Ben Richardson

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Ben Richardson
Born
Benjamin T. Richardson

(1975-09-21) 21 September 1975 (age 46)
England, United Kingdom
EducationRoyal Holloway, University of London
Occupation
Years active2007–present
Partner(s)Anna Kendrick (2014-2020)
Websitebenrichardson.com

Benjamin T. Richardson, ASC (born 21 September 1975) is an English cinematographer and television producer. He is best known for his work on the films Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012), The Fault in Our Stars (2014), Wind River (2017), and Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021), as well as the limited series Mare of Easttown (2021), which earned him a Primetime Emmy Award nomination.

Early life[edit]

Richardson was born in England and attended Bournemouth school succeeded by Royal Holloway, University of London's media arts degree programme.[1]

Career[edit]

Richardson is a director of photography. Three of his films, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Happy Christmas, and Wind River have premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Beasts of the Southern Wild was also nominated for four Academy Awards at the 85th Academy Awards, including a nomination for Best Picture. His short film Seed won Best Animated Short at the 2010 Slamdance Film Festival.

In 2019, Richardson was invited to join the American Society of Cinematographers.[2]

Beasts of the Southern Wild[edit]

Richardson met director Benh Zeitlin in Prague in 2004[3] and subsequently collaborated on the short film Glory at Sea in 2008.[4] During pre-production on Beasts of the Southern Wild, Richardson shot a test reel which convinced the financiers to approve him as cinematographer for the film.[5]

Beasts of the Southern Wild debuted at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival where Richardson won the Excellence in Cinematography Award.[6] For his work on the film he also won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography, and was nominated for multiple awards including a Camerimage award and a Satellite Award.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Since 2014, Richardson was in a relationship with actress Anna Kendrick. They have since broken up.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Director Notes
2012 Beasts of the Southern Wild Benh Zeitlin
2013 Drinking Buddies Joe Swanberg
2014 The Fault in Our Stars Josh Boone
Happy Christmas Joe Swanberg
Cut Bank Matt Shakman
2015 Digging for Fire Joe Swanberg
2017 Wind River Taylor Sheridan
Table 19 Jeffrey Blitz
Sand Castle Fernando Coimbra
1922 Zak Hilditch
2021 Those Who Wish Me Dead Taylor Sheridan

Television[edit]

Year Title Director Notes
2018 The Chi Rick Famuyiwa Pilot episode
Yellowstone Taylor Sheridan Season 1
2021 Mare of Easttown Craig Zobel Miniseries
Mayor of Kingstown Taylor Sherdian Season 1
1883

Awards and nominations[edit]

Notable associations

Primetime Emmy Awards[edit]

Year Category Nominated work Result
2021 Outstanding Cinematography for a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie "Illusions"
Mare of Easttown
Nominated

American Society of Cinematographers Awards[edit]

Year Category Nominated work Result
2019 Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in an Episode of a Series for Commercial Television "Daybreak"
Yellowstone
Nominated

Independent Spirit Awards[edit]

Year Category Nominated work Result
2013 Best Cinematography Beasts of the Southern Wild Won

Satellite Awards[edit]

Year Category Nominated work Result
2012 Best Cinematography Beasts of the Southern Wild Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Conversation with cinematographer Ben Richardson about his work on "Beasts of the Southern Wild", by Benh Zeitlin". 20 September 2021.
  2. ^ Ben Richardson, ASC (12 October 2019). "With tremendous pride I can announce that I have been invited to membership in the American Society of Cinematographers". Instagram. Archived from the original on 24 December 2021. Retrieved 16 October 2019.
  3. ^ Desowitz, Bill. "Immersed in Movies: Cinematographer Ben Richardson Talks 'Beasts of the Southern Wild'". Indiewire. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  4. ^ Egan, Jack (15 November 2012). "Contender — Director of Photography Ben Richardson, Beasts of the Southern Wild". Below The Line. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  5. ^ Most, Madelyn. "Conversation with cinematographer Ben Richardson about his work on Beasts of the Southern Wild, by Benh Zeitlin". Association Française des directeurs de la photographie Cinématographique. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  6. ^ Desowitz, Bill. "Immersed in Movies: Cinematographer Ben Richardson Talks 'Beasts of the Southern Wild'". Indiewire. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  7. ^ "Ben Richardson: Awards". IMDb. Retrieved 12 January 2015.

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