BOB YEOMAN   ASC

Born: 10 March 1951, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, as Robert David Yeoman.

Education: University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television [USC] [MFA Film Production].

Career: 'I was born in Pennsylvania, but when I was three years old my family moved to Wilmette, a suburb of Chicago. That's where I grew up. My parents bought me a camera when I was in high school. I took basic darkroom classes, and shot a lot of black-and-white photographs of people and architecture in different areas of the city. A career in film never entered my mind. I went to college at Duke University because it was a good school academically, and I wanted to live in another part of the country. Also, I was a basketball player. I played for a year as a walk-on, but I didn't know what I wanted to do with my life. I studied psychology. I joined a film club. We would meet on Saturday nights and watch foreign films. I was also interested in documentaries. I loved "Harlan County" and the stories they were doing on "60 Minutes". I began thinking about getting involved in documentaries and film school. I went to USC with the idea of exploring all the possibilities. I initially tried directing, but found myself drawn to cinematography. Part of it was that other students were asking me to shoot their films. When I was at USC we filmed a group of guys who were re-enacting Civil War battles. David Kellogg was the director and I was his cameraman. We did a few other small documentaries. […] I tried to get into the camera union, but that was impossible. My first job was as a personal assistant to Joe Pytka, a commercial director. After about three months, I was offered a job at a little company that made really low-budget commercials. I started in the editing room, and begged them to let me shoot. They were famous for taking young kids like myself, paying no money, but giving them an opportunity to shoot 35mm film. This led to shooting for another commercial director. It was during the early to mid-1980s. I reached a point where I was broke and getting discouraged. That's when I got a phone call out of the blue. Robby Müller was shooting "To Live and Die in L.A.", and they needed someone to film a test of a dummy falling off a bridge. After I shot the test, they hired me for some B unit work. When Robby left due to a previous commitment I was hired to finish shooting the film.' [From the KODAK OnFilm website.]

Ph commercials dir by David Wild, Noam Murro, Wes Anderson [for American Express], Stacy Wall [for Tylenol], Brian Aldrich [for Volkswagen], Tom Routson, Jim Jenkins [for Snickers], a.o.

Member of the ASC since 2001.

Appeared in the doc 'Cinematographer Style' [2005, Jon Fauer; ph: J. Fauer, Jeff Laszlo, Brian Heller & David Morgan].

Awards: Independent Spirit Award [1990] for 'Drugstore Cowboy'.



 FILMS

1983

Hero/A Strange World of Misfits [Alexandre Rockwell] c; cph: Alexandre Rockwell

1984

To Live and Die in L.A. [William Friedkin] c; 2uc (+ ph 1st unit to replace R. Müller who could not finish the prod); ph: Robby Müller

1985

Once Bitten [Howard Storm] c; addph; ph: Adam Greenberg

1986

Wanted: Dead or Alive [Gary Sherman] c; co-2uc; ph: Alex Nepomniaschy

1986

Rampage [William Friedkin] c

1987

Rented Lips [Robert Downey] c

1987

Johnny Be Good [Bud Smith] c

1987

Dead Heat [Mark Goldblatt] c; 2uc: Randall Sellars; Jewelry store ph: David Goldner

1987

Playboy: Bedtime Stories [Robert C. Hughes & Sam Weston (= Anthony Spinelli)] c/V; short/58m; 5 seg; other ph: Don Burgess, John Dirlam, Stan Lazan & Mark Zavad

1988

Tap [Nick Castle] c; addph; ph: David Gribble

1988

Cold Feet [Robert Dornhelm] c; co-addph; ph: Bryan Duggan

1988

Drugstore Cowboy [Gus Van Sant] c; 2uc: Eric Alan Edwards

1989

The Wizard [Todd Holland] c

1989

Kid/Back for Revenge [John Mark Robinson] c

1990

Too Much Sun [Robert Downey] c

1990

The Linguini Incident [Richard Shepard] c; addph: David Sperling

1991

Past Midnight [Jan Eliasberg] c

1991

The Paint Job/Painted Heart [Michael Taav] c

1993

White Lies [Ken Selden] c

1993

Somebody to Love [Alexandre Rockwell] c

1994

Coldblooded/The Reluctant Hitman [M. Wallace Wolodarsky] c

1994

Bottle Rocket [Wes Anderson] c

1995

The Substance of Fire [Daniel J. Sullivan] c

1996

Dog Watch [John Langley] c

1996

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

1997

Permanent Midnight [David Veloz] c

1997

Rushmore [Wes Anderson] p/c

1998

Dogma [Kevin Smith] s35/c; 2uc: Brian Sweeney

1999

Down to You [Kris Isacsson] c; California ph: Tim Suhrstedt; addph New York: Tim Suhrstedt & Jim Denault

