#1: From interview [2009]

 

   


DEAN CUNDEY   ASC/CSC

 

Born: 12 March 1946, Alhambra, Los Angeles County, Calif., USA, as Dean Raymond Cundey.

Education: California State University, Los Angeles [Prod Design; 2 years]; School of Theater, Film and Television of the University of California, Los Angeles [UCLA] [1968-70].

Career: Got his start handling makeup for 2 Roger Corman productions [see below]. After that he scrambled for several years doing pickup shots/inserts and assisting film editors. Became gaffer. In order to increase his marketability as a cinematographer, he outfitted a location truck with camera and grip equipment - then included himself - in what was a complete filmmaking package. 'It became my foot-in-the-door on a lot of low-budget films. I was able to provide a complete package of equipment and also myself to a producer. Having my own equipment meant that I could do a better job. So it was a win-win situation.' He shot some 20-25 films for people who rented his van.

Ph commercials dir by Sam Raimi, Bruce Logan, David Hogan, John Glenn, Kevin Dole, a.o. Ph music videos.

Directed commercials.

Member of the ASC since 1986. Honorary member of the SOC.

Appearances/Interviews: 'Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography' [1991], 'The Making of "Jurassic Park"' [1995, John Schultz; ph: Shawn Maurer], 'The Thing: Terror Takes Shape' [1998, Michael Matessino; 83m], "'Halloween' Unmasked 2000" [1999, Mark Cerulli], 'Tales from the Mist: Inside the Fog' [2001, prod: Jeffrey Schwarz; 28m], 'Return to 'Escape from New York'' [2003, Michael Gillis], 'Halloween: A Cut Above the Rest' [2003, Steven Smith], 'Halloween: 25 Years of Terror' [2003-04, Stefan Hutchinson; ph: Guy Paterson], 'Looking Back at the Future' [2005, Darold Crotzer] & 'Cinematographer Style' [2005, Jon Fauer; ph: J. Fauer, Jeff Laszlo, Brian Heller & David Morgan].

Awards: BSC Award nom [1988], 'Oscar' AA nom [1988] & BAFTA Film Award nom [1988] for 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit'; ASC Award nom [1992] for 'Hook'; BSC Award nom [1995], BAFTA Film Award nom [1995] & ASC Award nom [1996] for 'Apollo 13'; Daytime 'Emmy' Award [2001] for 'The Face: Jesus in Art'; ASC Lifetime Achievement Award [2013].


 

 FILMS

1972

Beware! The Blob/Son of Blob/Son of the Blob [Larry Hagman] c; ph animal seq; ph: Al Hamm

1972

So Evil, My Sister/Psycho Sisters/The Sibling [Reginald Le Borg] c

1972

Brother on the Run/Black Force 2/Boots Turner/Man on the Run [Edward J. Lakso & Herbert L. Strock] c

1973

The No Mercy Man/Trained to Kill*USA/Fire in the Wind/The Vietnam Soldier [Daniel J. Vance] tao35/c

1973

Where the Red Fern Grows [Norman Tokar] c; addph: John Le Blanc; 2uc: Herb Smith

1975

Citizen Soldier [Michael Elsey] c; cph: Baird Bryant; completed & released in 1982

1975

Ilsa, Harem Keeper of the Oil Sheiks [Don Edmonds] c; cph: Glenn Roland

1975

That Girl from Boston [Matt Cimber] c

1975

Black Shampoo [Greydon Clark] c; cph: Michael J. Mileham

1975

The Witch Who Came from the Sea [Matt Cimber] tao35/c; assoc ph; ph: Ken Gibb

1976

Bare Knuckles [Don Edmonds] c; addph: J.A. Silveira, Mark Walthour & Ken Gibb

1976

Creature from Black Lake/Demon of the Lake [Joy Houck Jr.] tao35/c; 2uc: Jim deBuys

1976

Satan's Cheerleaders [Greydon Clark] c; 2uc: Ray Stella

1977

Hi-Riders [Greydon Clark] c; 2uc: Michael Mileham

1977

Charge of the Model T's [Jim McCullough] p/b&w-c

1977

Goodbye, Franklin High [Mike MacFarland] c

1978

Hanging on a Star [Mike MacFarland] c

1978

The Kid from Not-So-Big [Bill Crain] c

 

[Left] with dir John Carpenter [center] - "Halloween"

 

1978

Halloween [John Carpenter] p/c

1978

Rock 'n' Roll High School/Girls' Gym [Allan Arkush; (uncred) Joe Dante & Jerry Zucker] c; 2uc: Clyde Bryan

1979

Jaws of Satan/King Cobra [Bob Claver] c; 2uc (+ c.op 1st unit): Raymond Stella

1979

The Fog [John Carpenter] p/c

1979

Roller Boogie [Mark L. Lester] c; roller skating ph: Daniel Pearl

1979

Angels' Brigade/Seven from Heaven/Angels Revenge [Greydon Clark] c

1979

Separate Ways [Howard Avedis] c

1980

Galaxina [William Sachs] c; spec pfx: Chuck Colwell (superv)

