Tony Burns Director of Photography Director of Photography


Tony is an accomplished Director of Photography (NY/LA local). Shooting on location or in a studio on film or digital formats Burns has extensive experience working with international directors and crews. He has a deserved reputation for working creatively but quickly, squeezing the maximum visual impact from any budget while being careful to satisfy the director's vision.


Tony Burns was born in Northern England, and attended Leeds University, graduating with a BA in Photography. After matriculating, he secured a post within Yorkshire Television's news department. But just as he began to grow tired of covering local politics and dog racing, the BBC called to offer a position in their acclaimed Film Department. Tony quickly moved to London.

During his five year stint at the BBC he progressed from assistant to bona-fide "Lighting Cameraman,". The copious projects and MacGuyver-like attitude that prevailed at the BBC set him in good stead for a move to New York City in 1999. So, armed with a visa and a brand new title of "Director of Photography," Tony spent the next two years shooting for various production and network TV companies until in 2002, when he co-founded a production company called Headfirst. the outfit specialized in creating television promos and for the Discovery and Sci-Fi Channels also campaigns for agencies like Fallon, FCB, Euro RSCG, Wieden and Kennedy, and Publicis.

Despite Headfirst's success, Tony couldn't deny his ever-increasingly itchy eye, and he returned to the camera in 2002, vowing never to leave again. Since, he's shot campaigns for the likes of Evian, Dior perfume. A series of spots for the Sundance film festival featuring Robert Redford, Steven Soderberg, Paul Tomas Anderson, John Waters, Lili Taylor, Scott Hicks and Davis Guggenheim.

Tony most recently shot a Times Square displayed title sequence for "Orange is the New Black" (A Netflix Original Show), "CopDoc," a TV comedy series, and a fashion spot for Vogue featuring Kate Bosworth.

CLIENTS INCLUDE (See IMDB for details)

Conde Nast - Netflix - 20th Century Fox - HBO - IDEO SanFrancisco - BBC (London) - Virgin Records US - Fox Searchlight - MadeMan - JWT (London) - Sundance Film Festival - Jill Greenberg Studio - Showtime Networks - BMB (NY) - Tantrum Productions (London) - Break Media LA, - VOGUE USA / British VOGUE - Glamour Magazine


Victoria Secret 'Angels' / Terminal Legacy - Feature Film / Rent Control - Fox Searchlight / No Country For Old Yeller - Short Film / The Weight - Short Film / SWIPE - Fox Searchlight / Lets Big Happy! - Fox Series TV

'Orange Is The New Black' Promo - Netflix / AOL ('Lifeification') - Promo / 'Daily Show' Cast - Glamour Magazine / Bryers Ice Cream ('King Kong') Commercial /The Whitest Kids You Know Feature Film Promo / Evian ('Naked') - Commercial / USCF "Georgia" - Commercial / Showtime "Brace Yourself" - Station Promo / Kate Bosworth - Vogue magazine /