#1: "Hop" [2010] - photo by Jaimie Trueblood

 

   


PETER COLLISTER   ASC

 

Born: 9 March 1956, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. A.k.a.: Peter Lyons Collister.

Education: USC School of Cinema.

Career: 'When I was 7, my grandfather gave me an old twin-lens Rolleiflex. I carried that around for a year without film, just pretending. I wanted to be a 'National Geographic' photographer, and I got my first SLR when I was 13. I built darkrooms in every house we moved into. My mother was a docent at the Cleveland Art Museum and also an architect. She introduced me to all forms of art, and she bought me my first Nikon. While I was at USC, one of the professors got me a PA job with director Randal Kleiser on an 'ABC Afterschool Special' for $75 a week. Randal got me an internship with Bill Butler on 'Grease', and I went on to shoot second unit on Randal's next three features. I owe him a lot.' [From the ASC website.]

Ph music videos with a: Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Chaka Kahn, Jermaine Jackson, a.o. Ph commercials dir by John Singleton, a.o.

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

Website: Peter Lyons Collister


'Furry Vengeance' [2009]: 'The financiers were nervous it was going to cost a fortune shooting on film, since we were working with non-trainable animals,' [director Roger] Kumble relates. 'Summit Entertainment [the studio] had made 'Knowing' with director Alex Proyas on the RED, so they were comfortable shooting digital.' As to placing Collister behind the lens, Kumble says the DP's experience with both the RED system and animals, made him a perfect fit. 'We were working with raccoons, squirrels, and other untrained animals, all on a 36-day schedule,' Kumble adds. 'So I needed somebody with a great disposition and morale, and Peter is one to lean on.'

The Ohio-born DP's experience with the RED, in fact, came through a fortunate series of events. As a member of the Directors Guild of America's Digital Committee, Collister worked with Randal Kleiser assembling show reels for the DGA's annual Digital Day event, and it was then he realized he needed to know more about HD acquisition. Right around the same time, his agent began receiving commercial job offers for a cinematographer who not only had RED experience, but also owned one.

'It began as a sort of a lark,' Collister recalls. 'I wanted to learn more about digital cinema, and run it through my Mac and Final Cut, so I bought a RED camera. Then I did a number of commercials, and the Tracy Ullman show, 'State of the Union', on the RED. 'Furry Vengeance' is the first feature I've done on the RED.'

Collister says shooting the animal comedy convinced him of the rig's value. 'I still believe there are digital cameras that are on a par, if not better than the RED,' he's quick to add. 'The Genesis is a beautiful camera, the Sony F35 is a phenomenal camera - but as with film, it comes down to what is the story, the sets, the desires of the director, the studio and the cinematographer. And [on 'Furry Vengeance'] we were shooting with real raccoons, otters, crows, which all move very fast, so we really needed high-speed [48 fps] digital capture to slow down their movements.'

Collister says he likes to think of the RED One body as a 'data system with very good improvements from the different Firmware builds. We shot on Firmware 17, and a little bit at the end with Firmware 20. Now they are on Firmware 21. If you were to ask me about shortfalls on the present RED system, it would be the sensitivity - I'm not upset about the dynamic range. I'd done a number of tests and discovered that the quality image I could get for something that would be [projected] as a film was rating the camera at about 160 ASA and shoot as much in a blue light balance as possible, as opposed to a Tungsten balance.' [From the ICG Magazine, April 7, 2010.]


 

 FILMS

1979

The Blue Lagoon [Randal Kleiser] c; 2uc (+ insert ph); ph: Nestor Almendros

1981

Summer Lovers [Randal Kleiser] p/c; 2uc (+ aph); ph: Timothy Galfas & (Greek doph) Dimitris Papakonstadis (as Dimitri Papaconstandis)

1982

Triumphs of a Man Called Horse/El triunfo de un hombre llamado caballo [John Hough] c; co-spph; ph: John Alcott & John Cabrera

1983

Blame It on Rio [Stanley Donen] c; 2uc; ph: Reynaldo Villalobos

1984

Avenging Angel [Robert Vincent O'Neil] c; addph: Bryan England

1984

KGB: The Secret War/Lethal [Dwight H. Little] c; + co-exec prod

1984

The Supernaturals [Armand Mastroianni] c; 2uc: Bryan England

1984

Odd Jobs/Summer Jobs/This End Up [Mark Story] c; addph; ph: Arthur Albert

1985

Getting Even/Hostage: Dallas [Dwight H. Little] c; addph: Jon Kranhouse; 2uc: Allen Facemire

