#1: From interview [2012]

#2: With dir Rebecca Miller - "The Private Lives of Pippa Lee" [2008]

 

   


DECLAN QUINN   ASC/ISC

 

Born: 1957, Chicago, Ill., USA, to parents newly emigrated from Ireland. His Irish name is Deaglán Ó Cuinn.

Education: Columbia College, Chicago [2-year film course; BA in 1979].

Career: Went to Offaly, Ireland, when he was almost 13 and finished high school there. Went back to the USA and became freelance still ph for newspapers and magazines. After his study at Columbia College, he became news cameraman for a Rockford tv-station. Returned to Chicago and worked as grip, electrician and c.asst. Went to Ireland in 1980 and worked at the Windmill Lanes Studios where he met dir Meiert Avis and the pop group U2. He did 2nd camera on U2's music video 'New Year's Day'. He ph doc's, music videos and tours for U2. Went back to the USA in 1985 and settled in New York working for MTV.

Ph commercials dir by Nick Cassavetes [for Radio Shack], Ed Bianchi [for Advil], Errol Morris, Meiert Avis [for Coca Cola], Bill D'Elia, Paula Greif, Mike Bigelow [for Pizza Hut], a.o. Ph music videos, e.g. 'The Fly' [1991; a: U2; d: Jon Klein & Richie Smyth], 'Tonight, Tonight' [1996; a: The Smashing Pumpkins; d: Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris] & 'The End Is the Beginning Is the End' [1997; a: The Smashing Pumpkins; d: Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris].

One of the founding members of the Irish Society of Cinematographers [ISC] [2010]. His brother Paul and sister Marian are film directors; his brother Aidan is an actor.

Awards: MTV Award [1996] for 'Tonight, Tonight'; Independent Spirit Award [1996] for 'Leaving Las Vegas'; Independent Spirit Award [1998] for 'Kama Sutra'; Sundance FF 'Cinematography Award' [1998] for '2by4'; 'Emmy' Award nom [2003] for 'Hysterical Blindness'; Independent Spirit Award [2004] for 'In America'; IFTA Award nom [2007] for 'Breakfast on Pluto'.


 

 FILMS

1984

U2: Unforgettable Fire [Meiert Avis, Donald Cammell & Barry Devlin] v/c; mus doc/30m (tv-version); released on video with added music videos as 'The Unforgettable Fire Collection'

1987

U2: Outside It's America [Barry Devlin & Meiert Avis (video 'Where the Streets Have No Name')] c; mus doc/44m

1987

Not Me [Damon Santostefano] c; short/40m; intended for use in promoting group discussion of drug abuse problems

1988

The Kill-Off [Maggie Greenwald] c

1989

Tour Film R.E.M. [Jim McKay & Michael Stipe] b&w-c; mus doc/85m; 16mm ph: Jem Cohen & Jonathan Dayton; 8mm ph: J. McKay, Jem Cohen & Valerie Faris; filmed 7-13 November in Roanoke, VA, Hampton, VA, Greensboro, NC, Macon, GA & Atlanta, GA

1990

Blood & Concrete - A Love Story [Jeffrey Reiner] c; uwph: Pete Romano

1990

Iron & Silk [Shirley Sun] c; addph; ph: James Hayman

1990

Red Hot + Blue [seg #13 (3m24s) 'Well, Did You Evah!' dir by Alex Cox (a: Deborah Harry & Iggy Pop)] b&w-c/V; mus comp/111m; other ph: Tom Sigel, Ed Lachman, Andrew Dunn, a.o.; this film (18 music videos + art breaks) accompanied the comp album (20 tracks) from the Red Hot Organization (an AIDS Benefit project); also an ABC-tv special

1990

Billy Joel: Live at Yankee Stadium [Jon Small] c/V; concert film/86m; cph: Anastas Michos, Crescenzo Notarile, Phil Parmet, Paul Cameron, Nancy Schreiber, a.o.; filmed in June in New York City

1990

Freddy's Dead - The Final Nightmare/A Nightmare On Elm Street 6 [: Freddy's Dead] [Rachel Talalay] c; 2uc: Phil Parmet; addph: James L. Carter; sfx ph: Mark A. Shelton; vfx ph: Tim Angulo; final sequence in 3-D (Freddy-Vision); filmed 1990-91

1991

Cousin Bobby [Jonathan Demme] 16mm-35bu/c; doc/69m; cph: Ernest Dickerson, Jacek Laskus, Craig Haagensen & Tony Jannelli; also ep of PBS-tv doc series 'P.O.V.' (1993)

