I got my first camera, a Brownie 127, when I was 8. From then on my career was clear. I went through 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!
After 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.
One day I was asked if I knew anyone who could film a concert. Of course I did!
I moved to film completely and shot first news spending time on the West Bank 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.
In 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 started to shoot more drama, my first major motion picture was Mutant Chronicles
This film was shot digitally and I was able to draw on my many years experimenting with digital systems, I had 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 shot commercials and promos in 3d for Mercedes and Sky, I was trying to concentrate on work that stretched me so 3D at 160mph and 3D at 1000fps!
I met Dominic Brunt while he was producing Graces Story and we got on well.
I really enjoyed shooting lower budget movies as I have far more involvement than I would on a large movie.
Unfortunately my last 4 years experiences with cancer have meant that I'm not insurable for a bonded movie :-( even when 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...
All text and images copyright Geoff Boyle