#1: © William Kallay [2007]

#2: From the doc "Cinematographer Style"

 

   


RUSS ALSOBROOK   ASC

 

Born: 2 September 1946, Hollywood, Los Angeles, Calif., as Russ Thomas Alsobrook. Raised in San Diego.

Education: Cal Western University, San Diego; San Diego State College; University of California, Santa Barbara [English & Philosophy].

Career: A chance encounter with a 'The Wonderful World of Disney' crew [dir by Frank Zuniga] on a California beach led to an opportunity to enter the film industry as a gofer in 1969. He spent the next three years working on 16mm nature films. From 1972-79, he was a staff cinematographer for a company that produced industrial films and commercials for Chrysler. In 1979, he started shooting doc's for PBS-tv, ABC-tv and the Ambassador Foundation. He transitioned into narrative storytelling in 1989, when he shot a low budget feature called 'Skeeter's Wings'.

Ph commercials dir by John McDonald, a.o.

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


Russ Alsobrook: 'I've always been an observer, so it was natural for me to gravitate to cinematography. Shooting nature films and documentaries around the world taught me to think on my feet and find the essence of the story. Cinematographers use light the way a novelist uses words to describe how sunshine on an autumn day paints the scene for his or her characters. Every cinematic technique creates an emotional response that influences how the audience embraces the story and characters. I believe film has a certain magic that will never be replaced or duplicated. There is an alchemy that takes place far beyond the technical and artistic elements that conjure up a movie. Film is magical because it defies explanation. Perhaps this glorious 19th century technology endures because no other medium can tell stories that connect so directly to the human heart. This is the most amazing art form ever invented.' [From the KODAK OnFilm website.]


 

 FILMS

1983

T-Lock - The American Solution [Kevin Biles] c; comm doc/?m; for Ameron, Inc.

1988

Ask Any Dummy: Seat Belts Make Sense! [John E. McDonald] c; comm doc/18m; for Hyundai

1988

Skeeter's Wings [D.J. Webster] c; short/60m

1989

The Dark Side of the Moon [D.J. Webster] c

1993

Mona Must Die [Donald Reiker] c

2000

The Closet [Shawn Schepps] c; short/9m; cph: Shawn Schepps

2004

Once in a Lifetime: 'Just Go for It!' [Randolph Hirsch] scheduled as doph, but prod was put on hold; ph in November 2006 by Patricia Van Over

2004

The Good Daughter [Curtis Bradford] c; short/6m

2004

Man About Town [Mike Binder] s35/c; 2uc: Donald McCuaig; aph: Dwayne McClintock

2006

Reign Over Me/Empty City [Mike Binder] HD (Genesis)-to-35mm scope/c; 2uc New York (+ 2ud): Kyle C. Rudolph

2006

Superbad [Greg Mottola] HD (Genesis)-to-35mm/c

2007

Forgetting Sarah Marshall [Nicholas Stoller] 35mm (+ D-Cinema)/c; ph marine unit Hawaii: Don King

2007

Role Models/Little Big Men [David Wain (replaced Luke Greenfield)] c

2008

Paul Blart: Mall Cop [Steve Carr] HD (Genesis)-to-35mm (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Patrick Capone

2009

You May Not Kiss the Bride/Wedlocked [Rob Hedden] RED One/c

2013

Tammy [Ben Falcone] s35-to-35mm (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Jerome Fauci; addph: Joe D'Alessandro; aph: Eric Dvorsky

2013

Black or White [Mike Binder] HD (ARRI ALEXA)-to-35mm scope (+ D-Cinema)/c; uwph: Pete Romano

2016

Status Update [Scott Speer] c

 

 TELEVISION & INTERNET

1972

Salty, the Hijacked Harbor Seal [Milas Hinshaw] tvm/16mm; ep ABC-tv series 'The Wonderful World of Disney'

1972

Mustang [Frank Zuniga & Roy Edward Disney] 2-part tvm; 2uc (+ c.op 'b' cam); ph: Michael Lonzo; ep ABC-tv series 'The Wonderful World of Disney'

1981

Women of Russia [Michael Carr & Peter Sova] 3-part doc series

1992

The Ben Stiller Show [various] 13-part series, 1992-93; cph: Clyde Smith (pilot, ep #2 & #3) & Michael Franks (pilot)

1994

The Shaggy Dog [Dennis Dugan] tvm; ep ABC-tv 'Disney Family Movies'; remake of film (1958, Charles Barton; ph: Edward Colman)

1994

The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes [Peyton Reed] tvm; remake of film (1969, Robert Butler; ph: Frank Phillips)

1994

Freaky Friday [Melanie Mayron] tvm; ep ABC-tv 'Family Saturday Movie'; remake of film (1976, Gary Nelson; ph: Charles Wheeler)

1994

Escape to Witch Mountain [Peter Rader] tvm; remake of film (1974, John Hough; ph: Frank Phillips)

