MICHAEL BARRETT   ASC

 

Born: 28 May 1970, Riverside, Calif., USA, as Michael Bradley Barrett.

Education: UCLA [BA Art History, 1992]; Columbia University, School of the Arts, New York [CU] [MFA Film, 1996].

Career: 'When I was in high school I thought I might want to be a filmmaker. There was an art house theater relatively close to our home. I remember seeing 'La perla/The Pearl' [1945], photographed by Gabriel Figueroa. Of course, I didn't know that he shot it or even what a cinematographer did. In 1992, I had a chance meeting with Mr. Figueroa at a hotel in New York City. I realized that I still remembered specific images from nearly ten years earlier. [...] There were some art professors whom I admired. I studied painting, printmaking and photography. One of my painting professors suggested that I take some film classes. The cinematography instructor was very encouraging. He would call my mistakes "experimentation." After UCLA, I moved to New York to study film at Columbia University. I knew at this point that I wanted to be a cinematographer. They didn't have a cinematography program, which I suspected might be a good thing. There were three or four of us who would shoot everything. I shot more than 40 short films for other students and a number of music videos for local bands. When I was preparing to do my thesis at Columbia, the faculty asked me whom I wanted as an advisor. I wrote a letter to Allen Daviau and asked if he might be interested. About a month after I sent that letter, there was a voice on my answering machine saying, "I just got back from Costa Rica, and I'm going to be in Los Angeles timing a film. If you're around, come on by." The school paid for my ticket from New York to Los Angeles. […] I made a reel using the short films and showed it to an agent. He said that he would help me get started. I started shooting films with $50,000 to $100,000 budgets. My third or fourth film was 'Finding North'. The director was Haskell Wexler's niece, Tanya Wexler. She suggested that I call and talk to her uncle. We had a few conversations on the phone, and he invited me to visit sets where he was shooting. I was around 24 or 25. My agent would tell people that I was older. When I went out on interviews, people would say that I looked young for my age - and they were right! […] I was wrapping up a movie in Texas, when I got a call asking if I was interested in shooting an episode of 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation'. It was my first time on a television series. We had three or four regular directors and the occasional guest director. I rotated episodes with another director of photography. I liked this system because it afforded me eight days of preparation before each episode.' [From interview with Bob Fisher on the KODAK OnFilm website.]

Member of the ASC since 2015.

Awards: Technicolor Award [1995]; ASC Award nom [2002] for 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation' [ep 'Alter Boys']; ASC Award [2003] for 'CSI: Miami' [pilot 'Cross-Jurisdictions' = ep #45 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation']; ASC Award nom [2003] for 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation' [ep 'Snuff']; Camerimage 'Golden Frog' Award nom [2006] for 'Bobby'.

Website: Michael Barrett


 

 FILMS

1995

Pool [Lindsay Jewett] 16mm/c; short/10m; prod CU

1996

Ticket to Ride [Maria Essén] c; short/14m; prod CU

1996

Finding North [Tanya Wexler] c; 2uc: Bill Schwarz

1997

Cookin' [Micky Hohl] 16mm/c; short/17m; prod CU

1997

Face [Bertha Bay-Sa Pan] s16-35bu/c; short/15m; prod CU; remade as a full-length feature in March 2001 (ph: John Inwood)

1997

Safe Men [John Hamburg] c

1997

Thumb [Suzanne Riss] c; short/17m; prod CU

1998

The Suburbans [Donal Lardner Ward] c

1999

Changing Directions [Maria Essén] c; short/22m; prod CU

1999

Lucky 13 [Chris Hall] c

1999

75 Degrees in July [Hyatt Bass] c

2000

Skeletons in the Closet [Wayne Powers] c

2000

Turn of Faith [Charles Jarrott] p/c

2000

Hide [Sooz Hewitt] c; cph: Robert Barocci

2000

The Perfect You/Crazy Little Thing [Matthew Miller] c

2001

Lone Star State of Mind/Cowboys and Idiots/Road to Hell [David Semel] c; 2uc: David McGill

