With more than a decade of experience as a professional cinematographer, working as both Director of Photography and Lighting Cameraperson, Laura has developed an extensive portfolio of work that includes features, shorts, documentaries, commercials and promos. 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. The films she’s worked on have been shown across the world and have won numerous awards. Specialising in stop-motion, she has worked on more than half the stop-motion features made in the UK. She is currently working as Lighting Camera on Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Pinocchio’ in the Portland, Oregon.
Prior to working in the USA Laura worked as a Director of Photography on the latest series of Aardman’s Shaun the Sheep ‘Shaun the Sheep: Adventures from Mossy Bottom’ now showing on Netflix. This followed work as DOP on several Aardman commercials as well as working for over a year as Lighting Cameraperson on ‘Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon’, the latest feature from Aardman Animation.
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 premiered at Annecy International Animated Film Festival in June 2018.
As a lighting camerawoman Laura has worked on the academy award nominated features ‘Shaun the Sheep Movie’ and ‘The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists’ by Aardman Animation. ‘The Pirates!’ gave Laura the opportunity to work on a 3D film.
Laura has been working within the camera department for almost two decades. 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’s aim has always been to work her way up through the industry and to gain an awareness and ability within every area of the camera department. As a result Laura has been continuously learning and studying her craft, from the top DOP’s in her field, while working on high-level projects. In 2009 she was given the opportunity to light test units and background and foreground elements (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 and has been working as a cinematographer ever since.
In 2017 Laura joined BAFTA as a full 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 …