Camerimage, the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography, announced five-time Oscar nominee Caleb Deschanel will receive the lifetime achievement award at this year’s festival, taking place Nov. 15-22.
Deschanel will present screenings of his films followed by a Q&A with the festival audience at the 22nd edition of the festival.
Deschanel is a cinematographer and film/TV director with over four decades of experience in the industry. His work was crucial in creating one of the essential tools of modern cinematographers – the Steadicam. Deschanel’s work has garnered him five Academy Award nominations in the best cinematography category for features including The Right Stuff, The Natural, Fly Away Home, The Patriot and The Passion of the Christ.
Other notable credits include A Woman Under the Influence, Being There, The Black Stallion, National Treasure, The Spiderwick Chronicles, My Sister’s Keeper, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Jack Reacher.
Deschanel directed his first feature film, The Escape Artist, in 1982, and later, Crusoe, in 1989. He has also directed episodes for various TV shows including the David Lynch series Twin Peaks, Law & Order: Trial by Jury, Conviction and Bones.
Throughout his career, Deschanel has shot in almost every possible way, from 16mm cameras to working digitally with the ARRI Alexa and staging in 3D.
Deschanel was an original member of the American Zoetrope production team, along with George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola.
In 2010, he was awarded the ASC lifetime achievement award.