Frederick ELMES

* 04.11.1946, Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, USA

Chefkameramann (ASC, seit 1993) * studiert fine art photography am Rochester Institute of Technology * bekommt ein Stipendium am American Film Institute in Los Angeles (Abschluss 1972 > "We were a disparate and talented group of fellows exposed to each other and to real in-depth cinema storytelling. The program was small and concentrated, and there were just a handful of cinematographers in service to the fellows, in order to get their films shot.") * setzt seine Ausbildung am New York University's Department of Film and Television fort (MA in 1975) * (während seiner Studienzeit) kreiert Bilder für David Lynchs Debütfilm Eraserhead * ab 1974 ist als camera operator tätig (u.a. für John Cassavetes | "It was a great experience to shoot a real feature film with professional actors and a talented maverick director. It was a fabulous experience for a young novice.") und fotografiert Kurz- oder Dokumentarfilme * erst ab Mitte der 80er Jahre arbeitet regelmäßig fürs Kino und Fernsehen (In the Gloaming, 1996) * dreht auch Musikvideos und Werbefilme ( "Shooting a feature film takes a lot out of you. It requires a lot of thought and a certain amount of physical endurance. It takes time to recharge. That's where it helps to shoot commercials. Commercials are short term commitments that enable me to be more selective about features. They are also fun to shoot. It's an opportunity to work with a lot of different directors who have fresh ideas. You can experiment more freely.") * leitet Workshops und Filmkurse in vielen Ländern (New York; Master Class sessions in Toronto und Peking; Tel Aviv; Thailand | "I've given many of these courses. I find them satisfying because they are an opportunity to meet young filmmakers and learn a little bit from them.")


"Cinematography is a great creative outlet. It's wonderfully challenging, and every project is quite different because of the story and the chemistry of the people involved. It's new and fresh each time. There is the challenge of finding a new way to do the job on each project, how to approach telling each story, how to tailor the approach to the director. It's a lot of fun."

FILMS

Eraserhead (Eraserhead, 1972-76-USA; R+B: David Lynch, K: Frederick Elmes, Herbert Cardwell, D: John/Jack Nance, Charlotte Stewart) 89/100m-Horrordrama (05.72-10.76; 7709)

Valley Girl (Valley Girl, 1982-USA; R: Martha Coolidge, B: Andrew Lane, Wayne Crawford, K: Frederick Elmes, M: Scott Wilk, Marc Levinthal, D: Nicolas Cage, Deborah Foreman, Elizabeth Daily, Cameron Dye, Michelle Meyrink & Lee Purcell, Richard Sanders, Colleen Camp & Frederic Forrest) 90/5m-Liebeskomödie (10-?; 8304)

Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold (Allan Quatermain - Auf der Suche nach der geheimnisvollen Stadt, 1985-USA; R: Gary Nelson, B: Gene Quintano, Lee Reynolds, K: Alex Phillips, Jr.; [Los Angeles] Frederick Elmes, M: Michael Linn, D: Richard Chamberlain * Sharon Stone, James Earl Jones, Henry Silva, Robert Donner) 100m-Abenteuer (Roman Allan Quatermain von H. Rider Haggard, 1887) (06-?; 8701) > Newt Arnold: Regie von zusätzlichen Szenen (LA)

River's Edge (Das Messer am Ufer, 1986-USA; R: Tim Hunter, B: Neal Jimenez, K: Frederick Elmes, M: Jürgen Knieper, D: Crispin Glover, Keanu Reeves, Ione Skye, Roxana Zal, Daniel Roebuck, Joshua Miller & Dennis Hopper) 99m-Jugenddrama (01-?; 8705)

Blue Velvet (1986-USA * David Lynch) (02-04; 8609)

Aria (Aria, 1986/87-GB > Siebtes Segment [8m]: R+B: Franc Roddam, K: Frederick Elmes, D: Bridget Fonda, James Mathers) 98m-Episodenfilm (08-03; 8803)

