Jean Lepine

Director of photography, Camera operator, Camera assistant
A graduate of the prestigious National Film Board of Canada's documentary school, Lepine established himself as a cinematographer via his lengthy collaboration with idiosyncratic American auteur Robert Altman. His first ... Read more »
Born: in Quebec, Ontario, CA

Filmography

Camera, Film, & Tape (40)

A Different Loyalty 2004 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Coast to Coast 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

The 6th Day 2000 (Movie)

2nd unit director of photography (Director of Photography)

A Cool Dry Place 1999 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

To Walk With Lions 1999 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Intruder 1998 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Woo 1998 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Hysteria 1997 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Hysteria 1995 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Talking With 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Prêt-à-Porter 1994 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

A Home of Our Own 1993 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Bob Roberts 1992 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Player 1992 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Black Robe 1991 (Movie)

camera 2nd unit (Camera)

Montreal Vu Par... 1990 (Movie)

("La Derniere Partie") (Director of Photography)

The Ivory Hunters 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Camera Operator

Vincent & Theo 1990 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Tanner '88: For Real 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Tanner '88: The Dark Horse 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Photography

Beyond Therapy 1987 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

Nowhere to Hide 1987 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

O.C. & Stiggs 1987 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

The Boy in Blue 1986 (Movie)

(Camera Assistant)

Anne Trister 1985 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

Exit 1985 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

Fool For Love 1985 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

Mario 1983 (Movie)

assistant camera (Assistant Camera Operator)

Streamers 1983 (Movie)

(Camera Assistant)

Come Back to the 5 & Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean 1982 (Movie)

(Camera Assistant)

A Bear Named Winnie (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Ambulance Girl (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Beyond the Call (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Charms For the Easy Life (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Crossroads: A Story of Forgiveness (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Habitat (TV Show)

Director of Photography

JFK: Reckless Youth (TV Show)

Director of Photography

The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial (TV Show)

Camera Operator

The Dumb Waiter (TV Show)

Camera Operator

Whitewash: The Clarence Brandley Story (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Biography

A graduate of the prestigious National Film Board of Canada's documentary school, Lepine established himself as a cinematographer via his lengthy collaboration with idiosyncratic American auteur Robert Altman. His first film credit was as camera assistant for Altman's "Come Back to the 5 & Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean" (1982) and he worked in the same capacity, or as camera operator, on Altman's "Streamers" (1983), "Fool for Love" (1985) and "O.C. and Stiggs" (1987). Regardless of the widely held critical impression that these and other 1980s films comprised a "low" period for Altman, Lepine gained valuable experience working with a meticulous craftsman, getting himself in synch with Altman's signature mix of cynical, documentary realism and satirical, absurdist hyperbole. Lepine also worked on a number of non-Altman Canadian films such as "Mario" (1984), "Exit" (1986) and "Speed Zone" (1989).

Lepine first made the transition to director of photography on episodes of Altman's acclaimed political comedy series for HBO, "Tanner '88" (1988). He would later work without Altman on a handful of TV projects, such as the miniseries "JFK: Reckless Youth" (1993), but Lepine was ready to shoot feature films as well. His first credit as director of photography was Altman's somber and intimate "Vincent & Theo" (1990), a study of the relationship between Vincent Van Gogh (Tim Roth) and his brother (Paul Rhys) distinguished by lush visuals evocative of the Dutch master's work. Lepine would later reteam with Altman for the snazzy glitz of the fashion world farrago "Ready to Wear/Pret-a-Porter" (1994), and director-star Tim Robbins would put Lepine's experience on "Tanner" to fine use on his irreverent cinema verite-style political satire, "Bob Roberts" (1992). Lepine's most virtuoso work, though, came with Altman's dark tale of Hollywood, "The Player" (1992), including an already-famous, extremely lengthy tracking shot at the film's start, done as a reflexive homage to Orson Welles' opening of "Touch of Evil" (1958).

EDUCATION

National Film Board of Canada

graduated from the institution's documentary school

Milestones

1993

First non-Altman TV credit as director of photography, "JFK: Reckless Youth", an ABC miniseries directed by Harry Winer

1991

First feature credit as director of cinematography for a non-Altman film, "Bob Roberts", directed by Tim Robbins

1991

First credit as cinematographer in a non-Altman project: shot one of the six vignette comprising the Canadian-made anthology film, "Montreal Vu Par...", the "La Derniere Partie" segment directed by Michel Brault

1990

First feature credit as director of cinematography, "Vincent & Theo", directed by Altman

1988

First credit for "photography" and as "director of photography", working on installments of the limited-run series, "Tanner '88", directed by Altman for HBO

1987

First US TV credit, working with Altman as a camera operator for the ABC drama special, "The Dumb Waiter", directed by Altman

1982

First feature credit, and first collaboration with Robert Altman, as camera assistant on Altman's "Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean"

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