After graduating with a Masters in Film from The American University in Washington D.C., Garrett O'Brien relocated to Los Angeles in 2012.
O’Brien’s most recent projects of note include the 12 part series Golden Revenge produced by Conan O’Brien’s production company Conaco and Warner Brothers’ Blue Ribbon Content alongside Retrofit films. The live-action show centers on three pets out to get even with the jerks that left them for dead in a heartwarming animal tale that turns into a quest for bloody vengeance.
O’Brien’s latest feature, Adolescence starring Elizabeth Rohm (Joy, American Hustle), Tommy Flannigan (Gladiator, Sons of Anarchy) and India Eisley (Underworld Evolution, I am the Night) just received worldwide distribution. The dark coming of age drama that spirals into a love affair fueled by heroin addiction is set to make its festival debut this fall. More info - here.
Deserted starring Mischa Barton (The Sixth Sense, The O.C), Winter Ave Zioli (Hellboy, Sons of Anarchy), Jake Busey (Enemy of the State, Starship Troopers) and Lance Henrikson (The Terminator, Aliens) is a tale about survival in the most stunning, but unforgiving topographical terrain on the planet, Death Valley. Now available on all VOD platforms, one review said “The cinematography by Garrett O’Brien takes full advantage of the location and lighting schemes in the desert sky, pulling images that look stunning and pull the viewer in. The way he frames the scenes and chooses the angles creates a look for the film that is soothing while being stunning." -Emilie Black, published by Cinema Crazed.
Currently airing on cable’s POP TV is Garrett’s first television series, Hollywood Darlings (Season 2). A comedy that stars former child stars Jodie Sweetin (Fuller House), Beverly Mitchell (7th Heaven) and Christine Lakin (Step by Step, Family Guy).
O’Brien has shot five pilots, most recently, The Picture, a period piece set in 1969 Hollywood, written and directed by David Winkler of Winkler Films (Creed, Rocky, Goodfellas, Wolf of Wall Street).
Garrett’s first feature, Gone Doggy Gone was accepted into 15 film festivals, most notably San Diego Film Festival and Dances with Films. It has since received six audience choice awards and three grand jury awards. The film's review in The Hollywood Reporter stated that “the low-budget film looks terrific thanks to O'Brien's crisp cinematography”, 7/1/2015 Frank Scheck.
O'Brien has also shot many music videos and commercial campaigns including the latest music video, Rx for the band Theory of a Dead Man, which has received 40 million views since it's release.
Further online work includes the award winning web series Lowlife starring renowned Australian actress Claire Van Der Boom (Hawaii Five-O, HBO's The Pacific) for which O'Brien was nominated for Best Cinematography at the Bilboa Webfest and Raindance Film Webfest. He also recently won an award for his cinematography work on the short sci-fi film called, Anamnesis from the International Independent Film Festival.
Garrett is a proud member of the local 600 international cinematographers guild.