1992

The Ballad of Little Jo [Maggie Greenwald] p/c; 2uc: Mitchell Amundsen

1993

The Jim Rose Circus Sideshow [Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris] c/V; perf/35m; + co-c.op; filmed 5 February (Moore Theatre, Seattle, Washington)

1993

All Things Bright and Beautiful [Barry Devlin] c

1994

Vanya on 42nd Street [Louis Malle] c

1994

Rough Cut [Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris] b&w-c; mus doc (with rock band R.E.M.)/58m; cph: J. Dayton

1994 

Leaving Las Vegas [Mike Figgis] s16-35bu/c

1995

Carried Away/Acts of Love [Bruno Barreto] c; 2uc: Russ Brandt

1995

Kama Sutra – A Tale of Love [Mira Nair] c; 2uc: Donal Gilligan & Sanjay Gupta; uwph: Pete Romano

1996

One Night Stand [Mike Figgis] c

1997

2by4/Sheet Rock [Jimmy Smallhorne] c

1997

This Is My Father [Paul Quinn] c; + exec prod

1997

One True Thing [Carl Franklin] c; 2uc: Andrew Casey, Chris Norr & Gabor Kover

1998

Flawless [Joel Schumacher] c

1999

28 Days [Betty Thomas] c

2000

Monsoon Wedding [Mira Nair] s16-35bu/c; 2uc: Naresh Bedi

2000

City by the Sea [Michael Caton-Jones] s35/c; addph; ph: Karl Walter Lindenlaub

2001

In America/East of Harlem [Jim Sheridan] c; 2uc: Gerard Sava (New York) & Howard Smith; addph: Phil Oetiker (uncred), Martin Little (New York) & Naomi Sheridan (New York); ph snow unit New York (s16): John Inwood

2002

11'09''01 - September 11/11 minutes 9 seconds 1 image [seg #9 'India' dir by Mira Nair] b&w-c; dram doc/135m; 11 seg; other ph: Pierre-William Glenn, Samuel Bayer, Mohsen Nasr, Nigel Willoughby, a.o.

2002

Cold Creek Manor [Mike Figgis] c; 2uc: Harry Lake

2003

Vanity Fair [Mira Nair] c; 2uc: Jay Odedra

2003

32A [Marian Quinn] announced as doph, but shot in July 2006 by ph P.J. Dillon

2004

Good Ol' Boy [Paul Quinn] announced in July; pre-production in 2008

2004

Breakfast on Pluto [Neil Jordan] c

2005

Get Rich or Die Tryin' [Jim Sheridan] s35/c; 2uc: David Perrault & Anthony Jannelli (New York)

2006

Pride and Glory [Gavin O'Connor] 35mm (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc (+ c.op 'a' cam): Gerard Sava; aph 2u: Brian Heller

2006

Jimmy Carter Man from Plains [Jonathan Demme] c; doc/125m; add cam: Tony Jannelli, Gerard Sava, a.o.; filmed 2006-07

2007

The Lucky Ones [Neil Burger] c; addph: Richard Rutkowski

2007

Rachel Getting Married/Dancing with Shiva [Jonathan Demme] HD (Sony F900R)-to-35mm/c

2007

Neil Young Trunk Show - Scenes from a Concert [Jonathan Demme] s8+HD-to-35mm/c; concert film/84m; s8 footage: Jon Knoop & L.A. Johnson; filmed 9-10 December (Tower Theater, Upper Darby, PA)

2008

8 [seg #3 'How Can It Be?' dir by Mira Nair] c; 8 seg; all seg filmed 2005-08

2008

New York, I Love You [seg dir by Mira Nair] HD (Genesis)+35mm-to-35mm/c; 10 (originally 12) seg + transitions; other ph: Pawel Edelman, Andrij Parekh, Mauricio Rubinstein, a.o.; 2nd film in 'Cities of Love'-series

2008

The Private Lives of Pippa Lee [Rebecca Miller] c; 2uc: Charles Libin

2009

Marley [Jonathan Demme (replaced Martin Scorsese who left due to a scheduling conflict)] c; mus doc; addph: Charles Libin; the screening of some rough cut and the fact that producer Steve Bing was less than impressed lead to J. Demme leaving the prod; project was finished by dir Kevin Macdonald (with ph Mike Eley, Alwin Kuchler & Wally Pfister)

 

[Right] with dir Anthony Anderson [2009]

 

2009

Anthony Anderson Project [Anthony Anderson] b&w-c; short/1m23s; for Liberty Mutual's 'The Responsibility Project'/NBC-tv

