M. DAVID MULLEN, ASC studied filmmaking and cinematography at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), where he received his Master’s Degree. Since then, he has photographed almost forty independent feature films, four television series, and a number of pilots.
He was nominated for the IFP Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography in 2000 for Twin Falls Idaho and again in 2004 for Northfork, both films by Michael and Mark Polish.
In 2000, he photographed Jackpot, the first 24P HD feature to be released theatrically in North America.
In 2004, he became a member of the American Society of Cinematographers; in 2007, he joined the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Projects released theatrically in the past few years include Jennifer's Body (2009), Seven Days in Utopia (2011), Big Sur (2013), and 90 Minutes in Heaven (2015). Smash aired on NBC in 2012-13 and Extant aired on CBS in 2014.
Many of his features have played at major film festivals over the years. Twin Falls Idaho, Northfork, Two Brothers & A Bride, Assassination of a High School President, Manure, and Big Sur were shown at the Sundance Film Festival. Stay Cool played at the Tribeca Film Festival and Jennifer's Body at the Toronto International Film Festival.
He also updated the classic textbook Cinematography with original author Kris Malkiewicz, and has written a number of articles about his own work for various filmmaking magazines.