Don Burgess (cinematographer)

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Don Burgess
Born (1956-05-28) May 28, 1956 (age 64)
Alma materArtCenter College of Design, BFA, Film 1982

Don Michael Burgess, ASC, (born May 28, 1956) is an American cinematographer who was nominated for the Academy Award and BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography for Forrest Gump (1994), directed by frequent collaborator Robert Zemeckis. Burgess was director of photography for films such as Cast Away (2000), Spider-Man (2002), The Polar Express (2004), Enchanted (2007), Source Code (2011), The Muppets (2011), The Conjuring 2 (2016), and Aquaman (2018). He studied at the ArtCenter College of Design in Los Angeles.[1]


As director of photography[edit]


Year Title Director Notes
1980 Ruckus Max Kleven with Michael A. Jones
1985 Fury to Freedom Erik Jacobson
1986 The Night Stalker Don Edmonds
1987 Summer Camp Nightmare Bert L. Dragin
Playboy: Bedtime Stories Anthony Spinelli
Robert C. Hughes
Direct-to-video anthology film;
1 segment
Death Before Dishonor Terry Leonard
1988 World Gone Wild Lee H. Katzin
1989 Under the Boardwalk Fritz Kiersch
Blind Fury Phillip Noyce
1992 Two-Fisted Tales Robert Zemeckis Segment "Yellow"
Mo' Money Peter MacDonald
Night Trap James Riley FMV video game
Filmed in 1987
1993 Josh and S.A.M. Billy Weber
1994 Forrest Gump Robert Zemeckis Nominated - Academy Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated - A.S.C. Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography
Richie Rich Donald Petrie
1995 Forget Paris Billy Crystal
1996 The Evening Star Robert Harling
1997 Contact Robert Zemeckis Nominated - Satellite Award for Best Cinematography
2000 What Lies Beneath
Cast Away
2002 Spider-Man Sam Raimi
2003 Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines Jonathan Mostow
Radio Michael Tollin
2004 13 Going on 30 Gary Winick
The Polar Express Robert Zemeckis
Christmas with the Kranks Joe Roth
2006 Eight Below Frank Marshall
My Super Ex-Girlfriend Ivan Reitman
2007 Enchanted Kevin Lima
2008 Fool's Gold Andy Tennant
2009 Aliens in the Attic John Schultz
2010 The Book of Eli The Hughes Brothers
2011 Source Code Duncan Jones
Priest Scott Stewart
The Muppets James Bobin
2012 Flight Robert Zemeckis
2013 42 Brian Helgeland
2014 Muppets Most Wanted James Bobin
2016 The Conjuring 2 James Wan
Allied Robert Zemeckis
Monster Trucks Chris Wedge
2017 Same Kind of Different as Me Michael Carney
Wonder Stephen Chbosky
2018 The Christmas Chronicles Clay Kaytis
Aquaman James Wan
2019 Sextuplets Michael Tiddes
2020 The Witches Robert Zemeckis
The Christmas Chronicles 2 Chris Columbus


Year Title Director Notes
1990 The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson Larry Peerce Television film;
Nominated - A.S.C. Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Movies of the Week
1991 Tales from the Crypt Robert Zemeckis Episode "And All Through the House"
1993 Space Rangers Mikael Salomon Episode "Fort Hope"

Second unit director of photography[edit]

Year Title Director D.O.P. Notes
1981 Happy Birthday to Me J. Lee Thompson Miklos Lente 2nd Unit Director of Photography
1984 Hot Dog…The Movie Peter Markle Paul Ryan
Sheena John Guillermin Pasqualino De Santis Director of Photography: Action unit
1985 Runaway Train Andrei Konchalovsky Alan Hume 2nd Unit Director of Photography
1986 Quiet Cool Clay Borris Jacques Haitkin
1987 Cherry 2000 Steve De Jarnatt
1988 Moving Alan Metter Donald McAlpine
Lucky Stiff Anthony Perkins Jacques Haitkin
1989 Back to the Future Part II Robert Zemeckis Dean Cundey
1990 Back to the Future Part III
The Rookie Clint Eastwood Jack N. Green
1991 Nothing but Trouble Dan Aykroyd Dean Cundey
Backdraft Ron Howard Mikael Salomon
1992 Batman Returns Tim Burton Stefan Czapsky
Death Becomes Her Robert Zemeckis Dean Cundey
Noises Off... Peter Bogdanovich Tim Suhrstedt
Traces of Red Andy Wolk Additional photography
1996 Executive Decision Stuart Baird Alex Thomson
1998 Deep Impact Mimi Leder Dietrich Lohmann
2002 The Bourne Identity Doug Liman Oliver Wood
2014 Divergent Neil Burger Alwin H. Küchler
2015 Ted 2 Seth MacFarlane Michael Barrett


  1. ^ Don Burgess BFA 82, ArtCenter College of Design

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