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Arnie Sirlin

Lawrence and Kristina Dodge College of Film and Media Arts


Arnie Sirlin actively worked in the film and television industry for over 28 years.  He began his career as a news cameraman for a local ABC affiliate in Baltimore - and worked his way up to become a Director of Photography in Hollywood.  He has shot documentaries, prime-time television series, feature films, commercials and music videos.  Clients have included all of the major film studios and television networks.  Projects have taken him all over the U.S – and the world several times - from Easter Island to China to Kashmir to the Congo.  A special, called Kids Killing Kids, was one of the rare productions in television history to be simulcast in primetime on Fox and CBS.

Sirlin's projects have received an Oscar nomination, as well as 5 Emmy nominations - including 3 wins - one for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography. He worked on the initial season for The Amazing Race, shooting all of the beauty and aerial footage for each country – in addition to the contestants’ travails.  Music videos include Carlos Santana and The Jefferson Airplane.  He created innovative ‘looks’ for the FOX comedy, Parker Lewis Can’t Lose (single camera) and for the ABC western, The Young Riders (single camera).   He is especially proud of Outlaws & Lawmen, a mini-series that he both directed and photographed for The Discovery Channel.   It became a template for future Discovery productions.   Probably, the most enjoyable biographies he photographed were about The Bee Gees, Aldous Huxley and KD Lang.

For Sirlin, filmmaking is a dream that came true.   All it took was an absurd amount of hard work.