David Mullen studied filmmaking and cinematography at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), where he received his Masterís Degree. Since then, he has photographed more than thirty independent feature films and two television series. He was nominated for the IFP Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography in 2000 for Twin Falls Idaho and again in 2004 for Northfork, both films by Michael and Mark Polish.
In 2000, he photographed "Jackpot", the first 24P HD feature to be released theatrically in North America. He has worked with a number of digital cinema cameras since then, including the new Red Epic and ARRI Alexa. In 2004, he became a member of the American Society of Cinematographers; in 2007, he joined the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Projects released in the past few years include "Akeelah" and "The Bee" for Lions Gate, "The Astronaut Farmer" for Warner Brothers, the second season of "Big Lov"e for HBO, and three seasons of "United States of Tara" for Showtime. In September 2009, Jennifer's Body was released by 20th Century Fox and CBS showed the premiere episode of "The Good Wife". He just completed production on his seventh feature with director Michael Polish, an adaptation of Jack Kerouac's novel "Big Sur".
Many of his features have played at major film festivals over the years. "Assassination of a High School President" premiered at Sundance in 2008, followed by Manure the next year. Also in 2009, "Stay Cool" played at the Tribeca Film Festival and "Jennifer's Body" at the Toronto International Film Festival.