Rick Siegel is an award-winning Director of Photography who has worked in the film and television business for over thirty years. Siegel was DP on the Emmy-nominated HBO Special Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill starring Audra McDonald. His narrative film work includes the feature films Bomber directed by Paul Cotter, Trust, Greed, Bourbon & Bullets directed by Scott Kawczynski, and the short films The Shovel, The Dare Project and 20 Dollar Drink.
Siegel’s most recent work includes the concert film, Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & Friends; New Worlds. Siegel won an EMMY Award for Outstanding Achievement for Single Camera Photography for his episodic narrative work on ABC’s Crash The Curiousaurus. He has designed and photographed over 200 televised music and comedy shows, ranging from several seasons of A&E’s Live By Request series, PBS’s In the Spotlight series and other programs with Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, Brad Paisley, Thomas Hampson, Sheryl Crow and The Weeknd and comedy specials for John Oliver, Craig Ferguson, Lewis Black, Kevin Hart and Wyatt Cenac.
Rick has been one of my go to DP’s for about 10 years. In that time, he has worked with me on a variety of productions for a variety of clients, yet his goal never varies – “we’re here to tell a story.”
No matter what else is happening on a production day, I can always count on Rick’s understanding that that his job, like mine, is to tell the story, not simply light and shoot the scenes. His experience gives me confidence to tackle really challenging material, and I have seen his attitude and understanding of the production environment “lift” crews, and talent. I enjoy his partnership in the process, and learn something from him just about every time we go out.
Anyone can put Director of Photography on a business card; this guy lives it.
Rick Siegel is the definitive filmmaking pro. His creativity, imagination, resourcefulness, and professional working demeanor guarantee a rewarding and successful collaboration, each and every time. I highly recommend him and, frankly, have yet to find a genre that he does not excel in.
I have worked with Rick Siegel for years - on films ranging from costume dramas to handheld productions to corporate films. He is a brilliant DP - both as a lighting director and as a hand-held cinema verite cameraman. Rick has a great eye, is an excellent listener, and lights and composes shots beautifully. He is a true collaborator, even-tempered, and always willing and eager to go that extra mile. I recommend him without qualification.