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Ben Richardson

Biography

Award-winning cinematographer whose credits include Beasts from the Southern Crazy as well as the Fault inside our Stars, the previous of which attained him the Excellence in Cinematography Award at Sundance. He graduated from your University or college of London’s press arts degree system, Royal Holloway. He shot the music video for Enthusiasm Pit’s “OVERLY ENTHUSIASTIC.” He began dating Anna Kendrick in August of 2014. He resided in Prague for five years before settling in Brooklyn, NY. He done the Jake Johnson-starring movies Consuming Buddies and Digging For Open fire.

Quick Facts


Full Name Ben Richardson
Date Of Birth September 21, 1983
Place Of Birth England
Profession Cinematographer
Nationality British
Awards Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography
Nominations Satellite Award for Best Cinematography
Movies The Hunter and the Swan Discuss Their Meeting, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Drinking Buddies, Happy Christmas, The Fault in Our Stars, Cut Bank, Digging for Fire, Wind River, Table 19, Sand Castle, Seed
Star Sign Virgo

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#Fact
1In a relationship with Anna Kendrick. [August 2014]
2Was originally hired for Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) as the cinematographer for the miniature portions only. Despite his friendship with director Benh Zeitlin the producers were hesitant to hire Richardson to shoot the entire film as he had never shot a feature. After the producers had failed to find a veteran cinematographer appropriate for the project, Richardson shot a test reel on his own and presented it to them, and was subsequently hired.


Cinematographer

Cinematographer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
19222017post-production
Sand Castle2017director of photography completed
Table 192017director of photography
Wind River2017
Digging for Fire2015
Cut Bank2014director of photography
The Fault in Our Stars2014director of photography
Happy Christmas2014
Best Friends2013/IShort
Drinking Buddies2013
Beasts of the Southern Wild2012director of photography
The Hunter and the Swan Discuss Their Meeting2011Short
The Drip Machine2010Short
Perfectly Perfect2010Video short
Seed2009/IIIShort
Glory at Sea2008Short

Visual Effects

Visual Effects

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Hunter and the Swan Discuss Their Meeting2011Short colorist
Tijereto2011Short colorist
Alijuna2010Short colorist

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Drip Machine2010Short
Seed2009/IIIShort

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Drip Machine2010Short

Animation Department

Animation Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Seed2009/IIIShort animator

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tijereto2011Short associate producer

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Vlogbrothers2013TV Series documentaryHimself
Rivertown Film Society-Meet Cinematographer Ben Richardson2013Video shortHimself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest CinematographyBeasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2012Cinematography AwardSundance Film FestivalDramaticBeasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2010Grand Jury PrizeSlamdance Film FestivalBest Animated ShortSeed (2009)· Daniel Bird (director)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest CinematographyBeasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2013Evening Standard British Film AwardEvening Standard British Film AwardsBest Technical AchievementBeasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2013ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsTechnical Achievement of the YearBeasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2012ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest CinematographyBeasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2012Golden FrogCamerimageMain CompetitionBeasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2012SDFCS AwardSan Diego Film Critics Society AwardsBest CinematographyBeasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2012Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest CinematographyBeasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2012SLFCA AwardSt. Louis Film Critics Association, USBest CinematographyBeasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
2010Gold HugoChicago International Film FestivalBest Short FilmSeed (2009)· Daniel Bird (director)


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#Quote
1[on filming scenes involving six-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis] I think one of the mistakes sometimes that hand-held movies do by going shoulder-mounted all the time is you have this permanent adult male's-eye view. And I dropped the camera a couple of inches below Hushpuppy's eye-line and kept it horizontal. It just gave her this real power and strength in the frame. So what would happen is, the further away I got, instead of tilting the camera down to accommodate more headroom, I would just push the camera down slightly.
2[on 'Beasts of the Southern Wild'] What drew me to Behn [Zeitlin]'s work in the first place is his love of myths and monsters. He's always been interested in creating the best kinds of legends, the kind of thing that feels like it's always existed.
3Cinematically, what I think we were trying to achieve was a camera that was reactive and inexperienced, naive and exploratory. We just wanted the world to be revealed moment by moment, just the way [Hushpuppy] is discovering it. We had some scenes where Benh would encourage me to keep the camera less stable. I got pretty good with the rig we were using - it wasn't Steadicam but I could lock it off - and Benh would look over at me and say 'Give it some life'.


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