I have since achieved wide recognition as a documentary cameraman, working all over the world from Tihar Jail in Delhi (Asia’s largest jail) and the war zones of Angola (BBC’s DEAR BILL) to the exotic Tropicana Club in Havana.
In the UK I worked with brothers Andrew MacDonald (Trainspotting, The Beach) and Kevin MacDonald (Touching the Void, Last King of Scotland) on the ITV series SHADOWING and subsequent BBC documentary DIGGING YOUR OWN GRAVE, in which director Kevin followed his brother Andrew’s attempt at producing his first film, Shallow Grave. A working partnership with director Francesca Joseph led to the hugely successful BBC docusoap DRIVING SCHOOL followed by BBC’s PICTURE THIS, an RTS Award winning programme, FOUR TARTS AND A TENOR with the late great Pavarotti.
In ‘97 I moved into television drama, filming BOMBAY BLUE, a £2.2 million detective drama series, which was Channel 4’s largest commission in Scotland at that time. It was one of the first high-profile drama series to be filmed on digital format, and Sony exhibited my work at industry events to illustrate the benefits of originating television drama on digital as opposed to film. In 2003 I was cinematographer on the BAFTA-nominated (Best Short Film category) 35mm short CANDY BAR KID with director Shan Khan, for which I received a Kodak BAFTA Swan Award.
I went on to film the 13-part series HOLLYWOOD DREAMS, an entertainment series for Cineflix International following young hopefuls looking to make it big in Hollywood. This series screened primetime across US, Canada and the UK. I was DOP on BBC Scotland’s soap RIVER CITY, completing some 100 episodes, and I recently filmed the documentary series BUILDING THE BIGGEST, filmed on HD for the Discovery Channel.
My drama work continued with the full-length feature film GAMERZ, filmed in Scotland on HD and enjoying success at film festivals around the world. GamerZ has been twice nominated for a Méliès D’Argent Award, has secured distribution in both the US and UK, and had its UK theatrical release in February 2008 via Cineworld.
In 2008, as DOP, I completed the 60min drama EILBHEAS (ELVIS) for the launch night of BBC’s new Gaelic channel, filmed on location on Lewis in the Western Isles. This was nominated for a BAFTA in the “Best TV Drama” category. I have recently completed the eleven-part series DANNSA, for MNE Television for the launch of the new BBC Alba freeview channel.
Dannsa has been nominated for the 2012 Celtic Media Festival for best Documentary / Factual - Factual Entertainment series.
I have an enhanced disclosure Scotland certificate for working with children.