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LAURA HOWIE – CINEMATOGRAPHER

Laura Howie is a cinematographer who specialises in stop-motion animation, a field that combines her passion for storytelling, art, and technology. As one of the most experienced cinematographers within this field, she has worked on an extensive portfolio of projects that includes high-end feature films, TV series, commercials, shorts and promos for renowned studios and clients. The films she’s worked on have been shown across the world and have won numerous awards including the Academy Award, the Golden Globe and the Bafta for best animated feature. 

 

Laura’s unique position within the industry has allowed her to work on a diverse range of projects across the world. She recently spent two years working as Lighting Camera on ‘Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio’, released globally in theatres and now on Netflix. Pinocchio’s Oscar success made her one of only a few people to have worked on both Oscar winning stop motion features, having begun her career, over two decades ago, as Camera Assistant on ‘Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit’

 

Working as both Director of Photography and Lighting Camera, Laura has worked on some of the most iconic productions within stop motion. Her long term collaboration with Aardman Animations has seen her working as Senior Lighting Camera on both the latest Wallace & Gromit’ feature, and ‘Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget’. She was Lighting Camera on the Oscar nominated feature films ‘Shaun the Sheep: Farmageddon’, ‘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 episodes for the latest series of Shaun the Sheep ‘Adventures from Mossy Bottom’, currently showing on Netflix, as well as numerous Aardman commercials and idents, with clients including the BBC, Channel 4, Woolmark and Mcdonalds. A ‘Compare the Market’ commercial saw her lighting the famous meerkats as they made their debut in plasticine.

 

Laura was the Director of Photography on ‘Chuck Steel: Night of the Trampires’, an independent 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, while creating a look that surpassed the budget. As Cinematographer she was responsible for the coordination of multiple units, all shooting simultaneously, and all with multiple lighting transitions, camera moves and practical and post effects. Chuck Steel premiered at Annecy International Animated Film Festival in June 2018, it had a theatrical release before recently being released on blu-ray.

 

Laura is equally at home with the complexities of large-scale, multi-layered, high-end features, the handcrafted in-camera effects of traditional stop motion, and the creativity, collaboration and efficiency required with smaller budget, independent projects. She is experienced in pre-production, post-production, studio setups, and retaining continuity of lighting while coordinating multiple shooting units over both long and short term projects. She works calmly and efficiently while seeking to lead and inspire her crew at all stages of the project.