BEN ALLAN ACS

cinematographer/producer

Ben Allan’s earliest memories are of living in a former gold rush town in the Australian outback and a small island in the middle of the South Pacific.

Ben wrote, directed and edited his first 60 minute science fiction film when he was just 11 years old. By 13, he was being paid to shoot wedding videos, and at 14, he was recruited by a local camera store to teach customers how to use cameras. After leaving high school at 17, Ben worked briefly in radio.

He had discovered cinematography at the age of 15 by chance when he stumbled upon an old copy of American Cinematographer in a second hand bookshop and by 21, he was a senior TV cameraman at a local TV station. Then at 27, Ben became the youngest person to ever be award the ACS letters (the Australian Cinematographer’s Society prestigious stamp of excellence).

Ben’s work in film has garnered him numerous cinematography awards and his pioneering work with High Definition cinematography established Ben as an international HD master, regularly consulted by filmmakers from around the world.

Ben’s projects as cinematographer include the TV drama “Albert’s Chook Tractor”, the pilot for the documentary series “The Entrepreneurs”, the IMAX documentary “Knights Of The Sea”, episodes for the TV series “All Saints” & “City Homicide”, and the short drama “Sexy Thing” which screened in Official Selection at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival. He has over 1,500 TV commercials credits.

In 2007, Ben established The Film Bakery with his wife and long-term collaborator Writer/Director Clara Chong to be able to create short & long-form projects from concept through to delivery completely in- house. The Film Bakery’s projects include work for Audi Australia, Apple USA and the Australian Government (DEEWR).

Ben has also lectured at AFTRS, KVB Academy, Metro Screen, the University of NSW, Sydney International Film School and has written many articles about filmmaking and cinematography for such publications as Australian Cinematographer Magazine, Inside Film (IF) Magazine, Digital Media World and presented several technical papers at SMPTE conferences.