Joe Murray is an award winning DGA Director and IA 600 Director of Photography with an extensive background in live action and special effects and music. Joe has enjoyed a highly successful career directing and photographing television commercials and music videos in the United States, Canada and Europe employing a wide range of major entertainment, beauty and sports talent including Jane Seymour, Cindy Crawford, Celine Dion, Aretha Franklin, Grateful Dead, Randy Travis, Graham Nash, Little Richard, Johnny Miller, Greg Norman, Dale Earnhardt, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Richard Petty, Neil Young and many others. He has utilized his unique eye for story telling, extraordinary cinematography skills, an ability to create natural performances and musical sensibilities as well as his excellent technical acumen for a long roster of major international clients including Acura, AutoNation, Ford, Lexus, General Motors, Honda, Lincoln Mercury, Mazda, Nissan, Peugeot, Polaris, Budweiser, Coors, Dr. Pepper, Damm Beer, Miller Beer, APS, Callaway Golf, Cooper Tires, Florida Tourism, Folgers, Frito-Lay, Gatorade, General Mills, Jared, JC Pennys, Kay Jewelers, McDonalds, McGregor Sports, Ohio Lottery, Proctor and Gamble, Resources Global Professionals, RiteAid, Seven Up, Southern California Edison, The Affordable Care Act, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, and Dreamworks for which he won the Country Video of the Year award in 1999 for Randy Travis’s Spirit of A Boy, numerous award winning music videos and Dave Alvin Live At The Great American Music Hall which he directed and produced. He has also worked as a second unit and additional scenes director/director of photography on tv and feature films for Bad Robot, Warner Bros and Lucasfilm Ltd. most notably Star Wars:Episode IV A New Hope (1997), Young Indiana Jones (1998) and Alcatraz (2012) and HBO's "The Oregon Files".
Joe is widely recognized as an expert in directing and digital cinematography and has conducted presentations and workshops for major motion picture studios such as Lucasfilm, Pixar, numerous trade events and universities. His work has also been featured at the National Association Of Broadcasters Convention in Las Vegas.
In addition to possessing a degree in Film and Comparative Literature, Joe has a degree in Industrial Technology and is an accomplished musician. Joe’s engineering education served him well in the early part of his film career when he was involved with the initial research and development of the video disk and later as an electronic imaging specialist in all aspects of film and video post production. As a film to tape and compositing expert, Joe’s skills were utilized at some of the most prestigious electronic post production facilities including Compact Video, Image Transform, Editel, and the groundbreaking One Pass Film and Video in San Francisco. Joe’s work is in the permanent collection of many prestigious institutions including the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.