ANDY TAYLOR ACS
Freelance Cinematographer & Licensed Drone Pilot.
Andy Taylor has been working as a cameraman for over 30 years, and is 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, he has won 26 ACS Awards plus 5 prestigious
Walkley Awards for Cinematography.
Currently working as a freelance cinematographer based in Sydney, Andy is a Canon Australia Cinema EOS Ambassador, shooting documentary, factual, lifestyle, travel, TVC’s, promo’s, fashion, corporate and online content. Recent projects include the documentaries: “Exposed” series 2 (ABC/Netflix), “Revelation” (ABC), “Griff’s Great Australian Rail Trip” (ABC/ITV), “Keith Payne VC” (SBS) and “Fire Starter – The Story of Bangarra” (ABC),
plus promo shoots for The Nine Network and Sky News Australia.
With over 30 years of experience and using the latest Netflix approved 5.9K cinema quality cameras, lenses and drones - including the new Canon Cinema EOS C500Mkii and EOS R5, Andy is capable of working without direction as a shooter/producer, while consistently delivering beautifully composed and lit, cinematic pictures with the highest production standards. He is easy going and reliable with a positive attitude, working quickly and efficiently with all creatives, production staff, crew, presenters and talent.
Andy has filmed corporate productions, behind the scenes and online content for top brands such as: McDonalds, Mercedes Benz, Jaguar, Virgin Australia, Canon, NAB, Fujifilm, NBN Co, Nokia, Contiki, Camilla & Marc, AJE, Specsavers, Energizer, Mirvac, John Holland, Base Air, The NRL, F45 and The Australia War Memorial.
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 stories for Foreign Correspondent , Australian Story and Landline. Andy has also worked for foreign broadcasters including: National Geographic, Dateline NBC, the BBC and CNN.
Andy has worked with Australia’s most respected journalists and presenters including: Ray Martin, Chris Masters,
Liz Hayes, Andrew Denton, Karl Stefanovic, Caro Meldrum-Hanna, Sarah Ferguson, Leigh Sales, Tony Jones,
Michael Usher, Tara Brown, Ally Langdon and Mark Colvin. Some of the celebrity profiles and interviews Andy has shot include: Bruce Springsteen, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Pink, The Foo Fighters, Ricky Martin, Tom Jones, Kylie Minogue, Jennifer Lopez, Will Ferrell, Bill Murray, Leonard DiCaprio, Cher, Nicole Kidman, Olivia Newton-John,
Delta Goodrem, Human Nature, Mick Fanning, Sir Richard Branson and Sir David Attenborough.
As a CASA certified drone pilot, holding a remote pilots license and operators certificate (RePL & ReOC),
Andy has been flying drones since 2013, recently shooting aerial work for NSW Local and State Governments,
Channel Nine, ABC-TV, 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.
His work has taken him to over 110 countries and territories, filming royalty, rock stars, politicians, warlords and terrorists, often shooting 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 former nuclear test site of Bikini Atoll. 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 to Everest Base Camp. On safari in the Masai Mara, exploring 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.
Training and Education:
HSC - St Josephs College Hunters Hill ('82).
Advanced Certificate in Film & TV Production - NSW TAFE.
Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training - ABC-TV.
Remote Pilot Licence (RePL) – Multi-Rotor <7Kg – RPAS Training & Solutions.
Remotely Piloted Aircraft Operator's Certificate (ReOC) - CASA.
Lighting Master Class – AFTRS (Russell Boyd ACS ASC, Dean Semler ACS ASC and Peter James ACS ASC).
Battlefield Survival, Hostile Environment and First Aid - British Army & AKE.
Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Warfare Training - Australian Army.
Hostile Environment Awareness Training – Dynamiq Global.
PADI Advanced Open Water SCUBA Diving - Frog Dive.
Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET).
Rural Fire Service Bushfire Training ('18) - NSW RFS.
Advanced First Aid - St John Ambulance.
Performance Management – ABC-TV.
Studio Lighting – AFTRS short course.
Working with Children Check – Service NSW.
Boat Drivers License - NSW.