Xing-Mai Deng | director of photography

Xing-Mai Deng, also known as Mai, is an American-trained award-winning cinematographer originally from Beijing. He spent most of his childhood traveling between China and the U.S., consuming cinema from every screen he came across. Eventually, he turned those countless hours of viewing into a lifelong pursuit – making movies.

 

As a storyteller since 2010, Xing-Mai thrives in contributing his unique talents and experience in a collaborative environment. For him, story always comes first. Crafting a specific look in service to the film's story and tone, his ultimate goal is to help realize the director's vision. He has extensive experience in capturing drama, comedy, thriller, horror, and action; his body of work also includes vast applications of CG animation and visual effects.

 

Xing-Mai holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Film & TV Production from the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Based in Los Angeles, New York City, and Beijing, he is represented by Marina Moyses at Agency for the Performing Arts.

 

 

AWARDS AND NOMINATION

 

Student Academy Award - The Oscars ® - Best Narrative Winner

Lalo's House

Directed by Kelley Kali Chatman

 

Student Academy Award - The Oscars ® - Best Alternative Nominee

Mira

Directed by Amanda Tasse

 

Student Academy Award - The Oscars ® - Best Narrative Nominee

Drone

Directed by Justin S. Lee

 

Telly Awards ® - Bronze Telly Winner, Local TV & Local Cable Student

Harold's Fish Sticks

Directed by Brian Rhodes

 

Telly Awards ® - Bronze Telly Winner, Local TV & Local Cable Student

Mosquito: The Bite of Passage

Directed by Brian Rhodes & Eric Cheng

 

 

EDUCATION

 

University of Southern California - MFA in Film & TV Production

American Society of Cinematographers - Master Class