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Laura Howie is a Director of Photography and Lighting Camerawoman with over 10 years of experience as a professional cinematographer and more than 15 years of experience within the camera department. Throughout this time, she has developed an extensive portfolio of work that includes features, shorts, documentaries, commercials and promos. The films she’s worked on have been shown across the world and have won numerous awards.
Specialising in stop-motion cinematography, Laura is currently working as lighting camera on Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Pinocchio’.
As one of the most experienced feature LC’s within stop-motion, Laura recently completed work on the Shaun the Sheep sequel ‘Farmageddon’. This film is part of a long-term collaboration with Aardman Animation that also saw her working as Lighting Camera on the Oscar nominated feature films ‘Shaun the Sheep Movie’ and ‘The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists’ or ‘The Pirates! Band of Misfits’ as it was known on its US release.
Laura also collaborated with Aardman as a Director of Photography on the latest series of Shaun the Sheep: ‘Shaun the Sheep: Adventures from Mossy Bottom’ as well as commercials for ‘Woolmark’ and for ‘Compare the Market’. This commercial saw her lighting the famous meerkats as they made their debut in plasticine.
Laura recently completed a two-and-a-half-year shoot as Director of Photography on ‘Chuck Steel: Night of the Trampires’, a stop-motion feature set in 80’s Los Angeles. This film offered Laura the opportunity to work closely with the Director, Art Director and VFX Supervisor to create a film that evoked the feel, and the cinematography of an 80’s live-action film, within a Claymation world. As Cinematographer she was responsible for the coordination of multiple units, all shooting simultaneously, and all with multiple practical and post effects. Chuck Steel premiered at Annecy International Animated Film Festival in June 2018.
Laura’s other work includes commercials for the BBC and McDonald’s as well as numerous idents and live-action and animated short films.