Sean P. Malone has trained his eye on the world through a lens for more than a decade. He has captured light and emotion as director of photography on a diverse slate of films, including narrative and documentary features, shorts, commercials, music videos, and a web series. His work on international pop star Ivo Mozart’s video, “Se Namorar,” has been seen more than three million times on YouTube, and his cinematography has been awarded at film festivals from Los Angeles to Miami and recognized internationally. Recently, his frighteningly multicolored work on the horror film Birth was spotlighted in the 2020 Raindance Film Festival.
Malone studied filmmaking at the University of Miami, and honed his craft further at the Global Cinematography Institute and the ASC Master Class in Hollywood. These opportunities allowed him to learn directly from giants of the craft, including Caleb Deschanel, ASC (The Passion of the Christ) and Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC (Close Encounters of the Third Kind). He co-founded Waterfoot Films, an independent film company, as well as the commercial production company Regality Media. In addition to his work behind the camera, Malone is also an experienced teacher of filmmaking and film history. On his podcast, "The Camera Report with Sean P. Malone," he sits down with world-class DPs such as Roger Deakins, ASC and Seamus McGarvey, ASC.
“To me, an image is either immediately breathtaking, or it's not,” Malone says. “Immediately beautiful or not. The films I admire most are filled with stunning images that evoke strong emotion. When I'm shooting, I search for those images. Shots that make me feel deeply, so that the audience will feel that as well."
The films I admire most are filled with stunning images that evoke strong emotion. When I'm shooting, I search for those images.”
Festivals and Awards
BIRTH / 2019
Horror Short Grand Prize Winner | Raindance Film Festival
Best Practical Effects | Frostbite International Online Film Festival
Highest Commendation | Asia South East Short Film Festival
Official Selection | Just Before Midnight Film Festival
Official Selection | Nast Frame Film Festival
Official Selection | Micro Mania Film Festival
Official Selection | Threadbare Mitten Film Festival
GOOD BOY / 2020
Official Selection - Bristol Science Film Festival
Official Selection - Reel Love Film Festival
Official Selection - Lift Off Global Network Sessions