#1: 2011

#2: Photo by Willy Kurant

 

   


JAMES CHRESSANTHIS   ASC/GSC

 

Born: 9 May 1953, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, as James Andrew Chressanthis.

Education: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute [Engineering; not finished]; Arizona State University [graduated as BFA]; Southern Illinois University [graduated as MFA]; American Film Institute [AFI] [1984-86].

Career: Started shooting films in college. After graduating from Southern Illinois University, he became a professor of art, teaching sculpture and drawing in Illinois, Michigan [Western Michigan University], England and France for 7 years. Took a sabbatical and spent it at the AFI. He began his new career with ph music videos with a: Dr. Dre, 'Weird Al' Yankovic, James Brown, Barry White, a.o.

Ph commercials, e.g. 'Kids Language' [1999, Elizabeth Perrin].

Was preparing to ph a film on Eartha Kitt's life [2000, Oley Sassone], but the prod was put on hold. In 2001, Daily Variety named Chressanthis as one of 20 rising stars to watch in the film industry. He was the only cinematographer on that list.

Also active as still ph. His photo and mixed media expo 'Road Trips and Other Journeys' opened in December 2003 in the Howell Green Fine Art Gallery, Topanga, Calif., USA. His expo 'Face of Vladivostok' opened in 2011 in Vladivostok, Russia.

Member of the ASC since 2002.

Appeared in the doc 'Cinematographer Style' [2006, Jon Fauer; ph: Jeff Laszlo, Brian Heller, J. Fauer & David Morgan; 86m].

Awards: As doph: CableACE Award [199?; shared] for 'Public Enemy #2'; 'Emmy' Award nom [2001] for 'Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows' [ep 'Night One']; 'Emmy' Award nom [2006] for 'Four Minutes'.

As dir: Houston IFF 'Bronze Award' [1983] for 'Remembrance of a Journey to the Village'; Houston IFF 'Silver Award' [1984] for 'Necros: An Aftermath'; American FF 'Red Ribbon' [1991] for 'A Bridge for the Children'.

Website: James Chressanthis


 

 FILMS

1979

Epiphany [James Chressanthis] ?

1980

Remembrance of a Journey to the Village [James Chressanthis] 16mm/b&w-c; doc/36m; cph: George Kolozis; filmed 1980-82; aired on PBS-tv; restored in 2009

1984

Necros: An Aftermath [James Chressanthis] v/c; exp doc/?m

1988

Cesar Chavez: Fast for Life [see 2013]

1989

A Bridge for the Children [James Chressanthis] 16mm/?; doc/?m

1990

Leather Jackets [Lee Drysdale] c; 2uc: Wally Pfister

1991

Visions of Light [: The Art of Cinematography] [Stuart Samuels, Arnold Glassman & Todd McCarthy] HD+35mm-to-35mm/b&w-c; doc/92m; co-addph; ph: Nancy Schreiber

1991

Hexed/All Shook Up [Alan Spencer] c

1992

All About Lurleen [Florence Dauman] 16mm/c; short/19m; prod AFI (USA)

1992

The Buzz [Hart Bochner] s16/c; short/13m

1994

In the Kingdom of the Blind [, the Man with One Eye Is King] [Nick Vallelonga] c

1997

Judas Kiss [Sebastian Gutierrez] c; ph Venezuela (+ 'b' cam op/helicopter c.op New Orleans unit): Scott Steele

1998

Urban Legend/Mixed Culture [Jamie Blanks] s35/c

2001

The Cinematographers' Test [Laura Anne Edwards & Kevin Stofer Smith] 35mm+HD-to-35mm; test film (22m) compares 35mm and HD 24p; cph: Aaron Schneider & John Bailey

2002

Chicago [Rob Marshall] b&w-c; reshoot ph; ph: Dion Beebe

2003

Footloose [Craig Brewer (replaced Kenny Ortega)] remake of 'Footloose' (1984); developed as a tvm, later as a feature; film was ph in 2010 by Amy Vincent

2004

Venus & Vegas [Demian Lichtenstein] c; released in 2009

2005

Outside In [James Chressanthis & Laura Carruthers] HD/c; dance film/12m

2006

That's Amore! [Nick Vallelonga] pre-production; status unknown

 

