Jeffrey L. Kimball

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Jeffrey L. Kimball
Born Jeffrey Lane Kimball
(1943-05-29) May 29, 1943 (age 75)
Wichita, Kansas, USA
Other names Jeffrey Kimball
Occupation Cinematographer
Spouse(s) Eileen Sue Fisher

Jeffrey Lane Kimball, ASC (born May 23, 1943) is an American cinematographer.


He majored in radio and television at North Texas State University[1] in 1964. After graduation he landed a trainee position with Warner Brothers,[2]:27 but left to work as a gofer for still photographer Bill Langley.[3]:29 In 1969, he left Hollywood to work as a director of photography for the Dallas office of TV commercial production company N. Lee Lacy/Associates. He returned to Hollywood permanently in 1972[2]:27 where he worked—mainly on low budget films[3]:29—as an lab technician, still photographer, assistant director, and assistant cameraman, graduating to second unit director of photography on Hell Raiders, It's Alive, Cat People and others.[1] Before becoming a feature film cinematographer, he had "earned his reputation for innovative and sometimes risky cinematography" in commercials, many of which had won awards.[3]:29

He mainly shoots action films, especially films by Tony Scott, such as Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop II, Revenge, and True Romance, and John Woo, such as Mission: Impossible 2, Windtalkers, Hostage, and Paycheck.

In addition to his work in features, he continues to work as a cinematographer on commercials and music videos. He also directs commercials, e.g. for Maketa Armada.[4]

Kimball has been nominated for a Golden Satellite Award in 2001 for Mission: Impossible 2 and an MTV Video Music Award in 2011 for Beyoncé's "Run the World (Girls)." He has been a member of the American Society of Cinematographers since 1990.[1]



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  1. ^ a b c "From The Clubhouse". American Cinematographer. 71 (10): 107. October 1990. 
  2. ^ a b "Flying Feathers, Blood and Guts". American Cinematographer. 74 (3): 25, 27. March 1993. 
  3. ^ a b c Nora Lee (April 1990). "Revenge: The Most Primitive Motive". American Cinematographer. 71 (4): 28–30, 32, 34. 
  4. ^ a b "Kimball - Resume - 3.11.16" (PDF). Partos Company. 

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