2005

2005

                

 SEAMUS McGARVEY   BSC/ASC/ISC

Born: 29 June 1967, Armagh, Northern Ireland, UK.

Education: Polytechnic of Central London [now University of Westminster] [1985-88].

Career: Started as still ph before attending film school in London.

Ph music videos with a: Paul McCartney, Dusty Springfield, Robbie Williams, Elton John, U2, UB40, Natalie Imbruglia, a.o. Ph commercials dir by Stephen Daldry [for De Beers], Mike Figgis [for Volkswagen], Lucy Blakstad, Richard Heslop, Kieron Walsh, a.o.

Directed music videos.

Member of the BSC since 1998. Member of the ASC since 2008. One of the founding members of the Irish Society of Cinematographers [ISC] [2010].

Was member of the jury of the Irish Film & Television Awards 2004. Was guest in the BBC radio programme 'Back Row' [November 2003]. Received an Honorary Fellowship of the Edinburgh College of Art [2009].

Awards: Royal Television Society Award nom [199?] for 'Skin'; The Royal Photographic Society 'Lumière Award' [2004] for contributions to the art of cinematography; Evening Standard British Film Award [2004] for 'The Hours'; IFTA Award [2005] for 'Sahara'; 'Oscar' AA nom [2007] & BAFTA Film Award nom [2007] for 'Atonement'; ASC Film Award nom [2012] & 'Oscar' AA nom [2012] for 'Anna Karenina'.

Website: Seamus McGarvey


'It all started in photography as a 13 year old,' says Seamus McGarvey, 'I had a dark room at home in Armagh where I became au fait with the technical aspects and principles of stills. They're the same as cinematography.' In his final year in school, he got into film, thanks to Declan Forde, his art teacher at the Christian Brothers School. 'He lent me a Super 8 camera and I experimented enough to know that's what I wanted to study. The political upheaval cauterized the artistic richness that's historically associated with Armagh. Much as I love the place, it was essential for me to get away. Influences were too limiting and at 17, I was hungry for the wider world. I took a three year film course at the Polytechnic of Central London. Through it I pursued my passion for stills as well as learned about motion.' Luckily for Seamus, Jacek Petrycki, the Polish cinematographer, known for his work with Krzysztof Kieslowski, was over on a teaching sabbatical. 'When Jacek saw my photographs, he became my mentor and encouraged me to concentrate on cinematography.' While at college, McGarvey worked as an usher in the cinemas at the ICA [Institute of Contemporary Art]. 'I was no cinéaste on my arrival in London but I soon made up for it. I got to see all the high art movies and became entranced, especially with Russian and Italian cinema.' After film school, Seamus worked on five Derek Jarman movies and cites his influence as seminal. 'The early years were tough and jobs were scarce. I relied on painting and decorating work to survive. I began to get such pleasure from doing up old houses and getting cash in hand that I seriously considered sticking with that, rather than trying to achieve the film career.' [From interview with Maud Hand on the Ideasfactory Northern Ireland website.]



 FILMS

1990

Memoranda [Mortimer O'Sullivan] 16mm/c; short/10m

1991

Mad Bad Mortal Beings [Ludmilla Andrews] 16mm/c; short/10m

1992

The Winding Sheet - A Documentary About Guilt [Karen A. Kelly] 16mm/c; doc/12m; prod Royal College of Art

1992

Damsel Jam [Sarah Miles] c; doc/13m

1993

Taking Liberties with Mr. Simpson [David Stewart] b&w-c; short/27m

1993

Marooned [Jonas Grimås] c; short/20m

1994

The Take Out [Jamie Thraves] 16mm/c; short/13m

1994

Skin Tight [John Forte] c; short/15m; cph: Donal Gilligan

1994

A Sort of Homecoming [Dudi Appleton] c; short/21m

1994

Butterfly Kiss/Killer on the Road [Michael Winterbottom] b&w-c; originally made as a tvm