1995

The Barefoot Executive [Susan Seidelman] tvm; ep ABC-tv 'Saturday Night at the Movies'; remake of film (1970, Robert Butler; ph: Charles Wheeler)

1995

The Love Bug [Peyton Reed] tvm; ep ABC-tv seriies 'The Wonderful World of Disney'

1995

Encino Woman/California Woman [Shawn Schepps] tvm

1997

Austin Stories [various] 13-part series/s16, 1997-98

1998

Daytrippers [Fran Drescher] pilot; for MTV

1999

Freaks and Geeks [12 ep dir by various] 18-part series/s35, 1999-2000; other ph (pilot): Bill Pope

2000

Grosse Pointe [16 ep dir by various] 17-part series/s16, 2000-01; other ph (pilot): Alexander Gruszynski

2000

Undeclared [13 ep dir by various] 17-part (1 unaired) series, 2001-02; other ph: James L. Carter (4 ep)

2001

The Mind of the Married Man [10 ep dir by various] 20-part series, 2001-02; 2nd season, 2002

2001

Lizzie McGuire [ep #32 'First Kiss' dir by Steve DeJarnatt (SDJ), #33 'El Oro de Montezuma' dir by Savage Steve Holland (SSH), #34 'Mom's Best Friend' dir by SDJ, #35 'The Rise and Fall of Kate' dir by Anson Williams (AW), #42 'Over the Hill' dir by SSH, #45 'Just Like Lizzie' dir by AW, #47 'Inner Beauty' dir by Mark Rosman (MR), #48 'Movin' on Up' dir by MR & #49 'Party Over Here' dir by SSH] 65-part series, 2001-04; 2nd season, 2002-04; other ph: John Newby

2002

Romy and Michele: In the Beginning [Robin Schiff] tvm

2002

Dragnet [ep #12 'The Little Guy' dir by Donna Deitch] 22-part (2 unaired) series, 2003-04; 1st season, 2003; cph: Bing Sokolsky; other ph: Johnny Jensen, Paul Maibaum & Bing Sokolsky; the 2nd season was called 'L.A. Dragnet'

2003

L.A. Dragnet [all ep (#13-22) dir by various] 2nd season, 2003-04; see 2002

2003

Miss Match [ep #15 'Divorce Happens' dir by Michael Lange] 18-part (7 unaired) series, 2003; other ph: Steven Fierberg & Ron García

2005

What About Brian [pilot dir by Dan Lerner] 24-part series, 2006-07; filmed March; unaired 1st pilot ph by Uta Briesewitz

2005

Big Love [ep #4 'Eclipse' dir by Michael Spiller, #6 'Roberta's Funeral' dir by Mary Harron, #8 'Easter' dir by Steve Shill, #10 'The Baptism' dir by Michael Lehmann & #12 'The Ceremony' dir by Julian Farino] 53-part series, 2006-11; 1st season, 2006; other ph: James Glennon

2005

What About Brian [ep #2 'Two in Twenty-Four' dir by Dan Lerner (DL), #3 'Moving Day' dir by Ron Lagomarsino, #4 'The Importance of Being Brian' dir by Gabe Sachs & Jeff Judah & #5 'Sex, Lies and Videotape' dir by DL] filmed Nov; see 2005

2011

Switched at Birth [ep #2-10 dir by various] series, 2011-present; 1st season, 2011-12 (30 ep); other ph: Daryn Okada (pilot) & Frank Byers (#11-30)

2011

Friends with Benefits [13 ep dir by various] 13-part (1 unaired) series, 2011

2011

New Girl [23 ep dir by various] series/HD (ARRI ALEXA), 2011-present; 1st season, 2011-12 (24 ep); other ph (pilot): Tim Suhrstedt

2012

New Girl [25 ep dir by various] 2nd season, 2012-13 (25 ep); see 2011

2013

New Girl [19 ep dir by various] 3rd season, 2013-14 (23 ep); see 2011

2014

Really [Jay Chandrasekhar] pilot/HD; for Amazon Studios

2014

New Girl [18 ep dir by various] 4th season, 2014-15 (22 ep); see 2011

2015

New Girl [20 ep dir by various] 5th season, 2016 (22 ep); see 2011

2015

Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life [5 ep dir by various] 13-part series, 2016

2016

New Girl [12 ep dir by various] 6th season, 2016-17 (22 ep); see 2011

 

 MISCELLANEOUS [e.g. as director]

1970

Three Without Fear: Lost on the Baja Peninsula [Frank Zuniga; 2-part ep 'The Wonderful World of Disney'] gofer; ph: Milas Hinshaw

1990

Never Forget [Joseph Sargent; tvm] c.op; ph: Kees van Oostrum

2013

New Girl [dir ep #56 'Coach'] 3rd season, 2013-14; ph: Casey Hotchkiss; see Television (2011)

2014

New Girl [dir ep #79 'Goldmine' & #88 'Oregon'] 4th season, 2014-15; ph: Casey Hotchkiss; see Television (2011)