2010

I'm Carolyn Parker [: The Good, the Mad, and the Beautiful] [Jonathan Demme] dv/c; doc/93m; co-addph; ph: J. Demme; filmed 2005-10; also ep of PBS-tv series 'POV' (2012)

2010

The Moth Diaries [Mary Harron] s35-to-35mm/c

2010

Black Mass [Jim Sheridan] pre-production; filmed in 2014 by dir Scott Cooper and ph by Masanobu Takayanagi

2011

Being Flynn/Another Bullshit Night in Suck City [Paul Weitz] s35 (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Jack Donnelly

2011

Neil Young Journeys [Jonathan Demme] HD (ARRI ALEXA + Panasonic HPX170 + Sony PMW-F3 + Iconix Studio 2K)/c; mus doc/87m; addph: Charles Libin & Adam CK Vollick; filmed in May (Massey Hall, Toronto, Canada)

2011

The Reluctant Fundamentalist [Mira Nair] HD (ARRI ALEXA Studio)+s35-to-35mm scope (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Shanker Raman; Pakistan ph: Saqib Malik

2012

A Master Builder/Fear of Falling/Wally and André Shoot Ibsen/The House at Lovestrand [Jonathan Demme] HD (ARRI ALEXA)/c

2012

Admission [Paul Weitz] HD (ARRI ALEXA Studio)-to-35mm scope (+ D-Cinema)/c; uncred time lapse ph: David Knox

2012

The Tale of Timmy 2 Chins [Nancy Savoca] HD/c; short/17m; cph: Mauricio Rubinstein; prod Scenarios USA

2013

The Suffering Kind [Kevin Liddy] 35mm (+ D-Cinema)/c; short/26m; + co-prod

2013

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 [Steve Pink] HD/c

2014

Nafas/Breath [Mira Nair] HD/c; short/?m; multi-screen, permanent installation film for architect Jean Nouvel's National Museum of Qatar in Doha

2015

The Shack [Stuart Hazeldine] HD (ARRI ALEXA XT Plus)-to-D-Cinema (scope)/c; splinter unit ph: Brian Johnson; vfx ph: Karl Hermann

 

 TELEVISION

1986

The Clash of the Ash [Fergus Tighe] tvm/53m; addph: Thaddeus O'Sullivan

1987

The Negro Ensemble Company [Richard Kilberg] doc/55m; cph: Mark Krenzien & John Heller; ep PBS-tv series 'American Masters'

1988

Lapsed Catholics [Barry Devlin] tvm

1989

Over the Limit [Nancy Cooperstein] tvm/60m; an ABC-tv 'Afterschool Special'

1990

The Hollow Boy [Noel Black] tvm/55m; ep PBS-tv series 'American Playhouse'

1991

Lies of the Twins [Tim Hunter] tvm

1991

The Heart of Justice [Bruno Barreto] tvm

1992

The Bargain Shop [Johnny Gogan] tvm/54m

1993

Rocky World [Philip King] mus doc (with singer-songwriter Daniel Lanois)/b&w-c/52m/s16; ph Montreal: Mark MacKay; add footage: Ian Galloway; ep Channel 4 series 'Sound Stuff'

1993

Fallen Angels [ep #1 'Dead-End for Delia' dir by Phil Joanou & #6 'Since I Don't Have You' dir by Jonathan Kaplan] 15-part series, 1993 & 1995; 1st season, 1993; other ph: Peter Suschitzky (2 ep) & Emmanuel Lubezki (2 ep)

1994

Christy [Philip King] doc/55m; addph: Cian de Buitléar

1994

Rock the Vote Targets Health Care [Larry Williams & Leslie Libman] 4-part ep of MTV-series 'Out of Order'

1994

Strange Habit [Larry Williams & Leslie Libman] ep (18m) of MTV-series 'Out of Order'

1999

Keeping Time - The Poet and the Piper [Philip King & Declan Quinn] doc/55m

2001

Hysterical Blindness [Mira Nair] tvm; 2uc: Gerard Sava

2013

Line of Sight [Jonathan Demme] pilot/HD; for AMC-tv

 

 MISCELLANEOUS

1989

Van Morrison - The Concert [Jon Small; concert film] co-c.op; ph: Crescenzo Notarile

2005

Neil Young - Heart of Gold/Prairie Wind [Jonathan Demme; interv + concert film] co-c.op; ph: Ellen Kuras

2006

Shine a Light [Martin Scorsese; mus doc] co-c.op; ph: Robert Richardson

2006

Berlin [Julian Schnabel; concert film] 'b' cam op; ph: Ellen Kuras