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Dean Cundey

Director of Photography


Dean Cundey, ASC, grew up in Alhambra on the outskirts of Los Angeles. Interested in film since high school, he studied architecture and cinema at UCLA. His interested shifted from production design to cinematography when he took a class taught by the legendary James Wong Howe, ASC. After graduation, Cundey worked in low budget films in various jobs, including as a lighting technician, make up and special effects. He finally got a chance to shoot when a cinematographer that was scheduled to work on a film cancelled at the last moment. Initially, he worked on action and horror genre films with miniscule budgets. Cundey first attracted attention in 1978 when he and John Carpenter collaborated on the production of HALLOWEEN. Their subsequent collaborations included THE FOG, ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, THE THING, and BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA. He garnered an Oscar nomination for his work with Robert Zemeckis on WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT and he earned Outstanding Achievement Award nominations from the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) for HOOK and APOLLO 13. His body of work also includes such notable films as ROMANCING THE STONE, the BACK TO THE FUTURE trilogy, DEATH BECOMES HER, JURASSIC PARK, WHAT WOMEN WANT, LOONEY TUNES: BACK IN ACTION, GARFIELD I & II, SAKURA-THE BLUE EYED SAMARAI, WHISPER and THE HOLIDAY. Cundey also lensed THE FACE, an artful two-hour PBS documentary on the history and role of art in the Christian religion for WNET-TV, which earned him an Emmy. He also directed the Disney feature film HONEY WE SHRANK OURSELVES and occasional narrative films and numerous commercials as a Director/Cameraman and as a Cinematographer.