Mikael Salomon (born 24 February 1945) is a Danish-born cinematographer, director and producer of film and television. After a long cinematography career in Danish cinema, he transitioned to the Hollywood film industry in the late 1980s earning two Academy Award nominations. He is also a television director whose credits include dozens of series, films and miniseries including Band of Brothers, Salem's Lot, Rome, and The Andromeda Strain. His awards and nominations include a Primetime Emmy Award and a Directors Guild of America Award.
|Organization||Director's Guild of America|
American Society of Cinematographers
Primetime Emmy Award
Life and career
Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, Salomon photographed dozens of films in his native country, earning awards including the Robert Award and Bodil Awards. In the late 1980s, he relocated to Hollywood and shot his first mainstream American film with Torch Song Trilogy, a 1988 comedy-drama starring Harvey Fierstein, Anne Bancroft, and Matthew Broderick. The following year, he shot the James Cameron-helmed science fiction film The Abyss, a film that helped to pioneer the field of computer-generated visual effects. Salomon used three cameras in watertight housings that were specially designed. Another special housing was designed for scenes that went from above-water dialogue to below-water dialogue. The filmmakers had to figure out how to keep the water clear enough to shoot and dark enough to look realistic at 2,000 feet (700 m), which was achieved by floating a thick layer of plastic beads in the water and covering the top of the tank with an enormous tarpaulin. His work on the film earned Salomon a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Cinematography.
In 1993, Salomon directed A Far Off Place, an adventure drama film filmed on location in Namibia and Zimbabwe, replacing original director René Manzor after being recommended to producer Kathleen Kennedy by Steven Spielberg. That same year, he directed an episode of the short-lived science fiction series Space Rangers, beginning a career as a television directors. In 1998, he directed the Emmy-nominated Aftershock: Earthquake in New York, the first in many television miniseries which Salomon would helm. The most notable of these was Band of Brothers, a 10-part series executive produced by Spielberg for which Salomon won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special and a Christopher Award.
Salomon is of Jewish descent on one parent's side.
|1987||The Man Who Broke 1,000 Chains||Daniel Mann||Won:|
|1988||Torch Song Trilogy||Paul Bogart|
|It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books||Richard Linklater|
|Zelly and Me||Tina Rathborne|
|1989||The Abyss||James Cameron||Nominated for:|
|1991||Backdraft||Ron Howard||Nominated for:|
|1992||Far and Away|
Awards and nominations
- 1976 Bodil Special Award for Cinematography
- 1986 Robert Award for Best Cinematography: The Flying Devils
- 1989 CableACE Award for Direction of Photography and/or Lighting Direction for a Dramatic or Theatrical Special/Movie or Miniseries: The Man Who Broke 1,000 Chains
- 2002 Christopher Television & Cable Award: Band of Brothers (with Phil Alden Robinson, Richard Loncraine, David Nutter, Tom Hanks, David Leland, David Frankel. Tony To, Erik Jendresen, John Orloff, E. Max Frye, Graham Yost, Bruce C. McKenna, Erik Bork, Mary Richards, Steven Spielberg, Stephen E. Ambrose, Gary Goetzman)
- 2002 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special: Band of Brothers (with Phil Alden Robinson, Richard Loncraine, David Nutter, Tom Hanks, David Leland, David Frankel, Tony To)
- 1990 Academy Award for Best Cinematography: The Abyss
- 1990 ASC Award for Outstanding Cinematography in a Theatrical Release: The Abyss
- 1992 Academy Award for Best Visual Effects: Backdraft (with Clay Pinney, Allen Hall, Scott Farrar)
- 1992 BAFTA Award for Best Visual Effects: Backdraft (with Clay Pinney, Allen Hall, Scott Farrar)
- 2008 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special: The Company
- 2008 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Limited Series: The Andromeda Strain
- 2008 Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing in a Movie for Television/Miniseries: The Company
- 2009 Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing in a Movie for Television/Miniseries: The Andromeda Strain
- 2011 Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children's Programs: Unnatural History
- En travl dag i Los Angeles. Portræt: Mikael Salomon, fotograf. Politiken | 11.01.1994 | 2. sektion | Side 3 |
- Den danske kong Salomon. Portræt/interview: Mikael Salomon. Politiken | 25.08.1993 | 2. sektion | Side 1
- Savner hygge og rugbrød. Portræt: Mikael Salomon. Ekstra Bladet | 22.08.1993 | 2. sektion | Side 4
- Dansker til tops i Hollywood. Portræt af filmfotografen Mikael Salomon. Politiken | 01.01.1990 | 2. sektion | Side 2
- Succes på strømer. Portræt/interview: Mikael Salomon. Ekstra Bladet | 01.04.1999 | Skærtorsdag | Side 24
- "The Making of 'The Abyss'". www.aspaceblogyssey.com. Retrieved 2017-09-01.
- SEMLYEN, PHIL DE. "A History Of CGI In The Movies". Empire. Retrieved 2017-09-01.
- "The Abyss: The Ultimate James Cameron Movie?". Den of Geek. Retrieved 2017-09-01.
- Blair September 1989, p. 58.
- 'No sugarcoating’ as first movie on ’67 battle for Jerusalem takes shape.' Hoffman, Jordan. The Times of Israel. www.timesofisrael.com. Published June 9, 2014. Accessed October 16, 2017.