#2: With actress Kelsey Enright - "Janey Mary" [2007]

 

   


SEAMUS DEASY   ISC

 

Born: ?, Ireland.

Career: 'I worked for a small radio studio in the sixties doing sponsored radio programs. They would be 15 minutes long: music, soaps, quizzes. The studio made about 28 of these sponsored programs, including a soap called 'The Kennedy's of Castleross'. I was 15 years of age when I started working for them; putting on the discs, doing the sound effects on the soaps. The guy who owned it, a guy called Bill Stapleton, was really interested in film, so he bought a film camera and he bought a small place in Bray where he developed a studio. He then went to get work with RTÉ-tv supplying them with facilities and crews. A complete crew was a cameraman, a soundman and an electrician; I was in that first crew that he supplied to RTÉ. I think it was in 1964 or 1965. I worked on farming programs for most of that time; the odd time when farming programs weren't on, during the summer, we would do documentaries.'

One of the founding members of the Irish Society of Cinematographers [ISC] [2010].

Formed 'Emdee Productions' [for tv-prod] with Mike Murphy in 1985. His son Shane [1972-] is a c.asst; his brother Brendan is a sound recordist/mixer.

Awards: LAFCA Award nom [1998] & IFTA Award nom [1999] for 'The General'; IFTA Award nom [2000] for 'When the Sky Falls'; IFTA Award nom [2005] for 'The Mighty Celt'; IFTA Award [2007] for 'The Tiger's Tail'; Rhode Island IFF 'Best Cinematography' [2nd place] [2008] for 'Janey Mary'; IFTA Award nom [2009] for 'A Film with Me in It'.


'The General' [1997]: 'I asked my cameraman Seamus Deasy to shoot tests. We experimented with both b&w and color stock which we had the lab print in b&w. We chose the latter option because the b&w stocks available are very limited. We found there is no loss of quality from going from color to b&w. The real challenge for Seamus was to adjust his style of lighting. Like every other modern cameraman he uses soft, indirect lighting bouncing off sheets of polystyrene or Chinese lanterns giving a flattering glow to faces and relying on the graduations of color to separate the various levels and objects. In b&w the planes must be differentiated by shaft of direct light. Objects need black light to rim their contours. It is more complex and time consuming. It is also something of a lost art. Like me, Seamus is old enough to have shot a lot of b&w before color came along and he began to dust off his technique.' [Director John Boorman]


 

 FILMS

1973

Sights and Sounds of Ireland [Tom Hayes] 16mm/c; comm doc/24m; cph: Nick O'Neill, a.o.

1973

Campaign '73 - Profile of an Taoiseach: Jack Lynch [Rory O'Farrell] 16mm/c; doc/50m; shown on tv as a political broadcast

1974

Walk Tall [Rory O'Farrell] 16mm/c; mus doc/30m

1974

Your Money's Worth [Rory O'Farrell] 16mm/c; comm doc/17m; for Central Bank of Ireland

1974

Bodhran [Tom Hayes] c; mus doc/29m; cph: Paddy Baron

1976

Circasia/Masquerade [John McColgan & Brian MacLochlainn] 16mm/c; short/39m; cph: Ken Murphy

1977

Poitín/Poteen [Bob Quinn] 16mm/c; 65m; first filmed drama of its length in the Gaelic (Irish) language

1977

ROSC - The Poetry of Vision [Ciarín Scott] 16mm/c; doc/27m; ph ROSC '77; cph: George Morrison (ROSC '67 & ROSC '77) & Mike Molloy (ROSC '71)

1980

The Making of Excalibur: Myth Into Movie [Neil Jordan] 16mm/c; doc/50m

1983

The Schooner [Bill Miskelly] 16mm/c; short/58m

1985

The End of the World Man/The Bulldozer Brigade [Bill Miskelly] 16mm/c

1986

Sometime City [Joe Lee & Frank Deasy] 16mm-35bu/c; short/37m

1986

Budawanny [Bob Quinn] 16mm/b&w-c; 2uc: Joe Comerford

1986

Debs [Ken Howard] c; doc/28m

1987

The Courier [Joe Lee & Frank Deasy] c; 2uc; ph: Gabriel Beristáin

1993

The Bishop's Story [Bob Quinn] 16mm/b&w-c; 2uc: Joe Comerford; re-edited version of 'Budawanny' (1986)

1994

An Gobán Saor [Liadh Ní Riada] s16/?; short/52m

1994

Omós don Sulán [Peadar Ó Riada] s16/c; doc/28m

1994

Broken Harvest [Maurice O'Callaghan] b&w-c; ph b&w seq; color ph: Jack Conroy; 2uc: Ivan Meagher

