Newton Thomas Sigel
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Newton Thomas Sigel

Newton Thomas Sigel
BornAugust 1955 (age 65)
Years active1972-present
Known for
Lisa Chang

Newton Thomas Sigel, ASC (born August 1955) is an American cinematographer[1] best known for his collaborations with director Bryan Singer on films like The Usual Suspects, Valkyrie, and the X-Men film franchise. He has also worked with filmmakers like Haskell Wexler, Mike Newell, David O. Russell, Terry Gilliam, Alan Ball, Robert Redford, and Nicolas Winding Refn. He is a BAFTA Award, Independent Spirit Award, Critics' Choice Award, and Satellite Award nominee.

Life and career

Sigel was born in Detroit, Michigan,[2] and studied painting in New York City,[1] becoming an artist-in-residence at the Whitney Museum of American Art.[1] He began his career working with experimental filmmaker Kenneth Anger as a camera operator.[1] Becoming a documentary filmmaker, he shot a number of projects filming, including El Salvador: Another Vietnam, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. His photography caught the attention of DP Haskell Wexler,[1] and the two spent several years developing what would become the 1985 film Latino, his first feature film as director of photography.[1]

Sigel worked mostly on television films and as a second unit DP throughout the 1980s before shooting the comedy film Rude Awakening. He regularly served under Robert Richardson on films like Platoon and The Doors. Starting with The Usual Suspects, he has become the regular cinematographer of director Bryan Singer.

Personal life

Sigel is Jewish[3] and married to Lisa Chang.[1] His father, Irving Sigel, was a psychologist who worked for the Educational Testing Service.


Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released


Year Title Director(s) Notes
1985 Latino Haskell Wexler
1989 Rude Awakening David Greenwalt
Aaron Russo
1990 Pump Up the Volume Allan Moyle
1991 Salmonberries Percy Adlon
1992 Crossing the Bridge Mike Binder
Into the West Mike Newell
1993 Indian Summer Mike Binder
Daybreak Stephen Tolkin
Money for Nothing Ramón Menéndez
1994 Blankman Mike Binder
1995 The Usual Suspects Bryan Singer 1st collaboration with Singer
Nominated- Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography
1996 Foxfire Annette Haywood-Carter
The Trigger Effect David Koepp
Blood and Wine Bob Rafelson
1998 Fallen Gregory Hoblit
Apt Pupil Bryan Singer
1999 Brokedown Palace Jonathan Kaplan
Three Kings David O. Russell
2000 X-Men Bryan Singer
2002 Confessions of a Dangerous Mind George Clooney
2003 X2: X-Men United Bryan Singer
2005 The Brothers Grimm Terry Gilliam
2006 Superman Returns Bryan Singer
2007 Towelhead Alan Ball
2008 Leatherheads George Clooney
Valkyrie Bryan Singer
2010 Leap Year Anand Tucker
Frankie & Alice Geoffrey Sax
The Conspirator Robert Redford
2011 Drive Nicolas Winding Refn Nominated- Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated- Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated- Georgia Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated- Gold Derby Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated- Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated- IndieWire Critics Poll Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated- San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated- Satellite Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated- St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
2013 Jack the Giant Slayer Bryan Singer
Movie 43 Brett Ratner Segment: "Happy Birthday"
2014 Seventh Son Sergei Bodrov
X-Men: Days of Future Past Bryan Singer Visual Effects Society Award for Outstanding Virtual Cinematography
2016 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny Yuen Woo-ping
X-Men: Apocalypse Bryan Singer
2017 Marshall Reginald Hudlin
2018 Bohemian Rhapsody Bryan Singer Nominated- BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography
2020 Extraction Sam Hargrave
Da 5 Bloods Spike Lee
2021 Cherry Films that have not yet been released Anthony and Joe Russo Post-production

Additional photography credits


Year Title Notes
1988 The Wonder Years 3 episodes
1989 Roe vs. Wade Television film
1990 Challenger
American Masters Documentary series
Episode: "Martin Scorsese Directs"
Cop Rock Episode: "Pilot"
1994 A Time to Heal Television film
2004 House Episode: "Pilot"
2015 Battle Creek Episode: "The Battle Creek Way"
2017 The Gifted Episode: "eXposed"

Documentary films

Year Title Director(s) Notes
1981 El Salvador: Another Vietnam Glenn Sillber
Teté Vasconcellos
1983 When the Mountains Tremble Pamela Yates Sundance Special Jury Award for Best Documentary
1990 American Dream Barbara Kopple


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "NEWTON THOMAS SIGEL". Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ Newton Thomas Sigel Biography) at
  3. ^ "Valkyrie director faces Jewish past while filming in Berlin." Schleier, Curt. The Jewish News of Northern California.Published December 19, 2008. Accessed December 28, 2017.
  4. ^ "The ASC - American Cinematographer: Road Warriors".

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