Cinematographer John Toll began his career by shooting a pair of low-budget exploitation movies in the early '70s, only to drop out and re-emerge as a camera operator on the film Tom Horn in 1979. He graduated to director of photography in 1989, and began shooting TV movies and episodic television. In 1992, he returned to theatrical films with Wind, a story about the America's Cup sailing competition, and soon developed a reputation for his work on historical epics, set mostly in the great outdoors. In 1994, he won an Academy Award for his work on Legends of the Fall and again the following year for Braveheart. He was nominated in 1998, for The Thin Red Line.