Fred Murphy

Director of photography
Native New Yorker Fred Murphy's first credits as a director of photography came on low-budget films helmed by females: Martha Coolidge's "Not a Pretty Picture" (1975), Claudia Weill's "Girlfriends" (1978) and Lee ... Read more »
Born: in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Camera, Film, & Tape (88)

The Good Wife 2009 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director of Photography

Fringe 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Director of Photography

Anamorph 2008 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Drillbit Taylor 2008 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Ghost Town 2008 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Gossip Girl 2008 (Tv Show)

Director of Photography

In Treatment 2008 (Tv Show)

Director of Photography

Lipstick Jungle 2008 (Tv Show)

Director of Photography

Trumbo 2008 (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

Notes from the Underbelly 2007 (Tv Show)

Director of Photography

RV 2006 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story 2005 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Secret Window 2004 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Baby Bob 2001 - 2003 (TV Show)

Camera Operator

Cheats 2003 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Freddy vs. Jason 2003 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Auto Focus 2002 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Mothman Prophecies 2002 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Soul Survivors 2001 (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

Soul Survivors 2001 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

All the Pretty Horses 2000 (Movie)

2nd unit director/director of photography (Director of Photography)

Crusade 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

The Fantasticks 2000 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Real Flying Tigers 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Camera

Babylon 5: A Call to Arms 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Columbo: Ashes to Ashes 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

October Sky 1999 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Stir of Echoes 1999 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The River of Souls: A Babylon 5 Adventure 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Young Hearts Unlimited 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Steadicam Operator

Dance With Me 1998 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Metro 1997 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

A Family Thing 1996 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Faithful 1996 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Rod Serling: Submitted For Your Approval 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Murder in the First 1995 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Jack the Bear 1993 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Pickle 1993 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Scenes From A Mall 1991 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Funny About Love 1990 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Dead Bang 1989 (Movie)

(Steadicam Operator)

Enemies, A Love Story 1989 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Night Games 1989 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Five Corners 1988 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Fresh Horses 1988 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Full Moon in Blue Water 1988 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Best Seller 1987 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Dead 1987 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Three O'Clock High 1987 (Movie)

(Steadicam Operator)

Winners Take All 1987 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Death of an Angel 1986 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Hoosiers 1986 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Key Exchange 1985 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Trip to Bountiful 1985 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Sessions 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Eddie and the Cruisers 1983 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Touched 1983 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Until She Talks 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Q 1982 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Der Stand der Dinge 1981 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Martha Clarke, Light and Dark 1980 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Tell Me a Riddle 1980 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Heartland 1979 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Seven Wishes of Joanna Peabody 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Girlfriends 1978 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Imposters 1978 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Scenic Route 1977 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Local Color 1976 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Not a Pretty Picture 1976 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

A Matter of Sex (TV Show)

Director of Photography

A Time to Live (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life (TV Show)

Cinematographer

Columbo: A Trace of Murder (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Greyhounds (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Laguna Heat (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Malibu (TV Show)

Camera Operator

Murder She Wrote: The Celtic Riddle (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Murder, She Wrote: The Last Free Man (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Nothing Sacred (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Stranger at My Door (TV Show)

Director of Photography

The Final Days (TV Show)

Director of Photography

The Glitter Dome (TV Show)

Director of Photography

The Million Dollar Face (TV Show)

Camera Operator

Trackdown: Finding the Goodbar Killer (TV Show)

Director of Photography

What Sex Am I? (TV Show)

Director of Photography

White Water Rebels (TV Show)

Camera Operator

Witness Protection (TV Show)

Director of Photography
Actor (1)

Cinematographer Style 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

Biography

Native New Yorker Fred Murphy's first credits as a director of photography came on low-budget films helmed by females: Martha Coolidge's "Not a Pretty Picture" (1975), Claudia Weill's "Girlfriends" (1978) and Lee Grant's "Tell Me a Riddle" (1980). In each case, he provided clean camerawork that did not detract from the inherent drama. He acquired his first real cachet in the industry, however, working with cinematographer-turned-director Richard Pearce on "Heartland" (1980), an unromanticized portrait of frontier life in 1910 Wyoming. Murphy's neat etching of the changing rural seasons was as much a character in the story, reflective of the shifts in the relationship between the film's protagonists. He has proven adept at capturing moments of reverie or nostalgia as in photographing Geraldine Page's bus ride to her hometown in "The Trip to Bountiful" (1985) or the passionate remembrance of a long dead love by an Irish wife in John Huston's elegiac "The Dead" (1987). Through camera placement and shifts in light, he is able to have the past and present on screen simultaneously.

Milestones

1999

Powerfully captured both the nostalgia and grit of the 1950s West Virginia coal mining town of Joe Johnston's "October Sky"

1999

Teamed with Pearce again for HBO movie "Witness Protection"; garnererd Emmy nomination

1998

Was cinematographer on "Dance With Me"

1996

Collaborated with Mazursky on "Faithful"

1996

Again worked with Pearce on the rural-themed "A Family Thing"

1993

Third feature with Mazursky, "The Pickle"

1991

Reteamed with Mazursky for "Scenes from a Mall"

1990

Received Emmy nomination for ABC's "The Final Days", directed by Pearce

1989

First film with director Paul Mazursky, "Enemies, A Love Story", adapted from Isaac Bashevis Singer's 1972 novel

1988

Collaborated with Anspaugh on "Fresh Horses"

1987

Created the appropriately elegiac look for John Huston's final film, "The Dead"

1986

Provided the gorgeous photography of rural Indiana for David Anspaugh's feature directing debut, "Hoosiers"

1983

Reteamed with Pearce for ABC movie "Sessions"

1982

Shared cinematography credit with Henri Alekin on Wim Wenders' "The State of Things"

1980

Served as cinematographer on Richard Pearce's directorial debut, "Heartland"

1978

TV debut as director of photography, "The Seven Wishes of Joanne Peabody", an ABC Weekend Special

1978

Served as director of photography for Claudia Weill's "Girlfriends"

1975

Shared cinematography credit with Don Lenzer on Martha Coolidge's "Not a Pretty Picture"

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