1986

Flight of the Navigator [Randal Kleiser] c; 2uc Norway; ph: James Glennon

1986

Trick or Treat [Charles Martin Smith] c; addph; ph: Robert Elswit

1986

Eye of the Tiger [Richard C. Sarafian] c

1986

Prettykill/Pretty Kill/Tomorrow's a Killer [George Kaczender] c; addph; ph: João Fernandes

1986

He's My Girl [Gabrielle Beaumont] c

1987

Can't Buy Me Love/Boy Rents Girl [Steve Rash] c

1987

Pulse [Paul Golding] c; 2uc: Gary Wagner

1987

You Can't Hurry Love/Greetings from L.A./Lovestruck [Richard Martini] c; cph: John Schwartzman

1987

All's Fair/Skirmish [Rocky Lane] c

1988

Halloween 4 - The Return of Michael Myers [Dwight H. Little] c

1988

Limit Up [Richard Martini] c

1989

The Phantom of the Opera/Phantom of the Opera: The Motion Picture [Dwight H. Little] c; cph: Elemér Ragályi; 2uc: Tibor Klöpfler

1989

Problem Child [Dennis Dugan] c; 2uc: Don Reddy

1990

Iron Maze [Hiroaki Yoshida] c; 2uc; ph: Morio Saegusa

1990

Hard Promises [Martin Davidson] c; 2uc; ph: Andrzej Bartkowiak

1990

Livin' Large!/The Tapes of Dexter Jackson [Michael Schultz] c

1990

Wild Orchid II: Two Shades of Blue/Wild Orchid 2: Blue Movie Blue [Zalman King] c; co-addph; ph: Marc Reshovsky

1992

Poetic Justice [John Singleton] c

1993

Ground Zero Texas [Dwight H. Little] vg for SEGA (full motion video game; the game relies heavily on video footage, with which the player interacts; it contains 110 minutes of interactive footage from four different cameras); 'b' cam op: Peter Mercurio

1993

Higher Learning [John Singleton] c

1994

Bad Boys [Michael Bay] c; 2uc; ph: Howard Atherton

1995

Dunston Checks In [Ken Kwapis] c; 2uc: Michael Delahoussaye

1995

The Rock [Michael Bay] s35/c; 2uc (Alcatraz); ph: John Schwartzman

1996

The Beautician and the Beast [Ken Kwapis] c

 

[Left] with actor Chow Yun-Fat - "The Replacement Killers"

Photo by Frank Masi

 

1997

The Replacement Killers [Antoine Fuqua] s35/c; 2uc: Lloyd Ahern II; aph: John Trapman

1997

U.S. Marshals [Stuart Baird] c; vfx ph; ph: Andrzej Bartkowiak

1999

Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo [Mike Mitchell] c; 2uc: Chuck Cohen; uwph: Jordan Klein Sr.; + 2ud

1999

Bait/Piégé [Antoine Fuqua] s35/c; 2uc (+ 2ud); ph: Tobias A. Schliessler

2000

The Animal [Luke Greenfield] c

2001

Mr. Deeds [Steven Brill] c; uncred 2uc New York: Tom Houghton; remake of 'Mr. Deeds Goes to Town' (1935-36, Frank Capra; ph: Joseph Walker)

2001

The Master of Disguise [Perry Andelin Blake] c

2002

The Rundown/Welcome to the Jungle [Peter Berg] s35/c; 2uc; ph: Tobias A. Schliessler

2003

Surviving Christmas [Mike Mitchell] c; cph: Tom Priestley Jr.; 2uc: Flemming Olsen

2003

Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! [Robert Luketic] s35/c; 2uc: Daryn Okada; aph: Kurt Soderling

2004

The Amityville Horror [Andrew Douglas] s35/c; aph: Kurt Soderling; remake of film (1978, Stuart Rosenberg; ph: Fred Koenekamp)

2004

Red Eye [Wes Craven] p/c; addph; ph: Robert Yeoman

2005

Charlotte's Web [Gary Winick] c; Los Angeles crow shoot ph; ph: Seamus McGarvey

2005

Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties [Tim Hill] c; ph U.K.: John Marzano; 2uc: Dean Cundey

2006

Bill/Meet Bill [Bernie Goldmann & Melissa Wallack] c

2006

Rush Hour 3 [Brett Ratner] p/c; 2uc Paris; ph: J. Michael Muro

2007

Alvin and the Chipmunks [Tim Hill] c; 2uc (+ 2ud): Thomas Ackerman

2007

Hotel for Dogs [Thor Freudenthal] c; co-2uc; ph: Michael Grady

2009

Furry Vengeance [Roger Kumble] RED-to-35mm (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Mark Vargo; addph 2u: Thomas Ackerman; see above

2009

The Green Hornet [Michel Gondry (replaced Stephen Chow)] p+RED (3-D reshoots)+HD (Phantom HD)+35mm-to-35mm scope (+ 70bu & D-Cinema [also 3-D version])/c; 2uc; ph: John Schwartzman; filmed 2009-10

