Training in visual arts, at the City Art Institute (COFA),
Simon entered the production industry in advertising and feature film lighting, graduating with a Best Boy credit on The Frighteners' , Sir Peter Jackson's horror – comedy, and visual fx tour de force.
Concurrently, he was developing a stop motion photographic resume with production company Flying Gherkin International, highlights include the William S Burroughs novella adaptation, The Junkys Christmas (USA), a lauded short black and white music film, scored by The Disposable Heroes of Hipophrisy; and a music video for international act Alice In Chains, completed with claymation and puppetry techniques.
He completed a Masters Degree in Cinematography (Drama) at AFTRS, and early professional work chiefly involved the acquisition of filmic elements for animation and title designers' in the field of broadcast design, and later, practical FX elements for feature film title sequences including “Willfull” and “Charlotte Grey” for Animal Logic.
A music video focus as a director/cinematographer yielded projects exclusively in black and white for Australian artists including Leonardo’s Bride, The Whitlams, and Karma County. The former attaining an Aria Gold Record.
Live action television commercial and network promo work followed,
including Australian Cinematographer Society awards for high speed cinematography work at state and national levels.
Recent years have re-focussed Simon’s specialisation in mixed-media cinematography, combining live action and in-camera techniques, a recent highlight being a re-imagining of James Wan's production company title for Atomic Monster.
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