Russell Paul Carpenter, A.S.C., is a celebrated cinematographer and native Southern Californian, born in Van Nuys, Calif., in 1950. Among Carpenter’s most celebrated collaborations are those with director James Cameron for the films TRUE LIES and TITANIC. Carpenter received the Oscar for his cinematography on TITANIC. Among his other films are 21, CHARLIE’S ANGELS, AWAKE, MONSTER-IN-LAW, NEGOTIATOR, SHALLOW HAL, NOEL, INDIAN IN THE CUPBOARD and LADY IN WHITE. With a background in educational and documentary films, Carpenter enjoys mixing up his work schedule with a blend of small independent films and commercials, as well as big box office pictures. His interests include portrait and flower photography, of which he says: “At heart, I hope my photography makes it easier for the viewer to experience the epiphanies in flowers that were there all the time.” He is a member of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) and has taught at the Maine Media Workshops several times during the last decade. He made his first appearance at MMW as a student.
From one of Russell's students:
"I had a great experience during the course. Russell Carpenter brought his knowledge and introduced this magic world to the group."
- Dennis Zanatta, Washington, DC