Director of Photography / Director
“There is no point having sharp images when you’ve fuzzy ideas” – Jean-Luc Godard
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 to take delivery of one of the first Red cameras in the country and the goal was set to convince an often sceptical audience that this was “the future”. Particular 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 wide range 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.