Elswit, Robert

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ELSWIT, Robert


Education: Attended University of California, Los Angeles, the University of Southern California, and the American Film Institute.

Addresses: Agent—Spyros Skouras Sanford Skouras Gross & Associates, 1015 Gayley Ave., 3rd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90024–3424; United Talent Agency, 9560 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 500, Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

Career: Cinematographer.

Awards, Honors: Independent Spirit Award nomination, Independent Features Project/West, best cinematography, 1998, for Hard Eight.


Film Cinematographer:

The End of August (also known as The Awakening and The Awakening of Eve), 1981.

Summerspell, 1983.

Waltz across Texas, Atlantic Releasing, 1983.

Desert Hearts, Samuel Goldwyn, 1985.

Moving Violations, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1985.

The Sure Thing, Embassy Pictures, 1985.

Trick or Treat, Dino De Laurentiis, 1986.

Amazing Grace and Chuck (also known as Silent Voice), TriStar, 1987.

Return of the Living Dead Part II (also known as Revenge of the Living Dead), Lorimar, 1988.

Heart of Dixie, Orion, 1989.

How I Got into College, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1989.

Bad Influence, Triumph Releasing, 1990.

The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, Buena Vista, 1992.

Waterland, Fine Line, 1992.

A Dangerous Woman, Lauren Films, 1993.

The River Wild, Universal, 1994.

Boys, Buena Vista, 1996.

Hard Eight (also known as Sydney), Samuel Goldwyn/Rysher Entertainment, 1996.

The Pallbearer, Miramax, 1996.

Boogie Nights, New Line Cinema, 1997.

Tomorrow Never Dies, Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer, 1997.

Richard Lester! (short documentary), E Films, 1998.

8mm (also known as 8mm—Acht Millimeter), Columbia/Sony Pictures Entertainment, 1999.

Magnolia (also known as mag–no'li–a), New Line Cinema, 1999.

Bounce, Miramax, 2000.

Heist (also known as Le vol), Warner Bros., 2001.

Behind the Red Door, Artist View Entertainment, 2002.

Impostor, Dimension Films, 2002.

Punch–Drunk Love, Columbia/TriStar, 2002.

Gigli, Columbia, 2003.

Runaway Jury, Twentieth Century–Fox, 2003.

Syriana, Warner Bros., 2005.

Goodnight, and Good Luck, Warner Bros., 2006.

Film Camera Operator:

Fraternity Row, University of Southern California/Paramount, 1977.

Assistant camera operator, Genesis (short documentary film; also known as Genesis: Four Billion Years in the Making), Science Museum of Minnesota/Graphic Films Corporation, 1978.

Film Work; Other:

Visual effects photographer, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Paramount, 1979, revised edition released as Star Trek: The Motion Picture—The Director's Edition.

Matte photography assistant, Star Wars: Episode V—The Empire Strikes Back (also known as The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back), Twentieth Century–Fox, 1980.

Visual effects camera operator, E.T. the Extra–Terrestrial (also known as E.T.), 1982, later released as E.T. the Extra–Terrestrial: The 20th Anniversary, 2002.

Miniature and optical effects camera operator, Star Wars: Episode VI—Return of the Jedi (also known as Return of the Jedi and Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi), Twentieth Century–Fox, 1983.

Television Cinematographer; Movies:

A Single Light, 1981.

The Children of Times Square (also known as Street Wise), ABC, 1986.

"Tiger Town," The Disney Sunday Movie, ABC, 1986.

A Different Affair, CBS, 1987.

Into the Homeland, HBO, 1987.

Long Gone (also known as Stogies), HBO, 1987.

Margaret Bourke–White (also known as Double Exposure), TNT, 1989.

A Killing in a Small Town (also known as Evidence of Love), CBS, 1990.

Opposites Attract, NBC, 1990.

"Esperanza" and "Parole Board," Prison Stories: Women on the Inside, HBO, 1991.

Paris Trout, Showtime, 1991.

The Summer My Father Grew Up, NBC, 1991.

A Murderous Affair: The Carolyn Warmus Story (also known as Lovers of Deceit: The Carolyn Warmus Story), ABC, 1992.

Television Cinematographer; Specials:

"The Incredible Book Escape," CBS Library Special, CBS, 1980.

"The War between the Classes," CBS Schoolbreak Special, CBS, 1985.

Television Cinematographer; Episodic:

"All Summer in a Day," WonderWorks, PBS, 1982.

Television Cinematographer; Pilots:

Dream Street, NBC, 1989.

Steel Magnolias, CBS, 1990.

Vidiots, CBS, 1991.

Human Target, ABC, 1992.


Video Cinematographer:

Mattress Man Commercial, Columbia, 2003.

Music Video Cinematographer:

Michael Penn, "Try," 1997.

Fiona Apple, "Across the Universe," 1998.

Aimee Mann, "Save Me," 1999.

Fiona Apple, "Fast As You Can," 1999.

Fiona Apple, "Limp," 2000.

Fiona Apple, "Paper Bag," 2000.

Jon Brion, "Here We Go," c. 2002.

Video Appearances:

Himself, That Moment: Magnolia Diary (also known as That Moment: Magnolia Diary October 1998—March 2000), New Line Home Video, 2000.

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