Pearl, Daniel 1951- (Daniel C. Pearl)

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Pearl, Daniel 1951- (Daniel C. Pearl)


Born 1951, in Bronx, NY. Education: University of Texas at Austin, B.S., 1971, M.A., 1973.


Agent—Mack Agency, 4705 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Suite 204, Valley Village, CA 91607.


Cinematographer. Also photographer and camera operator; credited with more than 250 commercials and more than 500 music videos. University of Texas, assistant instructor in cinematography and film production, 1971-74; guest lecturer for Eastman Kodak, American Film Institute, and International Cinematographers Guild. Work exhibited by New York Art Directors Club, 2001, and included in various permanent film collections of New York Museum of Modern Art. Certified open-water scuba diver, 1987.


American Society of Cinematographers.

Awards, Honors:

Cinematography awards include American Video Award nomination, 1983, for "Billie Jean"; American Video Award and Billboard Award, both 1983, and MTV Award, 1984, all for "Every Breath You Take"; Billboard Award, 1984, for "The Reflex"; MTV Award nomination, 1984, for "Authority Song"; MTV Award nomination, 1987, for "With or Without You"; Laser Industry award, best use of lasers in a film, 1988, for "Vibe Alive"; Music Video Producers Association Award nomination and MTV Award nomination, both 1992, for "I Can't Dance"; MTV Award and Music Video Producers Association Award nomination, both 1992, for "November Rain"; MTV Award nomination, 1995, for "Water Runs Dry"; Lifetime Achievement Award, Music Video Producers Association, 1996; inducted into Kodak Vision Hall of Fame, music video cinematography category, 1997; MTV Award nomination, 1999, for "Miami"; Best Commercial Cinematography Award, Association of Independent Commercial Producers, 1999, for Motorola "Wings" commercial; MTV Award nomination, 2000, for "Take a Picture"; Golden Frog, outstanding cinematography in music clips and advertising spots, Camerimage, 2006.


Film Cinematographer:

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Bryanston, 1974.

Fantasy sequences, I Never Promised You a Rose Garden, New World, 1977.

The Fifth Floor, Film Ventures International, 1978.

She Came to the Valley (also known as Texas in Flames), R.G.V. Pictures, 1979.

Fairy Tales (also known as Adult Fairytales), Fairy Tales Distributing, 1979.

Hometown, Film Ventures International, 1979.

The Return (also known as The Alien's Return and Earthright), 1980.

Getting Wasted, Diversified Film Distribution, 1980.

Full Moon High (also known as Moon High), Orion, 1981.

Zapped!, Embassy, 1982.

The Junkman, Navarre Entertainment, 1982.

Population: 1 (also known as Population: One), American Scenes, 1986.

Invaders from Mars, Cannon, 1986.

A Return to Salem's Lot, Warner Bros., 1987.

It's Alive III: Island of the Alive (also known as Island of the Alive), Warner Bros., 1987.

Amazon Women on the Moon, Universal, 1987.

Deadly Illusion (also known as I Love You to Death and Love You to Death), Cinetel, 1987.

Hiding Out (also known as Adult Education), De Laurentiis Entertainment Group, 1987.

Collision Course, President Home Entertainment, 1989.

Madonna: Truth or Dare (also known as In Bed with Madonna and Truth or Dare), Miramax, 1991.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, New Line Cinema, 2003.

Legend sequence, National Treasure (also known as Sonomo), Buena Vista, 2004.

Captivity, After Dark Films, 2006.

(As Daniel C. Pearl) Pathfinder, Twentieth Century-Fox, 2007.

Alien vs. Predator, Twentieth Century-Fox, 2007.

Television Cinematographer; Specials:

Cyndi Lauper in Paris, HBO, 1987.

Disney's Totally Minnie, NBC, 1988.

Paul Reiser: 3 ½ Blocks from Home, Showtime, 1991.

(With others) Rolling Stone '93: The Year in Review, Fox, 1993.

Here Is Mariah Carey (also known as Mariah Carey and There's Only One Mariah Carey), NBC, 1993.

A Day in the Life of Country Music, CBS, 1993.

Reba!, NBC, 1994.

Mariah Carey: Daydream from New York to Tokyo, Fox, 1995.

