Rodrigo Prieto
Born
Rodrigo Prieto Stambaugh

(1965-11-23) November 23, 1965 (age 58)
Mexico City, Mexico
Alma materCentro de Capacitación Cinematográfica
OccupationCinematographer
Years active1988–present
Organization(s)Mexican Society of Cinematographers
American Society of Cinematographers
SpouseMónica
Children2

Rodrigo Prieto Stambaugh, ASC, AMC (born November 23, 1965), is a Mexican cinematographer. He has collaborated with Martin Scorsese and Alejandro González Iñárritu, among other prominent directors. He is a member of both the Mexican Society of Cinematographers and the American Society of Cinematographers. Throughout his career, Prieto has received many awards and nominations, including four Academy Award nominations for Best Cinematography in Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain (2005) and Martin Scorsese's Silence (2016), The Irishman (2019), and Killers of the Flower Moon (2023).

Early life and education

Rodrigo Prieto was born in Mexico City, Mexico. His grandfather, Jorge Prieto Laurens, was the mayor of Mexico City and leader of the Chamber of Deputies of Mexico, but was later persecuted by the country's ruler because of political differences. Prieto's grandfather escaped with his family to Texas and then to Los Angeles, where Prieto's father would spend most of his childhood. Prieto's father studied aeronautical engineering at New York University, where he met and married Prieto's mother, an artist. Rodrigo Prieto graduated from Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica in Mexico City.

Career

Prieto is noted for his unconventional use of the camera often combined with strong moody lighting. In 25th Hour, Prieto utilized overexposure and other techniques to create original dream-like images to signify that the events shown on screen are memories or visions. Similarly innovative photography could be spotted in Frida, featuring strong colors and sharp imagery blended with atmospheric yellows and browns, as well as his experimental use of infrared during a battle scene in Alexander. Prieto also is interested in evoking naturalism, most evident in The Homesman and Brokeback Mountain.[1][2] Prieto not only shot Brokeback Mountain, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Cinematography, but appeared in a cameo role within the film as a Mexican gigolo whom Jake Gyllenhaal's character, Jack Twist, meets.

Prieto has formed an artistic collaboration with Martin Scorsese on his films The Wolf of Wall Street, Silence, The Irishman,[3][4] and Killers of the Flower Moon.[5] He garnered Academy Award nominations for Best Cinematography for the latter three. He served as cinematographer for the music videos for the three Taylor Swift 2020 singles, "The Man", which references one of his previous films The Wolf of Wall Street, "Cardigan" and "Willow".[6]

Prieto is the recipient of the 2021 Vilcek Prize in Filmmaking, awarded by the Vilcek Foundation.[7][8]

In October 2023, Prieto served as a juror at the Morelia International Film Festival in Michoacán, Mexico.[9]

Personal life

Prieto resides in Los Angeles, California with his wife Monica and they have two daughters.[10]

Filmography

Short film

Year Title Director Notes
1989 Llueve otra vez Bruno Bichir
1990 Luna de miel al cuarto menguante Daniel Gruener
1991 No quiero discutir Jorge Ramírez Suárez
Paty Chula Francisco Murguía
Amazona Daniel Gruener
1992 Objetos perdidos Eva López Sánchez
Giovanni é morto Silvana Zuanetti
1994 Fuera de este mundo Esteban Reyes
2013 Semblante Himself Also writer
2014 Voce umana Edoardo Ponti
2015 The Audition Martin Scorsese
2018 R&R Himself Also writer

