Born in New York, NY; father, a lawyer; married Maryte Kavaliauskas (a sound mixer and boom operator). Education: Studied architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design.
Addresses: Agent—Gersh Agency, 232 North Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210.
Career: Cinematographer. Also worked as a gaffer lighting commercial shoots, a truck driver, and deck hand on a ship.
Member: American Society of Cinematographers.
Awards, Honors: Independent Spirit Award nomination, best cinematographer, 1988, for The Dead; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding cinematography for a miniseries or a special, 1990, for The Final Days; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding cinematography for a miniseries, movie or special, 2000, for Witness Protection.
Not a Pretty Picture, 1975.
Sweet Sounds, 1976.
Rime of the Ancient Mariner (also known as The Strangest Voyage), 1976.
Local Color, 1977.
The Scenic Route, Planet Pictures, 1978.
Different Drummer—Elvin Jones (documentary), 1979.
Tell Me a Riddle, 1980.
Picasso, le journal d'un peintre (documentary), 1980.
Martha Clarke, Light and Dark (documentary), 1981.
Der Stand der Dinge (also known as The State of Things and O estado das Coisas), Pacific Arts, 1982.
Q (also known as Q: The Winged Serpent, Serpent, and The Winged Serpent), United Film Distribution Co., 1982.
Eddie and the Cruisers, 1983.
The Trip to Bountiful, 1985.
Key Exchange, 1985.
Death of an Angel, 1985.
Winners Take All, 1986.
Hoosiers (also known as Best Shot), 1986.
The Dead, 1987.
Best Seller, Orion, 1987.
Five Corners, 1987.
Full Moon in Blue Water, 1988.
Fresh Horses, 1988.
Night Game, Viacom, 1989.
Enemies: A Love Story, 1989.
Funny about Love (also known as New York Times), 1990.
Scenes from a Mall, Buena Vista, 1991.
The Pickle, Columbia, 1993.
Jack the Bear, 1993.
Murder in the First (also known as Meutre a Alcatraz), Warner Bros., 1995.
A Family Thing, Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer, 1996.
Faithful, New Line Cinema, 1996.
Metro, Buena Vista, 1997.
Dance with Me (also known as Shut Up and Dance), Columbia, 1998.
October Sky, MCA/Universal, 1999.
Stir of Echoes, Artisan Entertainment, 1999.
The Fantasticks, United Artists, 2000.
Soul Survivors, Artisan Entertainment, 2001.
The Mothman Prophecies, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2002.
Auto Focus, Sony Pictures Classics, 2002.
Cheats (also known as Chea+ers), New Line Cinema, 2002.
Freddy Vs. Jason, New Line Cinema, 2003.
The Secret Window, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2004.
Film Work; Other:
Animation camera operator, Rime of the Ancient Mariner (also known as The Strangest Voyage), 1976.
Camera operator, Masterblaster, 1985.
Steadicam operator, Three O'Clock High, 1987.
Steadicam operator, Point of Seduction: Body Chemistry III (also known as Body Chemistry 3: Point of Seduction), 1994.
Second unit director and additional photographer, All the Pretty Horses, Miramax, 2000.
Himself, Day by Day: A Director's Journey Part I (documentary short film; also known as Day by Day: A Director's Journey—The Road In), 2003.
Television Cinematographer; Movies:
Sessions, ABC, 1983.
A Matter of Sex (also known as Women of Wilmar and The Wilmar 8), NBC, 1984.
The Glitter Dome, HBO, 1984.
The Final Days, ABC, 1989.
Witness Protection, HBO, 1999.
Television Camera Operator; Movies:
White Water Rebels, CBS, 1983.
Television Steadicam Operator; Movies:
Young Hearts Unlimited, 1998.
Television Cinematographer; Pilots:
Partners and Crime (also known as Violent Crime), 2002.
Suspense, NBC, 2003.
American Cinematographer, May, 1995, pp. 36–44.
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