Sam Irwin

Camera Department, Camera Operator, DOP, Drones



Sam Irwin is a cinematographer and editor with 12 years’ experience – working across commercial, narrative, corporate and documentary.

In 2010 Sam graduated from The International Film School Sydney with an Advanced Diploma in Cinematography. Since then he has been working constantly in Australia and New Zealand, shooting TVC’s for clients such as Uniqlo, Nike, Rebel Sport, and many music videos for Sony and EMI.

Sam has also shot feature-length documentaries and many short films.

Sam has had his work screened internationally and locally in festivals such as Margret River Film Festival and has been nominated for Australian music video of the year at the Triple J awards.

With Sam’s background in commercial and documentary video production and marketing, he understands the vital importance of creating visually engaging content, focused around human centred story-telling.

With equal strengths in film production, still photograph and post-production – Sam has a robust technical understanding of filmmaking having shot across RED, Arri, 35mm and 16mm film and various other digital formats.

Sam is also a licensed drone operator holding a current RePL licence from CASA.

Past clients include Sony, EMI, Nike, Rebel Sport, Uniqlo, Tefal, University of Tasmania and Natural Way of Living.

Grad Dip – Science Communication and Natural History Filmmaking – University of Otago

Ad Dip – Screen and Cinematography – International Film School Sydney


  1. I had the pleasure of working with Sam on a promotional shoot for my company. His ability to plan, direct and frame up the entire shoot from a minimal concept brief was world-class. I was especially impressed by his ability to improvise and adapt his video work on the spot, as I had to improvise a lot of the scenes on the day. His creative input and collaboration really helped me tell my story in a professional, engaging way and the high quality of the whole production hugely impressed my audience.

    Jamie M

  2. “His pictures are not only beautiful but they are moving as well. It was a blessing to be able to work with him.”


  3. “The quality of your work is world class and we are mega grateful.”

    R. Taylor Researcher, University of Sheffield

  4. Sam is a very talented cinematographer and has established himself as a very fine Director of
    Photography, his work speaks for itself.

    Denson Baker, ASC

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