1980

Without Warning/It Came Without Warning/Alien Warning [Greydon Clark] c

1980

Escape from New York [John Carpenter] p/c; 2uc: Jim Lucas; spec vfx ph: Jim Cameron, George Dodge, Dennis Skotak & Austin McKinney

1981

Halloween II [: The Nightmare Isn't Over!] [Rick Rosenthal] p/c

1981

The Thing [John Carpenter] p/c

1982

Halloween III: Season of the Witch [Tommy Lee Wallace] p/c

1982

Psycho II [Richard Franklin] c; matte ph: Bill Taylor & Dennis Glouner; spec vfx: Albert Whitlock

1983

D.C. Cab/Street Fleet [Joel Schumacher] c; Washington ph: Ron Van Nostrand; 2uc: Rex Metz

1983

Romancing the Stone [Robert Zemeckis] p/c; 2uc: Richard Hart

1984

Warning Sign [Hal Barwood] c

1984

Back to the Future [Robert Zemeckis] c; 2uc: Raymond Stella

1985

Big Trouble in Little China [John Carpenter] p/c; 2uc: Steven Poster; uwph 2u: Jack Cooperman & Barry Herron; vfx ph: Bill Neil

1986

Project X [Jonathan Kaplan] c

1986

Who Framed Roger Rabbit [Robert Zemeckis] c; addph UK: Paul Beeson; 2uc UK: Wally Byatt; spec vfx ph: Scott Farrar; ph cons UK: Derek Browne

1987

Big Business [Jim Abrahams] c; addph: Gary Kibbe; 2uc New York: Tom Priestley Jr.

1988

Road House [Rowdy Herrington] p/c

1989

Back to the Future Part II [Robert Zemeckis] c; 2uc: Don Burgess; addph: Jack Priestley

1989

Back to the Future Part III [Robert Zemeckis] c; 2uc: Don Burgess; + small part

1990

Nothing But Trouble [Dan Aykroyd] c; 2uc: Robert Stevens & Don Burgess

1991

Hook [Steven Spielberg] p/c

1991

Death Becomes Her [Robert Zemeckis] c; 2uc: Don Burgess; uwph: Jack Cooperman

1992

Jurassic Park [Steven Spielberg] c; addph: Lloyd Ahern II; + small part

1993

The Flintstones [Brian Levant] c; + small part

1994

Casper [Brad Silberling] c; addph: Kenneth Zunder; 2uc: Raymond Stella

1994

Apollo 13 [Ron Howard] s35/c; 2uc (+ c.op main unit): Raymond Stella; vfx addph (+ vfx superv): Robert Legato; vfx ph: Erik Nash; KC-135 weightless unit ph: David Nowell; also IMAX (15/70) version: 'Apollo 13 - The IMAX Experience'

1995

Honey, I Shrunk the Audience [Randal Kleiser] 70mm/3-D/c; short/23m; for Disney World

1995

Michael & Mickey [Jerry Rees (replaced Robert Zemeckis)] short (live action + anim); for Disney-MGM Studios at Walt Disney World Resort, Florida

1996

Steven Spielberg's Director's Chair [Steven Spielberg, Alexandra Collett, Greg Hammond, Eric Eckstein & Patrick Algermissen] vg/CD-ROM; + appearance

1996

Leave It to Beaver [Andy Cadiff] c; co-addph; ph: Thomas del Ruth

1996

Flubber [Les Mayfield] c; 2uc: Raymond Stella & Rexford Metz; remake of 'The Absent-Minded Professor' (1960, Robert Stevenson; ph: Edward Colman)

1997

Krippendorf's Tribe [Todd Holland] c

1997

The Parent Trap [Nancy Meyers] c; replaced doph Geoffrey Simpson; 2uc: Raymond Stella; remake of film (1960, David Swift; ph: Lucien Ballard)

1999

Battlestar Galactica: The Second Coming [Richard Hatch & Jay Woelfel] c; cph: Scott Spears

1999

Goodtime Charlie [Kostas Iannios] announced; scheduled for June 2001 start; status unknown

2000

What Women Want [Nancy Meyers] c; 2uc: Raymond Stella

2002

Looney Tunes: Back in Action [Joe Dante] s35/c; addph: Steven Poster; 2uc: Patrick Loungway & Mark Vargo

2003

Garfield [- The Movie] [Peter Hewitt] c; 2uc: Mark Vargo

2004

Sakura: Blue-Eyed Samurai [Dean Paraskevopoulos] c

2005

Jurassic IV [: The Extinction]/Jurassic World [Alex Proyas or Steven Spielberg or Joe Johnston] pre-production; scheduled for 2007 start; announced as doph, but replaced in 2008 by ph Shelly Johnson; prod ph by John Schwartzman and dir by Colin Trevorrow in 2014

