After graduating in Film & Literature from Warwick University in 1994, David entered the camera department, first as a trainee, then as a clapper loader handling a nostalgic substance called “film”, and later on as a focus puller, working on a wide variety of feature films, TV dramas, commercials & pop promos. Highlights from this period include working on the pop promo for Robbie Williams’ “Millennium”.
Seeking more creative challenges he moved up to lighting & operating, at first on a series of award winning short films, followed by feature films, TV dramas, commercials & pop promos. In 2008 David was among the first people who took delivery of one of the first Red cameras in the country and made it their goal to convince an often sceptical audience that this was “the future” by shooting a series of test short films & transferring them to 35mm for exhibition and scrutiny by the finest minds of the British Society of Cinematographers and the Guild of British Camera Technicians. This led on to one of the first UK feature films to utilise the Red camera, BBC Films’ “Tormented” (starring Alex Pettyfer & Tuppence Middleton), on which David shot 2nd unit. More highlights in the heady early days of Red cinematography came with the chance to work with legendary photographer Mario Testino on shoots for Burberry (featuring Rosie Huntingdon-Whitely & Emma Watson) and V Magazine (featuring Natalie Portman).
Since then David has had the pleasure of working with some great brands including DeBeers, Sony, Panasonic, Sky, Fujifilm, First Direct, Tesco, Tigi, Avon & TRESemmé, using the plethora of digital cinema cameras that are now available by the likes of Arri, Canon & Sony.
Outside of filming David likes to waste his time noodling around with music production, playing the piano very mediocrely, going to the cinema and taking photographs.
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