#1: "Jonah Hex" [2009] - photo by Frank Masi

#2: [Right] with dir Dan Bradley - "Red Dawn" [2009]

 

   


MITCHELL AMUNDSEN

 

Born: 31 May 1958, San Francisco, Calif., USA, as Charles Mitchell Amundsen. Also cred as C. Mitchell Amundsen.

Education: Montana State University [Film School], Bozeman, Montana [left in 1980].

Career: 'I was born in San Francisco and raised in Marin County in a town called Larkspur. My dad sold insurance and real estate. People from the 1960s music scene lived in that neighborhood. When I was around 10 years old, my dad bought a boat in Sausalito that we also called home. There was no film in my upbringing. It was all about music. My grandmother lived in San Francisco on the corner of Haight and Ashbury Streets, a district at the heart of the 1960s hippie music scene. My mother wouldn't let me hang out with the people on the street. I remember looking out the window and watching the street scene. I had a guitar that I tried to play, but it didn't come naturally; I'm tone deaf. On the other hand, when I picked up a camera, I had a natural inclination for still photography. I was always interested in imagery. I drew a lot, and was fascinated by the crazy, psychedelic posters that were on the streets in the Haight-Ashbury district. Photography came easy to me from the time I picked up my first 35mm camera in a high school photography class. […] I went to college in Bozeman, Montana, because they had a great still photography school. I also took motion picture classes, which sparked my interest in cinematography. When I returned home to Marin County, a friend who was selling computer chips for motion control shots to ILM got me a tour through their facility. That was around 1980 and I'd been in film school for about two years. While I was on that tour, a guy told me that Coppola's people were looking for a PA [production assistant] to run cable for a movie that he was going to make. He asked if I would be willing to leave school and work on that movie. A week later, I was being paid $100 a week to run coaxial cable during the production of 'One from the Heart'. It was an amazing experience. They were shooting at a studio on stages that Coppola owned. Vittorio Storaro was the cinematographer. I was next to him all the time, pulling cable that hooked up the camera to the video monitor. I became an AC [assistant cameraman] around 1984. Although it was a great experience, I jumped at the first opportunity to become a camera operator when the chance presented itself.' [From interview with Bob Fisher on the KODAK OnFilm website.]

Worked on music videos. Ph commercials dir by John Schwartzman [2003, 'Army of One'; for US Army], Mike McCoy [for KIA], Stewart Hendler [for Mercedes], a.o.

Joined prod comp Bandito Brothers as a dir in 2010. Directed commercials.

His brother Eric [1960-] is a c.asst and digital imaging tech [dit/D.I.T.].

Website: Mitchell Amundsen


 

 FILMS & TELEVISION

1992

The Ballad of Little Jo/Little Man Jo [Maggie Greenwald] c; co-2uc; ph: Declan Quinn

1998

Armageddon [Michael Bay] p (35mm & 70bu)/c; uncred cph (finished film after J. Schwartzman left prod about 2 weeks before shooting was finished to prep 'EDtv'; + c.op 'a' cam); ph: John Schwartzman; filmed 1997-98

1998

EDtv/Ed TV [Ron Howard] c; co-2uc (+ c.op); ph: John Schwartzman

2000

Pearl Harbor [Michael Bay] p/c; 2uc (+ addph); ph: John Schwartzman

2001

The Country Bears [Peter Hastings] c; 2uc: Michael Stone; aph: Kurt E. Soderling

2001

[ESPN's] Ultimate X: The Movie [Bruce Hendricks] IMAX-70/c; doc/47m; cph: Reed Smoot & Rodney Taylor; aph: Timothy Housel

2002

Bad Boys II [Michael Bay] s35/c; 2uc; ph: Amir Mokri

2002

Seabiscuit [Gary Ross] s35/b&w-c; co-2uc; ph: John Schwartzman; filmed 2002-03

2002

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl [Gore Verbinski] s35/c; co-2uc; ph: Dariusz Wolski; filmed 2002-03

2003

National Treasure [Jon Turteltaub] s35/c; ph New York; ph: Caleb Deschanel

2003

The Bourne Supremacy [Paul Greengrass] s35/c; 2uc; ph: Oliver Wood; filmed 2003-04

2004

Transporter 2/Le transporteur II [Louis Leterrier] s35/c; ph France: Pierre Morel; addph: Michael Stone; aph: Phil Pastuhov; uwph: Patrick Longman

2004

The Dukes of Hazzard [Jay Chandrasekhar] s35/c; 2uc; ph: Lawrence Sher

2004

The Island [Michael Bay] p/c; 2uc; ph: Mauro Fiore; filmed 2004-05

2005

Eight Below [Frank Marshall] s35/c; 2uc (+ 2ud); ph: Don Burgess

2005

Mission: Impossible III [J.J. Abrams] p+s35+HD (Sony F950)-to-35mm scope (+ D-Cinema)/c; co-2uc; ph: Dan Mindel