Permanent Record (The Last Song, 1987-USA; R: Marisa Silver, B: Jarre Fees, Alice Liddle, Larry Ketron, K: Frederick Elmes, M: Joe Strummer, D: Keanu Reeves, Alan Boyce, Michelle Meyrink, Jennifer Rubin, Barry Corbin, Kathy Baker, Pamela Gidley) 91m-Drama (07-09; 8804)

Moonwalker (Moonwalker, 1987-88-USA; R: Jerry Kramer, Colin Chilvers, K: John Hora, Tom/Thomas E. Ackerman, Bob Collins, Frederick Elmes, Crescenzo Notarile, M: Bruce Broughton, D: Michael Jackson, Sean Lennon, Kellie Parker, Brandon Quintin Adams & Joe Pesci) 93/6m-Musikfilm (02-05 | 12-01-IMDB; 8812-Europa)

Cold Dog Soup (Cold Dog, 1989-USA; R: Alan Metter, B: Thomas Pope, K: Frederick Elmes, M: Michael Kamen, D: Randy Quaid, Frank Whaley, Kristina/Christine Harnos, Sheree North) 88m-Komödie (Roman von Stephen Dobyns, 1985) (01-03; 9102-GB)

Wild at Heart (1989-USA * David Lynch) (Roman von Barry Gifford) (08-10?01; 9008)

Night on Earth (Night on Earth, 1990/91-USA; R+B: Jim Jarmusch, K: Frederick Elmes, M: Tom Waits, D [in order of appearance]: Winona Ryder, Gena Rowlands, Giancarlo Esposito, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Rosie Perez, Isaach De Bankolé, Béatrice Dalle, Roberto Benigni, Paolo Bonacelli, Matti Pellonpää, Kari Väänänen, Sakari Kuosmanen, Tomi Salmela) 125m-Episodenkomödie (12-?; 9112-D)

The Saint of Fort Washington (Streets of New York, 1992-USA; R: Tim Hunter, B: Lyle Kessler, K: Frederick Elmes, M: James Newton Howard, D: Matt Dillon * Danny Glover, Rick Aviles, Nina Siemaszko, Ving Rhames & Joe Seneca) 103m-Sozialdrama (04-06; 9311)

Coffee and Cigarettes (Coffee and Cigarettes, 1986-2003-USA; R+B: Jim Jarmusch > Somewhere in California [1992/93] * K: Frederick Elmes, D: Iggy Pop, Tom Waits) 96m-Episodenfilm (0405)

Trial by Jury (Die Geschworene - Verurteilt zur Angst, 1993-USA; R: Heywood Gould, B: Jordan Katz, Heywood Gould, K: Frederick Elmes, M: Terence Blanchard, D: Joanne Whalley[-Kilmer] * Armand Assante * Gabriel Byrne & William Hurt) 107m-Justizthriller (08-10; 9409)

Reckless (Wer hat Angst vorm Weihnachtsmann?, 1994/95-USA; R: Norman René, B: Craig Lucas, K: Frederick Elmes, M: Stephen Endelman, D: Mia Farrow, Scott Glenn, Mary-Louise Parker, Tony Goldwyn, Eileen Brennan, Giancarlo Esposito & Stephen Dorff) 92m-Schwarze Komödie (11-01; 9511)

The Empty Mirror / [director's cut, 2010] A. Hitler (1995/96-USA; R: Barry J. Hershey, B: Barry J. Hershey, R. Buckingham, K: Frederick Elmes, M: John Frizzell, D: Norman Rodway, Camilla Søeberg, Peter Michael Goetz, Doug McKeon, Glenn Shadix, Hope Allen & Joel Grey) 117m-Experimentaldrama (9905, LA + NY)

The Ice Storm (1996-USA * Ang Lee) (Roman von Rick Moody) (03-06; 9709)

Ride with the Devil (1998-USA * Ang Lee) (Roman von Daniel Woodrell) (9911)

Chain of Fools (Chain of Fools, 1999-USA; R: Traktor, B: Bix Skahill, K: Frederick Elmes, M: David A. Hughes & John Murphy, D: Steve Zahn * Salma Hayek, Elijah Wood, David Cross, Tom Wilkinson, David Hyde Pierce, Lara Flynn Boyle & Jeff Goldblum) 96m-Schwarze Komödie (06-08; 0103-S)

