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Simon Chapman

Director of Photography,

Thursday's Fictions

Simon was born in Melbourne, Australia. While in high-school Simon became interested in the field of still photography, but his involvement in film really started when he was accepted at the Queensland College of Arts, Brisbane, Australia. Simon continued his education at The Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) in Sydney, where he earned his masters degree in cinematography.

While at the AFTRS, he received the ‘cinematographer of the year’ award, for outstanding results in Cinematography, and he was also the first recipient of the Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for ‘emerging talent in cinematography’ (2002). In November 2002, Simon traveled to the prestigious Camerimage cinematography film festival in Poland. His graduation film ‘Into the Night’ was accepted into the worldwide student competition.

His peers at the Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) have acknowledged Simon on several occasions. Earning gold ACS awards for both his drama and documentary work. 

Since graduating, Simon has been steadily working in film industry working on feature length feature films, numerous tv commercials, documentaries and music video’s. In his work Simon is always exploring cutting edge technology ranging
from 35mm to High Definition on a large variety of locations including Vietnam, France, USA and the U.K.

He has worked with numerous directors including Richard James Allen on his shortfeature “Thursdays Fictions”. Finished to 35mm, the film was a mammoth undertaking including the shooting of very large musical dance scenes. Dynamic lighting and camera movement enhanced the dance choreography with cinematic quality.

Simon’s films have gone on to play at festivals internationally including Cannes, Venice, London, Palm Springs, Clermont-Ferrand and Tokyo Film Festivals. He recently earnt the ‘best cinematography’ award at the Equinox film festival in Melbourne.

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