|Birth Name||Thomas Edward Ackerman|
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Cinematographer Thomas Ackerman was born in 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 Robe and was hired as a camera operator on a succession of Hollywood films, including Francis Ford Coppola's One from the Heart (1981). He was director of photography on Beetlejuice (1988) for director Tim Burton (for whom Ackerman had previously shot Frankenweenie (1984)).
In addition to cinematographer, he has also served as a second-unit director, notably on Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007) and Furry Vengeance (2010).
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