1999

Beautiful [Sally Field] c

2000

Double Whammy [Tom DiCillo] c; eyeball seq ph: David Knox

2000

CQ [Roman Coppola] c; 2uc: Jacques Raybaut

2001

The Royal Tenenbaums [Wes Anderson] p/c

2002

Secondhand Lions [Tim McCanlies] s35-to-35mm/c; addph; ph: Jack N. Green

2003

Counterfeit World: Making 'To Live and Die in L.A.' [Michael Arick] c/DVD; doc/30m; ph behind-the-scenes footage (1985); other ph: Maurey Dahlen, Chris Meagher & Rick Walker

2003

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou [Wes Anderson] p/c; addph: Stefano Falivene; Antibes ph: Margaux Bonhomme; uwph: Pete Romano; vfx ph: Eric Swenson; anim unit ph: Patrick Sweeney

2003

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events [Brad Silberling (replaced Barry Sonnenfeld)] s35-to-35mm/c; finished prod; ph: Emmanuel Lubezki

2004

The Squid and the Whale [Noah Baumbach] s16-35bu/c

2004

Red Eye [Wes Craven] p/c; addph: Peter Collister; addph Miami: Michael Negrin

2005

Martian Child [Menno Meyjes] (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Jim Van Dijk; addph: Jonathan Sela; aph: A.J. Vesak; uwph: Ian Seabrook

2005

Hotel Chevalier [Wes Anderson] p/c; short/13m

2006

Manolete/The Passion Within/A Matador's Mistress [Menno Meyjes] s35 (+ digital)/c

[Right] with dir Wes Anderson - "The Darjeeling Limited"

2006

The Darjeeling Limited [Wes Anderson] p/c; uwph: Peter Zuccarini

2007

Yes Man [Peyton Reed] s35 (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Josh Bleibtreu

2007

Burn After Reading [Joel & Ethan Coen] 35mm (+ D-Cinema)/c; uncred addph (ph pickup shots after E. Lubezki moved on to another project); ph: Emmanuel Lubezki

2008

Whip It [Drew Barrymore] p (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Jimmy Lindsey

2009

Get Him to the Greek [Nicholas Stoller] 35mm+HD-to-35mm (+ D-Cinema)/c

2010

Bridesmaids [Paul Feig] s35 (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Magdalena Górka; aph: Steve Koster

2011

Moonrise Kingdom [Wes Anderson] s16-35bu (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Barry Braverman

2012

Max's Fantastic Adventures - The Well of Lost Souls [Jonathan D. Bucari] pre-production (in January, several members of the cast and production staff came together for a first rehearsal of the film)

2012

The Heat [Paul Feig] s35 (+ D-Cinema)/c; aph: Hans Bjerno

2013

The Grand Budapest Hotel [Wes Anderson] 35mm (1.37:1 & 1.85:1)+tvi (2.35:1)-to-35mm (+ D-Cinema)/c; ph London: Giles Nuttgens; hph: Leo Baumgartner; stop-motion ph: Tristan Oliver & Matthew Day

2013

Love & Mercy [Bill Pohlad] 35mm+s16-to-?/c; uwph: Robert Settlemire

2014

Spy [Paul Feig] HD/c


 TELEVISION

1986

C.A.T. Squad/Stalking Danger [William Friedkin] pilot; for NBC-tv

1991

Perfect Harmony [Will Mackenzie] tvm

1992

Double Deception [Jan Egleson] pilot; for NBC-tv

1997

The Pentagon Wars [Richard Benjamin] tvm


 MISCELLANEOUS

1981

Chasing Dreams [Sean Roche] co-gaffer 2u; ph: Connie Holt; released in 1989

1982

Ferestadeh/The Mission [Parviz Sayyad] prod crew; ph: Reza Aria

1990

The Dark Backward/The Man with Three Arms [Adam Rifkin] c.op 'b' cam; ph: Joey Forsyte