Masanobu Takayanagi

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Masanobu "Masa" Takayanagi (高柳 雅暢, Takayanagi Masanobu, also known in Japanese as マサノブ・タカヤナギ Masanobu Takayanagi) is a Japanese cinematographer whose works include Silver Linings Playbook (2012), Warrior (2011) and The Grey (2011).

Life and career[edit]

Takayanagi was raised in Tomioka, a city in Gunma Prefecture.[1] He briefly attended university in Japan before deciding to pursue a career in cinematography in the American film industry; he was inspired by Masters of Light: Conversations with Contemporary Cinematographers, which he saw in a bookstore.[2] He migrated to the United States around 1996[3] in order to attend film school at California State University, Long Beach at the university's Film and Electronics Arts Department, although he could not speak English at the time.[2][4] He later attended the AFI Conservatory in Los Angeles and graduated in 2002.[5] His short film Shui Hen, a graduate project he produced at the AFI Conservatory, won the 2003 Palm Springs International Film Festival's award for Best Student Cinematography.[1] In 2004, he was awarded the American Society of Cinematographers' John F. Seitz Student Heritage Award.[1]

After working on the film crews of various low-budget projects, in 2005 Takayanagi was hired as a Tokyo-based second unit cinematographer for the film Babel under Rodrigo Prieto.[2] He later photographed the second units of State of Play, Eat Pray Love, The Eagle, and Monte Carlo. His first turn as a main unit cinematographer was on Warrior, followed by The Grey, both released in 2011.[1] In 2012, he was named one of Variety magazine's "10 Cinematographers to Watch".[3] He photographed David O. Russell's 2012 film Silver Linings Playbook, followed by Out of the Furnace in 2013 and Rupert Goold's 2015 film True Story.[2]




  1. ^ a b c d "Masanobu Takayanagi weathers the storm on "The Grey"". Panavision. Retrieved February 9, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d "ONFILM Interview: Masanobu Takayanagi". Kodak. October 15, 2013. Retrieved February 9, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Heuring, David (February 13, 2012). "10 Cinematographers to Watch: Masanobu Takayanagi". Variety. Retrieved February 9, 2015.
  4. ^ "Latin American Film Studies". California State University, Long Beach. 2007. Retrieved February 10, 2015.
  5. ^ Shatkin, Elina (October 2006). "Short Takes". American Cinematographer. 87 (10). Retrieved February 10, 2015. (Subscription required (help)).

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