2005

Whisper/Hellion [Stewart Hendler (replaced Erik Van Looy)] c; 2uc: Danny Nowak & Randal Platt

2005

Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties [Tim Hill] 35mm (+ D-Cinema)/ c; 2uc (+ 2ud); ph: Peter Lyons Collister

2006

The Holiday [Nancy Meyers] c; 2uc UK: Chris Seager & Sue Gibson; aph: Jeremy Braben

2008

Shannon's Rainbow [Frank E. Johnson] c; re-cut version is titled 'Amazing Racer'

 

[Right] with actor Jackie Chan - "The Spy Next Door"

 

2008

The Spy Next Door [Brian Levant] s35-to-35mm/c

2009

Walking with the Enemy/The Glass House [Mark Schmidt] RED (scope)/c; addph: Gabriel Kosuth

2010

To Beauty/The Scat Players [Jess Zakira Wise] p (+ D-Cinema)/c; short/8m; prod USC

2010

Jack and Jill [Dennis Dugan] HD (ARRI ALEXA)-to-35mm (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Richard Crudo; aph: Patrick Longman

2011

Truth & Treason [Matt Whitaker] in pre-production since 2009; scheduled to start filming in the Fall; status unknown

 

[Right] - "Back for the Future"

 

2011

Back for the Future [Frank Marshall] s35-to-HD/c; promotional short/0m60s, 0m90s & 2m16s; for Nike MAG shoes

2011

Playing for Keeps/Playing the Field [Gabriele Muccino] s35 (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc; ph: Peter Menzies Jr.

2011

Crazy Kind of Love/Long Time Gone [Sarah Siegel-Magness] c; addph: Scott Winig

2012

Carry Me Home/Something Whispered/The Underground Railroad [Peter Cousens] HD/c; aph: Mark Hryma

2013

Lundon's Bridge and the Three Keys [David Winning] pre-production

2013

Ethyrea: Code of the Brethren [Andy & Vic Armstrong] pre-production; scheduled to start filming in March 2014

 

 TELEVISION

1981

Tales of the Unexpected [ep #43 'The Best Policy' dir by Ray Danton & #49 'A Glowing Future' dir by John Peyser] 112-part series, 1979-1988; 4th season, 1981

1982

The Invisible Woman [Alan Levi] pilot/v; for NBC-tv

1982

M.A.D.D.: Mothers Against Drunk Driving [William Graham] tvm

1983

Tales of the Unexpected [ep #83 'The Turn of the Tide' dir by Ray Danton] 6th season, 1983; see 1981

1983

Amazons [Paul Michael Glaser] tvm

1984

Invitation to Hell [Wes Craven] tvm

1984

It Came Upon the Midnight Clear [Peter H. Hunt] tvm

1989

[HBO's] Tales from the Crypt [ep #2 'And All Through the House' dir by Robert Zemeckis] 93-part series, 1989-96; 1st season, 1989

1999

Partners [Brett Ratner] pilot; for CBS-tv

2000

The Face: Jesus in Art [Craig McGowan] doc/120m; ep #432 of PBS-tv series 'Religion & Ethics Newsweekly'; also theatrical version (90m)

2002

Too Many Lovers [Arvin Brown] tvm

2004

The West Wing [ep #121 'Opposition Research' dir by Christopher Misiano (CM) & #125 'Freedonia' dir by CM] 154-part series, 1999-2006; 6th season, 2004-05; other ph: Thomas Del Ruth, Michael Mayers (+ cph #121 & #125), Philip Holahan & Anette Haellmigk

2007

The Troop [Greg Coolidge] pilot/30m; for Nickelodeon

2007

Camp Rock [Matthew Diamond] tvm

2010

Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster [Brian Levant] tvm; uwph: Michael Ferris; for Cartoon Network

 

 MISCELLANEOUS

 

 

1969

Naked Angels [Bruce Clark] makeup; ph: Robert Eberlein

1970

Gas! -Or- It Became Necessary to Destroy the World in Order to Save It/Gas-s-s-s!/Gas! [Roger Corman] makeup (+ c.op 3rd cam); ph: Ron Dexter

1974

Fugitive Lovers/The Runaways/Starcrossed Lovers [John Carr] c.asst; ph: Michael Mileham

2011

Ten Men on the Field [Scott Essman] dv/c; short/28m; spec cons int ph; ph: Sergio Ramirez; prod The Art Institute of California, Orange County

 

 FILMS AS DIRECTOR

1996

Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves [feature] ph: Raymond Stella

1996

Deep Rising [2ud; dir: Stephen Sommers] 2uc: Henry M. Lebo

2006

DarkHorse [feature] scheduled for November start; status unknown

2007

Nightlife [feature] scheduled for late 2007 start; status unknown