SAM McCURDY   BSC

 

Career: 'I started in a very traditional manner I guess. Started as a trainee, moved to loader, focus, operator and then finally DP. I think I realized I wanted to be behind a camera after seeing all the great movies of the late 70s early 80s. I know its not a period that people would say was that special, but it was when I really got into movies. When I realized that movies can do more than just inform you about the past, when movies were fun.'

Ph commercials for Disneyland, Adidas, McDonald's, a.o.

Member of the BSC since 2009.

Website: Sam McCurdy


 

 FILMS

1995

Killing Time [Bharat Nalluri] c; 2uc: Kenneth Dodds; released in 1998

1996

Preaching to the Perverted [Stuart Urban] c; 2uc: James Aspinall & Charles Shenstone

1997

Douglas and the Flour Baby [Aimee Jackson] c; short/11m; cph: Sol Papadopoulos

1997

Sins of the Father [Peter Chapman] s16/c; short/13m

1998

Billy's Present [Richard Johnstone] c; short/15m

1998

Psyche Out [Stewart Svaasand] ?; short/10m

1998

Mrs Buchan [Rachel Mathews] c; short/10m; also ep of Channel4 tv-series 'Shooting Gallery'

1999

Nasty Neighbours [Debbie Isitt] b&w-c; cph: Simon Reeves; ph Australia: Damon Escott

1999

Combat [Neil Marshall] 16mm/c; short/8m

1999

Lava [Joe Tucker] s16-35bu/c; uncred cph; cph: Ian Liggett & Roger Eaton (+ 2uc); addph: Shane Daly

2000

Everyone's Happy [Frances Lea] dv-to-35mm/c; 64m

2000

Revelation [Stuart Urban] Hawk Scope/c; 2uc: Shane Daly

2001

Dog Soldiers [Neil Marshall] s16-35bu/c

2001

Danny & His Amazing Teeth [Rachel Mathews] c; short/10m

2002

How We Met [Rachel Mathews] DigiBeta/b&w-c; short/9m

2003

Cold and Dark [Andrew Goth] scope/c; 2uc: Balázs Bolygó

2004

The Descent [Neil Marshall] s35/c; 2uc: Rodrigo Gutierrez; aph: David McKay; filmed 2004-05

2005

The Sick House/The Sickhouse/The Prey [Curtis Radclyffe] HD (Panasonic AJ-HDC27)-to-35mm scope/c; replaced Anthony Dod Mantle, who left because of the on-off nature of the project

2006

Outlaw [Nick Love] HD-to-35mm scope/c; 2uc: Jonathan Garwes; addph: Luke Scott

 

[Right] with dir Martin Weisz - "The Hills Have Eyes II"

 

2006

The Hills Have Eyes II [Martin Weisz] s35/c; 2uc: Erik Alexander Wilson

2007

Doomsday [Neil Marshall] s35/c; 2uc: Giulio Biccari (South Africa) & Peter Field (London); vfx ph: Peter Talbot; aph: John Marzano

2008

Jennifer's Body [Karyn Kusama] left prod during pre-production; film was ph by M. David Mullen

2008

The Descent: Part 2 [Jon Harris] s35 (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2nd doph: Peter Wignall; addph: Balázs Bolygó; aph: James Swanson

2008

Dread [Anthony DiBlasi] scope/c; 2uc: Balázs Bolygó

2009

Centurion/The Ninth Legion [Neil Marshall] s35/c; 2uc: Balázs Bolygó & Rodrigo Gutierrez; aph: Adam Dale & John Marzano

2009

StreetDance 3D [Max Giwa & Dania Pasquini] RED+HD (Silicon Imaging SI-2K)-to-D-Cinema (3-D)/c; 2uc: Balázs Bolygó; aph: Jeremy Braben

2009

Every Occupation Needs a Party/Babes of Baghdad [Stuart Urban] HD (Panasonic DVCPRO)-to-35mm/c; short/24m; cph: Shane Daly; doc ph: Simon Lykke, Scott Peters & S. Urban; a shorter (3-D) version was shot with Silicon Imaging equipment

