#3: With dir Brett Ratner [left] - "Money Talks" [1996]

 

   


RUSSELL CARPENTER   ASC

 

Born: 9 December 1950, Van Nuys, CA, USA, as Russell Paul Carpenter.

Education: San Diego State University [English].

Career: While still a student he began ph 16mm footage for KPBS, a public tv-station in San Diego. He subsequently filmed doc's for KOCE, a public tv-station in Costa Mesa, California.

'I met a director who desperately wanted to stop edifying people and just scare the hell out of them. He convinced a local furniture outlet czar to bankroll a horror film while promising the role of a zombie to the banker's wife. We were both stunned when the movie actually got released in theaters. Blessed with false hope, I moved up to Los Angeles and proceeded to both starve and succumb to the terrors of L.A. The competition was daunting and I was terrified of calling people on the phone. A number of temporary jobs outside the film business included pasting labels on bottles of plant vitamins by hand, handing out samples of cigarettes in supermarkets, and installing newspaper racks at night in downtown L.A. These experiences taught me to buck up and redouble my efforts. Very gradually I moved into feature work, doing no-budget, low budget, and finally fairly well financed non-union features. Through a serendipitous series of connections, I was suggested to the director James Cameron, who was looking for a good non-union cinematographer to shoot a low budget picture he wanted to direct. Our meetings went well, but that picture ['The Crowded Room'] collapsed due to conflicts over authorship rights. A year later, I was working in New Orleans with John Woo and received a call from Jim's producer, who told me Jim Cameron had me in mind for an upcoming project. The only picture that was publicized at that time was a huge Arnold Schwarzenegger film called 'True Lies'.' [From Russell Carpenter's website.]

Ph commercials dir by Hank Perlman, Bryan Buckley, John O'Hagan, a.o.

Also active as still ph.

Member of the ASC since 1995.

Appeared in the doc's "The Making of 'Charlie's Angels'" [2000, Jeffrey Schwarz], 'Getting G'd Up' [2000, Jeffrey Schwarz] & 'Cinematographer Style' [2005, Jon Fauer; ph: J. Fauer, Jeff Laszlo, Brian Heller & David Morgan].

Awards: 'Emmy' Award [San Diego Chapter] [1986] for 'The Lemon Grove Incident'; ASC Film Award [1997], 'Oscar' AA [1998], BAFTA Film Award nom [1998], BSC Award nom [1998], CFCA Award [1998] & Golden Satellite Award nom [1998] for 'Titanic'.

Website: Russell Carpenter


 

 FILMS

1982

Sole Survivor [Thom Eberhardt] c

1983

The Wizard of Speed and Time [Mike Jittlov] c; filmed 1983-86; based on Jittlov's short film (1979; ph: Deven Chierighino); + small part

1984

Critters [Stephen Herek] c; addph; ph: Tim Suhrstedt

1986

Lady in White/The Mystery of the Lady in White [Frank LaLoggia] c; 2uc: Daryn Okada, Jeff Jur, M. Todd Henry & Thomas Grubbs; spec vfx ph: John Huneck

1987

Cameron's Closet [Armand Mastroianni] c; addph: Paul Edwards, Alan McFarland & C. Dennis Mayer

1987

Critters 2 [: The Main Course] [Mick Garris] c; 2uc: Greg Gardiner

1988

A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master [Renny Harlin] c; 3uc; ph: Steven Fierberg

1988

Puppet Master [David Schmoeller] c; addph; ph: Sergio Salvati

1989

A Nightmare on Elm Street [5]: The Dream Child [Stephen Hopkins] c; 2uc; ph: Peter Levy

1989

Redlands [Joan Taylor] c; short/28m

1989

Death Warrant [Deran Sarafian] c

1989

Solar Crisis/Starfire/Crisis 2050/Kuraishisu niju-goju nen [Alan Smithee (= Richard Sarafian)] p/c; addph: Steven Finestone; special solar imaging ph: Peter Parks

1990

The Perfect Weapon [Mark DiSalle] c

1991

The Lawnmower Man [Brett Leonard] c; 2uc: Marty Collins

1992

Pet Sematary II [Mary Lambert] c; 2uc: Tony Cutrono (as Tony Cutrano)

1992

Hard Target [John Woo] c; 2uc: Billy Bragg; aph: Frank Holgate

1993

True Lies [James Cameron] s35/c; uncred snow unit ph: Shelly Johnson; uwph: Pete Romano; aph: David L. Butler; filmed 1993-94; remake of 'La totale!' (1991, Claude Zidi; ph: Jean-Jacques Tarbès)

1994

The Indian in the Cupboard [Frank Oz] c; vfx & bluescreen ph: Chuck Schuman

1995

Terminator 2 3-D [: Battle Across Time] [James Cameron] 70mm/c; Universal Studio Attraction/12m; 3-D ph: Peter Anderson

1996

Money Talks [Brett Ratner] s35/c; cph: Robert Primes; 2uc: Russ Lyster & Tony Cutrono

1996

[Michael Jackson's] Ghosts [Stan Winston] c; 40m; creative cons: Mikael Salomon

1996

Titanic [James Cameron] s35/c; 2uc: Roy Unger, John Stephens & Aaron Schneider; Halifax ph: Caleb Deschanel; deep dive ph: James Cameron; R. Carpenter replaced 1st unit ph Caleb Deschanel in September 1996 after the Halifax shoot; filmed 1996-97

