Currently teaching advanced Cinematography and Camera department disciplines in Film and Digital.
I Started in Pinewood Studios in February 1956.@ £5.10 shillings a week. Cleaning boxes and being a regular dogsbody I didn’t go on set to put my first board on until the end of my first year. Reach for the Sky, in special effects with DOP Bert Marshall. 2nd year I was allocated to one of 5 permanent crews, mine was Earnie Steward DOP the Fab Bob (Russell) Thompson operator, Johnny Morgan Focus and Grip Reg ( Reginal Hamilton Hall )
At end of that year, Rank made reduntent all the crews and so I was flung into the freelance world, knowing no one.
First job as freelance loader was a 2 week commercial in London with in house DOP Billy Williams. Living at home with my parents , they insisted I went smart to interviews. Their idea was 1. a flashers mac. 2 , trilby hat and 3 a rolled umbrella ?? at 20 years old ??
My next interview was at Beaconsfield Studios, to be interviewed for a film, CIRCUS OF HORRORS, by Douglas Slocombe BSC and his operator Chic Waterson. I got the job and after a couple of films with them, Douggie went off to do Freud with John Huston, Chic didn’t want to go away for 5 months as he had just become a dad with Jean .
Chic got a film in Ireland with Monty Berman and made me focus. On Douggies return , we joined up again and stayed as a crew for app 25 years
After Temple of doom, I was being offered jobs to light, I believe 2 shoots helped me a lot. 2 music videos, then shot on 35mm, with the great Terance Donavan. ADDICTED TO LOVE AND MADAM BUTTERFLY.
So here are a list of my films as DOP over the past 36 years
LD 50. OCTANE ICE PRINCESS. AUGUST. NEVER ENDING STORY 3. LADY CHATTERLY. AS YOU LIKE IT. THE FOOL.
THE FLY 2. HELLRAISER . HELLBOUND. NIGHTBREED. PARENTS .. MR NORTH. THE PENITENT. MR CORBETTS GHOST.
THE DRESS. NINE LIVES. BREAKING THE CODE. HIGHWAY TO HELL. THE FOOL
THE BRIDES IN THE BATH. SOLID GEOMETRY. A IS FOR ACID. ROCKFACE. THE CAZALETS. WHERE THE HEART IS..
THE THING ABOUT VINCE. BIG BAD WORLD . PASSION KILLERS. TILLY TROTTER. THE NEW PROFFESSIONALS.
CATHERINE COOKSONS COLOUR BLIND. COOKSONS THE ROUND TOWER COOKSONS THE MOTH. ELGARS TENTH MUSE
TALES FROM THE CRYPT. A CLASS ACT 2. HOW HIGH THE MOON. MY GOOD FRIEND. THE WEXFORD TRILOGY. COMICS. ARNOLD BAX. MYSTERY OF DR MARTINU. THE BIG FISH . THE PARADISE CLUB.
2ND UNIT AND SPECIALISED WORK.
POOR LITTLE RICH GIRL. IF TOMORROW COMES.
CONCERT FOR THE EARTH , ROUND WORLD SHOWSCAN 65MMM DOCUMENTARY FOR SEVIILE EXPO
2ND UNIT DOP OPERATOR THE MISSION
2ND UNIT DOP/OPERATOR KING DAVID.
2ND UNIT DIRECTOR OCTANE
DOP/OPERATOR ICE PRINCESS
2ND UNIT DOP ON FIRST 101 DALMATIONS
1ST UNIT DOP ON FINAL 5 WEEKS OF 2ND 101 DALMATIONS
AND FINALLY.... NOW HELPING STUDENTS AT VARIOUS FIM SCHOOLS AND UNIVERSITY’S
SHOT 2 FILMS LAST YEAR
ON BSC BOARD OF GOVERNORS 20 ODD YEARS AND PRESIDENT FOR 2 YEARS.