Damian Daniel

Director of photography (DoP) Damian Daniel reveals how he shot Against the Tides.

Damian Daniel talks to director Delyth Thomas about the challenges he faced filming Against the Tides, a documentary following extreme open water swimmer Beth French. The cinematographer captured the shots of Beth as they crossed the seven most dangerous sea channels in the world.

From keeping close-up shots in focus, while leaning over the edge of a boat to capturing an unexpected encounter with a shark, Damian shares what cameras he used and what was involved in making the award-winning film.

The second half of the video sheds a light on how he approached filming interviews with some of the greatest black filmmakers in Hollywood for documentary series Black Hollywood: They’ve Gotta Have Us.

Damian also explains how he got into the industry and gives his tips for anyone wanting to become a DoP.

Watch the trailers to see Damian's work:

About Damian Daniel

Damian Daniel was a BAFTA Brit to Watch. His work spans documentary, drama, commercials and features. He shot the award-winning Against the Tides and RTS-nominated Black Hollywood: They’ve Gotta Have Us which was picked up by Ava DuVernay’s company and is now streaming on Netflix US. He has worked as a 2nd unit DoP on Idris Elba’s In the Long Run, Call the Midwife, numerous short films and is a regular contributor to Getty Images. Find out more about him at Damian Paul Daniel DoP.

About Delyth Thomas

BAFTA-nominated director Delyth Thomas is equally at home with raw talent and household names. She has worked with Sir Lenny Henry, Julian Fellowes, Idris Elba, Nina Wadia, Julia McKenzie, Jenna Coleman, Brenda Blethyn amongst many others. Her credits range from the iconic The Story of Tracy Beaker, The Worst Witch, and lately Victoria and Vera. Fnd out more about her at Delyth Thomas director.

About this event

This event took place on 14 May 2020. It was supported by the ScreenSkills Television Skills Fund which invests in training for the freelance television workforce thanks to contributions from the BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5. It's part of a ScreenSkills programme managed by the Indie Training Fund to support freelancers to upskill and stay connected, helping keep the industry resilient during the coronavirus crisis.

If you are interested in becoming a cinematographer, go to ScreenSkills film and TV drama director of photography.