2006

Transformers [Michael Bay] p+s35-to-35mm scope (+ IMAX-70bu)/c; 2uc: Lukas Ettlin; uncred addph: David DuBois; aph: David B. Nowell; vfx ph: Pat Sweeney

2007

Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert [Bruce Hendricks] HD (Sony F23 & Sony F950 [3-D])-to-D-Cinema/c; concert film/74m & 90m; cph: Reed Smoot & Rodney Taylor

2007

Wanted [Timur Bekmambetov] s35 (+ D-Cinema)/c; ph New York: John Toll; 2uc: Josh Bleibtreu & Tim Wooster; aph: Jeremy Braben & (2u) Dylan Goss

2008

Love Happens/Traveling [Brandon Camp] c; concert unit ph; ph: Eric Edwards

 

[Right] with dir Stephen Sommers [cap] & actor Dennis Quaid [uniform]

"G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra"

 

2008

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra [Stephen Sommers] p+RED-to-p (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Jonathan Taylor; aph: David B. Nowell & (Europe) Adam Dale

2008

Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience [Bruce Hendricks] HD (Sony F23 [3-D])-to-D-Cinema/c; concert film/76m; cph: Reed Smoot

2008

High School [John Stalberg] s35 (+ D-Cinema)/c

2009

Jonah Hex [Jimmy Hayward] p (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Jerry M. Jacob (+ c.op 'a' cam 2u) & Brooks Guyer (+ c.op Pursuit Arm 2u); Los Angeles ph: Jeff Cutter; addph Los Angeles: Tim Roarke; 2uc Los Angeles: Eric Leach; aph: John Trapman; uwph Los Angeles: Pete Romano; + small part

2009

Red Dawn [Dan Bradley] p (+ D-Cinema)/c; addph: John Schwartzman; 2uc (+ c.op 'b' cam): Jerry M. Jacob; miniature ph: Patrick Sweeney; released in 2012; remake of film (1983-84, John Milius; ph: Ric Waite)

2010

Premium Rush [David Koepp] s35 (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Lukasz Jogalla; aph: Steve Koster

2010

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol [Brad Bird] p+s35+65mm (IMAX & Iwerks)-to-35mm scope (+ IMAX-70bu & D-Cinema)/c; 2uc; ph: Robert Elswit; filmed 2010-11

2011

[IZOD Presents] Hot Wheels: Fearless at the 500 [Mike 'Mouse' McCoy] tv-special/23m; camera: Mike Svitak, Eric Amundsen, Dean Mitchell, a.o.; paid for by Mattel, Inc., IZOD and IZOD Indycar Series; for ABC-tv

2011

Odd Thomas [Stephen Sommers] RED Epic/p-to-35mm scope (+ D-Cinema)/c

2011

The Bourne Legacy [Tony Gilroy] s35+HD (Canon EOS 5D)-to-35mm scope (+ D-Cinema)/c; uncred 2uc; ph: Robert Elswit; filmed 2011-12

2012

Now You See Me [Louis Leterrier] p (+ D-Cinema)/c; cph: Larry Fong; 2uc: Lukasz Jogalla & (France) Christophe Guyon; aph: Hans Bjerno & Dylan Goss; vfx ph: Robert Bock

2013

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ninja Turtles [Jonathan Liebesman] HD (ARRI ALEXA Plus 4:3/p)-to-35mm scope (+ D-Cinema [also 3-D version])/c; snow unit ph; ph: Lula Carvalho

2013

Horrible Bosses 2 [Sean Anders] HD (ARRI ALEXA XT)-to-35mm scope (+ D-Cinema)/c; co-2uc; ph: Julio Macat; filmed 2013-14

2014

Closed Set [Mitchell Amundsen] RED Epic Dragon-to-IMAX 70mm (+ D-Cinema)/c; short/5m; + small part; for RED's NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) exhibit

2014

Ride Along 2 [Tim Story] RED Epic Dragon-to-D-Cinema (scope)/c; 2uc: Paul Hughen; aph: David B. Nowell

2015

The Last Witch Hunter [Breck Eisner] HD (ARRI ALEXA XT Plus/p)-to-D-Cinema (scope)/c; addph (reshoots June-July); ph: Dean Semler (2014)

2015

CHiPs [Dax Shepard] HD-to-digital/c; aph: Austin Harris & Jerry Dugan; filmed 2015-16

 

 FILMS & TELEVISION AS CAMERA OPERATOR

1986

Raising Arizona [Joel & Ethan Coen] c.op Alaska/Colorado (+ co-c.asst); ph: Barry Sonnenfeld

1989

The Handmaid's Tale/Die Geschichte der Dienerin [Volker Schlöndorff] ph: Igor Luther

