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John Toll

John Toll was born on June 15, 1952 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. He is known for his work on Braveheart (1995), Iron Man 3 (2013) and The Last Samurai (2003). He has been married to Lois Burwell since November 14, 1998. See full bio »
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 2015 Sense8 (TV Series) (director of photography - 12 episodes)
- Death Doesn't Let You Say Goodbye (2015) ... (director of photography)
- We Will All Be Judged by the Courage of Our Hearts (2015) ... (director of photography)
- Demons (2015) ... (director of photography)
- Smart Money's on the Skinny Bitch (2015) ... (director of photography)
- Art Is Like Religion (2015) ... (director of photography)
 2013 Iron Man 3 (director of photography)
 2012 Cloud Atlas
 2009 It's Complicated (director of photography)
 2008 Gimme Shelter (Video short)
 2008 Tropic Thunder (director of photography)
 2008 Breaking Bad (TV Series) (director of photography - 1 episode)
- Pilot (2008) ... (director of photography)
 2007 Gone Baby Gone (director of photography)
 2007 Rise: Blood Hunter (director of photography)
 2006 Seraphim Falls (director of photography)
 2005 Elizabethtown (director of photography)
 2003 The Last Samurai (director of photography)
 2001 Vanilla Sky (director of photography)
 2000 Almost Famous (director of photography)
 1999 Simpatico (director of photography)
 1998 The Thin Red Line (director of photography)
 1997 The Rainmaker (director of photography)
 1996 Jack
 1995 Braveheart (director of photography)
 1994 Legends of the Fall (director of photography)
 1992/I Wind (director of photography)
 1991 The Forfeit
 1989 The Kid (TV Movie)
 1989 The Young Riders (TV Series) (pilot episode)
 1988 Hiroshima Maiden (TV Movie)
 1987 The China Odyssey: 'Empire of the Sun', a Film by Steven Spielberg (TV Movie documentary) (director of photography)
 1985 The Beach Boys: An American Band (Documentary)
 1972 The Hoax
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Director of photography for Capital One TV commercial "Shoe" (2006). See more »

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[on the 'optimum' T-Stop he likes to work at] I don't normally like to work deeper than an 8, and I never work wider than 2.8 in anamorphic. I feel much more comfortable working at around 4. Shooting wider than 2.8 in anamorphic is pointless, I think, because at that stop there's just not enough information in focus.


Member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Cinematographers Branch) [2000-2003] See more »

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