Copyright: David James

Copyright: David James


Photography in Film/TV

The world of the film stills photographer might seem unfamiliar but stills photography plays a unique and crucial role in making a film's first impression on an audience, with a film still often becoming the defining iconic image of a film.  Our speakers focus this discussion on the acclaimed career of  an international film stills photographer onset and on photography's dynamic role in NI’s Film and TV industry, and opportunities for photographers and artists within it .

David James


David has produced award winning images for such movies as Shindlers List, Saving Private Ryan, Minority Report (among 11 project with Steven Spielberg), Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Star Wars The Force Awakens among others. He has also worked on Oblivion and Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol, among 15 movie collaborations with actor Tom Cruise. 

Based in Los Angeles he works internationally on features, television, marketing/advertising and publicity campaigns. David was awarded the ICG/Publicist award for excellence in still photography and the S.O.C Lifetime Achievement Award.

David is founding member and past president of the Society of Motion Picture Still Photographers (SMPSP)

Andrew Reid

Andrew Reid (head of production - ni screen)

Andrew joined the industry in 1990 as a production runner, after a few years he was sent to London by the BBC to train as a television drama Locations Manager.  He joined Northern Ireland Screen in 1997.

As Head of Production, Andrew is responsible for the investment of Northern Ireland Screen’s $13m annual development, production and skills funds. He oversees the delivery of: physical production; project development; new and emerging talent and skills development schemes.

Andrew has a BA in Drama, Film and Television from St John’s York; an MBA from Queen’s University Belfast; is an alumni of Cass Business School’s Inside Pictures; a member of BAFTA and a founding member of the Irish Film and Television Academy.

Joanne Mullin

Joanne Mullin (Stills Photographer)

Joanne was born in Northern Ireland and studied photography in the University of Ulster. Her work has been selected by photography critic Sean O’ Hagan for Source Photographic Review and remains part of private collections, such as that of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. She has been exhibited as part of the Royal Ulster Academy’s 131st Annual Exhibition, where she was presented with the Lens Based Award and was a finalist for the exhibition Fresh Faces & Wild Eyed in The Photographers Gallery, London in 2014.

In addition to her personal projects, Joanne works as a stills photographer for film shorts and features in Northern Ireland.