I'm excited to announce that I've been busy working on a new feature film called Backtrack - a psychological thriller by writer/ director Michael Petroni. It stars the incredible Oscar-winning Adrien Brody and Sam Neill. We're currently shooting in Sydney and rural NSW.
Here is a haunting new TVC I shot on road safety in New Zealand with talented director Derin Seale from Finch. Its message seems to have struck a real chord with people, as it's now been seen by millions all over the world.
Beyoncé Visual Album
I'm really excited to have shot the music videos for 'Ghost' and 'Mine' on Beyoncé's surprise new visual album. Directed by Pierre Debusschere from Art & Commerce. The entire visual album is available on iTunes, but below are the two full music videos.
Galore in Berlin Film Festival
Galore will have it's international premiere at Berlin Film Festival in February 2014. Here is the trailer.
ACS Gold for Galore
I'm very proud that Galore has just been awarded the Australian Cinematographers’ Society (Victoria and Tasmania) Gold Award for Cinematography in a Feature Film. Thanks to writer/ director Rhys Graham and the dedicated cast and crew who worked so hard to create such a beautiful film.
Here’s a Berlei commercial I shot with the talented Ben Briand. Filmed in Sydney on the Arri Alexa with Cooke S5 lenses.
Tokyo & Kyoto
A feature film I shot a while back called Canopy has just finished a very positive week at Toronto Film Festival where it had its world premiere. It received a great response from notable critics in Variety, Hollywood Reporter and Indiewire as seen in this article by if.com.au.
Here's the teaser trailer for it.
Shooting a foggy morning in Cobram, Victoria.
Galore at Melbourne International Film Festival
Galore will have its world premiere at Melbourne International Film Festival on 9pm 1st August at the beautiful Forum Theatre.
The Turning at Melbourne International Film Festival
Very proud to have two shorts in The Turning. Small Mercies by Rhys Graham and Long Clear View by Mia Wasikowska. It will have its world premiere at Melbourne International Film Festival on 7pm Saturday 3rd August.
Had a great time as always collaborating with Matt Devine from The Glue Society and Revolver to create three short zombie films for Boost Mobile. Shot on Alexa with Zeiss Superspeeds and Steadicam work by Andrew Johnson.
Filmmaker Asuka Sylvie recently finished her beautiful short film The Lake. We shot it in her hometown of Queenstown NZ on Alexa with Cooke S4s. Keep an eye out for it in festivals soon.
Working with director Mia Wasikowksa on a short film, which will form part of the feature 'The Turning'.
I was proud to be a part of the new 'Distractions' campaign for the TAC in Victoria. Directed by Ben Quinn at The Sweet Shop.
I'm having an amazing time shooting a beautiful feature film in Canberra called 'Galore', written and directed by Rhys Graham and produced by Philippa Campey. Supported by an incredible cast and crew, I'm shooting on a dream format, the Alexa Studio with Hawk V-Lite Anamorphics supplied by Cinoptix. I'm in love with the script, filmmaking and the cast, and this project is why I became I cinematographer. I can't wait to have it out in the world.
Here's an international TVC I shot for Nissan's new electric car, the Leaf. Shot in Sydney, Tokyo, Budapest and LA, we filmed on a variety of cameras and rigs, including an Octodrone and a Russian Arm tracking vehicle. Voiced by Tony Stark himself, Robert Downey Jr.
Icebreak/ Drag Race 'Em
Here's two online films I shot with Matt Devine of The Glue Society for Icebreak. Shot on Red Epic with Optimo Zooms.
Tokyo, Budapest, LA
Over the past year, I have been shooting various New Zealand ad campaigns in Auckland with Stuart McDonald from The Sweet Shop. Here's a recent one for New Zealand Transport Agency that we shot.
Jessica Gomes in LA.
I recently shot a series of ads for Blackberry with Goodoil in Bangkok. Here's one my favourites, Fireflies.
A photo I took during the shooting of 'Short Memory' for Jack Ladder.
An online ad for Ford that I shot with the clever Krozm at Exit Films.
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Shooting in Bangkok with Goodoil Films.
Shooting in Hong Kong with Revolver.
Shooting a short film with Asuka Sylvie in Queenstown, New Zealand.
