Cinematographer Stephen Burum — whose physique of labor contains 1988’s The Untouchables, certainly one of eight movies he made with Brian DePalma; and 1993’s Hoffa, for which he was Oscar-nominated — will obtain the Lifetime Achievement Award at this 12 months’s EnergaCamerimage worldwide cinematography competition. The thirtieth version of Camerimage can be held Nov. 12-19 in Toruń, Poland.
The California native attended the UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television and gained his first skilled expertise working behind the digital camera in 1964 on Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color. In the Army, he labored on coaching movies. Early work included Little House on the Prairie, for which Burum shot MagiCam inserts. He shared a technical craft Emmy Award for the visible results on 1980 PBS science program Cosmos.
In 1976, Burum labored because the second unit cameraman and director on Apocalypse Now, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, who he met at UCLA, after which on the second unit of The Black Stallion, directed by UCLA colleague Carroll Ballard. Burum’s first function as a DP was 1982’s The Escape Artist, directed by Caleb Deschanel.
In the early ’80s, Burum once more joined Coppola on The Outsiders and Rumble Fish. He additionally lensed Uncommon Valor, St. Elmo’s Fire and 8 Million Ways to Die. Burum went on to work with Danny DeVito, for whom he shot The War of the Roses and Hoffa.
The DP is greatest identified for his collaboration with director Brian De Palma, with whom he made eight movies together with The Untouchables, Body Double, Casualties of War, Raising Cain, Carlito’s Way, Mission: Impossible, Snake Eyes and Mission to Mars.
A member of the American Society of Cinematographers, Burum obtained an ASC Award for Hoffa and extra nominations for The Untouchables and The War of the Roses. He was feted with the ASC Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008.
More lately, Burum returned to his roots by conducting movie courses as a part of the Kodak Cinematographer-in-Residence program on the UCLA Film School.