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Donnie Darko Cinematographer Steven Poster ASC joins Filmmaker U Live 

Oct 22, 2021

Friday, October 22nd | 2:00 PM EDT/ 11:00 AM PDT

Today at 2PM EDT we are joined by acclaimed Cinematographer Steven Poster ASC.  In this chat we talk with Steven about his amazing career shooting groundbreaking pictures; as well as his continued push on development in technology for Cinematography.  Join us for a great talk this week!

Steven Poster ASC, launched his cinematography career in Chicago, at age twenty-one, and began with filming television commercials, Cinéma Vérité documentaries, and industrial films.  He soon moved on to feature films, working as Second Unit Director of Photography on “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”, and did significant additional photography on “Blade Runner”.

As Director of Photography, Poster has filmed a variety of motion pictures including Stuart Little 2, Daddy Day Care, Rocky V, The Cemetery Club, Life Stinks, Opportunity Knocks, Next of Kin, Big Top Pee-wee, and Testament, as well as the controversial, award-winning music video for Madonna, Like A Prayer.  He received an ASC nomination for Best Cinematography for Ridley Scott’s Someone To Watch Over Me and has the distinction of being the only American cinematographer to shoot a French language film in France, Une Chance sur Deux, for director Patrice Leconte.

Steven Poster began collaborating with, innovative writer/director, Richard Kelly, in 2001, with the ingenious cult-favorite Donnie Darko, and continued with Southland Tales, in 2006, which was chosen for full competition at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival.  In 2008, Poster and Kelly completed The Box, starring Cameron Diaz, Frank Langella and James Marsden.  In 2009 Poster filmed Spread, Director David Mackenzie’s first American movie starring Ashton Kutcher. Poster also photographed Amityville Awakenings. for Blumhouse Films.

In addition, Poster has done work on numerous television pilots and filmed the critically acclaimed television movies Roswell, Mrs. Harris, The Color Of Justice and Courage, as well as several episodes of Master’s Of Sex. In 2012 Poster completed the pilot for the Netflix series Hemlock Grove, by Director Eli Roth.

Steven Poster is past president of the International Cinematographers Guild, a nine thousand-member trade union representing camera workers for movies and T.V. and publicists across the United States.  In that position he spearheaded the transition from film to digital.  Poster is a past President of the American Society of Cinematographers and is currently the ASC treasurer and a current member of the board of governors at the ASC.  He was also an Executive Board member of the International Documentary Association.

Steven Poster has been engaged as a consultant for major motion picture related corporations that supply technology and services to the industry for many years.  Poster is currently engaged as a board member on BAYOR 6P Color Inc., a for-profit technology company developing new and innovative ways to see color.  His invaluable insights on current practices and future trends have been integral in guiding the productive decisions of these institutions.  This work is in adjunct to the extensive writing Poster frequently publishes.  During his thirteen-year Presidency at the ICG, Poster wrote a monthly editorial for International Cinematographer magazine. He has frequently written for British Cinematographer Magazine, American Cinematographer magazine and his insights have been featured in many technology related publications and podcasts.


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