Dan Mindel

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Dan Mindel
Born Daniel Mindel
(1958-05-27) May 27, 1958 (age 60)
Johannesburg, South Africa
Occupation Cinematographer
Years active 1992 -

Daniel Mindel, BSC, ASC (born 27 May 1958) is a South African-American cinematographer best known for his work on blockbuster action films for directors like Ridley Scott, Tony Scott and J. J. Abrams.

Life and career[edit]

Mindel received education in Australia and in Britain. He began his career as a camera loader before becoming a clapper loader and assistant cameraman on John Boorman's 1985 film, The Emerald Forest, under French cinematographer Philippe Rousselot. He soon after moved to the United States and began working on commercials for Ridley and Tony Scott, among several other directors.[1]

Throughout the 1990s, Mindel worked as a camera operator or photographer on feature films directed by either Tony Scott or Ridley Scott, including Thelma & Louise and Crimson Tide. In 1997, Mindel was assigned as second unit director of photography on Ridley Scott's G.I. Jane. This opened the door for Mindel to become director of photography on Tony Scott's 1998 action-thriller, Enemy of the State.

Mindel went on to serve as director of photography for films such as Shanghai Noon, Stuck on You, The Skeleton Key, John Carter, and Tony Scott's Spy Game and Domino. He has also done additional photography for the films The Bourne Identity and Lions for Lambs.

Director J. J. Abrams selected Mindel to be director of photography on 2006's Mission: Impossible III. Mindel worked with Abrams again as the cinematographer of 2009's Star Trek and its follow-up, Star Trek Into Darkness.

Mindel was the director of photography on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which was released on December 18, 2015.[2]


His work tends to feature very stylized camera movements and lighting, often shooting with an anamorphic format and virtual cinematography.

Personal life[edit]

Mindel is married to Lisa Fallon Mindel and has four children, Samuel, Eden, Molly, and Lily.


As cinematographer

Year Film Director Other notes
1992 Red Shoe Diaries Michael Kalbernikoff

Zalman King

Television series;
3 episodes
1996 Recon Breck Eisner Short film
Dangerous Minds James Hayman Television series;
Pilot episode
1998 Enemy of the State Tony Scott Replaced Dariusz Wolski
2000 Shanghai Noon Tom Dey
2000 Sand Matt Palmieri with John Skotchdopole
2001 Spy Game Tony Scott
2003 Stuck on You The Farrelly Brothers
2005 Domino Tony Scott
2005 The Skeleton Key Iain Softley
2006 Mission: Impossible III J. J. Abrams
2009 Star Trek
2012 John Carter Andrew Stanton
2012 Savages Oliver Stone
2013 Star Trek Into Darkness J. J. Abrams
2014 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Marc Webb
2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens J. J. Abrams
2016 Zoolander No. 2 Ben Stiller
2018 The Cloverfield Paradox Julius Onah
2018 Pacific Rim Uprising Steven S. DeKnight
2019 Star Wars: Episode IX J. J. Abrams

As other

Year Film Director DoP. Other notes
1983 The Hunger Tony Scott Stephen Goldblatt Assistant camera operator
1985 The Emerald Forest John Boorman Philippe Rousselot
1990 Revenge Tony Scott Jeffrey L. Kimball Focus puller
1995 Crimson Tide Dariusz Wolski Additional photography
1996 The Fan
White Squall Ridley Scott Hugh Johnson
1997 G.I. Jane Second unit photography
2002 The Bourne Identity Doug Liman Oliver Wood Additional photography;
with Don Burgess
2007 Lions for Lambs Robert Redford Philippe Rousselot Additional photography;
with Phil Méheux


  2. ^ "Star Wars Episode VII will be shot on 35mm film to recapture 70s feel". Telegraph.co.uk. 23 August 2013.

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