Dean Cundey


Director Of Photography

About

Also Known As
Dean A. Cundey
Birth Place
Los Angeles County, California, USA
Born
March 12, 1946

Biography

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...

Biography

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).

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Deep Rising (1998)
Director (2nd Unit)
Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves! (1997)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

Cinematographer Style (2006)
The Flintstones (1994)
Jurassic Park (1993)
Back To The Future (Part 3) (1990)

Cinematography (Feature Film)

Home Again (2017)
Director Of Photography
Slamma Jamma (2017)
Director Of Photography
Diablo (2016)
Director Of Photography
The Girl in the Photographs (2015)
Director Of Photography
Freedom (2015)
Director Of Photography
Walking with the Enemy (2014)
Director Of Photography
Long Time Gone (2013)
Director Of Photography
Playing for Keeps (2012)
Director Of Photography
Jack and Jill (2011)
Director Of Photography
The Spy Next Door (2010)
Director Of Photography
Whisper (2007)
Director Of Photography
The Holiday (2006)
Director Of Photography
Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties (2006)
Director Of Photography
Garfield (2004)
Director Of Photography
Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003)
Director Of Photography
What Women Want (2000)
Director Of Photography
PARENT TRAP, THE (1998)
Director Of Photography
Krippendorf's Tribe (1998)
Director Of Photography
Flubber (1997)
Director Of Photography
Casper (1995)
Director Of Photography
Apollo 13 (1995)
Director Of Photography
The Flintstones (1994)
Director Of Photography
Jurassic Park (1993)
Director Of Photography
Death Becomes Her (1992)
Director Of Photography
Nothing But Trouble (1991)
Director Of Photography
Hook (1991)
Director Of Photography
Back To The Future (Part 3) (1990)
Director Of Photography
Back To The Future (Part 2) (1989)
Director Of Photography
Road House (1989)
Director Of Photography
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
Director Of Photography
Big Business (1988)
Director Of Photography
Project X (1987)
Director Of Photography
Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
Director Of Photography
Warning Sign (1985)
Director Of Photography
Back To The Future (1985)
Director Of Photography
Amazons (1984)
Director Of Photography
Romancing the Stone (1984)
Director Of Photography
Invitation to Hell (1984)
Director Of Photography
Psycho II (1983)
Director Of Photography
The Invisible Woman (1983)
Director Of Photography
D.C. Cab (1983)
Director Of Photography
M.A.D.D.: Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (1983)
Director Of Photography
The Thing (1982)
Director Of Photography
Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)
Director Of Photography
Halloween II (1981)
Director Of Photography
Escape From New York (1981)
Director Of Photography
Separate Ways (1981)
Director Of Photography
Angels Brigade (1980)
Cinematographer
Galaxina (1980)
Director Of Photography
Without Warning (1980)
Cinematographer
The Fog (1980)
Director Of Photography
Jaws Of Satan (1979)
Director Of Photography
Roller Boogie (1979)
Cinematographer
Rock 'N' Roll High School (1979)
Director Of Photography
Halloween (1978)
Director Of Photography
The Hi-Riders (1978)
Director Of Photography
Bare Knuckles (1978)
Cinematographer
Charge of the Model-T's (1977)
Cinematographer
Black Shampoo (1976)
Cinematographer
Ilse, Harem Keeper of the Oil Sheiks (1975)
Cinematographer
Where the Red Fern Grows (1974)
Director Of Photography

Film Production - Main (Feature Film)

Leave It to Beaver (1997)
Photography

Film Production - Unit (Feature Film)

Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties (2006)
Unit Director

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Slamma Jamma (2017)
Other
Home Again (2017)
Other
Diablo (2016)
Other
Walking with the Enemy (2014)
Dp/Cinematographer
Playing for Keeps (2012)
Dp/Cinematographer
Jack and Jill (2011)
Other
The Spy Next Door (2010)
Dp/Cinematographer
Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties (2006)
Dp/Cinematographer
Garfield (2004)
Other
Garfield (2004)
Dp/Cinematographer
Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003)
Other
What Women Want (2000)
Dp/Cinematographer
PARENT TRAP, THE (1998)
Dp/Cinematographer
Flubber (1997)
Dp/Cinematographer
Apollo 13 (1995)
Dp/Cinematographer
Casper (1995)
Other
Jurassic Park (1993)
Dp/Cinematographer
Death Becomes Her (1992)
Dp/Cinematographer
Nothing But Trouble (1991)
Dp/Cinematographer
Back To The Future (Part 3) (1990)
Dp/Cinematographer
Back To The Future (Part 2) (1989)
Dp/Cinematographer
Big Business (1988)
Dp/Cinematographer
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
Dp/Cinematographer
Back To The Future (1985)
Dp/Cinematographer
Romancing the Stone (1984)
Dp/Cinematographer
D.C. Cab (1983)
Other
Psycho II (1983)
Dp/Cinematographer
The Thing (1982)
Dp/Cinematographer
Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)
Dp/Cinematographer
Halloween II (1981)
Dp/Cinematographer
Escape From New York (1981)
Dp/Cinematographer
Rock 'N' Roll High School (1979)
Other
Halloween (1978)
Dp/Cinematographer

