Robert Murphy is a cinematographer and editor based in Los Angeles. He has shot on the Red
MX, Epic, Canon 7D, 1D, Sony EX-3, Canon 5D, and 16mm film. This past
year he has shot and edited two Red features and also shot two features using
the Canon 5D.
2009, Robert worked as the cinematographer and supporting actor in the
feature film In Search of a Midnight Kiss. It premiered at the Tribeca
Film Festival in New York and went on to play festivals around the
world, including Edinburgh, Sarajevo, Poland, and Woodstock. It
received theatrical distribution through IFC and Vertigo pictures, and
played in theaters in United States, Great
Britain, Spain, Australia, and Greece, grossing over $1 million
worldwide. In Search of a Midnight Kiss went on to win the John
Cassavetes Independent Spirit Award for best feature film under
$500,000. It was also named one of the top ten independent films of the
year by the National Board of Review.
Robert was singled out for his cinematography, with positive reviews from both Roger Ebert and Anthony Lane of the New Yorker:
"Photographed in glorious black and white by Robert Murphy." --Roger Ebert
yet Holdridge, in consort with his director of photography, Robert
Murphy, has delivered a beautiful piece of work. It is shot in
black-and-white—proper black, as rich and as sleek as cat's fur, not the
washed-out tin grays that you might expect. Murphy is treading in the
footsteps of the James Wong Howe who shot 'Sweet Smell of Success' and
the Gordon Willis who shot 'Manhattan.'" --Anthony Lane, The New Yorker
In 2011 Robert worked as the cinematographer and co-editor on the feature film Carlos Spills the Beans. It premiered at the Los Angeles Downtown Film Festival in 2012 and is also slated to play the Raindance Film Festival in London in 2013. Directed by Brian McGuire, Carlos Spills the Beans is a dark comedy about a large family that runs a hip restaurant in Hollywood, and it stars Joey Capone, Bret Roberts, Harry Dean Stanton, Brian McGuire, Elena Krauz, Jimmy Duval, C.C. Sheffield, and Mark Boone, Junior. Robert won the award for best cinematography at the Los Angeles Downtown Film Festival in 2012.
Murphy's work as both cinematographer and co-editor was again featured at the Seattle International Film Festival in 2013: 9 Full Moons, a feature premiering in the New American Filmmakers' competition, is a romantic drama set in the Los Angeles music scene which stars Amy Seimetz, Bret Roberts, Donal Logue, Harry Dean Stanton, Brian McGuire, Pamela Adlon, and Dale Dickey. Written and directed by Tomer Almagor, 9 Full Moons is also slated to play later this year at the Raindance Film Festival in London, the Oaxaca Film Festival in Mexico, and in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Murphy also recently worked as cinematographer on the feature film Meet Me in Montenegro, which was filmed on location in Berlin and Montenegro. Set to premiere later this year, Meet Me in Montenegro is a romantic comedy directed by Alex Holdridge and starring Rupert Friend, Jennifer Ulriuch, Alex Holdridge, Linnea Saasen, and Deborah Ann Woll.
Also in 2013 Robert, worked as cinematographer and editor on the short film "Follow," which premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in 2013. A dark horror film, "Follow" was directed by Owen Egerton and stars Jessie Tilton and Jonny Mars.
In 2013, Robert worked as cinematographer and editor on a music video for Bob Schneider called "Wish the Wind." Also directed by Owen Egerton, "Wish the Wind" stars Jessie Tilton and Bob Schneider himself.
Robert also shot and edited a music video for Fernanda Ulibarri called "Cancíon Animal." In the video Fernanda plays two characters: a lonely woman hoping for a date and also legendary Latin songwriter and singer Gustavo Cerati.
Robert has been shooting feature films and music videos for 15 years. A graduate of the University of Texas film program, Robert now lives in Los Angeles. His cinematic inspirations are Stanley Kubrick, Roger Deakins, Vittorio Storaro, Martin Scorsese, Robert Richardson, Paul Thomas Anderson, and Quentin Tarantino.
Robert would also like to give a big shout out to his parents, Bob and Carolyn Murphy, and his brother Billy, for their continued support and encouragement through the years.