Ernest Dickerson


Ernest Dickerson

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Ernest Roscoe Dickerson (usually credited as Ernest R. Dickerson or Ernest Dickerson, born June 25, 1951) is an American film and television director and cinematographer. He is known for his frequent collaborations with Spike Lee.

Biography

Born in Newark, New Jersey Ernest Dickerson attended Howard University and New York University Graduate School of Film. He began his career as cinematographer on music videos for Bruce Springsteen, Anita Baker, and Miles Davis. His first feature film as Director of Photography was also Spike Lee's first film, "" (1983) and he went on to film John Sayles' "The Brother from Another Planet" (1984) and John Jopson's "One Night with Blue Note" (1985). He continued his collaboration with Spike Lee on five more films, including "She's Gotta Have It" (1986) and "Do the Right Thing" (1989). Their last collaboration was on "Malcolm X" in 1992, the same year Dickerson made his directing debut with "Juice".He recently worked as a 2nd unit director on Lee's Miracle at St Anna

Career

The Wire

Dickerson has worked as a director on The Wire since the shows second season.Cite web|url=http://www.hbo.com/thewire/cast/crew/season_2.shtml|title=Season 2 crew|accessdate=2007-10-14|publisher=HBO|year=2007] He directed episode 2.11 "Bad Dreams." Reviewers drew comparisons between Spike Lee's films and "The Wire" even before Dickerson joined the crew.cite web
author = Jeff Shannon
title = The Wire Complete First Season on DVD
publisher = Amazon.com
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url = http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002ERXC2/102-0548796-0195351
] "Bad Dreams" was submitted to the American Film Institute for consideration in their TV programs of the year award and the show subsequently won the award.Cite web|url=http://www.afi.com/tvevents/afiawards03/tvshows03.aspx|title=AFI TV programs of the year - official selections (2003)|accessdate=2007-10-17|publisher=American Film Institute|year=2003] Following this success he returned to direct two third season episodesCite web|url=http://www.hbo.com/thewire/cast/crew/season_3.shtml|title=Season 3 crew|accessdate=2007-10-14|publisher=HBO|year=2007] including episode 3.04 "Hamsterdam" and the season finale episode 3.12 "Mission Accomplished." In 2006 he contributed a further two episodes to the shows fourth seasonCite web|url=http://www.hbo.com/thewire/cast/crew/season_4.shtml|title=Season 4 crew|accessdate=2007-10-14|publisher=HBO|year=2007] including episode 4.10 "Misgivings" and his second season finale episode 4.13 "Final Grades" The fourth season received a second AFI Award and Dickerson attended the ceremony to collect the award.Cite web|url=http://www.afi.com/Docs/about/press/2007/awards06_release.pdf|title=AFI Awards 2006 salutes film and television (2006)|accessdate=2007-10-17|publisher=American Film Institute|year=2007] Show runner David Simon has said that Dickerson is the show's directorial work horse and that he knows the show as well as the producers; Simon has praised Dickerson's directing saying that he "delivers each time."Cite web|url=http://members.aol.com/TheWireHBO/exclusive4-5.html|title=3rd Exclusive David Simon interview|accessdate=2007-11-05|publisher=The Wire at AOL|year=2003|author=Jim King Page 5]

elected filmography

Director

*"Fear Itself" (2008) TV Series (Episode "Something With Bite")
*"Heroes" (2006)
*"The V Word" (2006) "Masters Of Horror"
*"Never Die Alone" (2004)
*"The Wire" (2002)
**Episode 2.11 "Bad Dreams" (2003)cite episode
title = Bad Dreams
episodelink = Bad Dreams (The Wire episode)
series = The Wire
serieslink = The Wire (TV series)
credits = David Simon, George P. Pelecanos
writers =
network = HBO
station =
city =
airdate = 2003-08-17
season = 2
number = 11
] cite web
year = 2004
title = Episode guide - episode 24 Bad Dreams
publisher = HBO
accessdate = 2006-08-24
url = http://www.hbo.com/thewire/episode/season2/episode24.shtml
]
**Episode 3.04 "Hamsterdam" (2004)cite episode
title = Hamsterdam
episodelink = Amsterdam (The Wire episode)
series = The Wire
serieslink = The Wire (TV series)
credits = David Simon, George P. Pelecanos
writers =
network = HBO
station =
city =
airdate = 2004-10-10
season = 3
number = 4
] cite web
year = 2004
title = Episode guide - episode 29 Hamsterdam
publisher = HBO
accessdate = 2006-08-24
url = http://www.hbo.com/thewire/episode/season2/episode29.shtml
]
**Episode 3.12 "Mission Accomplished" (2004)cite episode
title = Mission Accomplished
episodelink = Mission Accomplished (The Wire episode)
series = The Wire
serieslink = The Wire (TV series)
credits = David Simon, Ed Burns
writers =
network = HBO
station =
city =
airdate = 2004-12-19
season = 3
number = 12
] cite web
year = 2004
title = Episode guide - episode 37 Mission Accomplished
publisher = HBO
accessdate = 2006-08-24
url = http://www.hbo.com/thewire/episode/season2/episode37.shtml
]
**Episode 4.10 "Misgivings" (2006)cite episode
title = Misgivings
episodelink = Misgivings
series = The Wire
serieslink = The Wire (TV series)
credits = Ed Burns, Eric Overmyer
writers = Ed Burns, Eric Overmyer
network = HBO
station =
city =
airdate = 2004-11-19
season = 4
number = 10
] cite web
year = 2006
title = Episode guide - episode 47 Misgivings
publisher = HBO
accessdate = 2007-03-29
url = http://www.hbo.com/thewire/episode/season4/episode47.shtml
]
**Episode 4.13 "Final Grades" (2006)cite episode
title = Final Grades
episodelink = Final Grades (The Wire episode)
series = The Wire
serieslink = The Wire (TV series)
credits = Ernest Dickerson
writers = David Simon (story and teleplay), Ed Burns (story)
network = HBO
station =
city =
airdate = 2004-12-10
season = 4
number = 13
] cite web
year = 2006
title = "The Wire" episode guide - episode 50 Final Grades
publisher = HBO
accessdate = 2007-10-17
url = http://www.hbo.com/thewire/episode/season4/episode50.shtml
]
*"Bones" (2001)
*"Bulletproof" (1996)
*"Tales from the Crypt Presents Demon Knight" (1995)
*"Surviving the Game" (1994)
*"Juice (1992)

Cinematographer

*"Malcolm X" (1992)
*"Jungle Fever" (1991)
*"Law & Order" (1990)
*"Mo' Better Blues" (1990)
*"Do the Right Thing" (1989)
*"School Daze" (1988)
*"She's Gotta Have It" (1986)
*"Krush Groove" (1985)
*“One Night with Blue Note” (1985)
*"The Brother from Another Planet" (1984)
*"" (1983)

References

External links

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* [http://members.aol.com/morgands2/text/mbbernst.htm Ernest Dickerson] interview about "Mo' Better Blues."


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