#1: From interview

#2: Behind dir Matt Reeves - "Cloverfield" [2007]

 

   


MICHAEL BONVILLAIN   ASC

 

Born: ?, Jackson, Mississippi, USA.

Education: University of Texas, Austin [graduated in 1984].

Career: 'I started working as an assistant cameraman on political ads and short films. I also worked as a loader on a local feature. Steve Horn, a commercials director, came through town doing an insurance company ad, and I worked as a P.A. I wrote a letter to Steve when I was getting out of school and told him I was looking for work. He wrote back and said that he had four days coming up on a commercial in New York. I hadn't decided whether to move to New York or Los Angeles after graduation. When I got Steve's letter, I decided to move to New York. I ended up working with him for a year as a P.A. [...] I started hanging out with the electricians and the assistant cameramen. That led to freelancing on commercials as an electrician, and also low-budget films. I finally got in the union as an electrician, working on commercials mostly. One day, I was returning some equipment and saw a note on a bulletin board that said, 'Feature Needs Cinematographer … Must Be Willing to Give 110 Percent.' I went over to the pay phone and called. It turned out to be a film called 'Amongst Friends'. I was hired, and that experience was a real watershed for me because I learned you could make a decent movie with hardly any tools. We had no money, but the movie was a hit at Sundance. After that, a friend, who had been my camera operator moved to Los Angeles. I moved out and slept on his couch for about a year, and occasionally shot films and commercials. I decided to go back to New York, and that's where I was when I got a phone call from NBC asking if I wanted to interview for 'Profiler'.' [From the KODAK OnFilm website.]

Ph 4 short ep of the tv-series 'Lost' for mobile phone: 'Lost: Missing Pieces' ['The Watch' (2m39s), 'The Adventures of Hurley and Frogurt' (2m8s), 'King of the Castle' (2m) & 'The Deal' (3m2s), all dir by Jack Bender].

Member of the ASC since 2004.

Awards: 'Emmy' Award [2001] for 'Alias' [pilot 'Truth Be Told' dir by Jeffrey Abrams]; ASC Award nom [2001] for 'Alias' [ep #8 'Time Will Tell' dir by Perry Lang]; ASC Award nom [2002] for 'Alias' [ep #15 'Page 47' dir by Ken Olin]; 'Emmy' Award nom [2003] for 'Alias' [ep #36 'Double Agent' dir by Ken Olin]; 'Emmy' Award nom [2006] for 'Lost' [ep #26]; ASC TV Award nom [2008] for 'Fringe' [pilot].

Website: Michael Bonvillain


 

 FILMS

1989

Chains [Will Alovis] c; short/20m; co-2uc (+ co-c.op/gaffer); ph: Joe DeSalvo

1991

Amongst Friends [Rob Weiss] c; 2uc: Peter Charles; + 2ud

1993

When the Bough Breaks/Missing Victims/Two Rivers [Michael Cohn] c; 2uc: Bill O'Drobinak & Tom Yatsko

1993

Saints and Sinners [Paul Mones] c

1995

Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls/Ace Ventura Goes to Africa [Steve Oedekerk] s35/c; co-2uc; ph: Donald E. Thorin

1996

Rolling Thunder [Ralph Hemecker & P.J. Pesce] c; cph: Tom Jewett

1997

From Dusk Till Dawn 3 - The Hangman's Daughter [P.J. Pesce] c/V; ph blue screen unit: Thomas Yatsko

1998

Air Bud: Golden Receiver/Air Bud 2 [Richard Martin] c; co-addph (+ 2uc); ph: Mike Southon

1998

The Last Marshal [Mike Kirton] c; addph: Sean Tajkowski; aph: David Aubry

1998

A Texas Funeral [William Blake Herron] s35/c; 2uc: Ian Ellis

2004

Sniper 3 [P.J. Pesce] c/V; 2uc: Rich B. Moore Jr.

 

[Left] with dir Matt Reeves - "Cloverfield"

 

2007

Cloverfield [Matt Reeves] HD (Panasonic AG-HSC1U & AG-HVX200 + Sony F23 + Thomson Viper)-to-35mm (+ D-Cinema)/c

2008

Book Chat (with Rainn Wilson) [Brian Spitz] HD/c; short/16m; items: 'Maya' (3m), 'Giuseppe' (3m), 'Smack' (3m), 'Reunion' (2m), 'London' (2m) & 'Everybody Loves Rainn' (3m)

2009

Zombieland [Ruben Fleischer] HD (Genesis + Phantom HD)-to-35mm scope (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Lukasz Jogalla

2010

Wanderlust [David Wain] c; addph Los Angeles: Eric Edwards; 2uc: Paul Varrieur

2011

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters [Tommy Wirkola] HD (ARRI ALEXA)-to-35mm scope (+ D-Cinema [also 3-D version])/c; 88m & 98m; 2uc: Paul Hughen; addph: Christopher Probst; ph main title seq: John Frost; aph: Jeremy Braben

2011

Unwatchable [Marc Hawker (DarkFibre)] scope/c; short/6m; for the 'Save the Congo!' campaign

2012

One Night Surprise/F*** I'm Pregnant [Eva Jin (= Yimeng Jin)] c

2013

Maggie [Henry Hobson] HD scope/c; addph; ph: Lukas Ettlin

2013

All Hail the King - a Marvel One-Shot [Drew Pearce] HD scope/c/V; short/14m; ep of series of shorts 'One-Shot'; prod by Marvel Studios as bonus features on home-video releases

