#1: From interview [2015]

 

   


CHRIS MANLEY   ASC

 

Born: 19??, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania [PA], USA, as Christopher C. Manley. Grew up in Allentown, PA.

Education: Temple University, Philadelphia; American Film Institute [AFI], Los Angeles [1994-96].

Career: 'I enrolled at Temple University as a radio, television and film major. I was exposed to a lot of classic Hollywood movies during my freshman year and really fell in love with filmmaking. I worked on other students' films doing lighting, sound, camera assistant, grip work. I volunteered all my free time to work on graduate student films. One of them was David Jacobson, whom I later worked with in Los Angeles on 'Dahmer'. I always liked working on David's crews at Temple. I liked his aesthetics. After shooting a few graduate student films, I began trying to figure out if I could make a living as a cinematographer. [...] There was a nonprofit organization in Philadelphia called International House, which exhibited foreign films that were never released in the United States. I worked there as a projectionist. One year they did a tribute to Richard Brooks and Conrad Hall was a guest. When I saw him leaving, I chased him to the exit and asked a stupid question about how to light day interiors. He just said, "Keep it simple, kid. Keep it simple." [...] I did a little work around Philadelphia, but there weren't many opportunities. I knew I needed to get more training. The only program I was interested in was at AFI, because it was more of a conservatory style of learning. I was 25 years old and thought I knew a lot, but I learned more during the first three months than I did in five years in Philadelphia. When I started in 1994, they had a policy of rotating professors every six weeks. They taught classes, advised us on projects and conducted workshops. Our rotating teachers included Tom Denove, Stevan Larner, Bill Dill, James Chressanthis and Bob Primes. [After graduating from AFI] I'd walk to the newsstand, buy the trades, look at all the film start-ups and make calls, send resumes and reels. I must have sent 200 reels in those early days. I got jobs as a gaffer and electrician on very low budget films. Looking back, I knew a lot of talented people who got discouraged and gave up. [...] Right after school in 1996, I was referred by someone at AFI to shoot a no-budget feature called 'Irish Whiskey'. We shot 35mm short ends with a Panavision Gold camera and had print dailies which we watched every night at Deluxe. [...] Looking back, I think my experience working on Roger Corman films was a big help, because it taught me how to work quickly without compromising. At AFI, we were taught that cinematography is an art form and we're artists doing important work. When I was shooting for Corman, I learned that you're expendable if you don't make the schedule. I had to balance those two points of view, because the truth was somewhere in the middle.' [From interview with Bob Fisher on the KODAK OnFilm website.]

Ph commercials dir by Loni Peristere, a.o. Ph music videos.

Member of the ASC since 2007.

Married to film editor Bipasha Shom.

Appeared in the doc 'Cinematographer Style' [2005, Jon Fauer; ph: J. Fauer, Jeff Laszlo, Brian Heller & David Morgan].

Awards: Eastman Kodak Scholarship [for 1995-96]; Taos Talking Picture Festival 'George Méliès Award' nom [1999] for 'My Mother Dreams the Satan's Disciples in New York'; Daytime 'Emmy' Award [2000] for 'The Phantom Eye'; ASC TV Award nom [2003] for 'Threat Matrix' [ep #3 'Dr. Germ']; ASC TV Award nom [2004] for 'C.S.I.: NY [ep #5 'A Man a Mile']; 'Emmy' Award nom [2009] for 'Mad Men' [ep #18 'The New Girl']; 'Emmy' Award nom [2010] for 'Mad Men' [ep #39 'Shut the Door. Have a Seat']; ASC TV Award nom [2010] for 'Mad Men' [ep #51 'Blowing Smoke']; ASC TV Award nom [2012] for 'Mad Men' [ep #65 'The Phantom'].


 

 FILMS

1995

Bontoc Eulogy [Marlon Fuentes & Bridget Yearian] 16mm/b&w; doc/57m; cph: M. Fuentes, B. Yearian, Rubén Domingo & Tommy Hafalla

1995

Und tschüss! - In Amerika/California Convertible [Michael Keusch] c; 2uc; ph: Geza Sinkovics

1996

Irish Whiskey [Jon Stevens] c; cph: Patrick Kelly

1996

Butterflies [Kevin Leicinger] b&w; short/9m

1998

Running Woman [Rachel Samuels] c/V

1998

My Mother Dreams the Satan's Disciples in New York [Barbara Schock] c; short/30m; prod AFI

1998

Enemy Action [Brian Katkin] c/V; addph; ph: Laurence Manly

1999

The Puzzle [Ian Kessner] c; short/17m; 2uc; ph: François Dagenais

1999

12x12 [Maja Zimmermann] c; short/16m; prod Pasadena Art Center College of Design

1999

[Robert Louis Stevenson's] The Suicide Club/The Game of Death/The Death Club [Rachel Samuels] c

