London-based, Sam started shooting after a long career assisting on features, commercials, TV dramas and music videos all over the world. He has worked in the film industry since 1983, starting as a runner with The Comic Strip and on "My Beautiful Laundrette".
Sam worked as 2nd Unit Director of Photography on Clare Kilner's Feature "The Wedding Date" for DoP Oliver Curtis BSC. He also shot 2nd Unit on David Thewlis's debut Feature "Cheeky" for DoP Oliver Stapleton BSC, as well as operating 'B' Camera. Other films include "How to Lose Friends and Alienate People" (Oliver Stapleton BSC), and "Boogie Woogie" (John Mathieson BSC).
Recently-completed shorts are "LIFE:XP" for Justin Trefgarne and Michael Rymer's "Sick". Previously Sam shot "Chain Male", for Christin Cockerton, "Count Backwards from Ten" for Finlay Robertson, "The Wake" for Kieron Hawkes, "The Dummy" for Heidi Bartlett, and "Hot Dog" for Crispin Whittell. "The Dummy" was chosen by the British Society of Cinematographers to screen at its New Film-Makers Night.
Sam was also shot Marco Brambilla's "Wall of Death" project and earlier in his career he was Camera Operator on the cult hit "The Nine Lives of Tomas Katz" (DoP: Julian Court), and focus puller on the Nicole Kidman film "Birthday Girl" (DoP: Oliver Stapleton), the black comedy "Buffalo Soldiers" (also Oliver Stapleton) starring Joaquin Phoenix, and the Borneo-set drama "The Sleeping Dictionary" (DoP: Martin Fuhrer BSC), with Bob Hoskins and Brenda Blethyn, shot over three months in the rain forests of Sarawak. He was B Camera focus puller on Robert de Niro's feature "The Good Shepherd", with DoP Robert Richardson ASC.
He is also highly experienced as a key focus puller on multi-camera music shoots. He has worked on many of these for AC/DC, including the 'Black Ice' Tour in Buenos Aires, as well as earlier tours in Paris, Madrid and the UK. In 2011 he supervised 15 cameras in Athens for Roger Waters' "The Wall", and in 2012 a further 15 cameras for "The Wall" in Buenos Aires.
Other music projects in 2011 included stills photography in British Columbia, Canada, for KISS's 'Lost Cities' Tour.