Don has had an extremely varied career. Starting out shooting thousands of hours of live performance, he honed his operating skills before putting on the Director of Photography cap and moving into specialised event visuals for the likes of Take That, Little Mix, Cheryl Cole, John Legend, Ellie Goulding and Olly Murs. These visuals also encompassed large events, such as the Rugby World Cup opening ceremony, Intimissimi on Ice, and 70 years of Ferrari.
The high-end nature of this work has led a natural progression into commercials, spots and TVC's. Don recently won a Clio award for Cinematography for his work on the highly successful Malaria No More spot, voiced by Stephen Magnan. His commercial work takes in brands such as Lego, Cadbury, Levi's, Thomas Pink, American Express, Blinds Direct, Amnesty, Clarks, Sheraton and The Trainline.
A million miles away from the polished nature of commercial, Don is equally happy shooting Documentary. He finished shooting his first feature, as main DOP, in 2015 – for the critically acclaimed The First Film – which went on to a successful cinema run, before finding a home on Film Four. Don has also worked on many TV doc projects, as well as producing a short doc, The Price of Love, which was screened on The Independent, The Telegraph and Russia Today – as well as being nominated for the Liberty Human Rights Award 2015. Don is currently main DOP on feature doc Postcards From The 48%, which is due to release in 2018.
His continued desire to learn the craft, led Don and Kieron Jansch to create the content for the Lee Filters Diffusion app, used by industry professionals; he tries to pass on learned knowledge through his blog and social media whenever he can.
The varied nature of Don's work, means he has learned how to light and shoot in a vast range of situations. Equally at home using natural light and practicals, as well as shooting studio and commercial setups. He is now steadily applying that knowledge to drama projects, where he can call upon a wide range of experience to accomplish unique director visions.