Our chat with Toby ranges from his start in Australia, moving to LA in 2013 for his collaborations with Blumhouse Media, unintentionally becoming a Horror film Cinematographer, working on the Academy Award winning film GET OUT with Jordan Peele, and his most recent film Happy Death Day.
Toby Oliver ACS is an award-winning cinematographer whose career extends from his native Australia to the United States and internationally. Named as one of Variety’s 10 Cinematographers to Watch in 2017, Oliver now resides in Los Angeles and has forged a remarkable and varied range of credits on feature films, documentaries and television.
In the United States, Oliver most recently shot back-to-back films: Insidious: Chapter 4 for director Adam Robitel, which will be in cinemas Jan. 5, 2018; and writer/director Chris Landon’s comic thriller Happy Death Day for Universal, screening nationwide Oct. 13.
Oliver also shot Jordan Peele’s racially-charged comedic thriller horror Get Out in, starring Allison Williams and Daniel Kaluuya. Get Out premiered at a midnight screening at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, and went on to score a rare 99% on Rotten Tomatoes, ranking #1 at the US Box Office on its opening weekend in February 2017. Loved by audiences and critics alike, Get Out has become a cultural phenomenon and to date it has earned over $200m worldwide.
Previously, Oliver lensed Blumhouse Productions’ thriller The Darkness (aka 6 Miranda Drive) for director Greg Mclean, starring Kevin Bacon and Radha Mitchell; and in New York he shot the indie fantasy drama Wildling for Maven Pictures and director Fritz Bohm with Liv Tyler, Bel Powley and Brad Dourif. He continued his documentary cinematography work shooting the indie doc Roller Dreams in and around Los Angeles’ Venice Beach.
Oliver’s work on the Australian WWI suspense war drama Beneath Hill 60 earned him his third Australian Academy nomination, and the TV movie Beaconsfield, about a pair of miners trapped over a kilometer underground in a tiny cage, won a number of awards including a Gold ACS Award and the ACS Best in Show.