Director of Photography Elie Smolkin’s unique eye and timeless frames have made him a name to be recognized in television and film cinematography. After his immense success shooting SyFy’s hit series “The Magicians,” Elie worked as the cinematographer for TNT’s critically-acclaimed drama “Good Behavior,” starring Michelle Dockery. More recently, Elie has lensed “I’m Dying Up Here” starring Melissa Leo, Brad Garrett, and Michael Angarano for Showtime, “Truth be Told” starring Octavia Spencer, Aaron Paul, and Lizzy Caplan for Apple TV+, as well as just finishing a pilot, “Bluff City Law”, for NBC, which has been picked up to series.
Beyond his success in television, Smolkin DP’d the break out feature film for director Todd Strauss-Schulson’s “The Final Girls,” starring Nina Dobrev, Malin Akerman, Taissa Farmiga, and Adam Devine, which premiered on SXSW’s opening night.
Raised by a French mother and Canadian father in Vancouver and Chicago, Elie’s unique perspective on life began at an early age. His interest in cinematography stemmed from the first time he clicked the shutter of a 35mm SLR at age 9.
After graduating with Honors from Emerson College’s prestigious cinematography program, Elie moved to Los Angeles where he shot commercials for international giants such as Yamaha Motors, Hyundai, Jose Cuervo, Blizzard Entertainment, Reebok, and Pepsi Max.
As a visual storyteller Elie strives to strike the perfect balance between cutting edge technology and vintage tricks. More than anything, Smolkin designs a world that is true to the subject matter, creating visuals that tell great stories.