Working Dog Productions (The Castle, The Dish) are bringing you the new Aussie comedy of 2012, Any Questions For Ben? Directed by Rob Sitch and starring some of Australia's most talented actors such as Josh Lawson, Rachael Taylor, Felicity Ward, Jodi Gordon, Christian Clark and Daniel Henshall, Any Questions For Ben? is the most hilarious and up-beat new Aussie cult classic to come to screens.
Set in Melbourne, Josh Lawson stars as Ben, the twenty-something, life-loving protagonist who has what many people would call the best lifestyle of anyone they know. He's well known, trusted, loves sex, parties and money and has the social finesse that would leave most people for dust. So when life is perfect, what's to question? Enter the realm of the quarter-life crisis, or is it about just growing up?
I'm currently in Poland where I just had an inspiring week of films and seminars at the worlds only festival dedicated to cinematography, Camerimage. The music video I shot with Daniel Askill for Wim was in competition.
Cinematographers attending included Manuel Alberto Claro (Melancholia), Phedon Papamichael (The Ides of March) Roberto Schaefer (Quantum of Solace), Hoyte Van Hoytema (Let the Right One In), Phil Meheux (Casino Royale), Eduard Grau (A Single Man) and way too many others to mention. There was also a retrospective on John Seale, who recieved a Lifetime Achievement Award for his work on films such as Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, The English Patient, Rainman, Dead Poets Society and so many other classics. It was awe-inspiring to see a reel of his work presented.
I met so many great DPs and directors, and feel so inspired to return to Australia to get to work again.
A Crown Lager commercial that I shot second unit on (all exterior timelapse footage). Directed by Michael Spiccia. Main unit interior brewery shot by Danny Ruhlmann.
I worked on this TVC with Tony Rogers at Renegade Films. Shot on 16mm with Kodak 50D stock and Arri Ultraprime lenses.
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TSB with The Sweet Shop
Here is a new TVC for New Zealand bank TSB that I shot with Stuart McDonald from The Sweet Shop. Shot on Red MX with Cooke S4s.
7th August 2011
18th July 2011
Here is a new teaser for a feature film I shot for writer/ director Aaron Wilson across Australia and Singapore. Canopy is the story of a man who returns from war, unable to continue his life from where he left it. An incident that has forever changed his attitude to humanity will resonate through future generations of his family.
Last week I finished shooting an exciting new short film written and directed by Alex Mizin. I've lately been entrenched in modern crime noir (playing LA Noire, reading Blacksad), and I really enjoyed sinking my teeth into a local story. Closing In is a crime thriller set in 1980's Australia that revolves around the kidnapping of an 8 year old boy. Inspired by true events, it explores the struggle between professional and emotional responsibilities of a young detective assigned to look after the mother of the abducted child.
Some photos I took on a short film I shot for fashion label Arabella Ramsay. Directed by Nicole Rose.
18th February 2011
Road Traffic Authority
10th February 2011
A new commercial for the RTA that I shot for David Rittey at Exit Films. Shot on Canon 5D Mk2 with Zeiss Compact Primes.
7th February 2011
I recently finished production on a new comedy feature film called 'Scumbus'. It's about two irresponsible cops sentenced to a police caravan in a rough neighbourhood full of shady characters. The very funny cast includes Ed Kavalee, Toby Truslove, Lachy Hulme, Glenn Robbins, Samantha Tolj, Christian Clark, Tony Martin, Dave Hughes and Ryan Shelton. We had a great time making it and we shot on two Canon 5D Mk2s, with Jody Muston operating second camera. Gaffer was Chris Parkinson. Due out later this year.
"I think both of us have found that as you become more experienced, you get more relaxed, and that allows you to accomplish more. There's less adrenalin, and you're more present."
Darren Aronofksy on his relationship with cinematographer Matthew Libatique
Images from Beijing Taxi
20th January 2011
I finally cut a series of images from the feature film, Beijing Taxi, which I shot in China in 2007. It was an amazing experience working on the film, one of those really special projects where you fall in love with the people and the place you are documenting.
14th January 2011
Welcome to my new website. Many of my videos are now available in HD and can be viewed in fullscreen, if you have a decent internet connection. If it's not playing back well, just click the HD button to go back to standard definition.