Tobias A. Schliessler

Tobias A. Schliessler (born 5 November 1958) is a German cinematographer.

Life and career

Schliessler was born in Baden-Baden, Germany,[1] to documentary filmmaker and artist Martin Schliessler (1929–2008) and editor Anemone Schliessler (née Heim).[1][2] His brother, Jochen, is a documentary filmmaker, and his sister, Tina, a film producer, photographer, and painter.

Schiessler grew up in Baden-Baden.[3] In 1979 he moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and later studied film at the Simon Fraser University.[1][3] After his graduation as a cinematographer, he started to work on documentary films and advertisement spots. In the late 1980s, he started to work for Canadian television productions. In 1997 he moved to Los Angeles, where he worked on the production of movies like Dreamgirls, Hancock and Battleship.[1] He often works with the directors Bill Condon and Peter Berg.[4] He is a member of the American Society of Cinematographers.[3]


Short film

Year Title Director Notes
1982 Tiers: A Story of the Penitentiary Charles Wilkinson
1988 Bombs Away Peg Campbell
1991 John Wyre: Drawing on Sound Niv Fichman Documentary short
1998 The Fisherman and His Wife Jochen A. Schliessler

Feature film

Year Title Director Notes
1984 My Kind of Town Charles Wilkinson
1986 Close to Home Ric Beairsto Documentary
1989 The Top of His Head Peter Mettler
Quarantine Charles Wilkinson
1990 Angel Square Anne Wheeler
1991 Raw Deal
South of Wawa Robert Boyd
Writer's Block Charles Correll
Lighthouse Paul Tucker
1992 North of Pittsburgh Richard Martin
1993 He's My Girl II
1994 Killer Mark Malone
Double Cross Michael Keusch
Max Charles Wilkinson
1995 Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh Bill Condon 1st collaboration with Condon
Dream Man René Bonnière
1997 Mandela and de Klerk Joseph Sargent
Free Willy 3: The Rescue Sam Pillsbury
1998 The Escape Stuart Gillard
Hoods Mark Malone
2000 The Guilty Anthony Waller
Bait Antoine Fuqua
2003 The Rundown Peter Berg 1st collaboration with Berg
2004 Friday Night Lights
2006 Dreamgirls Bill Condon
2008 Hancock Peter Berg
2009 The Taking of Pelham 123 Tony Scott
2012 Battleship Peter Berg
2013 The Fifth Estate Bill Condon
Lone Survivor Peter Berg
2015 Mr. Holmes Bill Condon
2016 Patriots Day Peter Berg
2017 Beauty and the Beast Bill Condon
2018 A Wrinkle in Time Ava DuVernay
2019 The Good Liar Bill Condon
2020 Spenser Confidential Peter Berg
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom George C. Wolfe
2021 Palmer Fisher Stevens
Come from Away Christopher Ashley
2022 The Adam Project Shawn Levy
TBA Rustin George C. Wolfe Post-production

TV movies

Year Title Director
1992 Duplicates Sandor Stern
1993 Born to Run Albert Magnoli
1994 Sin & Redemption Neema Barnette
Green Dolphin Beat Tommy Lee Wallace
1995 The Omen Jack Sholder
1996 The Limbic Region Michael Pattinson
1997 Volcano: Fire on the Mountain Graeme Campbell
1998 Outrage Robert Allan Ackerman
The Long Way Home Glenn Jordan
DayBreak Tucker Gates


  1. Tobias Schliessler,, retrieved 26 January 2014
  2. ONFILM Interview: Tobias Schliessler, ASC,, retrieved 26 January 2014
  3. Interview with Tobias Schliessler,, retrieved 26 January 2014
  4. 'Lone Survivor' cinematographer Tobias Schliessler aims for truth,, retrieved 26 January 2014

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