ANDY TAYLOR ACS
Freelance Cinematographer & Licensed Drone Pilot.
Andy Taylor has been working as a cinematographer 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 x ACS Awards and 5 x prestigious Walkley Awards for Cinematography.
Andy is currently a freelance cinematographer and Canon Cinema EOS Ambassador based in Sydney,
filming and lighting documentary, factual, lifestyle, travel, TVC’s, promo’s, fashion, corporate and online content. He has extensive experience shooting drama, short films and music videos.
Recent documentary projects include: "Firestarter - The Story of Bangarra"(ABC-TV 2020),
"Revelation" (ABC-TV 2020), "Keith Payne VC" (The History Channel 2020),
"Griff’s Great Australian Rail Trip" (ABC-TV / ITV 2020) and "The Nights Watch" (News LTD 2020).
"Running Man Rock" (Ray Martin Media 2020).
His clients include: The Nine Network, Seven Network, ABC Factual, Essential Media, Foxtel, Sky News,
News LTD, Kundu Productions, In-Films, Two Four Broadcast (UK), Telstra Broadcast, Enthral, Legacy Media, Chocolate Studios, Crimson Sky, Milkmoney and Salty Dingo. Andy has filmed corporate productions, behind the scenes and online content for: NAB, McDonalds, Mercedes Benz, Jaguar, Virgin Australia, Canon, Fujifilm, NBN Co, Nokia, Contiki, Camilla & Marc, AJE, Specsavers, Energizer, John Holland, the NRL 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 as 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 and Australian Story. Andy has also worked for several foreign broadcasters including: National Geographic, Dateline NBC, the BBC and CNN.
With over 30 years of experience and using the latest 5.9K full frame cinema cameras, lenses and drones,
Andy is capable of shooting without direction and consistently delivers the highest production standards.
He is easy going and reliable with a positive attitude, working quickly and efficiently with all production staff, presenters and talent.
He has filmed many celebrity profiles and interviews, including: Bruce Springsteen, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Pink, The Foo Fighters, Ricky Martin, Tom Jones, Kylie Minogue, Jennifer Lopez, Will Ferrell, Bill Murray, Leonardo DiCaprio, Cher, Nicole Kidman, Olivia Newton-John, Delta Goodrem, Human Nature,
Mick Fanning, Sir Richard Branson and Sir David Attenborough.
Andy is a CASA certified drone pilot, holding a Remote Pilot Licence (RePL) and a Remotely Piloted Aircraft Operator's Certificate (ReOC). He has been flying drones since 2013, recently shooting aerial work for the NSW Local and State Governments, Channel Nine, ABC-TV, Surf Life Saving Australia and The Australian War Memorial. He currently owns and operates a DJI Inspire 2 with the X5s camera and Cine SSD, plus a Mavic 2 Pro. Andy is also a PADI Advanced Open Water SCUBA Diver, with Nauticam underwater housing and port, with lights for the Canon 5DMk4.
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 globe: USA (35 states), Canada, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, the Arctic, Antarctica, Australia, and the Pacific. Andy has covered many wars and conflicts including 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 including 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 was confirmed dead by the Australian Government in a plane that was shot down over the Black Sea. He covered the First Gulf War in 1991 including the liberation of Kuwait, and in 1992 filmed the Moscow Uprising when tanks shelled the Russian Parliament and rebels attacked the TV station, a battle in which seven journalist were killed.
Exotic assignments he has filmed include: scuba diving with leopard seals in Antarctica, bull sharks in Fiji, crocodiles in the Okavango Delta, wreck diving in Palau and the Bikini Atoll and Montebello Island nuclear test sites. Andy has trekked through the Amazon Rainforest, the Kokoda Track, to Everest Base Camp, the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and camped on the rim of an active volcano in Vanuatu. He’s been on safari in the Masai Mara, explored the mysterious Crystal Caves of Mexico, the smuggling tunnels below the Gaza Strip, followed the anti-kidnapping police through the Brazilian Favela’s and raided people smuggling boats off Indonesia with the Australian Navy.
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 course - 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.