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Tom Dowler

Los Angeles, California

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I'm a Cinematographer based in Los Angeles, with an extensive track record in documentary, narrative, branded content and music video production.

My first documentary feature, Adele and Everything After was acquired by Gravitas Ventures and released in 2018, after a successful festival run which included both audience and jury awards, and appearances at Cleveland International Film Festival, Boston Independent Film Festival and many others. The narrative short The Brownlist won the short jury prize at Geena Davis' Bentonville Film Festival, and my first feature narrative project, The Great and Terrible Day of the Lord is currently in post-production.

Restarting The Motor City, currently in post-production is a documentary feature about entrepreneurialism in Detroit. I’ve also worked on branded content projects for clients like Thomson Reuters, Red Bull, Siemens, Harry’s Razors, Techstars and Oxford University Press.

I’m also the co-founder of Long Haul Films, which I started with my wife, Director Melissa Dowler.

Coming from a documentary film background, I'm used to working quickly and efficiently to establish strong visuals even with limited time or resources. I love to work with natural light, but am equally comfortable with a full truck of lights.

I'm a story-first cinematographer and love to collaborate with other key creative personnel to determine how camera, lens and lighting choices help tell a meaningful story. I'm an ally and advocate for under-represented filmmakers, and prioritize working with race and gender-diverse crews.

I believe that film is the best way to communicate the human experience, and has the power to help tear down the artificial barriers between different groups of people. I'm privileged to be a part of that.

I have been in the industry since 2010.

Restarting The Motor City promo
Added on 5/8/2016
Restarting the Motor City is a feature-length documentary that will tell the story of how innovation and entrepreneurship is remaking Detroit, and follow the stories of the varied risk-takers united by the belief that Detroit can become a leading global city, and an examination of exactly what it’s going to take to get there. A key part of our approach for the film is to take an idea common in tech and innovation circles – open source – and apply it to a documentary feature. That means sharing details of production and post-production on an unprecedented scale, making our material available for others to remix and repurpose, and engaging our audience not just to consume our story, but to help tell it.

Credits

Director of Photography – Social Studies - Young Citizens

July, 2019 — August, 2019
Corporate – Social Studies

Director of Photography – I'm Independent (2019)

June, 2019 — June, 2019
Corporate – Elevate Public Affairs

Director of Photography – Catalyst Testimonials

June, 2019 — June, 2019
Corporate – Next47

Director of Photography – Lovsky - Blue Suede

April, 2019 — April, 2019
Music Video – Lovsky

Director of Photography – Beacon Capital Partners & ServiceTitan

March, 2019 — April, 2019
Corporate – Beacon Capital Partners

Director of Photography – Fleeting Music Video

March, 2019 — March, 2019
Music Video – Peridot

Director of Photography – Summertime Music Video

March, 2019 — March, 2019
Music Video – Orchid Quartet

Director of Photography – Highland Capital & Catalant

February, 2019 — April, 2019
Corporate – Highland Capital Partners

Director of Photography – Highland Capital & Turbonomic

February, 2019 — April, 2019
Corporate – Highland Capital Partners

Director of Photography – Beacon Capital Partners & Industrious

February, 2019 — March, 2019
Corporate – Beacon Capital Partners

Director of Photography – Social Studies - Active Classroom

February, 2019 — February, 2019
Corporate – Social Studies School Service

Director of Photography – Next47 - Claroty & the Catalyst Program

January, 2019 — February, 2019
Corporate – Next47

Director of Photography – Next47 & Claroty

January, 2019 — February, 2019
Corporate – Next47

Director of Photography – Opportunity Education - Parents' Voices

December, 2018 — February, 2019
Corporate – Opportunity Education Foundation

Director of Photography – Opportunity Education - Students' Voices

December, 2018 — February, 2019
Corporate – Opportunity Education Foundation

Director of Photography – Opportunity Education - Founder's Message

December, 2018 — February, 2019
Corporate – Opportunity Education Foundation

Director of Photography – Opportunity Education - Teachers' Voices

December, 2018 — February, 2019
Corporate – Opportunity Education Foundation

Director of Photography – iRestore Professional

August, 2018 — August, 2018
Commercial – iRestore Laser Therapy

Director of Photography – The Great and Terrible Day of the Lord

March, 2018 — April, 2018
Feature – Jared Jay Mason & Clark Runciman

Director of Photography – The Brownlist

February, 2017 — February, 2017
Short Film – Gawker Productions

Director of Photography – Westworld

December, 2016 — December, 2016
Music Video – Orchid Quartet

Director of Photography – Restarting The Motor City

June, 2015 — December, 2019
Feature – Long Haul Films

Director of Photography – Adele and Everything After

November, 2014 — April, 2016
Feature – Long Haul Films

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