Caleb Deschanel

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Caleb Deschanel
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Caleb Deschanel, 2009 in San Diego
Born Joseph Caleb Deschanel
(1944-09-21) September 21, 1944 (age 73)[1]
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Alma mater
Occupation Cinematographer, film director
Years active 1969–present
Spouse(s) Mary Jo Weir (m. 1972)
Children
Deschanel on the set of The Spiderwick Chronicles, April 2007

Joseph Caleb Deschanel, ASC (born September 21, 1944)[1] is an American cinematographer and director of film and television.[2] He has been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Cinematography five times.[3] He is a member of the National Film Preservation Board of the Library of Congress, representing the American Society of Cinematographers.[4] The actresses Emily and Zooey Deschanel are his daughters by his wife, the former Mary Jo Weir, whom he married in 1972.

Early life and professional education[edit]

Deschanel was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Ann Ward (née Orr) and Paul Jules Deschanel. His father was French, from Oullins, Rhône, and his mother was a United States citizen.[5] Deschanel was raised in his mother's Quaker religion.[6]

He enrolled[when?] in Severn School for his high school years. He attended Johns Hopkins University from 1962 to 1966, where he met Walter Murch, with whom he staged "happenings," including one in which Murch simply sat down and ate an apple for an audience.[citation needed] Murch graduated a year ahead of him and encouraged Deschanel to follow him to the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, where he graduated in 1968. During this time, Deschanel was a member of a band of film students called "The Dirty Dozen;" this group attracted attention from the Hollywood system. Following his graduation, he attended the American Film Institute (AFI) Conservatory and graduated in 1969 as a member of its first class.[7]

Career[edit]

Deschanel joined the American Society of Cinematographers, or A.S.C., in 1969, the year of his graduation from the AFI Conservatory. In 1972, three years later, he married the former Mary Jo Weir. The older of their two daughters, Emily, was born in 1976; their younger daughter, Zooey, was born in 1980.

Filmography[edit]

As director[edit]

As cinematographer[edit]

Key
Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Director Notes
1971 THX 1138 George Lucas Additional photography
Photographed by David Myers & Albert Kihn
Angels Hard as They Come Joe Viola Additional photography
Photographed by Stephen M. Katz
1972 The Godfather Francis Ford Coppola Director of Photography: Newspaper sequence
Photographed by Gordon Willis
In Pursuit of Treasure Stanton Kaye Additional photography
Photographed by Beda Batka
1974 A Woman Under the Influence John Cassavetes Additional photography
Photographed by Al Ruban & Mitch Breit
1979 Apocalypse Now Francis Ford Coppola Director of Photography: Insert photography
Photographed by Vittorio Storaro
Being There Hal Ashby National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography
More American Graffiti Bill L. Norton
The Black Stallion Carroll Ballard National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography
1983 The Right Stuff Philip Kaufman Nominated – Academy Award for Best Cinematography
The Black Stallion Returns Robert Dalva Additional photography

Photographed by Carlo Di Palma

1984 The Natural Barry Levinson Nominated – Academy Award for Best Cinematography
1985 The Slugger's Wife Hal Ashby
1990 The Two Jakes Jack Nicholson Replaced by Vilmos Zsigmond
1994 It Could Happen to You Andrew Bergman
1996 Fly Away Home Carroll Ballard Nominated – Academy Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – American Society of Cinematographers Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases
1997 Titanic James Cameron Director of Photography: Halifax
Photographed by Russell Carpenter
1998 Hope Floats Forest Whitaker
1999 Anna and the King Andy Tennant Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Cinematography
Message in a Bottle Luis Mandoki
2000 The Patriot Roland Emmerich American Society of Cinematographers Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Cinematography
2003 The Hunted William Friedkin
Timeline Richard Donner
2004 National Treasure Jon Turteltaub
The Passion of the Christ Mel Gibson Nominated – Academy Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – American Society of Cinematographers Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases
2006 Ask the Dust Robert Towne
2008 Killshot John Madden
The Spiderwick Chronicles Mark Waters
2009 My Sister's Keeper Nick Cassavetes
2011 Dream House Jim Sheridan
Killer Joe William Friedkin
2012 Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Timur Bekmambetov
Jack Reacher Christopher McQuarrie
2013 Gangster Squad Ruben Fleischer Additional photography
Photographed by Dion Beebe
2014 Winter's Tale Akiva Goldsman
2016 Rules Don't Apply Warren Beatty
2017 Unforgettable Denise Di Novi
2019 The Lion King Jon Favreau Filming

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Caleb Deschanel". Cinematographers.nl. 
  2. ^ "CALEB DESCHANEL". www.cinematographers.nl. Retrieved 2018-06-26. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-09-21. Retrieved 2015-12-14. 
  4. ^ Loc.gov
  5. ^ About.com
  6. ^ "A passion to convey a director's vision". Los Angeles Times. 2005-02-27. Retrieved 2010-10-14. 
  7. ^ AFI

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