Ernest Dickerson

Director, Director of photography, Camera operator
Gifted African American cinematographer who established himself on financially modest but artistically ambitious independent features before shifting to major motion pictures as a d. p. and genre films as a director ... Read more »
Born: 06/25/1951 in Newark, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Director (51)

Damien 2016 (Tv Show)

Director

Hunters 2016 (Tv Show)

Director

Tyrant 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Once Upon a Time 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

Revolution 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

The Walking Dead 2010 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

Under the Dome 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

Dexter 2008 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

Low Winter Sun 2013 (TV Show)

Director

Sleepy Hollow 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

Tremé 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Director

Last Man Standing 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Director

Burn Notice 2009 (Tv Show)

Director

In Plain Sight 2009 (Tv Show)

Director

Law & Order 1990 - 1991, 2009 (Tv Show)

Director

Lincoln Heights 2009 (Tv Show)

Director

Vampire Diaries 2009 (Tv Show)

Director

Eureka 2008 (Tv Show)

Director

Fear Itself 2005 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Director

Night Visions 1992 - 1994, 2000 - 2001, 2005 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Director

The Untouchables 1992 - 1994, 2005 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Director

The Wire 2003 - 2004, 2006, 2008 (Tv Show)

Director

The 4400 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

Weeds 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

CSI: Miami 2006 (Tv Show)

Director

ER 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Director

Heroes 2006 (Tv Show)

Director

Masters of Horror 2006 (Tv Show)

Director

The Evidence 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Director

Criminal Minds 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

Crossing Jordan 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

Invasion 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

The L Word 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

Never Die Alone 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

Third Watch 2004 (Tv Show)

Director

Bones 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Bulletproof 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Surviving the Game 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Great Performances' 20th Anniversary Special 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Segment Director

Juice 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Spike & Co: Do It A Cappella 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Director

Blind Faith (TV Show)

Director

For One Night (TV Show)

Director

Futuresport (TV Show)

Director

Good Fences (TV Show)

Director

Monday Night Mayhem (TV Show)

Director

Our America (TV Show)

Director

Strange Justice (TV Show)

Director

The Deuce (Tv Show)

Director
Camera, Film, & Tape (23)

Miracle at St. Anna 2008 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Miracle at St. Anna 2008 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

Cousin Bobby 1992 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Malcolm X 1992 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Jungle Fever 1991 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll 1991 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Ava & Gabriel 1990 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Def By Temptation 1990 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

H.E.L.P. 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Mo' Better Blues 1990 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Laserman 1990 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Do the Right Thing 1989 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads 1989 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

School Daze 1988 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Eddie Murphy Raw 1987 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Enemy Territory 1987 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

She's Gotta Have It 1986 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Day of the Dead 1985 (Movie)

camera operator 2nd unit(Florida) (Camera Operator)

Krush Groove 1985 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Almacita di Desolata 1984 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Brother From Another Planet 1984 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Desiree 1983 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Answer 1979 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)
Actor (5)

That Guy Dick Miller 2015 (Movie)

(Himself)

Cinematographer Style 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

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

Himself (Actor)

She's Gotta Have It 1986 (Movie)

Dog (Actor)

Ambushed (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (2)

Juice 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Juice 1992 (Movie)

(From Story)
Producer (1)

Vote For Me 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)
Other (1)

Bad 25 2011 (Movie)

(Production Assistant)

Biography

Gifted African American cinematographer who established himself on financially modest but artistically ambitious independent features before shifting to major motion pictures as a d. p. and genre films as a director. Dickerson became known as the ace director of photography for fellow NYU alumnus Spike Lee. His vibrant painterly camerawork enhanced Lee's student film "Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads" (1980) and his subsequent first six features. His first feature credit was John Sayles' "The Brother From Another Planet" (1984), an engaging social parable about a mute alien stranded in Harlem, which benefited greatly from Dickerson's soulful portraits of the faces and places of Black folks. He has achieved great success in conveying the full spectrum of African American coloring by utilizing various tinted lights and colored backdrops. Dickerson has also shot films by Michael Schultz ("Krush Groove" 1985), Robert Townsend ("Eddie Murphy Raw" 1987) and John McNaughton ("Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll" 1991).

Relationships

Mother
played a gun dealer in son's directorial debut, "Juice" (1992)

Daughter
mother is Dickerson's first wife

Son
born c. 1991 mother is Dickerson's second wife

Annette Dickerson

Wife
divorced

EDUCATION

Howard University

Washington , Washington D.C.

Tisch School of the Arts, New York University

New York , New York
met Spike Lee

Milestones

1998

Helmed "Blind Faith"; played at various film festivals and aired on Showtime

1993

Directed the premiere episode of "The Untouchables", the syndicated revival derived from the 1987 feature

1991

Directed and co-wrote first feature. "Juice"

1990

TV directing debut, "Spike & Co.: Do It A Capella" ("Great Performances" PBS)

1990

Shot six episodes of cop/legal series "Law & Order"

1986

Appeared in Spike Lee's "She's Gotta Have It" (also shot)

1985

Worked as a camera operator and 2nd unit director on George A. Romero's "Day of the Dead"

1984

Served as the director of photography for the first season of "Tales From the Darkside", a low-budget syndicated horror series

1984

Shot first major feature, "Brother From Another Planet"

1980

Shot Spike Lee's student films, beginning with "Sarah" and including "Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads"

Shot Nike commercials and music videos including "Born in the USA" by Bruce Springsteen, "Stir It Up" by Patti LaBelle, and "Tutu" by Miles Davis

Network TV debut as d.p., "H.E.L.P."

Began career filming surgical procedures for Howard University Medical School

Directed the TNT movie "Monday Night Mayhem" (lensed 2001), with John Turturro as Howard Cosell

Bonus Trivia

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Received graduate fellowships from Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and from Louis B. Mayer Foundation.

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Saluted for his cinematography at the 34th San Francisco Film Festival.

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