John Seale

Director of photography, Camera operator
Often associated with the work of Peter Weir, both as a camera operator and director of photography, John Seale first earned his reputation as one of Australia's leading cinematographers before garnering international ... Read more »
Born: 10/05/1942 in Warwick, Queensland, AU

Filmography

Camera, Film, & Tape (68)

Alice 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Camera Assistant

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time 2010 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Tourist 2010 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

I Love You, Beth Cooper 2009 (Movie)

(Assistant Camera)

Poseidon 2006 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Spanglish 2004 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Cold Mountain 2003 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Dreamcatcher 2003 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Trapped 2002 (Movie)

1st Assistant "A" Camera (Assistant Camera)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone 2001 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Rat Race 2001 (Movie)

"C" 1st assistant photographer((Canadian )) (Photography)

Texas Rangers 2001 (Movie)

assistant camera(additional unit) (Assistant Camera Operator)

The Perfect Storm 2000 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

At First Sight 1999 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Shadow Warriors 2 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Camera Assistant

The Talented Mr. Ripley 1999 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Talented Mr. Ripley 1999 (Movie)

("A" operator) (Camera)

City of Angels 1998 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Ghosts of Mississippi 1996 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The English Patient 1996 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

The English Patient 1996 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Odyssey 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Assistant Camera Operator

Beyond Rangoon 1995 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

Beyond Rangoon 1995 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The American President 1995 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Paper 1994 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Impolite 1993 (Movie)

assistant camera (Assistant Camera Operator)

The Firm 1993 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Lorenzo's Oil 1992 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Doctor 1991 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Sky High 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Assistant Camera Operator

Dead Poets Society 1989 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Friday the 13th Part VIII - Jason Takes Manhattan 1989 (Movie)

assistant camera (Assistant Camera Operator)

Drive, She Said 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Get a Job 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Gorillas in the Mist 1988 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Rain Man 1988 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Stakeout 1987 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Top Kid 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Children of A Lesser God 1986 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Hitcher 1986 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Mosquito Coast 1986 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

The Mosquito Coast 1986 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Witness 1985 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Empty Beach 1984 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

The Empty Beach 1984 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

BMX Bandits 1983 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Careful, He Might Hear You 1983 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Silver City 1983 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

By Design 1982 (Movie)

director of photography 2nd unit (Director of Photography)

Goodbye Paradise 1982 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Year of Living Dangerously 1982 (Movie)

director of photography 2nd unit (Director of Photography)

Gallipoli 1981 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

Ginger Meggs 1981 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Doctors and Nurses 1980 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Fighting Back 1980 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Goose Flesh 1980 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Horror Movie 1980 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Survivor 1980 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Fatty Finn 1979 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Fatty Finn 1979 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

The Odd Angry Shot 1979 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

The Irishman 1978 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

Stunt Rock 1977 (Movie)

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

Deathcheaters 1976 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Alvin Purple 1974 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

City Boy (TV Show)

Assistant Camera Operator

Killers in the House (TV Show)

Camera Assistant
Actor (2)

Cinematographer Style 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)
Director (1)

Till There Was You 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

Often associated with the work of Peter Weir, both as a camera operator and director of photography, John Seale first earned his reputation as one of Australia's leading cinematographers before garnering international attention as one of the world's best directors of photography. His reputation is based on his striking feel for textures and colors of nature, as evidenced by such films as Peter Weir's "Witness" (1985), for which he was nominated for the Best Cinematography Academy Award and Anthony Minghella's "The English Patient" (1996), which earned him the Oscar. The former possessed striking contrasts between the big city of Philadelphia and the fields of the Amish Country, yet each created a full-bodied environment. For the latter, Seale had to accomplish the photography on three levels: the desert in which Ralph Fiennes and Kristin Scott Thomas have their romance, the war-torn zone of Italy, which required darker, bluer lighting, and the re-emergence of life within Juliette Binoche, which had to be gradually worked into the palette. (In 1988, he earned a third Oscar nod for his clean work on Barry Levinson's "Rain Man".)

Relationships

Eric Clement Seale

Father

Marjorie Lyndon Pool Seale

Mother

Brianna Lee Seale

Daughter

Anthony Seale

Son

Derin Seale

Son

Louise Mutton

Wife
married in 1967

Milestones

2003

Served as cinematographer for the film "Dreamcatcher"

2003

Teamed again with director Anthony Minghella for the film "Cold Mountain," received an Academy Award nomination for Achievement in Cinematography

2001

Was cinematographer on "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone"

2000

Served as director of photography on "The Perfect Storm"

1999

Reteamed with Minghella on "The Talented Mr. Ripley"

1998

Served as cinematographer on "City of Angels", a loose remake of Wim Wenders' "Wings of Desire"

1996

Had banner year as director of photography on both "The Ghosts of Mississippi" (directed by Reiner) and "The English Patient" (directed by Anthony Minghella)

1995

First collaboration with Rob Reiner, "The American President"

1990

Directed first feature, "Till There Was You"

1988

Received second Oscar nomination for "Rain Man"

1986

First film with Randa Haines, "Children of a Lesser God"

1985

Received first Oscar nomination for "Witness", directed by Weir

1982

Did second unit cinematography on Weir's "The Year of Living Dangerously"

1976

Had first credit as cinematographer, "Deathcheaters"

1975

First worked with director Peter Weir as camera operator on "Picnic at Hanging Rock"

1962

Was camera assistant in film department of Australian Broadcasting Company

Bonus Trivia

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On "The English Patient" in AMERICAN CINEMATOGRAPHER, January 1997: "We wanted to feature the characters in the foreground, so we tended to use medium to long lenses. This helped to reduce distortion on the actors and 'pull up' the background. In this way we were able to surround the characters with the environment, keeping it a 'presence' rather than featuring it as another character or subject."

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On "Rain Man" in ENCORE, April 27-May 10, 1989: "We weren't trying to shoot a beautiful picture. We were creating a frame around Charlie and Raymond. I wanted to wrap them in the reality of where they were."

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