With Vilmos Zsigmond - "No Subtitles Necessary: László & Vilmos"

 

2007

No Subtitles Necessary: László & Vilmos [James Chressanthis] s16+s8+HD/b&w-c; doc/105m; co-addph (with Zoltán Honti, Tarina Reed, a.o.); ph: Anka Malatynska; + co-prod/scrpl

2009

King of Vampires [Nick Vallelonga] pre-production; a promo trailer (3m26s) exists

2009

Kodak 2-Perf / 3-Perf Demonstration [James Chressanthis] c; demo film/11m

2013

Cesar's Last Fast [Richard Ray Perez & Lorena Parlee] c; doc/100m; cph: Byron Shah, Kristy Tully, a.o.; premiered in January 2014; Chressanthis filmed (dv) Cesar Chavez during his 36-day 'Fast for Life' in July/August 1988

2013

Deaf Ghost [Troy Kotsur] pre-production

 

 TELEVISION

1990

Patterns [Jay Levey & Al Yankovic] tvm/?m; for Children's Television Workshop

1990

Voices That Care [David S. Jackson; (music video) Jim Yukich; (doc footage) James Chressanthis & Ashley Wells Lewis] mus special/30m/s16; cph: Ted Baker, Shawn Maurer (as Mauer), a.o.; for FOX-tv

1991

Death Dreams [Martin Donovan] tvm

1991

The Second City - Life As We Know It! [Jay Levey] sketch comedy special/?m; for Comedy Central

1991

Public Enemy #2 [David Jablin] comedy special/37m; cph: Bryan England; addph: Bill Webb; for Showtime-tv

1992

[Father & Son:] Dangerous Relations/On the Streets of L.A. [Georg Stanford Brown] tvm

1992

Inside America's Totally Unsolved Lifestyles [Paul Flaherty] comedy special/60m; for ABC-tv

1992

Majority Rule/Majority City [Gwen Arner] tvm

1993

Sex, Shock & Censorship in the '90's [David Jablin] comedy special/60m; for Showtime-tv

1993

Night Driving [Anne Makepeace] tvm/30m; ep Showtime-tv '30-Minute Movie'

1993

Harts of the West [ep #8 'Jake's Brother' dir by Bill D'Elia] 15-part series, 1993-94; other ph: Earl Clark, Robert New & James O'Dea; pilot ph in March - ph series started in August

1994

Reform School Girl [Jonathan Kaplan] tvm; remake of 'Reform School Girl' (1957, Edward Bernds; ph: Floyd Crosby)

1994

American Cinema [ep #5 'The Western' dir by Sasha Alpert & #8 'Night for Night: Film Noir' dir by Jeffrey Schon] 10-part doc series/b&w-c, 1995; cph: Joan Churchill (#5), Gregory Andracke (#5), Mark Trottenberg (#8), a.o.; for PBS-tv

1995

Lost & Found [?] doc series; other ph: Kurt Brabbee, Nicholas Hutak, a.o.; for FX Network

1995

Crazy Love [Claudia Weill] unaired pilot; for NBC-tv

1995

Nowhere Man [21 ep dir by various] 25-part series, 1995-96; other ph: Ric Waite & Isidore Mankofsky; 2uc: Scott Steele; pilot ph in April

1996

High Incident [9 ep dir by various] 32-part series, 1996-97/b&w-c; other ph: Bing Sokolsky, Christopher Tufty & Jack Wallner

1996

The Cape [Ian Toynton] tvm & 2-part pilot/35mm; cph: Alan Degen; followed by series

1996

The Cape [various] 20-part series, 1996-97/16mm; other ph: Scott Steele

1997

The Love Boat: The Next Wave [ep #1 'Smooth Sailing' dir by Dennis Dugan, #2 'Remember?' dir by Tony Mordente & #5 'True Course' dir by Sandy Smolan] 25-part series, 1998-99; other ph: Rick Gunter; 2uc: Scott Steele

1998

Martial Law [various] 44-part series, 1998-2000/s16; 1st season, 1998-99; other ph: Scott Steele

