ANDY TAYLOR ACS

Director of Photography and Licensed Drone Pilot

Andy Taylor has been working as a cameraman for over 30 years and is regarded as one of Australia’s most experienced documentary cinematographers.

 

He was granted accreditation by the Australian Cinematographers Society in 2002 – the highest honour that is bestowed on an ACS member. Andy has won 26 ACS Awards plus 5 prestigious Walkley Awards for Cinematography.

Andy works a freelance cinematographer based in Sydney, filming documentary, factual, lifestyle, travel, fashion, and network promos.

Recent documentary projects include:

  • Shark Beach - with Chris Hemsworth for National Geographic.

  • Exposed (series 2) – with Caro Meldrum-Hanna for ABC/Netflix.

  • Revelation – with Sarah Ferguson for ABC-TV.

  • Griff’s Great Australian Rail Trip – with Griff Rhys-Jones for ABC/ITV.

  • An Australian Hero: Keith Payne VC - with Ray Martin for SBS-TV.

  • Firestarter – The Story of Bangarra for ABC-TV.

  • Murder Uncovered - with Michael Usher for Seven.

TVC's, promo's, corporate and online content clients:

  • The Nine Network.

  • Sky News Australia.

  • McDonalds.

  • Mercedes Benz.

  • Jaguar - Land Rover. 

  • Virgin Australia.

  • Canon Australia. 

  • National Australia Bank. 

  • Fujifilm Australia. 

  • NBN Co. 

  • Nokia. 

  • Contiki. 

  • Camilla & Marc. 

  • AJE. 

  • Specsavers. 

  • Energizer. 

  • John Holland. 

  • Base Air. 

  • The National Rugby League. 

  • F45 Training. 

  • Supercheap Auto.

  • The Australia War Memorial.

  • PNG Tourism.

Andy owns and operates two Netflix approved 5.9K full frame cinema cameras, with a selection of cine lenses, plus various lighting and grip options, drones, gimbals and a full field sound kit, all designed to deliver the highest production standards in the most demanding conditions. He is easy going and reliable with a positive attitude, working quickly and efficiently with all creatives, production staff, presenters and talent, consistently delivering beautifully lit and composed cinematic pictures. Andy is capable of working remotely without direction as a shooter/producer, or as a one man band.

Andy is a CASA certified drone pilot, holding a remote pilots license and operators’ certificate (RePL & ReOC), and has been flying drones since 2013. Recently shooting aerial work for NSW Local and State Governments, Channel Nine, the ABC, Surf Life Saving Australia and The Australian War Memorial. Andy currently owns and operates a DJI Inspire 2 with the X5s camera, Cine SSD with Pro-Res license, plus a Mavic 2 Pro with intelligent flight controller. Andy is also a PADI Advanced scuba diver, with Nauticam underwater housing and lights for the Canon 5DMkiv.

For 8 years (2009-2017) Andy was a senior staff cinematographer at 60 Minutes Australia, filming stories covering every genre, including: human interest, true crime, wildlife and adventure, science and medical, politics, celebrity profiles, wars, riots, civil unrest and natural disasters.

 

Previously he held the position of Senior Cameraman at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation where he worked for 25 years based in Sydney, London and Moscow. His ABC shooting credits include 96 complete episodes of Four Corners, plus many stories for Foreign Correspondent, Australian Story and Landline. Andy has also worked for several foreign broadcasters including: National Geographic, Dateline NBC, BBC and CNN.

Andy has worked with Australia’s most respected journalists and presenters, and many high profile celebrities such as: Chris Hemsworth, Will Ferrell, Bill Murray, Leonard DiCaprio, Cher, Nicole Kidman, Olivia Newton-John, Bruce Springsteen, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Pink, The Foo Fighters, Ricky Martin, Tom Jones, Kylie Minogue, Jennifer Lopez, Delta Goodrem, Human Nature, Mick Fanning, Sir Richard Branson and Sir David Attenborough.

His work has taken him to over 110 countries and territories, filming royalty, rock stars, politicians, warlords and terrorists, often in the most amazing locations around the world: USA (35 states), Canada, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Australia and the Pacific. Andy has covered many wars and conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, Israel, Gaza, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Rwanda, Zaire, Angola, the Balkans, East Timor, PNG, Northern Ireland, North Korea and the former Soviet Union, as well as major natural disasters and earthquakes in Fukushima, Haiti and the 2004 boxing day tsunami in Ache.

Andy is no stranger to difficult and dangerous situations, he has been shot at many times, shelled, ambushed and attacked, arrested by the KGB, kidnapped by the IRA and confirmed dead in a plane that was shot down over the Black Sea.


Exotic assignments Andy has filmed include; scuba diving with Leopard Seals in Antarctica, Bull Sharks in Fiji, Crocodiles in the Okavango Delta, Great Whites in Port Lincoln and wreck diving in Palau and the Bikini Atoll nuclear test site. He has trekked through the most remote parts of the Amazon Rainforest, the Kokoda Track, filmed over the rim of active volcanos in Vanuatu, climbed to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and Everest Base Camp, and. He’s been on safari in the Masai Mara, explored the incredible Crystal Caves of Mexico and the smugglers tunnels below the Gaza Strip, raided the Brazilian Favela’s with the anti-kidnapping police, boarded people smuggling boats off Indonesia with the Australian Navy and he spent three months in the Middle East covering the 1991 Gulf War.

Accreditations - Training - Education

  • Advanced Certificate in Film & TV Production - NSW TAFE.

  • Remote Pilots Certificate – Multi-Rotor <7Kg – RPAS Training & Solutions.

  • Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training.

  • Lighting Master Class – AFTRS (Russell Boyd, Dean Semler and Peter James).

  • Studio Lighting – AFTRS short course.

  • Advanced First Aid - St John Ambulance.

  • Battlefield Survival, Hostile Environment and First Aid - British Army & AKE.

  • Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Warfare course - Australian Army.

  • Hostile Environment Awareness Training – Dynamiq Global.

  • Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET) - Westpac Rescue.

  • Rural Fire Service Bushfire Training 2018 (RFS).

  • Performance Management – ABC.

  • Working with Children Check – Service NSW.

  • Boat License - NSW.

  • HSC – St Joseph’s College Hunters Hill (82).