John Toll

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John Toll
Born (1952-06-15) June 15, 1952 (age 67)
OccupationCinematographer
Years active1978–present
OrganizationAmerican Society of Cinematographers
Known forBraveheart
The Thin Red Line
The Last Samurai
Cloud Atlas
Spouse(s)Lois Burwell (November 14, 1998–present)
Awards

John Toll, ASC (born June 15, 1952) is an American cinematographer.[1][2] Toll's filmography spans a wide variety of genres, including epic period drama, comedy, science fiction, and contemporary drama.[3] He won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography in both 1994 and 1995 for Legends of the Fall and Braveheart respectively, and has also won numerous BAFTA, ASC, and Satellite Awards.[4] He has collaborated with several noteworthy directors, including Francis Ford Coppola, Edward Zwick, Terrence Malick, Mel Gibson, John Madden, The Wachowskis, and Ang Lee.[5] Outside film, he has shot several commercials, the pilot episode of Emmy Award-winning drama series Breaking Bad, and has served as chief cinematographer on the Netflix original series Sense8 by the Wachowskis, on which he also got executive producing credit in its second season.[6]

Life and career[edit]

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Toll began work on his first film Norma Rae, in 1978 as a camera operator. He won back-to-back Academy Awards for Best Cinematography in 1994 and 1995, for the movies Legends of the Fall and Braveheart. He is also only 1 of 4 cinematographers to win back-to-back Oscars.

He was also nominated for an Academy Award for his work on The Thin Red Line and won an Honorable Mention at the 49th Berlin International Film Festival.[7] He was also nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for the pilot of Breaking Bad.

He was the cinematographer in 1987 for a Ben-Gay baseball-themed national television commercial shot in Anaheim Stadium in southern California, written and co-directed by Peter Hoffman, a creative director at the New York advertising agency Ally & Gargano. It was the first commercial to use a baseball team's human mascot – in this case a giant "bird" – as a star in a commercial.

He has been a regular collaborator for acclaimed filmmakers like Francis Ford Coppola, Edward Zwick, Cameron Crowe and The Wachowskis. He was presented with the ASC's Lifetime Achievement Award on February 14, 2016.

Personal life[edit]

Toll is married to Lois Burwell who also worked on Braveheart as the make-up artist (for which she won an Oscar, too).[8]

Filmography[edit]

Key
Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released

Film[edit]

Year Title Director Notes
1971 The Young Graduates Robert Anderson Co-cinematographer with J. Barry Herron
1972 The Hoax
1975 Chrysler Carnival Neil Tardio Short
1985 The Beach Boys: An American Band Malcolm Leo Documentary
1991 The Forfeit Kate Hall
1992 Wind Carroll Ballard
1994 Legends of the Fall Edward Zwick Academy Award for Best Cinematography
Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated- American Society of Cinematographers Award for Outstanding Cinematography
1995 Braveheart Mel Gibson Academy Award for Best Cinematography
American Society of Cinematographers Award for Outstanding Cinematography
BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography
Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
1996 Jack Francis Ford Coppola
1997 The Rainmaker
1998 The Thin Red Line Terrence Malick American Society of Cinematographers Award for Outstanding Cinematography
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematography
Satellite Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated- Academy Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated- Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated- National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated- Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
1999 Simpatico Matthew Warchus
2000 Almost Famous Cameron Crowe
2001 Captain Corelli's Mandolin John Madden
Vanilla Sky Cameron Crowe
2003 The Last Samurai Edward Zwick Satellite Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated- American Society of Cinematographers Award for Outstanding Cinematography
Nominated- Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
2005 Elizabethtown Cameron Crowe
2006 Seraphim Falls David Von Ancken
2007 Rise: Blood Hunter Sebastian Gutierrez
Gone Baby Gone Ben Affleck
2008 Tropic Thunder Ben Stiller
2009 It's Complicated Nancy Meyers
2011 The Adjustment Bureau George Nolfi
2012 The Odd Life of Timothy Green Peter Hedges
Cloud Atlas The Wachowskis
Tom Tykwer
Co-cinematographer with Frank Griebe
Nominated- St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
2013 Iron Man 3 Shane Black
2015 Jupiter Ascending The Wachowskis
2016 Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk Ang Lee Nominated- Satellite Award for Best Cinematography
2019 Harriet Kasi Lemmons

Television[edit]

