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#1 john michaelson

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Posted 11 October 2005 - 07:51 PM

I've been looking for a comprehensive list (I know all the main ones) of cinematographers-turned-directors online. Does anyone know where I might find a list of this nature. Thanks.
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#2 Matt Pacini

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Posted 12 October 2005 - 04:12 PM

I don't know about a comprehensive list, but I can think of a couple off the top of my head:
Jan de Bont & Barry Sonnenfeld.
If you go to www.imdb.com you can do your own research & find a bunch of them.
Not that there are that many of them...

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#3 Michael Nash

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Posted 12 October 2005 - 04:32 PM

Nicolas Roeg.

And let's not forget director-DP's, like Peter Hyams. Rare in the feature world, but much more common in commercials.

The TV world is full of DP's who step up to directing episodes of their own shows. Law and Order has consistently promoted from within the camera department. I believe Constantine Makris is even producing now.
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#4 Elhanan Matos

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Posted 12 October 2005 - 06:03 PM

I've worked on several commercials where the director is also the DP. Paul Laufer is one of the director/DP's that I have worked with in the past that I can think of right now.
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#5 Laurent Andrieux

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Posted 12 October 2005 - 07:14 PM

Yves Angelo

Bruno Nuytten

Philippe Rousselot has been directing at least one feature

(french dps who crossed the ocean, actually...)


Jimmy Glasberg now directs
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#6 Tim J Durham

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Posted 12 October 2005 - 07:25 PM

I've been looking for a comprehensive list (I know all the main ones) of cinematographers-turned-directors online. Does anyone know where I might find a list of this nature. Thanks.

Chris Menges.
DP of some of my favourite films like "Comfort and Joy" and "Local Hero" and also "The Killing Fields" and director of two very good films, "Criss- Cross" and "A World Apart". He actually directed 3 in a row. I didn't see the third but now he's gone back to shooting. Let someone else take responsibility for losing all that $$.

Steven Soderbergh shot as well as directed "Traffic",

Haskell Wexler directed "Medium Cool" aaaaand...

I can't think of any more.
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#7 Wendell_Greene

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Posted 12 October 2005 - 07:28 PM

Feature Films:

Ernext Dickerson
Doug Liman
Jan De Bont
Barry Sonnenfeld
Zhang Yimou

A few more who directed a feature film, but kept on shooting:

Vilmos Zsigmond
Michael Chapman
Gordon Willis
William Fraker


Commercials/Spots:(literally dozens, but a few names that come to mind, and who have representation)

Joe Pytka
Lance Acord
Sam Bayer
Malik Sayeed
Keith Rose
Robert Richardson
Darius Khondji
Rodrigo Prieto
Janusz Kaminski


Many more working in Television, Cable, Mini-Series, but the only name I can think of is Frank Prinzi, ASC, who still shoots.
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#8 john michaelson

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Posted 12 October 2005 - 09:08 PM

Thanks guys. Thats now a pretty comprehensive list. Since I started I may as throw in a few names. Gaspar Noe before Irreversible. Andrzej Sekula, he shot Resevoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, American Psycho then turned to directing and I think back again. Andrzej Bartkowiak who shot Speed and Falling Down now directs (Romeo Must Die, Doom). How about steadicam-operators-turned-directors, Guy Bee anyone.
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#9 Dimitrios Koukas

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Posted 13 October 2005 - 01:45 AM

Thanks guys. Thats now a pretty comprehensive list. Since I started I may as throw in a few names. Gaspar Noe before Irreversible. Andrzej Sekula, he shot Resevoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, American Psycho then turned to directing and I think back again. Andrzej Bartkowiak who shot Speed and Falling Down now directs (Romeo Must Die, Doom). How about steadicam-operators-turned-directors, Guy Bee anyone.


I ve got another one,
Jan De Bont.''Speed'' with Sandra Bullock was his first one, and succeded well.
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#10 Adam Frisch FSF

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Posted 14 October 2005 - 06:47 AM

Mikael Salomon, ASC. Him I particularly miss from the DP world - he was a talent.
Guy Green, BSC
Freddie Francis, BSC

Unfortunately - most DP's-turned-directors don't have the same success in the directing
world as they did in the shooting world. Wonder why that is.

I don't have any desire to direct myself, although I sometimes toy wit the idea of directing/shooting a movie where visuals come first and where visuals would be the star. It would probably be an interesting failure:-)
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#11 Brad Grimmett

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Posted 14 October 2005 - 02:40 PM

How about steadicam-operators-turned-directors, Guy Bee anyone.

Hmm, lets see.....Dave Chameides, Charles Papert, and Jeff Hunt come to mind. Guy Bee has been the most prolific so far. I know there are a few others but my mind is blank right now. Garrett Brown did some directing (commercials mostly) in the 80's. Jimmy Muro and Jonathan Brown (Garrett's son) have both moved on as D.P.'s and have done very well.
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Posted 14 October 2005 - 02:54 PM

also Dean Semler directed a couple action duds like "firestorm" and andrzej bartowiak has made a bunch of higher-profile pics including the forthcoming "Doom" w/ the rock. and don't forget janusz kaminski's "lost souls" and christopher doyle's "away with words". or do. either way.

and soderbergh has shot a bunch of his own movies, including traffic, solaris, ocean's 11, ocean's 12, and full frontal.
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#13 Sakari Suuronen

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Posted 13 July 2006 - 05:19 AM

I was searching stuff about Nicolas Roeg when I noticed that the wonderful and allways intresting Mario Bava is not included on this list.
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#14 Ignacio Aguilar

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Posted 13 July 2006 - 06:52 AM

Ronald Neame, BSC

Jack Cardiff, BSC

Andrew Davis

George Stevens

Peter MacDonald

Ernest Day, BSC

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Posted 13 July 2006 - 09:36 AM

Zack Snyder(Director of the Dawn of the Dead remake and the coming 300) also fullfilled the DP/Director roles for many commercials and music videos.

Dean Cundey directed Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves.
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#16 Chayse Irvin

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Posted 13 July 2006 - 04:28 PM

Tony Kaye beautify shot and Directed American History X.
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