Simon Fanthorpe

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

About Simon

Simon Fanthorpe is a Los Angeles based Director of Photography. Born in the UK, Simon moved to the USA in 1992 and films across all 50 US states and around the world. He owns a comprehensive range of cameras, lenses and equipment, including the Arri Amira and Canon C300, and works extensively for both American and British production companies. Simon’s work is regularly broadcast on all major networks, including National Geographic, PBS, HBO, Discovery, BBC, Channel 4 and ITV.

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Credits

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Science Documentary Credits

Title Production Co. Network Director/Producer
The Plane Crash Dragonfly Channel 4 & Discovery Producer: Sanjay Singhal
Space Dive BBC BBC & National Geographic Producer: Gary Hunter
Horizon - Total Isolation BBC BBC Director: Charles Colville
In Search of Speed - Land BBC BBC Director Ian Scoally
In Search of Speed - Air BBC BBC Director Lorne Townend
The Human Senses - Balance BBC BBC Director: Daniel Barry
The Human Senses - Touch BBC BBC Director: Nigel Patterson
The Human Senses - Vision BBC BBC Director: Zoë Heron
Time BBC BBC Director: Peter Oxley
Horizon - The Death Star BBC BBC Director: Karen Kelly
Horizon - Neanderthal BBC BBC Director: Cameron Balbirnie
Horizon - Cloning the First Human BBC BBC Director: Jacqui Smith
Horizon - Supermassive Black Holes BBC BBC Director: Zoë Heron
Horizon - Extreme Dinosaurs BBC BBC Director: Steve Ruggi
Horizon - Moon Children BBC BBC Director: Zoë Heron
Horizon - The Skeleton Key October Films BBC Director: Steve Ruggi
Horizon - Hubble, Miracle in Orbit BBC BBC Director: Jacqui Smith
Horizon - The Electric Heart BBC BBC Director: Paul Sen
Horizon - Thalidomide BBC BBC Director: Ashok Prasad
The Mission - Fastest Man on 2 Wheels Sunset & Vine BBC Director: Nick Lord
The Planets BBC BBC Producer: David McNab
Superhuman - Trauma BBC BBC Director: David Hickman
Curiosities - Time Bomb Earth Pioneer Productions Discovery Director: Richard Max
How We Invented the World Nutopia Discovery Producer: James Buchanan
Space Colonies Hickman Films Discovery Director: David Hickman
Extreme Machines 4 Pioneer Productions Discovery Director: Jeremy Hall
Stormforce - Tsunami Pioneer Productions Discovery Director: Bob Strange
Surgery Saved My Life Fox Productions Discovery Producer: James Younger
The Bermuda Triangle Termite Art Discovery Director: James Younger
The Story Of Us Wall to Wall Television Discovery Director: Nic Young
Stuff Happens with Bill Nye Discovery/Planet Green Discovery Director: Kurt Sayenga
The Science of Lying Lion TV Channel 5 & TLC Director: Ian Barnes

 

