Jeff Cronenweth
Born (1962-01-14) January 14, 1962 (age 59)
OccupationCinematographer
Years active1984-present

Jeffrey Scott Cronenweth, ASC[1] (born January 14, 1962) is an American cinematographer based in Los Angeles, California who is known for his role as the director of photography on the David Fincher films Fight Club, The Social Network, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Gone Girl (two of which earned him Academy Award for Best Cinematography nominations in 2010 and 2011). He graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts and was invited to join the cinematographers branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2004.[2] He is the son of Jordan Cronenweth, one of the most influential cinematographers in motion picture history.[3]

Career

Jeff worked with father Jordan Cronenweth (cinematographer most notable for Blade Runner) as a camera loader and second assistant camera during high school,[4] working his way up to first assistant camera and then camera operator until the mid-1990s. The first major motion picture where he acted as a DP was Fight Club. Other notable feature films on which he worked as a DP are One Hour Photo, K-19: The Widowmaker, Down With Love, The Social Network, Hitchcock, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and Gone Girl.

Jeff and his brother Tim ("The Cronenweths") have worked as a director/DP team, doing numerous commercials and music videos in and out of Los Angeles.

In 2011, Cronenweth was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Cinematography for his work on The Social Network.

In 2012, Cronenweth was nominated for a second time for an Academy Award for Best Cinematography for his work on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Style

Cronenweth is known for his use of light or the absence of and composition to elegantly weave a visual language throughout a story as shown in his work on Fight Club, The Social Network, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and Gone Girl and including many of the iconic music videos and commercials he has photographed. On filming Fight Club, Cronenweth stated: "Whether we were inside or outside, we always wanted to embrace depth of field or the lack of as a key story telling element in guiding an audiences focus on what we wanted them to embrace."[5]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Director Notes
1999 Fight Club David Fincher
2002 One Hour Photo Mark Romanek
K-19: The Widowmaker Kathryn Bigelow
2003 Down with Love Peyton Reed
2010 The Social Network David Fincher
2011 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
2012 Hitchcock Sacha Gervasi
2014 Gone Girl David Fincher
2018 A Million Little Pieces Sam Taylor-Johnson
TBA Being the Ricardos Aaron Sorkin Filming

Music videos

Year Title Artist(s) Notes
1990 "Freedom '90" George Michael
1995 "Wherever Would I Be" Montell Jordan
1996 "Novocaine for the Soul" Eels
1997 "The Perfect Drug" Nine Inch Nails
"Got 'Til It's Gone" Janet Jackson featuring Q-Tip and Joni Mitchell
1999 "Do Something" Macy Gray
"So Pure" Alanis Morissette
2000 "Independent Women" Destiny's Child
2001 "You Rock My World" Michael Jackson
2002 "Outtathaway!" The Vines
2003 "The Voice Within" Christina Aguilera
2005 "La Tortura" Shakira featuring Alejandro Sanz
2008 "Rock with U" Janet Jackson
"Love in this Club" Usher
2009 "Boom Boom Pow" The Black Eyed Peas
2013 "Just Give Me a Reason" Pink featuring Nate Ruess
"The Stars (Are Out Tonight)" David Bowie
"The Next Day"
2014 "Shake It Off" Taylor Swift
2017 "Chained to the Rhythm" Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley
2019 "Walk Me Home" Pink
"Memories" Maroon 5
2020 "Smile" Katy Perry

Awards and Nominations

Year Award Category Result Ref.
2010 Academy Award Best Cinematography The Social Network Nominated
2010 American Society of Cinematographers Outstanding Cinematography Nominated
2010 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Cinematography Nominated
2010 Washington D.C. Film Critics Association Best Cinematography Nominated
2011 Academy Award Best Cinematography The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Nominated
2011 British Academy Film Awards Best Cinematography Nominated
2011 American Society of Cinematographers Outstanding Cinematography Nominated
2011 St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Best Cinematography Nominated
2014 Satellite Award Best Cinematography Gone Girl Nominated
2014 San Diego Film Critics Society Best Cinematography Nominated
2014 St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Best Cinematography Nominated

References

  1. ^ "The ASC Roster". American Society of Cinematographers. Archived from the original on June 19, 2018. Retrieved June 19, 2018.
  2. ^ Jeff Cronenweth - Biography
  3. ^ "Jordan Cronenweth". Archived from the original on 2017-09-07. Retrieved 2014-10-14.
  4. ^ Jeff Cronenweth
  5. ^ Anarchy in the USA - page 3