Billy MacTavish

Billy MacTavish

W.K. MacTavish, II d.b.a.

Camera operator, cinematographer and director of photography in Houston, Texas

About Billy

A hard working filmmaker who captures and assembles award winning visual images. Experienced with the latest industry best practices, equipment and software. Able to design any lighting style and/or look needed for any genre or mood required to tell your story. Experience managing both large or small crews. Works well with others or alone, maintains a cheerful persona under difficult and stressful situations. A focused self-starter, who is willing to sacrifice. Able to complete projects in-budget and on-time with a proven track record of success.


Name: Billy MacTavish

Lives in: Houston, Texas

Company: W.K. MacTavish, II d.b.a.

Occupation: Camera Operator, Cinematographer, Director of Photography, Editor, Steadicam Operator and Videographer

Credits

  • Seeds

    Seeds (2016)
    Film (Short and Sci-Fi) Cinematographer Add a Plot »

  • The Preacher's Daughter

    The Preacher's Daughter (2013)
    TV Movie (Drama) Camera and Electrical Department The estranged daughter of a small town minister is forced to return to the strict, religious home of her youth where she must confront the troubled relationships that caused her to leave four years before.

  • The Broker

    The Broker (2012)
    Film (Short and Thriller) Cinematographer A broker in charge of making deals between death row inmates and rich clients gets more than she bargained for.

  • Lavender Man

    Lavender Man (2011)
    Film (Short, Action, Comedy and Romance) Camera and Electrical Department Lavender Man - 'Our kinder, gentler super hero - Leaps tall buildings in a single swoosh!' Lawson LeBlanc, a stylish, hugely successful florist in NYC is presumed gay, but in love with his best friend Stephanie. Law becomes a superhero in purple tights ridding NYC of evildoers in a beautiful way, and along the way finds his true love, and his genuine self. Written by Anonymous

  • Caveman Theory

    Caveman Theory (2011)
    TV Movie (Comedy) Cinematographer Add a Plot »

  • The Great American Moon Rock Caper

    The Great American Moon Rock Caper (2010)
    Film (Comedy, Crime and Family) Cinematographer In 2002 three NASA interns stole over 1 million dollars worth of moon rocks with plans to sell them over the Internet. They were of course apprehended by the FBI and subsequently fired from NASA. What convinced these intelligent and driven youths, hand-picked by today's top scientists, that they could get away with this crime against science and the government? With names and incidents changed to protect the innocent, the guilty (and the embarrassed), this is the unofficial true story. Written by Anonymous

  • The Whisperers

    The Whisperers (2009)
    Film (Thriller) Camera and Electrical Department Add a Plot »

  • Mexican Gold

    Mexican Gold (2009)
    Film (Western) Camera and Electrical Department After the brazen escape from his sentence to be hanged, infamous outlaw Jack Barnett cons a crooked judge, local saloon gal and an old partner into partaking in the heist of a lifetime. Havoc breaks loose when a small town Sheriff stands for justice and although both sides stick to their guns, only one will prevail. Written by Anonymous

  • Cartel, 1882

    Cartel, 1882 (2007)
    Video (Western) Camera and Electrical Department Horace Longstreet operates the most brutal drug empires in the south, dealing in peyote, cocoa leaves, laudanum and opium. When he learns a young transporter known as the 'Cat' has been skimming profits, he enlists the aid of a Pinkerton detective, now deep in the bottle and dying of tuberculosis. Against his will, Tyrone Burke must kill or capture the young offender, but the Cat has many lives and leads his pursuer or a 'Wizard of Oz'-type journey through the most dangerous and perverse opium dens, cat-houses and drag queen lairs in the 1880's south. In the end, however, is the Cat actually running for his life or has the hunted now become the hunter? A startling, final confrontation brings two forces of extreme evil face to face, gun to gun, and the result may change the entire direction of the future. Written by Inspired Studios

