Sean Robert Kelly

Chicago, Illinois

About Me

Sean is an award-winning Cinematographer and Director focusing on narrative filmmaking and commercial/documentary projects. His work has been featured on Rolling Stone, Vice/Noisey, Spin, and the Chicago Reader. His first feature film “Bad Animal” (Directed by Remsy Atassi) is currently on the 2021 festival circuit. The web-series “Choose Me” (Directed by Hannah Gamble) has won several awards and is currently showing at festivals around the globe.

Sean has photographed for clients including Condé Nast, Blue Buffalo, Optimum Nutrition, NBC Universal, Ram Trucks, Center for American Progress, and White Claw to name a few. He’s also a co-founder of Emulsion Lab, a visual studio focused on narrative films.

I have been in the industry since 2012.

Photo Galleries

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Director of Photography – Blue Tastefuls
November, 2022 — December, 2022
Commercial – Blue Buffalo
Director of Photography – Twain: Cancelled
July, 2022 — September, 2022
Feature – Kernel Productions
Director of Photography – Crawdad
August, 2021 — October, 2021
Short Film – Union Division
Director of Photography – Whiteclaw x them.
July, 2021 — July, 2021
Commercial – Conde Nast
Director – Laura Jane Grace - The Swimming Pool Song
May, 2020 — June, 2020
Music Video – Polyvinyl Records
Director of Photography/Producer – Mental Health Docu-series
March, 2020 — February, 2023
Short Film – Stigma App
Director of Photography – Bad Animal
November, 2019 — September, 2022
Feature – Emulsion Lab


Sean was an amazing director of photography during a shoot in Sanford, Florida. His calm approach helped to keep crew focused and ready to work despite a cold shooting environment. I highly recommend Sean for any film set.

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