Steven Fierberg, ASC recently completed principal photography on Ed Zwick’s Love and Other Drugs, which features Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal in a passionate love affair.
Just prior, he used the (in)famous RED camera to film director Joel Schumacher’s poignant Twelve. The Sundance festival has 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.”
Steven created the look and feel of HBO’s hit series Entourage, shooting the first 25 episodes. His latest work for HBO is the pilot for their new series about the lower Manhattan/Brooklyn art and fashion scene, How to Make It in America.
Also in 2009, he shot Alex Cox’s upcoming Repo Chick, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival. Alex’s previous film, the existential road movie Searchers 2.0, premiered there and at AFI Film Fest, 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 most 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 Camera & Visual Storytelling and other workshops for more than a decade at the Maine Media Workshops, as well as classes at NYU and AFI.
From one of Steven's students:
"Steven and his course inspired me to be creative again. My career is forever changed."
- Jon Weiman, Toronto, Canada