Stuart Walters

Stuart has been producing publications for the film and broadcast arena for over 30 years before setting up Laws Publishing as joint founder/publisher of British Cinematographer in 2002. In his time with the magazine Stuart received the BSC ARRI John Alcott Award and has worked closely with the BSC, IMAGO and the GBCT to create one of the most respected and widely read magazines for the industry.

In his early days, Stuart was a director of Kemps Publishing Ltd where he was responsible for developing Kemps Film and Television Year Book (now KFTV) which became one of the world’s leading directories for the film and broadcast industries, he was part of an MBO at Kemps in 1997.

After selling his shareholding in Kemps, Stuart joined McMillan Scott Plc. (which later became part of Ten Alps Publishing Group) as their commercial director. An exciting and challenging move where he further honed his skills being responsible for over 300 titles and managing a large national & commercial sales team before forming Open Box Media & Communications with Samantha in 2001 and Laws Publishing in 2002.

Apart from designing and developing British Cinematographer’s magazine and web site, Open Box has produced a number of publications on behalf of our regional and national film councils as well as the IMAGO International Directory of Cinematographers.

As a contract publisher, their other clients include some of the country's leading medical associations, the UK Science Park Association and a number of the leading built environment industry associations. Open Box have their own design and web production facilities based in the heart of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter.


Samantha Skiller

Samantha has worked in the TV and Film industry for many years starting out working for Kemps on Kemps International Film and Television Yearbook. She became the National training manager at Kemps before joining McMillan-Scott Plc (later became part of Ten Alps Publishing) to launch their new Midlands division. In 2001, she and Stuart Walters bought out the Midlands division of Ten Alps to create Open Box Media & Communications.

Samantha was part of the initial team and investor in Laws Publishing in 2002 and has been a continued investor over the years to help in its success. She has had an integral part behind the scenes maintaining the smooth running of the two companies.

Open Box Media & Communications continue to this day offering a complete publishing service. Clients have included Local and National Government Departments, the CBI, medical Associations such as the British Orthopaedic Association and the Royal College of Surgeons as well as other film related products for Film Commissions across the country.


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Zoe Mutter

Zoe is the editor of British Cinematographer. 

She has more than 15 years' experience covering creative and technical industries, writing for and editing titles including Televisual, Total Production International, AV Magazine, The Producer, Film Stories, Digital Photographer and Photoshop Creative. 

With a passion for the art and craft of TV and film production, from cinematography through to visual effects, Zoe also has experience covering the worlds of technology, photography and design.

To get in touch with Zoe, email



Tom Williams

Tom is digital editorial coordinator at British Cinematographer. He has joined the editorial team to support the publication of news on the site as well as producing social media content.

He has been a freelance journalist, specialising in film and football culture, for several years after graduating from The University of York with a degree in English Literature.

Tom also has a fascination with the riotous films of Brian De Palma, particularly Phantom of the Paradise.

Helen Parkinson

Helen Parkinson

Helen is a journalist at British Cinematographer magazine.

After studying French and German at Lancaster University, Helen trained for her NCTJ journalism diploma in Manchester. She has worked on staff at consumer magazines for the past four years and her work has also appeared in The Guardian, The Independent and The New European.

Formerly assistant editor of a travel magazine, she is especially fond of western European cinema and her favourite films include Metropolis and La Haine.

Adrian Pennington

Adrian is British Cinematographer's editorial consultant. He is an experienced journalist and editor whose work has appeared in Variety, Premiere, Screen International and The Hollywood Reporter. He is international editor for ACE Cinema Editor, co-author of Exploring 3D: The New Grammar of Stereoscopic Filmmaking, former film editor at Varsity and winner of the Anne Frank Award for Film Criticism. His favourite films are Gilda, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and Blow Up.

John Keedwell GBCT

Experienced in travel documentaries around the globe, John has worked in over 65 countries filming in deserts to tropical rain forests. John also has a high experience of 4x4 off road driving, and a highly specialist knowledge of Phantom High Speed cameras. Now developing online courses and workshops training people in professional camera skills and skills in speaking to the camera.

