Gareth began his career in Brisbane, Australia, where he started as a camera assistant in the studio of one of the top commercial and drama post-production facilities in the country. With complete access to studio, lighting and cameras, coupled with all post equipment from telecine to Avids and Flame equipment, Gareth built a solid grounding in the fundamentals of film production on location, in studio and through the post process. This unique experience and knowledge has stood him in great stead throughout his career.
Over the past 12 years, Gareth worked up the ranks of camera assisting to the role of Director of Photography. Over the years, he has specialised in Jimmy Jib and Technocrane operations with some of the largest live television shows in the world to his credit.
Shooting in Australia often proves a real challenge for the cinematographer. With budgets that generally don’t compare to those of the UK or USA and the harshness of the Australian sun, the cinematographer has to constantly dig deep to work out better solutions to shoot quickly, more affordably and still make it look a million dollars. In his eyes, Gareth feels there was no better training ground than Australia.
In 2007, however, Gareth moved to greener (and wetter) pastures in the UK and now permanently resides in London. Gareth, inherently, is passionate about film and loves the art of cinematography. He believes the place of the Director of Photography in the industry is even more important than ever before. With technology changing on a near-daily basis, the understanding and execution of the visual craft requires a deft hand, coupled with a tactical approach.
As every job is unique, he shoots every format from film to tapeless digital acquisition. Gareth prides himself on his technical understanding of, not only the latest cameras and production techniques, but the post-production process as well. This, in his belief, is often the difference between a good result and a great result. Each format has it’s own challenges and an experienced cameraman can not only produce a great result but save you time and money.
Name: Gareth Ward
Lives in: London, England
Occupation: Camera Operator, Cinematographer and Director of Photography