TAMI REIKER   ASC

 

Born: ?, Connecticut, USA.

Education: Film School of New York University [NYU] [graduated in 1987].

Career: Started as still ph. After her study at NYU, worked as a c.asst and loader. 'I did still photography since I was 10 or 12. I decided to go to NYU, initially for still photography. But once there, I decided I could do that on my own and went after film. I'd always loved movies and found it fascinating how they were made. In film school, I started shooting lots of student films. Working on feature films as an intern during the summer solidified my desire to be in the camera department. I loved the production of it and the scope was much bigger than still photography. [...] I'm always referring back to still photography. Besides the masters and the classics, I pore through the pages of 'Vogue' and 'Index'. Still photography leads to trends, especially in commercials. There are cinematographers whose work I love. Roger Deakins, for example - besides his lighting, every movie is completely different. I also worked as an assistant for Harris Savides for a while and what I learned from him was the power of experimenting. Another influence comes from living in New York City and going to museums and theater.' [From the studiodaily website.]

Ph numerous commercials dir by Craig Gillespie [for Fruit of the Loom], Wayne Holloway, Bob Giraldi [for Barbie Dolls], Dewey Nicks, Bennett Miller [for Rexall Sundown], Jamie Most, Mike Bigelow, a.o. Ph music videos [a: David Bowie, Sheryl Crow, Tracy Chapman, a.o.].

Member of the ASC since 2006.

Teaches cinematography, e.g. at the International Film & Television Workshops in Rockport, Maine [2004].

Awards: Independent Spirit Award nom [1999] for 'High Art'; ASC TV Cable Award [2003] & Kodak Vision Award [2005] for 'Carnivàle' [pilot 'Milfay'].

Website: Tami Reiker


'High Art' [1997]: 'As an in-demand DP on commercials, Tami Reiker has not only traveled the world, she has discovered many of the tools of her craft, e.g. the jib-arm. "I've used the jib-arm on big videos and commercials," she says. "And I really wanted to do a movie with it. It's not like Steadicam, it's not like regular handheld; it's like floating handheld." In 'High Art', the jib-arm comes to represent "Lucy's world," Reiker explains. "The scenes where they're passing drugs around the table, it just kind of floats from one person to the next, and the camera moves a little bit slower than the action." Using the jib-arm was also a time saver, a major boon to a $600,000 independent film. "It was so fast, and it made moves I never could have made otherwise - especially since I was operating the whole movie, without a dolly grip and focus grip to coordinate everything. Luckily, I had an amazing assistant, because a lot of the movie was shot either 2 or 2.8. So even when we were on a 35mm lens, there was no depth of field." The flat look was intentional; Cholodenko and Reiker envisioned a somewhat harsh visual style akin to urban realism, and went to several extremes to achieve it. "We flashed the film with the ARRI Varicon," says the DP, "which everybody was doing when we shot last summer. But they would flash and then go through the ENR process to bring back all the blacks rich and dark. We were just flashing." Shooting interiors with Kodak's 5277, the 320 ASA Vision stock, gave her the stop she needed. For an even rawer look, the lead actresses went without makeup.' [John Calhoun in Lighting Dimensions, June 1998.]


 FILMS

1990

Lifestyles of the Ramones [George Seminara] c; doc + music videos/57m; cph: Sam Henriquez, Vincent Giordano & Ben Speth

199?

Ring of Fire [Lisa Cholodenko] ?; student film/?m; prod Columbia University

1992

Amnesia [Alex Sichel] b&w-c; short/14m; prod Columbia University

1992

A Woman's Point of View During Sex [Ingrid Rudefors] c; short/5m; + small part

1992

Catwalk [Robert Leacock & Milton Moses Ginsberg] b&w-c; doc/95m; 2uc; ph: Robert Leacock; released 1996

1993

Souvenir [Lisa Cholodenko] 16mm/c; short/13m; prod Columbia University

1993

Hits! [William R. Greenblatt] c; 2uc; ph: Jon Kranhouse

1994

Little Women in Transit [Barbara Heller] 16mm-35bu/b&w; short/7m; also seg of feature length program 'Girlfriends' (8 shorts; 1996)

1994

Taken for Granite: A Short Amorous Tale of Frustration [Cheryl Miller] c; short/27m

1994

The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love [Maria Maggenti] 16mm-35bu/c; addph: Melissa Painter

1994

Alchemy [Suzanne Myers] c

1994

Urban Legend [Adrienne Shelly] 16mm/c; short/26m; edited into 'Four Tales of Two Cities' (1996)

1994

Meats & Jesus [Robert Chemtob] 16mm/c; short/20m

1995

Far Harbor/Mr. Spreckman's Boat [John Huddles] c

1996

dinner party [Lisa Cholodenko] 16mm/c; short/9m; addph; ph: Horacio Marquínez; prod Columbia University

1997

High Art [Lisa Cholodenko] c; see above

1997

Girl/Cool Girl [Jonathan Kahn] c

1998

The Love Letter [Peter Ho-Sun Chan] c

1999

How Kids Grow in NYC Public Schools [Steve Buscemi, Nancy Savoca, a.o.] dv/c; doc/6 seg (x 5m); cph: Ellen Kuras, Walter Bell, Amy Rice, a.o.

