BIO

Matthew Williams / Director of Photography

I was born and raised in Los Angeles and graduated from the Academy of Photographic Arts in North Hollywood, specializing in commercial still photography and portraiture. After developing an interest in film and motion picture work, I attended UCLA's film school to study cinematography. I currently shoot projects ranging from feature films, TV movies & TV series, to 70mm IMAX films, commercials, and have experience with a wide variety of film production formats to the latest full frame digital formats.

I met director Elliot Caplan and dance choreographer Merce Cunningham at the Sundance Institute, where I began a film collaboration that started with "Changing Steps," a dance performance piece narrated by Robert Redford; "Cage/Cunningham" a celebrated documentary exploring the career-long collaboration of Merce Cunningham and music composer John Cage, and finally, "Beach Birds for Camera" a 35mm b&w / color theatrical dance performance film which premiered at Lincoln Center in NYC. All three films have won numerous international awards. After that, I served as Director of Photography at the Sundance Institute's Director's Lab for one season, while continuing to shoot commercials, features and TV series: "Hollywood Detective" for A&E and "Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective" for HBO. Other TV series have included, all three seasons (68 episodes) as Director of Photography for CBS, "Promised Land"(1999), "Touched by an Angel" (2001), as well as Lifetime's "State of Mind" (2007), and was 2nd Unit DP on HBO's "Big Love" Season 2.

In 2002 I was one of seven cinematographers chosen to shoot "Bud Greenspan's Stories of Olympic Glory," the Official Film of the 2002 Winter Olympics... and the first Official Olympic Film shot in High Definition, and not on film. My other digital work includes the feature films, "Saving Sarah Cain" (2007) for 20th Century Fox, and "Lock and Roll Forever" (2008) for Sony Entertainment, filmed in both the USA and Japan.

In 2007 I completed the Japanese-American WWII feature film, "American Pastime", a film about the Japanese internment camps in the United States, as well as a musical with the "High School Musical" producers for MTV, "The American Mall" in 2008. Both projects were photographed on 35mm film and were finished with the D.I. process for theatrical release.

In the commercial world, I have photographed numerous projects ranging from promos for Spike TV, Oxygen, TBS, NBC and Fox's fX cable channel, to theatrical film trailers for the Sundance Film Festival and award winning PSA spots for Children's Miracle Network, the American Heart Association, Salvation Army, United Way, Foundation For A Better Life; and various Anti-Smoking campaigns. Commercial spots and campaigns include: AOL, Overstock.com, Orchard Supply Hardware, Subway, Iomega, Cadillac, Earthlink, McDonald's and Q-Lube. I worked with Opium Agency in Munich, Germany, to shoot network promos for Germany's RTL II TV Network here in the USA. The (2006) television and theatrical campaign for Children's Miracle Network, brought 3 Telly's (1 for cinematography) and a host of other awards.

In the IMAX world, I have photographed several 70mm films including, National Geographic's "Hearst Castle: Building the Dream" (1996), followed by "NSYNC: Bigger Than Live" (2001), "India: Kingdom of the Tiger" (2002), and the dramatic segments for the Tour de France film, "Wired to Win" (2006). I also photographed the IMAX films "Stephen Hawking's: Beyond the Horizon" (2008) in England and "Journey To Mecca" (2009) in Morocco.

I recently finished a 3 year historical biblical project in the USA, Italy and London, photographed in both 35mm (Arricam ST) and Digital (Arri Alexa XT / Arri Raw ). Along with 35mm and 65mm film projects, I currently shoot with Arri Alexa XT, Red Epic Dragon, Sony F55 and the Canon C500.

Currently I am the Director of Photography on Disney's new "Andi Mack" TV series, which premieres in 2017.