Phedon Papamichael
Greek film director
Phedon Papamichael
Phedon Papamichael, ASC is a cinematographer and film director. Born in Athens, Greece, to a Greek father and a German mother, Papamichael came to the United States at age six when his father went to work as a production designer for John Cassavetes. He studied photography and art at the University of Munich, graduating with a degree in Fine Arts in 1982. He learned cinematography on the job, starting with Dance of the Damned in 1988.
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Phedon Papamichael On 'Monuments Men' & Making Movies With George Clooney
Huffington Post - about 3 years
"The Monuments Men" gave co-writer, director and star George Clooney his best debut yet as a director. The Sony release earned $22 million over its three-day opening weekend, $10 million more than Clooney's "Leatherheads" grossed during its first frame in 2008. Like that screwball comedy, "The Monuments Men," based on Robert Edsel's book "The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History," is another throwback film from Clooney, a feature that could have easily starred Cary Grant, Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre were it released in 1945. In an interview with HuffPost Entertainment, cinematographer Phedon Papamichael said that is no accident. "George is very much a fan of that era of films, not just with this one. He attempted something similar with 'Leatherheads.' He watches a lot of films from those days," Papamichael told HuffPost Entertainment. "In this particular case, we looked at movies like 'The Great Escape,' 'Bridge Too Far,' 'Dirty ...
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A Complete List Of Winners From The Critics' Choice Awards
Business Insider - about 3 years
Following Thursday's Oscar nominations, "12 Years A Slave," "Gravity," Matthew McConaughey, and Cate Blanchett took home the top honors during the night's Critics' Choice Awards. Special awards went to Forest Whitaker, Benedict Cumberbatch, and the "Before Midnight" cast. The ceremony aired live on the CW network from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica and was hosted by Aisha Tyler. Check out the list of winners below (via THR): BEST PICTURE American Hustle Captain Phillips Dallas Buyers Club Gravity Her Inside Llewyn Davis Nebraska Saving Mr. Banks *12 Years a Slave The Wolf of Wall Street BEST ACTOR Christian Bale – American Hustle Bruce Dern – Nebraska Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years a Slave Tom Hanks – Captain Phillips *Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club Robert Redford – All Is Lost BEST ACTRESS *Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine Sandra Bullock – Gravity Judi Dench – Philomena Brie Larson – Short Term 12 Meryl Streep – August: Osage County Emma Thompson – Saving Mr. Ban ...
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Oscar Nominations 2014: 'Gravity,' 'American Hustle,' '12 Years A Slave' Lead Nominees
Huffington Post - about 3 years
"Rush" star Chris Hemsworth and Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences president Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced the 2014 Oscar nominations on Thursday morning from Los Angeles. The nods come in advance of the 86th annual Academy Awards, which will take place on Sunday, March 2 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Calif. Ellen DeGeneres will emcee the event. "Gravity" and "American Hustle" scored 10 nominations each, including nods for Best Picture, Best Director (Alfonso Cuaron and David O. Russell, respectively) and Best Actress (Sandra Bullock and Amy Adams, respectively). "12 Years A Slave" grabbed nine nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director (Steve McQueen), Best Actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Best Supporting Actor (Michael Fassbender) and Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong'o). Other Best Picture nominees included "Captain Phillips," "Dallas Buyers Club," "Her," "Nebraska," "Philomena" and "The Wolf of Wall Street." Many expected nominees were left without an honor ...
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The Carpetbagger: Below the Line: Shooting ‘Nebraska’
NYTimes - about 3 years
The cinematographer Phedon Papamichael discusses his work on “Nebraska.”     
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Creating analog with digital: the beautiful black-and-white cinematography of ‘Nebraska’
Yahoo News - over 3 years
Alexander Payne’s new film Nebraska is about a fading older man (Bruce Dern, hitting a new high in a career full of them) who embarks on a road trip with his son to redeem a sweepstakes prize he’s sure will earn him a fortune. It’s a raw and funny look at family and the relationships we forge, and it’s made all the more resonant by the breathtaking black-and-white cinematography of Phedon Papamichael. But despite Nebraska’s aesthetic sensibilities, the filmmakers actually went the opposite way, creating a filmic, black-and-white beauty with digital cameras. The film always existed as a black-and-white project in Payne’s head, going back to when the two discussed it on the set of Sideways.
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'Nebraska' Review: Alexander Payne's Road Trip Comedy Scores
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Outfitted with delicious wit and a forbearing tone, the charm of screenwriter Bob Nelson's Midwest-set dramedy, "Nebraska," is rooted in its clever dialogue and novel approach to small-town dynamics. With performances cunningly delivered by Bruce Dern, Will Forte ("Saturday Night Live") and June Squibb ("About Schmidt"), the endearing tale follows a father and son who set out on a road trip to collect a $1 million prize. The aging Woody Grant, played by a pitch-perfect Dern, is convinced he's hit it rich after receiving a sweepstakes scam designed to bait people into purchasing magazine subscriptions. He's determined to get to Lincoln, Neb., where he plans to collect his cash from the sweepstakes headquarters — even if it means hitting the road on-foot (his wife refuses to drive him) for the 750-mile trip from his home in Billings, Mont. Unfortunately, Woody is always a bit off-balance. His stride has been reduced to a shuffle and his cognizance is often hazy due to his old age and ...
