LEGENDS OF COMMERCIALS PRODUCTION: Directors of Photography

IVAN BIRD
Age 43
Based at London
Daily fee n/a

Career highlights Bird has worked with Jonathan Glazer on several occasions, and shot the movie Sexy Beast with him. He was also behind Guinness' "surfer and "swimmer and more recently the X-Box launch ads "mosquito and "Champagne". Orange "hold up is another feather in his cap.

Would you believe Bird has a exceptional eye for detail and is likely to freak you out a little when he comments on a tiny detail of your attire that you hadn't even noticed was there.

What people are saying The director Jonathan Glazer says of Bird: "He's wonderful, possessed and great with a piece of shiney-board. When we made Sexy Beast he used to say he had a recurring nightmare that he'd walk on set and be the only other person there. I used to say to him, as long as you turn up we'll be fine."

JOHN MATHIESON
Age 41
Based at London
Daily fee $4,000 (guide price)

Career highlights Mathieson has impressive feature film credits to his name as a preferred DP for Ridley Scott, for whom he shot Gladiator and Hannibal. He also did Kylie Minogue's promo for Can't get you out of my head. His commercial credits are equally impressive, however, having shot the Volkswagen "self defence ad, Orange's "future thoughts and "raining runners for Nike with Ringan Ledwidge.

Would you believe Despite his talent he's very humble. When Ridley Scott's assistant producer, Terry Needham, loudly told Mathieson to hurry up filming on Hannibal with the words "no-one notices that shit anyway", Mathieson quietly agreed, to the crew's surprise.

What people are saying Ridley Scott says: "John Mathieson - artiste, good raconteur, natty dresser, always on his game, bon viveur, and, most important of all, good fun!"

 DARIUS KHONDJI
Age 46
Based at Paris
Daily fee n/a

Career highlights The idiosyncratic style of the movie Delicatessen shot Khondji to fame in the early-90s. He shot a Nissan spot for TBWA set in Iceland, which was directed by Chris Cunningham, Other recent commercial work includes tasks for Nintendo GameCube and Lancome. Panic Room, Evita and Seven are among his other feature film credits.

Would you believe Khondji was born in Tehran, and grew up in France and the US, where he studied film-making. He compares cinematography to voodoo and speaks of needing to get "possessed by a director's vision.

What people are saying Chris Cunningham, a director at RSA, comments: "I love working with Darius because he has a childlike passion for cinematography and an hilarious cartoon French accent which keeps me amused when the shoot is going badly."

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