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ANDY TAYLOR ACS

 

Director of Photography - Licensed Drone Pilot

 

 

Andy Taylor has been working as a cameraman for over 35 years and is one of Australia’s most experienced 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 and 5 prestigious Walkley Awards for Cinematography. He works as a freelance cinematographer based in Sydney Australia filming: documentaries, network promotions, travel, fashion, corporate branding, and advertising. 

 

Recent documentaries include:

 

 

Network promotions for:

 

  • Exposed – The Ghost Train Fire – ABC-TV network promo’s: titles, key art, and publicity stills.

  • Under Investigation with Liz Hayes – Nine Network promos and re-enactments.

  • Nine News – Nine presenter promos in NSW, QLD, WA, VIC and regional.

  • The Today Show – Men in Black promo with Ally Langdon and Karl Stefanovic.

  • Sky News Australia – presenter promos in NSW, QLD, VIC and Parliament House Canberra.

 

Andy has filmed commercial content for many top brands: McDonalds, Mercedes Benz, Jaguar, Virgin Australia, Canon, Destination NSW, NAB, Fujifilm, NBN Co, Nokia, Contiki, Camilla & Marc, AJE, Spec Savers, Energizer, 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 several foreign broadcasters including National Geographic, Dateline NBC, the BBC and CNN.

 

Andy has worked with many of Australia’s most respected journalists and presenters including:

Ray Martin, Chris Masters, Liz Hayes, Andrew Denton, Caro Meldrum-Hanna, Sarah Ferguson, Leigh Sales, Tony Jones, Mark Colvin, Michael Usher, Tara Brown, Ally Langdon, Karl Stefanovic, Charles Wooley and Peter Overton. Plus, international celebrities: Chris Hemsworth, 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, Sir Richard Branson, and Sir David Attenborough.

With an easy going and positive attitude Andy is reliable and dependable, working quickly and collaboratively with all creatives, production staff, presenters, and talent. He consistently delivers beautifully lit and composed cinematic pictures with the highest production standards. Andy is also capable of working remotely without direction as a shooter/producer. With a full professional audio kit, his wife Jo frequently works as his field sound recordist, she is also a professional Film & TV makeup artist and production coordinator.

 

As an owner/operator with cutting edge, professional equipment such as the Arri Alexa Mini LF camera and three Canon Cinema EOS 4K cameras (all Netflix approved) plus the new Freefly Wave super high-speed 4K camera, Andy has the equipment, skills, and ability to cover anything that is thrown at him. He owns a selection of cine-prime and zoom lenses, several tripods, gimbals, mounts and other camera support and monitoring options, plus various lighting solutions, drones, stills photography and audio equipment.

Andy is a CASA certified drone pilot, holding a remote pilots license and operators’ certificate (RePL & ReOC), he has been flying drones since 2013, recently shooting aerial work for NSW Local and State Governments, National Geographic, Disney+, Channel Nine, ABC-TV and Surf Life Saving Australia. 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 smart controller. 

 

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 including the USA (35 states), Canada, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Australia and the Pacific. Andy has covered many wars and conflicts: 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, 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. In 1991 Andy spent three months in the Middle East covering the first Gulf War in Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait. He filmed the 1993 Moscow uprising, including tanks shelling the Russian parliament building and the battle at the Ostankino TV station where seven journalists were killed. 

 

Exotic assignments Andy has filmed include trekking through the most remote parts of the Amazon Rainforest, the Kokoda Track, filming over the rim of active volcanos in Vanuatu, climbing to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa and to Everest Base Camp. 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.

Andy is a PADI Advanced scuba diver, he has filmed underwater with Leopard Seals in Antarctica, Bull Sharks in Fiji, Crocodiles in the Okavango Delta, all without a cage, and Great Whites in South Australia, plus wreck diving in Palau and former nuclear test sites in the Monte Bello Islands and Bikini Atoll.

 

 

 

Professional Reference

 

 

RAY MARTIN AM

 

 

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN                                                                            August 8, 2018

 

I have worked with Andy Taylor for more than a decade, on a wide range of television programs – from countless “60 Minutes” stories to documentaries, commercial projects and on-line productions.

 

I cannot recommend Andy Taylor highly enough. 

 

If there is a better cinematographer in Australia, then I am yet to meet that person.

 

He is fast and accurate, sensitive and ethical. He sees images as they unfold, almost before they happen.

That has to be instinctive, and, in the DNA, it is such a rare talent.

 

Having spent most of his working life winning awards for non-stop action and high-profile interviews in News & Current Affairs shows, Andy is just as capable of shooting exquisite, moody documentary-style programs or high-end commercial product.

 

Not only does he shoot beautiful pictures, but - having worked around the world as an ABC bureau cameraman – Andy Taylor automatically gives editors what they need. Knowing how to produce and direct a story, as well as being able to shoot it so perfectly, is what makes him so exceptional.

 

Andy Taylor is always fun to work with, no matter how urgent and stressed the shoot may be. It is clear that he likes people and mixes comfortably with everybody. He also knows how to bring out the best in on-screen talent, not only professionals. Because he is highly intelligent, worldly and easy- going he puts people at ease. These are all great assets.

 

If you are after the best pictures, innovation and an easy shoot I can highly recommend Andy Taylor ACS. Do yourself a favour.

 

Ray Martin

 

 

 

Training - Education - Accreditations

 

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

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

  • Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training - ABC.

  • 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 - NSW RFS.

  • Performance Management – ABC.

  • Working with Children Check – Service NSW.

  • HSC - St Josephs College Hunters Hill (82).

  • Boat License - Service NSW.

 

 

Andy is fully vaccinated for Covid 19.

Contact:

 

Phone: +61 412 481144

andy@andytaylor.com.au