John Bailey

Director of photography, Camera operator
A superior color cinematographer, John Bailey has enjoyed multi-film associations with directors Lawrence Kasdan (e. g., "The Big Chill" 1981; "The Accidental Tourist" 1988) and Paul Schrader (e.g., "American Gigolo" ... Read more »
Born: 08/09/1942 in Moberly, Missouri, USA

Filmography

Camera, Film, & Tape (81)

A Walk in the Woods 2015 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Herzog in Wonderland 2014 (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

The (Dead Mothers) Club 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

The Angriest Man in Brooklyn 2014 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

A.C.O.D. 2013 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Snake and Mongoo$e 2013 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Forger 2013 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Way, Way Back 2013 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Big Miracle 2012 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Country Strong 2010 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Looking at Animals 2010 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Ramona and Beezus 2010 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Greatest 2010 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

When in Rome 2010 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Brief Interviews With Hideous Men 2009 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

He's Just Not That Into You 2009 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Burning Season 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Color

Mad Money 2008 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Over Her Dead Body 2008 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Bobby Z 2007 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

License to Wed 2007 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Architect 2006 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Must Love Dogs 2005 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Producers 2005 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2005 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Incident at Loch Ness 2004 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days 2003 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood 2002 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Kid Stays in the Picture 2002 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

'N Sync: Bigger Than Live 2001 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Antitrust 2001 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Forever Mine 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

The Anniversary Party 2001 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Michael Jordan to the Max 2000 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

For Love of the Game 1999 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Out-Of-Towners 1999 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Living Out Loud 1998 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Via Dolorosa 1998 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

As Good As It Gets 1997 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Passion 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Extreme Measures 1996 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Nobody's Fool 1994 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Groundhog Day 1993 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

In the Line of Fire 1993 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

A Brief History of Time 1992 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Search For Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe 1991 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Hollywood Mavericks 1990 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

My Blue Heaven 1990 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Time Flies When You're Alive 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

The Accidental Tourist 1988 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Vibes 1988 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Light of Day 1987 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Swimming to Cambodia 1987 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Brighton Beach Memoirs 1986 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Crossroads 1986 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters 1985 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Silverado 1985 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Racing With the Moon 1984 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Pope of Greenwich Village 1984 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Big Chill 1983 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Without a Trace 1983 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Cat People 1982 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

That Championship Season 1982 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Continental Divide 1981 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Honky Tonk Freeway 1981 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

American Gigolo 1980 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Ordinary People 1980 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Battered 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Boulevard Nights 1979 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Forever 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Camera Operator

The Initiation of Sarah 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Camera Operator

Winter Kills 1978 (Movie)

(Photography)

Winter Kills 1978 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

Legacy 1976 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Three Women 1976 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

Premonition 1972 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Always Outnumbered (TV Show)

Director of Photography

City in Fear (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Frankenstein and Me (TV Show)

Director of Photography

The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing (TV Show)

Director of Photography
Director (6)

Herzog in Wonderland 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

'N Sync: Bigger Than Live 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Via Dolorosa 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Mariette in Ecstasy 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

China Moon 1994 (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (3)

Tosh.0 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Incident at Loch Ness 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

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

Himself (Actor)
Producer (1)

Mariette in Ecstasy 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

A superior color cinematographer, John Bailey has enjoyed multi-film associations with directors Lawrence Kasdan (e. g., "The Big Chill" 1981; "The Accidental Tourist" 1988) and Paul Schrader (e.g., "American Gigolo" 1980; "Cat People" 1982). His strong visual sense has leant the proper atmospheric touches to films as diverse as Robert Redford's "Ordinary People" (1980) to Harold Ramis' "Groundhog Day" (1993). With production designer Eiko Ishioka and composer Philip Glass, Bailey shared a prize at Cannes for Best Artistic Contribution for his stunning work on Schrader's "Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters" (1985). He has directed two features, the film adaptation of Lily Tomlin's one-woman show, "The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe" (1991), which he also shot, and "China Moon" (1994). Bailey is married to film editor Carol Littleton.

Relationships

Carol Littleton

Wife
married on March 11, 1972

EDUCATION

University of Vienna

University of Santa Clara

Santa Clara , California

University of Southern California

Los Angeles , California

Loyola University Chicago

Chicago , Illinois

Milestones

2000

Directed and served as cinematographer on "Via Dolorosa", a film adaptation of David Hare's stage monologue

1999

Was the director of photography on "For Love of the Game"

1998

Shot "Living Out Loud"

1997

Was cinematographer on the Oscar-nominated Best Picture "As Good As It Gets"

1994

Shot "Nobody's Fool", directed by Robert Benton

1993

Was director of photography on the comedy "Groundhog Day" and the thriller "In the Line of Fire"

1992

Was an interviewee for the documentary "Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography"

1991

Feature directorial debut, "The Search For Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe", starring Lily Tomlin; also served as director of photography

1988

Again collaborated with Lawrence Kasdan on "The Accidental Tourist"

1987

Was visual consultant on Norman Mailer's directorial effort "Tough Guys Don't Dance"

1987

Shot "Light of Day", directed by Schrader

1985

Collaborated again with Kasdan on the revisionist Western "Silverado"

1985

Served as cinematographer on Schrader's "Mishima"

1984

Returned as instructor at the AFI (Los Angeles)

1983

First collaboration with director Lawrence Kasdan, "The Big Chill"

1982

Reteamed with Schrader on the remake of "Cat People"

1982

Was instructor at the American Film Institute (Los Angeles)

1980

Shot the Oscar-winning Best Picture "Ordinary People", directed by Robert Redford

1980

First collaboration with Paul Schrader, "American Gigolo"

1979

Served as cinematographer for the cult film "Winter Kills"

1978

Reteamed with Arthur for "The Mafu Cage"

1975

Initial work with director Karen Arthur, "Legacy"

1972

First film as director of photography, "Premonition"

Raised in California

Bonus Trivia

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Not to be confused with the actor of the same name

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"Cinematographers and the general audience are looking at very different things when they talk about photography"--Bailey quoted in "Masters of Light: Conversations with Contemporary Cinematographers" by Dennis Schaefer and Larry Salvato (University of California Press, 1984).

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