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Michael Downey

Director Of Photography

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New York, USA

Istanbul, Turkey

About Me

Michael Downey is a director and DOP whose client list includes Channel 4, the BBC, The New York Times, VICE, PBS and other media outlets.He most recently covered the Russian invasion of Ukraine for The New York Times. Over the past 10 years, Downey has covered major political events in the MENA region such as the 2020 Beirut blast, the civil war... Read More

Michael Downey is a director and DOP whose client list includes Channel 4, the BBC, The New York Times, VICE, PBS and other media outlets.

He most recently covered the Russian invasion of Ukraine for The New York Times. Over the past 10 years, Downey has covered major political events in the MENA region such as the 2020 Beirut blast, the civil wars in Libya and Syria, the Syrian
refugee crisis in Lebanon, the 2011 Arab Spring uprising in Egypt, as well as the conflict in Iraq.

Downey has also worked on several feature documentaries and series. In 2022, he was approached by Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker Rita Baghdadi to assist as
an additional cinematographer on "Sirens", a coming-of-age documentary that has since been selected by Sundance. In 2018, he worked as DOP with award-winning Chef Nigel Slater OBE on the "Nigel Slater's Middle East" TV miniseries. In 2016,
he worked alongside Academy Award-winning Director Eva Orner on her film "Chasing Asylum", which won an AACTA Award for Best Feature Length Documentary.

In 2022, he received the Picture of the Year International’s Documentary Award of Excellence for his short documentary on the dying bird language in northern Turkey. Michael is currently working on a blue-chip series focusing on the Arctic and
scheduled to air in 2023. Read Less

Professional Training

Course / QualificationTraining Provider / InstitutionYear
HEFAT - Hostile Environment and First Aid Training / BBC / 2018
HEFAT - Hostile Environment and First Aid Training BBC2018

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  • Media I Work In:

    Broadcast Television

    Commercials

    Feature Film

    Online Content

    Short Film

    Non Broadcast

    Video on demand

  • Locations I can work in:

    Work Anywhere

  • Language:

    Arabic (Conversational)

    English (Fluent)

  • Skills/Permits:

    Driving Licence

    Drone Pilot (CAA PFAW)

    Edit Producing

    First Aid

    FX9

    Glider Pilot

    Hostile Environment

    I Visa USA

    PADI Diving Licence

    Script Writing

    Secret Filming

    Skiing

    Snowboarding

    Storytelling

  • Technical Skills:

    4K

    Adobe Lightroom

    Adobe Photoshop

    Adobe Premiere

    Arri Alexa Mini

    Arri Alexa XT

    Arri Alexa XT M

    Arri Alexa XT PLUS

    Arri Alexa XT Studio

    ARRI AMIRA

    Canon 5D MKIII

    Canon C300 Mark II

    Canon C300 Mark III

    Canon EOS C100

    Canon EOS C100 MKII

    Canon EOS C300

    Colour

    DaVinci Resolve

    DSLR

    FCP

    Final Cut Pro X

    Fixed Rig Experience

    GoPro

    Lighting

    Lighting Camera

    Lighting Camera Person

    Multicamera Directing

    Phantom HD High Speed

    Red EPIC-M

    Red EPIC-X

    RED One MX

    Red Raven

    Red SCARLET-W

    Red Weapon Forged

    Red Weapon Magnesium

    Red Weapon Woven

    Remote Location Training

    Self Shooting

    Single Camera Directing

    Sony a7S II

    Sony PMW-F55

    Sony PXW-FS5

    Sony PXW-FS7

    Sony PXW-FX9

    Steadicam

    Studio Experience

    Underwater Filming

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