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Overview (3)

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Birth NameJoseph Caleb Deschanel
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Caleb Deschanel is an American film cinematographer and film/television director. He has been nominated for six Academy Awards, each time in the field of cinematography. The first nomination came in 1983 for the film The Right Stuff (1983). His second was in 1984 for The Natural (1984), the third in 1996 for Fly Away Home (1996), the fourth in 2000 for The Patriot (2000), the fifth for The Passion of the Christ (2004), and the sixth for Never Look Away (2018).

He is the father of actresses Emily Deschanel and Zooey Deschanel.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Pedro Borges

Spouse (1)

Mary Jo Deschanel (8 July 1972 - present) ( 2 children)

Trivia (13)

Father of actresses Emily Deschanel and Zooey Deschanel.
Graduated from USC School of Cinema-Television (1968)
Attended Johns Hopkins University before USC film school.
Worked as a camera operator for Wakefield Orloff and Paisley productions.
Co-founder of Dark Light Pictures, W. Hollywood, CA, circa 1994
Member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Cinematographers Branch) [2003-]
Born to a French father and an American mother, who raised him in her Quaker religion.
Member of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) since 1984.
Was a member of American Zoetrope Studios in San Francisco.
Father-in-law of David Hornsby.
Ex-father-in-law of Benjamin Gibbard.
Grandfather of Henry Hornsby.
Caleb Deschanel was nominated for a 2019 Academy Award in the Best Cinematography category for his work on Never Look Away (2018) but lost to Alfonso Cuarón for Roma (2018).

Personal Quotes (7)

Most people think of cinematographers as choosing subjects of an epic nature to show off what they do - big, sweeping images of war or pageantry.
Even great actors shine brighter in the right atmosphere.
The Chinese are brought up to believe that you should be silent in class. The teacher speaks, and you just listen and absorb what they say.
In 'Tree of Life,' the cinematography records a small story, a celebration of the courage of everyday life. But it does it so up close and so effortlessly that it has the effect of elevating the intimacy of the story to a grand scale.
The great photographers of life - like Diane Arbus and Walker Evans and Robert Frank - all must have had some special quality: a personality of nurturing and non-judgment that frees the subjects to reveal their most intimate reality. It really is what makes a great photographer, every bit as much as understanding composition and lighting.
You tend to compose things more in the middle of frame in 3-D than you would in a conventional frame. You can really see composition in 2-D but in 3-D your composition is much more complex. Everything has to be artificially enhanced. But you do gain something else with 3-D: you have a sense of space and heightened reality.
Reality in movies is the reality of the story you're telling, so it may not match the reality as we know it, but the reason there's art is that it tries to bring some kind of understanding of all the suffering and joys and pain that we go through. Storytelling brings some value to it.

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