  • Retribution Road

    Retribution Road (2007)
    Video (Western) Cinematographer In the vein of traditional westerns such as 'High Noon,' comes 'Blue Eyes,' nickname of Johnny Rios, the most sadistic outlaw in south Texas. After being captured in a foiled bank robbery in the sleepy town of Wardlaw, the courageous Sheriff, Bob Gambol, awaits the vicious outlaw's family who has given him twenty-four hours to release their brother or else. Now it's good vs. evil as one man has to choose between honor and the annihilation of a town. Written by Chuck Walker

  • Mr. Hell

    Mr. Hell (2006)
    Film (Horror) Camera and Electrical Department Fourteen years ago, Dr. Karl Matthews, head of Government Biolab 83, is savagely murdered by ancient soul-taker, MR. HELL. Today, Dr. Matthews' daughter, Tyler, has returned to the scene of her father's death. Unknown to Tyler, MR. HELL has also returned. To complicate this house of horrors, a group of mercenaries has invaded the lab to steal a deadly vial of bacterium. Many will soon suffer grisly deaths, along with having their eyes(the windows to the soul)harvested by MR. HELL. Written by Jack Rhodes---Executive Producer

  • The Rain Makers

    The Rain Makers (2005)
    Film (Action and Drama) Camera and Electrical Department In the tradition of such films as "Billy Jack", "The Seven Samurai", and "Electra Glide in Blue", "The Rain Makers" is the story about a rag tag group of unique individuals who reluctantly come together to protect the weak from the unscrupulous criminals trying to oppress them. Set in and around a small Arizona town in the year 1973, this tale revolves around a commune called the Freedom Preserve. It's occupants, mostly hippies, peaceniks, and artists, have all turned their back on a society and government in turmoil over the war in Vietnam. They have created their own Utopia and try to maintain a peaceful existence with the local residents. Their efforts, however, are unsuccessful. The townspeople despise them and the local law harasses them every chance they get. When a real estate developer attempts to steal their land from them, they find themselves without allies. The members of the Freedom Preserve refuse to give up their commune and property, and suddenly find themselves being ... Written by Ellingsen, Ray

  • Friday Night Lights

    Friday Night Lights (2004)
    Film (Action, Drama and Sport) Camera and Electrical Department Odessa, Texas, is a small, town in Texas. Racially divided and economically dying, there is one night that gives the town something to live for: Friday Night. The Permian Panthers have a big winning tradition in Texas high school football, led by QB Mike Winchell and superstar tailback Boobie Miles, but all is not well, as Boobie suffers a career-ending injury in the first game of the season. Hope is lost among citizens in Odessa, and for the team, but Coach Gary Gaines, who believes that "Perfection is being able to look your friends in the eye and know you did everything you could not to let them down", is somehow able to help the team rise up from the ashes and make a huge season comeback. Now on their way to state, the Panthers must go out and be perfect, because they may never matter this much for the rest of their lives. Written by Zac Abrams

  • Deadly Wordz

    Deadly Wordz (2003)
    Video (Thriller) Camera and Electrical Department Add a Plot »

  • Schultze Gets the Blues

    Schultze Gets the Blues (2003)
    Film (Comedy, Drama and Music) Camera and Electrical Department Schultze is a retired lignite miner living in an East German village and a passionate Polka musician on his accordion. One night he listens to a Zydeco tune in the radio, which changes his taste of music radically. Notwithstanding his complete ignorance of the English language he starts a trip into the heart of the Zydeco; to Louisana. Written by Moritz Muehlenhoff <jmm@inutil.org>

  • The Face of the Serpent

    The Face of the Serpent (2003)
    Film (Action, Adventure and Thriller) Camera and Electrical Department The Face of the Serpent is an action-thriller with strong political undertones of local government corruption. The film focuses on a morally conscious assassin called Quinn. His next target is a Russian immigrant named Tasha, whom Quinn is misled into believing is a drug courier. During Quinn's surveillance of Tasha, planning for the perfect moment to make his kill, he becomes infatuated with her beauty and pure innocence. Ultimately, Quinn rescues Tasha from the hands of another assassin and takes her into his protection. The two join forces to find out who wants her dead and why. In the process, Quinn discovers secrets from his past and battles with the inner demons that made him the man he is today. Written by Anonymous

  • Where's the Party Yaar?

