Bill Pope

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Bill Pope
Born (1952-06-19) June 19, 1952 (age 66)
Years active1983–present

Bill Pope (born June 19, 1952), A.S.C. is an American cinematographer and filmmaker, [1] known for his collaborations with directors Sam Raimi and Edgar Wright, and his work on The Matrix trilogy, being particularly known for the groundbreaking use of virtual cinematography. He has also photographed and directed numerous music videos for artists like Chris Isaak and Metallica, and eight episodes of the documentary series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey .

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Early life

Pope was born in Bowling Green, Kentucky. He attended College High School and New York University, where he received his master's degree in Fine Arts. Prior to graduation, Pope worked as the cinematographer on a student film entitled The Sixth Week which won an Oscar for Achievement in Documentary at the 5th Annual Student Academy Awards on May 21, 1978. [2]

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1991 Closet Land Radha Bharadwaj
1992 Army of Darkness Sam Raimi
1993 Fire in the Sky Robert Lieberman
1994 Blank Check Rupert Wainwright
1995 Clueless Amy Heckerling
1996 Bound The Wachowskis Nominated – Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography
1997 Gridlock'd Vondie Curtis-Hall
1998 Zero Effect Jake Kasdan
1999 The Matrix The WachowskisNominated – BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography
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2000 Bedazzled Harold Ramis
2003 The Matrix Reloaded The WachowskisShot back-to-back
The Matrix Revolutions
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2006 Fur Steven Shainberg
2007 Spider-Man 3 Sam Raimi
2008 The Spirit Frank Miller
2010 Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Edgar Wright
2012 Chasing Mavericks Michael Apted
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2013 The World's End Edgar Wright
2016 The Jungle Book Jon Favreau Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Cinematography
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2019 The Kid Who Would Be King Joe Cornish
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  2. "Amplifier Artist Directory: Bill Pope". Bowling Green Daily News. August 8, 2012. Retrieved September 14, 2012.