Oliver Wood (cinematographer)

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Oliver Wood is an English cinematographer, best known for his work in the action film genre.


His first break came for director Leonard Kastle on cult crime film The Honeymoon Killers (1969) where he used available light to give the dark comedy a newsreel look.[1]

After that, his career was quiet for a while, before picking up in the late 1980s. He was director of photography for 18 episodes of stylish 1980s TV crime show Miami Vice before becoming DP on big-budget Hollywood films including Die Hard 2 (1990), Face/Off (1997), U-571 (2000) Fantastic Four (2005), and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013). He also shot the Bourne Trilogy, where he worked with director Paul Greengrass to produce a spontaneous, naturalistic effect, often using multiple cameras, frequently handheld, citing films such as The Battle of Algiers as an influence.[2][3]

He was nominated for a BAFTA for The Bourne Ultimatum (2007).[4]

In 2016, Wood shot the remake of Ben-Hur, directed by Timur Bekmambetov.



  1. ^ Gary Giddins, The Honeymoon Killers, The Criterion Collection
  2. ^ Jon Silberg, "The Bourne Ultimatum", American Cinematographer magazine, September 2007
  3. ^ David Heuring, "Homeward Bound", ICG Magazine, August 2007
  4. ^ 2008 Winners, BAFTA, accessed January 21, 2016

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