Newton Thomas Sigel

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Newton Thomas Sigel
BornAugust 1955 (age 63)
Detroit, Michigan
Years active1972-present
Known forX-Men (film series)
The Usual Suspects
Spouse(s)Lisa Chang
AwardsVisual Effects Society Award

Newton Thomas Sigel, A.S.C. (born August 1955) is an American cinematographer[1] best known for his collaborations with director Bryan Singer on films like The Usual Suspects, Valkyrie, and the X-Men film franchise.

Life and career[edit]

Sigel was born in Detroit, Michigan,[2] and studied painting in New York City,[3] becoming an artist-in-residence at the Whitney Museum of American Art.[4] He began his career working with experimental filmmaker Kenneth Anger as a camera operator.[5] Becoming a documentary filmmaker, he shot a number of projects filming, including El Salvador: Another Vietnam, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. His photography caught the attention of DP Haskell Wexler,[6] and the two spent several years developing what would become the 1985 film Latino, his first feature film as director of photography.[7]

Sigel worked mostly on television films and as a second unit DP throughout the 1980s before shooting the comedy film Rude Awakening. He regularly served under Robert Richardson on films like Platoon and The Doors.Starting with The Usual Suspects, he has become the regular cinematographer of director Bryan Singer.

Personal life[edit]

His father, Irving Sigel, was a psychologist who worked for the Educational Testing Service. He is married to Lisa Chang.[8]

Sigel is Jewish.[9]

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Title Notes Dir.
1972 Lucifer Rising Camera operator[10] Kenneth Anger
1981 El Salvador: Another Vietnam Documentary film Glenn Sillber

Teté Vasconcellos

1983 When the Mountains Tremble Pamela Yates
1985 Latino Haskell Wexler
1986 Platoon 2nd unit director of photography Oliver Stone
1987 Dead of Winter Arthur Penn
Matewan John Sayles
Wall Street Oliver Stone
1988 The Wonder Years Television series

3 episodes

Steve Miner

Carol Black

Jeffrey D. Brown

The Thin Blue Line Documentary film Errol Morris
1989 Roe vs. Wade Television film Gregory Hoblit
Rude Awakening David Greenwalt

Aaron Russo

Heart of Dixie Additional photography Martin Davidson
Wild Orchid Zalman King
1990 Challenger Television film Ben Jordan
American Masters Documentary series

1 episode

Steven Fischler
Pump Up the Volume Allan Moyle
American Dream Documentary film Barbara Kopple
Cop Rock Television series

Pilot episode

Gregory Hoblit
1991 Salmonberries Percy Adlon
The Doors 2nd unit director of photography Oliver Stone
1992 Crossing the Bridge Mike Binder
Into the West Mike Newell
1993 Indian Summer Mike Binder
Daybreak Stephen Tolkin
Money for Nothing Ramón Menéndez
1994 A Time to Heal Television film Michael Toshiyuki Uno
Blankman Mike Binder
1995 The Usual Suspects Bryan Singer
Casino 2nd unit director of photography Martin Scorsese
1996 Foxfire Annette Haywood-Carter
The Trigger Effect David Koepp
Blood and Wine Bob Rafelson
1998 Fallen Gregory Hoblit
Apt Pupil Bryan Singer
1999 Brokedown Palace Jonathan Kaplan
Three Kings David O. Russell
2000 X-Men Bryan Singer
2002 Confessions of a Dangerous Mind George Clooney
2003 X2: X-Men United Bryan Singer
2004 House Television series

Pilot episode

2005 The Brothers Grimm Terry Gilliam
2006 Superman Returns Bryan Singer
2007 Towelhead Alan Ball
2008 Leatherheads George Clooney
The Hurt Locker 2nd unit director of photography Kathryn Bigelow
Valkyrie Bryan Singer
2010 Leap Year Anand Tucker
Frankie & Alice Geoffrey Sax
The Conspirator Robert Redford
2011 Drive Nicolas Winding Refn
2013 Movie 43 1 segment Brett Ratner
Jack the Giant Slayer Bryan Singer
World War Z Additional photography Marc Forster
2014 X-Men: Days of Future Past Bryan Singer
Seventh Son Sergei Bodrov
2015 Battle Creek Television series

1 episode

Bryan Singer
2016 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny Yuen Woo-ping
X-Men: Apocalypse Bryan Singer
2017 Marshall Reginald Hudlin
2018 Bohemian Rhapsody Bryan Singer


  1. ^ "NEWTON THOMAS SIGEL". Retrieved 2017-09-02.
  2. ^ Newton Thomas Sigel Biography) at
  3. ^ "NEWTON THOMAS SIGEL". Retrieved 2017-09-02.
  4. ^ "NEWTON THOMAS SIGEL". Retrieved 2017-09-02.
  5. ^ "NEWTON THOMAS SIGEL". Retrieved 2017-09-02.
  6. ^ "NEWTON THOMAS SIGEL". Retrieved 2017-09-02.
  7. ^ "NEWTON THOMAS SIGEL". Retrieved 2017-09-02.
  8. ^ "NEWTON THOMAS SIGEL". Retrieved 2017-09-02.
  9. ^ "Valkyrie director faces Jewish past while filming in Berlin." Schleier, Curt. The Jewish News of Northern California.Published December 19, 2008. Accessed December 28, 2017.
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