Frederick Elmes

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Frederick Elmes
Born (1946-11-04) 4 November 1946 (age 72)
EducationAFI Conservatory

Frederick Elmes, A.S.C. (born November 4, 1946) is an American cinematographer who has won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography twice, for Wild at Heart and Night on Earth.

Life and career[edit]

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.[1]

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.


Year Film Director Note
1977 Eraserhead David Lynch
1979 Real Life Albert Brooks
1983 Valley Girl Martha Coolidge
1984 Red Dawn John Milius
1985 Broken Rainbow Maria Florio
Victoria Mudd
Real Genius Martha Coolidge
1986 Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold Gary Nelson
River's Edge Tim Hunter
Blue Velvet David Lynch Nominated- Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography
1987 Heaven Diane Keaton Documentary
1988 Permanent Record Marisa Silver
1990 Cold Dog Soup Alan Metter
Wild at Heart David Lynch Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography
1991 Night on Earth Jim Jarmusch
1993 The Saint of Fort Washington Tim Hunter
1994 Trial by Jury Heywood Gould
1995 Reckless Norman René
1996 The Empty Mirror Barry J. Hershey
1997 The Ice Storm Ang Lee
In the Gloaming Christopher Reeve TV movie
1998 The Object of My Affection Nicholas Hytner
1999 Ride with the Devil Ang Lee
2000 Chain of Fools Pontus Löwenhielm
Patrick von Krusenstjerna
2001 Storytelling Todd Solondz
The Hire Ang Lee Segment "Chosen"
2002 Trapped Luis Mandoki
2003 Hulk Ang Lee
Coffee and Cigarettes Jim Jarmusch
2004 Kinsey Bill Condon
2005 Broken Flowers Jim Jarmusch
2006 The Namesake Mira Nair
2008 Synecdoche, New York Charlie Kaufman
2009 Brothers Jim Sheridan
A Dog Year George LaVoo TV movie
Bride Wars Gary Winick
2012 A Late Quartet Yaron Zilberman
2013 Horns Alexandre Aja
2016 Paterson Jim Jarmusch
2017 Wilson Craig Johnson
TBA The Dead Don't Die Jim Jarmusch


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