2014

American Ultra [Nima Nourizadeh] HD/c; aph: Hans Bjerno

 

 TELEVISION

1993

The Desperate Trail [P.J. Pesce] tvm; 2u cam: Billy O'Drobinak

1996

Profiler [19 ep dir by various] 83-part series, 1996-2000; 1st season, 1996-97; other ph: Kees van Oostrum (3 ep)

1998

Felicity [7 ep dir by various] 84-part series, 1998-2002; 1st season 1998-99; other ph: Robert Primes & Richard Fannin

1999

Felicity [all 23 ep dir by various] 2nd season, 1999-2000; see 1998

2000

Felicity [all 17 ep dir by various] 3rd season, 2000-01; see 1998

2001

Alias [22 ep dir by various] 105-part series, 2001-06; 1st season, 2001-02 (22 ep)

2002

Alias [22 ep dir by various] 2nd season, 2002-03 (22 ep); see 2001

2004

Lost [ep #5 'White Rabbit' dir by Kevin Hooks (KH), #7 'The Moth' dir by Jack Bender (JB), #9 'Solitary' dir by Greg Yaitanes, #10 'Raised by Another' dir by Marita Grabiak, #11 'All the Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues' dir by Stephen Williams, #13 'Hearts and Minds' dir by Rod Holcomb, #15 'Homecoming' dir by KH, #17 '...In Translation' dir by Tucker Gates, #19 'Deus Ex Machina' dir by Robert Mandel, #21 'The Greater Good/Sides' dir by David Grossman, #23 'Exodus, Part 1' dir by JB & #24 'Exodus, Part 2' dir by JB] 121-part series, 2004-10; 1st season, 2004-05; other ph: Larry Fong (pilot, a.o.) & John S. Bartley

2005

Lost [ep #26 'Man of Science, Man of Faith' dir by Jack Bender (JB), #28 'Orientation' dir by JB, #30 '...And Found' dir by Stephen Williams (SW), #32 'The Other 48 Days' dir by Eric Laneuville (EL), #34 'What Kate Did' dir by Paul Edwards, #36 'The Hunting Party' dir by SW, #38 'The Long Con' dir by Roxann Dawson, #40 'Maternity Leave' dir by JB, #42 'Lockdown' dir by SW, #44 'S.O.S.' dir by EL, #46 '?' dir by Deran Sarafian & #48/49 'Live Together, Die Alone' dir by JB] 2nd season, 2005-06; other ph: John S. Bartley (+ cph #47); see 2004

2006

Justice [ep #8 'Shark Week' dir by Danny Cannon & #9 'Shotgun' dir by David McNally] 13-part (1 unaired) series; other ph: Dermott Downs

2006

Lost [ep #69 'Greatest Hits' dir by Stephen Williams] 3rd season, 2006-07; see 2004

2007

Eli Stone [pilot dir by Ken Olin] 26-part series/HD (ARRI D-21), 2008-09; other ph: Michael D. O'Shea

2008

Fringe [pilot (81m) dir by Alex Graves] 100-part series/s35 (season #1-3) & HD (ARRI ALEXA [season #4-5]), 2008-13; 1st season, 2008-09

2010

Outlaw [pilot dir by Terry George] 8-part series/HD, 2010; 2uc: Alan Caudillo; other ph: Michael Mayers (7 ep)

2010

UnderCovers [pilot dir by J.J. Abrams] 13-part (2 unaired) series/RED One MX, 2010; other ph: John B. Aronson & John S. Bartley (6 ep)

2012

Revolution [pilot dir by Jon Favreau] 42-part series/HD (ARRI ALEXA), 2012-14

2013

Company Town [Taylor Hackford] pilot/HD; for CW Network

2013

From Dusk Till Dawn [ep #4 'Let's Get Ramblin'' dir by Robert Rodriguez (RR), #6 'Place of Dead Roads' dir by Dwight H. Little, #7 'Pandemonium' dir by RR & #9 'Boxman' dir by Nick Copus] series/HD (ARRI ALEXA), 2014-present; 1st season, 2014 (10 ep); other ph (#1-3, 5, 8 & 10): Eduardo Enrique Mayèn; for El Rey-tv & Netflix

2015

The Shannara Chronicles [ep #1 dir by Jonathan Liebesman] series/HD (ARRI ALEXA), 2016

 

 MISCELLANEOUS

1983

Trespasses [Loren Bivens & Adam Roarke] co-c.asst; ph: Phil Curry & Monte Dhooge

1983

Future-Kill/Night of the Alien/Splatter [Ronald W. Moore] co-2nd c.asst (as Mike Bonivillian); ph: Jon Lewis

1987

Homeboy [Michael Seresin] co-electrician; ph: Gale Tattersall

1987

Paris Is Burning [Jennie Livingston; doc] co-c.asst (as Michael Bon Villain); ph: Paul Gibson; filmed 1987-89

1989

Chains [Will Alovis; short] co-c.op & gaffer (+ co-2uc); ph: Joe DeSalvo

1991

The Refrigerator [Nicholas Jacobs] gaffer; ph: Paul Gibson

1995

Snow White: A Tale of Terror/The Grimm Brothers' Snow White/Snow White [in the Black Forest] [Michael Cohn; tvm] 2ud; ph: Mike Southon; 2uc: Martin Grosup