Russell Carpenter

Director of photography
Southern California native Russell Carpenter became established as a leading TV cinematographer, earning a pair of Emmy Awards for his documentary work in the San Diego area. He segued to the big screen providing sleek ... Read more »
Born: 12/09/1950 in Van Nuys, California, USA

Filmography

Camera, Film, & Tape (42)

Ant-Man 2015 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Beyond the Reach 2015 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Return to Sender 2015 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Locker 13 2014 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Parched 2014 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

jOBS 2013 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

This Means War 2012 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

A Little Bit of Heaven 2011 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Killers 2010 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Ugly Truth 2009 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

21 2008 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Awake 2007 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Monster-in-Law 2005 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Noel 2004 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle 2003 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Shallow Hal 2001 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Charlie's Angels 2000 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Negotiator 1998 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Money Talks 1997 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Titanic 1997 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Michael Jackson's 1996 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Indian in the Cupboard 1995 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

True Lies 1994 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Hard Target 1993 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Pet Sematary Two 1992 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Solar Crisis 1992 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Lawnmower Man 1992 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Perfect Weapon 1991 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Death Warrant 1990 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child 1989 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Cameron's Closet 1989 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

No Means No 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master 1988 (Movie)

director of photography 3rd unit (Director of Photography)

Critters 2: The Main Course 1988 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Lady in White 1988 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Lucky Stiff 1988 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

Puppet Master 1988 (Movie)

(Photography)

The Wizard of Speed and Time 1988 (Movie)

director of photography 2nd unit (Director of Photography)

The Lemon Grove Incident 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Critters 1986 (Movie)

(Photography)

Sole Survivor 1984 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman (TV Show)

Director of Photography
Actor (1)

Cinematographer Style 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

Biography

Southern California native Russell Carpenter became established as a leading TV cinematographer, earning a pair of Emmy Awards for his documentary work in the San Diego area. He segued to the big screen providing sleek visuals for such horror and fantasy outings as "Sole Survivor" (1984), "Lady in White", "Critters 2: The Main Course" and "Cameron's Closet" (all 1988). "The Lawnmower Man" (1992) proved his versatility and was a blend of photography and computer-generated effects that created a simulation of virtual reality. His pyrotechnics on this effort led John Woo to tap him for "Hard Target" (1993). James Cameron utilized the cinematographer's skill for the opulent set pieces in the action-packed "True Lies" (1994). Carpenter faced numerous challenges in shooting the opening chase sequences (a horse in pursuit of a motorcycle through a hotel) and especially the final scenes which featured a Harrier vertical-takeoff plane hovering over a Florida high rise, a missile, a helicopter and a fiery finale.

Relationships

Patricia Carpenter

Wife

EDUCATION

San Diego State University

San Diego , California

Milestones

1997

Earned international attention and praise for his work on "Titanic", directed by Cameron; earned Academy Award nomination

1996

Was the cinematographer for the short film "Michael Jackson's 'Ghosts'"

1996

Reteamed with Cameron for "Terminator 2 3-D", a 12-minute film shown at Universal Studios

1994

Served as director of photography on James Cameron's "True Lies"

1993

Shot the HBO TV-movie remake "Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman"

1991

Was cinematographer for four episodes of the ABC sitcom "The Wonder Years"

1990

Shot two films for director Richard C Sarafian, "Solar Crisis" and "Death Warrant"

1988

Served as director of photography on "Critters 2: The Main Course"

1986

Did additional photography on "Critters"

1986

"The Lemon Grove Incident", a docudrama produced in San Diego, was aired nationally on PBS

1984

Shot first film, the low-budget "Sole Survivor"

Began career working in local television in San Diego, CA

Born and raised in Southern California

Bonus Trivia

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On shooting "Titanic", which he joined with only three weeks notice, Carpenter told AMERICAN CINEMATOGRAPHER (December 1997): "If a crew works with a director of photography for any length of time, they're going to know what his favorite solutions are for any given problem. Also, most importantly, most of the people I brought to the shoot had worked with Jim [Cameron] before, so they knew the kinds of physical and spiritual demands that would be made on them. I wasn't going to bring any untested people into that situation."

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