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Brandon Scott Trost (born August 29, 1981) is an American cinematographer, screenwriter, and film director best known for writing and directing The FP (2011) with his brother Jason, as well as being the cinematographer of several films, including Crank: High Voltage, Halloween II, MacGruber, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance and That's My Boy. Trost is also a frequent collaborator with Seth Rogen, including the films This Is the End, Neighbors, The Interview, The Night Before and Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising.

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Trost at the premiere of The FP, 2011 Fantasia Festival
Brandon Scott Trost

(1981-08-29) August 29, 1981 (age 38)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Alma materLos Angeles Film School
OccupationCinematographer, screenwriter, director, producer, actor
Years active1996–present
RelativesJason Trost (brother)

Early lifeEdit

Trost was born in 1981 in Los Angeles, California, to Karen (née French)[1] and Ron Trost, a special effects coordinator. His grandfather, Scott Maitland, was an assistant director,[2] and his great-grandfather was a stuntman. His uncle was actor Victor French.[3] He attended Frazier Mountain High School [4] and later graduated from Los Angeles Film School.[5] He grew up in Frazier Park, California with his brother Jason and sister Sarah.[6][7]


Trost has cited Andrew Laszlo as one of his favorite cinematographers, calling Streets of Fire "one of the most amazing-looking movies from the 1980's."[8]


As cinematographerEdit

Year Film Director(s) Other notes
2001 Deuces Michael Winnick
2004 Lightning Bug Robert Green Hall
2005 The Salon Mark Brown
2005 Val/Val Gustavo Camelot
2005 Chaos David DeFalco
2006 Outside Sales Blayne Weaver First collaboration with Weaver
2006 Special Ops: Delta Force Cole S. McKay
2007 He Was a Quiet Man Frank Cappello Jury Award for Best Cinematography
2007 Broken Glass Gustavo Camelot
2007 One of Our Own Abe Levy
2007 Days of Darkness Jake Kennedy
2008 Presence Brian Kramer
2009 Weather Girl Blayne Weaver
2009 Crank: High Voltage Neveldine/Taylor First collaboration with Neveldine/Taylor
2009 Halloween II Rob Zombie First collaboration with Zombie
2010 A Buddy Story Marc Erlbaum
2010 MacGruber Jorma Taccone
2010 Mad World Cory Cataldo
2011 The FP Himself
Jason Trost
Also co-writer
2011 Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance Neveldine/Taylor
2012 That's My Boy Sean Anders
2012 The Lords of Salem Rob Zombie
2013 This Is the End Seth Rogen
Evan Goldberg
First collaboration with Rogen and Goldberg
2014 That Awkward Moment Tom Gormican
2014 Neighbors Nicholas Stoller First collaboration with Stoller
2014 The Interview Seth Rogen
Evan Goldberg
2015 The Diary of a Teenage Girl Marielle Heller Sundance: U.S. drama, special jury award for cinematography
2015 Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse Christopher B. Landon
2015 The Night Before Jonathan Levine
2016 Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising Nicholas Stoller
2016 Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping Akiva Schaffer
Jorma Taccone
2017 The Disaster Artist James Franco
2018 Can You Ever Forgive Me? Marielle Heller
2019 Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile Joe Berlinger

As actorEdit

Year Film Role Other notes
1996 Kazaam Student Uncredited
1998 Rushmore Vietnamese soldier with rocket launcher Uncredited
2004 Lightning Bug Seismograph drummer Uncredited
2009 Crank: High Voltage White Slave Boy Uncredited
2010 MacGruber Brick's boyfriend
2013 This Is the End Cannibal Uncredited
2019 Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile Interview Cameraman


  1. ^ "Brandon Scott Trost, Born 08/29/1981 in California". California Birth Index. Retrieved July 9, 2015.
  2. ^ Reynolds, Rebecca (July 1, 2013). "All Indie Family". The Independent. Archived from the original on February 27, 2014. Retrieved March 26, 2014.
  3. ^ Gale, Wayne (April 18, 2013). "The Lords of Salem - Exclusive Interview with Cinematographer Brandon Trost". Dread Central. Retrieved January 28, 2014.
  4. ^ Barrera, Brandon (August 15, 2008). "Filmmaking Brothers to Make Feature Of 'The FP'". Mountain Enterprise. Retrieved June 13, 2014.
  5. ^ "Brandon Trost shoots 'This is the End'". British Cinematographer. Archived from the original on June 22, 2013. Retrieved January 27, 2014.
  6. ^ Mancini, Vince (March 15, 2012). "Smiles Humped All up My Face". The Portland Mercury. Index Publishing. Retrieved January 27, 2014.
  7. ^ Carey, Anna (March 19, 2012). "Makers of 'The FP' discuss inspiration for their surreal film". The Daily Californian. Independent Berkeley Students Publishing Company.
  8. ^ S., Iain (March 17, 2011). "SXSW/American Cinematographer: The FP's Brandon Trost". CHUD. Archived from the original on 2012-02-08. Retrieved January 28, 2014.

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