I've been creating images since I was a little kid, when I once collected hundreds of popsicle sticks in exchange for my first cheap, plastic camera. I ate alot of popsicles that summer and kept the family dentist very busy!
Growing up, I often watched my father hand-developing rolls of black-and-white film at home, in the dark of a bedroom closet...although I couldn't really see anything, since it was pitch black in there.
Movies have always interested me. My father took me to see "2001: A Space Odyssey" the year it came out. I was about 7 years old and very impressionable, although I can't remember what he said when I asked him what that funny, burning smell was in the theatre.
After high school and a brief stint as a mailman, I was accepted into the 4 year film studies program at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute, where I learned how to shoot and edit film and load an Arri BL with my eyes closed.
Since those halycon days of film school, I've gone on to shoot a wide range of films and videos which have been seen in festivals around the world, including the Toronto International Film Festival, the Montreal World Film Festival and have been broadcast on the CBC, TVOntario, BBC, Vision TV, VH1, MuchMoreMusic, CityTV, The A-Channel and Fashion Television.
In 2010 I was nominated for a Canadian Society of Cinematographer's award for best short film. I didn't win, but I got to drink some nice champagne and hang out with some cool people.
I'm an Associate Member of the CSC [Canadian Society of Cinematographers], the Documentary Organization of Canada and the Digital Cinema Society.
Some of the clients I have shot for include Dell Computers, World Vision Canada, the BBC, RIM, The Ontario Nurses' Association, ACTRA, Toronto International Film Festival, The Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada, The Aids Committee of Toronto, Toronto Film Studios, Government of Ontario, Bonne Bell Cosmetics, Royal Botanical Gardens, Workopolis and many others.
Here's a couple of kind things people have said about me:
"I am finally breaking down the footage we shot in Toronto, and I just wanted to tell you how great you made it look. I know that room was tough and the schedule was tight, but you really did a terrific job, and I think it looks really good." - Paul Allman, Producer/Director, New York'"
"As a director of photography, Greg has an exceptional eye - an uncanny ability to visualize compelling imagery in any scene, capturing the perfect shot one might never even know was there. From production to post, Greg dives in head-first, never afraid of deadline limitations or last-minute adjustments, and always mindful of the final result." - Scott Wise, Designer
I'm passionate about what I do and would love to help you tell your story!