2010

The Devil's Double [Lee Tamahori] s35+RED-to-35mm scope (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Jan Vrints

2010

TT3D: Closer to the Edge [Richard De Aragues] RED (3-D)/c; doc/104m; 2uc; ph: Thomas Kürzl

2010

Knights of Badassdom [Joe Lynch] c

2010

Horrid Henry The Movie [Nick Moore] RED (3-D)+HD (Silicon Imaging SI-2K)/c

2011

The Collection [Marcus Dunstan] Hawk Scope (+ D-Cinema)/c; addph Los Angeles: Jules Labarthe; 2uc: Marc Dobiecki

2011

The Devil's Dosh [Zachary Guerra] scope/c; short/25m; ph phase 1 (March); ph phase 2 (August): Maxime Alexandre; the announced ph was David Higgs

2011

StreetDance 2 [Max Giwa & Dania Pasquini] RED+HD (Silicon Imaging SI-2K)-to-D-Cinema (also 3-D version)/c

 

"The Halloween Kid"

 

2011

The Halloween Kid [Axelle Carolyn] HD (ARRI ALEXA)/c; short/7m

2012

House of Hell/House of Hades [Ian Paterson] pre-production

2012

One Day in Hell [Tim Hart] HD/c; short/20m

2013

The Legend of Hercules/Hercules: The Legend Begins/Hercules 3D [Renny Harlin] RED Epic-to-35mm scope (+ D-Cinema [also 3-D version])/c; 2uc: Ross W. Clarkson

2013

The Legend of William Tell: 3D [Eric Brevig] pre-production; scheduled to start filming in September; status unknown

2013

Rise [David Karlak] c; short (test film for feature film project)/5m; cph: Christopher Probst, Roman Vasyanov & Perry Ho

2015

Krystof: Ty a já [Karin Babinská] HD/c; music video/6m

2015

Le Mans 3D - Racing Is Everything [James Erskine] HD (Phantom Flex)+RED Epic/c; doc/90m; race unit ph: Joel Devlin, Paul Williams & Jon Beacham

2015

Becoming [Omar Naim] announced; scheduled to start shooting in July

2015

Emperor [Lee Tamahori] HD/c

2015

A United Kingdom [Amma Asante] scope/c; 2uc: Steven Hall

2016

Dark Heart/Dark Heart AKA Wagstaffe [Colin Teague] c; 2uc: Ciaran Kavanagh

 

 TELEVISION

1999

Boheme [Tony Britten] reworking of Puccini opera/93m/BetaSP; for Channel 5 (2000)

1999

Metrosexuality [Rikki Beadle-Blair] 6-part series; other ph: John Handler & Matt Gray; ep #1 (ph: M. Gray) was piloted in August 1999 under the title 'Heterosexuality' (as ep #1) in the 6-part series 'Acts of Passion'; for Channel 4 (2001)

1999

Fugee Girl [Frances Lea] tvm/30m; ep #5 of 6-part series 'Acts of Passion'; for Channel 4

2002

20 Things to Do Before You're 30 [Otto Bathurst & Jonathan Fox Bassett] 8-part series, 2003; for Channel 4

2003

The Hothouse [drama ep (23m) 'Harry and the Hormones' dir by Mark Martin] 12-part drama + doc series, 2003 & 2005; 1st season; for ITV Tyne Tees

2003

Teachers [ep #25 dir by Jonathan Fox Bassett] 39-part (+ 1 special) series/DigiBeta, 2001-04; 3rd season; for Channel 4

2004

Teachers [ep #33 dir by Barnaby Southcombe] 4th season; see 2003

2005

Hex [ep #11 'With a Little Help from My Friends: Part 2' dir by Brian Grant, #12 'Noir' dir by Andy Goddard & #13 'Where the Heart Is' dir by Julian Murphy] 18-part series/s16, 2004-05; 2nd season; for Sky1

