Murtha Skouras - USA
It wasn’t until I was an undergraduate in my 20s, studying Chemistry, that I first became aware of cinema and immediately developed a passion for it. I was drawn to cinematography because of its combination of technical craft and artistic interpretation.
I knew nothing about the film industry, had no contacts in it, but I had heard of Panavision, so I pestered them to let me come in and learn, and the technicians there taught me how to load magazines and build a camera. I was then able to work as a trainee, then a loader, and assisted on all kinds of projects here in the UK and in New York.
Four years later I applied to the NFTS and gained a place on the cinematography course, studying under such BSC luminaries as Billy Williams, Sue Gibson, Seamus McGarvey and, of course, Brian Tufano.
A short film I shot the year after film school (THE MOST BEAUTIFUL MAN IN THE WORLD, dir. Alicia Duffy; prod. Hugh Welchman) enjoyed a lot of success on the festival circuit and opened a number of doors for me in terms of both commercials and more narrative work.
I consider myself fortunate to have had a number of key mentors throughout my career, both at film school and in the film industry as a whole: the community of cinematographers is a great resource and constant source of inspiration, as is the knowledge and experience of crews in general and also rental houses. In this regard, I would single out Adam Coles at Panavision and Pat McEnallay at Green Kit.
Christopher Ross proposed me for membership of the BSC and I was delighted to be accepted. It was certainly a career ambition of mine, and inspires me to carry on and do yet more exciting work in the future.
Director: Robert McKillop
Producer: BBC2 / BBC Scotland
Nominated, Best Camera, RTS Scotland (2020)
Director: Matt Chambers
Producer: Ugly Duckling Films
AN EVENING WITH BEVERLEY LUFF LINN
Director: Jim Hosking
Producer: Park Pictures, Wigwam Films
Official Selection, Sundance (2018)
BOHEMIEN RHAPSODY - 2nd Unit DOP
2nd Unit Director: Sacred Egg
Producer: Fox UK Ltd
Nominated, Best Picture, Academy Awards (2019)
Winner, 5 Academy Awards (2019)
Nominated, Best Cinematography, Outstanding British Film and Best Actor, BAFTA Awards (2019)
Winner, Best Lead Actor, Drama, Golden Globes (2019)
Director: Toby MacDonald
Producer: Film 4 / Momac Films
Official Selection, Edinburgh Film Festival 2018
Best Film, 24th Sarajevo Film Festival Teen Arena Programme 2018
Tetley Audience Award, Dinard Film Festival 2018
Director: Hope Dickson Leach
Producer: Wellington Films / BFI
Official Selection, TIFF (2017)
Official Selection, BFI London Film Festival (2017)
IWC Schaffhausen Filmmakers Bursary Award - BFI London Film Festival
Best Feature Film - Crossing the Screen Awards
ALL GOOD CHILDREN
Director: Alicia Duffy
Producer: Caveman Films
Official Selection, Cannes Film Festival (2010)
Director: Olly Blackburn
Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival (2008)