John L Murphy

John L Murphy


Brooklyn, New York

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January 2016
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About John

Story. We all know it starts and ends with story. A good story leads to a good book, a good radio show, a good painting, and a good movie. It’s a simple concept but a very complex process, especially when applied to filmmaking. It requires collaboration, and whether by nature or nurture, I choose to collaborate by way of cinematography.

I didn’t begin my story telling career behind the camera. I began working on the stage, or at least behind the stage, lighting live performances. I transitioned to film and television and attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts carrying over my fascination of light from stage to screen. That fascination being the idea that the story is going on, the actors doing their work, the design team creating a space, the story unfolding, but if it’s unlit, it’s unseen, still there, but unseen.

Light molds how we tell that story. If you light half the story, you get half the story. I bring that mentality to all of my work, whether it be the shots chosen, the quality of light used, or movement created through camera. I am there to help translate and mold a story that already exists. Not create my story, but help bring a story to life created collaboratively. To shine light onto great stories that are happening and let them be seen.


  • Summit

    Summit (2016)
    Film by Christina Raia (Comedy, Drama, Horror and Thriller) Cinematographer Five college friends hit the road for a ski trip. When they end up at the wrong location and can't backtrack because of the intense cold and secluded surroundings, they decide to take shelter in an abandoned house overnight. When they wake in the morning, things are not quite what they seemed and it's too late to turn back. Written by Anonymous

  • Dangerous Grounds

    Dangerous Grounds (2012 - 2015)
    Television (Reality-TV) Cinematographer Would you risk your life for the perfect cup of coffee? Todd Carmichael would. As owner of La Colombe Torrefaction, a premium coffee company based in Philadelphia, he travels the globe, sleeping under his car, avoiding warlords and bodily-harm, risking it all to bring back the perfect cup o' joe. His business focuses on the best - coffee so rare it's sought by the world's top chefs and restaurants. Carmichael seeks out the most exotic, fascinating and dangerous places to find the perfect seed in the coffee plant. There's an amazing story behind every cup. Written by Travel Channel

  • The Bad Days

    The Bad Days (2014)
    Film by Greg Keras (Short, Drama, Horror and Thriller) Cinematographer As a middle-aged couple struggles to survive the apocalypse tucked away in their New York apartment, unassuming wife Marjorie is forced to make a terrifying decision as terror threatens both from without and within. 'The Bad Days' is rife with both physical and psychological horrors, but, despite the apparent despair, is everything truly as it seems? Written by Anonymous

  • History Detectives

    History Detectives (2012)
    Television by Bernadette McDaid (Documentary, History and Mystery) Cinematographer Researchers identify how historical significance gathered them into wondering how past events occurred.

  • The Groom

    The Groom (2010 - 2011)
    Television (Thriller) Cinematographer

  • Battle on the Block

    Battle on the Block (2010)
    Television (Reality-TV) Camera and Electrical Department

  • Make Me a Supermodel

    Make Me a Supermodel (2009)
    Television (Reality-TV) Camera and Electrical Department Over a 12-week period, 14 hopefuls will live together in a New York City loft and explore friendships, romance and naked ambition while undergoing a series of creative challenges designed to test their professional modeling potential. This series will explore what it takes to turn the exceptionally good-looking into the king or queen of the catwalk. Written by Official Site

  • The Missing Person

    The Missing Person (2009)
    Film by Noah Buschel (Drama) Camera and Electrical Department Private detective John Rosow is hired to tail a man on a train from Chicago to Los Angeles. Rosow gradually uncovers the man's identity as a missing person; one of the thousands presumed dead after the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Persuaded by a large reward, Rosow is charged with bringing the missing person back to his wife in New York City. Written by Anonymous

  • Bureaucrat

    Bureaucrat (2007)
    Film by Chris Massi (Short and Fantasy) Cinematographer

  • A Slow Dissolve

    A Slow Dissolve (2007)
    Film by Nathaniel Carota (Drama) Cinematographer The day Ryan Locke's father was put to rest was the same day he got his new imaginary friend, Ian. Ian and Ryan have grown up together along with Ryan's friend Sophie, who can't see Ian. One day, though, Ian finds out he has to leave Ryan, for good, in one week. Ryan sets out on his last week with Ian preparing himself for his future without his best friend. While Ian has a list of tasks to accomplish before he will vanish for good. Written by nathaniel


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