#3: Shooting a commercial





Born: ? November 1970, Westerlo, Belgium, as Jo Alfons Willems.

Education: Sint Lukas Instituut, Brussels, Belgium; London International Film School [LIFS], London, UK.

Career: Received his first professional cinematography opportunity when he was hired to shoot a music video for the band Cable, directed by Mark Adcock. During this shoot, Willems met director David Slade. Willems and Slade collaborated on numerous projects that garnered critical and peer acclaim. He was twice nominated for Best Cinematography at the English CAD Awards. After shooting 100+ music videos in England, Willems moved to Los Angeles in 2000 to continue his career.

Ph music videos dir by Mark Adcock [a: Cylob], Roman Coppola [a: Supergrass], David Slade [a: David Gray ('This Year's Love', 2001), a: Stereophonics ('Mr. Writer', 2001), Rob Dougan ('Clubbed to Death', 2002), Tori Amos, a.o.], Marcos Siega [a: Anastacia], Francis Lawrence [a: Justin Timberlake], Sanaa Hamri [a: Prince ('Musicology', 2004)], David LaChapelle [a: Britney Spears ('Everytime', 2004)], a.o.

Ph commercials dir by Tim Godsall [for Tilex], Noam Murro [for Ford], Ryan Ebner [for Sears], Tom Kuntz [for ESPN], Bennett Miller [for Nikon], Michael Geoghegan ['Steam Cloud', 2009; for LG], a.o.

Directed commercials.

Married [2000-] to prod Karen O'Brien.

Member of the ASC since 2015.

Website: Jo Willems



Alan's Story [Alex Tweddle] 16mm/c; short/12m; originally conceived as (central) part of a trilogy; prod LIFS


Cable [Mark Adcock] b&w; mus short/16m; + co-exec prod


60 Seconds [Martin Weisz] scope/c; short/15m


Britney Spears: In the Zone [Nick Wickham] mus doc tv-special/43m; segment camera: Kimberly Cowin; for ABC-tv & Channel 4


Do Geese See God [David Slade] c; short/11m; ep #3 of 5-part online series 'Amazon Theater'


Hard Candy [David Slade] s35/c


Switching to Glide: The Abe and Frida Kogan Story [Hank Perlman] HD (Sony)/b&w-c; doc/4m; ep of the 4th Sony and Y&R's film series 'Dreams'


London [Hunter Richards] s35/c


Rocket Science [Jeffrey Blitz] b&w-c; 2uc: Byron Shah


30 Days of Night [David Slade] s35 (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Aaron Morton; addph: Rob Marsh


Confessions of a Shopaholic [P.J. Hogan] p (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: David M. Dunlap


Zach [Randy Krallman] c; short/11m; online webfilm for Tampax


Limitless/Dark Fields [Neil Burger] s35+RED+HD (Canon EOS 1D & 5D)-to-35mm scope (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Petr Hlinomaz; addph: Richard Rutkowski


Awake/R.E.M. [pilot dir by David Slade] 13-part tv-series/HD (ARRI ALEXA), 2012; for NBC-tv


Touch [pilot dir by Francis Lawrence] 26-part tv-series/HD (ARRI ALEXA), 2012-13; 1st season, 2012; 2uc: Nicole Hirsch Whitaker; for FOX-tv


Gotham [Francis Lawrence] tv-pilot; 2uc: Charles Libin; for ABC-tv


The Hunger Games: Catching Fire [Francis Lawrence] p+s35+IMAX (65mm)-to-35mm scope (+ IMAX-70bu & D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Linus Sandgren (uncred) & Robby Baumgartner; aph: David Norris; uwph: Peter Zuccarini; vfx ph 2u: Mark H. Weingartner


The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 [Francis Lawrence] HD (ARRI ALEXA XT/p)-to-35mm scope (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Josh Bleibtreu; Capitol Propaganda ph: David Nissen; aph 2u: David B. Nowell & Hans Bjerno; vfx element unit ph: Mark H. Weingartner & Patrick Loungway; vfx plate unit ph (Paris): Hugues Espinasse


The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 [Francis Lawrence] HD (ARRI ALEXA XT/p)-to-35mm scope (+ D-Cinema [also 3-D version])/c; Capitol Propaganda ph: David Nissen; uncred aph: David B. Nowell & Hans Bjerno; vfx element unit ph: Mark H. Weingartner & (add element unit) Patrick Loungway; vfx unit plate ph (Paris): Hugues Espinasse; filmed 2013-14


American Gods [ep #1 'The Bone Orchard' dir by David Slade (DS), #2 'The Secret of Spoons' dir by DS & #3 'Head Full of Snow' dir by DS] tv-series, 2017-present; 1st season, 2017 (8 ep); replaced ph Brendan Galvin on ep #1; for Starz-tv


Red Sparrow [Francis Lawrence] HD (ARRI ALEXA XT/p & Mini/p)-to-D-Cinema (scope)/c


His House [Remi Weekes] HD/c