Matthew F. Leonetti


Director Of Photography

Biography

Hollywood cinematographer Matthew F. Leonetti has committed to film some of cinema's most unforgettable images: young Carol Ann in "Poltergeist," bathed in the jittery glow of the family TV, and Phoebe Cates in a red bikini in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," bathed in the glow of teenage fantasy. Introduced to the film industry by his father, Frank, a movie gaffer who worked on the crew ...

Biography

Hollywood cinematographer Matthew F. Leonetti has committed to film some of cinema's most unforgettable images: young Carol Ann in "Poltergeist," bathed in the jittery glow of the family TV, and Phoebe Cates in a red bikini in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," bathed in the glow of teenage fantasy. Introduced to the film industry by his father, Frank, a movie gaffer who worked on the crew of "The Wizard of Oz," Leonetti landed his first major job operating the camera on the 1972 B-movie exploitation thriller "Brute Corps" with director Jerry Jameson. Soon, Leonetti stepped up from operator to director of photography, going on to shoot more than a dozen features and made-for-television movies with Jameson--primarily a string of TV action and disaster flicks that followed in the wake of box office hits like "The Poseidon Adventure." Leonetti also forged long-standing partnerships with directors Lee Philips, for whom he shot the Emmy-nominated TV movie biography "Mae West," and Walter Hill, who employed Leonetti behind the camera on several films, including the Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle "Red Heat." Recognized among his peers for pushing the technological boundaries of his craft, Leonetti developed a "less is more" approach to film lighting that helped achieve a rich, expressive visual palette in a host of enduring films. They include heartfelt award-winners like "Breaking Away," a pair of "Star Trek" sequels, and even Zack Snyder's hit horror remake, "Dawn of the Dead."

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Cinematographer Style (2006)

Cinematography (Feature Film)

Dumb and Dumber To (2014)
Director Of Photography
Movie 43 (2013)
Director Of Photography
The Three Stooges (2012)
Director Of Photography
Hall Pass (2011)
Director Of Photography
The Expendables (2010)
Director Of Photography
College Road Trip (2008)
Director Of Photography
What Happens in Vegas (2008)
Director Of Photography
Soul Men (2008)
Director Of Photography
Pride (2007)
Director Of Photography
The Heartbreak Kid (2007)
Director Of Photography
Accepted (2006)
Director Of Photography
Fever Pitch (2005)
Director Of Photography
Santa's Slay (2005)
Director Of Photography
Dawn of the Dead (2004)
Director Of Photography
The Butterfly Effect (2004)
Director Of Photography
2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)
Director Of Photography
Rush Hour 2 (2001)
Director Of Photography
Along Came a Spider (2001)
Director Of Photography
Pushing Tin (1999)
Director Of Photography
Species II (1998)
Director Of Photography
Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)
Director Of Photography
Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997)
Director Of Photography
Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
Director Of Photography
Fled (1996)
Director Of Photography
Strange Days (1995)
Director Of Photography
A Low Down Dirty Shame (1994)
Director Of Photography
Angels in the Outfield (1994)
Director Of Photography
Leap of Faith (1992)
Director Of Photography
Dead Again (1991)
Director Of Photography
Hard to Kill (1990)
Director Of Photography
Another 48 Hrs. (1990)
Director Of Photography
Johnny Handsome (1989)
Director Of Photography
Red Heat (1988)
Director Of Photography
Action Jackson (1988)
Director Of Photography
Secret Witness (1988)
Director Of Photography
Dragnet (1987)
Director Of Photography
Extreme Prejudice (1987)
Director Of Photography
Under the Influence (1986)
Director Of Photography
Jumpin' Jack Flash (1986)
Director Of Photography
American Geisha (1986)
Director Of Photography
Jagged Edge (1985)
Director Of Photography
Fast Forward (1985)
Director Of Photography
Commando (1985)
Director Of Photography
Weird Science (1985)
Director Of Photography
Songwriter (1984)
Director Of Photography
The Ice Pirates (1984)
Director Of Photography
Happy (1983)
Director Of Photography
Poltergeist (1982)
Director Of Photography
Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982)
Director Of Photography
Mae West (1982)
Director Of Photography
Hotline (1982)
Director Of Photography
Eyewitness (1981)
Director Of Photography
Crazy Times (1981)
Director Of Photography
Stand By Your Man (1981)
Director Of Photography
Raise the Titanic (1980)
Director Of Photography
Turnover Smith (1980)
Director Of Photography
Breaking Away (1979)
Director Of Photography
Willa (1979)
Director Of Photography
The Triangle Factory Fire Scandal (1979)
Director Of Photography
Son-rise: A Miracle Of Love (1979)
Director Of Photography
The Comedy Company (1978)
Director Of Photography
Ruby and Oswald (1978)
Director Of Photography
Special Olympics (1978)
Director Of Photography
Superdome (1978)
Director Of Photography
A Fire In The Sky (1978)
Director Of Photography
The Hostage Heart (1977)
Director Of Photography
Mr. Billion (1977)
Director Of Photography
The Chicken Chronicles (1977)
Director Of Photography
The Spell (1977)
Director Of Photography
Flight To Holocaust (1977)
Director Of Photography
The Call of the Wild (1976)
Director Of Photography
High Risk (1976)
Director Of Photography
The Lives of Jenny Dolan (1975)
Director Of Photography
The Deadly Tower (1975)
Director Of Photography
Search for the Gods (1975)
Director Of Photography
The Secret Night Caller (1975)
Director Of Photography
The Bat People (1974)
Director Of Photography
Terror on the 40th Floor (1974)
Director Of Photography
It Couldn't Happen To A Nicer (1974)
Director Of Photography
The Elevator (1974)
Director Of Photography
Hurricane (1974)
Director Of Photography
Adam at 6 A.M. (1970)
Camera Assistant
The Baby Maker (1970)
Assistant Camera

