Beristain, Gabriel

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(Luis Gabriel Beristain)


Born in Mexico; son of Luis Beristain (an actor and director) and an actress mother; married Elizabeth (a photojournalist); children: Victoria, Max. Education: Studied engineering at Polytech Institute, Mexico City, Mexico, and film at the British National Film School, 1979–82.

Addresses: Agent—United Talent Agency, 9560 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 500, Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

Career: Cinematographer, producer, director, and camera operator. Also worked as a cinematographer on music videos and commercials; produced audiovisual training materials for the health department in Mexico, and filmed documentaries in England.

Member: American Society of Cinematographers, British Society of Cinematographers.

Awards, Honors: Golden Precolumbian Circle Award, best cinematography, Bogota Film Festival, 1984, for Carne de tu carne; MTV Award, best cinematography, for Aerosmith's "Amazing"; Golden Ariel Award nomination (with Eduardo de la Barcena), 1995, for Bienvendo–Welcome; Silver Ariel Award nomination, best cinematography, 1999, for El cometa.


Film Cinematographer:

(As Luis Gabriel Beristain) Carne de tu carne, 1983.

The Good Father, Skouras Pictures, 1985.

Christmas Present, 1985.

Caravaggio, Zeitgiest Films, 1986.

"Turnadot," "I pagliacci," and linking scenes, Aria, Miramax, 1987.

The Courier, Vestron Pictures, 1988.

Venus Peter, 1989.

Killing Dad, 1989.

Joyriders, 1989.

Waiting for the Light, Triumph Releasing Corp., 1990.

K2 (also known as K2: The Ultimate High), Miramax, 1992.

The Distinguished Gentleman, Buena Vista, 1992.

Bound by Honor (also known as Blood In, Blood Out and Blood In, Blood Out ... Bound by Honor), Buena Vista, 1993.

(Northern England shoot) Wide Sargasso Sea, New Line Cinema, 1993.

Fatal Instinct, Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer, 1993.

Greedy, Universal, 1994.

Dolores Claiborne, Columbia, 1995.

(Second unit) The Ghost and the Darkness, Paramount, 1996.

Trial and Error, New Line Cinema, 1997.

The Spanish Prisoner, Sony Pictures Classics, 1997.

Tale of the Mummy (also known as Talos the Mummy and Russell Mulcahy's "Tale of the Mummy"), Dimension Films, 1998.

El cometa (also known as The Comet and L'annee de l comete), 1999.

Molly, Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer, 1999.

Blade II, New Line Cinema, 2002.

S.W.A.T., Columbia, 2003.

Blade: Trinity, New Line Cinema, 2004.

The Ring Two, DreamWorks, 2005.

The Shaggy Dog, Buena Vista, 2005.

Film Work:

Photography, Broken Arrow 29, 1986.

Camera operator: Waddington, K2 (also known as K2: The Ultimate High), 1992.

Producer, Bienvenido–Welcome (also known as Welcome), Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografica, 1995.

Producer, En el espejo del cielo (also known as The Mirror in the Sky), Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografica, 1998.

Executive producer, Pronto saldermos del problema (also known as Our Troubles Will Soon Be Over), 1998.

Camera operator: present day sequences, The Green Mile (also known as Stephen King's "The Green Mile"), Warner Bros., 1999.

Director, El grito (also known as Bloody Proof), 2000.

Producer, Salwa, 2003.

Film Appearances:

Himself, The Blood Pact: The Making of "Blade II" (documentary), New Line Cinema, 2002.

Himself, Incident at Loch Ness (documentary), Twentieth Century–Fox, 2004.

Television Cinematographer; Miniseries:

Lost Belongings, Channel 4, 1987.

Television Cinematographer; Movies:

Troubles, 1988.

The Orchid House, 1991.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Jerry Seinfeld: I'm Telling You For the Last Time, HBO, 1998.


Music Videos; as Cinematographer:

Worked as cinematographer on Aerosmith's "Amazing"; videos by Bryan Ferry, Tina Turner, and Michael Crawford.

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