Year Title Director Notes
1979 ...And Your Name Is Jonah Richard Michaels TV movie
Portrait of a Stripper John A. Alonzo
1980 The Boy Who Drank Too Much Jerrold Freedman
Belle Starr John A. Alonzo
Blinded by the Light
1988 Hiroshima Maiden Joan Darling TV special
1989 The Young Riders Robert Lieberman Episode: "The Kid"
Nominated- ASC Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography
1990 Goodnight Sweet Wife: A Murder in Boston Jerrold Freedman TV movie
2008 Breaking Bad[9] Vince Gilligan Episode: "Pilot"
Nominated- Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Cinematography
2015-17 Sense8[10] The Wachowskis
Tom Tykwer
James McTeigue
Dan Glass
23 episodes;
Also executive producer;
Nominated- Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Cinematography
Nominated- Camerimage Jury Award for Best Pilot

Other credits[edit]

Camera Operator[edit]

Year Title Director Cinematographer Notes
1978 FM John A. Alonzo David Myers
1979 Norma Rae Martin Ritt John A. Alonzo
1980 Tom Horn William Wiard
Urban Cowboy James Bridges Reynaldo Villalobos
1981 Bustin' Loose Oz Scott
Michael Schultz
(uncredited)
Dennis Dalzell Second unit
Zorro, The Gay Blade Peter Medak John A. Alonzo
Os Saltimbancos Trapalhões J. B. Tanko Antônio Gonçalves
1982 Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip Joe Layton Haskell Wexler Stand-up comedy film
National Lampoon's Movie Madness Bob Giraldi
Henry Jaglom
Charles Correll
Tak Fujimoto
Human Highway Bernard Shakey
Dean Stockwell
David Myers
1983 Twilight Zone: The Movie John Landis
Steven Spielberg
Joe Dante
Allen Daviau
John Hora
Stevan Larner
Segments "Time Out", "Kick the Can" and "It's a Good Life"
Scarface Brian De Palma John A. Alonzo
1985 The Falcon and the Snowman John Schlesinger Allen Daviau
Sweet Dreams Karel Reisz Robbie Greenberg
1986 Peggy Sue Got Married Francis Ford Coppola Jordan Cronenweth
1987 Black Widow Bob Rafelson Conrad L. Hall
1988 The Milagro Beanfield War Robert Redford Robbie Greenberg
2008 Shine a Light Martin Scorsese Robert Richardson Concert film

First Camera Assistant[edit]

Year Title Director Cinematographer Notes
1975 Whiffs Ted Post David M. Walsh Uncredited
1976 Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood Michael Winner Richard H. Kline
1978 The Last Waltz Martin Scorsese Michael Chapman Concert film
The Cheap Detective Robert Moore John A. Alonzo Uncredited

Additional photography[edit]

Year Title Director Cinematographer
1989 Always Steven Spielberg Mikael Salomon
2008 The Burning Plain Guillermo Arriaga Robert Elswit

2nd unit photography[edit]

Year Title Director Cinematographer
1988 Tequila Sunrise Robert Towne Conrad L. Hall
1989 Blaze Ron Shelton Haskell Wexler

Other roles[edit]

Year Title Director Cinematographer Role Notes
1971 Chrome and Hot Leather
Lee Frost
Production sound
2002 Orange County Jake Kasdan Greg Gardiner Director of photography: End sequence Uncredited
2008 Wanted Timur Bekmambetov Mitchell Amundsen Director of photography: New York

References[edit]

  1. ^ Staff, Hollywood.com (February 6, 2015). "John Toll | Biography and Filmography | 1952". Hollywood.com. Retrieved September 12, 2017.
  2. ^ "JOHN TOLL". www.cinematographers.nl. Retrieved September 12, 2017.
  3. ^ "JOHN TOLL". www.cinematographers.nl. Retrieved February 8, 2019.
  4. ^ "John Toll, ASC: Honoring An Exacting Eye - The American Society of Cinematographers". ascmag.com. Retrieved February 8, 2019.
  5. ^ "John Toll, ASC – Murtha Skouras Agency". Retrieved February 8, 2019.
  6. ^ "Happy F*cking New Year". Sense8. December 23, 2016. Netflix.
  7. ^ "Berlinale: 1999 Prize Winners". berlinale.de. Retrieved February 4, 2012.
  8. ^ http://www.omnilexica.com/?q=lois+burwell
  9. ^ "Q&A – John Toll (Cinematographer)". AMC. Retrieved September 12, 2017.
  10. ^ "Sense8 / John Toll, ASC - The American Society of Cinematographers". theasc.com. Retrieved September 12, 2017.

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