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Phedon Papamichael ASC, GSC: A Life Behind The Lens (video)


In this Cinematography Profile, Oscar-nominated Cinematographer Phedon Papamichael, ASC, GSC, talks about his early years, his first films, his shooting style, his collaboration with Alexander Payne, George Clooney & James Mangold, his music videos with U2, his colleagues and more.

Phedon now counts 50 feature films to his credit as Director of Photography. His credits include many critically acclaimed films, such as Phenomenon (1996), Mousehunt (1997), Patch Adams (1998), The Million Dollar Hotel (2000), America's Sweethearts (2001), Moonlight Mile (2002), Identity (2003), Sideways (2004), Walk The Line (2005), The Weather Man (2005), The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), 3:10 To Yuma (2007), W. (2008), Knight and Day (2010), The Ides of March (2011), The Descendants (2011), Nebraska (2013), The Monuments Men (2014) & more.

For his gorgeous B&W lensing on the highly acclaimed Nebraska, which received 6 Academy Award nominations and was directed by Alexander Payne, Phedon received an Oscar nomination, a BAFTA nomination, an ASC nomination and a BSC nomination amongst other honors.

On the music video side, his work includes: U2 (Electrical Storm, The Ground Beneath Her Feet, Stuck in a Moment you can't get out of), The Killers, Eric Clapton, Bryan Ferry, Pearl Jam and more. Phedon has also shot and directed over 100 commercials for such clients as BMW, VW, Audi, Seat, Cadillac, Nissan, Hyundai, Renault, Fuji, Barilla, McDonalds, Fosters, Bud Light, Coors, Beck's, Goodyear, ESPN, Powerade and Nespresso.

Interview / Camera / Editing: Alexandros Maragos



Thanks:
Periscope Hotel, Athens, GR
The Ryan Brothers for providing their music

Additional music:
Run With Me - The Candlepark Stars
Favorite Secrets - Waylon Thornton
Neo Western - Kevin MacLeod
Enter the Maze - Kevin MacLeod
Round Drums - Kevin MacLeod
Lasting Hope - Kevin MacLeod
Ana (Cinematrik's smooth dub) - Cinematrik



Phedon Papamichael Cinematography Profile (video)