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      Caleb Deschanel

      Caleb Deschanel

      Highest Rated: 96% The Right Stuff (1983)

      Lowest Rated: 7% Dream House (2011)

      Birthday: Sep 21, 1944

      Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

      Acclaimed as a superior color cinematographer, Caleb Deschanel began his career shooting the stunning John Cassavetes film "A Woman Under the Influence" (1974). The Philadelphia native studied at USC and the American Film Institute and with Gordon Willis before embarking on his career. While working as a director of photography, Deschanel also shot several short films (including the prize-winning "Trains" 1976), documentaries and TV commercials. He received widespread acclaim for two 1979 features, Carroll Ballard's "The Black Stallion" and Hal Ashby's "Being There." In the former, Deschanel's lyric cinematography and almost fauvistic use of strong, pure color, captured the budding "love story" between Kelly Reno and the horse, (making the texture of Picasso's less vivid "A Boy and His Horse" seemingly come alive). The film is often cited as one of (if not THE) most beautifully lensed of the 70s; its pictorial beauty greater, perhaps, than the narrative. "Being There" was in many ways an opposite canvas, in which the dialogue had prominence, yet the look of the feature was just as lyric, but with diffused color so as not to offset the eccentric reality the film was trying to uncover. Deschanel earned back-to-back Oscar nods for his work on Philip Kaufman's paean to the space program, "The Right Stuff" (1983) and Barry Levinson's period baseball drama "The Natural" (1984). The latter used light as a force, an almost overblown imagery that unsettles the audience, leaving it to question the reality within the narrative yet at the same time, providing a melodic sensibility to baseball, a game to which words have paid homage, but films have rarely been able to put into equally poetic pictures.

      Highest rated movies

      Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography


      Bones, from left: Michaela Conlin, T.J. Thyne, Caleb Deschanel, Emily Deschanel, 'The Woman in White', Season 9, Ep. #6, 10/21/2013, ©FOX JACK REACHER, from left: director of photography Caleb Deschanel, director Christopher McQuarrie, on set, 2012. ph: Karen Ballard/©Paramount Pictures UNFORGETTABLE, FROM LEFT, CINEMATOGRAPHER CALEB DESCHANEL, DIRECTOR DENISE DI NOVI, ON-SET, 2017. PH: KAREN BALLARD. ©WARNER BROS. TIMELINE, director Richard Donner (center), cinematographer Caleb Deschanel, on set, 2003. (c) Paramount CRUSOE, Director Caleb Deschanel, 1989, (c)Island Pictures



      52% 88% The Lion King Cinematographer $543.6M 2019
      86% No Score Yet Friedkin Uncut Self - 2018
      77% 87% Never Look Away Cinematographer $1.3M 2018
      28% 33% Unforgettable Cinematographer $11.3M 2017
      55% 34% Rules Don't Apply Cinematographer $3.6M 2016
      13% 44% Winter's Tale Cinematographer $12.6M 2014
      63% 67% Jack Reacher Cinematographer $54.6M 2012
      34% 50% Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Cinematographer $37.5M 2012
      80% 61% Killer Joe Cinematographer $2.0M 2011
      7% 36% Dream House Cinematographer $21.3M 2011
      47% 72% My Sister's Keeper Cinematographer $49.2M 2009
      38% 28% Killshot Cinematographer $17.0K 2009
      81% 63% The Spiderwick Chronicles Cinematographer $71.1M 2008
      35% 41% Ask the Dust Cinematographer $742.6K 2006
      46% 76% National Treasure Cinematographer $173.0M 2004
      49% 80% The Passion of the Christ Cinematographer $371.4M 2004
      29% 46% The Hunted Cinematographer $34.2M 2003
      62% 81% The Patriot Cinematographer $113.3M 2000
      52% 64% Anna and the King Cinematographer - 1999
      32% 66% Message in a Bottle Cinematographer $52.8M 1999
      27% 72% Hope Floats Cinematographer $60.0M 1998
      88% 70% Fly Away Home Cinematographer $24.6M 1996
      71% 54% It Could Happen to You Cinematographer $37.8M 1994
      95% 85% Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography Unknown (Character) - 1993
      62% 43% Crusoe Director - 1988
      83% 88% The Natural Cinematographer - 1984
      96% 90% The Right Stuff Cinematographer - 1983
      80% 62% The Escape Artist Director - 1982
      No Score Yet 62% Let's Spend the Night Together Cinematographer - 1982
      20% 33% More American Graffiti Cinematographer - 1979
      95% 92% Being There Cinematographer - 1979
      90% 83% The Black Stallion Cinematographer - 1979
      89% 91% A Woman Under the Influence Cinematographer - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rodeo Cinematographer - 1969


      90% 83% Bones Director 2007
      22% 80% Conviction Director 2006
      77% 92% Twin Peaks Director 1990-1991