Simon Thirlaway is a Director of Photography represented by the Los Angeles-based Sheldon Prosnit Agency. Simon Thirlaway’s cinematographic oeuvre extends to a diverse range of commercials, music videos, live concerts, and feature-length films. Over the years, he has filmed commercials for brands such as Fanta, Coffee-mate, Kindle eBook, and Doritos. Mr. Thirlaway has provided cinematography for dozens of music videos, including “Chillin” by Wale and featuring Lady Gaga, Rob Thomas’ “Little Wonders,” John Meyer’s “Half My Heart,” and Jason Derulo’s “Ridin Solo.” He has additionally undertaken cinematographic responsibilities on live concerts featuring Muse, Metallica, and John Tesh and directed by Wayne Isham. Simon Thirlaway began his career in London, engaging in lighting and electrician capacities on film productions. He notably served as electrician on the 1997 Pet Shop Boys: Somewhere video documentary. In 1999, he was best boy for the Tim Roth-directed drama The War Zone and in 2005 he was electrician for the Hollywood film Hard Candy. Mr. Thirlaway gained recognition in 2008 for his pioneering work in utilizing a Red One digital camera. He had previously utilized digital cameras such as Thomson’s Grass Valley Viper and Sony’s F950 and F900 Cine Alta models, but the Doritos cinema ad represented the first such use of the Red One camera. He filmed the 30-second teaser in a number of distinct environments, including a paparazzi-filled crowd and a live-concert venue. Simon Thirlaway has since filmed a number of projects utilizing the Red One, including commercials for Der Wienerschnitzel, Ford/American Idol, Toyota, POMx, and Guitar Hero 5. 

Work experience

Work experience
2000 - Present

Director of Photography

Sheldon Prosnit Agency