    Where's the Party Yaar? (2003)
    Film (Comedy) Camera and Electrical Department Harish Kumar Patel lives with his mom and dad in Valsad, Gujarat, India, where he is studying Electronic Engineering. His dad, Satish Kumar, wants him to re-locate to the U.S., live with the Bakshis, study, and marry the girl of his choice. Harish must first go through the blessings of an Astrologer, Bholey Shankar Maharaj, who blesses him, informs him that he will meet a girl whose name will start with "P", who he will marry. An overly excited Harish travels all the way to Houston, Texas, U.S. where he is met fondly by the Bakshi family, consisting of Mrs. and Dr. Bakshi, Mohan, and Deepu. In keeping with the fear and paranoia after the September 11 attacks, Mrs. Bakshi has made it a practice to place American flags in the front pockets of her sons, and she does it now for Harish as well. Mohan is around Harish's age and shows him around the campus. Harish meets with a beautiful Malyalee girl, Priya, and falls in love with her. But things do not go as planned when Harish finds out ... Written by Anonymous

  • Weather Extreme: Tornado

    Weather Extreme: Tornado (2002)
    TV Movie (Documentary) Camera and Electrical Department Add a Plot »

  • The Last Man Club

    The Last Man Club (2002)
    Film (Short, Adventure and Comedy) Camera and Electrical Department Discarded and forgotten, Pete Williams is living out his days in an old soldiers home in Galveston, Texas. Knowing his end is near, he puts out the call to his old comrade, John "Eagle Eye" Pennell. Eagle is facing his own living hell 3,000 miles away in New Jersey. He has become an inconvenient obstacle to his work-a-holic son, and lost all remaining freedoms, except the valued time he spends with his grandson. Now even that joy will be stripped away as his son prepares to place him in a nursing home. Imprisoned and depressed Pete's letter gives Eagle rekindled spirit. Stripped of his driving privileges for years, and with failing eye sight, Eagle steals away in his late wife's old Lincoln and heads cross-country to Pete's rescue. Enroute, Eagle reluctantly comes to the aid of Romy, a sassy moll who has just stolen 600 her life. Romy jumps on board with Eagle, and takes command, as the pair rescue each other in a tense and action-packed scene. Romy dispenses orders like a drill ... Written by Anonymous

  • Warning: Parental Advisory

    Warning: Parental Advisory (2002)
    TV Movie (Drama, Comedy and Music) Camera and Electrical Department The story of the 1985 Senatorial hearings to place "Warning: Parental Advisory" labels on music albums with "obscene" lyrics and themes - and the rockers who tried to fight it.

  • Space Station 3D

    Space Station 3D (2002)
    Film (Documentary) Camera and Electrical Department The first 3D live-action film to be shot in space. Using advanced 3D-technology, the film depicts the greatest engineering happening since a man landed on the Moon in 1969. Amongst these is the on-orbit assembly of the International Space Station as it travels 220 miles above the Earth at the speed of 17,500 mph. The film also has included sequences that portray the force of a rocket launch, as well as a look into the depths of space. You will experience life in zero gravity, and accompany the astronauts on a space walk. The film was an immense success in theaters in 2002, and is the highest grossing film ever not release in more than 100 theaters at the same time. Written by OJT

