Mari Yamamura

Mari Yamamura

Director of Photography

  • Location: South West England
  • Career stage: Experienced
  • Freelancer: Available
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Mari Yamamura is a Japanese director of photography based in the UK. She initially studied Economics at Southampton University and then worked in an advertising agency in Tokyo. However, her dream to become a painter eventually lead her to filmmaking and she studied Film and Photographic Arts at University of Westminster. She subsequently started as a camera trainee and worked her way up through the camera department mainly in TV dramas and commercials. Her credits as a focus puller include “Doctor Who”, "Torchwood", "Being Human", “Dracula”, “VW”, “Nike”, "IKEA", “RBS”, "Stephen Hawking's Universe", "David Gray" and "Chemical Brothers".

As a DoP, Mari shot her first feature "Kesulat" in 2016 and, in the same year, a short piece “Gwynfor” was selected for BSC New Cinematographers Night screening. Over the years, she has shot TV dramas such as “Doctors” and “River City” for BBC Studios, corporate videos for Panasonic 100 Years celebration and Skype, music videos for Sophie Ellis-Bextor and The Wombats, as well as short films, which were screened at BAFTA-recognised short film festivals. She has been a BAFTA Crew member since 2013.

Mari is DBS checked and has completed courses, ‘Safe Management of TV Productions’, ‘BBC Working With Children’ and ‘BBC Production Safety’.

This ScreenSkills member holds a Production Safety Passport.

Safe Management of Productions

First Option

10th January 2018 - 10th January 2023

Work History

Director of Photography - "River City" BBC Scotland

Oct 2019 - Dec 2019

Director of Photography - "Doctors" BBC Studios

Oct 2017 - Nov 2017

Director of Photography - "Kesulat" Dardan Pictures

Apr 2016 - May 2016


BA Hons in Film, Video and Phtographic Arts (Film Pathway) - 2.1 - University of Westminster

Sep 1996 - Jun 1999

BSc in Single Hons Economics - 2.2 - University of Southampton

Sep 1990 - Jun 1993


  • Camera Operating
  • Commercials
  • Corporate Video
  • Director of Photography
  • Documentary
  • Documentary Film
  • Documentary Photography
  • Feature Film
  • Features
  • HETV
  • Lighting
  • Short Film
  • Short filmmaking
  • TV Drama