Carpenter, Russell 1950- (Russ Carpenter)

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Carpenter, Russell 1950- (Russ Carpenter)


Full name, Russell Paul Carpenter; born December 9, 1950, in Van Nuys, CA; grandson of a film sound engineer; married Patricia; children: one. Education: San Diego State University, degree in English literature; also studied television.


Agent—Dattner Dispoto and Associates, 10635 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 165, Los Angeles, CA 90025.


Cinematographer. Cameraman at a public broadcasting station in San Diego, CA; worked on programs about child development for KOCE-TV, Costa Mesa, CA, for two years. Cinematographer of television commercials; worked on The Jolla Orchestra: Haydn's "Bird" Concerto. Participant in online discussions about cinematography.


American Society of Cinematographers.

Awards, Honors:

Apex Award, best cinematography—fantasy/science fiction/horror, 1988, for Lady in White; Academy Award, Chicago Film Critics Association Award, Florida Film Critics Circle Award, and Sierra Award, Las Vegas Film Critics Society, all best cinematography, American Society of Cinematographers Award, outstanding achievement in cinematography in theatrical releases, Apex Award, best cinematography—drama, Fennecus Award, best cinematography—composition, Film Award nomination, best cinematography, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, Golden Satellite Award nomination, best motion picture cinematography, International Press Academy, and Best Cinematography Award nomination, British Society of Cinematographers, 1997, all for Titanic; San Diego Area Emmy Award, for The Lemon Grove Incident; San Diego Area Emmy Award, for The Jolla Orchestra: Haydn's "Bird" Concerto.


Film Cinematographer:

(As Russ Carpenter) Sole Survivor, Warner Bros., 1984.

Critters 2: The Main Course, New Line Cinema, 1988.

Lady in White (also known as The Mystery of the Lady in White), Vista, 1988.

(As Russ Carpenter) A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, Media Home Entertainment, 1988.

The Wizard of Speed and Time, 1988.

Cameron's Closet, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 1989.

(Second unit) A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child (also known as A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child and Nightmare on Elm Street 5), 1989.

Redlands, 1990.

(As Russ Carpenter) Solar Crisis (also known as Kuraishisu niju-goju nen), 1990.

Death Warrant, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1990.

Lionheart (also known as A.W.O.L., A.W.O.L.: Absent without Leave, and Wrong Bet), Imperial Entertainment, 1990.

(As Russ Carpenter) Solar Crisis (also known as Crisis 2050, Starfire, and Kuraishisu niju-goju nen), Vidmark Entertainment, 1990.

The Perfect Weapon, Paramount, 1991.

The Lawnmower Man (also known as Stephen King's "The Lawnmower Man" and Virtual Wars), New Line Cinema, 1992.

Pet Sematary II (also known as Pet Cemetary II), Paramount, 1992.

Hard Target, Universal, 1993.

True Lies, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1994.

The Indian in the Cupboard, Paramount, 1995.

Terminator 2: 3-D (amusement park ride; also known as T2 3-D: Battle across Time and T2: Terminator 2: 3-D), Landmark Entertainment/Lightstorm Entertainment, 1996.

Ghosts (short; also known as Michael Jackson's "Ghosts"), Heliopolis, 1997.

Money Talks, New Line Cinema, 1997.

Titanic, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1997.

The Negotiator (also known as Verhandlungssache), Warner Bros., 1998.

Charlie's Angels (also known as 3 Engel fuer Charlie), Columbia/Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2000.

Shallow Hal (also known as Schwer verliebt), Twentieth Century-Fox, 2001.

Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, Columbia, 2003.

Noel, Screen Media Films, 2004.

Monster-in-Law (also known as Das Schwiegermonster), New Line Cinema, 2005.

Lucifer (short), 2007.

Awake, Weinstein Company, 2007.

21 (also known as 21—The Movie), Columbia, 2008.

Film Work; Other:

(As Russ Carpenter) Additional photography, Critters, New Line Cinema, 1986.

Second unit cinematographer, The Wizard of Speed and Time, 1988.

Camera operator, Lucky Stiff (also known as That Shamrock Touch), 1988.

Still photographer and additional photography, Puppet Master, Paramount Home Video, 1989.

Additional photography, The Human Stain (also known as La couleur du mensonge and Der Menschliche makel), Miramax, 2003.

Film Appearances:

Officer Friendly (Wizard Film), The Wizard of Speed and Time, 1988.

Himself, Getting G'd Up, 2000.

Television Cinematographer; Movies:

Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman, HBO, 1993.

Television Cinematographer; Specials:

The Lemon Grove Incident, PBS, 1986.

No Means No, CBS, 1988.

Television Cinematographer; Episodic:

The Wonder Years, ABC, 1988.

Women in Law, 2006.

Television Appearances; Specials:

The 70th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1998.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Himself, "Heart of the Ocean: The Making of ‘Titanic’," HBO First Look, HBO, 1997.



Russell Carpenter website,, September 20, 2008.

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