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Woody Omens

Woody Omens is currently a teacher at the University of Southern California's School of Cinema-Television. He was once a student at this very institute of higher learning. After first entering the industry in the 1960s, he considered changing his name to Vladimir Ominsky, as cinematographers with European-sounding names were en vogue and tended to... See full bio »

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Coming to America
Coming to America Cinematographer
History of the World: Part I
Heart of the City
Heart of the City Cinematographer
Magnum, P.I.
Magnum, P.I. Cinematographer


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 1992 Boomerang (director of photography)
 1989 Harlem Nights (director of photography)
 1988 Coming to America (director of photography)
 1988 I Saw What You Did (TV Movie)
 1986 Heart of the City (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1985-1986 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Road Hog (1986)
 1985 Evergreen (TV Mini-Series) (3 episodes)
- Episode #1.3 (1985)
- Episode #1.2 (1985)
- Episode #1.1 (1985)
 1985 An Early Frost (TV Movie) (director of photography)
 1985 Blade in Hong Kong (TV Movie)
 1984 Why Me? (TV Movie)
 1984 The Red-Light Sting (TV Movie)
 1983 Policewoman Centerfold (TV Movie)
 1983 Grace Kelly (TV Movie) (director of photography)
  Magnum, P.I. (TV Series) (1 episode, 1980) (director of photography - 3 episodes, 1980 - 1981)
- The Taking of Dick McWilliams (1981) ... (director of photography)
- Memories Are Forever (1981) ... (director of photography)
- Don't Eat the Snow in Hawaii (1980) ... (director of photography)
 1981 Fire on the Mountain (TV Movie)
 1981 History of the World: Part I (director of photography)
 1981 Madame X (TV Movie) (director of photography)
 1979 Stone (TV Movie)
 1979 Stone (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Pilot (1979)
 1978 Ishi: The Last of His Tribe (TV Movie)
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Sherwood Woody Omens | Sherwood Omens

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Member of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) since 1985. Served as President from 1998 to 1999.

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