David A. Ellis

David worked for BBC Television in their film department, which was based at Ealing Studios, London. He is the author of the books Conversations with Cinematographers and In Conversation with Cinematographers. He has also written for a number of publications, including Film International, Cinema Technology, Image Technology and the American on line music magazine Film Score Monthly.

Valentina I. Valentini

Valentina is a freelance journalist based in Los Angeles. She has written for Vanity Fair, Variety, The Los Angeles Times and many more, focused on the entertainment industry, travel and culture writing.

Kevin Hilton

Kevin is a freelance journalist who writes about technology and personalities in film and broadcasting, and contributes film reviews and interviews to a variety of publications in the UK and abroad.

Tim Potter

After working at a Regional Arts workshop and then a documentary production company from 1983, Tim went freelance as a Clapper/Loader in 1985. This work led to his first major focus pulling job on the aerial unit of the LWT series Piece of Cake, in 1987. Since then he has been a freelance focus puller working on many films and prestige television dramas. Recent films include The Wedding Date, Pride and '71. Recent TV dramas include Top Boy, The Shadow Line and Dead Set.

David Heuring

David has been writing about cinematography for 30 years. He served as editor of American Cinematographer in the early 1990s, and currently freelances for AC, ICG, British Cinematographer, Variety and Emmy. Heuring writes a weekly blog for the ASC website on the personalities behind the cameras titled Parallax View, and consults for top companies that serve the cinematography community. He was recently honored with the Technicolor William A. Fraker Award for Journalistic Contributions to the Art of Cinematography.

Trevor Hogg

Trevor Hogg is a freelance video editor and writer best known for composing in-depth filmmaker and movie profiles for 3D World, Canadian Cinematographer, 3DTotal, and Sound & Picture; he is a big fan of Raiders of the Lost Ark, Batman: The Animated Series, The Hobbit, Studio Ghibli and Peter Weir.

Mark London Williams

Mark has reported on movie-making, both analog and digital, for publications like Variety and The Los Angeles Times, and as a senior correspondent for Below the Line, where he writes about post-production, visual effects, and covers Hollywood's award season, the Oscars, and their various discontents. He's also a published author of fiction for younger readers, and recently the founder of Trickster Ink press.

Debra Kaufman

Debra Kaufman has covered entertainment technology for the last 28 years, for publications including The Hollywood Reporter, American Cinematographer, International Cinematographer, Variety, British Cinematographer; her work has also appeared in Wired, The New York Times, and The Los Angeles Times. She currently also works with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and USC's Entertainment Technology Center.

Carolyn Giardina

Carolyn is based in Los Angels and has been covering production for more than 17 years and is contributing editor, tech, at The Hollywood Reporter, for which she edits its "Behind The Screen" blog. She is also co-author of Exploring 3D: The New Grammar Of Stereoscopic Filmmaking (Focal Press).



Lizzy Sutherst

Lizzy is the commercial manager at British Cinematographer.

Hailing from Yorkshire, Lizzy started out as a journalist only to make the leap to commercial whilst working at Metro & Evening Standard. Following her love of film and entertainment, Lizzy delivered consumer focussed advertising campaigns during her time at The Guardian.

Lizzy currently specialises in client relations, account management and business development; primarily helping clients achieve their marketing goals.


Mark Lamsdale

Mark is the studio manager of Open Box Creative and the designer of British Cinematographer magazine and website.

He has 18 years experience working as a graphic designer and arts worker, specialising in print production, but has had varied roles such as illustrator, comic book colourist and video editor.


Paul Lacey

Paul has 17 years experience working in the creative arts and web industry. He works in all areas of web design, web development, e-strategy & online marketing. Paul began his career with Jubilee Arts working on educational web sites and later set up his own web design company called PLM Creative, and co-founded a web design collective called The Dickiebirds Web Studio.

Paul's company works with clients and partners big and small, from non-profits and small charities to The University of Loughborough, Babcock, The Church of England, Heart of England Forest and Felix Dennis, and now of course... British Cinematographer magazine.


Matt Hood

Matt has been with the team for more than five years, primarily assigned to the ongoing development of the British Cinematographer website and its design, whilst also co-ordinating the magazine’s subscription database.

With more than 10 years experience as a desktop publisher/graphic designer in the print environment, he also regularly works on the design of several contract publications.

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