1990

CrissCross [Chris Menges] co-c.op; ph: Ivan Strasburg

1990

Freddy's Dead - The Final Nightmare [Rachel Talalay] ph: Declan Quinn

1991

Lies of the Twins [Tim Hunter; tvm] ph: Declan Quinn

1991

To Save a Child/The Craft/A Child for Satan [Robert Lieberman; tvm] ph: John Schwartzman

1991

Arizona Dream/The Arrowtooth Waltz [Emir Kusturica] c.op Alaska/Colorado; ph: Vilko Filac

1991

Ernest Scared Stupid [John Cherry] c.op; ph: Hanania Baer; as Gundar Amundsen

1991

The Heart of Justice [Bruno Barreto; tvm] ph: Declan Quinn

1992

Benny & Joon [Jeremiah S. Chechik] ph: John Schwartzman

1992

In the Line of Fire [Wolfgang Petersen] c.op 'b' cam; ph: John Bailey

1993

Gypsy [Emile Ardolino; tvm] ph: Ralf D. Bode

1993

Bad Girls [Jonathan Kaplan] ph: Ralf D. Bode

1993

Higher Learning [John Singleton] ph: Peter Lyons Collister

1994

Major Payne [Nick Castle] ph: Richard Bowen

1994

Empire Records/Empire/Rock & Fun [Allan Moyle] ph: Walt Lloyd

1994

Fair Game [Andrew Sipes] c.op 'a' cam; ph: Richard Bowen

1995

Mr. Wrong [Nick Castle] ph: John Schwartzman

1995

Flipper [Alan Shapiro] co-c.op 'b' cam; ph: Bill Butler

1995

Bonnie Raitt - Road Tested [Jim Yukich; concert film] co-c.op (as Mitch Amundson); ph: Daniel Pearl

1996

Private Parts [Betty Thomas] ph: Walt Lloyd

1996

Conspiracy Theory [Richard Donner] co-c.op; ph: John Schwartzman

1997

The Man in the Iron Mask [Randall Wallace] ph: Peter Suschitzky

1997

Armageddon [Michael Bay] c.op 'a' cam (+ finished film); ph: John Schwartzman

1998

Wild Wild West [Barry Sonnenfeld] c.op 'a' cam 2u; 2uc: Bill Pope, a.o.; ph: Michael Ballhaus & Stefan Czapsky

1999

All the Pretty Horses [Billy Bob Thornton] ph: Barry Markowitz

1999

Red Planet [Antony Hoffman] c.op 'a' cam; ph: Peter Suschitzky

2004

The Dream Studio [prod: Kim Aubrey; 'making of'-doc] co-add c.op (+ co-sound); ph: ?

2006

Shine a Light [Martin Scorsese; mus doc] c.op crane shots; ph: Robert Richardson

2010

Justin Bieber: Never Say Never [Jon M. Chu (replaced Davis Guggenheim); mus doc] co-c.op; ph: Reed Smoot

 

 MISCELLANEOUS

1981

One from the Heart [Francis Ford Coppola] co-prod asst; ph: Vittorio Storaro & Ron García

1981

The Making of 'One from the Heart' [Anthony St. John; doc/23m] co-audio; ph: A. St. John

1982

The Outsiders [Francis Ford Coppola] co-tech electronic cinema; ph: Stephen Burum

1982

Rumble Fish [Francis Ford Coppola] tech electronic cinema; ph: Stephen Burum

1983

The Cotton Club [Francis Coppola] prod asst (cable puller); ph: Stephen Goldblatt

1984

The Last Right [Robert Fortier; short] focus puller; ph: Barry Perles

1984

Firstborn/First Born/Moving In [Michael Apted] co-prod asst; ph: Ralf D. Bode

1985

Doubletake [Jud Taylor; tvm] 2nd c.asst; ph: Barry Sonnenfeld

1985

Violets Are Blue... [Jack Fisk] focus puller; ph: Ralf D. Bode

1986

Raising Arizona [Joel & Ethan Coen] co-c.asst; ph: Barry Sonnenfeld

1986

Critical Condition [Michael Apted] 2nd c.asst; ph: Ralf D. Bode

1986

The House on Carroll Street [Peter Yates] clapper loader; ph: Michael Ballhaus

1987

The Glass Menagerie [Paul Newman] focus puller; ph: Michael Ballhaus

1987

Sweet Hearts Dance [Robert Greenwald] co-1st c.asst; ph: Tak Fujimoto

1988

Heathers [Michael Lehmann] focus puller; ph: Francis Kenny

1988

Meet the Applegates [Michael Lehmann] focus puller; ph: Mitchell Dubin

1989

Bad Influence [Curtis Hanson] focus puller; ph: Robert Elswit

1990

Wheels of Terror/Terror in Copper Valley [Christopher Cain; tvm] focus puller; ph: Richard Bowen

2014

Closed Set [dir; + ph] see Films & Television