Ian Watts is an award-winning film and TV director of photography (Lighting Cameraman), and works on dramas, factual entertainment, documentaries, plus music and current affairs films. He has more than 25 years wide-ranging experience of filming in 49 countries ranging from Ghana to Greenland, and has shot comprehensively throughout the UK.
He is an owner/operator with professional HD broadcast video cameras and lenses, plus other ancillary equipment and lights, and shoots on all High Definition systems. He has a full driving licence, and a custom-made fully equipped crew vehicle.
He is BBC Camera & Lighting Safety Certified and CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) checked, and a member of BECTU, (Broadcasting Entertainment Cinematograph and Theatre Union), and the Guild of Television Cameramen. He is a British citizen, and has an American (I) work Visa for the USA, and can get by in conversational French. He has also worked as a BAFTA judge. He is a proficient photographer and has a vast library of his work, some of which as been reproduced in journals around the world.
Unique traits: 'I try to bring a certain amount of sympathy and understanding of the subjects I am filming whoever they are. At the same time I am quite passionate and thorough in my work and enjoy capturing people's lives, thoughts and experiences. I am equally adept at creating 'beautiful' images in difficult situations, as well as perspective and remember that the story is more important than a series of great 'shots'.
National Film School