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Matthew Caton

San Francisco, California

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Is a seasoned DP who has shot Emmy winning documentaries, multi-cam television, and commercials over the last 20 years. Clients include HBO, NBC, ESPN, Bravo, A&E, MTV, Travel, and HGTV. Matthew specializes in delivering high production value with small crews. Recently relocated to SF from NYC, Matthew brings big market quality and travels locally and internationally for projects.


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My documentary work includes an Emmy winner for HBO, and an Emmy nominated film by activist Jose Antonio Vargas for MTV, I have also shot multiple films for ESPN's 30 for 30 series. My interest in telling real stories and exploring cultures has brought me from native villages in the Amazon to Neo-Nazi meetings in Germany and filming eunuchs in India. I pride myself on blending in easily into different cultures and allowing the characters and story to unfold naturally.

In television I have photographed everything from stylized sports promos, travel, fashion, home building and decorating shows, and personality-driven reality. I have shot UFC Fighter Profiles, the sexy training and portrait work that plays before the fight, for ESPN and FOX Sports for over 8 years. I have traveled the US as DP for bio and post packages for all four seasons of the hit A&E prison show “60 Days In.” On the complete other end of that... I am a Bravo network approved DP with series DP credit for Bravo shows using up to 6 cameras in both their reality and documentary styles. I also recently shot a Discovery ID special with reenactments all over northern California and Nevada, working with producers remotely to bring their vision to life.

My lighting and documentary background have also positioned me well for the world of branded content and commercials. I have worked with companies like Meredith/Time and Vayner Media on pieces for brands like Adidas, Crown Royal, JC Penney, and State Farm among others.

Music is another great passion and I am fortunate to have filmed many of my favorite acts in music videos, studio sessions, and live concerts. I have shot studio sessions with John Legend, John Mayer, and Natasha Beddingtonn as well as live performances with Common, Spoon, John Prine, Bon Iver, Sigor Ros, XX, and many others.

I love working with new clients and I can supply a one stop shop for small productions while sourcing great crew, gear, and any additional support.

I have been in the industry since 1998.

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