michôd] HD (Sony F55)/c; filmed 2015-16; for Netflix; also in theaters

 

 MISCELLANEOUS

1981

Death of a Prophet [Woodie King Jr.] gaffer; ph: Robert Achs

1983

The Brass Ring [Bob Balaban; tvm] c.asst; ph: Steven Fierberg

1983

Almonds and Raisins [: A History of the Yiddish Cinema] [Russ Karel] c.asst; ph: Jacek Laskus

1983

Almost You [Adam Brooks] c.op; ph: Alexander Gruszynski

1983

Tales from the Darkside [pilot 'Trick or Treat' dir by Bob Balaban; tv-series] c.asst; ph: Steven Fierberg

1984

The Oasis/A Savage Hunger [Sparky Greene] 1st c.asst (+ co-2uc); ph: Alexander Gruszynski

1984

Surviving [: A Family in Crisis]/Tragedy [Waris Hussein; tvm] c.op; ph: Alexander Gruszynski

1985

Parting Glances [Bill Sherwood] co-c.asst; ph: Jacek Laskus

1985

Murder: By Reason of Insanity/My Sweet Victim/Death on a Day Pass [Anthony Page; tvm] co-asst c.op; ph: Alexander Gruszynski

1985

Twisted [Adam Holender] c.op; ph: Alexander Gruszynski

1986

Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll [Taylor Hackford; concert film] co-1st asst c.op (as Darek Wolski); ph: Oliver Stapleton

1986

Cherry 2000 [Steve De Jarnatt] 1st c.asst 3u; 3uc: Christopher Tufty; ph: Jacques Haitkin

 

 MUSIC VIDEOS [Selection]

1987

This Lonely Heart [a: Loudness; d: Nigel Dick]

1988

This Note's For You [a: Neil Young; d: Julien Temple]

1988

When It's Love [a: Van Halen; d: Jeremiah Chechik]

1988

If It Isn't Love [a: New Edition; d: Geoffrey Edwards]

1988

Indestructible [a: Four Tops; d: Maurice Phillips]

1988

Hey Hey [a: Neil Young; d: Julien Temple]

1988

Holdin' On [a: Steve Winwood; d: David Fincher]

1988

Eternal Flame [a: The Bangles; d: Tim Pope]

1989

American Dream [a: Crosby, Stills & Nash; d: Julien Temple]

1989

Forever Your Girl [a: Paula Abdul; d: David Fincher]

1989

Janie's Got a Gun [a: Aerosmith; d: David Fincher]

1989

Darlin', I... [a: Vanessa Williams; d: Alek Keshishian]

1989

I'll Be Good To You [a: Quincy Jones, Ray Charles & Chaka Khan; d: David Kellogg]

1989

License to Kill [a: Gladys Knight; d: Daniel Kleinman]

1990

Sweet & Low [a: Debbie Harry; d: Steven Meisel]

1990

Yer So Bad [a: Tom Petty; d: Julien Temple]

1991

Unforgettable [a: Natalie Cole; d: Steve Barron]

1997

Not If You Were the Last Junkie On Earth [a: The Dandy Warhols; d: David LaChapelle]

2000

Stan [a: Eminem & Dido; d: Dr. Dre & Philip Atwell]