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Harris Savides (1957–2012)

Harris Savides was born on September 28, 1957 in New York City, New York, USA. He was a cinematographer, known for American Gangster (2007), Zodiac (2007) and The Game (1997). He was married to Medine Chenet. He died on October 9, 2012 in Manhattan, New York City. See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 5 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »

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American Gangster
American Gangster Cinematographer
Zodiac Cinematographer
The Game
The Game Cinematographer
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 2011/I Restless (director of photography)
 2010 Somewhere (director of photography)
 2010 Greenberg (director of photography)
 2008/I Milk (director of photography)
 2007 The Key to Reserva (Short)
 2007 American Gangster (director of photography)
 2007 Zodiac (director of photography)
 2006 Best of Chris Isaak (Video) (director of photography - music video "Blue Spanish Sky")
 2005 The Work of Director Mark Romanek (Video documentary) (segments "Criminal", "Scream", "Bedtime Story", "Closer", "Rain")
 2005 Last Days
 2004 Birth
 2003 The Work of Director Michel Gondry (Video) (segment "Like a Rolling Stone")
 2003 Elephant (director of photography)
 2002 Gerry
 2001 The Follow (Short)
 2000 The Yards (director of photography)
 1999 Madonna: The Video Collection 93:99 (Video) (video "Rain")
 1998 Illuminata
 1997 Michael Jackson: HIStory on Film - Volume II (Video documentary) (segment "Scream")
 1997 The Game
 1996 Heaven's Prisoners (director of photography)
 1994 The Investigator (TV Short)
 1993 Madonna: Rain (Video short)
 1993 Lake Consequence (TV Movie)
 1993 Cindy Crawford: The Next Challenge Workout (Video) (director of photography)
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At the 1994 MTV Awards, he was nominated in three out of the five slots for music video cinematography, winning for REM's "Everybody Hurts". In 1995, he won again for Madonna's "Rain".

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I think the best cinema is cinema with images and not words. That's the purest form of cinema. The most powerful cinema I've seen has been cinema that is just images, great images. I mean, that's the trick: To try and tell it cinematically. And that's what makes setting up a scene and doing a scene very difficult. It's really easy - I think what people are taught, is to do these, especially in ... See more »


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