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Also Known As: Dean A. Cundey Died:
Born: March 12, 1946 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles County, California, USA Profession: director of photography, director, actor

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American cinematographer Dean Cundey, noted for his work on special effects-laden Hollywood extravaganzas, debuted with "Where the Red Fern Grows" (1974) and shot similarly undistinguished films until teaming with writer-director John Carpenter for "Halloween" (1978), a smashing success and a modern horror classic. Here he displayed his flair for composing evocative images of terror on a modest budget by using as little light as possible. Cundey went on to lens a series of films directed or produced by Carpenter ("The Fog" 1980; "Halloween II" 1981; "Escape From New York" 1981; "The Thing" 1982; "Halloween III: Season of the Witch" 1982; "Big Trouble in Little China" 1986). He worked on Richard Franklin's surprisingly good sequel, "Psycho II" (1983), and shot several TV-movies and pilots, including Wes Craven's "Invitation to Hell" (ABC, 1984). Cundey also enjoyed a successful collaboration with Robert Zemeckis beginning with "Romancing the Stone" (1984) and continuing through the "Back to the Future" trilogy (1985, 1989, 1990), "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" (1988) and "Death Becomes Her" (1992). Mastering the technical difficulties of lighting and shooting the complex human/'toon interactions of "Roger...

American cinematographer Dean Cundey, noted for his work on special effects-laden Hollywood extravaganzas, debuted with "Where the Red Fern Grows" (1974) and shot similarly undistinguished films until teaming with writer-director John Carpenter for "Halloween" (1978), a smashing success and a modern horror classic. Here he displayed his flair for composing evocative images of terror on a modest budget by using as little light as possible. Cundey went on to lens a series of films directed or produced by Carpenter ("The Fog" 1980; "Halloween II" 1981; "Escape From New York" 1981; "The Thing" 1982; "Halloween III: Season of the Witch" 1982; "Big Trouble in Little China" 1986). He worked on Richard Franklin's surprisingly good sequel, "Psycho II" (1983), and shot several TV-movies and pilots, including Wes Craven's "Invitation to Hell" (ABC, 1984).

Cundey also enjoyed a successful collaboration with Robert Zemeckis beginning with "Romancing the Stone" (1984) and continuing through the "Back to the Future" trilogy (1985, 1989, 1990), "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" (1988) and "Death Becomes Her" (1992). Mastering the technical difficulties of lighting and shooting the complex human/'toon interactions of "Roger Rabbit" earned Cundey an Oscar nomination. Steven Spielberg called upon his expertise for his lavish fantasy, "Hook" (1991), and again for "Jurassic Park" (1993), arguably his most complex project to date, and he did a nice job seamlessly blending effects work with normal scenes for Ron Howard's "Apollo 13" (1995). Cundey made his directorial debut with "Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves" (1997), Walt Disney Home Video's first live-action, direct-to-video release, and since then has worked almost exclusively for Disney as a director of photography on "Flubber" (also 1997), "Krippendorf's Tribe". "The Parent Trap" and as a second unit director on Stephen Sommers' "Deep Rising" (all 1998).

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DIRECTOR:

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  Deep Rising (1998) Director (2nd Unit)
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CAST: (feature film)

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2.
 Flintstones, The (1994) Technician
3.
 Jurassic Park (1993) Mate
4.
 Back To The Future (Part 3) (1990) Photographer
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1974:
First feature as director of photography, "Where the Red Ferns Grow", a period family drama
1978:
First collaboration with John Carpenter, "Halloween"
1983:
TV-movie debut as director of photography, "M.A.D.D.: Mothers Against Drunk Driving"
1984:
First collaboration with Robert Zemeckis, "Romancing the Stone"
1985:
First project for Amblin Entertainment, Zemeckis' "Back to the Future", produced by Steven Spielberg
1988:
Oscar-nominatd for Zemeckis' "Who Framed Roger Rabbit"
1989:
Teamed with Zemeckis on "All Through the House" episode of "Tales From the Crypt" (HBO)
1991:
Initial collaboration with director Steven Spielberg, "Hook"
1995:
Teamed with director Ron Howard for "Apollo 13"
1997:
Made directing debut with "Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves", Walt Disney Home Video's first live-action, direct-to-video release
1998:
Served as second unit director on Stephen Sommers' "Deep Rising"
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Education

California State University, Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California -
University of California at Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California - 1968

Notes

In 2001, named cinematographer in residence for the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) master of fine arts program in cinematography.

Cundey has played small roles in "Back to the Future III" (1990, suitably cast as a photographer) and "Jurassic Park" (1993).

"Cundey said that he and Spielberg tried to make the camera into another character in the film ['Jurassic Park']. The continuous movement and choice of interesting and sometimes extreme angles generate a high level of emotional energy. This tactic is naturally intended to keep audience members white-knuckled and gripping the arms of their seats."

"Describing a sequence in which the film's characters tour the dinosaur park in a tram, Cundey says 'It's like [the viewers] are along for the ride.' People watching the film sway with the visual twists and turns, craning their necks as if they are looking for predators lurking in the shadows." --From "Jurassic Park: When Dinosaurs Rule the Box Office" by Bob Fisher in American Cinematographer, June 1993.

"'One of the things which intrigues me about filmmaking is the ability it gives you to create an illusion by getting the audience to believe something you have invented,' says Cundey. 'It must be the same for actors, writers, and directors. I don't mind being stereotyped, because right now, I'm enjoying the films I'm shooting. But I'll admit, there are times when I dream about shooting a film with two actors in one room.'" --From "Jurassic Park: When Dinosaurs Rule the Box Office" by Bob Fisher in American Cinematographer, June 1993.

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sister:
Gail Cundey. Younger.

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