Dean Cundey

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Dean Cundey
Born Dean Raymond Cundey
(1946-03-12) March 12, 1946 (age 70)
Alhambra, California
Occupation Cinematographer

Dean Raymond Cundey, A.S.C.[1] (born March 12, 1946) is an American cinematographer.

Life and career[edit]

Cundey was born in Alhambra, California, United States. As a child, he used to build model sets, suggesting an interest in films from an early age. Cundey already had several low-budget films when he met Debra Hill, who in 1978 recruited him to work on Halloween, a film she co-wrote with director John Carpenter.

Having Cundey work on a film brought considerable advantages. In addition to his considerable skill as a cinematographer and director of photography, he also had the advantage of owning most of his own equipment packed in a large van, referred to by Debra Hill as the "movie van".[2]

Cundey's work on Halloween is cited by many fans as being among his best as director of photography. In addition to his lighting skills, particularly in the famous hallway scene where the hidden face of Michael Myers is slowly revealed by way of a blue light next to the mask, he was among the first cinematographers to make use of a recent invention called the steadicam, or panaglide.

The panaglide allowed the camera operator to "wear" the camera and obtain shots that were previously deemed too difficult or even impossible. In Halloween, the panaglide was used as a point of view reference for Michael Myers, allowing the audience to see what he saw.[3]

Other noteworthy films[edit]

Cundey would go on to work with Carpenter and Hill again on the films The Fog, Escape From New York, The Thing, Halloween II, and Halloween III: Season of the Witch.[4] He would also return to work with Carpenter for the last time on the 1986 big budget science fiction/comedy adventure Big Trouble in Little China. Cundey also served as Director of Photography on the 3D movie "Honey, I Shrunk the Audience" which ran in five Walt Disney theme parks around the world.

Later work[edit]

In addition to his work with Carpenter, Cundey would go on to lend his talents for the films Psycho II, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, the Back to the Future trilogy, What Women Want, Apollo 13, Jurassic Park, Romancing the Stone, Roadhouse, and Garfield to name a few. In 1997, he made his directorial debut with the direct-to-video sequel Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves. He recently worked in Canada on Camp Rock, one of several movies that he has filmed outside the United States, including Who Framed Roger Rabbit which was filmed primarily in England.

Awards and recognition[edit]

Cundey is a member of the American Society of Cinematographers. His work on Who Framed Roger Rabbit earned him an Academy Award nomination. On February 2, 2014, he was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by The ASC; John Carpenter introduced him.[5]



Year Title Role Notes
1973 The No Mercy Man cinematographer
Brother on the Run cinematographer
1974 So Evil, My Sister cinematographer
Where the Red Fern Grows cinematographer
1975 That Girl from Boston cinematographer
1976 The Witch Who Came From the Sea cinematographer
Creature from Black Lake cinematography
Ilsa, Harem Keeper of the Oil Sheiks cinematographer
1977 Satan's Cheerleaders cinematographer
Charge of the Model T's cinematographer
Bare Knuckles cinematographer
1978 Hi-Riders cinematographer
Goodbye, Franklin High cinematographer
Halloween cinematographer
1979 Angels' Brigade cinematographer
Rock 'n' Roll High School cinematographer
Roller Boogie cinematographer
1980 The Fog cinematographer
Galaxina cinematographer
Without Warning cinematographer
1981 Escape from New York cinematographer
Separate Ways cinematographer
Jaws of Satan cinematographer
Halloween II cinematographer
1982 The Thing cinematographer
Halloween III: Season of the Witch cinematographer
1983 Psycho II cinematographer
D.C. Cab cinematographer
1984 Romancing the Stone cinematographer
1985 Back to the Future cinematographer
Warning Sign cinematographer
1986 Big Trouble in Little China cinematographer
1987 Project X cinematographer
1988 Big Business cinematographer
Who Framed Roger Rabbit cinematographer
1989 Road House cinematographer
Back to the Future Part II cinematographer
1990 Back to the Future Part III Photographer cinematographer
1991 Nothing But Trouble cinematographer
Hook cinematographer
1992 Death Becomes Her cinematographer
1993 Jurassic Park Mate cinematographer
1994 The Flintstones Technician cinematographer
1995 Casper cinematographer
Apollo 13 cinematographer
1997 Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves director
Flubber cinematographer
1998 Krippendorf's Tribe cinematographer
The Parent Trap cinematographer
2000 What Women Want cinematographer
2003 Looney Tunes: Back in Action cinematographer
2004 Garfield cinematographer
2006 The Holiday cinematographer
2007 Whisper cinematographer
2008 Camp Rock cinematographer
2009 Shannon's Rainbow cinematographer
2010 The Spy Next Door cinematographer
Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster cinematographer
2011 Jack and Jill cinematographer
2013 Crazy Kind of Love cinematographer
2014 Walking with the Enemy cinematographer
Sophia Grace & Rosie's Royal Adventure cinematographer
2017 Where is Daniel?[6] cinematographer


  1. ^ Dean Cundey Biography (1946?-)
  2. ^ The Fog feature length commentary with Debra Hill and John Carpenter
  3. ^ Interview with Dean Cundey on the DVD documentary Halloween, A Cut Above The Rest
  4. ^ Shadowvision: “THE FOG”
  5. ^
  6. ^ Hall, Peter (July 6, 2016). "Daniel Morcombe movie cinemtoagrphaer coming to Queensland to work on Where is Daniel?". The Courier-Mail. News Corp Australia. Retrieved July 6, 2016. 

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