Biography

Cinematographer Thomas Ackerman was born on 14 September, 1948 at Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and enrolled in the University of Iowa, where he took a cinema course. He was hired by the university to shoot football games and training films for its School of Dentistry. In 1968 he went to work for Oscar-winning filmmaker Charles Guggenheim, who became his mentor. After a stint in the US Air Force he went back to work for Guggenheim in Washington, DC. He moved to Los Angeles in 1973, hooked up with his Air Force buddy Mike Robeand was hired as a camera operator on a succession of Hollywood films, includingFrancis Ford Coppola's One from the Heart (1981). He was director of photography onBeetlejuice (1988) for director Tim Burton (for whom Ackerman had previously shotFrankenweenie (1984)). In addition to cinematographer, he has also served as a second-unit director, notably onAlvin and the Chipmunks (2007) and Furry Vengeance (2010).

Cinematographer Thomas Ackerman was born on 14 September, 1948 at Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and enrolled in the University of Iowa, where he took a cinema course. He was hired by the university to shoot football games and training films for its School of Dentistry. In 1968 he went to work for Oscar-winning filmmaker Charles Guggenheim, who became his mentor. After a stint in the US Air Force he went back to work for Guggenheim in Washington, DC. He moved to Los Angeles in 1973, hooked up with his Air Force buddy Mike Robeand was hired as a camera operator on a succession of Hollywood films, includingFrancis Ford Coppola's One from the Heart (1981). He was director of photography onBeetlejuice (1988) for director Tim Burton (for whom Ackerman had previously shotFrankenweenie (1984)). In addition to cinematographer, he has also served as a second-unit director, notably onAlvin and the Chipmunks (2007) and Furry Vengeance (2010).

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Known For Camera

Gender Male

Known Credits 39

Birthday 1948-09-14

Place of Birth Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA

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2015 Night of the Living Deb Director of Photography
2011 Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked Director of Photography
2011 Mardi Gras: Spring Break Director of Photography
2009 Fired Up! Director of Photography
2009 Infestation Director of Photography
2008 Superhero Movie Director of Photography
2007 Balls of Fury Director of Photography
2006 Scary Movie 4 Director of Photography
2006 The Benchwarmers Director of Photography
2005 Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World Director of Photography
2005 Are We There Yet? Director of Photography
2004 Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie Director of Photography
2004 Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy Director of Photography
2003 Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star Director of Photography
2003 The Battle of Shaker Heights Director of Photography
2002 Snow Dogs Director of Photography
2001 Rat Race Director of Photography
2000 The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle Director of Photography
2000 Beautiful Joe Director of Photography
1999 The Muse Director of Photography
1999 My Favorite Martian Director of Photography
1997 George of the Jungle Director of Photography
1997 The Eighteenth Angel Director of Photography
1995 Jumanji Director of Photography
1994 Baby's Day Out Director of Photography
1993 Dennis the Menace Director of Photography
1991 True Identity Director of Photography
1989 National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation Director of Photography
1988 Beetlejuice Director of Photography
1986 Inside Out Second Unit Director of Photography
1986 Back to School Director of Photography
1985 Girls Just Want to Have Fun Director of Photography
1984 Roadhouse 66 Director of Photography
1982 The Gift of Life Camera Operator
1982 One from the Heart Camera Operator
1982 Foxfire Light Director of Photography
1980 New Year's Evil Director of Photography
1978 The Great Smokey Roadblock Camera Operator

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1984 Frankenweenie Cinematography

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