Photo by Matt Mueller
"Tap Dreams" 
Born: 1 March 1944, Chicago, Illinois, USA, as Steven Barry Poster.
Education: Southern Illinois University [1962-64], Los Angeles Art Center College of Design [Still Photography; 1964-66]; Institute of Design at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago [BS in 1967].
Career: Was hired as a c.asst by 'The Film Group', a commercial film prod company in Chicago. He was noticed immediately because he knew how to light and was promoted to doph. He met dir Herschell Gordon Lewis and worked with him as c.asst, soundman and/or actor on 3 films ['We made feature films. They weren't porno's. They were horror or gore films. It was so low end that one of us was assigned every morning to go the butcher shop and get liver and entrails that we used as gore props.']. He stayed in Chicago for almost 10 years and ph industrial films, doc's, commercials ['I got to work with people like Michael Mann, who started his career doing commercials. He had a company in Chicago, and I shot a number of commercials for his company and for him.'], educational and medical films. After joining the union he began getting work on various feature films shooting in the territory. He worked as second c.op, c.op and addph. Moved to Los Angeles in 1974 and primarily shot commercials at first.
Ph music videos: 'Like a Prayer' [1989; a: Madonna; d: Mary Lambert], a.o. Ph commercials dir by Patrice Leconte, Ridley Scott, Lol Creme, Kinka Usher, Jake Scott, Chris Carballo, Marty Weiss, Don Allen, a.o. Also active as still ph with one person exhibitions in Albany, Atlanta, New York, etc.
Member of the ASC since 1987. Was president of the ASC [2002-03]. Is president of the International Cinematographers Guild [IATSE Local 600] [2006-].
Appeared in the doc's 'Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography' , 'Donnie Darko: Production Diary' [2004; ph: Mike Hoy] & 'Cinematographer Style' [2005, Jon Fauer; ph: J. Fauer, Jeff Laszlo, Brian Heller & David Morgan].
Awards: As doph: ASC Award nom  for 'Someone to Watch Over Me'; 'Emmy' Award nom  for 'Mrs. Harris'.
As dir: Cannes FF 'Golden Palm' nom 'Best Short Film' [1974; shared] for 'Another Saturday Night'.
Website: Steven Poster
1974 Another Saturday Night [Mik Derks & Steven Poster] c; short/14m
1976 Close Encounters of the Third Kind [Steven Spielberg] p/c; 2uc; ph: Vilmos Zsigmond
1979 Blood Beach [Jeffrey Bloom] c
1980 Dead & Buried [Gary A. Sherman] c
1981 Blade Runner [Ridley Scott] p/c; co-addph; ph: Jordan Cronenweth
1981 The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas [Colin Higgins] p/c; co-addph; ph: William Fraker
1982 Spring Break [Sean S. Cunningham] c
1982 [The Adventures of Bob & Doug McKenzie:] Strange Brew [Dave Thomas & Rick Moranis] c; uwph: J. Barry Herron
1983 The River [Mark Rydell] c; co-2uc; ph: Vilmos Zsigmond
1984 The New Kids/Striking Back [Sean S. Cunningham] c
1984 Starman [John Carpenter] p/c; 2uc; ph: Donald M. Morgan; sfx ph: Michael McAlister
1984 Aloha Summer [Tommy Lee Wallace] c; addph: Johnny Jensen & Michael Hofstein; uwph: Tom Boyle, Bob Condon & Ron Condon;
1985 The Heavenly Kid [Cary Medoway] c
1985 The Boy Who Could Fly [Nick Castle] c; S. Poster was brought in about 6 weeks into filming; cph: Adam Holender & Neil
Krepela (efx ph); vfx ph: Peter Romano; optical ph: Charles Cowles, Alan Harding & Mark Vargo (superv)
1985 American Anthem/Take It Easy [Albert Magnoli] c; addph; ph: Donald E. Thorin
1985 Blue City [Michelle Manning] c; addph: Ric Waite; 2uc: Donald M. Morgan & Egon Stephan
1985 Big Trouble in Little China [John Carpenter] p/c; 2uc; ph: Dean Cundey
1986 Someone to Watch Over Me [Ridley Scott] c; filmed 1986-87
1988 Big Top Pee-wee [Randal Kleiser] c
1988 Next of Kin [John Irvin] c
1989 Opportunity Knocks [Donald Petrie] c
1990 Rocky V [John G. Avildsen] c; addph: Victor Hammer
1990 Life Stinks/Life Sucks [Mel Brooks] c
1991 Pacific Coast Highway [?] HD/c; short/15m; a test-film for NHK-tv, Sony and Panavision
1992 The Cemetery Club/Looking for a Live One [Bill Duke] c
1995 The Crow: City of Angels/The Crow II [Tim Pope] c; addph; ph: Jean-Yves Escoffier
