Rodrigo Prieto (born November 23, 1965) is a Mexican cinematographer. He has been associated as the lead cinematographer for Martin Scorsese and Alejandro González Iñárritu, among other directors.

Rodrigo Prieto
Born (1965-11-23) November 23, 1965 (age 54)
Mexico City, Mexico
OccupationCinematographer
Spouse(s)Monica
Children2

Life and careerEdit

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. There, 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 art student. Rodrigo Prieto graduated from Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica in Mexico City. Prieto has become an established cinematographer, working with such names as Spike Lee (25th Hour), Curtis Hanson (8 Mile), Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain and Lust, Caution) and Pedro Almodóvar (Broken Embraces). Nonetheless, his political legacy still has a visible effect on his career. In 2002, Prieto shot Frida, a film about Frida Kahlo, a communist Mexican artist. In 2003, Prieto cooperated with Oliver Stone in two documentary projects: Comandante, about Fidel Castro, and Persona Non Grata, about Yasser Arafat. In 2004, Prieto shot Alexander for Stone. Prieto also worked with Alejandro González Iñárritu on the acclaimed Amores perros, 21 Grams, Babel and Biutiful.

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 most recently formed an artistic collaboration with Martin Scorsese; first on The Wolf of Wall Street, Silence, for which he garnered his second Academy Award nomination for Best Cinematography, and most recently The Irishman, released in November 2019.[3][4] In December 2019, Prieto announced that the shooting schedule for Scorsese's upcoming film Killers of the Flower Moon would start as reported in March 2020.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

Prieto resides in Los Angeles, California with his wife Monica and daughters Maria Fernanda and Ximena.[6]

FilmographyEdit

Year Film Director Other notes
1996 All of Them Witches Daniel Gruener
Oedipus Mayor Jorge Alí Triana
1998 Fibra Óptica Francisco Athié
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 Persona Non Grata Oliver Stone
21 Grams Alejandro González Iñárritu
Comandante Oliver Stone
2004 Alexander
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 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
Key
  Denotes films that have not yet been released


Awards and NominationsEdit

Academy AwardsEdit

Year Film Category Result
2006 Brokeback Mountain Best Cinematography Nominated
2017 Silence Nominated
2020 The Irishman Nominated

BAFTA AwardsEdit

Year Film Category Result
2006 Brokeback Mountain Best Cinematography Nominated
2007 Babel Nominated
2020 The Irishman Nominated

American Society of Cinematographers AwardsEdit

Year Film Category Result
2003 Frida Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography Nominated
2006 Brokeback Mountain Nominated
2017 Silence Nominated
2020 The Irishman Nominated

Other awardsEdit

Ariel Awards

Year Film Category Result
1996 All of Them Witches Best Cinematography Won
1999 Fibra Óptica Nominated
Un embrujo Won
2001 Amores perros Won
2011 Biutiful Won

Circuit Community Awards

Year Film Category Result
2005 Brokeback Mountain Best Cinematography Nominated
2006 Babel Nominated
2016 Silence Nominated

Boston Society of Film Critics

Year Film Category Result
2005 Brokeback Mountain Best Cinematography Runner-up

Critics' Choice Awards

Year Film Category Result
2020 The Irishman Best Cinematography Nominated

Camerimage

Year Film 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

Chicago Film Critics Association

Year Film Category Result
2005 Brokeback Mountain Best Cinematography Won
2006 Babel Nominated
2016 Silence Nominated

Chlotrudis Awards

Year Film Category Result
2004 21 Grams Best Cinematography Nominated

Cinema Writers Circle Awards, Spain

Year Film Category Result
2010 Broken Embraces Best Cinematography Nominated

CinEuphoria Awards

Year Film Category Result
2012 Biutiful Best Cinematography Nominated

Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association

Year Film Category Result
2005 Brokeback Mountain Best Cinematography Won
2006 Babel Runner-up Tied
2016 Silence Runner-up

Dublin Film Critics' Circle

Year Film Category Result
2019 The Irishman Best Cinematography 6th Place

Independent Spirit Awards

Year Film Category Result
2008 Lust, Caution Best Cinematography Nominated

Florida Film Critics Circle

Year Film Category Result
2005 Brokeback Mountain Best Cinematography Won

Georgia Film Critics Association

Year Film Category Result
2017 Silence Best Cinematography Nominated

Golden Horse Film Festival and Awards

Year Film Category Result
2007 Lust, Caution Best Cinematography Nominated

Goya Awards

Year Film Category Result
2011 Biutiful Best Cinematography Nominated

Houston Film Critics Society

Year Film Category Result
2020 The Irishman Best Cinematography Nominated

International Cinematographers' Film Festival Manaki Brothers

Year Film Category Result
2008 Lust, Caution Golden Camera 300 Won

International Cinephile Society Awards

Year Film Category Result
2006 Brokeback Mountain Best Cinematography Runner-up Tied
2017 Silence Best Cinematography Runner-up

International Online Cinema Awards (INOCA)

Year Film Category Result
2006 Brokeback Mountain Best Cinematography Nominated
2007 Babel Nominated
2017 Silence Nominated

Latino Entertainment Journalists Association Film Awards

Year Film Category Result
2020 The Irishman Best Cinematography Nominated

National Society of Film Critics

Year Film Category Result
2017 Silence Best Cinematography Nominated

North Texas Film Critics Association

Year Film Category Result
2016 Brokeback Mountain Best Cinematography Won
2019 The Irishman Nominated

Online Film & Television Association

Year Film Category Result
2006 Brokeback Mountain Best Cinematography Won
2017 Silence Nominated

Online Film Critics Society Award

Year Film Category Result
2006 Brokeback Mountain Best Cinematography Won
2007 Babel Nominated
2020 The Irishman Nominated

Phoenix Critics Circle

Year Film Category Result
2019 The Irishman Best Cinematography Nominated

Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards

Year Film Category Result
2005 Brokeback Mountain Best Cinematography Won
2016 Silence Nominated

San Diego Film Critics Society

Year Film Category Result
2019 The Irishman Best Cinematography Nominated

San Francisco Bay Area Film Critics Circle

Year Film Category Result
2016 Silence Best Cinematography Nominated

San Sebastián International Film Festival

Year Film Category Result
1998 Un embrujo Jury Prize for Best Cinematography Won

Satellite Awards

Year Film Category Result
2019 The Irishman Best Cinematography Nominated

St. Louis Film Critics Association

Year Film Category Result
2005 Brokeback Mountain Best Cinematography Nominated
2006 Babel Nominated
2019 The Irishman Nominated

Tribeca Film Festival

Year Film Category Result
2013 Likeness Jury Award Best Cinematography in a Narrative Feature Nominated

Venice Film Festival

Year Film Category Result
2007 Lust, Caution Golden Osella Best cinematography Won

Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association

Year Film Category Result
2019 The Irishman Best Cinematography Nominated

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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. ^ "Scorsese, DiCaprio’s ‘Flower Moon’ Eyes March 2020 Start," by Zack Sharf. Dec 2, 2019, IndieWrie. [1]
  6. ^ "Prieto ya filma con Russell Crowe". Vanguardia. January 21, 2008. Retrieved January 24, 2008.

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