JOHN SCHWARTZMAN ASC (Director of Photography) is an award winning cinematographer whose work encompasses some of cinema’s biggest action and comedy blockbusters, including Marc Webb’s “The Amazing Spiderman,” Michael Bay’s “Armageddon,” Jay Roach’s “Meet the Fockers” and, more recently, John Lee Hancock’s “Saving Mr. Banks.” Schwartzman recently completed filming “Jurassic World,” directed by Colin Trevorrow.
Twice nominated for the coveted ASC Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases, Schwartzman won in 2004 for his work on Gary Ross’ “Seabiscuit,” for which he also received an Academy Award® nomination. His additional film credits include Bay’s “The Rock” and “Pearl Harbor,” Michel Gondry’s “The Green Hornet,” Rob Reiner’s “The Bucket List,” Hancock’s “The Rookie,” Shawn Levy’s “Night at the Museum: Battle for the Smithsonian” and Richard Donner’s “Conspiracy Theory.”
The Los Angeles native attended the USC school of Cinema, before spending 6 months under the tutelage of Vittorio Storaro on Francis Coppola’s biopic, “Tucker: A Man and his Dream.” During this period, his friend (and aspiring filmmaker) Michael Bay asked Schwartzman to shoot spec TV with him while he studied directing at the renowned Art Center College of Design. That led to assignments with Propaganda Films, where Schwartzman shot music videos for artists such as Madonna and Paula Abdul and as industry tastes changed he moved with his directors into mainstream advertising.
In addition to his work on the big screen, Schwartzman is one of the commercial industry’s most sought after cameramen. His commercial work includes work for wide range of national and international clients, such as HBO, Chevrolet, Visa, Nike, Toyota, America Express, Mercedes Benz, AT&t, Honda, Victoria’s Secret, Chobani Yogurt, Coca-Cola, Canon, Pepsi, and Reebok, to name a few.