Frederick Elmes, ASC (born November 4, 1946) is an American cinematographer, known for his association with the independent film movement. He is a long-time collaborator of directors David Lynch, Ang Lee, Charlie Kaufman, Jim Jarmusch, and Todd Solondz. He has won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography twice, for Wild at Heart and Night on Earth, and a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Cinematography for a Limited Series for The Night Of.
|Other names||Fred Elmes|
|Education||Rochester Institute of Technology|
|Known for||Blue Velvet|
Wild at Heart
Night on Earth
The Ice Storm
Coffee and Cigarettes
Synecdoche, New York
|Awards||Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography|
1991 Wild at Heart
1992 Night on Earth
Life and career
Born in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, Elmes studied photography at the Rochester Institute of Technology, then attended the American Film Institute in Los Angeles, graduating in 1972. He enrolled in the Graduate Film Program at New York University's Department of Film and Television and graduated in 1975.
At the American Film Institute, Elmes met aspiring film director David Lynch, who hired him for Eraserhead. Since then the two have collaborated on Blue Velvet and Wild at Heart. Elmes is also a frequent collaborator with directors Ang Lee and Jim Jarmusch. He has been a member of the American Society of Cinematographers since 1993.
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Additional photography credits
|1972||Invasion of the Blood Farmers||Ed Adlum||Roberta Findlay||Assistant camera|
|1974||A Woman Under the Influence||John Cassavetes||Al Ruban|
|1976||The Killing of a Chinese Bookie|
|1977||Young Lady Chatterley||Alan Roberts||Bob Brownell|
|Opening Night||John Cassavetes||Al Ruban||Camera operator|
|1979||A Force of One||Paul Aaron||Roger Shearman|
|Real Life||Albert Brooks||Eric Saarinen||Additional photography|
|1984||Dune||David Lynch||Freddie Francis|
|Red Dawn||John Milius||Ric Waite||2nd unit photography|
|1985||Real Genius||Martha Coolidge||Vilmos Zsigmond|
|1998||The Object of My Affection||Nicholas Hytner||Oliver Stapleton||Additional photography|
|1974||The Amputee||David Lynch|
|1976||Number One||Dyan Cannon|
|1978||The Flight of the Gossamer Condor||Ben Shedd|
|2001||The Hire: Chosen||Ang Lee|
|1970||Street Scenes||Martin Scorsese|
|1983||Citizen: The Political Life of Allard K. Lowenstein||Julie M. Thompson|
|1985||Broken Rainbow||Maria Florio|
|1990||Hollywood Mavericks||Florence Dauman
Dale Ann Stieber
|1987||Conspiracy: The Trial of the Chicago 8||Jeremy Kagan||Television film|
|1988||Tales from the Hollywood Hills: Closed Set||Mollie Miller|
|The French as Seen by...||Werner Herzog
|Miniseries; 2 episodes|
|1997||In the Gloaming||Christopher Reeve||Television film|
|1998||The Wedding||Charles Burnett||Miniseries; 2 episodes|
|2014||Olive Kitteridge||Lisa Cholodenko||Miniseries; 4 episodes|
|2016||The Night Of||Steven Zaillian||Miniseries; 4 episodes
Winner- Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Cinematography for a Limited Series for episode "Ordinary Death"
|2018||The Looming Tower||Michael Slovis
|Miniseries; 4 episodes|
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