 

[Far right] with dir Shane Black [left] - "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang"

 

2004

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang [Shane Black] s35/c; 2uc: John Aronson

2005

Goal! [- The Dream Begins] [- The Impossible Dream] [Danny Cannon (replaced Michael Winterbottom)] s35/c; uncred 2uc (car chase): Juan Miguel Azpiroz; c.op aerial crew: John Marzano & (uncred) Adam Dale

2005

Bobby [Emilio Estevez] s35/c

2006

Georgia Rule [Garry Marshall] s35/c; uncred addph; ph: Karl Walter Lindenlaub

2006

The Mysteries of Pittsburgh [Rawson Marshall Thurber] c

2007

The Invasion/The Visiting [Oliver Hirschbiegel & (uncred add dir) James McTeigue] c; co-addph (January); ph: Rainer Klausmann (2005)

2007

You Don't Mess with the Zohan [Dennis Dugan] HD (Genesis)-to-35mm/c; ph Israel: Haim Asias

2008

Bedtime Stories [Adam Shankman] HD (Genesis)+s35-to-35mm scope (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Dean Semler; aph: Hans Bjerno

2008

Takers/Bone Deep [John Luessenhop] HD (Genesis)+s35-to-35mm scope (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Igor Meglic; aph: Steve Koster & David B. Nowell

2009

Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star [Tom Brady] HD (Genesis)/c

2009

Zookeeper [Frank Coraci] HD (Genesis)-to-35mm scope (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Amy Vincent; aph: Hans Bjerno

2010

Everything Must Go [Dan Rush] p (+ D-Cinema)/c

2010

Salvation Boulevard [George Ratliff] s35-to-35mm/c; addph; ph: Tim Orr

2010

A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas [Todd Strauss-Schulson] HD (Genesis)-to-35mm scope (also 3-D) (+ D-Cinema [also 3-D version])/c; aph: Brian Heller

2010

Fright Night [Craig Gillespie] RED-to-35mm (+ D-Cinema [also 3-D version])/b&w-c; 2uc; ph: Javier Aguirresarobe; remake of film (1984-85, Tom Holland; ph: Jan Kiesser)

2011

Ted [Seth MacFarlane] HD (Genesis)-to-35mm (+ D-Cinema)/c; addph 2u: Mark Vargo & Tim Orr

2011

Texas Chainsaw 3D/Leatherface 3D [John Luessenhop] RED Epic-to-35mm scope (+ D-Cinema [also 3-D version])/c; co-addph; ph: Anastas Michos

2011

Battle of the Year - 3D/Battle of the Year: The Dream Team/Planet B-Boy [Benson Lee] HD (Sony PMW-F3 & PMW-TD300)-to-digital/c; 2uc: Vasco Nunes

2012

No Good Deed [Sam Miller] HD (Sony F65)-to-35mm scope (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Robert Brinkmann; aph: Dylan Goss

2012

About Last Night [Steve Pink] HD (Sony F65)-to-35mm scope (+ D-Cinema)/c; remake of 'About Last Night...' (1985, Edward Zwick; ph: Andrew Dintenfass)

2013

A Million Ways to Die in the West [Seth MacFarlane] HD (Sony F55)-to-35mm scope (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Paul Elliott; aph 2u: Kurt Soderling

2013

Unfinished Business/Business or Pleasure/Business Trip [Ken Scott] Hawk Scope (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc (USA); ph: Oliver Stapleton

2014

Ted 2 [Seth MacFarlane] HD (Sony F65)-to-35mm scope (+ D-Cinema)/c; addph (reshoots April-May 2015): Don Burgess; 2uc: Cory Geryak; aph: Kurt Soderling

 

 TELEVISION & INTERNET

1997

Rock the Boat/The Atlantis Conspiracy/Visionaries [Dean Silvers] tvm (2001)