1994

Holding the Baby [Kate Gillen & Bernie Morrison] c; short/24m

1994

The Life of Reilly [Alan Archbold] s16-35bu/c; short/27m

1995

Fishing the Sloe-Black River [Brendan Bourke] scope/c; short/14m

1995

The Boy from Mercury [Martin Duffy] s16-35bu/b&w-c

1996

Angela Mooney [Dies Again] [Tommy McArdle] c; 2uc: Laurence Manly

1996

Southpaw [: The Francis Barrett Story] [Liam McGrath] c; doc/80m; co-addph; ph: Cían De Buitléar; filmed 1996-98; also ep of Channel 4 series 'True Stories' (2001)

1996

Where Do I Begin [David Keating] s16/?; doc/54m

1996

I Went Down [Paddy Breathnach] c; 2uc; ph: Cían De Buitléar

1997

The General/I Once Had a Life [John Boorman] p/b&w; see above

1998

Night Train [John Lynch] c

1998

Accelerator [Vinny Murphy] c

1999

When the Sky Falls [John Mackenzie] c; 2uc: Sean Corcoran & Peter Robertson

1999

An Everlasting Piece [Barry Levinson] c; filmed 1999-2000

2000

Aidan Walsh - Master of the Universe [Shimmy Marcus] dv/c; doc/69m; cph: Mick O'Rourke, Ronan Fox, a.o.

2000

Not Afraid, Not Afraid [Annette Carducci] c

2001

Crust [Mark Locke] c

2001

Reign of Fire/Where Heroes Go Down [Rob Bowman] p/c; 2uc; ph: Adrian Biddle

2003

Country of My Skull/In My Country [John Boorman] c; 2uc: Giulio Biccari & Hans Kühle

2003

Man About Dog [Paddy Breathnach] c; co-addph; ph: Cían De Buitléar

2004

The Mighty Celt [Pearse Elliott] c; 2uc: John T. Davis & Sean Corcoran

2005

ConTempo Anois/ConTempo Goes West [Alan Smithee (= Bob Quinn)] c; mus doc/58m

2005

20 nó 22 [Conor McDermottroe] c; short/20m; part of film series 'Oscailt'

2006

The Tiger's Tail [ John Boorman] HD (Genesis)-to-35mm/c

2006

Summer of the Flying Saucer [Martin Duffy] c

 

[Center] with co-prod Julie McCormack & Paul Brady - "Janey Mary"

 

2007

Janey Mary [Paul Brady] b&w; short/20m

2007

A Film with Me in It [Ian Fitzgibbon] HD-to-35mm/c

2008

Triage/Shell Shock/Eyes of War [Danis Tanovic] s35 (+ D-Cinema)/c

2008

Perrier's Bounty [Ian Fitzgibbon] RED-to-35mm scope/c

2010

Black Tears [Cecily Brennan] HD/c; video installation/8m; observes Irish actress Britta Smith immersed in unexplained grief - her sadness is accentuated when she appears to be weeping black tears

2013

Queen and Country [John Boorman] HD (ARRI ALEXA)-to-digital (scope)/c

2013

The Devil's Pool [Cecily Brennan] c; doc/30m; addph: Sean Corcoran & Ciarán Tanham

2014

My Name Is Emily [Simon Fitzmaurice] c

 

 TELEVISION

1966

On the Land [11 ep dir by Tony Barry] ?-part doc series/b&w; 1st series, 1967

1967

In Ballymore Eustace [Odran Walsh] doc/b&w/30m; ep series 'Discovery'

1967

On the Land [10 ep dir by ?] 2nd series, 1968; see 1966

1967

The Island [Bob Quinn] doc/b&w/25m/16mm; ep 4-part series 'In Search of Community' as part of the 'Horizon'-series (1968)

1967

The Flowerpot Society [Bob Quinn] doc/b&w/25m; ep 4-part series 'In Search of Community' as part of the 'Horizon'-series (1968)

1968

In Kells [Michael Johnston] doc/b&w/30m; ep series 'Signal'

1968

Country Parish - New Rector [Norris Davidson] doc/b&w/30m; cph: Joe McCarthy & Godfrey Graham; ep series 'Signal'

1969

Iorras, County Mayo [Liam O'Múrchú] doc/b&w/30m; ep series 'Gaeltacht'

1969

Tir Chonaill [Liam O'Múrchú] doc/b&w/30m; ep series 'Gaeltacht'

