Fabian Wagner was born in Munich, Germany. He started shooting short
films early on and began working in the film industry when he finished
school. With his dad being an artist and his dads encouraging to
always take pictures, Fabian knew he wanted to become a
cinematographer early on.
For a year he did numerous jobs in various departments, trying to get
a good insight into it all which he considered essential and important
On weekends and in his spare time he would continue to shoot his own
stuff, trying to learn as much as possible about cinematography and
After doing a diploma in Denmark and a couple of years at the film
school in England he started shooting music videos, small commercials
and eventually 2nd unit on TV dramas.
His first job as the main cinematographer was a 10 episode spin off of
the established BBC1 show Spooks. After that he quickly established
himself as a cinematographer in the UK shooting many well known prime
time dramas. This was a great and vital time for him, working with
many different and established directors, crew and producers. it also
taught him a great deal about shooting for TV, the time restrictions
and shooting with multiple cameras. It was not only a fun time but
also very fruitful in many aspects. He also met his focus puller Jamie
Phillips, a long time collaborator and great friend, and established
relationships with directors, producers and other crew members that
have lasted to this day. Some of the work he is most proud of was shot
back then, works for writer Jimmy McGovern and director David Blair.
Fabian worked with some of the best actors on dramas like The Accused
and The Street and his love and admiration for actors and
improvisation and a natural and intuitive camera really manifested
With the 2nd season of Sherlock came a more international success and
also his first Emmy nomination. His work now took him overseas and he
spent a couple of years shooting TV pilots in the US and Canada.
Around that time Fabian was also invited to join the British Society
of Cinematographers, a dream he had always had. At 34 he became one of
the societies youngest members.
He shot his first studio picture ‘Victor Frankenstein’ for 20th
Century Fox and director Paul McGuigan. He also joined ‘Game of
Thrones’ for its 4th season. His work on that garnered him a second
Emmy nomination and he established himself as one of the shows main
cinematographers, shooting some of the biggest and most celebrated
episodes of the show. “Battle of the Bastards’ earned him the
prestigious ASC award and an invitation to join the American Society
In-between Thrones he kept himself busy shooting various projects, for
TV and movies.
The success of Game of Thrones put him on the map for another studio
picture, Justice League for Warner Brothers and director Zack Snyder.
He then shot two Episodes of ‘The Crown’ for director and old time
friend Sam Donovan.
The pair had met at film school 15 years ago where Fabian shot all of
Sams short films and had wanted to work together ever since. This was
a great opportunity to reunite.
2019 became a very emotional year for Fabian, with first his mother
passing away and shortly after his daughter being born. Because of all
of this Fabian took most of the year off, spending time with family.
He’s been shooting commercials in-between and is looking forward to
getting his teeth into a script again. For the past 10 years Fabian
has always been very active in helping ans supporting young filmmakers
and cinematographers. He is a mentor for Bafta and the ASC also takes
on a lot of trainees privately as well as doing talks and
masterclasses all over the world. Helping future generations of
filmmakers has become one of his biggest passions.
Other credits: Game of Thrones, Justice League, Overlord, The Crown,
Mrs Biggs, Sherlock, Victor Frankenstein, The Legend of Barney
Thomson, Churchills Secret, The White Queen, Accused, Ashes to Ashes
ASC award Battle of the
Bastards (d Miguel Sapochnik)
ASC award nomination 2016/17 Game of Thrones (d Miguel Sapochnik)
BSC award nomination 2015/16. Game of Thrones (d Alik
Sakharov / Miguel Sapochnik)
Primetime Emmy nomination Game of Thrones (d Alik Sakharov)
ASC award nomination Game of Thrones (d Alik
Primetime Emmy nomination Sherlock (d Paul McGuigan)
AACTA award nomination Mrs Biggs (d Paul Whittington)
Guild of Television Cameramen -
Award of Excellence Mrs Biggs (d Paul
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