Jonathan Sela (born April 29, 1978) 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
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, 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. He served as assistant to cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond for two films 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. Sela was director of photography on 2017's Transformers: The Last Knight, the fifth entry in the science fiction action franchise. 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.
|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
|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
|2017||Transformers: The Last Knight||Michael Bay|
|Atomic Blonde||David Leitch|
|2019||Hobbs & Shaw||Post-production|
|2015||Limitless||Marc Webb||1 episode|
|Crazy Ex-Girlfriend||1 episode|
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- "Panorama: Megan Schoenbachler and Jonathan Sela's Venice home". Los Angeles Times. 30 January 2013. Retrieved 17 September 2016.