From interview

['FilmFellas', Zacuto, 2010]





Born: 31 December 1969, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.

Education: Confederation College [Film Production Program], Thunder Bay [graduated in 1996].

Career: Grew up along the coast of Lake Superior in Thunder Bay, Canada. Got his first taste of cinematography by assisting in his early teens for his step father, Nature Cinematographer Doug Steele. 'I didn't enjoy it because there was nothing cinematic about it. It was just chasing animals around in the wild. I'd be out in the woods for days, and I just wanted to hang out with my friends and play in bands.'

Attended a two-year filmmaking program at Confederation College, setting his sights on editing. Gradually, though, he became a go-to cinematographer for student films. 'I moved to Vancouver after I graduated and tried to get into postproduction, but there were just no opportunities, so I bummed around as a c.asst and shot casting sessions for eight mind-numbing months - anything to pay the bills.'

An after-school practicum at Clairmont Camera in Vancouver led to a job there. [The company] allowed him to use gear to shoot shorts, music videos and fake commercials. They started out lending him Eyemo's and Arri 2-C's, and when those came back in one piece, they provided Arri 35-3's. 'Monday through Friday I'd be on the floor with professional camera crews and getting advice from them, and then I'd shoot on Saturdays and Sundays,' Opaloch recalls. 'That was a neat way for me to find my legs.' [From an article by Douglas Bankston in 'American Cinematographer', September 2013.]

Ph music videos. Ph commercials dir by Jake Scott, Todd Field, Phil Joanou, a.o.

Awards: CSC Awards 'Theatrical Feature Cinematography Award' nom [2010] & BAFTA Film Award nom [2010] for 'District 9'; Confederation College President's Award [2014].

Website: Trent Opaloch



Stolen [Drake Conrad] ?; short/?m


Fetish Free [Terri Tatchell] ?; short/?m


Run [Richard Valentine] ?; short/15m; prod 2002-03


Peeper [Richard Valentine] c; short/20m; prod 2002-03


Tempbot [Neill Blomkamp] c; short/15m; cred as c.op; co-c.op: Ozan Biron


Yellow [Neill Blomkamp] c; short/4m; ep of 7-part film series 'Adicolor'; prod for Adidas


Terminus [Trevor Cawood] c; short/8m; + small part (Man in Office 2)


District 9 [Neill Blomkamp] RED One+HD (Phantom HD + Sony PMW-EX1)-to-35mm (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc (+ pick up ph): Simon Raby; aph: Skip Margetts; doc unit ph: Jamie Ramsay; filmed 2007-08


Bug Hutch [Robin Hays] c; short/9m


Badass Thieves [Mike George] c; short/23m


Ghost Recon: Alpha [François Alaux & Hervé de Crécy] p/c; short/23m; aph: Gifford Hooper; a promo for the vg 'Ghost Recon: Future Soldier' (released in 2012)


Elysium [Neill Blomkamp] RED Epic/p+HD (Canon EOS 5D)-to-35mm scope (+ IMAX-70bu & D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Simon Raby; addph: Mannie Ferreira; aph: Dylan Goss; uncred aph 2u: Hans Bjerno


Captain America: The Winter Soldier [Anthony & Joe Russo] HD (ARRI ALEXA Plus 4:3/p)+RED Epic/p-to-35mm scope (+ D-Cinema [also 3-D version])/c; 2uc: Igor Meglic; aph: David B. Nowell & (Washington D.C.) Michael Kelem; uwph: Pete Romano


Chappie [Neill Blomkamp] RED Epic/p+HD (Canon EOS 5D + GoPro HD + Sony HDC-1500 & PMW-EX3)-to-D-Cinema (scope)/c; aph: Skip Margetts; filmed 2013-14


Captain America: Civil War [Anthony & Joe Russo] HD (ARRI ALEXA 65, IMAX & XT Plus/p + GoPro Hero 4 Black)+RED Epic Dragon/p-to-D-Cinema (also 3-D version) (scope)/c; 2uc: Jim Whitaker, (Germany) Jacques Haitkin & (Atlanta) Patrick Loungway; ph Brazil: Dante Belluti; splinter unit ph: Kent Harvey; aph: David B. Nowell & Jeremy Braben


Post No Bills [Robin Hays & Andy Poon] c; anim short/4m


Anthem (of a Reluctant Prophet) [Robin Hays] pre-production


Sec-Nine/Rad X [Austin James Mink] announced


Avengers: Infinity War/The Avengers 3: Part 1 [Anthony & Joe Russo] HD (ARRI ALEXA 65 IMAX)-to-IMAX (70bu) (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Alexander Witt; aph: Dylan Goss & Jeremy Braben


Untitled Avengers Movie/The Avengers 3: Part 2 [Anthony & Joe Russo] HD (ARRI ALEXA IMAX)/c; 2uc: Paul Hughen; aph: Jeremy Braben; filmed 2017-18




The Fisherman and His Wife [Jochen Schliessler; short] co-2nd c.asst; ph: Tobias A. Schliessler