John F Seitz

Director of photography, Lab technician, Cameraman
Influential cinematographer of both the silent and sound eras. Seitz began his career as a lab technician with the St. Louis Motion Picture Company, joined American Mutual in 1916 and had graduated to cinematographer by ... Read more »
Born: 06/22/1892 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Camera, Film, & Tape (32)

Guns of the Timberland 1960 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Island of Lost Women 1958 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Badlanders 1958 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Man in the Net 1958 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Deep Six 1957 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

A Cry in the Night 1956 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Santiago 1956 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Big Land 1956 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Hell on Frisco Bay 1955 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Many Rivers to Cross 1955 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The McConnell Story 1955 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Rogue Cop 1954 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Saskatchewan 1954 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Botany Bay 1953 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Desert Legion 1953 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Desert Legion 1953 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Invaders From Mars 1953 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Appointment With Danger 1951 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

When Worlds Collide 1951 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Captain Carey, U.S.A. 1950 (Movie)

(Photography)

Sunset Boulevard 1950 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Imperfect Lady 1947 (Movie)

(Photography)

The Lost Weekend 1945 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Double Indemnity 1944 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Hail the Conquering Hero 1943 (Movie)

(Photography)

The Miracle of Morgan's Creek 1943 (Movie)

(Photography)

Five Graves to Cairo 1942 (Movie)

(Photography)

Sullivan's Travels 1941 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

This Gun For Hire 1941 (Movie)

(Photography)

Young Sinners 1930 (Movie)

(Photography)

Scaramouche 1922 (Movie)

(Photography)

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse 1920 (Movie)

(Photography)
Actor (1)

Day One (Movie)

(Actor)

Biography

Influential cinematographer of both the silent and sound eras. Seitz began his career as a lab technician with the St. Louis Motion Picture Company, joined American Mutual in 1916 and had graduated to cinematographer by 1919. His best work was done at Metro (1920-28), especially for director Rex Ingram, and at Paramount (1941-52), notably in collaboration with Preston Sturges ("Sullivan's Travels" 1941, "The Miracle of Morgan's Creek" 1944, etc.) and Billy Wilder ("The Lost Weekend" 1945, "Sunset Boulevard" 1950, etc.). Seitz also invented several key photographic techniques, including the matte shot. Brother of director George B. Seitz (1888-1944).

Relationships

Mary Seitz

Wife
married 45 years died on May 21, 1997

George Seitz

Brother

Milestones

1916

Feature film cameraman

Entered film at age 16 as lab technician

Invented Matte shot in the 1920s.

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