STEFAN CZAPSKY   ASC

 

Born: ? December 1950, Oldenburg, West-Germany, as the son of Ukrainian Parents. Came to the USA as an infant and grew up in Cleveland, Ohio.

Education: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio [Film History & Criticism]; Columbia University, New York [post-graduate film program].

Career: Worked as c.asst, gaffer and grip.

Ph numerous commercials dir by Dick Sittig, Rob Lopes, Noam Murro [for Nike], Tom Routson ['Bad Day To Be a Frog' & 'Tongue Lashing' for Anheuser-Busch], Charles Wittenmeier [for General Motors], Joe Public [for Ford], Carl Erik Rinsch [for Toyota], a.o. Ph music videos, e.g. 'Portable' [2000; a: Stri-dex; d: Nigel Dick] & 'Do You Want To?' [2005; a: Franz Ferdinand; d: Diane Martel].

Member of the ASC since 2004.

Appeared in the doc's 'Beyond Batman: Gotham City Revisited - The Production Design of Batman Returns' [2005, Constantine Nasr; 11m] & 'Shadows of the Bat: The Cinematic Saga of the Dark Knight - Dark Side of the Knight' [2005, Constantine Nasr; 30m].

Awards: BSFC Award [1994], LAFCA Award [1994], NYFCC Award [1994] and NSFC Award [1995] for 'Ed Wood'.

Website: Stefan Czapsky


 

 FILMS & TELEVISION

1985

On the Edge [Rob Nilsson] c

1987

D.O.A. [Rocky Morton & Annabel Jankel] c; addph; ph: Yuri Neyman; remake of film (1949, Rudolph Maté; ph: Ernest Laszlo)

1987

The Thin Blue Line [Errol Morris] c; doc/103m; cph: Robert Chappell; addph: Tom Sigel, Peter Sova & Ned Burgess

1987

Vampire's Kiss [Robert Bierman] c

1988

Fear, Anxiety and Depression [Todd Solondz] c

1988

Letzte Ausfahrt Brooklyn/Last Exit to Brooklyn [Ulrich Edel] c; 16mm doc ph: Bob Hanna

1988

Sons [Alexandre Rockwell & Stephen E. Miller] c

1989

Flashback [Franco Amurri] c; 2uc: Frank Beascoechea; addph: Cheddy Hart

1989

Bright Angel [Michael Fields] c; 2uc; ph: Elliot Davis

1989

Child's Play 2 [John Lafia] c; addph: Jon Kranhouse; 2uc: Max Pomerlean

1990

A Brief History of Time [Errol Morris] b&w-c; doc/84m; addph; ph: John Bailey

1990

Edward Scissorhands [Tim Burton] c; vfx ph: Bill Neil

1990

The Dark Wind [Errol Morris] c; cph: Stephen Smith; 2uc: Peter Norman & Phil Carr-Forster

1991

Prelude to a Kiss [Norman René] c

1991

Batman Returns [Tim Burton] c; 2uc: Don Burgess; 2u addph: Paul Ryan; vfx ph: Dennis Skotak (superv), James Belkin, George Dodge & Tim Angulo; miniature ph: Garry Waller; plate ph: Neil Krepela; matte ph: Wade Childress

1993

Ed Wood [Tim Burton] b&w; miniature ph: Eric Swenson; vfx ph: Allen Blaisdell

 

[Right] - "Matilda"

 

1995

Matilda [Danny De Vito] s35/c; vfx ph: Bill Neil

1998

Wild Wild West [Barry Sonnenfeld] c; cph: Michael Ballhaus; 2uc: David Dunlap, Bill Pope, Chuck Shuman & Raymond Stella; aph: David B. Nowell

2002

Bulletproof Monk [Paul Hunter] s35/c; 2uc: David Herrington

2006

Blades of Glory [Will Speck & Josh Gordon] c; Montreal ph (+ c.op 'c' cam): Robert Mattigetz; uncred reshoots ph: Peter Deming

2007

Fighting [Dito Montiel] c; 2uc: Trish Govoni; aph: Dwayne McClintock

2008

M/The Other Side [David Michaels] in pre-production since 2006; replaced ph Peter Sova

2010

Safe [Boaz Yakin] s35 (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Eric Tramp

2012

A Fall from Grace [Jennifer Chambers Lynch] pre-production; replaced by ph Shane Daly

2014

Max [Boaz Yakin] HD (ARRI ALEXA Plus & XT Plus) scope-to-35mm scope (+ D-Cinema)/c; uncred addph: David Waldman

2015

Shades of Blue [pilot dir by Barry Levinson + 12 ep dir by various] tv-series/HD (ARRI ALEXA Plus + Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera), 2016; 1st season (13 ep), 2016; for NBC-tv

2016

Drew [James Strong] unsold pilot/HD; for CBS-tv

 

 MISCELLANEOUS

1975

God Told Me To/Demon [Larry Cohen] c.asst; ph: Paul Glickman; dedicated to the memory of Mr. Bernard Herrmann

 

[2nd from left] - "Gang Wars"

 

1976

Gang Wars/The Devil's Express/Death Express [Barry Rosen] co-c.asst; ph: Paul Glickman

1977

Nanook Taxi [Edward Folger] c.asst; ph: Paul Glickman

1977

The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover [Larry Cohen] c.asst; ph: Paul Glickman

1978

Sitting Ducks [Henry Jaglom] c.asst; ph: Paul Glickman

1978

Nocturna [: Granddaughter of Dracula] [Harry Tampa (= Harry Hurwitz)] gaffer; ph: Mac Ahlberg

1979

Union City [Marcus Reichert] gaffer; ph: Edward Lachman

1979

Lightning Over Water/Nicks Movie [Nicholas Ray & Wim Wenders] gaffer (+ small part); ph: Edward Lachman & Martin Schäfer

1979

Blank Generation [Ulli Lommel] gaffer (as Stephan Czapsky); ph: Atze Glanert (as Atze Glannert)

1980

He Knows You're Alone/Blood Wedding [Armand Mastroianni] gaffer; ph: Gerald Feil

1981

Q/The Winged Serpent [Larry Cohen] gaffer; ph: Fred Murphy

1982

Say Amen, Somebody - The Good News Musical [George Nierenberg; doc] gaffer (+ co-add c.op); ph: Edward Lachman

1982

Baby, It's You [John Sayles] gaffer; ph: Michael Ballhaus

1983

Reckless [James Foley] chief lighting tech; ph: Michael Ballhaus

1984

Go Tell It on the Mountain [Stan Lathan; tvm] gaffer (New York); ph: Hiro Narita

1985

After Hours [Martin Scorsese] gaffer; ph: Michael Ballhaus

1985

Death of a Salesman [Volker Schlöndorff; tvm] grip; ph: Michael Ballhaus; also released theatrically

1985

At Close Range [James Foley] gaffer; ph: Juan Ruiz Anchía

1985

Twisted [Adam Holender] gaffer (New York unit); ph: Alexander Gruszynski

1986

Made in Heaven [Alan Rudolph] gaffer; ph: Jan Kiesser

1986

'Round Midnight/Autour de minuit [Bertrand Tavernier] gaffer (New York); ph: Bruno de Keyzer

1986

Matewan [John Sayles] key grip; ph: Haskell Wexler

1987

Le grand bleu/The Big Blue [Luc Besson] gaffer (New York); ph: Carlo Varini