Caleb Deschanel

Director of photography, Director, Film instructor
Acclaimed as a superior color cinematographer, Caleb Deschanel began his career shooting the stunning John Cassavetes film "A Woman Under the Influence" (1974). The Philadelphia native studied at USC and the American ... Read more »
Born: 09/20/1944 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Camera, Film, & Tape (33)

Untitled Warren Beatty/Howard Hughes Project 2015 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Winter's Tale 2014 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Gangster Squad 2013 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter 2012 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Jack Reacher 2012 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Killer Joe 2012 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Dream House 2011 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Killshot 2009 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

My Sister's Keeper 2009 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Spiderwick Chronicles 2008 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The 79th Annual Academy Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Cinematographer

Ask the Dust 2006 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

National Treasure 2004 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Passion of the Christ 2004 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Hunted 2003 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Timeline 2003 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Patriot 2000 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Anna and the King 1999 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Message in A Bottle 1999 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Hope Floats 1998 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Fly Away Home 1996 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

It Could Happen to You 1994 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

A Woman Under the Influence 1991 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

50 Years of Action! 1985 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Slugger's Wife 1985 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Natural 1984 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Let's Spend the Night Together 1983 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

The Black Stallion Returns 1983 (Movie)

(Photography)

The Right Stuff 1983 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Black Stallion 1980 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Apocalypse Now 1979 (Movie)

insert photography director (Photography)

Being There 1979 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

More American Graffiti 1979 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)
Director (7)

Growing Up Graceland 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Bones 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

Conviction (NBC) 2006 (Tv Show)

Director

Law & Order: Trial by Jury 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

Crusoe 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

The Escape Artist 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

Trains 1976 (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (5)

Fog City Mavericks 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Cinematographer Style 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

Making The Passion of the Christ 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Message in A Bottle 1999 (Movie)

Man at the B&B (Actor)

Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography 1993 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Biography

Acclaimed as a superior color cinematographer, Caleb Deschanel began his career shooting the stunning John Cassavetes film "A Woman Under the Influence" (1974). The Philadelphia native studied at USC and the American Film Institute and with Gordon Willis before embarking on his career. While working as a director of photography, Deschanel also shot several short films (including the prize-winning "Trains" 1976), documentaries and TV commercials. He received widespread acclaim for two 1979 features, Carroll Ballard's "The Black Stallion" and Hal Ashby's "Being There". In the former, Deschanel's lyric cinematography and almost fauvistic use of strong, pure color, captured the budding "love story" between Kelly Reno and the horse, (making the texture of Picasso's less vivid "A Boy and His Horse" seemingly come alive). The film is often cited as one of (if not THE) most beautifully lensed of the 70s; its pictorial beauty greater, perhaps, than the narrative. "Being There" was in many ways an opposite canvas, in which the dialogue had prominence, yet the look of the feature was just as lyric, but with diffused color so as not to offset the eccentric reality the film was trying to uncover. Deschanel earned back-to-back Oscar nods for his work on Philip Kaufman's paean to the space program, "The Right Stuff" (1983) and Barry Levinson's period baseball drama "The Natural" (1984). The latter used light as a force, an almost overblown imagery that unsettles the audience, leaving it to question the reality within the narrative yet at the same time, providing a melodic sensibility to baseball, a game to which words have paid homage, but films have rarely been able to put into equally poetic pictures.

Relationships

Mary Deschanel

Wife
appeared in "The Right Stuff" mother of Emily and Zooey

Emily Deschanel Producer

Child

Zooey Deschanel Actor

Daughter
Born Jan. 17, 1980; mother, Mary Jo Deschanel; acted in "Almost Famous" (2000), "Elf" (2003) and "(500) Days of Summer" (2009)

Emily Deschanel

Daughter
born on October 11, 1976

EDUCATION

AFI Conservatory

Los Angeles , California 1969

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore , Maryland

Center For Advanced Film Studies, American Film Institute

1969 - 1971
Graduated 1971

University of Southern California

Los Angeles , California

Milestones

2004

Collaborated with Mel Gibson on the controversial film "The Passion of the Christ"; earned an Oscar nomination for Best Cinematography

2000

Served as cinematographer on the Revolutionary War-set drama "The Patriot"; garnered fourth Academy Award nomintion

1999

Cinematographer for "Anna and the King"

1997

Was director of photography for Forest Whitaker's "Hope Floats"

1996

Second collaboration with Carroll Ballard, "Fly Away Home"; won third Oscar nomination

1994

Shot first feature as cinematographer in eight years "It Could Happen to You"

1992

Participated as one of the interviewees in the documentary "Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography"

1990

Directed three episodes of the David Lynch-produced TV series "Twin Peaks"

1988

Directed second feature "Crusoe"

1985

Last collaboration with Hal Ashby "The Slugger's Wife"

1984

Earned second Academy Award nomination for "The Natural"

1983

Garnered first Oscar nomination for "The Right Stuff"; film also featured his wife Mary Jo

1982

Feature directing debut, "The Escape Artist"

1979

Initial collaboration with director Hal Ashby "Being There"

1979

First collaboration with director Carroll Ballard, "The Black Stallion"

1974

First film as director of photography, John Cassavetes' "A Woman Under the Influence"

Bonus Trivia

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"I don't see being the director as that much different. But I've learned that I'd much rather take chances with something of my own than be on the sidelines when it fails." --Deschanel on directing in PREMIERE, March 1989

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