From an early background at Art School in illustration and design and then a Masters Degree in film theory and history, the cinematography of Tony Coldwell has been influenced by years of award winning documentary experience on both film and digital cameras. These documentaries have won Emmy, Bafta and RTS awards.
He sees documentary as an invaluable testing ground for working in drama. Years of working with natural light are a tremendous asset to a cinematographer.
The demands of a cinematographer today extend further than this though. A cinematographer needs now to regularly visualise a VFX world generated on set and in post-production. His recent work has reflected this change in projects as diverse as the RTS and Bafta award winning Wolfblood, Foyle’s War and Mr Selfridge where VFX has sometimes played a large part.
‘Someone who can work with the minimum can work with the most. One who can work with the most cannot, inevitably, work with the minimum.’ – Robert Bresson.