Joseph Caleb Deschanel, ASC (born September 21, 1944) is an American cinematographer and director of film and television. He has been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Cinematography six times. He is a member of the National Film Preservation Board of the Library of Congress, representing the American Society of Cinematographers. He has been married to actress Mary Jo Deschanel since 1972, with whom he has two daughters, actresses Emily and Zooey Deschanel.
Caleb Deschanel, 2009 in San Diego
Joseph Caleb Deschanel
September 21, 1944
|Occupation||Cinematographer, film director|
Mary Jo Weir (m. 1972)
Early life and professional education
Deschanel was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Ann Ward (née Orr) and Paul Jules Deschanel. His father was French, from Oullins, Rhône, and his mother was U.S.-born. Deschanel was raised in his mother's Quaker religion.
He enrolled in Severn School for his high school years. He attended Johns Hopkins University from 1962 to 1966, where he met Walter Murch, with whom he staged "happenings," including one in which Murch simply sat down and ate an apple for an audience. Murch graduated a year ahead of him and encouraged Deschanel to follow him to the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, where he graduated in 1968. During this time, Deschanel was a member of a band of film students called "The Dirty Dozen;" this group attracted attention from the Hollywood system. Following his graduation, he attended the American Film Institute (AFI) Conservatory and graduated in 1969 as a member of its first class.
Deschanel joined the American Society of Cinematographers, or A.S.C., in 1969, the year of his graduation from the AFI Conservatory. In 1972, three years later, he married the former Mary Jo Weir. The older of their two daughters, Emily, was born in 1976; their younger daughter, Zooey, was born in 1980.
|1982||The Escape Artist|
|1990-91||Twin Peaks||Television series - 3 episodes|
|1991||Rhythm of My Heart||Music video|
|2005||Law & Order: Trial by Jury||Television series - 3 episodes|
|2006||Conviction||Television series - 2 episodes|
|2007||Bones||Television series - 1 episode|
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
Additional photography credits
|1971||Angels Hard as They Come||Joe Viola||Stephen M. Katz|
|THX 1138||George Lucas||David Myers
|1972||The Godfather||Francis Coppola||Gordon Willis||Newspaper sequence|
|1974||A Woman Under the Influence||John Cassavetes||Mitch Breit
|1979||Apocalypse Now||Francis Coppola||Vittorio Storaro||Insert photography|
|1983||The Black Stallion Returns||Robert Dalva||Carlo Di Palma|
|1997||Titanic||James Cameron||Russell Carpenter||Halifax contemporary shoot|
|2013||Gangster Squad||Ruben Fleischer||Dion Beebe|
|2019||Ad Astra||James Gray||Hoyte van Hoytema|
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