1996 Nunzio's Second Cousin [Tom DeCerchio] c; short/18m; seg of 'Boys Life 2' (4 seg; other ph: Steve Adcock, Marc
Reshovsky & Jamie Silverstein)
1996 RocketMan [Stuart Gillard] c; miniature ph: Eric Swenson
1997 1 chance sur 2/Half a Chance [Patrice Leconte] p/c; 2uc: Jean-Claude Thibaut
1998 BASEketball [David Zucker] c; addph; ph: Steve Mason
1998 The Rage: Carrie 2 [Katt Shea & Robert Mandel (uncred)] b&w-c; 2uc; ph: Donald M. Morgan
1998 Fight Club [David Fincher] s35/c; 2uc; ph: Jeff Cronenweth
1999 Mission to Mars [Brian De Palma] p/c; ph Jordan unit; ph: Stephen Burum
2000 Unbreakable [M. Night Shyamalan] p/c; 2uc; ph: Eduardo Serra
2000 Donnie Darko [Richard Kelly] p/c; uncred 2uc: Steve Gainer
2001 Stuart Little 2 [Rob Minkoff] c; 2uc New York: Tom Houghton
2001 The Oscar Legacy [David Haugland] ?; doc/?m
2002 Looney Tunes: Back in Action [Joe Dante] s35/c; addph; ph: Dean Cundey
2002 Daddy Day Care [Steve Carr] c
2004 Tap Heat [Dean Hargrove] s35-to-35mm/c; mus short/14m
2005 Southland Tales [Richard Kelly] s35/c; 2uc: David Stump
2006 Bill/Meet Bill [Melisa Wallack & Bernie Goldmann] HD-to-35mm/c; addph; ph: Peter Collister
2007 The Box [Richard Kelly] HD-to-35mm scope/c; 2uc: Terrence Hayes
2008 Spread [David Mackenzie] s35/c; addph: Paolo Cascio
[Right] with dir Brad Peyton - "Cats & Dogs"
Photo by Kimberly French
2008 Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore [Brad Peyton] 35mm & D-Cinema (3-D)/c; 2uc: Roger Vernon
2010 Flypaper [Rob Minkoff] HD/c; 2uc: Yaron Levy
1976 Rich Man, Poor Man - Book II [Lou Antonio, a.o.] 22-part series, 1976-77
1977 What Really Happened to the Class of '65? [ep #12 'Mr. Potential' dir by James Sheldon] 14-part series, 1977-78;
other ph: Bernie Abramson, Fred Goodich, a.o.
1978 The Night Rider [Hy Averback] pilot
1978 The Grass Is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank [Robert Day] tvm
1978 The Duke [Lawrence Doheny] pilot
1979 Mysterious Two [Gary Sherman] pilot
1979 Beggerman, Thief [Lawrence Doheny] 2-part tvm
1981 Coward of the County [Dick Lowry] tvm
1982 The Cradle Will Fall [John L. Moxey] tvm
1983 Testament [Lynne Littman] tvm for PBS-tv series 'American Playhouse'; addph: Charles Minsky; also released theatrically
1986 Courage [Jeremy Paul Kagan] tvm
1986 I'll Take Manhattan [Douglas Hickox & Richard Michaels] 4-part miniseries; other ph: Larry Pizer
1987 Engineering Design: CAD 2 - Product Modelling Systems [John Simmons] doc/60m; cph: Graham Banks & Laurie
Rush; for BBC-tv/Open University
1990 Shangri-La Plaza [Nick Castle] pilot/30m
1990 Disneyland's 35th Anniversary Special [John Landis] special/?m
1992 The Bat, the Cat and the Penguin [John Pattyson & Mike Meadows] doc special (the making of 'Batman Returns')/22m
1993 Roswell [: The U.F.O. Cover-Up]/Incident at Roswell [Jeremy Paul Kagan] tvm; aph: John M. Stephens
1995 Present Tense, Past Perfect [Richard Dreyfuss] tvm/30m; also seg of comp 'Anything for Love' (Showtime-tv)
1995 A Midwife's Tale [Richard P. Rogers] docudrama/89m/16mm; cph: Peter Stein; addph: Tony Cucchiari & Robert
Zimmerman; ep PBS-tv series 'American Experience'
1996 Once You Meet a Stranger [Tommy Lee Wallace] tvm
1997 Color of Justice [Jeremy Paul Kagan] tvm; aph: Donald Sweeney
2004 Mrs. Harris [Phyllis Nagy] tvm; uncred add c.op: Nancy Schreiber
2005 The Loop [pilot dir by Betty Thomas] 17-part series, 2006-07; 1st season, 2006; other ph: Michael A. Price & Jonathan West
2005 Briar & Graves [Michael Katleman] pilot
2006 The Danny Comden Project [Robert Duncan McNeill] tvm/30m
2008 Raising the Bar [pilot dir by Jesse Bocho] 25-part series, 2008-09; other ph: Rick Bota & Frank Perl
2008 The Miles Davis Documentary [Christopher Wilkinson] doc/90m/HD; addph: Paolo Cascio; for HBO-tv
2009 Tap Dreams [Dean Hargrove] pilot/HD for intended doc dance series
1963 Blood Feast/Feast of Flesh [Herschell Gordon Lewis] ?; ph: H.G. Lewis
1965 Monster a Go-Go/Terror at Halfday [Herschell Gordon Lewis & Bill Rebane] ?; ph: Frank Pfeiffer
1966 An Eye for an Eye [Herschell Gordon Lewis] ?; ph: ?; unreleased
1967 The Girl, the Body, and the Pill/The Pill [Herschell Gordon Lewis] c.op; ph: Roy Collodi
1977 A Wedding [Robert Altman] co-c.op; ph: Charles Rosher Jr.