Feature film

Year Title Director Notes
1991 El jugador Joaquín Bissner
Ratas nocturnas Jon Michael Bishof
1993 Dama de noche Eva López Sánchez
El asesino del zodiaco Christian González
1994 Perfume, efecto inmediato Alejandro Gamboa
1996 All of Them Witches Daniel Gruener
Oedipus Mayor Jorge Alí Triana
1998 Fibra Óptica Francisco Athié
Un embrujo Carlos Carrera
2000 Ricky 6 Peter Filardi
Amores perros Alejandro González Iñárritu
2001 Ten Tiny Love Stories Rodrigo García
Original Sin Michael Cristofer
2002 25th Hour Spike Lee
8 Mile Curtis Hanson
Frida Julie Taymor
2003 21 Grams Alejandro González Iñárritu
2004 Alexander Oliver Stone
2005 Brokeback Mountain Ang Lee
2006 Babel Alejandro González Iñárritu
2007 Lust, Caution Ang Lee
2009 Broken Embraces Pedro Almodóvar
State of Play Kevin Macdonald
2010 Biutiful Alejandro González Iñárritu
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps Oliver Stone
2011 We Bought a Zoo Cameron Crowe
Water for Elephants Francis Lawrence
2012 Argo Ben Affleck
2013 A Study in Gravity Michael Haussman
The Wolf of Wall Street Martin Scorsese
2014 The Homesman Tommy Lee Jones
2016 Passengers Morten Tyldum
Silence Martin Scorsese
2019 The Irishman
2020 The Glorias Julie Taymor
2023 Barbie Greta Gerwig
Killers of the Flower Moon Martin Scorsese
2024 Pedro Paramo Himself Post-production

Television

Year Title Director Notes
2003–2004 America Undercover Oliver Stone Segments Persona Non Grata[a] and Looking for Fidel[b]
2015 What Lives Inside Robert Stromberg 1 episode
2016 Vinyl Martin Scorsese Episode: "Pilot"
2017 The Putin Interviews Oliver Stone Documentary miniseries[c]

Music videos

Year Title Director
2020 "The Man" Taylor Swift
2020 "Cardigan" Taylor Swift
2020 "Willow" Taylor Swift

Awards and nominations

Academy Awards

Year Title Category Result
2006 Brokeback Mountain Best Cinematography Nominated
2017 Silence Nominated
2020 The Irishman Nominated
2024 Killers of the Flower Moon Pending

BAFTA Awards

Year Title Category Result
2006 Brokeback Mountain Best Cinematography Nominated
2007 Babel Nominated
2020 The Irishman Nominated
2024 Killers of the Flower Moon Pending

American Society of Cinematographers Awards

Year Title Category Result
2003 Frida Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography Nominated
2006 Brokeback Mountain Nominated
2017 Silence Nominated
2020 The Irishman Nominated
2024 Killers of the Flower Moon Pending

Camerimage

Year Title Category Result
2000 Amores Perros Golden Frog Won
2004 Alexander Nominated
Silver Frog Won
2006 Babel Main Competition Golden Frog Nominated
2007 Lust, Caution Nominated
2012 Argo Nominated
Lana Del Rey: Blue Jeans Best Cinematography in a Music Video Nominated
2016 Vinyl Jury Award Best Pilot Nominated
2020 The Irishman Main Competition Golden Frog Nominated

