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ABOUT MICHAEL SNYMAN

Michael is a Director of Photography based in South Africa & UK. Michael’s debut was in documentary but not after doing his apprenticeship as a Clapper loader, focus puller and camera operator.

Gettysburg was his first documentary for Scott Free films, a raw and epic battle, which went on to win 6 Emmy’s and a nomination for outstanding cinematography. It was then followed up by yet another Emmy nomination for the documentary Mankind.

With early roots in documentary, Michael now shoots feature films & series internationally, with production experience in over 30 countries worldwide. Maintaining a careful balance of dramatic work & technical balance, Michael’s work has graced the screens with critically acclaimed shows such as The Night Manager and most recently wrapped on his 2nd Season of the HBO Series Warrior. A lush action drama set in San Francisco’s Chinatown in 1878.

Michael is South African and UK based, represented in USA and internationally by WPA / Worldwide Production Agency.

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  1. ZENTROPA

    A Second Chance

    A conscientious police officer investigating a case of domestic violence in the squalid apartment of a drug addict has to make a tough decision. How far would a parent go to get a second chance?

    Director:
    Susanne Bier
    Position: Director of Photography

  2. BBC ONE / AMC

    The Night Manager

    The Night Manager is a contemporary interpretation of John le Carré’s best-selling spy novel, which follows hotel manager Jonathan Pine in his quest to bring down international arms dealer Richard Roper.

    Director:
    Susanne Bier
    Position: Director of Photography

  3. Tiger Aspect / ITV

    The Good Karma Hospital

    Set in a coastal town in tropical South India, THE GOOD KARMA HOSPITAL tells the story of junior doctor, Ruby Walker, who arrives in India looking for a job and a distraction from her heartbreak.

    Directors:
    Bill Eagles / Jon Wright
    Position: Director of Photography

  4. Paramount Pictures

    Action Point

    D.C. (Johnny Knoxville) is the crackpot owner of Action Point, a low-rent, out-of-control amusement park with dangerous rides. To save his beloved theme park and his relationship with his daughter, D.C. and the Action Point staff risk everything to pull out all the stops..

    Director:
    Tim Kirkby
    Position: Director of Photography

  5. HBO /Cinemax

    Warrior

    Set during the Tong Wars in the late 1800s, Ah Sahm, a martial arts prodigy originating from China to San Francisco, ends up becoming a hatchet man for the most powerful tong in Chinatown.

    Directors:
    David Petraca / Loni Peristere
    Position: Director of Photography

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