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A superior color cinematographer, John Bailey has enjoyed multi-film associations with directors Lawrence Kasdan (e.g., "The Big Chill" 1981; "The Accidental Tourist" 1988) and Paul Schrader (e.g., "American Gigolo" 1980; "Cat People" 1982). His strong visual sense has leant the proper atmospheric touches to films as diverse as Robert Redford's "Ordinary People" (1980) to Harold Ramis' "Groundhog Day" (1993). With production designer Eiko Ishioka and composer Philip Glass, Bailey shared a prize at Cannes for Best Artistic Contribution for his stunning work on Schrader's "Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters" (1985). He has directed two features, the film adaptation of Lily Tomlin's one-woman show, "The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe" (1991), which he also shot, and "China Moon" (1994). Bailey is married to film editor Carol Littleton.
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First film as director of photography, "Premonition"
Initial work with director Karen Arthur, "Legacy"
Reteamed with Arthur for "The Mafu Cage"
Served as cinematographer for the cult film "Winter Kills"
Shot the Oscar-winning Best Picture "Ordinary People", directed by Robert Redford
First collaboration with Paul Schrader, "American Gigolo"
Was instructor at the American Film Institute (Los Angeles)
Reteamed with Schrader on the remake of "Cat People"
First collaboration with director Lawrence Kasdan, "The Big Chill"
Returned as instructor at the AFI (Los Angeles)
Collaborated again with Kasdan on the revisionist Western "Silverado"
Served as cinematographer on Schrader's "Mishima"
Shot "Light of Day", directed by Schrader
Was visual consultant on Norman Mailer's directorial effort "Tough Guys Don't Dance"
Again collaborated with Lawrence Kasdan on "The Accidental Tourist"
Feature directorial debut, "The Search For Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe", starring Lily Tomlin; also served as director of photography
Was an interviewee for the documentary "Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography"
Was director of photography on the comedy "Groundhog Day" and the thriller "In the Line of Fire"
Shot "Nobody's Fool", directed by Robert Benton
Was cinematographer on the Oscar-nominated Best Picture "As Good As It Gets"
Shot "Living Out Loud"
Was the director of photography on "For Love of the Game"
Directed and served as cinematographer on "Via Dolorosa", a film adaptation of David Hare's stage monologue