Anthony C. Jannelli

Assistant Arts Professor

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A partial list of feature credits as First Unit Camera Operator includes Philadelphia, Silence of the Lambs and Something Wild (Jonathan Demme), New York Stories (Martin Scorsese), and Billy Bathgate (Robert Benton), as well as Independence Day, Ghostbusters II, Three Men and a Baby, and Big.

His first feature as a director of photography, Longtime Companion, won the 1991 Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival.

He shot additional photography for the Neil Young concert film Heart of Gold (J. Demme) and joined a team of world famous cinematographers on Martin Scorsese’s Rolling Stones documentary, Shine A Light. He served as director of photography on the feature documentary A Decade Under the Influence (Richard LaGravenese) shown at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, and the Robyn Hitchcock concert film Storefront Hitchcock (J. Demme). Additional documentary work includes Cousin Bobby (J. Demme) and Made in Milan (Scorsese-- a documentary on Georgio Armani).

Second Unit feature work as cinematographer includes Eight Millimeter (Joel Schumacher), Beautiful Girls (Ted Demme), Little Man Tate (Jodie Foster), Scent of a Woman (Martin Brest), Wolf (Mike Nichols), Spider-Man (Sam Raimi), Maid in Manhattan (Wayne Wang), The Manchurian Candidate (J. Demme), and Angels in America (Mike Nichols).

Cinematography for television includes Blown Sideways Through Life (PBS American Playhouse), Men and Women II, Subway Stories (HBO), and Seven Deadly Sins (Showtime). He has served as director of photography for multiple episodes of Law and Order, NYPD Blue, Dellaventura, Philly, and Ed, and photographed the pilots of Pretender and Queens Supreme (Tim Robbins). He was the cinematographer for the pilot and first season of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, and for east coast location scenes for the Bruckheimer television series Without A Trace, Cold Case, and CSI NY.

Tony has filmed music videos featuring Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Talking Heads, Bruce Springsteen, Aretha Franklin, and Laurie Anderson, as well as scores of television commercials.

In 2008 he directed the short film Five Years of Forever, which went on to win an Accolade Award for Excellence in Direction.

Currently, Tony is cinematographer on Untitled Tom Wilson project, about renown record producer Tom Wilson, which is being directed by Marshall Crenshaw.

In 2021 Tony published a book on his street photography entitled COMMUTE.

A member of the International Cinematographers Guild and the Directors Guild of America, he has been an instructor at the Sundance Filmmakers Workshop and the Maine Photographic Workshops for Film and Television.

An instructor of cinematography at NYU Tisch School of the Arts/Graduate Division since 2002, he served as head of the cinematography department 2005-2008 and as head of graduate studies 2007-2008. He taught cinematography at NYU’s Tisch Asia (Singapore) in 2009. Tony’s love of teaching was inspired by his longtime mentor and friend, Nestor Almendros.


Motion Picture Camera Techniques I
Motion Picture Camera Techniques II
Intermediate Motion Picture Camera Techniques I
Intermediate Motion Picture Camera Techniques I
History of Cinematographers I
History of Cinematographers II