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I've been a cinematographer for over 25 years and have worked across the disciplines. My long collaboration with director Nick Park includes Academy award winners, ‘Wrong Trousers’, ‘A Close Shave’ and ‘Curse of the Were-Rabbit’. My work with other directors has produced BAFTA short winners, ‘Stage Fright’ and ‘The Big Story’ as well as the popular feature films ‘Chicken Run’ and the Academy award nominated, ‘The Fantastic Mr Fox’, 'ParaNorman' and 'Isle of Dogs'.
I was live action cinematographer for the Academy Award nominated 'Loving Vincent' the first fully painted animated movie where live footage is painstakingly overpainted in the style of Van Gogh.
More recently I have worked on 'Coppelia', a reinterpretation of the classical ballet with the Dutch National Ballet where real dancers exist in a fantasy 2D world and 'Where is Anne Frank?' directed by Ari Folman.
I have also worked on the model and animation unit for Wes Anderson's, 'The French Despatch', as well as two further Wes Anderson feature films, 'Winston Sugar' and 'Asteroid City' due for release in 2023.
In the field of commercials, I have filmed a number of significant live action/animation mix campaigns most notably for Sony, Becks, Tesco and Tennants.
A full member of the BSC and of the cinematography chapters of AMPAS & BAFTA, I have sat on the BAFTA Film and Children’s committees with responsibility for children’s and family film and have chaired the animation category awards’ jury on a number of occasions.
I have also mentored students at the NFTS and numerous other film schools around the world.
I am a graduate of the University of Bristol and Bristol Film School. My early success in winning the BP Kodak and Fuji Student Cinematography prizes led to a short period at the Moscow film school before moving into the world of pop promos and commercials which launched my career.
TRISTAN OLIVER BSC
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