Arts Documentary Credits

Title Production Co. Network Director/Producer
John Steinbeck - Voice of America Mentorn Media BBC Director: Chris Walker
Cameraman: The Life & Work of Jack Cardiff Modus Operandi DVD & Theatrical Director: Craig McCall
Untiteled Bill Viola project Foxy Films Theatrical Director: Gerry Fox
History of Jazz & Blues, 6 X 60 minutes Eagle Media Smithsonian Channel Director: Chris Walker
Climbed Every Mountain Northern Upstart BBC Director: Chris Walker
The Genius of Photography Wall to Wall Television BBC Director: Tim Kirby
The Secret of Songs Renegade Productions BBC Director: Clare Beavan
The World that Women Made Matchlight Productions BBC Director: John Hodgson
Boys Who do Comedy with Dawn French BBC BBC Director: Ben McPherson
Play It Again with Frank Skinner Diverse Productions BBC Director: Guy Gilbert
The Men From The Agency Tiger Aspect BBC Director: Mike Wadding
The Mission - Viva Las Venice BBC BBC Director: Simon Dickson
Only Yesterday, The Carpenters Story BBC BBC Director: Samantha Peters
Some Like it Hot October Films BBC Director: Paul Kerr
Omnibus - Dino DeLaurentis BBC BBC Director: Adrian Sibley
Omnibus - Aardman Animation Iambic Productions BBC Director: Steve Cole
Definitely Dusty BBC BBC Director: Serena Cross
Short Cuts, Gina Yashere in Las Vegas Free@Last TV Paramount Director: Barry Ryan
The Python Conqest of America Monty Python Pictures DVD Director: Will Yapp
The Return of Courtney Love Spun Gold Channel 4 Director: Will Yapp
The Secret Life of Brian Spun Gold Channel 4 Director: Will Yapp
Get Your Act Together Ten Alps Channel 4 Director: Gabi Kent
Being Morrissey Chrysalis Television Channel 4 Director: Ricky Kelehar
Women In Comedy Oxford Television Channel 4 Producer: Ninder Billing
History Of Jewish Comedy Oxford Television Channel 4 Producer: Emma Cahusac
Lawrence Olivier Blakeway Productions Channel 4 Director: James Kent
Big Shots October Films Channel 4 Director: Nigel Algar
Arthouse - Tony Kaye Antelope Films Channel 4 Director: Mark Munden
2001 - Filming the Future Atlantic Celtic Films Channel 4 Director: Paul Joyce
South Bank Show - Sam Mendes LWT LWT Director: Simon Cherry
South Bank Show - Cher LWT LWT Director: Daniel Wiles
South Bank Show - Joan Collins LWT LWT Director: Daniel Wiles
South Bank Show - Michael Douglas LWT LWT Director: Susan Shaw
South Bank Show - Walter Mosely LWT LWT Director: Chris Walker
South Bank Show - Warren Beatty LWT LWT Director: Gerry Fox
South Bank Show - Michael Flatley LWT LWT Director: Brian Izzard
South Bank Show - Saul Zaentz LWT LWT Director: Tony Knox
South Bank Show - Marks & Gran LWT LWT Director: Daniel Wiles
South Bank Show - Johnnie Ray Landseer Productions LWT Director: Ken Howard
South Bank Show - Stephen Bochco LWT LWT Director: Simon Cherry
South Bank Show - Gerald Scarfe LWT LWT Director: Sarah Wason
South Bank Show - Kay Mellor LWT LWT Director: Melissa Raimes
South Bank Show - Brett Easton Ellis LWT LWT & Theatrical Director: Gerry Fox
Wim Winders - 10 Minutes Older 10 Minutes Older Prods Theatrical Director: Nicolas McClintock
After Star Trek Yorkshire Television ITV Director: Mark Murray
Starstruck Yorkshire Television ITV Director: Emma Hewitt
100 Greatest War Movies Yorkshire Television ITV Director: Mark Murray
100 Greatest Movies Yorkshire Television ITV Director: Simon Toyne
Best Ever Bond Yorkshire Television ITV Director: John Piper
James Bond’s Greatest Hits NorthOne Television Channel 4 Director: Stephen Franklin
50 Greatest Documentaries Radar Productions Channel 4 Director: Gerard Barry
Top 10 Easy Listening Chrysalis Television Channel 4 Director: Ricky Kelehar
Top 10 60’s Soul Chrysalis Television Channel 4 Director: Ricky Kelehar
Top 10 Pop Queens Chrysalis Television Channel 4 Director: Tina Flintoff

History Documentary Credits

Title Production Co. Network Director/Producer
Radical Lives - Thomas Paine Directors Cut Productions BBC Director: Chris Walker
Most Evil, multiple episodes Optomen NY Discovery Director: Various
Days That Shook The World – Yeager Lion TV BBC & Discovery Director: Matthew Whiteman
Hiroshima BBC BBC Director: Cameron Balbirnie
Timewatch - Mao, The Last Emperor Antelope Films BBC Director: Jeremy Bennett
Evel Knivel BBC BBC Director: Mike Wadding
The History Detectives, Pretty Boy Floyd Lion TV PBS Director: Candice Weiner
Secret Lives - Errol Flynn Hart Ryan Channel 4 Director: Nick Read
The Great Egyptians Café TLC Director: Peter Spry-Leverton

 

