Matthew Heckerling

Matthew Heckerling

Director of Photography, Cinematographer, Camera Operator, Photographer (Still), Colorist and Editor

New York City, New York

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June 2015
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About Matthew

I’m a NYC based Director of Photography. I shoot across all genres and media including features, music videos, commercials, documentaries, tv & web series, news magazine series and live events. Pretty much anything I can get my lens in front of. But I must confess, there is nothing more satisfying than crafting a narrative through the art of visual storytelling.

My last feature, Shadow People, starring Dallas Roberts (The Walking Dead, The Good Wife) produced by Michael Ohoven (Capote) is currently in rotation on Showtime. I also recently received a cinematography commendation for my work on the short film Just Ask…

I’ve shot music videos for a wide array of artists including Green Day, Nickelback, Steve Aoki & Rivers Cuomo, Perry Farrell, Samy Hagar, Black Stone Cherry and many more.

I earned my BA in literature at the University of Michigan and my MFA from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts where I received the ASC’s John F. Seitz Award for Outstanding Cinematography.


  • Swing Away

    Swing Away (2015)
    Film by Michael A. Nickles (Comedy, Romance and Sport) Cinematographer - Additional Photography. Camera and Electrical Department Following a meltdown on tour that results in her suspension, professional golfer Zoe Papadopoulos travels to her grandparents' village in Rhodes, Greece, to escape the harsh spotlight of the international sports world. Between baking bread and eating baklava, she meets and mentors a ten-year-old girl who is determined - against all odds - to become the next golf sensation. Along the way, Zoe rediscovers her Greek heritage, her love of the game, and the hidden strength within herself as she inspires the townspeople in an epic showdown against a greedy American developer who threatens the course and the town.

  • Just Ask...

    Just Ask... (2014)
    Film (short) by Paul Robert Lingas (Comedy and Romance) Cinematographer, Writer, Editor, Producer Tim and Kelly keep running into each other and though it's pretty clear the attraction is mutual, Tim can't find the right thing to say until it's too late. Or is it?

  • Artistic Energy: The Bronx

    Artistic Energy: The Bronx (2014)
    Film (short) by Paul Robert Lingas and Matthew Heckerling (Documentary) Cinematographer, Director

  • Shadow People

    Shadow People (2013)
    Film by Matthew Arnold (Horror and Thriller) Cinematographer A radio talk show host unravels a conspiracy about encounters with mysterious beings known as The Shadow People and their role in the unexplained deaths of several hundred victims in the 1980s.

  • The Mark

    The Mark (2012)
    Film by James Chankin (Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Thriller) Cinematographer - Additional Photography. Camera and Electrical Department Chad Turner (Craig Sheffer) has been implanted with the only working biometric computer chip (aka The Mark of the Beast) in the world. The chip has the power to change the world with whoever controls it and Joseph Pike (Gary Daniels) is determined acquire the chip even in the face of the most unforeseen event "The Rapture". Pike has taken hostage Mr.Cooper (Eric Roberts) the head of security of Avanti the chip maker in order to help locate Turner and deliver the chip to his boss. Amongst the chaos Chad Turner must beat all odds to stay alive and keep the chip from falling into the wrong hands. Written by IvanWong

  • The Ropes

    The Ropes (2012)
    Television (Drama) 2nd Unit DP. Camera and Electrical Department The Ropes is an inside look into the hilarious, yet explosive world of nightclub bouncing. The series follows the charismatic young Martin, who hustles his way into a job as a bouncer only to be taken under the wing of Big Vic, the club's legendary head bouncer who prides himself on being the epitome of a fighter and ladies man. But soon, Martin is lured into the nefarious underworld by Les, another bouncer with his own crooked outlook. It's then that Martin must wrestle with his head and heart as he navigates a world shaped by bribes, beautiful women, but most importantly brotherhood. Written by The Ropes Production

  • Privateer

    Privateer (2009)
    Film (short) by Nathan Grubbs (Action, Adventure, Drama, History and 2 More) Cinematographer Jean Lafitte lived life the only way he knew how, large and on his own terms but when forced to take up a cause greater than his own, Lafitte brought his talents and knowledge to fulfill his destiny as a true hero.

