John Seale

John Seale

Highest Rated: 97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

Lowest Rated: 20% The Tourist (2010)

Birthday: Oct 5, 1942

Birthplace: Warwick, Queensland, Australia

Often associated with the work of Peter Weir, both as a camera operator and director of photography, John Seale first earned his reputation as one of Australia's leading cinematographers before garnering international attention as one of the world's best directors of photography. His reputation is based on his striking feel for textures and colors of nature, as evidenced by such films as Peter Weir's "Witness" (1985), for which he was nominated for the Best Cinematography Academy Award and Anthony Minghella's "The English Patient" (1996), which earned him the Oscar. The former possessed striking contrasts between the big city of Philadelphia and the fields of the Amish Country, yet each created a full-bodied environment. For the latter, Seale had to accomplish the photography on three levels: the desert in which Ralph Fiennes and Kristin Scott Thomas have their romance, the war-torn zone of Italy, which required darker, bluer lighting, and the re-emergence of life within Juliette Binoche, which had to be gradually worked into the palette. (In 1988, he earned a third Oscar nod for his clean work on Barry Levinson's "Rain Man.")

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97% 86% Mad Max: Fury Road Cinematographer $153.6M 2015
37% 58% Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Cinematographer $90.8M 2010
20% 42% The Tourist Cinematographer $67.6M 2010
33% 43% Poseidon Cinematographer $60.7M 2006
28% 35% Dreamcatcher Cinematographer $33.7M 2003
81% 82% Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Cinematographer $317.9M 2001
47% 63% The Perfect Storm Cinematographer $182.6M 2000
32% 46% At First Sight Cinematographer $22.4M 1999
83% 80% The Talented Mr. Ripley Cinematographer $81.3M 1999
58% 82% City of Angels Cinematographer $78.7M 1998
43% 62% Ghosts of Mississippi Cinematographer $13.1M 1996
85% 83% The English Patient Cinematographer $78.7M 1996
91% 77% The American President Cinematographer $59.0M 1995
38% 71% Beyond Rangoon Cinematographer $5.1M 1995
88% 66% The Paper Cinematographer $36.6M 1994
92% 80% Lorenzo's Oil Cinematographer $6.9M 1992
No Score Yet 69% Till There Was You Director - 1991
85% 92% Dead Poets Society Cinematographer $94.5M 1989
84% 74% Gorillas in the Mist Cinematographer $22.6M 1988
89% 90% Rain Man Cinematographer $171.2M 1988
76% 61% The Mosquito Coast Cinematographer $12.9M 1986
79% 78% Children of a Lesser God Cinematographer $26.8M 1986
93% 80% Witness Cinematographer $65.3M 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Goodbye Paradise Cinematographer - 1983
67% 55% BMX Bandits Cinematographer - 1983