#1: From the doc "Cinematographer Style"

#3: "From Hell" [2000]

 

   


PETER DEMING   ASC

 

Born: 13 December 1957, Beirut, Lebanon.

Education: University of Wisconsin; American Film Institute, Los Angeles [graduated in 1980].

Career: 'I have an older brother and when we were kids he used to make Super 8 movies with my dad's movie camera and I was always the crew… I was the crew and the cast and everything else. So it sort of started there. Then later I went to the University of Wisconsin and for my graduate school I went to the American Film Institute in L.A. Then onto becoming a second assistant, first assistant, camera operator, you know the whole progression of jobs. To me that is still the best way because you learn the working of the whole camera crew. People starting as DP's, often don't understand entirely the jobs of their crew, so if you have done all the jobs it's better. I would say either that or if you are coming up through the lighting department since that is such an intricate part of being a DP. But technically I think there is a lot more to be learned in camera than there is in lighting. My first big break I guess was shooting a movie for Sam Raimi called 'Evil Dead II' which is a pretty big cult movie, even today. And that film, I still get people talking about it when I go in for job meetings. Not knowing it at the time, but it opened certain doors and a level of recognition that I hadn't had before. And then you just sort of build on that.'

Ph commercials dir by The Hughes Brothers ['Funk Ship', 2002; for Nike], Mark Pellington, David Lynch, Shaun Severi, a.o. Directed and ph music videos.

Active member of the ASC since November 1998.

Appeared in the doc's 'Behind the 'Scream'' [2000], 'Production Surveillance: Behind the Scenes of 'I Heart Huckabees'' [2004, Russell Barrett] & 'Cinematographer Style' [2005, Jon Fauer; ph: J. Fauer, Jeff Laszlo, Brian Heller & David Morgan].

Awards: Independent Spirit Award nom [1991] for 'House Party'; Camerimage 'Golden Frog' nom [2001], Independent Spirit Award [2002] & CFCA Award nom [2002] for 'Mulholland Dr.'.


 

 FILMS

1982

The Silence [Michael Toshiyuki Uno] c; short/?m

1983

The Party Animal [David Beaird] c; 3uc; ph: Bryan England

1984

The Oasis/A Savage Hunger [Sparky Greene] c; co-2uc; ph: Alexander Gruszynski

1984

The Carrier [Nathan J. White] c

1986

Evil Dead II/Evil Dead II: Dead by Dawn [Sam Raimi] c; night ext ph: Eugene Shlugleit; 2uc: Tim Philo

1986

Hollywood Shuffle [Robert Townsend] c; spph: Paul Slaughter

1988

It Takes Two/My New Car [David Beaird] c

1988

Purple People Eater [Linda Shayne] c

1988

Scarecrows [William Wesley] c; 2uc: Thomas Jewett

1988

From Hollywood to Deadwood [Rex Pickett] c; addph: Lisa Rinzler

1988

Martians Go Home [David Odell] c; addph: Tony Cutrono; spec vfx: Robert Swarthe

1988

Why Me? [Gene Quintano] c; 2uc: Walt Lloyd; aph: Mike Zingale

1989

Darkman [Sam Raimi] c; 2uc; ph: Bill Pope

1989

Men at Work [Emilio Estevez] c; 2uc; ph: Tim Suhrstedt

1989

House Party [Reginald Hudlin] c; 2uc: Randolf Sellars

1989

Book of Love [Robert Shaye] c

1990

Scorchers [David Beaird] c

1990

Drop Dead Fred [Ate de Jong] c; addph: Sandi Sissel & Francis Kenny; 2uc: Gregory Gardiner; spec pfx: Paul Gentry

1991

My Cousin Vinny [Jonathan Lynn] c

1991

Boomerang [Reginald Hudlin] c; co-addph; ph: Woody Omens

1992

[National Lampoon's] Loaded Weapon 1 [Gene Quintano] c

1992

Son-in-Law [Steve Rash] c; 2uc: Paul D. Hughen; vfx ph: Michael Sajbel

1993

Getting Even with Dad [Howard Deutch] c; 2uc; ph: Tim Suhrstedt

1993

Little Big League [Andrew Scheinman] c; co-2uc; ph: Donald E. Thorin

1993

S.F.W. [Jefery Levy] c

1994

Species [Roger Donaldson] p/c; ph Los Angeles; ph: Andrzej Bartkowiak

1995

Lumière et compagnie [seg (54s) 'Premonition Following An Evil Deed' dir by David Lynch] b&w-c; 40 seg; other ph: Sarah Moon, Philippe Poulet, Didier Ferry & Frédéric LeClair

1995

Joe's Apartment [John Payson] c; drama + anim/81m; 2uc: Paul Holahan; stop motion ph: Jamie Jacobson; based on the MTV short film 'Joe's Apartment/Joe's Apt.' (1992)

1995

Lost Highway [David Lynch] p/c; aph: Stan McClain

1996

Scream [Wes Craven] Clairmont-Scope/c; addph; ph: Mark Irwin

1996

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery [Jay Roach] s35/c; addph: Wally Pfister; uncred 2uc: Paul Hughen

1997

Scream 2 [Wes Craven] p/c; + small part

1998

Mystery, Alaska [Jay Roach] s35/c; addph: Jeffrey Jur; 2uc: Roger Vernon

1998

Music of the Heart [Wes Craven] c

1999

Mulholland Dr./Mulholland Drive [David Lynch] c; originally a pilot for ABC-tv

1999

Scream 3 [Wes Craven] p/c; 2uc: Paul Hughen; miniature ph: Christopher Warren; + small part