  • The Way She Moves

    The Way She Moves (2001)
    TV Movie (Drama, Romance and Music) Camera and Electrical Department Houston upper class dream prince has and offers his fiancée, gallery employee and amateur photographer Amie, everything money can buy, so their friends can't think of a better gift then salsa lessons. She loves them, he soon bails out because of a New York job, which leads to a dream position offer. The Portorican dance instructor, handsome primary school teacher Nicholas Dominguez, has just dumped his haughty competition dance partner Cristina and accepted her arrogant dare he couldn't train another girl. He succeeds and both get on kissing terms before Amie admits being engaged, but she soon returns her ring, claiming Jason's job acceptance suggests their marriage isn't a real priority for him. Nicholas continues training her, but just before the annual competition, where he will finally showcase his modern mambo version, Jason returns. Written by KGF Vissers

  • A Fisherman's Lament

    A Fisherman's Lament (2000)
    Film (Drama and Short) Camera and Electrical Department A Fisherman's Lament is the moving story on the scarcity of time, missed opportunities and lifelong regret. Though there is no dialogue, the characters unspoken emotions drive this film's telling story of a fisherman and his troubled past in a truly poetic fashion. Written by Douglas N. Burns

  • Inside the Space Station

    Inside the Space Station (2000)
    TV Movie (Documentary) Camera and Electrical Department Add a Plot »

  • Laughing Boy

    Laughing Boy (2000)
    Film (Comedy) Camera and Electrical Department Is having fun and saying what you really think politically incorrect? Or is it impossible to do both? Cody McKenzie thinks nobody has parties anymore. Maybe they do, but he just isn't invited to any. However, tonight, Cody and his wife Judy are going to a very special party. Elizabeth Sheridan, star of Cody's fantasies, is giving it for the engagement of his best friend. Elizabeth also happens to be a very important player where Cody works. Judy sees the party as a chance for Cody to advance; he sees it as a chance to impress the woman of his dreams. The fact that he bungles it horribly is perfectly natural. He couldn't do it any other way. The guests are all impossibly proper - preppies, yuppies, culturally elite - which are simply trendy labels for snobbish bores. His reputation precedes him, and once Cody arrives, he trips all over it. The harder he tries to be one of them, the more he fails. From his first bizarre comment to his outrageous exit, Cody alienates almost every guest, ... Written by Anonymous

  • Where the Heart Is

    Where the Heart Is (2000)
    Film (Comedy, Drama and Romance) Camera and Electrical Department Novalee Nation is a pregnant 17-year-old from Tennessee heading to California with her boyfriend Willie Jack, but is abandoned by him at a Wal-Mart store in Sequoyah, Oklahoma. Novalee has no job, no skills and only $5.55 in her pocket, so she secretly lives in the Wal-Mart until her daughter Americus is born six weeks later. Novalee decides to raise her daughter and rebuild her life in Sequoyah, with the help of eccentric but kind strangers. Based on the best-selling novel by Billie Letts. Written by Stephen Hughes

  • King of the World

    King of the World (2000)
    TV Movie (Biography and Drama) Camera and Electrical Department The early career of boxer Muhammad Ali, then known as Cassius Clay, as he prepares for a title fight against Sonny Liston, while struggling to come to terms with his private and public personas.

  • Arlington Road

    Arlington Road (1999)
    Film (Crime, Drama and Thriller) Camera and Electrical Department In suburban Reston, Virginia, George Washington University American History professor Michael Faraday is still mourning the death of his wife, FBI agent Leah Faraday, after three years. His inside knowledge of the agency colors what he teaches in his classes. Although on good terms with Leah's ex-partner, Whit Carver, and the agency in general, Michael wants the agency at least to acknowledge their responsibility in her death in the line of duty. Michael is moving on with his personal life, he being in a serious relationship with his former teaching assistant Brooke Wolfe. Although he likes Brooke, Michael and Leah's nine year old son, Grant Faraday, may not yet be quite ready for Brooke to be a permanent part of their lives. It is only in helping adolescent Brady Lang who he sees in medical distress that Michael meets his new neighbors, Oliver and Cheryl Lang, Brady's parents. In the process, Michael and Brooke becomes friends with the Langs, as Grant and Brady become friends. ... Written by Huggo

