BEN SERESIN, ASC, BSC
Director of Photography
Having grown up in New Zealand, Seresin moved to the UK to pursue his dream in film. He earned a stellar reputation in the commercial and television world before making his feature film debut on Mike Barker’s THE JAMES GANG. While Seresin began to flourish in the independent film world, he was able to strengthen his action prowess as 2nd unit director of photography on such films as LARA CROFT: TOMB RAIDER and TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES. Seresin got his break taking over for Dariusz Wolski, ASC on first unit for PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD’S END, when Wolski had to leave early to start work on another project.
PAIN AND GAIN marks Seresin’s second collaboration with Michael Bay, having teamed up with him previously on TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN, the second installment of the blockbuster franchise.
Other notable feature films Seresin has lensed include Marc Forster’s WORLD WAR Z [shared credit with Robert Richardson ASC], starring Brad Pitt, Tony Scott’s UNSTOPPABLE, starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pine, A GOOD WOMAN, featuring Scarlett Johansson, and BROKEN CITY, starring Russell Crowe and Mark Wahlberg.
In between films, Seresin uses commercials and music videos as a creative testing ground for new equipment and techniques. The PUMA commercial that he shot, ‘After Hours Athlete,’ was awarded the Film Grand Prix at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity and the NIKE commercial that he shot, ‘Winner Stays On,’ was used as NIKE’s main commercial during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.