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Biography

David started in the film industry working for the Rank Organization in London, England as an apprentice, finally becoming Chief Grader (Chief Timer). During this time began to understand the intricate process between chemistry and light with regard to film exposure. He was then given the opportunity to further his knowledge about film by attending the London School of Technology. This became the foundation that led to David wanting to become a Director of Photography. After spending 5 years with the Rank Organization, David then emigrated to Toronto, Canada and joined the staff of Film House to become Chief Timer and Technical Director before deciding to follow his passion of becoming a Director of Photography.

David then started to learn his craft by working as a Focus Puller with the top DP’s in the commercial field. He was thereby able to watch and assimilate different techniques before establishing himself as a DP. After a lengthy period of time with his friend and mentor Ousama Rawi as Ozzi’s focus puller, David gradually moved into the freelance world of commercials as a Director of Photography. David established himself as successful DP, photographing several hundred commercials and winning numerous awards including a Bronze Lion (Cannes Film Festival) and several Bessie Awards (Canadian Advertising Awards). In 1995 David received a coveted Commercial CSC award for his work on Fridgidaire, “I Am A Chef”.

It was during his working relationship with Colin Chilvers, that David was asked by Colin to shoot Pippi Longstocking for ABC Circle Films. David was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for this his first TV project. He has also been nominated twice for a Gemini Award and twice for an Emmy. After shooting many television and commercial projects, David decided it was time to move to Los Angeles where he currently has a home to further his development and his career. David became a much sought after DP where his talents were used on a variety of long format and commercial projects. He photographed many commercials in this period where he was called upon to shoot for such clients as Dodge, Lincoln Mercury, Toyota, McDonalds, Hallmark, Sony, Sears, Coca Cola, and AT&T. David became one of the top car shooters in LA before setting a different goal to shoot more long format productions.

It was during the shooting of a commercial with John Landis that David was asked to photograph “Blues Brothers 2000” for John. David has since shot many TV and Theatrical projects, including “Missing” for three seasons. David shot 2nd. Unit on Shoot ‘Em Up for Peter Pau and Michael Davies. It was on Peter Pau’s reccommendation that David was then asked to shoot the additional opening and closing sequences for Michael Davies’ “Shoot ‘Em Up”.

David continues work in Film and High Definition formats and immerses himself in the ever changing technologies of capturing images.

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