1999

Martial Law [various] 2nd season, 1999-2000; other ph: Jeffrey Mygatt (+ 2uc); see 1998

2000

American Family [pilot 'American Family' dir by Gregory Nava] 22-part series, 2002; other ph: Brian J. Reynolds

2000

Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows [Robert Allan Ackerman] 2-part tvm/b&w-c/s16

2001

Thieves [10 ep dir by various] 10-part (2 unaired) series/s35

2001

Brian's Song [John Gray] tvm/s8+35mm-to-35mm; ep #82 of 138-part series 'The Wonderful World of Disney', 1997-2008; for ABC-tv; remake of 'Brian's Song' (1971, Buzz Kulik; ph: Joseph Biroc)

2002

Nancy Drew [James Frawley] tvm; originally developed as a pilot; ep #94 of series 'The Wonderful World of Disney'; see 2001

2002

The Music Man [Jeff Bleckner] tvm; 2uc: Jens Sturup; ep #99 (2003) of series 'The Wonderful World of Disney'; see 2001; remake of 'The Music Man' (1961, Morton DaCosta; ph: Robert Burks)

2002

Eloise at the Plaza [Kevin Lima] tvm; ep #102 (2003) of series 'The Wonderful World of Disney'; see 2001

2003

Eloise at Christmastime [Kevin Lima] tvm; ep #109 of series 'The Wonderful World of Disney', see 2001

2003

Joan of Arcadia [pilot dir by James Hayman & Jack Bender] 45-part series, 2003-05/HD; 1st season, 2003-04; co-addph; ph: Charlie Lieberman

2003

The Reagans [Robert Allan Ackerman] tvm; developed and shot (s16) as 2-part tvm for CBS-tv; aired as tvm (170m) on Showtime-tv in 2003

2003

Eye of the Beholder [with Serena Yang] [Serena Yang] doc series/HD, 2004; other ph: ?; for Travel Channel

2004

3 [: The Dale Earnhardt Story] [Russell Mulcahy] tvm/s16; 2uc: Edward Gutentag & Bob Newcomb; for ESPN-tv

2004

[Jules Verne's] Mysterious Island [Russell Mulcahy] 2-part tvm/s35; 2uc: Rich B. Moore Jr.; aph: Jeremy Braben

2005

Ghost Whisperer [pilot dir by John Gray] 107-part series/s35, 2005-10; 1st season, 2005-06; filmed in March

2005

Four Minutes [Charles Beeson] tvm/s16; for ESPN-tv

2005

Ghost Whisperer [19 ep dir by various] 1st season, 2005-06; started filming in July; see 2005

2006

Ghost Whisperer [10 ep dir by various] 2nd season, 2006-07; other ph: Crescenzo Notarile & Nancy Schreiber; see 2005

2007

Ghost Whisperer [9 ep dir by various] 3rd season, 2007-08; other ph: Crescenzo Notarile; see 2005

2008

Ghost Whisperer [9 ep dir by various] 4th season, 2008-09; other ph: Crescenzo Notarile & Bruce Pasternack; see 2005

2008

Living Proof [Dan Ireland] tvm

2009

Ghost Whisperer [9 ep dir by various] 5th season, 2009-10; other ph: Crescenzo Notarile & Bruce Pasternack; see 2005

2010

No Ordinary Family [ep #19 'No Ordinary Future' dir by Milan Cheylov] 20-part series/HD (ARRI ALEXA & D-21), 2010-11; other ph: David Boyd (pilot), Oliver Bokelberg (#2-12 & #14), Joaquin Sedillo (#13, 15 & 17), Dennis S. Hall (#16) & Lloyd Ahern (#18 & 20)

2011

Grace [Lesli Linka Glatter] pilot/HD; for ABC-tv

2011

Hide [John Gray] tvm

2012

The Client List [10 ep dir by various] tvm (2010) + 25-part series, 2012-13; 1st season, 2012 (10 ep); series followed tvm (2010; dir: Eric Laneuville; ph: Tony Westman)

2012

Prosecuting Casey Anthony [Peter Werner] tvm/HD

2012

The Makeover [John Gray] tvm; ep #351 of 'Hallmark Hall of Fame'-series (2013)