1999

Hollywood Horror [Bernt Amadeus Capra] c; 2uc: Drew Thomas

1999

To Protect and Serve [Joseph Perez] c

2000

Tapped Out [Georgio Allentini] c; cph: Kirk Douglas

2001

The Stickup [Rowdy Herrington] c; 2uc: Richard Walden

2001

Shut Yer Dirty Little Mouth! [Robert Taicher] v/c

2001

Under the Influence [Eric Gardner] c

2001

Endangered Species/Earth Alien [Kevin Tenney] c/V; 2uc: Bo Randulff

2002

The Big Empty [Steve Anderson] c

2002

Dahmer [David Jacobson] c; addph: Randall Michelson

2003

Neo Ned [Van Fischer] c

2005

Coachella [Drew Thomas] HD-to-35mm/c; doc/120m; cph: François Dagenais, Keith Smith, Greg Nash, a.o.

2006

Gracie [Davis Guggenheim] s35/c

2007

I Never Meant to Hurt You [Kathy Grasso] b&w-c; short/38m; cph: K. Grasso

2008

Interpretation [Lin Oeding] s35/c; short/7m

2010

Thor [Kenneth Branagh] p (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc; ph: Haris Zambarloukos

2012

Noon [Kasra Farahani] scope/c; short (teaser for feature film project)/12m; 2uc: Dylan Sanford

2012

Are You Here/You Are Here [Matthew Weiner] ?-to-digital/c

 

 TELEVISION

1998

The New Adventures of Robin Hood [8 ep dir by various] 52-part series, 1997-99; 3rd season, 1998; 2uc; ph: Jeffrey Weaver

1999

[Roger Corman's] The Phantom Eye [Gwyneth Gibby] special/60m/35 chapters; aired during breaks between classic monster movies

2000

Black Scorpion [ep #2 'Wave Goodbye' dir by Rob Spera, #3 'Blinded by the Light' dir by Stanley Yung & #17 'He Who Laughs Last' dir by Mike Mickens] 22-part series, 2001; 3uc; ph: Michael Mickens (#2-3) & Carlos González (#17)

2000

Wolf Girl/Blood Moon/Side Show [Thom Fitzgerald] tvm; filmed in Romania

2002

The Last Cowboy [Joyce Chopra] tvm; doph 'b' cam: Frank Q. Dobbs

2002

Thought Crimes/Thoughtcrimes/Clairvoyance [Breck Eisner] tvm

2003

Threat Matrix [ep #2 'Veterans' Day' dir by Fred Gerber (FG), #3 'Dr. Germ' dir by Guy Bee (GB), #4 'Natural Borne Killers' dir by Perry Lang, #5 'Patriot Acts' dir by Rick Kolbe, #6 'In Plane Sight' dir by Larry Shaw, #7 'Alpha-126' dir by FG, #8 'Under the Gun' dir by GB, #10 'Flipping' dir by David Grossman, #12 'PPX' dir by Deran Sarafian, #14 'Extremist Makeover' dir by FG & #16 'Cambodia' dir by FG] 16-part (2 unaired) series, 2003-04; other ph: David Boyd (pilot) & Walt Fraser (3 ep)

2004

Gramercy Park [Jeff Bleckner] pilot/60m (second version; original version - '111 Gramercy Park' - dir in 2003 by Bill D'Elia and ph Tim Suhrstedt); for ABC-tv

2004

C.S.I.: NY/C.S.I.: New York [ep #2 'Creatures of the Night' dir by Tim Hunter, #4 'Grand Master' dir by Kevin Bray, #5 'A Man a Mile' dir by David Grossman (DG), #6 'Outside Man' dir by Rob Bailey (RB), #7 'Rain' dir by DG, #8 'Three Generations Are Enough' dir by Alexander Zakrzewski, #11 'Tri-Borough' dir by Greg Yaitanes, #13 'Tanglewood' dir by Karen Gaviola, #15 ''Til Death Do We Part' dir by Nelson McCormick, #17 'The Fall' dir by Norberto Barba, #19 'Crime and Misdemeanor' dir by RB, #21 'On the Job' dir by David Von Ancken & #23 'What You See Is What You See' dir by Duane Clark] 197-part series, 2004-13; 1st season, 2004-05; other ph: Dermott Downs (+ cph #7) & Frank Byers; 2uc: Cary Fisher

2005

The Curse of King Tut's Tomb [Russell Mulcahy] 2-part tvm; cph: Ranjeev Mulchandani

2005

Prison Break [: Manhunt] [ep #4 'Cute Poison' dir by Matt Earl Beesley, #5 'English, Fitz or Percy' dir by Randall Zisk, #6 'Riots, Drills and the Devil' dir by Robert Mandel, #8 'The Old Head' dir by Jace Alexander (JA), #10 'Sleight of Hand' dir by Dwight Little, #12 'Odd Man Out' dir by Bobby Roth (BR), #14 'The Rat' dir by Kevin Hooks (KH), #16 'Brother's Keeper' dir by Greg Yaitanes, #18 'Bluff' dir by JA, #20 'Tonight' dir by BR & #22 'Flight' dir by KH] 81-part series, 2005-09; 1st season, 2005-06; other ph: Dante Spinotti (pilot, 2004), Robbie Greenberg & Robert LaBonge