Storytelling (Storytelling, 2000-USA; R+B: Todd Solondz, K: Frederick Elmes, M: Nathan Larson, D: 1-Fiction: Selma Blair, Leo Fitzpatrick | 2-Non-Fiction: Paul Giamatti) 87m-Episodendrama (07-09; 0201, LA)

Trapped (2001-USA * Luis Mandoki) (Roman von Greg Iles) (03-06; 0209)

Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet (2001/02-D/GB; M: Paul Englishby > 4-Int. Trailer. Night / Int. Wohnwagen. Nacht * R+B: Jim Jarmusch, K: Frederick Elmes, D: Chloe Sevigny) 91m-Episodenfilm (0212)

Hulk (2002-USA * Ang Lee) (03-08; 0306)

Kinsey (2003-USA/D; R+B: Bill Condon, K: Frederick Elmes, M: Carter Burwell, D: Liam Neeson * Laura Linney) 119m-Biopicdrama (07-09; 0411)

Broken Flowers (2004-USA * Jim Jarmusch) (09-10; 0508)

The Namesake (Namesake - Zwei Welten, eine Reise, 2005-USA; R: Mira Nair, B: Sooni Taraporevala, K: Frederick Elmes, M: Nitin Sawhney, D: Kal Penn, Tabu, Irrfan Khan, Jacinda Barrett, Zuleikha Robinson) 122m-Drama (Roman von Jhumpa Lahiri, 2003) (03-?; 0703)

Synecdoche, New York (Synecdoche, New York, 2007-USA; R+B: Charlie Kaufman, K: Frederick Elmes, M: Jon Brion, D: Philip Seymour Hoffman ° Samantha Morton ° Michelle Williams ° Catherine Keener ° Emily Watson ° Dianne Wiest ° Jennifer Jason Leigh ° Hope Davis ° Tom Noonan) 124m-Tragikomödie (05-08; 0810)

Brothers (Brothers, 2007-USA; R: Jim Sheridan, B: David Benioff, K: Frederick Elmes, M: Thomas Newman, D: Tobey Maguire * Jake Gyllenhaal * Natalie Portman, Sam Shepard, Clifton Collins, Jr. & Mare Winningham) 104/10m-Drama (10-12; 0912)

Bride Wars (2008-USA * Gary Winick) (0901)

A Late Quartet (Saiten des Lebens, 2011-USA; R: Yaron Zilberman, B: Yaron Zilberman, Seth Grossman, K: Frederick Elmes, M: Angelo Badalamenti, D: Philip Seymour Hoffman * Mark Ivanir * Catherine Keener * Christopher Walken) 105m-Drama (01-27 Tage; 1211)

Horns (Horns, 2012-USA; R: Alexandre Aja, B: Keith Bunin, K: Frederick Elmes, M: Robin Coudert, D: Daniel Radcliffe, Max Minghella, Joe Anderson, Juno Temple, Kelli Garner, James Remar, Kathleen Quinlan & Heather Graham & David Morse) 120m-Fantasyhorror (Roman von Joe Hill, 2010) (10-11; 1410)

Wilson (Wilson - Der Weltverbesserer, 2015-USA; R: Craig Johnson, B: Daniel Clowes, K: Frederick Elmes, M: Jon Brion, D: Woody Harrelson, Laura Dern, Judy Greer) 94m-Tragikomödie (graphic novel von Daniel Clowes, 2010) (06-08; 1703)

Paterson (Paterson, 2015-USA; R+B: Jim Jarmusch, K: Frederick Elmes, M: Sqürl, D: Adam Driver * Golshifteh Farahani, Barry Shabaka Henley, Cliff Smith [=Method Man], Chasten Harmon, William Jackson Harper & Masatoshi Nagase) 118m-Drama (10-11; 1611-D)

AWARDS

National Society of Film Critics Award (beste Kamera) für Blue Velvet (1987)

Special Award (Best Duo: Director - Cinematographer > mit David Lynch) [Camerimage, 2000]

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