T. C. Christensen
|T. C. Christensen|
Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.
|Alma mater||Brigham Young University|
Tom C. Christensen (born 1953) is an American cinematographer, film director, and writer best known for his work on Latter-day Saint (LDS) church history films including Joseph Smith: The Prophet of the Restoration to Gordon B. Hinckley: A Giant Among Men, 17 Miracles, and Ephraim's Rescue. He has made films about the Martin and Willie handcart companies who traversed the plains toward the Salt Lake Valley in late 1856. Christensen is also a member of the American Society of Cinematographers.
Christensen grew up in Layton, Utah with nine siblings. He served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) in Ohio and West Virginia from 1972 to 1974. He studied filmmaking at Brigham Young University and the University of Utah.
T.C. Christensen married his wife Katy in 1980. They had two children: Tanner and Tess, both of whom have worked with Christensen on his films. His cousin, Ron Tanner, has also collaborated with Christensen on his films.
While attending Brigham Young University and the University of Utah, Christensen worked as a part-time cameraman for KSL-TV in Utah for five years. He declined offers to go full-time, because he did not want to pursue a career in news. After leaving KSL-TV, Christensen began freelance film-making. He credits fellow filmmaker Kieth Merrill as his mentor, whose children were cast in Christensen's The Mouth of Babes.
Films by Christensen have received recognition in several film festivals. His A Pioneer Miracle (also titled In the Arms of Angels) received the Grand Remi Award at the Houston International Film Festival in 2004. His Seasons of the Heart, for which he was both director and cinematographer, received multiple awards in film festivals. Christensen has made several films about Joseph Smith, founder of the Latter Day Saint movement (Mormonism). Among these are Joseph Smith: The Prophet of the Restoration and Emma Smith: My Story, both made in cooperation with Gary Cook. Other Mormon-themed films include the biography of LDS Church president Gordon B. Hinckley, made following Hinckley's death in 2008. Christensen wrote, directed, and produced Only A Stonecutter, the story of John R. Moyle, father of James H. Moyle. Christensen has also been the cinematographer for a large number of films. These include Rigoletto, The Testaments of One Fold and One Shepherd, Forever Strong, and Outlaw Trail: The Treasure of Butch Cassidy. Having collaborated over the years, T.C. Christensen has been described as the "mentor" of Napoleon Dynamite and Nacho Libre director Jared Hess.
On such films as the first Work and the Glory, Christensen's cinematography was considered by some to be by far the best part of the film. Christensen has also made several IMAX films including Texas: The Big Picture and Ozarks: Legacy and Legend. In the summer of 2011, 17 Miracles was released across the country. The film depicts the Martin and Willie handcart companies as they traveled across the plains to the Salt Lake Valley in 1856. In 2013, Christensen's film Ephraim's Rescue about the life of Ephraim Hanks, a notable rescuer of the Martin Handcart Company, was released to good user reviews and specifically the addressed events of Hanks bringing the first food supplies to the company, which were snow-bound and starving on the Mormon Trail. In 2015, Christensen wrote and directed The Cokeville Miracle which tells the story of the school bombing in Cokeville, Wyoming in 1986. In 2016, Christensen began working on Love, Kennedy. It is based on the true story of Ogden, Utah teenager Kennedy Hansen's battle with Juvenile Batten Disease. The film was released in June 2017.
Christensen is a member of the American Society of Cinematographers.
|1973||Wheels of Fire||Cinematographer & Editor||Documentary|
|1978||The Bridge||Cinematographer||Short - As Thomas R. Christensen|
|1979||Kenny Rogers and the American Cowboy||Cinematographer||TV Movie|
|1982||The Ghost of the Great Salt Lake||Director|
|1987||The Touch of the Master's Hand||Director||Short - as Tom Christensen|
|1988||On Our Own||Cinematographer & Actor||TV Movie|
|1990||Quest for a Go-Getter||Director of photography||Video Short|
|1991||In Your Wildest Dreams||Cinematographer|
|1992||The ButterCream Gang||Cinematographer||Video|
|1992||On the Way Home||Cinematographer||Video short|
|1993||Seasons of the Heart||Cinematographer|
|1995||Reach for the Stars||Director of photography|
|1995||The Dark Knight||Cinematographer||Short|
|1995||Ozarks: Legacy & Legend||Cinematographer|
|1995||San Francisco: The Movie||Cinematography||Short|
|1996||Turning Point||Cinematographer||Video short|
|1997||Trail of Hope: The Story of the Mormon Trail||Cinematographer||TV Movie documentary|
|1997||The King's Falcon||Cinematographer||Short|
|1998||No More Baths||Cinematographer|
|1998||Follow Your Heart||Cinematographer||Short|
|1998||Angels in the Attic||Director of photography|
|1999||Olympic Glory||Cinematographer||Documentary short|
|1999||A Kid Called Danger||Cinematographer|
|1999||American Prophet: The Story of Joseph Smith||Cinematographer||Documentary|
|1999||Christmas Mission||Cinematographer||Video short|
|2000||Navigate your Destiny||Cinematographer||Short|
|2000||The Testaments: Of One Fold and One Shepherd||Cinematographer|
|2000||Baby Bedlam||Director of photography|
|2000||Message in a Cell Phone||Cinematographer|
|2001||Bug Off!||Cinematographer & Writer|
|2001||The Penny Promise||Cinematographer & Writer|
|2002||Journey to Harmony||Director of photography||Short|
|2002||Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West||Cinematographer||Short|
|2003||A Pioneer Miracle||Cinematographer & Writer||Video short - Alternative title: In the Arms of Angels|
|2003||Texas: The Big Picture||Cinematographer||Documentary short|
|2004||The Work and the Glory||Director of photography|
|2005||Down and Derby||Cinematographer|
|2005||A Warm Heart||Director of photography||Short|
|2005||Praise to the Man||Cinematographer & Writer & Director||Video|
|2005||Joseph Smith: Prophet of the Restoration||Cinematographer & Director|
|2006||Roving Mars||Cinematographer||Documentary short|
|2006||Outlaw Trail: The Treasure of Butch Cassidy||Director of photography||As TC Christensen|
|2006||Rainbows of Paradise: The Pageant of the Long Canoes||Director||Documentary short|
|2007||Take the Lead||Cinematographer||Video short|
|2007||Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure||Director of photography||Documentary short|
|2007||The Legacy of Aotearoa: Land of the Long, White Cloud||Cinematographer & Director||Video documentary short - as TC Christensen|
|2008||Emma Smith: My Story||Cinematographer & Co-director|
|2008||Gordon B. Hinckley: A Giant Among Men||Cinematographer & Writer & Director||Video|
|2008||Only a Stonecutter||Cinematographer & Writer & Director||Video short|
|2009||The Jerk Theory||Cinematographer|
|2009||Treasure in Heaven: The John Tanner Story||Cinematographer & Director||Video short|
|2010||The Killers: Boots||Director||Video Short|
|2010||That Promised Day: The Coming Forth of the LDS Scripture||Director of photography||Video|
|2011||17 Miracles||Cinematographer & Writer|
|2012||12 Dogs of Christmas: Great Puppy Rescue||Cinematographer|
|2012||Gathering of Friends||Cinematographer|
|2013||Ephraim's Rescue||Cinematographer & Writer|
|2014||Scriptures Legacy||Cinematographer||TV Short|
|2015||The Cokeville Miracle||Cinematographer & Writer & Director|
|2017||Love, Kennedy||Cinematographer & Writer & Director|
|2019||The Other Side of Heaven 2: Fire of Faith||Cinematographer||Filming|
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