Vance started making movies at the age of thirteen. That's when he knew he wanted to be a cinematographer. He got his degree in Cinema Production from the University of Southern California (USC) and started working in Hollywood. He has worked on over 50 movies thus far in his career. These include "The Terminator", "At Close Range", "La Bamba", "... See full bio »

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Minority Report Visual Effects
Near Dark Camera and Electrical Department
The Terminator Camera and Electrical Department
The Hunt for Red October Visual Effects


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 2019 Truth Be Told (TV Series) ("b" camera first assistant - 1 episode) (post-production)
- Episode #1.1 ... ("b" camera first assistant: San Francisco)
 2019 Wine Country ("c" first assistant camera: Napa)
 2017-2018 13 Reasons Why (TV Series) (first assistant camera - 6 episodes)
- Bye (2018) ... (first assistant camera: "c" cam - uncredited)
- The Box of Polaroids (2018) ... (first assistant camera: "c" cam - uncredited)
- Bryce and Chloe (2018) ... (first assistant camera: "c" cam - uncredited)
- Two Girls Kissing (2018) ... (first assistant camera: "c" cam - uncredited)
- The First Polaroid (2018) ... (first assistant camera: "c" cam - uncredited)
 2017 Budding Prospects (TV Short) (b cam first ac)
 2016 Joe Rogan: Triggered (TV Special documentary) (assistant camera)
 2016 Patton Oswalt: Talking for Clapping (TV Special documentary) (assistant camera)
 2015 Craft in America (TV Series documentary) (assistant camera - 1 episode)
- Music (2015) ... (assistant camera)
 2015 The Age of Adaline (first assistant camera: San Francisco)
 2015 Racing Extinction (Documentary) (additional assistant camera)
 2013 Big Sur (first assistant camera: "a" camera)
 2012 Chasing Mavericks (first assistant camera: "b" camera)
 2012 Blood Oath (Video short) (assistant camera)
 2012 Red Tails (first assistant camera: "b" camera, San Francisco)
 2011 Black Girls Rock! 2011 (TV Special) (first assistant camera)
 2011 Moneyball (first assistant camera: Oakland - uncredited)
 2011 Fairly Legal (TV Series) (first assistant camera - 1 episode)
- Pilot (2011) ... (first assistant camera: San Francisco)
 2010 The Prankster (first assistant camera)
 2010 Parenthood (TV Series) (hot head technician - 2009)
 2003 The Law and Mr. Lee (TV Movie) (first assistant camera)
 2002 Comedian (Documentary) (camera operator - oakland paramount shoot)
 2000 Growing Up Brady (TV Movie) (assistant camera)
 2000 Playing Mona Lisa (camera operator - as Vance R. Piper)
 1999 Edtv (first assistant camera: second unit)
 1999 True Crime (additional first assistant camera)
 1998 More Tales of the City (TV Mini-Series) (second camera - 6 episodes)
- Episode #1.6 (1998) ... (second camera: San Francisco)
- Episode #1.5 (1998) ... (second camera: San Francisco)
- Episode #1.4 (1998) ... (second camera: San Francisco)
- Episode #1.3 (1998) ... (second camera: San Francisco)
- Episode #1.2 (1998) ... (second camera: San Francisco)
 1996 Special Effects: Anything Can Happen (Short documentary) (additional cinematographer)
 1996 The Phantom (first assistant aerial photographer)
 1996/I Twister (assistant camera - uncredited)
 1995 The Celluloid Closet (Documentary) (assistant camera)
 1993 Mrs. Doubtfire (first assistant camera: "a" camera)
 1993 Golden Gate (first assistant camera)
 1993 So I Married an Axe Murderer (camera operator: studio camera) / (first assistant camera)
 1992 Kuffs (first assistant camera: San Francisco)
 1990 Back to the Future Part III (assistant camera)
 1989 Worth Winning (first assistant camera)
 1989 Turner & Hooch (first assistant camera)
 1988 Alien Nation (first assistant camera)
 1988 The Dead Pool (first assistant camera)
 1987 Leonard Part 6 (assistant camera) / (second assistant camera)
 1987 Near Dark (first assistant camera)
 1987 La Bamba (first assistant camera)
 1987 A Walk on the Moon (first assistant camera)
 1986 Olivia: Soul Kiss (Video short) (first assistant camera)
 1986 Wisdom (first assistant camera)
 1986 The Ladies Club (second assistant camera)
 1986 At Close Range (second assistant camera)
 1985 Star Worms II: Attack of the Pleasure Pods (assistant camera)
 1985 To Live and Die in L.A. (assistant camera - uncredited)
 1985 The Zoo Gang (second assistant camera)
 1985 Moving Violations (assistant camera)
 1984 The Terminator (camera assistant)
 1984 Choose Me (second assistant camera)
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