Callan Green ACS NZCS – Bio – November 2018
Raised in Upper Hutt, New Zealand in the early 1980's – Callan Green was first introduced to the art of photography at the age of 6, after he received a little secondhand stills camera from his mum for being a good boy.
Hundreds of rolls of film later, when Callan was in his early teens, he witnessed a proper 35mm motion picture camera in action while acting in what was later voted "New Zealand’s worst commercial" of 1993. Bad commercial or not - from this point on he was destined to become a cinematographer. By age 17 Callan had left home and set forth on his quest to make it in the film industry.
After 7 years working as a 2nd AC on scores of TVC’s and films including a near 3 year stint in the main unit of The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, Callan was accepted into the AFTRS in Sydney where he gained his MA in cinematography.
Callan is now a prolific award-winning Director of Photography with over 20 years of experience in the camera department. He specialises in commercials especially automotive as well as music promos and drama. Much of his time has been spent shooting in South East Asia, Europe, USA, South Africa and of course Australia and New Zealand where he has a strong understanding of the local industries as well as top class crew contacts.
Various commercial clients have included:
AUDI, Sony Bravia, Cadillac, Tag Heuer, Red Bull, Everlast, Toyota, Johnson and Johnson, Nissan, Mazda, Pepsi, Chevrolet, Bridgestone Tyres, Schweppes, Fiat, Jaguar - Land Rover, Bentley, Mercedes and Aston Martin.
Most recently he has shot music videos for George Michael, James Blunt, One Direction, Pale Waves, The Script, Just Banco and Sam Smith. His short film "Grey Bull" directed by Eddy Bell won best Australian short at the 2014 Melbourne Intl. Film Festival and was nominated for best short film at the AACTAS 2015 and in 2017 Callan was asked to DoP the splinter unit on Disney’s new block buster film “Christopher Robbin” for acclaimed Hollywood director Marc Forster.
While living in Australia, Callan won Gold for 10 consecutive years (2006 - 2015) at the New South Wales State ACS Awards, along with 3 Runner Up National ACS Awards as well as 5 of the highly coveted National ACS Golden Tripods (Music Videos in 2006, 2012 and 2015 and for Commercials in 2010 and 2011).
He also took out the top awards for commercials and music video at the inaugural NZCS awards in 2016. In late 2013 Callan was accredited by the Australian Cinematographers Society, which allows him to use the letters ACS after his name. The same goes for the NZCS who accredited Callan in October 2017.
Callan now lives in West London and is represented by the World Wide Production Agency (WPA) In the Uk and USA.