Thomas Scott Stanton

THOMAS SCOTT STANTON is an award winning cinematographer, artist, photographer, and filmmaker with a unique artistic approach to storytelling and collaboration. His ability to capture powerful imagery while still focusing on the emotional context of the characters and story has garnered much attention. 

Stanton's technical expertise with all film formats, the latest digital technologies, DI, VFX, and post production help ensure that every story is able to be beautifully captured and delivered to its' highest potential. Capturing the wide range of human emotions and serving the director's vision and story are the most important aspects of his work.

Most recently he lensed ALL ABOUT NINA directed by Eva Vives and starring Mary Elizabeth WInstead, Common, and Beau Bridges. He lensed Brandon Camp's adaptation of BENJI for Blumhouse which will be released by NETFLIX on March 16, 2018. TAKE ME TO THE RIVER had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and is being distributed by Film Movement. GROWING UP SMITH had its world premiere at the International Seattle Film Festival and was selected as one of the top five features in the festival.

He has lensed features with such actors as Kris Kristofferson, Beau Bridges, Dale Dickey, Robin Weigert, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Common, Josh Hamilton, Gina Gershon, Gillian Jacobs, Josh Hamilton, Luis Guzman, John Corbett, Justin Long, Jerry O'Connell, Jason Lee, Hilarie Burton, and BENJI to name a few.

The short film "deliá" played at the 2015 International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography CAMERIMAGE in Bydgoszcz, Poland in November.

Take Me to the River grabbed me, some combination of its gorgeous photography, Miller’s natural performance, and the alluring strangeness hanging in the air. Especially the bizarre, out-of-nowhere ending, which had me wondering if maybe I’d been watching a really dark comedy all along.
— Richard Lawson - Vanity Fair
Compositionally, “Take Me to the River” casts an atmospheric spell, recalling the pastoral, frenzied sexuality of Josephine Decker’s films “Butter on the Latch” and “Thou Wast Mild and Lovely.” Lensed by Thomas Scott Stanton, there are echoes of “Picnic at Hanging Rock” here also, and like that film, the slow-boiling dread plays out almost entirely in the daylight.
— Ryan Lattanzio - Indiewire
Cinematographer Thomas Scott Stanton captures beautiful images of rural tranquility — cornfields in the breeze, a cow in a meager patch of shade on a sweltering day, rustic red barns, sunflowers on a grassy hilltop.
— David Rooney - Hollywood Reporter
Despite the vast open space, lensed beautifully by Thomas Scott Stanton, the film is narratively claustrophobic, beautiful, disturbing and ripe with conflict from scene one without letting up until its potentially too on-the-nose release in its final scene. The material never quite plays out as you’d expect — this type of ambitious, personal filmmaking is what indie cinema should be about. While simply watching, observing and inviting us inwards to a reunion that proves to be emotionally disastrous, Take Me to the River provides a fresh and haunting perspective on the “family secrets” subgenre.
— John Fink - The Film Stage
Take Me to the River” covers a lot of ground in its 84-minute running time while taking cues from its expressive visuals. Long shots of the Nebraskan plains by cinematographer Thomas Scott Stanton speak to the aching isolation of the main character as he’s exiled to an outside barn for a night. With its lyrical approach to a deliberate pace, the movie develops a hypnotic effect even when deceptively little happens.
— Ibad Shah - Indiewire
The ingenuity of Sobel’s directing is complemented by cinematographer Thomas Scott Stanton, who represents the southern landscape in striking, foreboding detail. The way he captures images of a desolate nature, visually conveys the sense of isolation that permeates throughout the story.
— Rob Trench - The Seventh Art / Dailies