Denys Coop

Denys Coop

Denys Coop BSC (20 July 1920 – 16 August 1981) was a British cinematographer. He is sometimes credited as Denys N. Coop.

As Camera Operator on The Third Man, he was responsible for many of the now iconic 'Dutch' angles and striking compositions, which had previously not been seen in cinema, but now form an everyday part of film language.

Denys was a past president of the British Society of Cinematographers.


Early life and career

He began his career in the cinema as apprentice to Freddie Young. In the 1960s he was Director of Photography on films such as A Kind of Loving (1962), This Sporting Life (1963), Billy Liar (1963) and Bunny Lake Is Missing (1967).

Awards and nominations

In 1979, he was one of a team of artists to win a special Oscar for visual effects in Superman.

In addition to the Oscar, Deny's was also awarded a Bafta (the Michael Balcon award) for his work on Superman (as Creative Director of Process Photography). He was also awarded the Bert Easey award by the British Society of Cinematographers.

He was nominated for the Best Cinematography (B&W) Bafta in 1964 for "Billy Liar", in 1965 for "King and Country", and in 1967 for "Bunny Lake is Missing". His black and white cinematography on films such as these, and "This Sporting Life" amongst others earned him the reputation as one of the finest B&W cinematographers of his generation.


He has been followed into the film industry by his son, Trevor Coop (Camera Operator), and his three grandsons, Jason Coop (focus puller), Gareth Coop (Clapper Loader), and Adam Coop (Assistant Director)

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