Tal Lazar, an Israeli native, relocated to Los Angeles, California in 2007 to continue his successful career as a Director of Photography. During his studies for an MFA at the prestigious American Film Institute Conservatory, Tal received the FotoKem grant and Panavision's New Filmmakers grant for his thesis film “Shadow Man”. Tal holds a BFA in practical film studies from Tel Aviv University. He subsequently gained years of professional experience as a union assistant cameraman in Israel, working on films such as "Beaufort" (directed by Joseph Cedar), a 2007 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film nominee, and "Or" (directed by Keren Yedaya), winner of the the Cannes Film Festival's Golden Camera D’Or Award in 2005.
Additionally, Tal has gained recognition for his work on numerous music videos in Israel, such as Noam Peled's “Letter Skips” (2004) receiving the Golden Feather Award by ACUM, Israel’s music and literary rights association, and Noam Josephides's “Sigapo”, nominated for Best Music Video of 2006 at the official Israeli music channel competition.
While pursuing his education, Tal received the Sharet foundation prize for cinematography and participated in the 2005 Budapest Cinematography Masterclass, instructed by Mr. Vilmos Zsimond, ASC and Mr. John Schwartzman, ASC. He participated and produced the 2004 Tel Aviv Cinematography Masterclass, instructed by Mr. Adam Greenberg, ASC and Mr. Ricardo Aronovish, AFC.
Tal completed three years of military service in the Israeli Defense Forces as a staff sergeant. On Israel's Independence Day of 2000, he finished his services with a sign of excellence bestowed upon him by Israeli president Eizer Weizman. [less
Tal Lazar, an Israeli native, relocated to Los Angeles, California in 2007 to continue his successful career as a Director of Photography. During his studies for an MFA at the prestigious American Fil [more