2000

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation [ep #19 'Gentle, Gentle' dir by Danny Cannon (DC), #21 'Justice Is Served' dir by Thomas J. Wright & #23 'The Strip Strangler' dir by DC] 336-part series, 2000-15; 1st season, 2000-01 (23 ep); other ph: Gale Tattersall (pilot), Roy H. Wagner & Jonathan West

2000

On the Edge [seg 'Happy Birthday' dir by Helen Mirren] tvm; 4 seg; other ph: Jeff Levy, Jim Whitaker & Nancy Schreiber

2001

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation [ep #24 'Burked' dir by Danny Cannon (DC), #25 'Chaos Theory' dir by Kenneth Fink, #29 'Alter Boys' dir by DC, #32 'And Then There Were None' dir by John Patterson, #33 'Ellie' dir by Charles Correll (CC), #35 'You've Got Male' dir by CC, #37 'The Finger' dir by Richard Lewis (RL), #39 'Primum Non Nocere' dir by DC, #41 'Chasing the Bus' dir by RL & #45 'Cross-Jurisdictions' dir by DC (aired 9 May 2002; also the pilot for 'CSI: Miami')] 2nd season, 2001-02; other ph: Frank Byers, Garry Kibbe & Jonathan West; see 2000

2002

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation [ep #47 'Revenge Is Best Served Cold' dir by Danny Cannon (DC), #50 'A Little Murder' dir by Tucker Gates, #51 'Abra Cadaver' dir by DC, #54 'Snuff' dir by Kenneth Fink, #55 'Blood Lust' dir by Charles Correll, #57 'Recipe for Murder' dir by Richard Lewis (RL) & J. Miller Tobin, #59 'Random Acts of Violence' dir by DC, #61 'Lady Heather's Box' dir by RL, #63 'Crash and Burn' dir by RL, #65 'A Night at the Movies' dir by Matt Earl Beesley, #67 'Forever' dir by David Grossman & #69 'Inside the Box' dir by DC] 3rd season, 2002-03; other ph: Frank Byers; see 2000

2003

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation [ep #72 'Homebodies' dir by Kenneth Fink (KF), #76 'Invisible Evidence' dir by Danny Cannon (DC), #77 'After the Show' dir by KF, #79 'Coming of Rage' dir by Nelson McCormick, #81 'Butterflied' dir by Richard Lewis & #82 'Suckers' dir by DC] 4th season, 2003-04; other ph: Frank Byers & Nathan Hope; see 2000

2004

CSI: Miami [ep #50 'Pro Per' dir by Karen Gaviola (KG), #51 'Under the Influence' dir by Scott Lautanen (SL), #54 'Hell Night' dir by SL, #55 'Crime Wave' dir by KG & #59 'Addiction' dir by Steven DePaul] 232-part series, 2002-12; 3rd season, 2004-05 (24 ep); ph pilot (see 2001) + 6 ep; other ph: Thomas Yatsko, Charles E. Mills & Eagle Egilsson

2005

Close to Home [ep #2 'Miranda' dir by Karen Gaviola, #3 'Suburban Prostitution' dir by Steven DePaul, #4 'Divine Directions' dir by Helen Shaver, #10 'Baseball Murder' dir by Emilio Estevez & #13 'The Rapist Next Door' dir by Martha Mitchell] 44-part series, 2005-07; 1st season, 2005-06; ph 6 ep; other ph: Eric Schmidt (pilot) & Rick Bota

2007

Welcome to The Captain [pilot dir by John Hamburg] 5-part series, 2008; other ph: Anthony Hardwick

 

[Left] with dir Adam Shankman - "Prop 8 - The Musical"

 

2008

Prop 8 - The Musical [Adam Shankman] dv/c; short/3m; made for internet (funnyordie.com)

 

 MISCELLANEOUS

1993

Dogs - The Rise and Fall of an All-Girl Bookie Joint [Eve Annenberg] co-c.asst; ph: Joe Foley & Wolfgang Held

2015

Temple [dir; feature] ph: Cory Geryak