2002

Pieces of April [Peter Hedges] mdv (Sony PD150)-to-35mm/c

2005

Mr. Woodcock [Craig Gillespie] s35/c; uwph: Pete Romano

2008

It Might Get Loud [Davis Guggenheim] HD+35mm-to-35mm/b&w-c; mus doc/97m; co-addph; ph: Guillermo Navarro & Erich Roland

2012

The Bronzer [Peyton Wilson] HD (Canon EOS 5D)/c; doc/11m; cph: David Giles; filmed off and on over a six months period

2013

Beyond the Lights/Blackbird [Gina Prince-Bythewood] HD (ARRI ALEXA M)/c; addph: Cliff Charles

2015

Second Thoughts [David Shane] c; short/9m

2015

The Wake Up Call [Matt Smukler] HD/c; short/14m

 

 TELEVISION

2000

Disappearing Acts [Gina Prince-Bythewood] tvm

2002

Carnivàle [pilot 'Milfay' dir by Rodrigo García] 24-part series, 2003 & 2005; 1st season, 2003; cph (pilot): Jeffrey Jur & James Glennon

2007

[Oprah Winfrey Presents:] Mitch Albom's For One More Day [Lloyd Kramer] tvm

2010

30 for 30 [ep #21 'Unmatched' dir by Lisa Lax & Nancy Stern Winters] 30-part sports doc series, 2009-10 (Volume 1); cph: Christian Hoagland; for ESPN-tv

2011

Five [seg #1 'Charlotte' dir by Demi Moore] tvm/87m/HD (ARRI ALEXA)+RED-to-HD; 5 seg; other ph: Christopher Popp (seg #2 'Cheyanne' dir by Penelope Spheeris), Jim Orr (seg #3 'Lili' dir by Alicia Keys), Eric Edwards (seg #4 'Mia' dir by Jennifer Aniston) & Guy Livneh (seg #5 'Pearl' dir by Patty Jenkins); for Lifetime-tv

2012

Getting On [pilot 'Born on the Fourth of July' dir by Miguel Arteta] 18-part series/RED Scarlet, 2013-15; 1st season, 2013 (6 ep); other ph: Jim Denault

2013

Blink [Peter Hedges] pilot/HD; for The CW Network

2015

Shots Fired [pilot 'Hour One' dir by Gina Prince-Bythewood] series, 2017; for FOX-tv

 

 MISCELLANEOUS

1986

Forever, Lulu/Crazy Streets/Für immer Lulu [Amos Kollek] co-prod intern; ph: Lisa Rinzler

1986

I Love N.Y. [Gianni Bozzacchi] co-prod asst; ph: Armando Nannuzzi

1987

How to Be Louise [Anne Flournoy] 2nd c.asst; ph: Vladimir Tukan

1988

Homeboyz II: Crack City/Strong City [Daniel Matmor] 2nd c.asst; ph: Joey Forsyte; released in 1993

1988

The Unbelievable Truth [Hal Hartley] 2nd c.asst; ph: Michael Spiller

1989

Imagining America [seg 'Tribe' dir by Matt Mahurin] co-c.asst; ph: M. Mahurin; comp (60m) of 4 shorts for PBS-tv series 'American Playhouse'

1989

Bed & Breakfast [Robert Ellis Miller] 2nd c.asst; ph: Peter Sova

1990

Q Listen Up [: The Lives of Quincy Jones] [Ellen Weissbrod; doc] co-2nd c.asst; ph: Stephen Kazmierski

1990

Triple Bogey on a Par Five Hole [Amos Poe] 1st c.asst; ph: Joe DeSalvo

1991

The Refrigerator [Nicholas Jacobs] co-add 2nd c.asst; ph: Paul Gibson 

1991

Ambition [Hal Hartley; short] c.asst; ph: Michael Spiller

1992

Fallen Champ: The Untold Story of Mike Tyson [Barbara Kopple; tv-doc] co-c.asst; ph: Alicia Weber, Phil Parmet, a.o.

1992

Kenny Rogers - Keep Christmas with You [Jack Cole; mus special] co-2u c.op; ph: Marc Reshovsky

1993

The Hurricane of '38 [Thomas Lennon & Michael Epstein] co-c.asst; ph: Tom Hurwitz, Jean de Segonzac & Greg Andracke; ep PBS-tv series 'American Experience'

1993

Secrets of the Psychics [written/prod: Carl Charlson; tv-doc] co-c.asst; ph: Thomas Hurwitz; ep PBS-tv doc series 'Nova'