Born in the UK and now based in Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg South Africa, Lee Jackson has filmed & photographed award winning features, shorts, music videos and commercials in formats ranging from super 35mm film and both high and low end High Definition.
Lee graduated at AFDA School of Film as an Honours Graduate in 2005. His work includes "Nothing But The Truth' (director Dr John Karni / producer Richard Green/ Olivier Delahaye) screened at FESPACO, 2009 (awarded Silver Stallion) and Durban International Film Festival, 2008. 'Ghost of The Ganges' for Animal Planet, director Herman Cloete. ‘Life First' SABC 3 /Richard Green and 'The Biggest Loser' for ETV, nominated for a Golden Horn 2009, best reality show and Eastern Mosaic for best magazine programme. Extreme Sports Spectacular Television Series SABC 3, was also awarded a SAFTA and Bay Of Plenty was nominated for best Ensemble Cast and Best director, and it won A Golden Horn 2009 for Best full length Drama. He has just finished worldwide Fishing Series called WildFly for MNet Supersport. He most recently wrapped the infamous Sharkman - Michael Rutzen, where he worked, alongside international underwater cameraman Bob Cranston, as the topside cameraman for National Geographic (Shark Night), and Director of Photography for the latest Lee Jeans cinema commercial. (Client) Musgrave agencies. More work includes DoP for Dave Salamani from Savaged, Discovery Channel, North America, co-directing a series called Catching Giants for National Geographic (Aquavision) Peter Lamberti. Lastly Camera Operator/2nd Unit DoP for the Sharks Rugby Team TV commercial 2011. 2012 has seen Lee move into Wildlife production where he has been operating the Phantom super slow motion camera on a series for Earth Touch called Speed Kills. DinoFish another wildlife production that Lee worked on has just been nominated for three Panda categories. Lee has just wrapped the latest and 100% original reality TV show in South African history, The Ultimate Braai Master Series (13 eps) & Master Chef 2013. Currently Lee has been working with Vulcan Productions (USA), Off The Fence (Amsterdam) & Earth Touch (SA) on various wildlife shows.
As a Cinematographer he has filmed in Chile, Indonesia, Thailand, South Africa, East African Islands, India, New Zealand, and Australia. His well travelled, multicultural background makes him easily adaptable to work proficiently in any location. Lee has a depth of knowledge, experience, sensitivity, and creativity that he brings to every director’s specific vision. He’s also fast at strategically scaling his equipment and crew needs to fit most producers’ budgets.
Lee recently married (May 2014) a Producer / Production Manager and together they are a power film production team.