As the son of a filmmaker, Los Angeles “native” Noah Rosenthal became fascinated with the art and craft of movies at a very young age. This early interest led him on an unconventional path to a career as a Cinematographer. Attending Middlebury College in Vermont, he took a double major in Film and Media Culture and American Literature (with a little Division III Football mixed in!), guided fly fishing trips on wild trout rivers of Wyoming, travelled the country taking photographs, studied acting at The Beverly Hills Playhouse before eventually receiving an MFA in Cinematography from The American Film Institute where he was the first second-generation graduate. (His father Rick graduated the AFI in the 1970’s)
His work has played at festivals all over the country as well as internationally with the success of the Short Films “The MisInventions of Milo Weatherby” “I ❤ Veronica Martin” and “Blink” and the Feature Films: SXSW 2012 Audience Award Winning “Fat Kid Rules the World”, “Jealous of the Birds” and “Conception”.
Throughout his young career, Noah has had the opportunity to work with a group of very talented Filmmakers and Actors. His first feature “Conception” directed by Josh Stolberg (writer of Sorority Row, Good Luck Chuck and Pirannha 3D) was released through Tribeca Films in February 2012 and is now available on iTunes. It boasts an impressive ensemble cast of award winning actors including Julie Bowen (Modern Family), Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights), Alan Tudyck (Death at a Funeral, Tucker and Dale vs Evil), David Arquette (Scream), Pamela Adlon (Louie, Californication), Gregory Smith (Hobo with a Shotgun, Rookie Blue, Everwood), Moon Bloodgood (Terminator Salvation), Sarah Hyland (Modern Family), Steve Howey (Shameless), Leah Pipes (Sorority Row), Aaron Ashmore (Smallville), Jennifer Finnigan (Better with You) and Jonathan Silverman.
A film called “Detention of the Dead,” brought him to Pontiac Michigan to explore the Zombie Genre with another talented ensemble cast that included such up and comers as: Jacob Zachar (Greek), Christa B Allen (Revenge, 13 Going on 30), Max Adler (Glee, AWOL), Alexa Nikolas (Zoey 101), Justin Chon (Twilight, Over 21) and Jayson Blair (The Hard Times of RJ Berger). Noah chose to shoot “Detention of the Dead” on the same lenses he used on William Whirity’s “The MisInventions of Milo Weatherby” to give “Detention of the Dead” a similar 80’s feel that will support the genre blend of this present day John Hughes-Zombie-Comedy.
In early 2012 Noah enjoyed the Festival Tour of “Fat Kid Rules the World,” the Directorial Debut of actor Matthew Lillard (The Descendants, Scooby Doo, Scream, SLC Punk). Based on a young adult novel of the same title by author K.L. Going, “Fat Kid” represented another great chance to work with two more talented young actors, Jacob Wysocki (Terri) and Matt O’Leary (Natural Selection, Spy Kids), as well as veteran Billy Campbell (The Killing, The Rocketeer). The film had tremendous feedback along the Festival Circuit, toured with the Vans Warped Tour, has had a brief Theatrical Run, boasts an impressive 82 Fresh Rating on Rotten Tomatoes and is available for download on iTunes.
“Drones,” his first feature collaboration with his father Director Rick Rosenthal (Bad Boys, American Dreamer, Smallville, Life Goes On) is currently in Post-Production. The film follows two Air Force pilots operating an RPA (remote piloted aircraft) from a trailer in Nevada with a mission is to surveil a remote compound in the rugged Afghan mountains in hopes of identifying and assassinating a target believed to be a high-ranking member of Al Qaeda. It stars Eloise Mumford (Lonestar, The River) opposite Matt O’Leary (Fat Kid Rules the World, Brick, Natural Selection).
Most recently Noah has completed Principal Photography on “Eye of Winter” starring Bryan Crantson (Breaking Bad, Argo, Drive, Malcom in the Middle), Alice Eve (Star Trek Into Darkness, MIB III, Entourage, She’s Outta My League), Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus, The OC), Produced by Mynette Louie of Sundance notoriety and directed by Tze Chun (Children of Invention). It is a blend of Thriller and Crime – a bit of a Neo-Noir: “A struggling motel owner and her daughter are taken hostage by a nearly blind career criminal to be his eyes as he attempts to retrieve his cash package from a crooked cop.” The movie was shot on location in the Catskill Mountains and is currently in post production.
Noah prides himself on strong collaboration and the ability to work from the elements of a story to find the best look for a film. In finding and defining visual choices and structure, one can support a narrative visually in ways that help to elevate the story far beyond what is on the page. He has experience across the genres and looks forward to expanding it, fully expecting his passion for visual storytelling to be a life-long pursuit.