  • The Faculty

    The Faculty (1998)
    Film (Horror and Sci-Fi) Camera and Electrical Department A horror tale set in a High School where the students suspect the teaching staff of being aliens, who are intent on making the students their victims. Written by Jordan Chamerski

  • Rushmore

    Rushmore (1998)
    Film (Comedy and Drama) Camera and Electrical Department Max Fischer is a precocious 15-year-old whose reason for living is his attendance at Rushmore, a private school where he's not doing well in any of his classes, but where he's the king of extracurricular activities - from being in the beekeeping society to writing and producing plays, there's very little after school he doesn't do. His life begins to change, however, when he finds out he's on academic probation, and when he stumbles into love with Miss Cross, a pretty teacher of the elementary school at Rushmore. Added to the mix is his friendship with Herman Blume, wealthy industrialist and father to boys who attend the school, and who also finds himself attracted to Miss Cross. Max's fate becomes inextricably tied to this odd love triangle, and how he sets about resolving it is the story in the film. Written by Gary Dickerson <slug@mail. utexas.edu>

  • Breast Men

    Breast Men (1997)
    TV Movie (Comedy and Drama) Camera and Electrical Department A young plastic surgery intern gets tired of watching exciting developments in other fields (artificial hearts, etc). He finds a current, safe type of breast implants. All he has to do is convince his supervising surgeon this will work, and find a volunteer for the first patient. They gain immense financial success as cosmetic breast augmentation surgeries become accepted and frequented in American culture, but follow different paths. One becomes a narcissist interested in developing and implanting larger-sized implants popular with erotic dancers and female porn stars. The other continues to pursue a more serious, clinical approach for the everyday woman. Written by <rstory@revelstone.com>

  • RocketMan

    RocketMan (1997)
    Film (Comedy, Family and Sci-Fi) Camera and Electrical Department Fred Z. Randall is a geeky and obnoxious spacecraft designer, who gets the chance to make his dream come true and travel to Mars as a member of the first manned flight there.

  • Prithvi

    Prithvi (1997)
    Film (Action) Camera and Electrical Department A newly married couple go on their honeymoon to a foreign country, when the wife suddenly disappears.

  • The Trust

    The Trust (1993)
    Film (Crime, Drama and History) Camera and Electrical Department In this true life murder mystery, we know early on "whodunnit" (the butler, actually), but the surprising charm in the story stems from the fact that the lawyer is honest and morally upright. The story of William Marsh Rice and his legacy, Rice University, where much of the film was shot. Written by Suzanne Berman <skb_1@excite.com>

  • Trial: The Price of Passion

    Trial: The Price of Passion (1992)
    TV Movie (Drama and Thriller) Camera and Electrical Department Down-on-his-luck lawyer Warren Blackburn defends wealthy Texan Johnnie Faye Boudreau, who is accused of murdering her husband.

  • The Turning

    The Turning (1992)
    Film (Drama) Camera and Electrical Department After 4 years, Clifford Harnish returns to his hometown of Pocahontas, Virginia, hoping to save his family and make for himself the happy childhood he never had. Unfortunately, he has arrived just in time to see his parents' divorce made final. He also gets to watch his mother sink into an alcoholic depression while his father builds a new life with a new woman. Soon Cliff decides to take matters into his own hands, using the methods he learned while traipsing the country with Neo-Nazis. Adapted from the play "Home Fires Burning." Written by Chris Holland <stomptokyo@aol.com>

Awards

  • REMI Award
    (2012)

  • Golden Ace
    (2012)

  • Accolade Award
    (2011)

  • Telly
    (2010)

Education

  • Academy of Art University (San Francisco, CA)
    (2010-2011)

  • Stephen F Austin State University (Nacogdoches, TX)
    (1987-1990)

  • Texas A&M University-Galveston (Galveston, TX)
    (1986-1986)

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