Born and raised in New Zealand and the UK, Phil has been making films since his early teens. After finishing school he worked as a research cameraman and editor for various production companies. He went on to obtain a BA in production from Reading and an MA in cinematography from the NFTS.
He is now a well established cinematographer, working principally in short and long form fiction. Phil joins his passion for creative lighting and camerawork with a knowledge of cutting edge technology, all of which he brings to bear on the narrative of each project. He has a talent for unobtrusive cinematography, privileging narrative over visual effect.
Early credits include shooting a documentary that followed Scottish International Relief in Malawi presented by Duncan Bannatyne (Dragon’s Den) and a commercial with director Oliver Stone for the video hosting company Vzaar, which went viral upon release.
The success of these projects led to extensive work in fashion and commercial cinematography. Phil then made the transition to working on fictional shorts and features, which is where he has found his calling as a cinematographer. He is known for bringing a wealth of experience and creative ideas to film projects, as well as technical innovation.
Phil is committed to creating the right aesthetic quality for a film, dependent on the individual vision of a director.
Training: Reading College of Arts & Design (BA Hons), Cinematography at the NFTS (MA).
…We have worked together on a Feature and a Short Film and he has proven to be an invaluable asset!
Mando Stathi, Producer – “Act/or” ’12, “Blue Train” ’13
…a great collaborator to discuss creative ideas with and then work out an effective way to fulfill them.
Miranda Howard-Williams, Director – “Finding Time” ’12
…his curiosity, passion for film, light, and storytelling show through in his work and process.