TEO ESCAMILLA

 

Born: 23 October 1940, Seville, Andalucía, Spain, as Teodoro Escamilla Serrano.

Died: 21 December 1997, Matanzas, Cuba, during the prod of 'Conciencia y corazón'.

Career: Started as photojournalist and still ph for magazines like 'Sábado Gráfico' and 'El Caso'.

Awards: 'Goya' Award [1987] for 'El amor brujo'; 'Goya' Award nom [1989] for 'El Dorado' & 'Berlín Blues'; 'Goya' Award nom [1990] for 'Montoyas y Tarantos' & 'La noche oscura'.


'Teo Escamilla ranked as one of Spain's most talented and daring late 20th century cinematographers. Escamilla learned his trade from Luis Cuadrado, with whom he worked as an assistant and camera operator from the early 60s through 1975, at which time Cuadrado tragically went blind. Afterward, Escamilla took over Cuadrado's position and worked closely with the team of producer Elias Querejeta. Escamilla served as cinematographer shooting Carlos Saura's wrenching domestic drama 'Cría cuervos'. He would continue working with Saura for the next 13 years. Escamilla, much like his mentor Cuadrado, used carefully selected palate and camera techniques to create the illusion of having created living paintings. He differed from Cuadrado in his penchant for taking risks and devising creative new ways of filming. His fearlessness in the face of innovation mirrored Saura's. Their most famous collaborations include their three flamenco films, 'Bodas de sangre', 'Carmen', and 'El amor brujo'. Escamilla was living in Cuba and was busy working on his directorial effort 'Conciencia y corazón' when he died of a heart attack.' [Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide.]


 

 FILMS

1974

Las violentas [Fernando Miranda] c

1975

Tiempos duros para Drácula [Jorge Darnell] c

 

 

1975

Cría cuervos/Raise Ravens/Cria! [Carlos Saura] c

1976

El desencanto/The Disenchantment [Jaime Chávarri] b&w-c; doc/97m; cph: Juan Ruiz-Anchía

1976

La ciutat cremada/La ciudad quemada [Antoni Ribas] c; 156m

1976

Caperucita y Roja [Aitor Goirocelaya & Luis Revenga] c

1976

Viure sense viure [Carles Mira] c; short/17m

1977

Elisa, vida mía [Carlos Saura] c

1977

A un dios desconocido/To an Unknown God [Jaime Chávarri] c

1977

In memoriam [Enrique Brasó] c

1977

Del amor y de la muerte [Antonio Giménez-Rico] tvi/c

1977

Las palabras de Max [Emilio Martínez Lázaro] 16mm-35bu/c

1977

Nunca es tarde [Jaime de Armiñán] c

1977

La vieja memoria/The Old Memory [Jaime Camino] b&w; doc/165m; cph: José Luis Alcaine, Magín Torruella, a.o.

1977

José Hernández [Fernando González de Canales] c; doc/11m

1978

Los ojos vendados [Carlos Saura] c

1978

La portentosa vida nel padre Vicente/La portentosa vida del pare Vicent/The Prodigious Life of Father Vincent [Carles Mira] c

1978

Sonámbulos [Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón] c

1978

El corazón del bosque [Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón] c

1979

Dedicatoria [Jaime Chávarri] c

1979

Mamá cumple cien años/Mama Turns 100 [Carlos Saura] c

1979

F.E.N./Formacion del espiritu nacional [Antonio Hernández] c

1979

Cuentos para una escapada [seg ? dir by ?] c; 7 seg; other ph: Carlos Suárez

1980

Espacios inhabitables [Sylvia Zade-Routier] c; doc/13m

1980

El nido/The Nest [Jaime de Armiñán] c

1980

Maravillas [Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón] c

1980

Deprisa, deprisa/Hurry, Hurry/Fast, Fast [Carlos Saura] scope/c

1981

Apaga... y vámonos/We Had Better Call It a Day [Antonio Hernández] c

1981

Bodas de sangre/Blood Wedding [Carlos Saura] c

1981

El hombre del subsuelo [Nicolás Sarquís] c; cph: Ricardo Younis

1981

Función de noche/Evening Performance/Night Function [Josefina Molina] c

1981

Trágala, perro [Antonio Artero] c; cph: Manuel Merino

1981

Dulces horas [Carlos Saura] c

1981

En septiembre [Jaime de Armiñán] c

1982

Antonieta [Carlos Saura] p/c

1982

Río abajo/On the Line/Downstream [José Luis Borau] c; addph: Juan Gelpi, Stephen L. Posey, Misha Suslov & Nicholas Josef von Sternberg

1983

Carmen [Carlos Saura] c

1983

La huella árabe en España [Jaime de Armiñán] c; doc/12m; cph: Javier Aguirresarobe

1983

Vestida de azul/Dressed in Blue [Antonio Giménez-Rico] c

1984

Feroz [Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón] c

1984

Los zancos/The Stilts [Carlos Saura] c

1984

Un été d'enfer/Un verano de infierno [Michael Schock] c

1984

Stico [Jaime de Armiñán] c

1985

La hora bruja/The Witching Hour [Jaime de Armiñán] c

1985

El amor brujo/Love, the Magician [Carlos Saura] c

1986

Extramuros/Beyond the Walls/Outside the City [Miguel Picazo] c

1986

Tata mía/My Dear Nanny [José Luis Borau] c

1986

El Dorado [Carlos Saura] p/c

1987

Mi general/My General [Jaime de Armiñán] c

1987

Berlín Blues [Ricardo Franco] c

1988

La noche oscura/The Dark Night [Carlos Saura] c; 2uc: Domingo Solano

1989

Montoyas y Tarantos [Vicente Escrivá] c; + exec prod

1993

La Lola se va a los puertos [Josefina Molina] c

1993

Tres palabras [Antonio Giménez-Rico] c

1993

Al otro lado del túnel/On the Far Side of the Tunnel [Jaime de Armiñán] c; + co-exec prod

