DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
I was born in Milan. After studies in foreign languages (English and French) I began my career in cinematography. After ten years of experience working within camera crews as focus puller and camera operator (Bernardo Bertolucci: “The Dreamers” and “Besieged”, Uli Edel: “Julius Caesar”, Ricky Tognazzi: “Canone Inverso”), I became a director of photography.
As a director of photography, I’ve filmed for the following talented directors: Keith Rose, Dave Meyers, Olivier Venturini, Andy Morahan, Howard Greenhalgh, Rupert Wainwright, Thed Lenseen, Joachim Rønning & Espen Sandberg, Jonathan Gurvit, Alain Gourrier, Bruno Decharme, Graham Rose, Ben Hartenstein, Spendser, Des Mullan, Siraj Jhaveri, Jimmy Diebold, Roar Uthaug, Eric Steinman, Ron Eichhorn, Simon Cracknell, Andreas Frølich, Antti J. Jokinen, Keith Hutchinson, Devon Dickson, Sandalz, Allen Martinez, Fabien Dufils, Matt Fretwell, Oscar Cariss, Tim Brown, Bruno Bossi, Terence Neale, Laurence Hamburger, Tony Baggott, Jonathan Parkinson, Nicole Ackermann, Jonathan Cohen, Hylton Tannenbaum, Juniper, Jorge Rubia, Ariane Besson, Steve Tanchel, Petar Spiljevic, Morgan Dingle, Bruce Mac, Grant de Sousa, Michael Matthews, Fausto Becatti, Peri van Papendorp, Leigh Ogilvie, Kim Dempster, Liz Hinlein, Christina Hodnet, Sarah Pirozek, Rachel Harms, ATeam, Ron Scalpello, Daisuke Kobayashi, Kevin Couliau, André Stringer, Kay Kienzler, Christofer Vibenius, Tom Geens, Sebastien Petretti, Joao Neves, Henry Holtzman, Billy Kent, Harvey B Brown, Brent Jones, Markus Blunder, Michal Sablinski, Maciek Kowalczuk, Chris Bartle, Jerker Josefsson, Jonas Zachrisson, Henri Bassil, Kal Karman, Fabrizio Mari, Maurizio Longhi, Giovanni Bedeschi, Paolo Monico, Gigi Piola, Lorenzo Bassano…
Clients: Nike, Coca-Cola, BMW, Volkswagen, Audi, Renault, Toyota, Honda, GMC Chevrolet, Hyundai, Kia, Samsung, Sony, Philips, Ikea, Axe, Procter & Gamble, Colgate-Palmolive, Head & Shoulders, Schwarzkopf, Max Factor, Nivea, Gillette, Playtex, Pond’s, Nestlé, Ferrero, Cadbury, Danone, Smirnoff, J&B, Chivas, Heineken, Amstel, Carling Black Label, Baltika Beer, San Pellegrino, Kraft Food, Iglo, Nando’s, Lay’s, Dr Oetker, Generali, Barclays Bank, SSGA, Prudential, Sanlam, Orange, Vodafone, Telecom Italy, BBC UK, Tele 2, WeChat…
Agencies: Wieden+Kennedy, BBDO, DDB, Grey Worldwide, Leo Burnett, McCann-Erickson, Saatchi & Saatchi, Ogilvy & Mather, Publicis, Lowe, TBWA, JW Thompson, Euro RSCG, Young & Rubicam, FCB, King James, Fox P2, Jupiter, Armando Testa…
Countries where I’ve worked: Australia, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Cypro, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Maldives, Malta, Morocco, Netherlands, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States…
Experienced in the following camera formats: Arri Alexa/Amira, Red Epic/Dragon, 35mm, 16mm, Weisscam, Phantom, Canon DSLR
I’m based in and work between Europe and South Africa.
Cinematography has been a passion of Grant’s since he was a young boy. He has single-mindedly pursued nothing but the art of capturing the most striking and originally portrayed moving images onto film ever since.
Grant was independently headhunted to photograph some major commercial projects locally as well as abroad. His work on the short film ‘Tagging Toilets’ was awarded the VISIBLE SPECTRUM award from the South African Society of Cinematographers, making him the youngest cinematographer to ever receive this award. Grant also worked on the short film ‘Pumzi’ which won ‘Best Short Film’ at the Cannes Independent Film festival and made it into the official selection for Sundance. Recently he has worked as 2 nd Unit DoP on “Homeland S4” and the new pilot for “Strange New Things” an Amazon Prime show. He has also worked as a camera operator for many Hollywood studio’s namely Weinstein Co, Warner Bros, Universal Pictures, Fox 21 and Netflix Grant has shot all over the world in countries such as Spain, Kenya, Malaysia, Thailand, China, India, Singapore, Namibia and Mozambique.
His work includes the Nokia (global campaign), National Geographic Global Brand campaign, Total petroleum, Discovery Channel, USN, Kia, Adidas, and MTV all of which can be viewed on the site
Raised in the tradition of film emulsion; and now embracing all formats of digital acquisition, Michael Swan S.A.S.C. is well known for his lush imagery as a cinematographer on Commercials, Primetime TV and Theatrical Features.