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      Matthew F. Leonetti

      Matthew F. Leonetti

      Highest Rated: 93% Star Trek: First Contact (1996)

      Lowest Rated: 4% Mortal Kombat Annihilation (1997)

      Birthday: Jul 31, 1941

      Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

      Hollywood cinematographer Matthew F. Leonetti has committed to film some of cinema's most unforgettable images: young Carol Ann in "Poltergeist," bathed in the jittery glow of the family TV, and Phoebe Cates in a red bikini in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," bathed in the glow of teenage fantasy. Introduced to the film industry by his father, Frank, a movie gaffer who worked on the crew of "The Wizard of Oz," Leonetti landed his first major job operating the camera on the 1972 B-movie exploitation thriller "Brute Corps" with director Jerry Jameson. Soon, Leonetti stepped up from operator to director of photography, going on to shoot more than a dozen features and made-for-television movies with Jameson--primarily a string of TV action and disaster flicks that followed in the wake of box office hits like "The Poseidon Adventure." Leonetti also forged long-standing partnerships with directors Lee Philips, for whom he shot the Emmy-nominated TV movie biography "Mae West," and Walter Hill, who employed Leonetti behind the camera on several films, including the Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle "Red Heat." Recognized among his peers for pushing the technological boundaries of his craft, Leonetti developed a "less is more" approach to film lighting that helped achieve a rich, expressive visual palette in a host of enduring films. They include heartfelt award-winners like "Breaking Away," a pair of "Star Trek" sequels, and even Zack Snyder's hit horror remake, "Dawn of the Dead."

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      2 FAST 2 FURIOUS, Cinematographer Mathew F. Leonetti, on set, 2003, (c) Universal THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT, Matthew F. Leonetti, J. Mackye Gruber, Eric Bress, 2004, (c) New Line 2 FAST 2 FURIOUS, Director John Singleton, on set, 2003, (c) Universal 2 FAST 2 FURIOUS, Jin Auyeung, Devon Aoki, Director John Singleton, Cinematographer Mathew F. Leonetti, on set, 2003, (c) Universal

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      30% 35% Dumb and Dumber To Cinematographer $86.2M 2014
      5% 24% Movie 43 Cinematographer $8.8M 2013
      51% 47% The Three Stooges Cinematographer $44.3M 2012
      33% 40% Hall Pass Cinematographer $45.0M 2011
      No Score Yet 43% Cool Dog Cinematographer - 2010
      45% 58% Soul Men Cinematographer $12.1M 2008
      25% 42% What Happens in Vegas Cinematographer $80.3M 2008
      29% 37% The Heartbreak Kid Cinematographer $36.8M 2007
      47% 72% Pride Cinematographer $7.0M 2007
      38% 72% Accepted Cinematographer $36.3M 2006
      76% 77% Dawn of the Dead Cinematographer $58.9M 2004
      34% 81% The Butterfly Effect Cinematographer $57.7M 2004
      37% 50% 2 Fast 2 Furious Cinematographer $127.1M 2003
      50% 74% Rush Hour 2 Cinematographer $226.1M 2001
      32% 53% Along Came a Spider Cinematographer $74.1M 2001
      55% 44% Star Trek: Insurrection Cinematographer $70.2M 1998
      9% 18% Species II Cinematographer $19.2M 1998
      4% 24% Mortal Kombat Annihilation Cinematographer $35.9M 1997
      18% 23% Fled Cinematographer $17.2M 1996
      93% 89% Star Trek: First Contact Cinematographer $92.0M 1996
      68% 73% Strange Days Cinematographer $7.3M 1995
      4% 69% A Low Down Dirty Shame Cinematographer $29.4M 1994
      64% 46% Leap of Faith Cinematographer $21.7M 1992
      81% 76% Dead Again Cinematographer $35.5M 1991
      33% 47% Hard to Kill Cinematographer $46.6M 1990
      19% 35% Another 48 HRS. Cinematographer $78.1M 1990
      69% 38% Red Heat Cinematographer $35.0M 1988
      30% 58% Jumpin' Jack Flash Cinematographer $24.5M 1986
      No Score Yet 83% Fast Forward Cinematographer - 1985
      67% 68% Commando Cinematographer $34.9M 1985
      60% 69% Weird Science Cinematographer - 1985
      17% 50% The Ice Pirates Cinematographer - 1984
      No Score Yet 60% Mae West Cinematographer - 1982
      88% 79% Poltergeist Cinematographer $121.8M 1982
      78% 80% Fast Times at Ridgemont High Cinematographer - 1982
      75% 41% Eyewitness Cinematographer - 1981
      No Score Yet 33% A Fire in the Sky Cinematographer - 1978
      No Score Yet 55% The Chicken Chronicles Cinematographer - 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Hostage Heart Cinematographer - 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Terror on the 40th Floor Cinematographer - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hurricane Cinematographer - 1974
      No Score Yet 6% The Bat People Executive Producer,
      Cinematographer
      - 1974