Bonnie Raitt: Road Tested, PBS, 1995.

Mariah Carey segments, When You Believe: Music from "The Prince of Egypt," NBC, 1998.

Mariah Around the World, UPN, 1998.

Shania Twain: Come On Over, CBS, 1999.

Television Cinematographer; Other:

Jump! (pilot), NBC, 1985.

Frankenstein (movie), USA Network, 2004.


Video Appearances:

Chainsaw Redux: Making a Massacre, New Line Home Video, 2004.

Flesh Wounds: Seven Stories of the Saw, Dark Sky Films, 2006.

Music Videos; Photography Director:

"Ez Come Ez Go," Winger: In the Heart of the Young Part 2, Atlantic Records, 1990.

"Billie Jean," Michael Jackson: Video Greatest Hits—HIStory, Epic, 1995.

"Hot for Teacher," "Poundcake," and "Runaround," Van Halen: Video Hits Vol. 1, Warner Reprise, 1996.

"You Are Not Alone," Michael Jackson: HIStory on Film—Volume II, Epic, 1997.

"Don't Cry," "Estranged," and "November Rain," Guns n' Roses: Welcome to the Videos, Geffen Home Video, 1998.

Metallica: Cunning Stunts, Elektra Entertainment Group, 1998.

"The Reflex," Duran Duran: Greatest—The Videos, EMI Distribution, 1999.

Usher Live, Arista/BMG Music/La Face, 1999.

"Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" and "Older," Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael, Epic, 1999.

"Miami," The Will Smith Music Video Collection, Sony Video, 1999.

"Hero," "Honey," "I Don't Wanna Cry," and "One Sweet Day," Mariah #1's, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 1999.

"Step by Step," Whitney Houston: The Greatest Hits, 2000.

"Baila," Jennifer Lopez: Feelin' So Good, Sony Music Entertainment, 2000.

"The Edge of Heaven" and "Where Did Your Heart Go?," The Best of Wham!, Columbia Music Video, 2000.

"Pride" and "With or Without You," U2: The Best of 1989-1990, PolyGram Video, 2000.

"I Ain't Goin' Out Like That," Cypress Hill: Still Smokin' (also known as Cypress Hill: Still Smokin'—The Ultimate Video Collection), Columbia Music Video, 2001.

"Better Days," "Human Touch," and "Leap of Faith," Bruce Springsteen: The Complete Video Anthology 1978-2000, Columbia Music Video, 2001.

"For the Cool in You" and "This Is for the Lover in You," Babyface: A Collection of Hit Videos, Sony Columbia Records, 2001.

"The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)," Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott: Hits of Miss Ethe Videos, Volume 1, Elektra Entertainment, 2001.

"I Wish," R. Kelly:—The Videos, BMG Music, 2001.

"Obsession," Pure 80's: The DVD, Universal Music & Video Distribution, 2002.

"One Man in My Heart," The Human League: The Very Best Of, Music Video Distributors, 2003.

"Drive," Essential Music Videos: Hits of the '80s, WEA Corp., 2003.

"Down Low," "I Wish," and "I'm Your Angel," R. Kelly: The R. in R&B—The Video Collection, BMG Distribution, 2003.

"Billie Jean" and "You Are Not Alone," Michael Jackson: Number Ones, Sony Music Entertainment, 2003.

"All Night Long," "Ballerina Girl," "Dancing on the Ceiling," and "Do It to Me," The Lionel Richie Collection, Universal Music & Video Distribution, 2003.

"Alive," Jennifer Lopez: The Reel Me, Sony Music Entertainment, 2003.

"Feel So Good" and "Mo Money Mo Problems," Bad Boy's 10th AnniversaryThe Hits, Bad Boy Records, 2004.

"All for You" and "You," From Janet, to Damita Jo: The Videos, EMI/Ventura, 2004.

"Boys," Britney Spears: Greatest Hits—My Prerogative, BMG Distribution, 2004.

"Come and Get with Me" and "Twisted," The Best of Keith Sweat: Make You Sweat, Rhino Home Video, 2005.

"Original Prankster," The Offspring Complete Music Video Collection, Sony Music Entertainment, 2005.

Photography director for hundreds of short-form music videos.



Daniel Pearl Official Site,, May 19, 2007.