TOM STERN (Director of Photography) most recently lensed Alison Eastwood’s directorial debut Rails & Ties, Christophe Barratier’s Faubourg 36, Things We Lost in the Fire and Tenderness. He is currently shooting Pavel Lungin’s Ivan the Terrible in Russia.
His most recent collaboration with director Clint Eastwood include the companion World War II dramas, Flags of Our Fathers and Letters From Iwo Jima. He also served as the cinematographer on the Eastwood-directed films Million Dollar Baby, Mystic River and Blood Work, which marked Stern’s first film as a director of photography.
Stern’s collaborations with other directors include Tony Goldwyn’s The Last Kiss, John Turturro’s Romance & Cigarettes, Scott Derrickson’s The Exorcism of Emily Rose and Rowdy Herrington’s Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius.
A 30-year industry veteran, Stern has worked with Clint Eastwood for more than two decades, going back to when Stern was a gaffer on such films as Honkytonk Man, Sudden Impact, Tightrope, Pale Rider and Heartbreak Ridge. Becoming the chief lighting technician at Malpaso Productions, he worked on a wide range of films, including Eastwood’s The Rookie, Unforgiven, A Perfect World, True Crime and Space Cowboys. As a chief lighting technician, he also teamed with other directors, including Michael Apted on Class Action, and Sam Mendes on American Beauty and Road to Perdition, among others.