1994

This Charming Man [Meloni Poole] 16mm/c; doc/26m

1995

Lounge [Miranda Pennell] c; dance film/6m

1995

Jude [Michael Winterbottom] p/b&w-c; co-2uc; ph: Eduardo Serra

1996

Jump the Gun/Babel [Les Blair] c; 2uc: Giulio Biccari

1996

Hello, Hello, Hello [David Thewlis] c; short/11m

1996

Harald [- Der Chaot aus dem Weltall] [Jürgen Egger] c; 2uc: Peter von Haller

1996

The Slab Boys [John Byrne] c

[Left] with dir Alan Rickman

"The Winter Guest" - photo by Clive Coote

1996

The Winter Guest [Alan Rickman] c; addph: Steve Rundell; aph: Simon Werry

1997

Flying Saucer Rock 'n' Roll [Enda Hughes] cs/b&w; short/12m

1997

Magic Moments [Saul Metzstein] c; short/8m

1997

Atlantic [Sam Taylor-Wood] 16mm/c; installation (3-screen projection)/4m

1997

The End [Joe Wright] c; short/11m

1998

The War Zone [Tim Roth] J-D-C Scope/c

1998

The Big Tease/Je m'appelle Crawford [Kevin Allen] c; 2uc: Hilton A. Goring

1998

A Map of the World [Scott Elliott] c; 2uc: Michael Kohnhorst

1998

I Could Read the Sky [Nichola Bruce] c; cph: Owen McPolin

[Left] with dir Stephen Frears [behind camera]

"High Fidelity"

1999

High Fidelity [Stephen Frears] c

2000

The Work of Angels? - The Book of Kells [Murray Grigor] c; doc/58m

2000

The Name of This Film Is Dogme95 [Saul Metzstein] c; doc/50m; cph: S. Metzstein, Immo Horn & Jack Lothian

2000

Enigma [Michael Apted] p/c; 2uc Netherlands: Stef Tijdink

2001

The Hours [Stephen Daldry] c

2002

The Actors [Conor McPherson] c; addph: Ciarán Barry

2002

Rolling Stones - Tip of the Tongue [prod by Rolling Stones] DVD/c; behind-the-scenes doc/51m; 2uc: Don Lenzer (New York), André (as Andree) Pienaar (Toronto) & Terry Hopkins (Boston)

2002

Along Came Polly [John Hamburg] c; 2uc: Larry Blanford

2003

Beyond the Sea [Kevin Spacey] scheduled as doph, but film was ph by Eduardo Serra

2003

Sahara [Breck Eisner] s35/c; 2uc: Harvey Harrison; aph: John Marzano; model unit ph: Nigel Stone

2004

Death Valley [Sam Taylor-Wood] c; short/8m; also seg of 'Destricted' (2006; 7 seg)

2004

Tishomingo Blues [Don Cheadle] pre-production; scheduled to start Sep 2003, then Oct 2004; prod scrapped

2004

Irish Jam [John Eyres] c

2004

Jerusalem [Sam Taylor-Wood] announced; status unknown

2004

The Man Who Walks [Irvine Welsh] announced; status unknown

[Left] with dir Gary Winick - "Charlotte's Web"

2005

Charlotte's Web [Gary Winick] c; 2uc Melbourne: John Mahaffie; Los Angeles crow shoot ph: Peter Lyons Collister; aph: Mark Hryma & Phil Pastuhov

2005

Connolly [Adrian Dunbar] announced; status unknown

[Left] with dir Oliver Stone - "World Trade Center"

2005

World Trade Center [Oliver Stone] s35-to-35mm/c; 2uc: Kyle Rudolph; aph: David Norris; filmed 2005-06

2006

Atonement [Joe Wright] s35-to-35mm/c; uwph: Mike Valentine; efx unit ph: Christopher Ross

2007

Love You More [Sam Taylor-Wood] scope/c; short/15m

2007

With Gilbert & George [Julian Cole] dv/c; doc/104m; co-addph; ph: J. Cole; filmed 1990-2007  

2007

Squeezebox Lament [Seamus McGarvey] mobile phone/c; short/31s; with his daughter Stella

2008

The Soloist [Joe Wright] p (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Paul Babin (+ c.op 'b' cam) & Chris Moseley; aph 2u: Doug Holgate

2009

Nowhere Boy [Sam Taylor-Wood] p (+ D-Cinema)/c

2009

Lost Angels: Skid Row Is My Home/The Chorus [Thomas Q. Napper] c; doc/77m; cph: Christopher Gosch & Fortunato Procopio

2010

We Need to Talk About Kevin [Lynne Ramsay] p+16mm+HD (Canon EOS 5D)-to-35mm scope (+ D-Cinema)/c; ph Spain: Thomas Townend

2011

Here Comes the Sun [Jason Armstrong Beck] c; mus short/3m52s; for Sweet Relief Musicians Fund

2011

James Bond Supports International Women's Day [Sam Taylor-Wood] c; short/2m4sec; for WeAreEQUALS.org

