Roger Deakins

Director of photography, Camera operator, Still photographer
After starting out his career in documentaries, Roger Deakins became one of the few elite cinematographers of his generation, thanks in large part to his routine collaborations with filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen. Ever ... Read more »
Born: 05/24/1949 in Devon, England, GB

Filmography

Camera, Film, & Tape (71)

Hail, Caesar! 2016 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Sicario 2015 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Unbroken 2014 (Movie)

Director Of Photography/A Camera Operator (Director of Photography)

Prisoners 2013 (Movie)

Director Of Photography/ A Camera Operator (Director of Photography)

Skyfall 2012 (Movie)

Director of Photography / A Camera Operator (Director of Photography)

In Time 2011 (Movie)

Director Of Photography/A Camera Operator (Director of Photography)

Rango 2011 (Movie)

Cinematography Consultant (Cinematographer)

The Company Men 2010 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

True Grit 2010 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

A Serious Man 2009 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Doubt 2008 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

Doubt 2008 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Revolutionary Road 2008 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Reader 2008 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

The Reader 2008 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

In the Valley of Elah 2007 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

No Country for Old Men 2007 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

No Country for Old Men 2007 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford 2007 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford 2007 (Movie)

"A" Camera Operator (Camera Operator)

Jarhead 2005 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Ladykillers 2004 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Village 2004 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

House of Sand and Fog 2003 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Intolerable Cruelty 2003 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Levity 2003 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

Levity 2003 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

A Beautiful Mind 2001 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Man Who Wasn't There 2001 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

O Brother, Where Art Thou? 2000 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Anywhere But Here 1999 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Hurricane 1999 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Big Lebowski 1998 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Siege 1998 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Kundun 1997 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Courage Under Fire 1996 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Fargo 1996 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Dead Man Walking 1995 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Hudsucker Proxy 1994 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Shawshank Redemption 1994 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Secret Garden 1993 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Passion Fish 1992 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Thunderheart 1992 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Barton Fink 1991 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Homicide 1991 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Air America 1990 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Mountains of the Moon 1990 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

Mountains of the Moon 1990 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Long Walk Home 1990 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Pascali's Island 1988 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Stormy Monday 1988 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Kitchen Toto 1988 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

White Mischief 1988 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Personal Services 1987 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Shadey 1987 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Defence of the Realm 1986 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Sid and Nancy 1986 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Return to Waterloo 1985 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

1984 1984 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Another Time, Another Place 1983 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Innocent 1983 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Alan Bush a Life 1982 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Memoirs of a Survivor 1981 (Movie)

director of photography 2nd unit (Director of Photography)

Van Morrison in Ireland 1981 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

The Animals Film 1980 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Blue Suede Shoes 1978 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Before Hindsight 1976 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Cruel Passion 1976 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Empty Hand 1975 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Welcome to Britain 1975 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Dinner With Friends (TV Show)

Director of Photography
Actor (2)

Cinematographer Style 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)
Other (4)

How to Train Your Dragon 2 2014 (Movie)

Visual Consultant (Consultant)

The Croods 2013 (Movie)

Visual Consultant (Consultant)

Rise of the Guardians 2012 (Movie)

Visual Consultant (Consultant)

WALL-E 2008 (Movie)

Visual Consultant (Consultant)

Biography

After starting out his career in documentaries, Roger Deakins became one of the few elite cinematographers of his generation, thanks in large part to his routine collaborations with filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen. Ever since his Oscar-nominated camerawork on "Barton Fink" (1991), Deakins filmed some of the most remarkable images recorded on celluloid. Whether conveying the sweeping grandeur of hope taking flight from prison walls in "The Shawshank Redemption" (1994), capturing the isolated, brittle snowscape of "Fargo" (1996), or putting on display the vibrant spirituality of Tibet in "Kundun" (1997), Deakins created a visual style visual style that turned him into a cinematographer sought after by the top directors in the business, while also earning a slew of Academy Award nominations. His work was awarded numerous times, mostly for his stunning camerawork on Coen Brothers films such as "The Man Who Wasn't There" (2001), "No Country for Old Men" (2007) and "True Grit" (2010). He did, of course, branch out beyond the Coen Brothers universe where he earned further acclaim, most notably with "A Beautiful Mind" (2001), "House of Sand and Fog" (2003), "In the Valley of Elah" (2007), "The Reader" (2008) and "Skyfall" (2012). Because of his achievements and extraordinary work for over three decades, Deakins had earned the reputation as one of Hollywood's top cinematographers of all time.

Relationships

James Ellis Deakins Consultant

Wife
Married Dec. 11, 1991

William Deakins

Father

Josephine Deakins

Mother

EDUCATION

National Film and Television School

1972 - 1975
Met future collaborator Michael Radford

Bath School of Art and Design

Later transferred to the National Film and Television School

Milestones

2014

Shot the Angelina Jolie drama "Unbroken", about a U.S. Olympian held captive during World War Two

2012

Was cinematographer on Sam Mendes' James Bond film "Skyfall"

2011

Shot Joel and Ethan Coen's "True Grit"

2010

Teamed with the Coen brothers' for "True Grit"

2009

Again collaborated with the Coen brothers' for "A Serious Man"

2008

Was also the cinematographer for Sam Mendes' Revolutionary Road" and John Patrick Shanley's "Doubt"

2008

Co-cinematographer for Stephen Daldry's "The Reader"; earned eighth Academy Award nomination

2007

Shot the film, "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford"; earned sixth Academy Award nomination

2007

Again collaborated with the Coen brothers' for "No Country for Old Men"; earned seventh Academy Award nomination

2005

Filmed the Sam Mendes directed, "Jarhead"

2003

Shot the beautifully filmed, "House of Sand and Fog" for director Vadim Perelman

2001

Was the cinematographer for Ron Howard's "A Beautiful Mind"

2001

Re-teamed with the Coen brothers' for "The Man Who Wasn't There"; earned fifth Academy Award nomination

2000

Again teamed with the Coen brothers' for "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"; earned fourth Academy Award nomination

1997

Received third Academy Award nomination for Martin Scorsese's "Kundun"

1996

Re-teamed with the Coen brothers' for "Fargo"; earned second Academy Award nomination

1994

Second film for the Coens, "The Hudsucker Proxy"

1994

Earned first Academy Award nomination for his work on "The Shawshank Redemption"

1991

First collaboration with the Coen brothers, "Barton Fink"

1990

American film debut as a cinematographer, "Mountains of the Moon"

1987

Re-teamed with Radford for "White Mischief"

1986

Director of photography for Alex Cox's "Sid and Nancy"

1984

Served as cinematographer on Radford's film version of "1984"

1983

First collaboration with Michael Radford, "Another Place, Another Time"

1977

Director of photography for his first non-documentary, "Cruel Passion"

1976

Filmed the documentary feature, "Welcome to Britain" and the short film, "Empty Hand"

1972

Met future collaborator Michael Radford, while attending Film School

Traveled to Africa to film, "Zimbabwe" and "Eritrea – Behind Enemy Lines"

Raised in Devon, England

Commissioned to create a photographic documentary of life in Torquay

Shot first documentary, "Around the World With Ridgeway"

Attended an art college in Bath; studied graphic design and photography

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