Toby Oliver ACS shoots award-winning feature films, prime-time television drama and short films through to documentaries and TV commercials. His work internationally as a Director of Photography has led to collaborations with many prominent artists including Kevin Bacon, Cate Blanchett, Mel Gibson, Aaron Eckhart, Joel Edgerton, Guy Pearce, Radha Mitchell, Anthony LaPaglia, Paul Reiser, Colin Friels and Jessica Marais.
Born in Australia and a graduate of Melbourne’s renowned Swinburne Film School, Toby has gone on to create some remarkable film images, from the ‘beautifully lit’ gritty black and white of his first feature EVERYNIGHT… EVERYNIGHT (ACS Silver Award) to the box-office hit teen movie and AFI (Australian Film Institute) winner LOOKING FOR ALIBRANDI (ACS Silver Award, AFI and IF Award Nominations)directed by Kate Woods (NCIS, BONES) and starring Anthony LaPaglia and Greta Scacchi; and the ‘painterly approach’ of TOM WHITE (ACS Gold Award, AFI and IF Award Nominations). His work on short films, documentaries and features has been seen at major festivals around the world, including Venice, Sundance, Sydney, Melbourne, Busan, Montreal, Tokyo, Shanghai and Toronto. Toby was granted Accreditation by the Australian Cinematographers Society in 2004, and can use the letters 'ACS' after his name, indicating his assessment by the Society as a preeminent cinematographer of international standard.
In 2010 Toby was AFI nominated again for the ‘landmark achievement’ World War 1 action drama BENEATH HILL 60 (ACS Gold Award, AFI Nomination) directed by Jeremy Sims, and was an AFI Winner for the dramatised documentary MIRACLE IN THE STORM (ACS Gold Award) for ABC TV. Other feature films include the Chinese-Australian co-production drama 33 POSTCARDS (ACS Bronze Award) directed by Pauline Chan and starring Guy Pearce, festival favourite LAST TRAIN TO FREO; controversial gang picture THE COMBINATION (ACS Silver Award); the acclaimed feature documentary FORBIDDEN LIE$; Chinese hit film WAITING ALONE and the pioneering 3D documentary CANE TOADS THE CONQUEST. (Sundance Film Festival)
Toby’s TV credits include the critically acclaimed ABC Miniseries DEVIL’S DUST (ACS Bronze Award); ratings-winning TV movie BEACONSFIELD directed by Glendyn Ivin for the Nine Network (ACS Gold Award, Best in Show and ACS National Award of Distinction); SPIRITED – SEASON 2 for Foxtel (ACS Bronze Award); Season 2 of STUPID STUPID MAN; Season 1 of LOCKIE LEONARD for Network Ten; DOSSA AND JOE for BBC TV UK; SHORT CUTS for Disney UK and LOVE IS A FOUR LETTER WORD for ABC TV.
To date Toby has received 4 AFI/AACTA Award Nominations and one AFI Award Win, and his work has been judged by his peers for a number of Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards from the Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS), including the Golden Tripod Award for TOM WHITE in 2005, and for BEACONSFIELD, the Best in Show Award NSW in 2012 and the Award of Distinction at the National Awards in 2013.
Toby’s commercial work includes TV spots for Samsung, Hyundai, Quiznos Subs, SK (Korea), TiVo, HSBC Bank, IWC, Channel 4 and Amnesty International among many others.
In early 2013 Toby shot the action horror/thriller feature WOLF CREEK 2, directed by Greg Mclean and the sequel to his horror hit from 2005; it premiered at the Venice Film Festival 2013 ahead of the successful theatrical release in Feb 2014. He then worked with director Samantha Lang (THE IDOL, THE WELL) on the biopic TV movie CARLOTTA. Toby ended a big year working with Samantha Lang again on the Network Seven TV movie THE KILLING FIELD, a gripping murder mystery set in a small NSW country town.
Toby moved to Los Angeles with his family in late 2013 and has continued his career based in the US with the Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions thriller THE DARKNESS for writer / director Greg Mclean, and starring Kevin Bacon, Radha Mitchell, Lucy Fry and Paul Reiser. Toby has also shot additional cinematography for the features SINISTER 2 (Ciaran Foy), INCARNATE (Brad Peyton) and BLOOD FATHER (Jean-Francois Richet) with Mel Gibson in Los Angeles. Toby then shot the Maven Pictures' fantasy indie WILDLING for director Fritz Bohm in New York, with Liv Tyler and Bel Powley. His next project in early 2016 was Jordan Peele's thriller GET OUT for Universal and Blumhouse Productions, starring Allison Williams, Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford and Daniel Kaluuya. Toby also shot additional photography on STEPHANIE for Oscar-winning writer-director Akiva Goldsman. Toby then shot principal photography on INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 4, the next installment of the highly successful horror franchise created by Leigh Whannell for Columbia Pictures. He followed that up with a back to back shoot in New Orleans for the Universal thriller HALF TO DEATH for writer director Christopher Landon to finish up a busy 2016.
Full Resume / CV (.pdf)
SOME PHILOSOPHY ON CINEMATOGRAPHY
Interview with Toby where he passes on his views and methods of working today in the digital era.