2000

From Hell [Albert & Allen Hughes] p/c

2001

People I Know [Daniel Algrant] c

2001

Coney Island Baby [Amy Hobby] dv/c

2001

Austin Powers in Goldmember [Jay Roach] s35/c; 2uc: Paul Hughen; aph: David B. Nowell

2002

Twisted/The Blackout Murders [Philip Kaufman] c; 2uc: Lou Weinert

2003

I Heart Huckabees/I Love Huckabees [David O. Russell] p/c

2004

The Jacket [John Maybury] s35/c; aph: Clyde Miller

2004

Rumor Has It... [Rob Reiner] c; replaced ph Edward Lachman who had started filming with dir Ted Griffin

2005

Lucky You [Curtis Hanson] s35/c; uwph: Tom Boyd

2006

Married Life/Marriage [Ira Sachs] c

2006

I Think I Love My Wife [Chris Rock (replaced Charles Stone III)] c; uncred reshoots ph; ph: William Rexer II

2006

Blades of Glory [Josh Gordon & Will Speck] c; uncred reshoots ph; ph: Stefan Czapsky

2007

The Love Guru [Marco Schnabel] s35/c; 2uc: Paul Hughen; hockey unit ph: Stephen Andrich; aph (+ vfx ph): Kurt E. Soderling

 

"Drag Me to Hell"

 

2008

Drag Me to Hell [Sam Raimi] s35 (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Paul Sanchez; addph: Paul Hughen; main title seq ph: John Frost

2008

Last Night [Massy Tadjedin] p/c

2009

The Cabin in the Woods [Drew Goddard] s35 (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Stephen Jackson; uwph: Ian Seabrook; released in 2012

2009

Spider-Man 4 [Sam Raimi] announced, but film ('The Amazing Spider-Man') was dir by Marc Webb and ph by John Schwartzman in 2010-11

2010

Scream 4 [Wes Craven] p (+ D-Cinema)/c

2011

Duran Duran: Unstaged [David Lynch] b&w-c; concert film/121m; live streaming film for the American Express sponsored YouTube-series 'Unstaged'; perf on 23 March (Mayan Theater, Los Angeles)

2011

Oz - The Great and Powerful [Sam Raimi] RED Epic-to-35mm scope (+ IMAX-70bu [3-D] & D-Cinema [also 3-D version])/b&w (first 20 min/1.33:1) & c; 2uc: Paul Sanchez

2014

Now You See Me 2/Now You See Me: The Second Act [John M. Chu] HD (ARRI ALEXA XT Plus/p + Sony a7 + GoPro)+RED Epic Dragon-to-digital (scope)/c; 2uc: Peter Robertson; vfx plate unit ph: Hamish Doyne-Ditmas; drone c.op: Jeremy Braben; filmed 2014-15

2017

X-Men: The New Mutants [Josh Boone] c

 

 TELEVISION

1992

Key West [ep #1 (pilot) dir by David Beaird, ep #8 'Gimme Shelter' dir by Chuck Bowman & #9 'Crossroads' dir by James Frawley] 13-part series, 1993; other ph: Vincent Baldino

1992

On the Air [ep #2 dir by Lesli Linka Glatter (LLG), #3 dir by Jack Fisk (JF), #4 dir by Jonathan Sanger, #5 dir by LLG, #6 dir by Betty Thomas & #7 dir by JF] 7-part (4 unaired) series; other ph (pilot): Ron García

1992

Hotel Room [ep #1 'Tricks' (1969) dir by David Lynch (DL), #2 'Getting Rid of Robert' (1992) dir by James Signorelli & #3 'Blackout' (1936) dir by DL] 3-part miniseries; for HBO-tv

1994

Cosmic Slop [ep 'Space Traders' dir by Reginald Hudlin, 'Tang' dir by Kevin Rodney Sullivan & 'The First Commandment' dir by Warrington Hudlin] 3-part series; for HBO-tv

1994

The Last Days of Russell [Reginald Hudlin] unsold pilot/60m; for ABC-tv

1999

If These Walls Could Talk 2 [seg '2000' dir by Anne Heche] tvm/b&w-c; 3 seg; other ph: Paul Elliott & Robbie Greenberg

2007

Cashmere Mafia [pilot dir by Michael Pressman] 7-part series/HD, 2008; other ph (+ cph pilot): Frank Prinzi

2015

Twin Peaks [David Lynch] series, 1990-91 (30 ep; ABC-tv) & 2017-present; 3rd season/HD (ARRI ALEXA XT M/p, XT Studio/p & AMIRA/p)-to-HD, 2017 (18 ep); for Showtime-tvfilmed 2015-16

2016

The Defiant Ones [ep #1 dir by Allen Hughes] 4-part doc series/HD (Canon EOS C100 & EOS C500), 2017; co-addph; ph: Charles Parish; for HBO-tv

 

 MISCELLANEOUS

1983

Blame It on the Night [Gene Taft] co-c.op addph; ph: Alex Phillips Jr.

1983

Suburbia/Rebel Streets/The Wild Side [Penelope Spheeris] 2nd c.asst; ph: Timothy Suhrstedt

1984

I Do Mind Dying [Patrick Melly; short] co-1st c.asst; ph: Frank Byers

1984

Bad Manners/Growing Pains [Bobby Houston] co-2nd c.asst; ph: Jan de Bont

1987

Stars and Bars [Pat O'Connor] c.op; ph: Jerzy Zielinski

1987

Split Decisions/Kid Gloves [David Drury] 2nd c.op; ph: Timothy Suhrstedt

1988

Dead Solid Perfect [Bobby Roth; tvm] c.op; ph: Timothy Suhrstedt

1989

Cry-Baby [John Waters] co-c.op addph; addph: Bryan Duggan; ph: David Insley

2006

Inland Empire [David Lynch] co-add lighting tech + uncred ph cons; ph: D. Lynch