Spiller, Michael 1961–

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SPILLER, Michael 1961


Full name, Michael A. Spiller; born August 1 (some sources cite January 8), 1961, in New Jersey; raised in Brooklyn, NY. Education: State University of New York College at Purchase, B.F.A., film, 1984.

Addresses: Agent Paradigm Talent Agency, 10100 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 2500, Los Angeles, CA 90067; Sean Freidin, Broder/Webb/Chervin/Silbermann, 9242 Beverly Blvd., Suite 200, Beverly Hills, CA 90210.

Career: Cinematographer and director, often in collaboration with Hal Hartley. Photography director for commercials and music videos; also worked as camera operator and photographer.

Member: International Cinematographers Guild.


Film Cinematographer:

Kid (short film), 1984.

Tommy's, 1985.

The Cartographer's Girlfriend (short film), 1987.

The Unbelievable Truth, Miramax, 1989.

Revolution, 1991.

Angry, 1991.

Trust, Fine Line, 1991.

Age Isn't Everything (also known as Life in the Food Chain ), 1991.

Theory of Achievement, Alive from Off Center/Yo Productions #2, 1991.

Ambition (short film), Good Machine, 1991.

Simple Men (also known as Uomini semplici ), Fine Line, 1992.

Wadeck's Mother's Friend's Son, 1992.

Opera No. 1 (short film), 1994.

Hand Gun, Shooting Gallery, 1994.

Amateur, Sony Pictures Classics, 1995.

Search and Destroy (also known as The Four Rules ), October Films, 1995.

Flirt, Cinepix Film Properties, 1996.

Walking and Talking, Miramax, 1996.

Phinehas (short film), 1996.

Not Nude Though, a Portrait of Rudy Burckhardt, Two Boots, 1996.

The House of Yes, Miramax, 1997.

Niagara, Niagara (also known as Niagra Niagra ), Artisan Entertainment, 1997.

Charles Mingus: Triumph of the Underdog, 1997.

Henry Fool, Sony Pictures Classics, 1998.

Hell's Kitchen (also known as Hell's Kitchen N.Y.C. ), Cowboy Booking International, 1999.

Drop Dead Gorgeous (also known as Gnadenlos schoen ), New Line Cinema, 1999.

No Such Thing, United Artists, 2002.

Television Cinematographer; Series:

Sex and the City, HBO, multiple episodes, 19982002.

Also photography director for The Adventures of Pete & Pete (also known as Pete and Pete ), Nickelodeon.

Television Cinematographer; Specials:

Stood Up, ABC, 1990.

Punch and Judy Get Divorced (live puppet show), PBS, 1992.

(With others) The VH1 Fashion Awards, VH1, 1996.

Dragtime, HBO, 1997.

Alexander Calder, PBS, 1998.

Television Cinematographer; Episodic:

Photography director for episodes of Fishing with John and Significant Others, Fox.

Television Cinematographer; Other:

"Surviving Desire" (movie), American Playhouse, PBS, 1991.

Lincoln and the War Within, 1992.

Television Director; Series:

Sex and the City, HBO, multiple episodes, 19992001.

Scrubs, NBC, multiples episodes, 20022003.

Television Director; Episodic:

The Bernie Mac Show, Fox, 2001.

"Greg Gets Puppish," Greg the Bunny, Fox, 2002.

"Whole in One," Leap of Faith, NBC, 2002.

"Mr. Monk Goes to the Ballgame," Monk, USA Network, 2003.

"It's in the Stars," Lucky, FX Channel, 2003.

"A Day at the Beach," Oliver Beene, Fox, 2003.

"Space Race," Oliver Beene, Fox, 2003.

Television Director; Pilots:

Septuplets, Fox, 2002.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Slick guy, "The Monogamists," Sex and the City, HBO, 1998.


Music Videos; Photographer:

Photographer for "From a Motel 6" by Yo La Tengo, 1993; "Iris" by the Breeders, 1993; "The Only Living Boy in New York" by Everything But the Girl, 1993; "Boom n' Bust" by Masatoshi Nagase, 1996; and "Walking Wounded" by Everything But the Girl, 1996; also filmed music videos by Arc Angels, Brand Nubian, Nitzer Ebb, Schooly D., Smashing Pumpkins, Sonic Youth, and Tecnotronic.



American Cinematographer, Volume 8, number 76, 1995, pp. 7074.

In Camera, spring, 1996.

International Photographer, Volume 3, number 67, 1996, pp. 4447.

Lighting Dimensions, Volume 4, number 19, 1995, pp. 4853; Volume 5, number 20, 1996, pp.4445, 6976.