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Dan Siegel: Raising a Greek Cinema Paradiso
Huffington Post - over 3 years
When Alexander Payne stepped off the boat in late July to arrive on the Greek isle of Patmos, few locals recognized a major Hollywood writer-director in their midst -- or had a chance to see his films on the silver screen. But the Omaha-born filmmaker of Greek descent, known for his wry dramatic comedies (About Schmidt, Sideways, The Descendants), came to support a weeklong celebration of cinema in an unlikely corner of the world. Thanks to the labors of a small circle of young, enterprising Greeks living in Athens and abroad, the third International Film Festival of Patmos was held the last week of July on this tiny Aegean isle. Festival organizers have faced Homeric odds: trying to organize an annual film fest in the midst of Greece's epic economic struggles on an island that does not even have a cinema to screen movies. Nevertheless, over eight days the festival screened a dozen recognized feature films from the past year, together with 11 documentaries and 50 ...
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TIFF11 Reviews: The Descendants, Butter - ComingSoon.net
Google News - over 5 years
The islands give the film a very distinctive look and feel with Phedon Papamichael (who also shot Clooney's own movie "The Ides of March") taking full advantage of the environment with gorgeous establishing shots. On the other hand, Payne's use of
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The Ides of March - ComingSoon.net
Google News - over 5 years
For a movie that is essentially two people in a room having a conversation almost from beginning to end, Clooney's DP Phedon Papamichael shoots it in a way that frames the characters in each scene to perfection and both the lighting and camerawork do a
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Venezia 68: The Ides of March - Paperblog
Google News - over 5 years
Un apporto unico è infatti quello che Phedon Papamichael concede nell'uso dei tagli luminosi, che raccontano un ricatto ricorrente, tra questo e quel personaggio, fino al duello a spunti western, racchiuso nell'anonima cucina di un locale,
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La politica qualunquista - Il Manifesto (Abbonamento)
Google News - over 5 years
... mossa) Idi di marzo si distingue da un qualunque film sui «portaborse», più che sui politici (Luchetti in fondo ne è stato un precursore) per le luci manieristicamente dark di Phedon Papamichael e la musica, più incalzante e roboante del solito
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A Venezia arrivano i divi, ma sono al servizio dei film - Reggionline
Google News - over 5 years
La direzione della fotografia è di Phedon Papamichael, il montaggio di Stephen Mirrione, la scenografia di Sharon Seymour, per questo film che sarà presentato in prima mondiale a Venezia. "The Ides of March" è la quarta regia cinematografica di George
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From Within - HorrorMovie.it
Google News - over 5 years
Mai impressione fu più sbagliata, perché con il procedere dei minuti il terzo film da regista del direttore di fotografia Phedon Papamichael si rivela per quello che è: un tedioso teen movie senza idee ne ritmo. L'idea alla base di “From Within” si
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George Clooney regista aprirà la Mostra del cinema di Venezia 2011 - Nuova Venezia
Google News - over 5 years
La direzione della fotografia è di Phedon Papamichael, il montaggio di Stephen Mirrione, la scenografia di Sharon Seymour, i costumi di Louise Frogley. Il film sarà distribuito in Italia da Rai Cinema / 01 Distribution. macchina da presa nel 2002 con
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Cinema Horror: stasera su Rai 4 “Cloverfield” ea seguire “From Within” - Tutto Tv
Google News - over 5 years
Presentato al TriBeCa Film Festival, una delle principali vetrine della produzione indipendente statunitense, “From Within” di Phedon Papamichael Jr. vede protagonisti adolescenti dello slasher-movie, l'elemento soprannaturale di marca gotica
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LA Greek Film Festival Ends with Orpheus Awards - Greek Reporter
Google News - over 5 years
The event's attendees included celebrities such as Billy Zane, Alexis Georgoulis, Molly Ringwald, Phedon Papamichael and others. The audience choice for best feature film was awarded to Nick Gaitajis' “Without Borders”. “Knifer” by Yannis Economides
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Actress Haley Bennett talks “KABOOM” and “THE HOLE” - FANGORIA
Google News - over 5 years
Currently attached to star in THE LIST, a horror-drama to be directed by Katt Shea about a group of teens who compose a vengeance list, Bennett will soon be seen in ARCADIA LOST, a Greece-set drama helmed by Phedon Papamichael (who, coincidentally,
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Phedon Papamichael
    THIRTIES
  • 2000
    Age 38
    In 2000 he was awarded the Prix Vision of the Avignon Film Festival for his cinematography in 27 Missing Kisses.
    More Details Hide Details As a cinematographer, he has shot nearly fifty films, including Phenomenon, America's Sweethearts, Sideways, Walk the Line, The Weather Man, The Monuments Men, and Nebraska, for which he won an Academy Award nomination. He has worked with directors Alexander Payne, Oliver Stone and George Clooney, and many others, and has also directed films, such as Sketch Artist, Dark Side of Genius, From Within, Arcadia Lost. He has worked with Hollywood stars Will Smith, John Travolta, George Clooney, Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage, Russell Crowe, Cameron Diaz and others, and maintains a long-term friendship with Joaquin Phoenix and Dustin Hoffman. He spends his time between Los Angeles and Leonidio, Greece. In an interview with Greek Reporter Papamichael said, ”I want to spend more time in Greece from next year. My parents live there and my home is also there. I visit Los Angeles regularly just for my job. Obviously, I will move permanently to Leonidio some time in the future. It’s unlikely to live the twilight of my life in the United States.”
  • 1992
    Age 30
    He later made his debut as a director in the film Showtime’s Sketch Artist in 1992 and two years later he directed Dark Side of Genius.
    More Details Hide Details He has been a member of the American Society of Cinematographers since 2000.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1988
    Age 26
    His first job as a cinematographer was in the film Dance of the Damned in 1988.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1962
    Age 0
    He was born in Athens, Greece in 1962 to a Greek father and a German mother.
    More Details Hide Details When Phedon was six years old, his family relocated to the United States, as his father, a well-known artist and set designer, was offered a job as a production designer for John Cassavetes. From an early age, he was involved in cinema. He studied photography and art at the University of Munich and received his Bachelor in Fine Arts in 1982.
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