I’ve been a lumberjack, a busker, a poet and a psychiatric nurse. I combined these essential skills to become a Director of Photography.
I shoot Features and TV Drama… with some Docs work, including An Idiot Abroad, the phenomenally successful comedy travel series with Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington. I also produce, direct and shoot corporate films.
Jan Pester recent Work
“Hinterland” a comedy thriller with Eva Birthistle and directed by Douglas Ray is in post-production. Previously amongst other work I photographed The Wicker Tree a quirky “film fantastique” by Robin Hardy, director of the original cult success The Wicker Man with Sir Christopher Lee. I’m in the early stages of a Canadian film with Nicolette Saina with the working title of Le Castle Papier
I’ve got a very very broad background ranging from music videos through “serious” docs (eg. National Geographic) to commercials, low-budget features and major movies like Aliens and The Mission.
I photographed the Bafta-winning TV drama series Shoebox Zoo and in 2008 was EMMY nominated for Best Single Camera Photography on the international children’s drama series Dinosapien.
Jan Pester Details
I’ve got a Master of Arts degree but I trained on the job as a Camera Assistant… on Film. In the 80s and 90s I worked as a documentary cameraman and director, often in hostile environments (jungle, polar etc). I also got a reputation as a Steadicam Operator and spent years working alongside many many great cinematographers at international level.
I have directed and photographed 2nd Unit on several feature films.
I have bases in Glasgow, London and Vancouver. I’m a DoP member of IATSE 669 and have a Canadian Permanent Resident Card.
This means I qualify as a Canadian DoP for Canadian Co-Production Treaty work.
I get on well with all kinds of people and although I take work seriously I like to have fun doing it…