Paul Wheeler started his career as a junior member of the BBC’s film
department and, twenty six very happy years later, having become a
Senior Drama Film Cameraman, resigned to pursue a freelance career.
Since leaving the BBC Paul has won many awards and shot some
fascinating productions covering almost every format from DV to 65mm
He is now active in several fields, as a Director of Photography, a
respected trainer and an author of several books on Cinematography.
While at the BBC Paul was seconded to Television Training where, as
Senior Lecturer, Film, he spent two years training incoming new directors
in the art of shooting with a single camera.
After leaving the BBC Paul continued his career as a DP with much
success wining many prestigious awards, see his CV, and continues to
shoot with both film and digital cameras having become particularly well
known for his work with High Definition.
He has twice been Head of Cinematography at the National Film and
Television School (NFTS). He has also been Head of Cinematography at
the Royal College of Art (RCA) and devised and run many courses both in
film and Digital Cinematography at the National Short Course Training
Program (NSCTP). He has also taught at the London International Film
School (LIFS) and teaches Advanced Cinematography at the New York
Film Academy in London (NYFA).
Paul Wheeler is a Fellow of the British Kinematograph, Sound and
Television Society (FBKS); he was awarded his Fellowship both for the
quality of his photography and his contribution to the society’s training
program. He is a member of the British Society of Cinematographers
(BSC). He also holds an NVQ level 4 in Camera and a NVQ D32 certificate.
Paul is a member of the Guild of British Camera Technicians. (GBCT)
Paul's father, Leslie J. Wheeler,
started work at Kodak's research
laboratory and later went on to
work for MGM, the BBC, Ilford and
finaly opened Fiji Professional in
the UK. Among his many
publications was "Principals of
Cinematography" which ran to
Paul's Grandfather worked with
such early pioneers as Robert
Paul and designed cameras for
Prestwich, The Warwick Trading
Company etc. He was
responsible for building the
prototype of the "Aeroscope"
camera which is now in the
Science Museum, London.
He also built "Tropicalised"
cameras for the explorer Cherry
BSC FBKS GBCT