got my first camera, a Brownie 127, when I was 8. From then on
my career was clear. I went througyh a range of cameras getting better every time, I don't think my father expected me to manage to make my half when he offered to pay half of the cost of a Leica IIIF red dial that I'd found if I saved the other half.
There was no harder working part time salesman that year, I sold more suits, shirts, ties and so on on commission than you can imagine and not only managed half the cost of the camera but half the 35mm and 85mm lenses as well!
art school in the late sixties I worked as a stills assistant,
where I worked mainly in fashion and advertising and then as a
stills photographer specialising in music.
day I was asked if I knew anyone who could film a concert. Of
course I did!
moved to film completely and shot first news spending time on the West Bank and in Lebanon & Kashmir, then documentaries for TV, 10 years
or so of 20/20 for ABC and operated on an awful lot of music promos I always wish I could say A-Z but can only manage B-Z Bowie to Zepplin.
1985 I was shooting a documentary about the making of the Pirelli
calendar. It was being photographed by Terence Donovan who liked
the way I lit and asked if I shot commercials.............
I then shot everything from political commercials for Margaret Thatcher to music videos for Robert Palmer, Rod Stewart, The Pet Shop Boys, Liza Minelli and of course commercials for BMW, BA, Pepsi, Coke, L'Oreal, and just about every major brand you can name!
After concentrating on commercials for 20 years I've now started to shoot more drama, my first major motion picture is Mutant Chronicles which I spent from May to October 2006 working on, shooting main unit and then model and second unit.
This film was shot digitally and I was able to draw on my many years experimenting with digital systems, I shot the launch material for the Viper system nearly 5 years before Mutants was shot!
A sideline in the last few years has been advising people on digital technology.
"Dark Country" in 3D with Thomas Jane both directing and starring followed in late 2007 using a combination of SI-2K's and Red's
Then Streetfighter: The Legend of Chun-Li in Thailand a more conventional action film with numerous 35mm 3perf cameras.
Wallander followed in Sweden, again with Red's.
I've been shooting commercials and promos in 3d for Mercedes and Sky recently, I'm trying to concentrate on work that stretches me so 3D at 160mph and 3D at 1000fps!
I met Dominic Brunt while he was producing Graces Story and we got on well.
He asked me to shoot Bait and I then went on to shoot Attack of the Adult Babies both with him directing.
I really enjoyed shooting lower budget movies as I have far more involvement than I would on a large movie.
Unfortunately my lasy 3 years experiences with cancer have meant that I'm not insurable for a bonded movie :-( even though my scans are clear. I have to have 5 years of clear scans before I can be insured for a film.
Of course that doesn't prevent me doing low budget movies...