1997

The Negotiator [F. Gary Gray] s35/c; 2uc (Los Angeles): Gary Capo; aph (Chicago): Phil Pastuhov

2000

Charlie's Angels [McG (= Joseph McGinty Nichol)] s35/c; 2uc: Jonathan Taylor; aph: Dwayne McClintock

2001

Shallow Hal [Bobby & Peter Farrelly] s35/c; 2uc: Bob Newcomb

2002

The Human Stain [Robert Benton] s35/c; addph; ph: Jean-Yves Escoffier

2002

Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle [McG (= Joseph McGinty Nichol)] s35/c; 2uc: Jonathan Taylor; addph: Jack Garrett

2003

Noel [Chazz Palminteri (replaced Antonia Bird)] s35/c

2004

Monster-in-Law [Robert Luketic] s35/c; aph: Dwayne McClintock

2005

Awake [Joby Harold] s35/c

 

[Behind camera] - "Lucifer"

 

2006

Lucifer [Ray Griggs] c; short/8m; prod to raise money needed to film the feature length movie

2007

21 [Robert Luketic] HD (Genesis)+s35-to-35mm scope (+ D-Cinema)/c; aph: Steve Koster

2007

Hereafter [Michael Patwin] pre-production; scheduled to start in April; now scheduled to start in 2009; status unknown

2008

The Ugly Truth [Robert Luketic] s35 (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Philip Hurn

 

"Locker 13"

 

2008

Locker 13 [seg 'Down and Out' dir by Matthew Mebane] RED One/c; 7 seg; 2uc: Kevin McKnight; other ph: Adam Devaney ('The Other Side' dir by Donovan Montierth), Webb Pickersgill ('The Byzantine Order' dir by Bruce Dellis), Frank Di Bugnara ('Apache Tears' dir by Adam Montierth), Matt Boyd ('The Author' dir by Jason Marsden), a.o.

2009

Killers [Robert Luketic] HD (ARRI D-21/Hawk Scope)-to-35mm scope (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Kevin McKnight; aph: John Marzano & John Trapman; uwph: Peter Zuccarini

2010

A Little Bit of Heaven/Earthbound [Nicole Kassell] s35 (+ D-Cinema)/c; aph: John Trapman

2010

This Means War [McG (= Joseph McGinty Nichol)] s35 (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Gary Capo & Christopher Duskin; addph: Greg Baldi; aph: John Trapman & Phil Pastuhov

2011

Probability [Raj Mohanty] pre-production; status unknown

2012

jOBS/Jobs [Joshua Michael Stern] HD (ARRI ALEXA)-to-35mm scope (+ D-Cinema)/c; ph USA seq; ph India seq: Aseem Bajaj; aph 2u (Palo Alto): Phil Pastuhov

2013

Beyond the Reach/The Reach [Jean-Baptiste Léonetti] HD/c

2013

Sins of the Father [Rachel Howard] HD (Canon C300 & C500)/c; short/10m; addph: Omar Kenji Cruz; + co-prod

 

With dir Leena Yadav - "Parched" - photo by Aseem Bajaj

 

2014

Parched [Leena Yadav] HD/c; + co-exec prod

2014

Ant-Man [Peyton Reed] HD (ARRI ALEXA M & XT Plus + Phantom Flex4K)-to-35mm (+ D-Cinema [also 3-D version])/c; 2uc: John Mahaffie (+ 2ud) & (San Francisco) Bob Finley III; aph: David B. Nowell (San Francisco) & Michael Kelem (Georgia); macro ph: Rebecca Baehler

2016

xXx: The Return of Xander Cage [D.J. Caruso] c; 2uc: David Emmerichs

 

 TELEVISION

1985

The Lemon Grove Incident [Frank Christopher] docudrama/58m; for KPBS-tv

1986

The La Jolla Chamber Orchestra: Haydn's 'Bird' Concerto [?] concert film/?m

1987

Rolling Stone Presents Twenty Years of Rock & Roll [Malcolm Leo] mus doc/97m

1987

Women of the Night [Zane Buzby] comedy special/56m/tape; 2uc; for HBO-tv

1988

No Means No [Jeffrey Auerbach] tvm/60m; a CBS-tv 'Schoolbreak Special'

1990

The Wonder Years [ep #60 'Courage' dir by Daniel Stern, #61 'Buster' dir by Nick Marck, #62 'Road Trip' dir by Ken Topolsky & #63 'When Worlds Collide' dir by Lyndall Hobbs] 115-part series, 1988-93; 4th season, 1990-91; other ph: René Ohashi & Tim Suhrstedt

1993

Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman [Christopher Guest] tvm; addph: Karl-Walter Lindenlaub & Dick Bowen; vfx ph: Christopher Warren; aph: David Nowell; optical ph: David Tucker & Don Fergus; in cinemas outside USA

2001

Michael Jackson's Halloween Special [Stan Winston] special/120m; vfx ph: Tony Cutrono

2006

High Bar/Women in Law/Sisters in Law [Robert Luketic] pilot; for ABC-tv

2012

Guilty [McG (= Joseph McGinty Nichol)] pilot/HD; for FOX-tv

 

 MISCELLANEOUS

1987

Lucky Stiff/That Shamrock Touch [Anthony Perkins] add c.op; ph: Jacques Haitkin

2009

War Birds [Michael B. Chait] visual cons; announced for summer 2010 start; test footage was ph by Westley Gathright

2010

George Harrison: Living in the Material World [Martin Scorsese; doc] co-c.op; ph: Robert Richardson & Martin Kenzie