2012

The Client List [14 ep dir by various] 2nd season, 2013 (15 ep); other ph (cph #23 & ph #25): Nancy Schreiber; see above

2013

The Watsons Go to Birmingham [Kenny Leon] tvm/HD (ARRI ALEXA + Canon EOS C300 & XF100)+s8-to-HD; for Hallmark Channel

2013

Christmas in Conway [John Kent Harrison] tvm; ep #353 of 'Hallmark Hall of Fame'-series

2013

In My Dreams [Kenny Leon] tvm; ep #354 of 'Hallmark Hall of Fame'- series (2014)

2014

American Horror Story [(cph) ep #48 'Orphans' dir by Bradley Buecker & (addph) #50 'Show Stoppers' dir by Loni Peristere] series/s8+s16+s35-to-HD, 2011-present; 4th season (titled: 'American Horror Story: Freak Show'), 2014-15; ph: Michael Goi (cph #48 & ph #50)

 

 MISCELLANEOUS

1985

The Witches of Eastwick [George Miller] cam intern + inserts ph; ph: Vilmos Zsigmond

1988

Tales from the Darkside [ep #90 'Basher Malone' dir by Anthony Santa Croce; tv-series] grip; ph: Michael Cardone

1991

Open Window [Rupert Wainwright; tvm/25m] co-add c.op; ph: Chuck Colwell

2000

How to Go Out on a Date in Queens [Michelle Danner] co-c.op 2u; ph: Jens Sturup; released in 2006

2014

American Horror Story [ep #40 'Massacres and Matinees' dir by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, #41 'Edward Mordrake (1)' dir by Michael Uppendahl, #42 'Edward Mordrake (2)' dir by Howard Deutch (HD), #44 'Bullseye' dir by HD, #45 'Test of Strength' dir by Anthony Hemingway, #46 'Blood Bath' dir by Bradley Buecker (BB), #47 'Tupperware Party Massacre' dir by Loni Peristere, #49 'Magical Thinking' dir by Michael Goi & #51 'Curtain Call' dir by BB] 4th season, 2014-15; co-c.op; ph: Michael Goi; see Television (2014)

 

 FILMS & TELEVISION AS DIRECTOR

1979

Epiphany [+ ph] see Films

1982

Remembrance of a Journey to the Village [+ ph] see Films

1984

Necros: An Aftermath [+ ph] see Films

1989

A Bridge for the Children [+ ph] see Films

1992

Holocaust Survivors Testimonies for the Holocaust Museum [interviews; + ph] ph over 50 testimonies of holocaust survivors living in the Los Angeles area

1996

The Cape [ep #14 'The Accusation'] see Television

2005

Outside In [co-d: Laura Carruthers; + ph] see Films

2005

Ghost Whisperer [ep #18 'Miss Fortune'] ph: Scott Steele; 1st season, 2005-06; see Television

2006

Ghost Whisperer [ep #38 'The Cradle Will Rock'] ph: Nancy Schreiber; 2nd season, 2006-07; see Television

2007

No Subtitles Necessary: László & Vilmos [doc; + co-prod/scrpl/co-addph] ph: Anka Malatynska; also ep PBS-tv series 'Independent Lens' (2009); see Films

2008

Ghost Whisperer [ep #71 'Pieces of You'] ph: Bruce Pasternack; 4th season, 2008-09; see Television

2009

Ghost Whisperer [ep #92 'Devil's Bargain'] ph: Bruce Pasternack; 5th season, 2009-10; see Television

 

 MUSIC VIDEOS [Selection]

1987

Opportunity [a: Bobby McFerrin; d: Alan Bloom]

1989

Turn This Mutha Out [a: M.C. Hammer; d: Rupert Wainwright]

1989

Let the Bells Ring [a: 7A3; d: Alan Bloom]

1990

Scared of Guns [a: John Wesley Harding; d: Alan Bloom] loc ph; stage ph: Vilmos Zsigmond

1992

Kill the Messenger [a: John Wesley Harding; d: Alan Bloom]

1992

Smells Like Nirvana [a: 'Weird Al' Yankovic; d: Jay Levey]

1993

Summer Single [a: John Wesley Harding; d: Alan Bloom]