With 8 years of experience as a professional cinematographer, working as both Director of Photography and Lighting Camerawoman, Laura has developed an extensive portfolio of work that includes features, shorts, documentaries, commercials and promos.
Laura recently completed a two and a half year shoot as Director of Photography on ‘Chuck Steel: Night of the Trampires’, a stop-motion action / horror feature film set in Los Angeles during the 80s. This project involved the coordination of multiple units, all shooting simultaneously, and all with multiple practical and post effects. Laura worked closely with the Director, Art Director and VFX Superviser to create a film that evoked the feel and the cinematography of an 80’s live-action film within a claymation world. Chuck steel is due to have its premiere at Annecy International Animated Film Festival in June.
As a lighting camerawoman Laura worked on the academy award nominated features ‘Shaun the Sheep Movie’ and ‘The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists’ by Aardman Animation. She often works on long term projects, many shooting for more than a year, and regularly returns to work with people to whom she has previously proven herself. For this reason she has recently returned to Aardman and is currently working as a lighting cameraman on ‘Shaun the Sheep: Farmageddon’. The films she’s worked on have been shown across the world and have won numerous awards.
Laura has been working in the camera department for the past 15 years. Specialising in stop-motion, she has worked on more than half the stop motion features made in the UK. Having graduated with a degree in photography film and television Laura began her career within the camera department as a camera trainee before quickly progressing to camera assistant on the Oscar winning ‘Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit’. She followed this with many years on BAFTA award winning children’s animation series. Laura was given the opportunity to light test units and background and foreground plates ( as well as a few shots ) while assisting on the Wes Anderson directed ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’. She used this experience to make the move to lighting on her next project and has been working as a cinematographer ever since.
In 2017 Laura joined BAFTA as a full film voting member.
When Laura was 7 years old she went to a Halloween party dressed as a camera, she has been looking through a lens ever since …