Robert Christopher Elswit is an outstanding cinematographer in Hollywood who was born on April 22, 1950. He is the recipient of an Oscar, and winner of British Academy of Film and TV arts award. He came to limelight for his work in a short film that was based on a short story titled 'All Summer in a Day.' He made a 20-minute TV adaptation on The PBS channel in 1982. Although there is a digital revolution in cinematography nowadays, the cinematographer refuses to use any digital camera for his shot.
He is never happy with any set to use digital photography. It might be that the trend has emerged with the use of digital cameras, but cameraman uses this as they can use less light. A digital camera helps to record an image, not an art of cinematography- Where is the text, he argues every time? He has collaborated with Academy Awarded filmmaker George Timothy Clooney two times, and Cannes Film Festival awardee Paul Thomas Anderson six times. It is well known that these two filmmakers made a deal with this cinematographer. In 1983, he worked for a TV sports drama film, Tiger Town for the Disney Channel.
Since then till date, he has worked in about 60 projects. His upcoming projects include movie 'Skyscraper' which is meant for release in July 2018. Recently, people have watched his cinematography skills in Brad Birds' directorial venture 'Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol' (2011) and even in the second sequel of the movie 'Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation'(2015). Both these movies recorded significant business in the theatres.
featured in the 2011 version of 'Mission Impossible,' and it is said that a climax scene was shot in Sun TV office in Bengaluru. The film needed a lot of fighting sequences with lead actor
who came to India to promote the movie. His outstanding contribution to the path of cinematography has been in Paul Thomas Anderson's directorial movie 'There Will Be Blood' which won Academy Award for best cinematography.
Elswit bagged his nomination for Oscar for the film 'Good Night, and Good Luck' which was directed by George Timothy Clooney. Robert Elswit has long been the idol of old-school film technology who fondly remember the days when black and white cinema was getting transformed in color techniques. He used to move the camera in slow lateral manner - but would unfold many new scenes, which represent modern time periods, revealing as camera tracks have its move from any direction that he would hold right for the scenic beauty.