1971

You Can't Vote for the Red O'Riordan/Don't Vote for the Red O'Riordan [John Williams] doc/b&w/28m; ep series 'Report'

1972

Belfast 1972 [Joe Mulholland] doc/b&w/25m; ep series 'Report'

1972

I Think I Killed Most of the Pigeons... [Laurence Bourne] doc/b&w/25m; ep series 'Report'

1972

Three Days in Listowel [Tony Barry] doc/b&w/55m; ep series 'Scope'

1973

Remembering Ulster [Aindreas O'Gallchóir] doc/b&w/?m; ep series 'Scope'

1973

An Chincis i Mbaile Mhuirne [Gerry Murray] doc/b&w/30m; cph: Stuart Hetherington; ep 3-part series 'Oidhreacht'

1973

Brendan the Navigator [Gerry Murray] doc/b&w/30m; ep 3-part series 'Oidhreacht'

1973

From the Taverns of New York [Rory O'Farrell] 5-part (x 25m) doc series

1973

The Rise and Fall of Ardmore, or A Funny Thing That Happened to Us on the Way to the Studio [?] doc/b&w/40m; ep series 'Scope'

1974

Once Upon a Weekend [Noel O'Briain] doc/30m

1974

The Wheels of the World - Life in North Kerry [Pat O'Connor] doc/30m

1974

A President for All the People [Sheamus Smith] doc/27m/16mm

1975

Breandán Ó hEithir's Inis Mór [Peter Kennerley] doc/25m; ep series 'My Own Place'

1976

Sherkin [Tony Barry] doc/30m; ep 4-part series 'Pieces of Land'

1978

The Family [Bob Quinn] doc/27m/16mm; premiered in 1991 as part of the 'First View'-series

1978

The Green Linnet [Rory O'Farrell] 6-part (x 30m) mus doc series (1979); also 108m version

1978

The Ballad of the Irish Horse [Rory O'Farrell] doc/47m

1978

Listen [Bob Quinn] mus doc/27m/16mm

1979

Hooker Music [Bob Quinn] mus doc/27m/16mm

1979

Cruinniú na mBád [Bob Quinn] mus doc/27m

1979

Traditional Music of the West [Bob Quinn] 2-part mus doc/55m (1. 'De Danann's Galway' [27m] & 2. untitled [28m])

1979

Obair an Lae [Neville Presho] doc/30m; ep 4-part series 'Curious Eyes'

1979

Standby for His Holy Father John Paul II [John Williams] doc/40m/16mm; cph: Cedric Culliton

1980

Ned Kelly: The Making of a Myth [Don Bennetts] doc/b&w-c/52m; cph: Chris Davis

1983

Atlantean [Bob Quinn] 3-part (x 55m) doc series/16mm (1984); cph: Sean Corcoran, Thaddeus O'Sullivan, Joe Comerford, Nick O'Neill & Tazi Abdelhazi

1984

It's a Long Way from Tipperary and Armagh [Derek Bailey] mus doc/55m

1985

Ballroom Heroes [Peter Mulryan] mus doc/25m (1986)

1986

Tales of Kerry [Liam White] 2-part doc

1987

Crown and Shamrock [ep #1 'The Twilight Lords', #2 'A Tale of Two Houses', #3 'By the Banks of the Boyne', #4 'The Irish Anglicans' & #5 'The Autograph Tree' (all) dir by Derek Bailey] 5-part doc series

1987

Neil Jordan: A Profile [Michael Sheridan] doc/40m (1988)

1990

Gorta - Papua New Guinea [Larry Masterson] doc/30m (1991)

1990

One Fond Embrace [Seán Ó'Mórdha] doc/55m; aph: Cían De Buitléar; ep BBC-tv literary series 'Bookmark' (1991)

1991

Down for the Match [Donald Taylor Black] doc/52m/16mm (1992); cph: Sean Corcoran, Cían De Buitléar & Peter Dorney

1991

I Dreamt I Woke Up [John Boorman] doc/44m/16mm; ep of the 'The Director's Place'-series

1991

Kylie - Live - 'Let's Get to It Tour' [Ian Hamilton] mus perf/80m/tape; co-cameramen: Ciarán Tanham, Peter Dorney, Paul Freeman, a.o.; filmed 8 November (Dublin)

1992

State of the Art [Seán O'Mórdha] doc/52m/16mm

1993

From Ballybeg to Broadway [Donald Taylor Black] doc/48m/16mm; cph: Sean Corcoran & Peter Dorney; for RTÉ & BBC Northern Island

1993

John F. Kennedy in The Island of Dreams/JFK in Ireland [Darragh Byrne] doc/b&w-c/40m; cph: Ronan Fox

