David Claessen was born on Tuesday, March 24, 1959 and is a famous cinematographer.
Being born on Mar 24, David is an Aries.
David dated Whoopi Goldberg.
It all started in the late 1970's when David Claessen got introduced to
the Film Community in his native Amsterdam, The Netherlands by accident.
After graduating from Nederlandse Televisie & Film Academie in the early 1980's he
worked in the vast Television Documentary market in Europe traveling all over
the globe shooting film for the Dutch, French and British Television.
He later worked as a Camera Operator under the legendary French Cameramen Henri Alekan [La Belle et La Bete by Jean Cocteau, La Belle Capitive by Robbe-Grillet, Wings
of Desire by Wim Wenders] and Sacha Vierny [Hiroshima Mon Amour,
LOAnnee Derniere a Marienbad by Alain Renais, The Cook, His Wife & Her Lover by Peter Grenaway].
David Claessen started working as a Feature Film Director of Photography in 1984 when he got the opportunity to photograph the French Film Haute Mer for the Argentinean director Eduardo Cozarinsky.
Since settling in the USA in late 1986 he photographed The Telephone [Whoopi Goldberg] for Rip Torn [The Gary Shandling Show], Getting In [Matthew Perry, Callista Flockhart] for Doug Liman [Swingers, The Bourne Identity, Mr. & Mrs. Smith]. In 1995 An Evil Town
directed by Richard Sears won Best Short Film @ the Film Festival of Cannes,
France. A few years later David won the Kodak Achievement Award for Best
Cinematography for his work on Marc ChiatÃƒ-s Every Dog Has It's Day. While
primarily focused on commercials [Mercedes, Heineken, Nike, GMC] & Music Videos
[Britney Spears, Snoop Dogg, Aaliyah, Brandy, Monica, BoyzIIMen, Jay Z] over
the last 10 years Claessen has completed several films with director Julie Dash
[Daughters of the Dust, Love Song] including The Rosa Parks Story for which she was
nominated by the DGA for best direction. Angela Bassett won an Emmy and an
Image Award for her performance in this movie. With Tyler Perry's Diary Of A Mad Black Woman Claessen scored his first # 1 Box Office Hit. The upcoming Make It Happen reunited David with director Darren Grant [Diary Of A Mad Black Woman]. David Claessen makes his home Los Angeles, CA. & New York, NY.