Our first Staff Spotlight video! Are you a budding cinematographer or camera operator? Listen to Harriet Cox, our Head of Cinematography talk about what’s so special about working in the camera department.
LFS Head of Cinematography
Leaving university in the early 1980’s with a degree in Social Anthropology and Visual Studies, Cox’s ambition to become a camerawomen initially led her to joining the camera rental house, Tattooist International, as a camera trainee.From there, she worked her way from Clapper Loader to Focus Puller before becoming the Camera Operator on Distant Voices Still Lives [1988, BFI] and The Long Day Closes [1992, BFI] for British Director Terence Davies.During that period her cinematography credits include documentaries and shorts for the BFI, BBC and Channel 4.
In the mid ‘90’s whilst on a career break, she wrote her thesis Motivating light: the visual legacy of Rembrandt and Vermeer for an MA in Independent Film at The London Institute. Upon her return to work she decided to teach and was appointed Head of the Camera Department at The London Film School in 2000 where she currently teaches and runs the Cinematography department for LFS’ MA Filmmaking programme. For the University of Exeter’ PhD programme, she co-supervises the cinematography practice.