2010

Hop [Tim Hill] s35-to-35mm (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc (+ 2ud): Thomas Ackerman; aph: Kurt Soderling

2010

Big Miracle/Everybody Loves Whales [Ken Kwapis] s35 (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc (+ 2ud); ph: John Bailey

2010

The Amazing Spider-Man/Spider-Man 4 [Marc Webb] RED Epic-to-35mm scope (+ IMAX-70bu [also 3-D version] & D-Cinema [also 3-D version])/c; plate unit ph 2u (+ d); ph: John Schwartzman; filmed 2010-11

2011

Underworld: Awakening [Mårlind & Stein] RED Epic-to-35mm scope (+ D-Cinema [also 3-D version])/c; addph; ph: Scott Kevan

2013

Transformers: Age of Extinction/Transformers 4 [Michael Bay] p+RED Epic Dragon/p+HD (Phantom 65 Gold/IMAX 3-D)-to-35mm scope (+ D-Cinema [also 3-D version])/c; co-2uc; ph: Amir Mokri

2013

Barely Lethal [Kyle Newman] RED Epic-to-D-Cinema/c; released in 2015

2014

Point Break [Ericson Core] HD (ARRI ALEXA XT + Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera)+RED Epic Dragon-to-35mm scope (+ D-Cinema [also 3-D version])/c; 2uc (Austria/Venezuela/Mexico/Switzerland/France); ph: E. Core

2015

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip [Walt Becker] RED Epic Dragon/c; 2uc (+ 2ud): Thomas Ackerman

2015

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates [Jake Szymanski] HD (ARRI ALEXA XT)+RED Epic Dragon/c; 2uc; ph: Matthew Clark

2015

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 [Dave Green] HD (ARRI ALEXA XT/p)-to-35mm scope (+ D-Cinema [ also 3-D version])/c; uncred 2uc; ph: Lula Carvalho

2016

Office Christmas Party [Will Speck & Josh Gordon] c; 2uc; ph: Jeff Cutter

2016

Transformers: The Last Knight/Transformers 5 [Michael Bay] RED Epic Dragon/p & Weapon Dragon/p & Weapon Helium/p+HD (Phantom 65 Gold/IMAX 3-D)-to-D-Cinema (scope [also 3-D version])/c; 2uc; ph: Jonathan Sela

 

 TELEVISION & INTERNET

1989

Jury Duty: The Comedy/The Great American Sex Scandal [Michael Schultz] tvm

1990

Between Cars [Risa Bramon Garcia] special/30m; for HA! TV Comedy Network

1992

Route 66 [pilot dir by Ken Kwapis] 4-part series, 1993

1997

R.L. Stine's 'Ghosts of Fear Street' [Ken Kwapis] pilot/30m; for ABC-tv

2002

Home of the Brave [Steve Miner] pilot; for The WB Television Network

2004

Harry Green + Eugene [Simon West] unaired pilot; 2uc (+ 2ud); ph: ?; for ABC-tv

2005

Pepper Dennis [pilot dir by Shawn Levy] 13-part series, 2006; other ph: Joe Pennella & Bruce Pasternack

2006

The Weekend [Steven Brill] tvm

2008

Sunday! Sunday! Sunday! [Troy Miller] pilot/HD; for Disney Channel

2008

Paul Rodriguez & Friends: Comedy Rehab [Gabriela Tagliavini] comedy special/85m

2008

[Tracy Ullman's] State of the Union [ep #6 dir by Troy Miller] 19-part series/RED, 2008-10; 2nd season, 2009 (7 ep)

2012

Arrested Development [15 ep dir by Mitchell Hurwitz & Troy Miller] 68-part series, 2003-06 (53 ep for FOX-tv) + 2013; 4th season/RED Epic, 2013 (15 ep); the 4th season was released on Netflix in May 2013

2015

The True Memoirs of an International Assassin [Jeff Wadlow] HD/c; for Netflix; filmed 2015-16

 

 FILMS & TELEVISION AS CAMERA OPERATOR

1977

Grease [Randal Kleiser] uncred cam intern; ph: Bill Butler

1981

Art Pepper: Notes from a Jazz Survivor [Don McGlynn; mus doc/49m/16mm] co-c.op (night club seq); ph: Mark Salvaterra

1986

The Last Fling [Corey Allen; tvm] ph: Peter Stein

1987

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure [Stephen Herek] c.op Los Angeles; ph: Timothy Suhrstedt

1988

Rockula [Luca Bercovici] co-add c.op; ph: John Schwartzman

1989

Heart and Soul/It Will Stand [Stan Lathan; pilot] ph: Hal Trussell