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Thomas F. Denove

Professor Emeritus

Tom DenoveCinematographer, lighting designer and international award-winning director of photography Tom Denove chaired the Cinematography Department at the American Film Institute (1988-1994) before coming to the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. His resume includes more than 40 feature films including Midnight Witness, Puppet Master II, Cold Steel, Hunters Blood, Flexing With Monty, The Curse of the Crystal Eye and The Last Horror Film; more than 700 commercials including L’Oreal, McDonald’s, Shell Oil, Yamaha, Select Comfort, Canon Printers, Turtle Wax, Sears, Bran Chex, J.C. Penney and the Olympics; and more than 100 television shows including Star Trek: The Next Generation, Ally McBeal and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

In 1991, Denove won a Technical Achievement Academy Award for the development and manufacture of the Belco/Denove Cinemeter exposure system.

In 1996, he produced and photographed Hollywood Boulevard, a film about three irreverent street angels who are assigned to Hollywood Boulevard to save the soul of a two-time Academy Award winning actress who’s about to hit rock bottom. The film starred Julilanne Phillips, Jon Tenney and John C. McGinley.

Denove has organized and conducted worldwide seminars on lighting techniques in film and television. He has authored numerous articles about lighting for magazines including ICG, Video Systems, International Photographer, On Location, Video Pro and TV Technology, and he is a design consultant for Fuji Film and LTMCorporation of America.

Denove is a member of the International Cinematographers Guild (IATSE Local 600) and a founding member of the Fuji Cine Club.