Thomas E. Ackerman

Birthday:

09/14/1948

Place of birth:

Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA:

Biography:

Cinematographer Thomas Ackerman was born on 14 September, 1948 at Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and enrolled in the University of Iowa, where he took a cinema course. He was hired by the university to shoot football games and training films for its School of Dentistry. In 1968 he went to work for Oscar-winning filmmaker Charles Guggenheim, who became his mentor. After a stint in the US Air Force he went back to work for Guggenheim in Washington, DC. He moved to Los Angeles in 1973, hooked up with his Air Force buddy Mike Robeand was hired as a camera operator on a succession of Hollywood films, includingFrancis Ford Coppola's One from the Heart (1981). He was director of photography onBeetlejuice (1988) for director Tim Burton (for whom Ackerman had previously shotFrankenweenie (1984)). In addition to cinematographer, he has also served as a second-unit director, notably onAlvin and the Chipmunks (2007) and Furry Vengeance (2010).



Credits

Night of the Living Deb (2015)
Director of Photography
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011)
Director of Photography
Mardi Gras: Spring Break (2011)
Director of Photography
Fired Up! (2009)
Director of Photography
Infestation (2009)
Director of Photography
Superhero Movie (2008)
Director of Photography
Balls of Fury (2007)
Director of Photography
Scary Movie 4 (2006)
Director of Photography
The Benchwarmers (2006)
Director of Photography
Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World (2005)
Director of Photography
Are We There Yet? (2005)
Director of Photography
Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie (2004)
Director of Photography
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
Director of Photography
Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (2003)
Director of Photography
The Battle of Shaker Heights (2003)
Director of Photography
Snow Dogs (2002)
Director of Photography
Rat Race (2001)
Director of Photography
The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle (2000)
Director of Photography
Beautiful Joe (2000)
Director of Photography
The Muse (1999)
Director of Photography
My Favorite Martian (1999)
Director of Photography
George of the Jungle (1997)
Director of Photography
The Eighteenth Angel (1997)
Director of Photography
Jumanji (1995)
Director of Photography
Baby's Day Out (1994)
Director of Photography
Dennis the Menace (1993)
Director of Photography
True Identity (1991)
Director of Photography
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
Director of Photography
Beetlejuice (1988)
Director of Photography
Inside Out (1986)
Second Unit Director of Photography
Back to School (1986)
Director of Photography
Roadhouse 66 (1985)
Director of Photography
Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1985)
Director of Photography
The Gift of Life (1982)
Camera Operator
One from the Heart (1982)
Camera Operator
Foxfire Light (1982)
Director of Photography
New Year's Evil (1980)
Director of Photography
The Great Smokey Roadblock (1978)
Camera Operator

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