2006

Wire in the Blood [ep #16 'Torment' dir by Declan O'Dwyer & #18 'Wounded Surgeon' dir by Peter Hoar] 31-part series, 2002-08; 4th season; for ITV1

2007

Wire in the Blood [special (ep #23) 'Prayer of the Bone' dir by Declan O'Dwyer] 90m/s16; aired 2008; see 2006

2008

Wire in the Blood [ep #24 'Unnatural Vices: Part 1' dir by Peter Hoar (PH), #25 'Unnatural Vices: Part 2' dir by PH, #28 'From the Defeated: Part 1' dir by Declan O'Dwyer (DO) & #29 'From the Defeated: Part 2' dir by DO] 6th season; see 2006

2009

The Street [ep #14-15 dir by Terry McDonough] 18-part series, 2006-09; 3rd season, 2009 (6 ep); for BBC1

2009

Macbeth [Rupert Goold] tvm/RED (scope); for BBC4

2011

Game of Thrones [ep #19 'Blackwater' dir by Neil Marshall] series/HD (ARRI ALEXA), 2011-present; 2nd season, 2012 (10 ep); for HBO-tv

2011

Merlin [ep #51-52 'The Sword in the Stone (Part One & Two)' dir by Alice Troughton] 65-part series, 2008-12; 4th season/s35-to-HD, 2011 (13 ep)

2012

Fresh Meat [ep #9-10 dir by David Kerr] 30-part series, 2011-16; 2nd season/HD (ARRI ALEXA Plus), 2012 (8 ep); for Channel 4

2012

Last Tango in Halifax/Antony and Cleopatra [ep #4-6 dir by Sam Donovan] series/HD (ARRI ALEXA Plus), 2012-present; 1st season (6 ep), 2012; cph: Alan Almond

2012

Merlin [ep #64-65 'The Diamond of the Day (Part One & Two)' dir by Justin Molotnikov] 5th season/s35-to-HD, 2012 (13 ep); see 2011

2012

Frankie [ep #3-4 dir by Alice Troughton & #5-6 dir by Ashley Way] 6-part series, 2013; other ph: Mark Waters (#1-2); for BBC1

2012

Agatha Christie's Marple [ep #22 'Greenshaw's Folly' dir by Sarah Harding] 23-part series, 2004-13; 6th season/HD, 2013 (3 ep)

2013

The Musketeers [ep #8 'The Challenge' dir by Farren Blackburn (FB) & #10 'Musketeers Don't Die Easily' dir by FB] 30-part series/HD (ARRI ALEXA), 2014-16; 1st season, 2014 (10 ep); other ph: Mike Spragg, Tim Fleming & Stephan Pehrsson

2013

The Game [ep #4-6 dir by Daniel O'Hara] 6-part series/HD, 2014; other ph: Urszula Pontikos

2014

The Interceptor [ep #1-2 dir by Farren Blackburn] 8-part series/RED Dragon (scope), 2015

2015

The Bastard Executioner [ep #4 'A Hunger/Newyn' dir by Ciaran Donnelly] 10-part series, 2015; other ph: Mike Spragg, Henry Braham & Denis Crossan

2015

Crossing Lines [ep #23 'Redux' dir by Niall MacCormick (NM), #24 'Whistleblower' dir by NM, #26 'In Loco Parentis' dir by Susan Tully (ST), #28 'Executioner' dir by ST & #33 'Penalty' dir by Michael Wenning] series, 2013-present; 3rd season/HD, 2015 (12 ep)

2016

Timeless [pilot dir by Neil Marshall] series/HD, 2016-present; 1st season, 2016-17 (16 ep); 2uc: Ciaran Kavanagh

2016

Britannia [ep #4-5 dir by Luke Watson] 10-part series, 2017; for Sky-tv & Amazon Prime Video

 

 MISCELLANEOUS

2004

Ricky Gervais Live 2 - Politics [Dominic Brigstocke] ph film inserts (16mm) for this stand-up comedy show (68m; also on tv and DVD); show filmed June (The Palace Theatre, London, UK)