2006

Drive [various] 6-part (2 unaired) series, 2007

2008

Mad Men [13 ep dir by various] 92-part series, 2007-15; 2nd season/s35-to-HD, 2008 (13 ep)

2009

Mad Men [13 ep dir by various] 3rd season/s35-to-HD, 2009 (13 ep); see 2008

2009

State of Romance [Peter Sollett] pilot; for NBC-tv

2009

Tough Trade [Gavin Hood] pilot/HD; for EPIX-tv

2010

Mad Men [13 ep dir by various] 4th season/s35-to-HD, 2010 (13 ep); see 2008

2010

Homeland [pilot dir by Michael Cuesta] series/HD (ARRI ALEXA), 2011-present; 1st season, 2011 (12 ep); 2uc (pilot): Frank Godwin; other ph: Nelson Cragg

2011

Revenge [pilot dir by Phillip Noyce] 89-part series/HD (ARRI ALEXA), 2011-15; 1st season, 2011-12

2011

Mad Men [11 ep dir by various] 5th season/HD (ARRI ALEXA), 2012 (13 ep); other ph: Don Devine (#63-64); see 2008

2012

Americana [Phillip Noyce] pilot; for ABC-tv

2012

Mad Men [11 ep dir by various] 6th season/HD (ARRI ALEXA), 2013 (13 ep); other ph: Jeffrey Jur (#69) & Don Devine (#70); see 2008

2013

Mad Men [10 ep dir by various] 7th season/HD (ARRI ALEXA), 2014-15 (14 ep); other ph: M. David Mullen (#81) & Don Devine (#80 & #82-83); filmed 2013 (7 ep) & 2014 (7 ep); see 2008

2014

The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe/Marilyn [Laurie Collyer] 2-part tvm/HD (ARRI ALEXA); filmed 2014-15

2015

Masters of Sex [8 ep dir by various] 46-part series/HD (Sony F65), 2013-16; 3rd season, 2015 (12 ep)

2015

American Horror Story [ep #55 (co-addph) 'Devil's Night' dir by Loni Peristere (LP) & #57 'Room 33' dir by LP] series/s8+s16+s35-to-HD, 2011-present; 5th season, 2015-16 (12 ep); ph (#55): Michael Goi

2015

Second Chance/The Frankenstein Code/Lookinglass [ep #1 'A Suitable Donor' dir by Michael Cuesta] 11-part series/HD (ARRI ALEXA), 2016; addph (+ 2uc): Vincent De Paula

2016

Fear the Walking Dead [ep #16 'Do Not Disturb' dir by Michael McDonough] series/HD (ARRI ALEXA XT Plus/p & Hawk Scope), 2015-present; 2nd season, 2016 (15 ep)

2016

Knightfall [ep #1 'You'd Know What to Do' dir by Douglas Mackinnon (DM) & #2 'Find Us the Grail' dir by DM] series/HD, 2017-present; 1st season, 2017 (10 ep); for History Channel

 

 MISCELLANEOUS

1995

The Taming Power of the Small [Wayne Powers; short] loader; ph: Robert Harmon

1996

Nineball [Victor Bevine] gaffer; ph: John Burnett

1997

Rough Draft/Diary of a Serial Killer [Joshua Wallace] c.op 'b' cam; ph: Keith L. Smith

1997

Fix [Richard Zelniker] gaffer; ph: Dimitri Djanbani

1997

Too Good to Be True [Geoffrey Edwards] best boy electric; ph: Mark Parry

1997

My Body [Joel Moffett; short] co-best boy electric; ph: Andrew Thomas; also seg of 'Boys in Love 2' (1998)

1997

Psycho Sushi [Lisa Haisha] gaffer addph; ph: Kurt Brabbee

1998

pURe kILLjoy [Aaron Downing] gaffer; ph: Keith L. Smith

1999

Luck of the Draw [Luca Bercovici] co-c.op 'b' cam; ph: Keith L. Smith

 

 TELEVISION AS DIRECTOR

2011

Mad Men [ep #64 'Commissions and Fees'] 5th season; ph: Don Devine; see Television (2011)

2012

Mad Men [ep #70 'The Flood'] 6th season; ph: Don Devine; see Television (2012)

2013

Mad Men [ep #81 'Field Trip' & #83 'The Runaways'] 7th season; ph: M. David Mullen (#81) & Don Devine (#83); see Television (2013)

2015

Masters of Sex [ep #28 'Undue Influence'] 3rd season; ph: Tim Bellen; see Television (2015)