Simon Christidis – Cinematographer

Simon Christidis ACS

With over 30 years experience in the film industry, and becoming a leading water cinematography expert, Simon Christidis ACS is highly regarded as one of the top water cinematographers in the world. In addition, Simon shoots dry feature films, television programs, documentaries, television commercials and is a licensed drone operator.

Simon has vast experience in:

  • Directing
  • Ocean Filming
  • Tank Filming
  • Surface/Sub-Surface Filming
  • Cave Diving
  • Underwater Photography
  • Drone Operating

Background // Expertise

Simon grew up in Fremantle, Western Australia. He started surfing when he was eight years old and has always had a fascination with cameras in the water.

He builds and customises his own housings, which gives him a very big advantage in creating unique shots for all water conditions.

Accreditations

Throughout Simon’s extensive cinematography career, he has earnt a series of award-winning mentions and accreditations:

  • Australian Cinematography Society (ACS Accreditation)
  • Oceans, GOLD in Wildlife / Nature Category
  • Australian Open Swimming Championships
  • Underwater Housings, Innovative Equipment Awards

As well as extensive accreditations, Simon is also well known for custom building his own specialist underwater and surf housings which are ‘one-offs’ and highly sought after on feature films around the world involving water cinematography. Simon’s wet port system allows him to shoot on the water surface without visible run off or drop offs of water, which is extremely difficult to achieve.  He has this unique talent of being able to seamlessly transition from underwater to above water while having the lens splashed, yet not impact the quality of the shot. His specialist water cinematography technique has been used in many feature films, televisions shows, commercials and documentaries, with very impressive results. He is well known for filming some of the hardest underwater sequences, while making his underwater camera ability appear very simple.

Simon has a very strong sense of composition and as actors move through the water, he tells that story with the camera which allows him to give directors the best possible camera operating in all water conditions. The depth of his experience and expertise in the film industry and as a leading water cinematographer, enables Simon to read movement of actors and actresses underwater and to completely tell the story that directors require to capture their vision for the story.

What sets Simon Christidis ACS apart from his peers, is his ability to: customize his own underwater housings, operate in all water conditions, frame at the highest standard in all water conditions, and light and consult on many underwater scenes.

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