Stephen H Burum

Director of photography, Student teacher of cinematography
Leading modern cinematographer who collaborated on some of the most visually striking films of the 1980s. Burum learned his craft at UCLA while working with two undisputed giants of the field: ace cinematographer James ... Read more »
Born: 11/24/1939 in Visalia, California, USA

Filmography

Camera, Film, & Tape (35)

Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen 2004 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Life or Something Like It 2002 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Mission to Mars 2000 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Mystery Men 1999 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Snake Eyes 1998 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Fathers' Day 1997 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Mission: Impossible 1996 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Big Al 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

The Shadow 1994 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Carlito's Way 1993 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Hoffa 1992 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Man Trouble 1992 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Raising Cain 1992 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

He Said, She Said 1991 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

I Love You to Death 1990 (Movie)

(additional photography) (Director of Photography)

Casualties of War 1989 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The War of the Roses 1989 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Arthur 2 On The Rocks 1988 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Untouchables 1987 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

8 Million Ways to Die 1986 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Nutcracker: The Motion Picture 1986 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

St. Elmo's Fire 1985 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Bride 1985 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Body Double 1984 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Rumble Fish 1983 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Something Wicked This Way Comes 1983 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Outsiders 1983 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Uncommon Valor 1983 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Death Valley 1981 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Entity 1981 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Escape Artist 1981 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Black Stallion 1980 (Movie)

director of photography 2nd unit (Director of Photography)

The Black Stallion 1980 (Movie)

director of photography 2nd unit (Director of Photography)

Pacific High 1978 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Golden Moment -- An Olympic Love Story (TV Show)

Director of Photography
Actor (2)

Cinematographer Style 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography 1993 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Biography

Leading modern cinematographer who collaborated on some of the most visually striking films of the 1980s. Burum learned his craft at UCLA while working with two undisputed giants of the field: ace cinematographer James Wong Howe ("Body and Soul", "Sweet Smell of Success", "King's Row") and technological pioneer Charles Clarke. He developed a fruitful relationship with Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope Studio, beginning with an assignment as director of second-unit photography for "Apocalypse Now" (1979). Burum would later shoot two of Coppola's most lyrically stylized films, "The Outsiders" (1983) and "Rumble Fish" (1983). The former featured such rich color photography that this elemental tale played like a "Gone With the Wind" for troubled teens. The even more stylish "Rumble Fish" reimagined a black-and-white 1950s juvenile delinquent flick as directed by Jean Cocteau. This unusual film has also been a significant influence on the look and feel of music videos.<p> Burum headed up the second unit on Zoetrope's "The Black Stallion" (1979) and lensed "The Escape Artist" (1982), the directorial debut of fellow cinematographer Caleb Deschanel (who shot "The Black Stallion"). He has also shot several Brian De Palma films, including "Body Double" (1984), "The Untouchables" (1987), "Casualties of War" (1989), "Raising Cain" (1992) and "Mission to Mars" (2000).

EDUCATION

University of California at Los Angeles

Los Angeles , California

Reedly College

Reedly , California

University of California at Los Angeles

Los Angeles , California

Milestones

1984

First collaboration with Brian De Palma on "Body Double"

1983

First collaboration with Francis Ford Coppola as director of photography on "The Outsiders"

1981

First credit as director of photography on a fiction film, "Death Valley"

1979

First significant credit, as director of photography for the second unit on "Apocalypse Now"

1979

First credit as director of photography on "Pacific High", a documentary feature

Worked as a student teacher for renowned cinematographers James Wong Howe and Charles Clarke while studying at UCLA

Started working in the film industry at age 23 as director of photography for Disney nature films including "My Family is a Menagerie"

Bonus Trivia

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In 1987, he was nominated for the American Society of Cinematographers Award for his work on Brian De Palma's "The Untouchables".

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Nominated in 1989 for the ASC Award for his work on Danny De Vito's "The War of the Roses".

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