2011

Thor/The Mighty Thor [Kenneth Branagh] p+RED Epic-to-35mm scope (+ D-Cinema [also 3-D version])/c; uncred ph post-credits scene (filmed in 2011 with RED Epic [3-D] and dir by Joss Whedon); ph: Haris Zambarloukos (2009-10); S. McGarvey: 'We shot a little trailer (teaser) for 'The Avengers' that went out at the end of 'Thor' and we shot it in 3-D. It was like pulling teeth. I just thought "it has been lovely to shoot these two days but I'm going to get fired" because it took so long setting up each shot and the director was just going crazy. Not only that but Samuel L. Jackson and Stellan Skarsgård, who were in the piece, said "if this is how the movie is going to be then we're not in." It was that serious. I think I got the job really because Joss didn't want some old DP who's done a million of these movies in the past coming around saying "look this is how we do it." So he wanted somebody who was probably as hungry for it as he was and I think that's why he got me involved. I was very very keen to be involved, and I'm keen to learn.' [The Irish Film & Television Network]

"The Avengers"

2011

The Avengers/Marvel's The Avengers [Joss Whedon] s35+HD (ARRI ALEXA + Canon EOS 5D & 7D)-to-35mm (+ D-Cinema [also 3-D version])/c; 2uc: Michael Totten & Brad Shield; addph: Michael Burgess; aph: David B. Nowell

2011

Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction [Sophie Huber] dv/b&w-c; doc/77m (2012); + co-exec prod

2011

Anna Karenina [Joe Wright] p (+ D-Cinema)/c; Napper unit ph (= 2uc): Alan Stewart; replaced Philippe Rousselot during pre-production; filmed 2011-12

2012

Godzilla [Gareth Edwards] HD (ARRI ALEXA Plus/p)-to-35mm scope (+ D-Cinema [also 3-D version])/c; 2uc: Kim Marks; aph: Phil Pastuhov; vfx ph: Ian Degner

2013

Fifty Shades of Grey [Sam Taylor-Johnson] HD (ARRI ALEXA/p)/c; aph: Hans Bjerno

2014

Pan [Joe Wright] HD/c; 2uc: Alan Stewart; aph: Adam Dale; uwph: Tim Wooster


 TELEVISION

1993

Shooting to Stardom [Kieron J. Walsh] tvm/10m

1993

Look Me in the Eye [Nick Ward] c; ep BBC-tv series 'Screen Two'

1994

Murder Most Horrid [various] 24-part series, 1991-1994, 1996, 1999; other ph: Julian Court, Rex Maidment, a.o.

1995

Out of the Deep Pan [Kieron J. Walsh] tvm/26m

1995

Blow Your Mind: See a Show [ep 'The Maids' dir by Coky Giedroyc (CG), 'Macbeth' dir by CG & 'One Man Show Dramatic: The Art of Steven Berkoff' (BetaSP/22m) dir by Nichola Bruce] series

1995

Skin [Vincent O'Connell] tvm/11m

1997

Stand and Deliver [Les Blair] tvm

2000

Wit [Mike Nichols] tvm

2007

The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency [Anthony Minghella] tvm (2008); 2uc: Giulio Biccari; served as pilot for 6-part series, 2009


 MISCELLANEOUS

1987

The Last of England [Derek Jarman] uncred ?; ph: Christopher Hughes (+ lighting des), D. Jarman, Richard Heslop & Cerith Wyn Evans

1989

December Bride [Thaddeus O'Sullivan] co-camera trainee; ph: Bruno de Keyzer

1989

Projections [: The Pet Shop Boys] [Derek Jarman] c.asst; ph: Chris Hughes; a collection of short films that were projected on screens during the Pet Shop Boys' first tour

1990

Dakota Road [Nick Ward] clapper-loader; ph: Ian Wilson

1990

The Garden [Derek Jarman] ?; ph: Christopher Hughes

1991

Map of the Human Heart [Vincent Ward] loader; ph: Eduardo Serra

1991

Floating [Richard Heslop; short] focus puller; ph: R. Heslop

1991

Who Needs a Heart [John Akomfrah] co-1st c.asst; ph: Nancy Schiesari

1992

Man to Man: Another Night of Rubbish on the Telly [John Maybury; tvm] c.asst 2u (Berlin); 2uc (Berlin): Christopher Hughes; ph: Dominique Le Rigoleur

2001

Ali G Indahouse [Mark Mylod] add c.op; ph: Ashley Rowe

2007

Squeezebox Lament [dir; + ph] see Films