Film Production - Main (Feature Film)

Halloween (2007)
Photography
Demolition Man (1993)
Photography
Cool World (1992)
Photography
Elvira: Mistress Of The Dark (1988)
Photography

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Dumb and Dumber To (2014)
Other
Movie 43 (2013)
Dp/Cinematographer
Movie 43 (2013)
Other
The Three Stooges (2012)
Other
College Road Trip (2008)
Dp/Cinematographer
Soul Men (2008)
Other
The Heartbreak Kid (2007)
Other
Fever Pitch (2005)
Other
Fever Pitch (2005)
Dp/Cinematographer
Santa's Slay (2005)
Dp/Cinematographer
Rush Hour 2 (2001)
Other
Along Came a Spider (2001)
Dp/Cinematographer
Pushing Tin (1999)
Dp/Cinematographer
Species II (1998)
Other
Species II (1998)
Dp/Cinematographer
Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997)
Other
A Low Down Dirty Shame (1994)
Dp/Cinematographer
Dead Again (1991)
Dp/Cinematographer
Hard to Kill (1990)
Other
Another 48 Hrs. (1990)
Dp/Cinematographer
Dragnet (1987)
Dp/Cinematographer
Jumpin' Jack Flash (1986)
Other
Fast Forward (1985)
Other
Jagged Edge (1985)
Dp/Cinematographer
Weird Science (1985)
Dp/Cinematographer
Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982)
Dp/Cinematographer
The Comedy Company (1978)
Other
Search for the Gods (1975)
Other

Life Events

Videos

Movie Clip

Poltergeist (1982) -- (Movie Clip) The TV People? Now clear strange doings in the housing development, mom JoBeth Williams with the construction crew and the dog, and rightly alarmed by young Carol Anne, who’s being visited by something coming through the TV, Craig T. Nelson the real-estate agent dad, in Poltergeist, 1982.
Poltergeist (1982) -- (Movie Clip) They're Here The younger kids (Oliver Robins, Heather O’Rourke), frightened by thunder, have wound up in bed with their parents (Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams) when young Carol Anne, watching the TV sign-off again, has her most tangible contact yet with the visitors, in the Steven Spielberg-produced Poltergeist, 1982.
Poltergeist (1982) -- (Movie Clip) Tweety Can't Smell A Thing More of the suburban idyll, though no one has ever made clear quite what was directed by Tobe Hooper or by producer Steven Spielberg, JoBeth Williams the mom, Craig T. Nelson the dad with football buddies, Heather O’Rourke as young Carol Anne, in Poltergeist, 1982.
Breaking Away (1979) -- (Movie Clip) We Are Not Italian In the opening we met Bloomington, Indian townie Dave and buddies, here we meet his parents, Paul Dooley and Barbara Barrie, lamenting his obsession Italy, since he won a bike in a local race, Peter Yates directing from Steve Tesich’s original screenplay, in Breaking Away, 1979.
Breaking Away (1979) -- (Movie Clip) This Quarry Hole Is Mine! Bloomington, Indiana locals Moocher, Dave, Mike and Cyril (Jackie Earle Haley, Dennis Christopher, Dennis Quaid, Daniel Stern) at their main hangout, the quarry, since they don’t attend the college, with some resentments apparent, early in Breaking Away, 1979.
Breaking Away (1979) -- (Movie Clip) My Name Is Enrico Gimondi Non-collegiate Bloomington, Indiana bike enthusiast Dave (Dennis Christopher), who’s been enjoying acting like he’s Italian, goes all-in when he sees co-ed Katherine (Robyn Douglass) hopping on a scooter on campus, their first meeting, in Peter Yates’ sleeper hit Breaking Away, 1979.

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