David's work has received awards, nominations and jury mentions across over 45 countries worldwide, gracing awards at the likes of Abu Dhabi, Brest, Raindance & Cannes Lions as well as a nomination for the Pathé Prix de Court European Film Award, a BIFA nomination, five nominations for Golden Frogs at Camerimage Festival for the Art of Cinematography and a nomination for the Golden Camera for Short-Fiction at Manaki Brothers Cinematography Festival. David has run cinematography workshops in Greece, Latvia, Romania and the UK as well as being honoured to serve on international film festival juries, and is an independent consultant for Sony.
After an early background in direction David quickly realised his true passion lay in cinematography. Honing his craft within short films, whilst assisting and operating, he was attracted to powerful stories. Formally trained in fiction, and an alumni of the prestigious Berlinale Talent Campus, he soon diversified into cinematic documentary, commercials and music promos shooting 2nd unit for DPs such as Robbie Ryan BSC, Marcel Zyskind & Anthony Dod Mantle BSC ASC DFF. David was fortunate to be mentored by Phil Méheux BSC.
David's first documentary was Red Sands, a stylised study of the emotional paradox surrounding bullfighting, After a controversial premiere, in which David was attacked by an irate member of the public, the film won ‘Film of the Festival’ at Raindance and received a nomination for ‘Best British Short’ at the BIFAs - the first doc to ever be nominated. It earned several awards internationally, notably a nomination for the Golden Frog at Camerimage. UK/Latvian doc, The City With a Dirty Face (dir. Peter King) then won Best Doc at Abu Dhabi before doc Isolation (dir. Luke Seomore & Joseph Bull) premiered at the 63rd Edinburgh Film Festival. It was nominated for the Amnesty Award at CPH:DOX, the Talent Dove at DocLeipzig and selected for the Panorama at Camerimage aside a UK theatrical release to critical acclaim. The Corridor, shot in the Kalahari Desert, was David’s next doc. Produced to raise awareness of a serious tribal conflict and shot in extreme isolation during the aftermath of a murder, the film helped raise £70,000 which bought the tribe their own land in the Kalahari and a flock of 200 sheep.
In 2010 david began collaborating with BAFTA nominated dir. Simon Ellis, shooting commercials together before their first fiction collab, Jam Today, won 'Best British Film' at Encounters & the Ron Holloway Award at Tirana. David's next shorts were The First Dead Lies (dir. Luke Seomore & Joseph Bull) for Channel4, Roots (dir. Geoff Bellhouse) & Stew & Punch (dir. Simon Ellis) produced through Rankin Collabor8te, both of which premiered at the BFI London Film Festival. In 2013 David shot BFI feature, Bypass, (dir. Duane Hopkins) on location in the North of England. Starring George MacKay & Donald Sumpter the film premiered at the 71st Venice Film Festival before being nominated for the Golden Frog for Cinematographer's Debut at Camerimage & subsequent nationwide release. David next shot Luke Seomore & Joseph Bull's feature debut, Blood Cells, a drama about the psychological aftermath of the Foot&Mouth crisis. Starring Bard Ward (Jimmy's Hall) & Francis Magee (Game of Thrones) the film also premiered at the Venice Festival before a nomination for the Michael Powell Best British Film Award at the 69th Edinburgh Film Festival and nationwide release through Picturehouse.
David maintains a careful balance of commercial and dramatic work, travelling internationally and privileged to collaborate with many of of the world's top directors & agencies. Aside a Grand Prix & multiple Gold, Silver & Glass Lions at Cannes, numerous BritishArrows & D&AD Pencils, his most notorious cinema commercial for Raindance, starring Dexter Fletcher, was instantly banned by the CAA for 'bringing advertising into disrepute.' After operating for Neil Young live, David began shooting music promos for the likes of Santigold, Azealia Banks & Delilah. His promos have been nominated at Camerimage, Rushes, the UKMVAs, Vila Do Conde and won the Bronze at Ciclope. David is represented in Europe & Commonwealth by Wizzo & Co. for commercials and promos & WizzoFeatures for drama. In the US & Internationally David is represented by WPA | Worldwide Production Agency.
David was talent spotted in BAFTA’s Academy Magazine, nominated for a Channel 4 4Talent Award and recently interviewed in both American & British Cinematographer Magazines. With production experience across Europe, Africa, the Americas & Asia his portfolio is ever expanding. David spends very little time on his website but does like instagram...
Training: Ravensbourne, Hull School of Art and Design, NFTS, Kodak - Bulgaria
Knowledgable in: ALL DIGITAL, S35mm, S16mm, TIMESLICE, HIGHSPEED, TIMELAPSE, AERIAL, MOTION CONTROL, MINIATURES, UNDERWATER, CARS, VFX, STEREOSCOPIC, MACRO, PYROTECHNICS, BEAUTY, LIQUIDS, FOOD.
FULL US O1 VISA