Son of a renowned DP, the late James O’Dea, Sean spent his childhood learning from his father while traveling with him around the world.
In 1988, upon completion of his degrees from the University of Michigan in Film and German, Sean moved to Los Angeles. There, he began his tenure as a Director of Photography shooting commercials and music videos. In 2005, he shot his first feature, Red Sands with director Alex Turner. He currently spends his time working back and forth between long form and commercials.
Sean has been a member of the International Cinematographers Guild Local 600 since its founding in 1996.
He has earned a number of prestigious awards including CLIOs, AICP awards, AdWeek accolades, and two Gold and a silver Lion at Cannes for work within his impressive catalogue of nearly 900 commercials and music videos. Focusing on high-end spots, he shoots for brands such as Coca-Cola, Ford, Mercedes, Buick, Visa, McDonald’s and Gatorade. Sean is based in Los Angeles and Beijing.