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Milk marks cinematographer Harris Savides’ fifth feature collaboration with director Gus Van Sant. Their prior works together include Gerry and Elephant, for which Mr. Savides won a New York Film Critics Circle award (for both films) and was nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards (for each film); Last Days, for which he was again an Independent Spirit Award nominee; and Finding Forrester.
Mr. Savides’ recent films as director of photography include David Fincher’s Zodiac; Ridley Scott’s American Gangster, for which he was a BAFTA Award nominee; Noah Baumbach’s Margot at the Wedding; Martin Scorsese’s Hitchcock homage short The Key to Reserva; and Woody Allen’s upcoming untitled 2009 release.
He received his degree from the School of Visual Arts, where he studied film and photography. After a career as a still photographer, he made the transition into cinematography; his other features include David Fincher’s The Game, James Gray’s The Yards,and Jonathan Glazer’s Birth.