Robert Yeoman

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Robert Yeoman
The Oscar Nominated Cinematographer Hollywood, Robert Yeoman at the Masterclass on Cinematography, during the 47th International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2016), in Panaji, Goa on November 26, 2016.jpg
Robert David Yeoman

(1951-03-10) March 10, 1951 (age 68)
Alma materDuke University

Robert David Yeoman, ASC (born March 10, 1951) is an American cinematographer. Yeoman is best known for his collaborations with directors Wes Anderson and Paul Feig.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Erie, Pennsylvania, Yeoman spent his childhood in the northern suburbs of Chicago. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University in 1973 and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts in 1979.[1]

Yeoman's first filmwork was done as a second unit director of photography on To Live and Die in LA, directed by William Friedkin in 1986. He went on to shoot many independent films including Gus Van Sant's Drugstore Cowboy — for which he won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography[2]Noah Baumbach's The Squid and the Whale, and Roman Coppola's CQ. He has worked on every live action film by Wes Anderson, including Bottle Rocket (1996), Rushmore (1998), and The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) as cinematographer, as well as The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004), The Darjeeling Limited (2007), Moonrise Kingdom (2012) and The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), credited as director of photography. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Cinematography for his work on The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Yeoman is a member of the American Society of Cinematographers.[3]


Yeoman has a frequent collaboration with director Wes Anderson and his style in Anderson's films consists in using color palettes to highlight the colors of the set and costumes. Anderson and Yeoman shoot the movies with film stock, anamorphic lenses, soft lighting, and theater-like compositions, giving the distinctive visuals on which Anderson's films are known for.

Feature films[edit]

Year Film Director Notes
1983 Hero Alexandre Rockwell
1985 Wang Chung: To Live and Die in LA William Friedkin Video short
1987 Rampage
Playboy: Bedtime Stories Robert C. Hughes
Anthony Spinelli
1988 Johnny Be Good Bud Smith
Dead Heat Mark Goldblatt
Rented Lips Robert Downey Sr.
1989 Drugstore Cowboy Gus Van Sant
The Wizard Todd Holland
1990 Too Much Sun Robert Downey Sr.
Kid John Mark Robinson
1991 The Linguini Incident Richard Shepard
Past Midnight Jan Eliasberg
1993 Double Deception Jan Egleson
The Paint Job Michael Taav
1994 Somebody to Love Alexandre Rockwell
1995 Coldblooded Wallace Wolodarsky
1996 Bottle Rocket Wes Anderson 1st collaboration with Wes Anderson
The Substance of Fire Daniel J. Sullivan
1997 White Lies Ken Selden
1998 Permanent Midnight David Veloz
Rushmore Wes Anderson
1999 Dogma Kevin Smith
2000 Down to You Kris Isacsson
Beautiful Sally Field
2001 Double Whammy Tom DiCillo
2001 CQ Roman Coppola
The Royal Tenenbaums Wes Anderson
2004 The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
2005 The Squid and the Whale Noah Baumbach
Red Eye Wes Craven
2007 Hotel Chevalier Wes Anderson Short film
The Darjeeling Limited
Martian Child Menno Meyjes
2008 Manolete
Yes Man Peyton Reed
2009 Whip It Drew Barrymore
2010 Get Him to the Greek Nicholas Stoller
2011 Bridesmaids Paul Feig 1st collaboration with Paul Feig
2012 Moonrise Kingdom Wes Anderson
2013 The Heat Paul Feig
2014 The Grand Budapest Hotel Wes Anderson Nominated- Academy Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated- BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography
Love & Mercy Bill Pohlad
2015 Spy Paul Feig
2016 Ghostbusters
2018 Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again Ol Parker
TBA The French Dispatch Wes Anderson


Year Film Director Notes
1986 C.A.T. Squad William Friedkin TV movie
1988 Vietnam War Story Todd Holland Episode "Separated"
1989 The Big Room TV series
1991 Perfect Harmony Will Mackenzie TV movie
1998 The Pentagon Wars Richard Benjamin TV movie
2012 Tiny Is My Girl Mike Bradecich Mini-series


  1. ^ Notable Alumni at USC School of Cinematic Arts Archived 2008-02-24 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Drugstore Cowboy (1989), The New York Times. Accessed September 18, 2009.
  3. ^ American Society of Cinematographers Roster Archived 2009-10-12 at the Wayback Machine, Accessed September 18, 2009.

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