M. David Mullen

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David Mullen
Born Merritt David Mullen III
(1962-06-26) 26 June 1962 (age 54)
Occupation Cinematographer

David Mullen, A.S.C. (born 26 June 1962 as Merritt David Mullen III) is a Japanese-born American cinematographer[1] known for his photography on Twin Falls Idaho, Northfork, Akeelah and the Bee, The Astronaut Farmer, and The Love Witch. He often collaborates with The Polish brothers.[2][3][4][5][6]

In spring 2004 he was accepted into the American Society of Cinematographers, one of the highest honors that can be bestowed upon a cinematographer.[7][8] He has been nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards for best cinematography, once in 2000 for Twin Falls Idaho, and once in 2004 for Northfork.[9][10] In 2017, he was awarded Best Cinematography for The Love Witch by the Dublin Film Critics' Circle.[11]

He studied cinematography at the California Institute of the Arts from 1988 to 1991. His mentor was Kris Malkiewicz; he later collaborated with him on "Cinematography: Third Edition," an essential guidebook for film production techniques.[12] By the time he entered CalArts, he was 27 years old and well versed in the technical side of cinematography, having learnt everything he could from the UCLA film library.[13]





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