Thomas Ackerman, ASC

Thomas E. Ackerman, ASC

Thomas E. Ackerman, ASC was born and raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where his father was a projectionist at a local theatre. He took some film classes in filmmaking while earning a degree in theater art at the University of Iowa. He served a stint in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War, documenting combat and creating films.

After completing his military service obligation, Ackerman spent several years in Washington, D.C., working as a cameraman with Charles Guggenheim on political documentaries and commercials. He migrated to Los Angeles in 1978, and set up a television commercial business. Ackerman also shot many music videos at the dawn of the MTV age.

After qualifying for Guild membership, Ackerman chose to spend a number of years as a camera operator, working with some of the industry’s seminal cinematographers, including Vittorio Storaro, ASC, AIC and Joe Biroc, ASC. He earned his first mainstream narrative credit in 1984 for Frankenweenie.

Ackerman's credits include Anchor Man: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Beetlejuice, True Identity, Are We There Yet?, Dennis the Menace, Jumanji, Balls of Fury, George of the Jungle, My Favorite Martian, The Muse, The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, Rat Race, Snow Dogs, the upcoming Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star, and the Project Greenlight film, The Battle of Shaker Heights

(Published August 23, 2003)
(Updated August 17, 2010)

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