Jules O’Loughlin ACS is a freelance Director of Photography specialising in film, 3D and high definition cinematography. His award winning body of work includes commercials, music videos, short films and the features KOKODA, SEPTEMBER, I AM YOU, LUCKY COUNTRY, SANCTUM, WISH YOU WERE HERE and JAMES CAMERON’S DEEPSEA CHALLENGE.
Jules began his career in the arts as a photographer over 15 years ago and in that time travelled extensively throughout Europe, Asia and the Middle East. He subsequently pursued a career in Cinematography and gained entry into the national film school, AFTRS, graduating in 2004.
In 2005 Jules shot the feature KOKODA, directed by Alister Grierson, which won him an Australian Cinematography Society award, was accepted into the prestigious Camerimage, the International Festival of the Art of Cinematography held in Poland in 2006 and was nominated for an IF (Inside Film) Award and Film Critics Circle of Australia Award.
In 2006 Jules shot the feature film SEPTEMBER, the first feature to be produced by John Polson and the Tropfest Feature Program and directed by Peter Carstairs. SEPTEMBER, released in Australia in November 2007, has been selected to screen at the Melbourne, Toronto, Vancouver, Pusan, Rome and Berlin International Film festivals as well as in the Forum section of the Cannes Film Festival. SEPTEMBER won Jules another Australian Cinematography Society award and the 2008 IF (Inside Film) Award for Best Cinematography.
In 2007 Jules shot the feature I AM YOU, which stars Guy Pearce, Sam Neil and Miranda Otto. It earned Jules an Australian Cinematography award in 2011 in the feature film category. In 2009 Jules worked with Director Kriv Stenders on the feature LUCKY COUNTRY which premiered at the 2009 Adelaide International Film Festival, was an official selection in the 2009 Montreal International Film Festival and 2010 Palm Springs International Film Festival and was in official competition at the 2009 St Tropez Cinemas des Antipodes. It also garnered Jules another Australian Cinematography award in the feature film category.
In 2009/2010 Jules shot the feature SANCTUM, collaborating again with director Alister Grierson. This event film was executive produced by James Cameron and was shot on the Cameron/Pace Fusion 3D camera system. SANCTUM, which won Jules an award in the feature category at the 2011 Australian Cinematographer’s Awards, has taken over $110m worldwide since its release. Jules has continued to work in the field of 3D acquisition shooting Australia's first live action 3D commercial for Northern Territory Tourism.
In 2010/2011 Jules shot the feature WISH YOU WERE HERE with director Kieran Darcy-Smith from Blue-Tongue Films. It recently opened the 2012 Sundance Film Festival to critical success and was picked up for all major territories, launching Jules’ career even further as a cinematographer to watch on the world stage. Jules received the GOLD award at the NSW Australian Cinematographer’s awards and has been nominated for Best Cinematography in the 2012 AACTA awards.
Jules’ latest project was DPing the 3D Imax and National Geographic films covering James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge Expedition to dive a one man submersible to the ocean’s deepest point. It will have a theatrical release world wide via IMAX in the first half of 2013. His next project is the Michael Bay produced TV series BLACK SAILS.