  • With You

    With You (2008)
    Film (short) by Graham Rich Cinematographer

  • The American Standards

    The American Standards (2008)
    Film by Joe Wehinger (Drama and Romance) Cinematographer Finding himself at a life crossroad after marriage problems, Doc Jennings goes to his parents' home to celebrate his mother, Ann's birthday. While family and friends seem to think everything's fine, he notices some dramatic changes between his mother and father, Jack. He stays at their home afterward and learns the dark secrets of his seemingly perfect family. Lies, affairs, and afflictions. Then after a life-threatening accident, the family realizes they have to come together. After bitter fights and twists in fate, the house slowly becomes a home,'s never too late. Written by CJ

  • What We Do Is Secret

    What We Do Is Secret (2007)
    Film by Rodger Grossman (Drama, Biography and Music) 2nd Unit DP. Camera and Electrical Department A biopic of punk legend Darby Crash and his band, the Germs.

  • Damaged Goods

    Damaged Goods (2006)
    Film (short) by Graham Rich (Drama and Romance) Cinematographer Angel is a free-spirit suffering from unresolved emotional issues. Wyatt is a handsome loner with issues of his own. After meeting at a group therapy session, a spark ignites and they are soon swept up in an all-encompassing love affair. But when this love suddenly appears to "cure" Wyatt, Angel rejects him, leaving Wyatt searching for a way back inside her heart. Written by Graham Rich

  • Left in Darkness

    Left in Darkness (2006)
    Film by Steven R. Monroe (Horror and Thriller) Cinematographer A young woman, whose mother died giving birth to her, is facing eternal life in either Heaven or Hell. She must make the choice who to listen to, her guardian angel, whom she met when she was a child, or the evil ones.

  • Hard Scrambled

    Hard Scrambled (2006)
    Film by David Scott Hay (Drama) Cinematographer Alice's Diner has been around for 25 years but is down on its luck and Alice wants to retire. Assorted ex-cons, dreamers and schemers call the place home. When Alice plunges into a boiling deep fat fryer, the men in her life fight for control of the diner. Crosses and double crosses ensue until the central question is answered, "What happened to Alice?" Written by Michael Lent

  • Crazylove

    Crazylove (2005)
    Film by Ellie Kanner (Comedy, Drama and Romance) Cinematographer Two institutionalized people discover love.

  • Wide Awake in Nothing

    Wide Awake in Nothing (2004)
    Film (short) by Paul Robert Lingas Cinematographer In an enclosed, bleak future, Carter is becoming the domineering manager's golden boy - until he meets a woman who has been smuggling contraband to the shut-in factory workers. Carter must decide whether to continue an increasingly meaningless existence or push the limits of faith and logic by venturing outside. Written by Paul Lingas

  • Einstein's Playground

    Einstein's Playground (2003)
    Film (short) by Matthew Heckerling Director, Writer

  • Resurrection Mary

    Resurrection Mary (2002)
    Film (short) by Matthew Arnold (Horror and Thriller) Cinematographer Resurrection is a small, unassuming rural town in Kentucky. It is a place known only for one peculiar attribute: a string of mysterious disappearances stretching back to the turn of the century. Locals believe that the legendary ghost of a woman named Mary Bregavy may be haunting the town, looking for suitors to meet her in the realm beyond. A local innkeeper seems to have all the answers, but is his account of Mary true, or just more local folklore? A burnt-out tabloid writer goes in search of the legend and ends up becoming a key player in a story he could only dream of inventing. Written by Anonymous

  • Peeping Tom

    Peeping Tom (2002)
    Film (short) by Jason Todd Ipson (Comedy) Cinematographer Just teetering south of puberty, young Thomas Harris has discovered that instead of looking at stars, he can use his new telescope to study the beautiful woman next door. While 'studying', he is busted by his mother and begs her not to tell his dad. At dinner, his father asks him about his new telescope. Thomas narrowly escapes when his brother Sean finds a wishbone, and suggests that they make a wish. Reaching to break the wishbone, Thomas thinks of his ultimate dream - to see the sexy neighbor naked. Thomas' wish comes true and he stays up all night watching her. He pays the price for his sleepless night, however, the next morning when his father awakens him into a whole Nude World. To confirm his worst fears, Thomas sprints outside and discovers that it is not just a terrible dream - his vision may never be the same. Written by Anonymous

  • Casablanca

    Casablanca (2002)
    Film (short) by Mike Saenz Cinematographer

  • Clueless

    Clueless (1996)
    Television by Amy Heckerling (Comedy) Assistant to Producers A television series, based on the popular movie of the same name. Many of the actors from the movie appear in the television series, including Dionne, Mr. Hall, Miss Giest, Amber, and Murray. Written by Anonymous


  • IndieFest Film Awards - Award of Excellence: Cinematography (for Just Ask...)

  • Best Cinematography - Fargo Film Festival (for Hard Scrambled)

  • ASC John F. Seitz Heritage Award for Outstanding Cinematography (Honorable Mention)

  • Thomas Busch Memorial Cinematography Scholarship

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