1994

El rey del río [Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón] c

1994

Felicidades Tovarich [Antonio Eceiza] scope/c; + prod

1995

Death in Granada/The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca/Muerte en Granada [Marcos Zurinaga] p/c; 2uc Spain; ph: Juan Ruíz-Anchía

1996

Robo en el cine Capitol [Fernando Guillén Cuervo] c; short/14m

1996

Las ratas/The Rats [Antonio Giménez-Rico] c

1997

Cazadores [Achero Mañas] c; short/12m

1997

Omnibus [Paco Millán Romero] c; short/31m

1997

Cosas que dejé en La Habana/Things I Left in Havana [Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón] c

 

 TELEVISION

1967

Valencia de Blasco Ibáñez [José Luis Font] doc/b&w; cph: Francisco Madurga & Luis Cuadrado

1983

Cuentos imposibles [Jaime de Armiñán] 6-part miniseries

1987

Juncal [Jaime de Armiñán] 7-part miniseries

1991

El Quijote de Miguel de Cervantes/Don Quijote de la Mancha [Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón] 2-part tvm

 

 FILMS AS CAMERA ASSISTANT/OPERATOR

1965

Muere una mujer [Mario Camus] c.op; ph: Víctor Monreal

1965

La caza/The Hunt [Carlos Saura] c.op; ph: Luis Cuadrado

1966

Nueve cartas a Berta/Nine Letters to Bertha [Basilio Martín Patino] co-c.op; ph: Luis Enrique Torán

1966

Hoy como ayer [Mariano Ozores] c.op; ph: Vicente Minaya

1966

Una chica para dos [León Klimovsky] c.op; ph: Francisco Fraile

1966

Dos alas/Two Wings [Pascual Cervera] 2nd c.asst; ph: Francisco Fraile

1966

Los celos y el duende [Silvio F. Balbuena] c.op; ph: Francisco Fraile

1966

Último encuentro/The Last Meeting [Antonio Eceiza] 2nd c.asst; ph: Luis Cuadrado

1967

Crónica de nueve meses [Mariano Ozores] c.op; ph: Vicente Minaya

1967

Peppermint frappé [Carlos Saura] c.op; ph: Luis Cuadrado

1967

40 grados a la sombra [Mariano Ozores] c.op; ph: Vicente Minaya

1967

Si volvemos a vernos/Smashing Up [Francisco Regueiro] 2nd c.asst; ph: Luis Cuadrado

1967

Los Flamencos [Jesús Yagüe] c.op; ph: José F. Aguayo

1968

¡Cómo está el servicio! [Mariano Ozores] c.op; ph: Vicente Minaya

1968

Los desafíos/The Challenges [Claudio Guerín, José Luis Egea & Víctor Erice] c.op; ph: Luis Cuadrado

1968

-Stress-es tres-tres-/Stress Is Three [Carlos Saura] c.op; ph: Luis Cuadrado

1968

La madriguera/Honeycomb [Carlos Saura] c.op; ph: Luis Cuadrado

1969

El día de mañana [Agustín Navarro] 2nd c.asst; ph: Francisco Fraile

1969

Las secretas intenciones/Secret Intentions [Antonio Eceiza] 2nd c.asst; ph: Luis Cuadrado

1970

Una vela para el diablo/A Candle for the Devil/It Happened at Nightmare Inn [Eugenio Martín] c.op; ph: José F. Aguayo

1970

El dinero tiene miedo/Cómo atrapar a un Don Juan [Pedro Lazaga] co-c.op; ph: Juan Mariné

1970

El jardín de las delicias/The Garden of Delights [Carlos Saura] c.op; ph: Luis Cuadrado

1970

Goya. Historia de una soledad [Nino Quevedo] 2nd c.asst; ph: Luis Cuadrado & José F. Aguayo

1971

Mi querida señorita/My Dearest Senorita [Jaime de Armiñán] c.op; ph: Luis Cuadrado

 

 

1972

Ana y los lobos/Anna and the Wolves [Carlos Saura] c.op (segundo operador); ph: Luis Cuadrado

1972

Horror Express/Pánico en el Transiberiano [Gene Martin (= Eugenio Martín)] c.op; ph: Alejandro Ulloa

1973

Habla, mudita/Don Ramiro [Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón] c.op; ph: Luis Cuadrado

1973

El espíritu de la colmena/The Spirit of the Beehive [Víctor Erice] co-c.op; ph: Luis Cuadrado

1973

La prima Angélica/Cousin Angelica [Carlos Saura] c.op; ph: Luis Cuadrado

1974

Hay que matar a B./B Must Die [José Luis Borau] c.op; ph: Luis Cuadrado

1974

Il bianco, il giallo, il nero/El blanco, el amarillo, el negro/White, the Yellow, and the Black/Samurai/Shoot First... Ask Questions Later [Sergio Corbucci] co-2nd c.op; ph: Luis Cuadrado

1975

Furtivos [José Luis Borau] c.op; ph: Luis Cuadrado

 

 FILMS AS DIRECTOR

1976

Quiero ser mayor [+ scrpl; short/15m] ph: Antonio Escamilla

1979

Cuentos para una escapada [seg 'Soñando para vivir'] 7 seg; ph: ?; released in 1981

1984

Tú solo/You Alone [doc/95m] ph: Antonio Escamilla

1997

Conciencia y corazón [unfinished]