Jonathan Sela

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Jonathan Sela
Born (1978-04-29) April 29, 1978 (age 41)
Years active1995-present

Jonathan Sela (born April 29, 1978[1]) is a French-born Israeli cinematographer. He has shot numerous commercials, music videos and feature films, including John Wick, The Midnight Meat Train, Transformers: The Last Knight, and Deadpool 2, as well as numerous collaborations with directors John Moore and David Leitch.

Life and career[edit]

Sela was born in Paris, France. At the age of 10, his Polish grandfather took him to the set of Schindler's List in Kraków,[2] which inspired him to pursue a career in filmmaking. Four years later, he began working in Israel as a cameraman and lighting technician on numerous television films and shows, first as lighting technician, then as gaffer. He emigrated to the United States at age 19, enrolling in the American Film Institute in Los Angeles.[2] He served as assistant to cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond for two films[2] before making his debut as director of photography with the music video for Cypress Hill's Lowrider. After shooting several shorts, he made his feature film debut with the 2004 comedy film Soul Plane. In 2006, he shot the remake of The Omen, the first of several collaborations with director John Moore. In 2008 he shot both the Clive Barker adaptation The Midnight Meat Train and Max Payne; a neo-noir action film based on the critically acclaimed video game of the same name. Some of Sela's more recent projects include the F. Gary Gray-directed crime drama Law Abiding Citizen, the fifth entry of the Die Hard film series A Good Day to Die Hard, and the action thriller John Wick.[3] Sela was director of photography on 2017's Transformers: The Last Knight, the fifth entry in the science fiction action franchise.[4] Sela has also worked on commercials for companies like Verizon Wireless, KFC, Gillette, and Mary Kay, and has shot music videos for artists like Rihanna and Green Day.

Personal life[edit]

Sela lives in Venice, California with his wife, photographer Megan Schoenbachler, and their two sons.[5]


Year Title Director Notes
1999 Yana's Friends Arik Kaplun Best boy
2001 Life as a House Irwin Winkler Camera intern
2004 Soul Plane Jessy Terrero
The Girl Next Door Luke Greenfield Additional photography
2005 Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom
Dancing and Charm School
Randall Miller
2006 Dreamland Jason Matzner
Grimm Love Martin Weisz
The Omen John Moore
2007 Randy and the Mob Ray McKinnon
Martian Child Menno Meyjes Additional photography
2008 The Midnight Meat Train Ryuhei Kitamura
Powder Blue Timothy Linh Bui
Max Payne John Moore
2009 Law Abiding Citizen F. Gary Gray
2013 A Good Day to Die Hard John Moore
2014 John Wick Chad Stahelski
David Leitch
2017 Transformers: The Last Knight Michael Bay
Atomic Blonde David Leitch
2018 Deadpool 2
2019 Hobbs & Shaw[6] Post-production


Year Title Director Notes
2015 Limitless Marc Webb 1 episode
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend 1 episode

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist
2001 "The Motivation Proclamation" Good Charlotte
"Waiting" Green Day
"Simple Creed" Live
"Sunny Hours" Long Beach Dub Allstars featuring
"Lowrider" Cypress Hill
2002 "Anything" Jaheim featuring Next
"I'm Just a Kid" Simple Plan
"Walking Away" Craig David
"American Girls" Counting Crows
"I Don't Wanna" Keke Wyatt
"If There's Love" Citizen Cope
"This Way" Jewel
"Dilemma" Nelly featuring Kelly Rowland
"Luv U Better" LL Cool J
"Hot Wheels" Jim Crow
"Bigger Business" Swizz Beatz featuring P. Diddy, Baby, Jadakiss, Cassidy and Snoop Dogg
"Crush Tonight" Fat Joe featuring Ginuwine
"Paradise" LL Cool J
2003 "Pussycat" Wyclef Jean
"Rock Your Body" Justin Timberlake
"Many Men (Wish Death)" 50 Cent
"Hidden Agenda" Craig David
"Fallen" Mýa
"The First Cut Is the Deepest" Sheryl Crow
"Milkshake" Kelis
"Clap Back" Ja Rule
"You Don't Know My Name" Alicia Keys
"Sick and Tired" Nappy Roots
2004 "The Unnamed Feeling" Metallica
"100 Years" Five for Fighting
"U Should've Known Better" Monica
"Lola Stars and Stripes" The Stills
"Love Will Come Through" Travis
"A Million Days" Prince
"Slither" Velvet Revolver
"Who Is She 2 U" Brandy
"My Boo" Usher featuring Alicia Keys
"Rumors" Lindsay Lohan
"Sand in My Shoes" Dido
2005 "Get Right" Jennifer Lopez
"Over" Lindsay Lohan
"Shiver" Natalie Imbruglia
"The Clincher" Chevelle
"Cater 2 U" Destiny's Child
"First" Lindsay Lohan
"Make a Move" Incubus
"No Daddy" Teairra Marí
"Everlasting Love" Jamie Cullum
"Let It Slide" Joanna
"Get Your Number" Mariah Carey featuring Jermaine Dupri
2006 "Pump It" The Black Eyed Peas
"Coming Undone" Korn
"Rough Landing, Holly" Yellowcard
"Ain't No Other Man" Christina Aguilera
"Morris Brown" Outkast
"Dark Blue" Jack's Mannequin
"Save Room" John Legend
"We Ride" Rihanna
"Love Like Winter" AFI
"Irreplaceable" Beyoncé
"Hurt" Christina Aguilera
2007 "Just Fine" Mary J. Blige
2008 "Love Lockdown" Kanye West
2009 "Russian Roulette" Rihanna
"A Dustland Fairytale" The Killers
"Kings and Queens" Thirty Seconds to Mars
"New Divide" Linkin Park
"21 Guns" Green Day
"Run This Town" Jay-Z featuring Rihanna and Kanye West
"Stronger" Mary J. Blige
"It Kills Me" Melanie Fiona
"(If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To" Weezer
2010 "Last of the American Girls" Green Day
"Pop Goes the World" Gossip
"Fistful of Tears" Maxwell
"Over" Drake
"The Time (Dirty Bit)" The Black Eyed Peas
2011 "What the Hell" Avril Lavigne
"E.T." Katy Perry featuring Kanye West
"Till the World Ends" Britney Spears
"Dance for You" Beyoncé
2012 "This Kiss" Carly Rae Jepsen
2013 "Give It 2 U" Robin Thicke featuring Kendrick Lamar and 2 Chainz
"Wrecking Ball" Miley Cyrus
"Danse" Mia Martina
2014 "Love Never Felt So Good" Justin Timberlake and Michael Jackson
2015 "Can't Feel My Face" The Weeknd
"Finna Get Loose" Puff Daddy featuring Pharrell Williams


  1. ^ "Jonathan Sela". AlloCiné. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "JONATHAN SELA". Retrieved 2017-06-19.
  3. ^ EnStars (22 April 2016). "'Transformers 5' Spoilers: Comedian Jerrod Carmichael Set To Join 'Age of Extinction' Sequel? [VIDEO]". Enstarz. Retrieved 17 September 2016.
  4. ^ Caranicas, Peter (7 April 2016). "Agencies Book Artisans on 'Fast 8,' 'Transformers 5,' 'To the Bone,' 'MacGyver' and 'Altered Carbon'". Variety. Retrieved 17 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Panorama: Megan Schoenbachler and Jonathan Sela's Venice home". Los Angeles Times. 30 January 2013. Retrieved 17 September 2016.
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