M. David Mullen

M. David Mullen, A.S.C. (born Meritt David Mullen III; 26 June 1962) is a Japanese-born American cinematographer[1] known for his photography on Twin Falls Idaho, Northfork, Akeelah and the Bee, The Astronaut Farmer, Jennifer's Body, and The Love Witch, and for numerous television series, including The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel for which he won an Emmy Award.[2] He often collaborates with The Polish brothers.[3][4][5][6][7]

M. David Mullen
Merritt David Mullen III

(1962-06-26) 26 June 1962 (age 59)
AwardsDublin International Film Festival Award for Best Cinematography
2016 The Love Witch

He studied cinematography at the California Institute of the Arts from 1988 to 1991. His mentor was Krzysztof Malkiewicz; he later collaborated with him on Cinematography (Third Edition), an essential guidebook for film production techniques.[8] By the time he entered CalArts, he was 27 years old and well versed in the technical side of cinematography, having learnt everything he could from the UCLA film library.[9]

In spring 2004 he was accepted into the American Society of Cinematographers, one of the highest honors that can be bestowed upon a cinematographer.[10][11] He has been nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards for best cinematography, once in 2000 for Twin Falls Idaho, and once in 2004 for Northfork.[12][13] In 2017, he was awarded Best Cinematography for The Love Witch by the Dublin Film Critics' Circle.[14]





  1. ^ "M. David Mullen, ASC".
  2. ^ "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel". Emmys.com.
  3. ^ "Kerouac's Big Sur: An Interview With Producer Orian Williams". The LA Beat.
  4. ^ "The Astronaut Farmer". The Hollywood Reporter.
  5. ^ "FILM FESTIVAL REVIEW; It's Not the Usual Menage a Trois". NY Times.
  6. ^ "FILM REVIEW; Chasing a Pot of Gold on the Karaoke Circuit".
  7. ^ "M. David Mullen".
  8. ^ Cinematography: Third Edition. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 9780743264389.
  9. ^ "M. David Mullen, ASC: Interview". From Script To DVD.
  10. ^ "American Society of Cinematographers Roster".
  11. ^ "M. David Mullen, ASC: Interview". From Script To DVD.
  12. ^ "Independent Spirit Awards for 2000".
  13. ^ "Independent Spirit Awards for 2004". IMDb.
  14. ^ "The DFCC Awards at the Audi Dublin International Film Festival". The Irish Times.

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