Steven Fierberg, ASC’s cinematography on Ed Zwick’s Love and Other Drugs was singled out for creating an elegant and beautiful vision of Anne Hathaway in a passionate love affair with Jake Gyllenhaal.
Just prior, he used the RED camera to film director Joel Schumacher’s poignant Twelve. The Sundance festival selected it as the 2010 closing night premiere, and stated: “For every decade, there are moments when youth culture is frozen in "art," to be reveled in by the generation that lived it and observed by those that didn't. That is Twelve.”
In a more comic range, Steven worked with Julian Farino on his first American feature The Oranges, set to premiere this Christmas. Steven and Julian first met when they created the look and feel of HBO’s hit series Entourage, of which Steven shot the first 25 episodes. They also collaborated, along with fellow Entourage alumni Mark Wahlberg and Steven Levinson, on the pilot for HBO’s How to Make It in America, depicting the life and times of artists, photographers and designers in New York’s lower east side.
He recently collaborated with another Entourage alumnus, director Mark Mylod, in shooting the pilot for the new ABC/Disney Sunday night series Once Upon a Time in America.
In 2009, Steven shot Alex Cox’s Repo Chick, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival. Alex’s previous film, the existential road movie Searchers 2.0, premiered there as well, winning accolades (and an ovation) for the cinematography. The Hollywood Reporter singled out “stunning visuals captured to mesmeric effect by cinematographer Steven Fierberg.”
Steve filmed Jude Law, Judi Dench and Steve Buscemi in Rage, Sally Potter’s black comedy on the fashion industry, which premiered in competition at the 2009 Berlin Film Festival.
Steven’s dramatic cinematography has also been seen in Steven Shainberg's provocative Secretary, winning a special jury prize from the Sundance Festival for originality.
His work on the epic mini-series Attila earned him the 2002 ASC (American Society of Cinematographers) Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography.
He worked with Baz Luhrmann on additional photography for the transcendent Moulin Rouge!
Steven also shoots commercials and music videos, winning the Latin Grammy for Best Music Video of the Year for Robi 'Draco' Rosa's Mas Y Mas.
A native of Detroit, Steve went to Stanford University as a National Merit Scholar before moving to NYC, where he shot independent and 'punk noir' films for directors such as Paul Morrissey, Scott and Beth B, and (additional photography for) Alex Cox.
Eventually relocating to Los Angeles, Steve shot A Nightmare on Elm Street 4 for director Renny Harlin, one of the first films to use the Hong-Kong action style in the U.S. He continued making independents with directors such as Paul Bartel, doing Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills.
Expanding into studio features and television, he worked with director Bryan Singer on the pilot of Football Wives; shot all episodes of Kingpin, the groundbreaking NBC series about the Mexican drug trade; MOW’s & mini-series for the major networks, and dramas for Hallmark Hall of Fame.
In the upcoming Days of Wrath, starring Lawrence Fishburne and Wilmer Valderama, Steven captured a tragic vision of the racism behind a brutal Los Angeles gang war.
His music videos include work with Dr. Dre, Fab Five Freddy, Queen Latifah, David Lee Roth, F. Gary Grey, Tim McGraw and Snoop Dogg. He has done Draco's concert DVD and other number one videos Dancing in the Rain and Lie Without a Lover; as well as Addy winning commercials.
He has taught Visual Storytelling and other workshops for more than a decade at Maine Media Workshops, as well as classes at NYU and AFI.
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