Current Affairs Documentary Credits

Title Production Co. Network Director/Producer
We Are Many Amirani Media Theatrical Director: Amir Amirani
9/11: State of Emergency Nutopia History & Channel 4 Director: Neil Rawls
Ten Ways to Kill Bin Laden October Films History Channel Director: Steve Webb
Tsunami: Caught on Camera Darlow Smithson Channel 4 Director: Janice Sutherland
Tiger Woods: The Rise and Fall Fresh One Channel 4 Director: Jacques Peretti
Kill It, Skin It, Wear It, RDF Channel 4 Director: Victoria Silver
The Girl in The Box Gecko Productions Channel 5 Director: Chris Martin
Underworld II - Los Angeles Wall to Wall Television National Geographic Director: Tom Willis
HelicopterWars, 2 X 60 minutes Windfall Films National Geographic & Channel 5 Director: Richard Max
Biker Gangs, 2 X 60 minutes Wall to Wall Television National Geographic & Channel 5 Director: Tim Lambert
Terry Pratchett on Alzheimer’s IWC Media BBC Director: Charlie Russell
Louis Theroux's Plastic Surgery BBC BBC Director: Emma Cooper
Panorama - Stalkers (2007) BBC BBC Director: Susan O’Keefe
Oklahoma Bomb: The Conspiracy Files BBC BBC Director: Ivan O’Mahoney
California: The Man in the Mansion BBC BBC Director: Jeremy Monblat
Hells Angels BBC BBC Director: Sam Bagnall
Black Metal BBC BBC Director: Sam Bagnall
Car Junkies - The SUV BBC BBC Director: Ben Fox
Inside Story - Boy Crazy BBC BBC Director: James Kent
Fashion Victim - Gianni Versace Littlebird Productions BBC & HBO Director: James Kent
Priestly Sins - Sex and the Church Oxford TV BBC & HBO Director: Nick Read
Inside Story - Polygamy Claxton Productions BBC & A&E Director: Nicholas Claxton
Anatomy of a Takedown - BTK Wall to Wall Television Discovery Director: Alex Dunlop
Deluge, The Story of Katrina Brook Lapping Discovery Producer: Phil Craig
Supersize vs. Superskinny Endermol UK Channel 4 Director: Kitty Walshe
Mississippi Burning, Re-match IWC Media Channel 4 Director: Ross Wilson
Model Schoolgirls IWC Media Channel 4 Director: Ross Wilson
Cutting Edge - Elizabeth Smart Darlow Smithson Channel 4 Director: James Kent
Dispatches - The Case Against War Barroclough Carrey Channel 4 Director: George Carey
China: Born Under the Red Flag Ambrica Productions Channel 4 & PBS Director: Sue Williams
The Big Story - The Crack Conspiracy Twenty Twenty ITV Director: Stephen Ross
The Big Story - The Cocaine Connection Twenty Twenty ITV Director: Mark Lewis
East Timor, Death of a Nation Central TV ITV Director: David Munro

 

Series Credits

Title Production Co. Network Director/Producer
Who Do You Think You Are? (US) 23 x 1 hour Shed Media N.B.C. & TLC Director: Various
The ‘00’s A New Reality, 2 x 2 hours Nutopia National Geographic Producer: Fred Hepburn
The ‘90’s The Last Great Decade?, 3 x 2 hours Nutopia National Geographic Producer: Fred Hepburn
The ‘80’s The Decade that Made Us?, 6 x 1 hour Nutopia National Geographic Producer: Fred Hepburn
Street Genius 12 x 30 minutes, Renegade Pictures National Geographic Producer: Mike Miller
Drugs, Inc. 5 x 1 hour Wall to Wall Television National Geographic Producer: Chris Lent
Top Gear USA Season II & IV, 9 x 1 hour BBC History Channel Producer: John Hesling
Surviving Disaster, 9 x 1 hour Shed Media Spike Producer: Nathaniel Grouielle
Mysteries of the Museum, multipal episodes Optomen NY Travel Channel Various
Horizon, 14+ x 1 hour, BBC BBC Various
The South Bank Show, 14+ x 1 hour BBC LWT Various

 

Commercial, Corporate & Music Video DP Credits

Title Production Co. Network Director/Producer
JIF/CIF Commercial Cowboy Films Director: Simon Delaney
Game Show Network Promos Crossroads Films Director: Steve Eschelman
ABC Network Station Promos Crossroads Films Director: Steve Eschelman
ABC N.H.L. Station Promos Crossroads Films Director: Steve Eschelman
Nokia 810 Launch Film Jack Morton Productions Director: Matthew McConaghy
Jaguar & Landrover Corporates Arnold + Bollingbroke Director: Craig McCall
I Like to Move It - Music Video EMI Music Director: Craig McCall

Equipment

Cameras owned

  • Arri Amira
  • Sony PDW-F800 XD-CAM
  • Canon C300
  • Canon XF-305 (Pal and NTSC)
  • Canon 5D MkIII
  • Canon zoom and Zeiss prime lenses

Other equipment includes

  • Teradek wireless video transmitter system
  • Portable jib, track and dolly and time lapse motion control slider
  • POV cameras and Sound Devices PIX240 SSD recorder
  • HMI, LED, Kino Flo, Dedo and tungsten lighting packages.

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