1993

The Irish Condition [Louis Marcus] 6-part (x 45m) doc series, 1994

1993

The Road to America [Paddy Breathnach] doc/b&w-c/85m (1994); cph: Cían De Buitléar

1994

A River of Sound [Philip King] 7-part doc series, 1995

1994

Picture Windows [: Language of the Heart] [ep 'Two Nudes Bathing' dir by John Boorman] 6-part miniseries; other ph: Miroslaw Baszak, Paul Sarossy & Jamie Anderson

1995

Irish Cinema: Ourselves Alone? [Donald Taylor Black] doc/b&w-c/52m/v; ep of the 'Centenary of Cinema'-series

1995

A Silence Broken [Claire O'Loughlin] doc/37m

1995

Slaying the Dragon [Gerry Gregg] doc/50m

1995

Famine [Louis Marcus] 4-part (x 52m) doc series

1996

Ceol na talamhan/Ceol na Talún/Song of the Earth [Peter Carr] 13 doc's/24m each/dv & 4 doc's/60m each; cph: Tony Coldwell, Andy Carchrae & Peter Robertson; prod 1996-98

1997

Dead Man's Doctor [Donald Taylor Black] doc/52m; co-addph; ph: Sean Corcoran & Peter Dorney

1998

The Ambassador [6 ep dir by various] 13-part series, 1998-99; other ph: Simon Kossoff

1998

George Thomson: Eighty Years A-Growing [Gerry Gregg] doc/52m (1999)

1998

Rainbow's End [Alan Archbold] tvm/26m; ep series 'Short Cuts'

1999

DDU [- District Detective Unit] [ep dir by A.J. Quinn] 4-part series; other ph: Cedric Culliton

1999

Monarch of the Glen [ep #5-8 dir by A.J. Quinn] 63-part (+ 1 special) series, 2000-05; 1st season, 2000; other ph: John Hooper (4 ep dir by Edward Bennett)

2000

McCready and Daughter [A.J. Quinn] pilot; followed by 6-part series, 2001

2000

Benedict Arnold: A Question of Honor [Mikael Salomon] tvm

2000

Act Without Words I [Karel Reisz] tvm/16m; ep 19-part series 'Beckett on Film'

2000

Catastrophe [David Mamet] tvm/6m; ep 19-part series 'Beckett on Film'

2000

Come and Go [John Crowley] tvm/8m; ep 19-part series 'Beckett on Film'

2000

Footfalls [Walter Asmus] tvm/27m; ep 19-part series 'Beckett on Film'

2000

That Time [Charles Garrad] tvm/20m; ep 19-part series 'Beckett on Film'

2000

Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot [Michael Lindsay-Hogg] tvm/113m/scope; ep 19-part series 'Beckett on Film'

2001

The Seventh Stream [John Gray] tvm; ep #316 'Hallmark Hall of Fame'-series

2003

Dracula's Bram Stoker [Sinead O'Brien] doc/52m/v; cph: Sean Corcoran; part of the 'Arts Lives'-series

2004

The Grid [Mikael Salomon] 6-part miniseries; cph: Jon Joffin

2006

True Lives [ep (53m) 'Murder on Main Street' dir by Gerry Gregg] doc series, 1998-present; for RTÉ1-tv

2006

Dónal Lunny: Following the Music [Nuala O'Connor] mus doc/53m (2007)

2007

Dirty Money - The Story of the Criminal Assets Bureau [presented by Paul Williams] 6-part doc series/DigiBeta, 2008; for TV3 (Ireland)

2010

Neverland [Nick Willing] 2-part tvm/RED; for Syfy-tv & Sky Movies HD

2011

Camelot [ep #9 'The Battle of Bardon Pass' dir by Mikael Salomon (MS) & #10 'Reckoning' dir by MS & Stefan Schwartz] 10-part series/HD (Genesis); ph add unit; ph: Joel Ransom

2012

13 Steps Down [Marek Losey] 2-part tvm

 

 MISCELLANEOUS

1985

The Making of 'Eat the Peach' [dir] ph: F. Dempsey; unfinished doc

1989

Chris de Burgh - Live from Dublin [Crescenzo Notarile; concert film] co-c.op; ph: C. Notarile

1996

Riverdance - Live from New York City [John McColgan; mus/dance perf/102m] co-c.op; ph: Ciarán Tanham; filmed March

1999

The Corrs - Live at Lansdowne Road [Ciarán Tanham; concert film/88m] co-c.op; ph: Peter Robertson; filmed 17 July (Dublin)