Director Of Photography


United Kingdom

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Ian Watts is a BAFTA award-winning film and TV director of photography (Lighting Cameraman), and works on TV films, specializing in factual, entertainment, documentaries, music and current affairs. His creative visual input is highly valued by directors and producers alike, together with presenters and screen talent who value his warm demeanor and artistic eye.Ian is a British citizen, and has an American (I) work Visa for the USA, and can get by in conversational French. He is Disclosure and Barring Service, (DBS) approved. He is an owner/operator of professional broadcast camera equipment and lenses, plus other ancillary equipment including lights. He has a full driving licence, and a custom-made fully equipped crew van.

Ian has more than 25 years wide-ranging experience of filming in 50 countries around the world, ranging from Ghana to Greenland, on many critically acclaimed and award-winning films. He transfers his strong visual aesthetic and resourceful energy through the various films he works on, whether it's a glossy National Geographic film in the USA, a highly technical BBC science programme like Horizon, or a musical film in Africa, they all show off his creative flair and inventiveness.

Closer to home, he shot 'Election' for Diverse Productions in the UK, which won a Children's BAFTA Entertainment Award. He also worked on the ground-breaking documentary 'The Plane Crash' for Channel 4, which was nominated for a BAFTA Specialist Factual TV Award, and 'Reggae Britannia' which won a UNESCO Award.

Ian is passionate about sport, and was the main cameraman on the BBC's major 4 part documentary Olympic series; 'Faster, Higher, Stronger: Stories of the Olympic Games'. And one favorite assignment was shooting a feature length documentary on Usain Bolt in Jamaica presented by former American athlete Michael Johnson.

His other passion is music and he has shot many music films, particularly for the BBC, over the years. But it all began way back, when he shot his first music video on 16mm film, which was the classic hit song 'Keep On Movin' by Soul II Soul.
In terms of specialized skills, he says probably his best one is being able to talk and communicate with people, even when they don't speak the same language, which can sometimes begin with a simple smile.

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