Newton Thomas Sigel, ASC (born August 1955; sometimes credited as Tom Sigel) is an American cinematographer best known for his collaborations with director Bryan Singer on films like The Usual Suspects, Valkyrie, and the X-Men film franchise. He has also worked with filmmakers like Haskell Wexler, Mike Newell, David O. Russell, Terry Gilliam, Alan Ball, Robert Redford, and Nicolas Winding Refn. He is a BAFTA Award, Independent Spirit Award, Critics' Choice Award, and Satellite Award nominee.
Newton Thomas Sigel
|Born||August 1955 (age 67)|
Life and careerEdit
Sigel was born in Detroit, Michigan, and studied painting in New York City, becoming an artist-in-residence at the Whitney Museum of American Art. He began his career working with experimental filmmaker Kenneth Anger as a camera operator. Becoming a documentary filmmaker, he shot a number of projects filming, including El Salvador: Another Vietnam, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. His photography caught the attention of DP Haskell Wexler, and the two spent several years developing what would become the 1985 film Latino, his first feature film as director of photography.
Sigel worked mostly on television films and as a second unit DP throughout the 1980s before shooting the comedy film Rude Awakening. He regularly served under Robert Richardson on films like Platoon and The Doors. Starting with The Usual Suspects, he has become the regular cinematographer of director Bryan Singer.
Sigel is Jewish and married to Lisa Chang. His father, Irving Sigel, was a psychologist who worked for the Educational Testing Service. His mother, Roberta Sigel, was a professor at Rutgers who studied gender and politics. His brother, Ken, lives in Connecticut with his wife Sarah Kelly,
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Additional photography creditsEdit
|1972||Lucifer Rising||Kenneth Anger||Chris O'Dell||Camera operator|
|1986||Platoon||Oliver Stone||Robert Richardson||2nd unit director of photography|
|1987||Dead of Winter||Arthur Penn||Jan Weincke|
|Matewan||John Sayles||Haskell Wexler|
|Wall Street||Oliver Stone||Robert Richardson|
|1988||The Thin Blue Line||Errol Morris||Stefan Czapsky
|1989||Heart of Dixie||Martin Davidson||Robert Elswit|
|Wild Orchid||Zalman King||Gale Tattersall|
|1991||The Doors||Oliver Stone||Robert Richardson||2nd unit director of photography|
|2008||The Hurt Locker||Kathryn Bigelow||Barry Ackroyd||Director of Photography: Canada|
|2010||Eat Pray Love||Ryan Murphy||Robert Richardson||2nd unit director of photography|
|2013||World War Z||Marc Forster||Ben Seresin||Additional photography|
|1988||The Wonder Years||3 episodes|
|1989||Roe vs. Wade||Television film|
|American Masters||Documentary series|
Episode: "Martin Scorsese Directs"
|Cop Rock||Episode: "Pilot"|
|1994||A Time to Heal||Television film|
|2015||Battle Creek||Episode: "The Battle Creek Way"|
|2017||The Gifted||Episode: "eXposed"|
|1981||El Salvador: Another Vietnam||Glenn Sillber
|1983||When the Mountains Tremble||Pamela Yates||Sundance Special Jury Award for Best Documentary|
|1990||American Dream||Barbara Kopple|
- "NEWTON THOMAS SIGEL". www.cinematographers.nl. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
- Newton Thomas Sigel Biography) at radaris.com
- "Valkyrie director faces Jewish past while filming in Berlin." Schleier, Curt. www.jweekly.com The Jewish News of Northern California.Published December 19, 2008. Accessed December 28, 2017.
- "The ASC – American Cinematographer: Road Warriors". theasc.com.