Cinematography (Special)

The Face: Jesus in Art (2001)
Camera Operator
The Face: Jesus in Art (2001)
Director Of Photography
And All Through the House (1989)
Director Of Photography

Visual Effects (Special)

The Face: Jesus in Art (2001)
Visual Effects Supervisor

Cinematography (TV Mini-Series)

It Came Upon A Midnight Clear (1984)
Director Of Photography

Life Events

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"

Videos

Movie Clip

Fog, The (1980) - Open, Their Dark And Icy Death From producer and director and co-writers Debra Hill and John Carpenter, nice chilling ghost-story opening, with all of John Houseman’s performance, Ty Mitchell as young Andy listening, from The Fog, 1980, starring Adrienne Barbeau (then Mrs. Carpenter), Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh and Hal Holbrook.
Fog, The (1980) - Weird And Unlucky End of director John Carpenter’s credits, Adrienne Barbeau’s voice DJ Stevie from a small coastal-California town where weird electrical events have begun, Tom Atkins as Nick is happy to pick up hitcher Elizabeth (Jamie Lee Curtis), in The Fog, 1980.
Romancing The Stone (1984) - Even In Colombia Having taken the wrong bus, which has now crashed, in her attempt to ransom her kidnapped sister, bumbling romance novelist Joan (Kathleen Turner) is approached by the mysterious Zolo (Manuel Ojeda), then rescued by Michael Douglas, in his first appearance, in Romancing The Stone, 1984.
Romancing The Stone (1984) - Some Kind Of Treasure Map First scene for Danny De Vito (as Ralph) and Zack Norman (as Ira), involved in the kidnapping of Elaine (Mary Ellen Trainor) in Colombia, who’s mailed the treasure map they’re after to her absent-minded romance novelist sister Joan (Kathleen Turner) in New York, in Romancing The Stone, 1984.
Romancing The Stone (1984) - You're A Mondo Dizmo Adventurer Jack (Michael Douglas, also the producer) and romance novelist Joan (Kathleen Turner) are warming to each other, and burning pot for heat in the wreck of a drug-smuggling plane in the Colombian jungle, considering how to ransom her kidnapped sister, in Romancing The Stone, 1984.
Romancing The Stone (1984) - That Woman Makes Me Hungry Running out of options as they enter a Colombian town run by drug gangs, adventurer Jack (Michael Douglas) and romance novelist Joan (Kathleen Turner) get lucky, discovering that Juan (Alfonso Arau) is a big fan, evil Zolo (Manuel Ojeda) still on their trail, in Romancing The Stone, 1984.
Romancing The Stone (1984) - Welcome To Colombia! Both their plans upset by the same bus wreck, American bird-smuggler Jack (Michael Douglas, who also produced) has agreed for $375 in Traveler’s Checks to help sidetracked romance novelist Joan (Kathleen Turner) find a phone, early in Robert Zemeckis’ Romancing The Stone, 1984.
Back To The Future (1985) - A Case Of Missing Plutonium The sometimes overlooked opening, filled with broad exposition, from the original screenplay by Bob Gale and director Robert Zemeckis, as presented by executive producer Steven Spielberg, star Michael J. Fox appearing just at the ending, in the hit time-travel comedy Back To The Future, 1985.
Back To The Future (1985) - Are You Blind, McFly? Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox), after a day coping with the frustrations and joys of high school life in “Hill Valley,” California, comes home to find his dad George (Crispin Glover) being abused by his boss Biff (Thomas F. Wilson), wrecking his own plans, in Back To The Future, 1985, from director Robert Zemeckis and executive producer Steven Spielberg.
Back To The Future (1985) - Pleased To Meet You, Calvin Mostly accidentally transported to his home town 30-years earlier, Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox), aiming to encourage his wimpy father George (Crispin Glover), finds him peeping on his future mom, Lorraine (Lea Thompson), seen earlier in a fat-suit, causing an awkward encounter, in Back To The Future, 1985.
Holiday, The (2006) - The Unloved Ones Kate Winslet as English Iris narrates through the credits, in which Jack Black, Shannyn Sossamon, Cameron Diaz, Edward Burns, Eli Wallach, Jude Law and Rufus Sewell are introduced, opening Nancy Meyers' Christmastime romance The Holiday, 2006.
Holiday, The (2006) - Just Women Not Men The second phase of writer-director Nancy Meyers' opening, in LA, Hollywood trailer producer Amanda (Cameron Diaz) is closing business with boyfriend Ethan (Edward Burns) then flipping out for her colleagues (John Krasinski, Kathryn Hahn), with movie-star cameos, in The Holiday, 2006.

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Family

Gail Cundey
Sister
Younger.

Bibliography