Independent Talent - Stephan Pehrsson
Stephan Pehrsson BSC
Born: Nov 1975
Stephan Pehrsson was born in Hillerød, Denmark. He always had a keen interest in film and TV growing up and after getting access to a home video camera (VHS-C) he was often out trying to make short films with his friends. After finishing High School and a 17 month stint of Danish National Service, he was keen to pursue his dream: to work professionally in film and TV.
Stephan attended the European Film College 1996-97, before embarking on a career as a cinematographer. Starting out as a runner and lighting assistant, Stephan worked his way up to the position of gaffer, working on various projects, including feature films, TV and commercials. In this period, he also shot around thirty short films, most of them on low-budget productions, funded by the Danish Film Workshop. This practical experience enabled him to gain a place at the National Film and Television School (NFTS). Here he was tutored by great BSC cinematographers: Alec Mills BSC, Billy Williams BSC, Ernie Vinze BSC and, in particular, Brian Tufano BSC who gave him the confidence to trust his own instincts.
Completing his MA in Cinematography in 2003, he first joined the UK TV industry as an operator and later DOP on soaps like The Bill, Dreamteam, Holby City and Bad Girls. But through a bit of luck and building some great relationships with directors and producers, he has managed to build a solid career as a dependable DOP in many genres, spanning drama, sci-fi, action, horror and comedy. He has worked on Luther, The Musketeers, Doctor Who, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, Inside no 9 to more recently, Les Miserables, a US remake of Utopia and Black Mirror for which he has been nominated for a Bafta and Primetime Emmy.
Silent Witness, Five Days II, Vera, The Fades, Hammer of the Gods, Endeavour, From Here to There, The C-word, Paula, The Moorside, You Me and the Apocalypse, Undercover, Humans, City and the City, Johnny English 3, Tolkien, Dark Crystal (Age of Resistance).
BSC Nomination: Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell (2015 d. Toby Haynes)
Canadian Screen Academy Nomination: X-Company (2016 d. David Frazee)
RTS Yorkshire Nomination: The Moorside (2017 d. Paul Wittington)
Bafta Nomination: USS Callister (Black Mirror) (2018 d. Toby Haynes)
Primetime Emmy Nomination: USS Callister (Black Mirror) (2018 d. Toby Haynes)
Knights of Illumination Nomination: Les Miserables (2019 d. Tom Shankland)