The Cinematography Podcast Episode 72: Jeff Cronenweth
Jeff Cronenweth comes from three generations in the film business and followed his father, cinematographer Jordan Cronenweth (Blade Runner) into a career as a director of photography. Growing up on film sets and working alongside his father enabled Jeff to take a hands-on role in the camera department. He started as a loader and camera assistant, getting into the union while attending USC. He met David Fincher while working on the Madonna music video “Oh Father” as a camera assistant. Fincher gave Jeff his first opportunity to DP for the film Fight Club. Jeff’s collaboration with Fincher later earned him two Oscar nominations- one for The Social Network and one for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. He also began working with director Mark Romanek on music videos, such as Eels “Novocaine for the Soul” and Nine Inch Nails’ “The Perfect Drug.” Jeff and Romanek also worked together on the feature film, One Hour Photo starring Robin Williams. The film presented many lighting challenges since the bulk of it takes place inside a store with flat white lights before the darker undertones of the movie are revealed.
Jeff also shot the pilot for Tales from the Loop with director Mark Romanek, streaming now on Amazon Prime.
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Close Focus: Opening up Hollywood post-Covid19. What are the safe ways we can go back to work? Masks, gloves, test kits, temperature taking, on-set medics, special insurance and wrapped foods look to be the future for going back to work.
Illya’s short end: Allen Daviau, ASC died this week of complications from COVID-19. He shot many of Steven Spielberg’s films, including E.T., Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, The Color Purple. Illya had the pleasure of meeting him a few times, and recommends seeing his beautiful film, Empire of the Sun, which is currently available to stream on Amazon Prime and Hulu.
Ben’s short end: Roger Corman’s First and Last Quarantine Film Festival. Roger Corman is accepting submissions for films under two minutes, shot on your cell phone in your home or back yard. Submit via any social media channel @rogercorman and #cormanchallenge. Deadline is April 30 at midnight PST. Corman will also make a trailer for the winning film and said the winner will receive a signed certificate from Corman and a Best Picture Award for the first and last Corman Quarantine Film Festival.
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