Caleb Deschanel


Caleb Deschanel is a five-time Academy Award nominee, for his work on “The Passion of the Christ,” “Fly Away Home,” “The Natural,” “The Right Stuff” and “The Patriot,” the latter of which also earned him an American Society of Cinematographers Award for Outstanding Achievement.  His photography for “The Black Stallion” impressed audiences with its beauty and brought him a BAFTA nomination. He received the National Society of Film Critics Award for cinematography in 1979 for his work on both “The Black Stallion” and “Being There.”

Deschanel’s other credits include “Anna and the King,” “The Hunted,” “Message in a Bottle,” “Hope Floats,” “More American Graffiti,” “Let’s Spend the Night Together,” “The Slugger’s Wife,” “It Could Happen to You,” “National Treasure,” “Killshot,” “The Spiderwick Chronicles,” “My Sister’s Keeper,” and “Dream House.” And more recently photographed “Jack Reacher” and “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.”

His credits as a director include “The Escape Artist,” “Crusoe,” and a number of short films.  His documentary “Trains” won the Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival, and the short “Valley Forge” has been shown around the world by the United States Information Agency.  He has directed a number of episodes of the television series “Twin Peaks”, “Law & Order,” and one episode of “Bones.”  

Deschanel graduated from Johns Hopkins University and studied at the University of Southern California Film School and the American Film Institute before interning with cinematographer Gordon Willis. 

He most recently wrapped filming in Germany, “Words Without Author”,  for director and writer Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck.