Garry Waller

Garry Waller

Cinematographer and Filmmaker

Los Angeles, California

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About Garry

Oscar Nominee Garry Waller is an American Cinematographer with an impressive body of workin Hollywood for nearly twenty-five years. He grew up in Palmdale, California frequenting the local 2 screens Drive-In. His mother and father - Wilma worked civil service for the Army base, James at Edwards Air Force Base Department of Flight Research (DFRC) researching heat and stress analysis on the ‘Flying Bathtub’ commonly known today as the Space Shuttle’.

As soon as he turned 16 and received the family hand-me-down Oldsmobile he made many ‘secret’ (he thought) treks down Hwy 14 to reach Westwood Los Angeles, and view many movies on better screens. He attended Hamilton School of Photography in Santa Monica but later challenged and gained entry into 2nd year course curriculum at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Two months there brought a career breakthrough to work at LucasFilm in Marin County, California.

His debut film there working on VFX was 'Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back’ creating 100’s of motion blur ‘flak’ bursts. After four years at LucasFilm he moved on to Boss Films in Marina del Rey to continue working on several more movies. He collected an Oscar nomination for his work on the film ‘Poltergeist II: The Other Side’ while there.

Garry has won both an Emmy Award and an MTV Music Video award, 'Best Cinematography in a Music Video' by the Rolling Stones, (for the
song ‘Love is Strong’). He has worked and collaborated with Directors - David Fincher, Olivier Megaton, Joseph Kosinski, Antoine Fuqua, Dustin Nguyen, George Lucas,Steven Spielberg, Tim Burton, to name only a few.

He has filmed all over the world on theatrical releases, most recently in Poland for the movie ‘Persona Non Grata’ and in Vietnam filming the movie ‘I’ll Wait’.



  • The Composer

    The Composer (2016)
    Film (Drama, Mystery, Romance and Thriller) Cinematographer After enduring a fatal life threatening illness, the main character an unschooled composer and highly rated musical genius, mysteriously recovers. His life goes through a series of dramatic changes leading to a spiritual reawakening and a renewed perspective of life. Already an acclaimed musical genius, with an innate capacity to compose unique and spontaneous orchestral pieces, he inexplicably begins to express a genre sometimes hauntingly reminiscent of ancient melodic form. The movie reveals how the life of the Composer, at first mired in unwelcome traumatic terrors emerges illuminated by unexpected interventions of unbelievable events. Set to become a modern classic. A must see movie. Charming, inspiring and accompanied by soaring renditions of his brilliant compositions. A journey of unfathomable beauty and food for the soul.

  • Attack on Ashville

    Attack on Ashville (2016)
    Film (Thriller) Cinematographer An international terrorist plans a coordinated attack on 100 small towns in across the USA. With the Military, Homeland security tied up with bigger issues, Little small town Ashville, NH is left to fend for itself as the terrorist hit. What the terrorist found out was that they don't call New Hampshire the "Live Free or Die" state for nothing. Written by Georgia Hilton

  • Sugihara Chiune

    Sugihara Chiune (2015)
    Film (Adventure, Biography, History and War) Cinematographer The story of a Japanese diplomat, sometimes called the Schindler of Japan, and his life lading up to and after his decision to issue over 2,000 visas to Jewish refugees in Kaunas, Lithuania resulting in saving the lives of over 6,000 people. This is the story of a man who believed in doing all he could do for the benefit of his beloved Japan, including trying to keep her from becoming embroiled in a worldwide conflict he saw as inevitable. Along the way, he came face to face with the plight of the European Jews as they tried to escape the onslaught of the Nazi's and the rapidly advancing German army. Caught between the unbending policies of his country now bound by treaty with Nazi Germany and his awakening moral responsibilities, we follow his life from his early days in Manchuria to his eventual posting in Lithuania and his appointment with destiny which would forever brand him a hero.

  • Oblivion

    Oblivion (2013)
    Film (Action, Adventure, Mystery and Sci-Fi) 2nd Unit DP/Operator One of the few remaining drone repairmen assigned to Earth, its surface devastated after decades of war with the alien Scavs, discovers a crashed spacecraft with contents that bring into question everything he believed about the war, and may even put the fate of mankind in his hands. Written by Black Dahlia

  • Oba: The Last Samurai

    Oba: The Last Samurai (2011)
    Film (Drama and War) Cinematographer July 1944, The Imperial Japanese Army Garrison on Saipan mounted its final suicidal Banzai charge against the American Marines in the Battle for Saipan. Out of the 4000 Japanese who waged the charge there are almost no survivors but among them left alive is Captain Oba Sakae (Yutaka Takenouchi). Playing dead, he initially avoids capture and then is joined by a small band of survivors who retreat deep into the jungle. There, he as the highest ranking officer still alive will take command of the surviving 46 soldiers and 200 plus Japanese civilians now in his care who will evade the Marines and conduct a hit and run Guerrilla War long after the Americans declare the island secured in American hands. Enraged by Oba's resistance, the temperamental USMC Commander Colonel Pollard (Daniel Baldwin) launches an all out effort to hunt the man the Marines have dubbed "The Fox" of the Pacific. Failing to Capture Oba, Pollard is sacked and replaced by the mild mannered Colonel Wessinger (Treat ... Written by Louis E. Rosas

  • Saidoweizu

    Saidoweizu (2009)
    Film (Drama) Cinematographer A middle-aged Japanese man travels to California to attend the wedding of his American-based friend. Prior to the big event, they take one last trip to Napa Valley, where they taste wine, dally with romance.

  • Deja Vu

    Deja Vu (2006)
    Film (Action, Sci-Fi and Thriller) 2nd Unit additional Photography DP A ferry filled with crewmen from the USS Nimitz and their families was blown up in New Orleans on Mardi Gras. BATF Doug Carlin is brought in to assist in the massive investigation, and gets attached to an experimental FBI surveillance unit, one that uses spacefolding technology to directly look back a little over four days into the past. While tracking down the bomber, Carlin gets an idea in his head: could they use the device to actually travel back in time and not only prevent the bombing but also the murder of a local woman whose truck was used in the bombing? Written by Jeff Cross

  • Lorelei

    Lorelei (2005)
    Film (Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller and 1 More) U.S. Unit Cinematographer A drama set during World War II where a submarine carrying a secret weapon attempts to stop a planned third atomic bombing of Japan. Based on Harutoshi Fukui's novel Shuusen no Lorelei.

  • Time Out

    Time Out (2003)
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  • Before We Ruled the Earth

    Before We Ruled the Earth (2003)
    Television (Documentary) Cinematographer Before We Ruled the Earth is an odyssey of evolution, from Homo ergaster in Africa at 1.7 million years ago, to Paleo-Indians living in North America at 11,000 years ago. Detailed recreations of hominid life over seven time periods, stunning wilderness locations, state of the art makeup effects and photo-realistic 3-D animated animals bring the past to life. Factual. Entertaining. Riveting. How did we problem solve to protect and provide for our families and ourselves? What are the technological innovations that helped to move us up the food chain? Early human's ability to adapt is what pushed them to the four corners of the earth and beyond, Before We Ruled The Earth. Written by Bill Latka

  • What Dreams May Come

    What Dreams May Come (1998)
    Film (Drama, Fantasy and Romance) Miniatures Unit DP Chris Neilson dies to find himself in a heaven more amazing than he could have ever dreamed of. There is one thing missing: his wife. After he dies, his wife, Annie killed herself and went to hell. Chris decides to risk eternity in hades for the small chance that he will be able to bring her back to heaven. Written by Scott Huntsman <>

  • Air Force One

    Air Force One (1997)
    Film (Action, Adventure, Drama and Thriller) Visual effects DP The President of the USA goes to Moscow and gives a stirring speech outlining the USA's new "Zero-tolerance" policy with respect to terrorism. On the flight home, terrorists take over Air Force One (the President's official plane) and take the passengers (including his wife and daughter) hostage. The terrorists plan to execute one hostage every half-hour unless/until their demands are met. However, the President is a former Medal of Honor winner, so the terrorists may be in for a surprise... Written by Afterburner <>

  • Starship Troopers

    Starship Troopers (1997)
    Film (Action and Sci-Fi) Visual effects DP In the distant future high school kids are encouraged to become citizens by joining the military. What they don't know is that they'll soon be engaged in a full scale war against a planet of alien insects. The fight is on to ensure the safety of humanity. Written by Christopher Van Pelt

  • The Scout

    The Scout (1994)
    Film (Comedy, Drama and Sport) Visual effects DP Al Percolo is a major league baseball scout sent to scout in Mexico as a punishment. However, he eventually stumbles across Steve Nebraska, a young American who can pitch AND hit better than anyone else can do either. He signs Steve and returns home in glory. It soon becomes obvious, though, that Steve is immature and possibly unstable, and Al turns to psychiatrist Doctor H. Aaron, whom he picks for her name, for help. Written by Reid Gagle

  • Batman Returns

    Batman Returns (1992)
    Film (Action) Visual effects DP Having defeated the Joker, Batman now faces the Penguin - a warped and deformed individual who is intent on being accepted into Gotham society. Crooked businessman Max Schreck is coerced into helping him become Mayor of Gotham and they both attempt to expose Batman in a different light. Earlier however, Selina Kyle, Max's secretary, is thrown from the top of a building and is transformed into Catwoman - a mysterious figure who has the same personality disorder as Batman. Batman must attempt to clear his name, all the time deciding just what must be done with the Catwoman. Written by Graeme Roy <>

  • Ghost

    Ghost (1990)
    Film (Drama, Fantasy, Romance and Thriller) Visual effects DP Sam and Molly are a very happy couple and deeply in love. Walking back to their new apartment after a night out at the theatre, they encounter a thief in a dark alley, and Sam is murdered. He finds himself trapped as a ghost and realises that his death was no accident. He must warn Molly about the danger that she is in. But as a ghost he can not be seen or heard by the living, and so he tries to communicate with Molly through Oda Mae Brown, a psychic who didn't even realise that her powers were real. Written by Sami Al-Taher <>

  • Vibes

    Vibes (1988)
    Film (Adventure, Comedy and Romance) Visual effects DP Cyndi Lauper and Jeff Goldblum play two psychics hired by Peter Falk to find his long lost son in a foreign country. When they get there they discover he's really hired them to help find a hidden temple in the mountains where all the psychic energy in the world comes from. Written by Jaymes Warnock <>

  • Die Hard

    Die Hard (1988)
    Film (Action and Thriller) Visual effects DP NYPD cop John McClane goes on a Christmas vacation to visit his wife Holly in Los Angeles where she works for the Nakatomi Corporation. While they are at the Nakatomi headquarters for a Christmas party, a group of bank robbers led by Hans Gruber take control of the building and hold everyone hostage, with the exception of John, while they plan to perform a lucrative heist. Unable to escape and with no immediate police response, John is forced to take matters into his own hands. Written by Sam

  • Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color

    Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (1988)
    Television (Adventure, Drama, Family, Biography and 1 More) Visual effects DP A Disney-produced anthology covering many different genres.

  • Leonard Part 6

    Leonard Part 6 (1987)
    Film (Action, Comedy and Sci-Fi) Visual effects DP The CIA asks for ex-spy Leonard's help in stopping an evil force that is brainwashing small animals into killing people. Leonard, however, has his own problems to deal with: winning back his ex-wife. Written by Murray Chapman <>

  • The Monster Squad

    The Monster Squad (1987)
    Film (Action, Comedy, Fantasy and Horror) Visual effects DP Dracula is alive. In fact, he plans to rule the world and that is why he seeks the help of other legendary monsters. However, a bunch of kids regarded by their peers as losers uncover the devious plan and prepare for a counter strike. Written by Steve Richer <>

  • Masters of the Universe

    Masters of the Universe (1987)
    Film (Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi and 1 More) Visual effects DP The planet Eternia is in the aftermath of Skeletor's war on Castle Greyskull, which he has won after seizing Greyskull and the surrounding city using the Cosmic Key developed by the Thenorian locksmith Gwildor. The Sorceress is Skeletor's prisoner and he begins draining her powers as he waits for Eternia's moon to align with the Great Eye of the Universe that will bestow god-like powers upon him. Once on Earth, He-Man and company team up with two teenagers as they attempt to find the key and return home. However, the dark lord Skeletor and his vile minions are soon hot on their trail as they bring He-Man back alive. Written by Anthony Pereyra {}

  • Solarbabies

    Solarbabies (1986)
    Film (Action, Drama and Sci-Fi) Visual effects DP In a future in which most water has disappeared from the Earth, we find a group of children, mostly teenagers, who are living at an orphanage, run by the despotic rulers of the new Earth. The group in question plays a hockey based game on roller skates and is quite good. It has given them a unity that transcends the attempts to bring them to heel by the government. Finding an orb of special power, they find it has unusual effects on them. They escape from the orphanage (on skates) and try to cross the wasteland looking for a place they can live free as the stormtroopers search for them and the orb. Written by John Vogel <>

  • The Boy Who Could Fly

    The Boy Who Could Fly (1986)
    Film (Drama and Fantasy) Visual effects DP Charlene Michaelson, her two children - teen-aged Amelia 'Milly' Michaelson and precocious adolescent Louis Michaelson - and their dog Max move into a new house in a new neighborhood after the passing of Charlene's husband/the kids' father, Donald Michaelson. Beyond life without Donald, they are all nervous about starting a new life, which, for Charlene, means getting back into the workforce after thirteen years. Milly quickly settles into the neighborhood if only because she becomes fascinated with their next door neighbor, teen-aged Eric Gibb, who authorities believe is autistic. Orphaned Eric has never spoken a word, and without having been told about the incident, began to think he could fly at the exact moment his parents died in a plane crash. Many believe Eric's belief is because he felt he could thus save his parents. Eric's guardian is his dipsomaniac Uncle Hugo Gibb. Milly's high school teacher, Mrs. Carolyn Sherman, who used to be a special needs teacher, looks after Eric ... Written by Huggo

  • Big Trouble in Little China

    Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
    Film (Action, Adventure, Comedy and Fantasy) Visual effects DP Truck driver Jack Burton arrives in Chinatown, San Francisco, and goes to the airport with his Chinese friend Wang Chi to welcome his green-eyed fiancée Miao Yin who is arriving from China. However she is kidnapped on the arrival by a Chinese street gang and Jack and Wang chase the group. Soon they learn that the powerful evil sorcerer called David Lo Pan, who has been cursed more than two thousand years ago to exist without physical body, needs to marry a woman with green eyes to retrieve his physical body and Miao is the chosen one. Jack and Wang team-up with the lawyer Gracie Law, the bus driver and sorcerer apprentice Egg Shen and their friends and embark in a great adventure in the underground of Chinatown, where they face a world of magicians and magic, monsters and martial arts fighters. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • Poltergeist II: The Other Side

    Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986)
    Film (Horror) Visual effects DP-Oscar Nominee The Freeling family move in with Diane's mother in an effort to escape the trauma and aftermath of Carol Anne's abduction by the Beast. But the Beast is not to be put off so easily and appears in a ghostly apparition as the Reverend Kane, a religeous zealot responsible for the deaths of his many followers. His goal is simple - he wants the angelic Carol Anne; but the love of her family and the power of psychic Tangina once again unite, along with an elderly native American, to fight for her life. Written by Rhino <>

  • Fright Night

    Fright Night (1985)
    Film (Fantasy, Horror and Thriller) Visual effects DP For young Charley Brewster, nothing could be better than an old horror movie late at night. Two men move in next door, and for Charley with his horror movie experience, there can be no doubt that their strange behavior is explained by the fact that they are a vampire and his undead day guardian. The only one who can help him hunt them down is a washed-up actor, Peter Vincent, who hosts Charley's favorite TV show, Fright Night. Vincent doesn't really believe that vampires exist, but does it for the money... Written by Anonymous

  • 2010

    2010 (1984)
    Film (Mystery, Sci-Fi and Thriller) Visual effects DP In this sequel to 2001: A Space Odyssey, a joint American- Soviet expedition is sent to Jupiter to discover what went wrong with the U.S.S. Discovery against a backdrop of growing global tensions. Among the mysteries the expedition must explain are the appearance of a huge black monolith in Jupiter's orbit and the fate of H.A.L., the Discovery's sentient computer. Based on a novel written by Arthur C. Clarke. Written by Keith Loh <>

  • Ghostbusters

    Ghostbusters (1984)
    Film (Adventure, Comedy and Fantasy) Visual effects DP Three odd-ball scientists get kicked out of their cushy positions at a university in New York City where they studied the occult. They decide to set up shop in an old firehouse and become Ghostbusters, trapping pesky ghosts, spirits, haunts, and poltergeists for money. They wise-crack their way through the city, and stumble upon a gateway to another dimension, one which will release untold evil upon the city. The Ghostbusters are called on to save the Big Apple. Written by Greg Bole <>

  • Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

    Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)
    Film (Action, Adventure, Fantasy and Sci-Fi) Visual effects DP Darth Vader and the Empire are building a new, indestructible Death Star. Meanwhile, Han Solo has been imprisoned, and Luke Skywalker has sent R2-D2 and C-3PO to try and free him. Princess Leia - disguised as a bounty hunter - and Chewbacca go along as well. The final battle takes place on the moon of Endor, with its natural inhabitants, the Ewoks, lending a hand to the Rebels. Will Darth Vader and the Dark Side overcome the Rebels and take over the universe? Written by Colin Tinto <>

  • Poltergeist

    Poltergeist (1982)
    Film (Fantasy and Horror) Visual effects DP A young family are visited by ghosts in their home. At first the ghosts appear friendly, moving objects around the house to the amusement of everyone, then they turn nasty and start to terrorise the family before they "kidnap" the youngest daughter. Written by Rob Hartill

  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
    Film (Family and Sci-Fi) Visual effects DP While visiting the Earth at Night, a group of alien botanists is discovered and disturbed by an approaching human task force. Because of the more than hasty take-off, one of the visitors is left behind. The little alien finds himself all alone on a very strange planet. Fortunately, the extra-terrestrial soon finds a friend and emotional companion in 10-year-old Elliot, a lonely boy whose parents have separated. While E.T. slowly gets acquainted with Elliot's older brother Michael, his sister Gertie and the customs of Earth, members of the task force work day and night to track down the whereabouts of Earth's first visitor from outer space. The wish to go home again is strong in E.T., and after being able to communicate with Elliot and the others, E.T. starts building an improvised device to send a message home for his people to come and pick him up. But before long, E.T. gets seriously sick, and because of his special connection to Elliot, the young boy suffers, too. The situation ... Written by Julian Reischl <>

  • Dragonslayer

    Dragonslayer (1981)
    Film (Action, Adventure and Fantasy) Visual effects DP A King has made a pact with a dragon where he sacrfices virgins to it, and the dragon leaves his kingdom alone. An old wizard, and his keen young apprentice volunteer to kill the dragon and attempt to save the next virgin in line - the Kings own daughter. Written by Colin Tinto <>

  • Raiders of the Lost Ark

    Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
    Film (Action and Adventure) Visual effects DP The year is 1936. An archeology professor named Indiana Jones is venturing in the jungles of South America searching for a golden statue. Unfortunately, he sets off a deadly trap but miraculously escapes. Then, Jones hears from a museum curator named Marcus Brody about a biblical artifact called The Ark of the Covenant, which can hold the key to humanly existence. Jones has to venture to vast places such as Nepal and Egypt to find this artifact. However, he will have to fight his enemy Rene Belloq and a band of Nazis in order to reach it. Written by John Wiggins

  • Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

    Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
    Film (Action, Adventure, Fantasy and Sci-Fi) Visual effects DP After the Rebel base on the icy planet Hoth is taken over by the Empire, Han, Leia, Chewbacca, and C-3PO flee across the galaxy from the Empire. Luke travels to the forgotten planet of Dagobah to receive training from the Jedi master Yoda, while Vader endlessly pursues him.

  • The Day Time Ended

    The Day Time Ended (1979)
    Film (Sci-Fi) Visual effects DP Aliens visit the solar-powered house of a middle-class family, and the house is suddenly sucked into a time warp that takes it back to prehistoric times. Written by


  • Academy Award Oscar Nominee for Poltergeist II the Other Side

  • MTV Award - winner Best Cinematography in a Music Video for the Rolling Stones -'Love is Strong"

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