Robert M. Goodman

Robert M. Goodman


New York City, New York

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About Robert

Robert M. Goodman is an Emmy-nominated director, cinematographer, and writer with 30+ years of experience in commercial, documentary, episodic, and feature production. He currently teaches filmmaking at The Art Institute of Philadelphia. He made technology understandable for two decades as a regular contributor to industry magazines such as Broadcast Television, Digital Cinema, DOX, DV Magazine, The Independent Film & Video Monthly, Release Print, and Videography. His work as journalist/filmmaker led him to create the Goodman's Guide series of field references that were the first to explain how to use digital cinematography cameras from an operator's perspective. The Goodman's Guides became indispensable tools for cinematographers and camera operators around the globe. They have been imitated but never surpassed. Goodman is also the author of the camera and lens chapters for the American Society of Cinematographer's Video Manual, 3rd edition and co-author of Editing Digital Video, a best-selling book about how to tell stories using any editing system, published by McGraw-Hill.

Goodman has conducted workshops on digital production and post for ABC Network in Manila, AIVF, DV Expo, the Guild of Professional Photographers, Government Video Expo, IFP, ITVA, NAB, SMPTE, Sony Corporation, and Women in Film, and at film festivals in Atlanta, Austin, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, Portland, San Diego, and San Francisco. He began his career as a still photographer before making the transition to film, video, and HD.

Stone Reader, the nonfiction feature film he produced, won Special Grand Jury Honors and the Audience Award for Best Feature (a first for a documentary) at the Slamdance Film Festival. Robert Goodman received the International Documentary Association’s highest honor, a nomination for Distinguished Achievement in the Feature category in 2002. Stone Reader played
festivals around the world and was one of only two contemporary films selected for the 5th edition of Roger Ebert’s Overlooked Film Festival. Released theatrically in the US in 2003, Stone Reader remained in theaters for over 15 months. Andrew Sarris, a famous American film critic who wrote for the New York Observer named Stone Reader as his number one film, fiction or nonfiction, for 2003. Stone Reader also appeared on many other important US film critic’s top ten lists including Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times and John Anderson of Newsday.


  • Cash Out

    Cash Out (2013)
    Film by Simon D. Lorady (Crime, Drama and History) Producer South Philadelphia, 1976. Nick Servillo (Ed Aristone) and brother Tommy Servillo (Shaun Paul Costello) are part of the Bruno crime family organization. Nick returns from an eight-year prison stint, and vows to "go straight." His brother Tommy has different plans for him. Nick's long time girlfriend Rachel Bara (Kim Carson) also wants Nick to provide the life she is accustomed to. Nick reluctantly agrees to pull a bank job for the local capo Al Lupini (Marty Krzywonos). The job seems easy enough with lifetime safe-cracker Charlie Lauretti (Danny Plaza) and wheel-man Jimmy Stack (Patrick Hickman) on the crew. But, things go awry; and people are not as they seem. Trust is lost, and control is slowly slipping through Nick's fingers. Written by Simon D Lorady

  • Luminary

    Luminary (2011)
    Film (short) by Jamie Rose (Drama and Family) Producer Mitch Jennings returns home from college to find out his father has passed away. His father's profession as a commercial fisherman, has made it hard to connect with his son and daughter through the years. Mitch is left in a daze as he tries to face the facts that he has lost the chance to connect with his father. Written by Anonymous

  • Smile

    Smile (2011)
    Film (short) by Jun-Ho Jang (Drama) Producer

  • Paradigma

    Paradigma (2011)
    Film (short) by Eric Shimpeno (Adventure, Fantasy and Sci-Fi) Producer An out-of-work engineer creates a bio-glove that has the ability to open black holes and create singularities transporting him to different planes of the multi-verse.

  • Pearl

    Pearl (2010)
    Film (short) by Chris Newhard (Drama) Producer The story of a mans inner struggle and the effect a person can leave in a short amount of time. Never forget Love. Never forget to live.

  • Stone Reader

    Stone Reader (2002)
    Film by Mark Moskowitz (Documentary and Drama) Producer

  • Meantime

    Meantime (2001)
    Film (short) (Documentary) Producer, Editor


  • IFP Showcase at the European Film Market, Berlin Int'l Film Festival

  • Special Grand Jury Honors, Slamdance Film Festival

  • Audience Award for Best Feature, Slamdance Film Festival

  • Nominee, Distinguished Documentary Achievement, Feature Category, International Documentary Association

  • Silver Reel for Scriptwriting, International Video Festival

  • Silver Reel, International Video Festival

  • Telly Award, America's Dream Highway

  • Emmy Award Nominee for Directing


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