Other awards

Year Award Category Title Result
1996 Ariel Awards Best Cinematography All of Them Witches Won
1999 Fibra Óptica Nominated
Best Cinematography Un embrujo Won
San Sebastián International Film Festival Jury Prize for Best Cinematography Won
2001 Ariel Awards Best Cinematography Amores perros Won
2003 Chlotrudis Awards Best Cinematography 21 Grams Nominated
2005 Circuit Community Awards Best Cinematography Brokeback Mountain Nominated
2005 Boston Society of Film Critics Best Cinematography Runner-up
2005 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Cinematography Won
2005 Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Best Cinematography Won
2005 Florida Film Critics Circle Best Cinematography Won
2005 International Cinephile Society Awards Best Cinematography Runner-up Tied
2005 International Online Cinema Awards (INOCA) Best Cinematography Nominated
2005 North Texas Film Critics Association Best Cinematography Won
2005 Online Film & Television Association Best Cinematography Won
2005 Online Film Critics Society Award Best Cinematography Won
2005 Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Cinematography Won
2005 St. Louis Film Critics Association Best Cinematography Nominated
2006 Circuit Community Awards Best Cinematography Babel Nominated
2006 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Cinematography Nominated
2006 Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Best Cinematography Runner-up Tied
2006 International Online Cinema Awards (INOCA) Best Cinematography Nominated
2006 Online Film Critics Society Award Best Cinematography Nominated
2006 St. Louis Film Critics Association Best Cinematography Nominated
2008 Independent Spirit Awards Best Cinematography Lust, Caution Nominated
2007 Golden Horse Film Festival and Awards Best Cinematography Nominated
2007 International Cinematographers'
Film Festival Manaki Brothers
Golden Camera 300 Won
2007 Venice Film Festival Golden Osella Best cinematography Won
2009 Cinema Writers Circle Awards, Spain Best Cinematography Broken Embraces Nominated
2010 Ariel Awards Best Cinematography Biutiful Won
2010 Goya Awards Best Cinematography Nominated
2010 CinEuphoria Awards Best Cinematography Nominated
2012 Tribeca Film Festival Jury Award Best Cinematography Likeness Nominated
2016 Circuit Community Awards Best Cinematography Silence Nominated
2016 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Cinematography Nominated
2016 Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Best Cinematography Runner-up
2016 Georgia Film Critics Association Best Cinematography Nominated
2016 International Cinephile Society Awards Best Cinematography Runner-up
2016 International Online Cinema Awards (INOCA) Best Cinematography Nominated
2016 National Society of Film Critics Best Cinematography Nominated
2016 Online Film & Television Association Best Cinematography Nominated
2016 Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Cinematography Nominated
2016 San Francisco Bay Area Film Critics Circle Best Cinematography Nominated
2019 Critics' Choice Awards Best Cinematography The Irishman Nominated
2019 Dublin Film Critics' Circle Best Cinematography 6th Place
2019 Houston Film Critics Society Best Cinematography Nominated
2019 Latino Entertainment Journalists
Association Film Awards
Best Cinematography Nominated
2019 North Texas Film Critics Association Best Cinematography Nominated
2019 Online Film Critics Society Award Best Cinematography Nominated
2019 Phoenix Critics Circle Best Cinematography Nominated
2019 San Diego Film Critics Society Best Cinematography Nominated
2019 Satellite Awards Best Cinematography Nominated
2019 St. Louis Film Critics Association Best Cinematography Nominated
2019 Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Best Cinematography Nominated
2021 Vilcek Foundation Vilcek Prize in Filmmaking Won

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Co-cinematographer with Serguei Saldívar Tanaka
  2. ^ Co-cinematographer with Carlos Marcovich
  3. ^ With Anthony Dod Mantle

References

  1. ^ Paula Bernstein (2014-10-24). "'The Homesman' DP Rodrigo Prieto on Working with Tommy Lee Jones and Reinventing The Western". IndieWire. Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  2. ^ "American Cinematographer: Alexander". Theasc.com. Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  3. ^ "Rodrigo Prieto: Master Cinematographer". Interview Magazine. 2014-11-09. Retrieved 2020-01-16.
  4. ^ "'Wolf Of Wall Street' Cinematographer Talks Filming Tricks for Buzzy Quaaludes Scenes". Hollywood Reporter. 2013-12-27. Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  5. ^ Sharf, Zack (2019-12-02). "Scorsese, DiCaprio's 'Flower Moon' Eyes March 2020 Start, Tone Still Being Worked Out". IndieWire. Retrieved 2023-07-16.
  6. ^ Rosen, Christopher (July 31, 2020). "How Taylor Swift Directed a Music Video During the Coronavirus Pandemic". Vanity Fair. Retrieved August 1, 2020.
  7. ^ "Vilcek Foundation Awards $250,000 in Prizes to Immigrant Filmmakers". Vilcek Foundation. Retrieved 2020-09-09.
  8. ^ "Rodrigo Prieto". Vilcek Foundation. Retrieved 2020-09-09.
  9. ^ Fuente, Anna Marie de la (2023-10-30). "'Totem' by Lila Aviles and 'The Echo' by Tatiana Huezo Triumph at Mexico's Morelia Film Festival". Variety. Retrieved 2023-11-09.
  10. ^ "Prieto ya filma con Russell Crowe". Vanguardia. January 21, 2008. Retrieved January 24, 2008.