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.
During the past 10 years, as a cinematography educator, Cox has delivered Creative Skillset funded outreach programmes for 14 year-olds [Highbury 2011] and two professional one-year craft extension programmes for LFS.She works internationally; co-led Light as Inspiration workshops with Nic Knowland BSC [Jamaica, 2010], advising European films school on curriculum evaluation boards and assimilating digital theories and work practices into their curriculum.Cox presented Teaching Cinematography into the Digital Age [Budapest 2011] and more recently at Seeing Light at Three layers of Story Telling [Budapest 2016].Harriet participated at the Round Table for film schools, Image Aesthetic at the time of digital cinema [Poitiers 2013] and Cinematography in Progress [Brussels 2014]. Most recently Harriet was a speaker on the Women in Cinematography panel at Cinefest [Bristol, 2015] and the BSC EXPO panel Creativity through Discipline in Digital film making [London 2016].