Bill Pope

Bill Pope (born June 19, 1952), A.S.C. is an American cinematographer and filmmaker[1] known for his collaborations with directors Sam Raimi, Barry Sonnenfeld and Edgar Wright, as well as his groundbreaking use of virtual cinematography on The Matrix trilogy. He has also photographed and directed numerous music videos for artists like Chris Isaak and Metallica, and eight episodes of the documentary series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.

Bill Pope
Born (1952-06-19) June 19, 1952
Years active1983–present

Early life

Pope was born in Bowling Green, Kentucky. He attended College High School and New York University, where he received his master's degree in Fine Arts. Prior to graduation, Pope worked as the cinematographer on a student film entitled The Sixth Week which won an Oscar for Achievement in Documentary at the 5th Annual Student Academy Awards on May 21, 1978.[2]



Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Director Notes
1990 Darkman Sam Raimi
1991 Closet Land Radha Bharadwaj
The Addams Family Barry Sonnenfeld Visual effects director of photography
Photographed by Owen Roizman
1992 Army of Darkness Sam Raimi
1993 Fire in the Sky Robert Lieberman
1994 Blank Check Rupert Wainwright
1995 Clueless Amy Heckerling
1996 Bound The Wachowskis Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography
1997 Gridlock'd Vondie Curtis-Hall
1998 Zero Effect Jake Kasdan
1999 The Matrix The Wachowskis Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography
Wild Wild West Barry Sonnenfeld 2nd unit director of photography
Photographed by Michael Ballhaus
2000 Bedazzled Harold Ramis
2003 The Matrix Reloaded The Wachowskis Shot back-to-back
The Matrix Revolutions
2004 Spider-Man 2 Sam Raimi Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Cinematography
Team America: World Police Trey Parker
2006 Fur Steven Shainberg
2007 Spider-Man 3 Sam Raimi
2008 The Spirit Frank Miller
2010 Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Edgar Wright
2012 Chasing Mavericks Michael Apted
Curtis Hanson
Men in Black 3 Barry Sonnenfeld
2013 The World's End Edgar Wright
2016 The Jungle Book Jon Favreau Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Cinematography
2017 Baby Driver Edgar Wright
2019 The Kid Who Would Be King Joe Cornish
Alita: Battle Angel Robert Rodriguez
Charlie's Angels Elizabeth Banks
2020 The Boys in the Band Joe Mantello Filming
2021 Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings Destin Daniel Cretton Pre-production


Music videos


  1. "BILL POPE". Retrieved 2017-12-10.
  2. "Amplifier Artist Directory: Bill Pope". Bowling Green Daily News. August 8, 2012. Retrieved September 14, 2012.
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