Russ Alsobrook, ASC

Russ Alsobrook, ASC

Russ Alsobrook, ASC, was born in Hollywood and mainly raised in San Diego. He became a classic and new wave movie buff in high school and also began shooting 8mm films. Alsobrook majored in English literature and minored in philosophy at Cal Western University in San Diego, San Diego State College and the University of California, Santa Barbara.

A chance encounter with a Wonderful World of Disney crew on a California beach led to an opportunity to enter the industry as a “gofer.” He began his career as a PA in 1969, and spent the next three years working on nature films. From 1972-79, Alsobrook was a staff cinematographer for a company that produced industrial films and commercials for Chrysler. He likens that experience to boot camp for a cinematographer.

In 1979, Alsobrook segued into shooting documentaries for PBS, ABC Television and private foundations. That work took him to some 40 countries, including China, Russia and ancient ruins in Jordan. Alsobrook transitioned into narrative storytelling in 1989, when he lensed a low budget feature called The Dark Side of The Moon. His subsequent narrative film credits include The Shaggy Dog, The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes, Escape to Witch Mountain, Encino Woman, The Love Bug, Romy and Michele: In the Beginning, Superbad, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Role Models, and Paul Blart: Mall Cop. His episodic TV credits include The Ben Stiller Show, Lizzie McGuire, L.A. Dragnet, Big Love, Freaks and Geeks, Grosse Point and The Mind of the Married Man.

(Published January 18, 2003)
(Updated August 17, 2010)

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