Bradford lipsoN

director of photography

Bradford Lipson is an imaginative and technically well versed lighting expert whose work makes the most of today's ever-changing technologies. A strong collaborator, Lipson's images are elegantly constructed, yet characteristically natural.

Upcoming features shot by Lipson include The Wedding Ringer, a Sony/Screen Gems comedy starring Josh Gad as a loner who hires a “wedding ringer,” played by Kevin Hart, to be the best man at his wedding. Directed by Jeremy Garelick, the film opens Jan. 2015.

Lipson lensed the first two seasons of FX’s Wilfred. He won Outstanding Cinematography awards from the ASC and the Pan-American Association of Film & Television Journalists for his work on the series. These were unprecedented achievements, as he won for imagery captured on Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) cameras.

Lipson experienced a creative watershed in 2009 while working on ABC’s The Forgotten. He began gaffing the show with cinematographer David Stockton, ASC, eventually moving on to shoot a number of episodes. The show’s structure allowed Lipson to experiment with the lighting and camera movement; each day brought new and exciting lensing possibilities.

After getting his start with The Forgotten, Lipson shot episodes of series such as Hart of Dixie; Hold Please, Factory and double up days for Ugly Betty.  Prior to this, he shot VFX photography for the feature A Beautiful Mind and gaffed for Titanic’s VFX.  Other television work he has gaffed includes Alcatraz, The Office, House M.D. and Gilmore Girls.

Lipson shot his first commercials, music videos and shorts in Colorado, where he graduated from a filmmaking course at Denver’s Career Education Center. He later moved to Los Angeles for gaffing, working his way up through cinematography jobs over a six year period.

Having practiced magic in his youth, Lipson is still captivated in the correlation between optical illusion and the science of motion pictures. He became fascinated with filmmaking in his junior high years, shooting with his cousin on a Super 8 camera. In high school he took a film class, allowing him to lens 16mm, edit on a flatbed and learn conforming. He enjoys the challenge of recreating lighting ideas filed away in his mind, to evoke the emotion of characters and tell a story.

Lipson’s film heroes include Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC, Allen Daviau, ASC, Wally Pfister, ASC, Gordon Willis, ASC, The Cohen Brothers, Sergio Leone and Christopher Nolan. Early influences include his film teacher Bob Getty, the James Bond and Pink Panther films, A Clockwork Orange, The Godfather, 2001 Space Odyssey and magicians such as Doug Henning and Mark Wilson, as well as many 70s TV series including the The Magician starring Bill Bixby.

A member of the IATSE Local 600 and 728, Lipson is a California resident and is represented worldwide by Dattner Dispoto and Associates.