A former cinematography instructor at Columbia University, Rick López has filmed features, television shows, commercials, live concerts, documentaries, and web content.
Spike Lee executive produced his last feature film, “The Girl is in Trouble,” and it starred Wilmer Valderrama. For his work on “I Sell the Dead,” starring Ron Perlman and Dominic Monaghan, López was awarded the Kodak Vision Award for Best Cinematographer at the Slamdance Film Festival. Variety magazine has described his work as “expert.”
He just finished production on “Gold Fever,” a major, four hour, drama mini-series for Discovery. The show dramatizes the discovery of gold in the mid-1850’s. Another project, “The Men Who Built America,” an 8 hour mini-series for the History Channel, aired in the fall of 2012. The show featured feature-film quality biographies of turn of the century industrialists like Rockefeller, Carnegie, and J.P. Morgan. Lopez also created the unique, cinematic visual style for BBC America’s hit show, “No Kitchen Required,” as the show’s DP.
He has lensed concerts for Alicia Keys, Norah Jones, Mariah Carey, Harry Connick, Jr., Florence and the Machine, and the Jonas Brothers. Corporate clients include Christian Dior, Paul Mitchell, Sears, Bank of America, Philips Norelco, Sony, Kimberly-Clark, Nestle, Mastercard and Hersheys.
Before embarking on a career as a professional cinematographer, López worked as a Congressional aide in Washington, DC. He served as legislative assistant to Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Executive Director of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and a political appointee in the Clinton Administration. He holds a Masters in history from Stanford University and an MFA in film at Columbia University.
López is based in New York City. He is always looking for something new and interesting to shoot …