Michael Jari Davidson Toronto cinematographer DOP

A flexible and adaptable cinematographer, Michael chooses to work in the genres of thriller, horror and sci-fi for their ability as an art form to probe cultural constructs and explore the human condition. The visual language of Michael’s oeuvre is authentic, evocative and gritty.

Michael’s feature film cinematography work includes Lowell Dean’s SUPERGRID (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment GmbH, winner Best Cinematography Blood In The Snow film festival), Audrey Cummings’ BERKSHIRE COUNTY (Best Feature – Atlanta Horror film festival, Best Feature – HorrorQuest, Best Feature – Shriekfest) and The Butler Brother’s FIRST ROUND DOWN (Atlantic film festival, Top 5 Canadian theatrical release, Perspective Canada EFM Berlinale).

Michael revels in the possibilities of expression through short films including Richard Powell’s FAMILIAR (Fantasia, Imagine Amsterdam, Fantaspoa, Telluride, FilmQuest – Best Short Film) and HEIR (Fantasia, Toronto After Dark, Celluloid Screams, Morbido – Best Short Film, Landshut, Horrible Imaginings, Leeds International, Motelx, Boston Underground, A Night of Horror – Best Lovecraft Short, Rondo Hatton Award nominee) and Marc Roussel’s THE LAST HALLOWEEN (Sitges, Screamfest, Beyond Fest, Gunpowder & Sky’s ALTER, iHorror Awards – Best Horror Short Film, nominee Best Cinematography – Chicago Horror Film Festival, nominee Best Cinematography – Diabolique International).

Other past credits include 2nd unit DOP work on THE VOID, ANOTHER WOLFCOP, and Anthony E. Zuiker’s CYBERGEDDON, previs for Guillermo del Toro’s PACIFIC RIM, as well as operating on AMERICAN GODS and FAHRENHEIT 451.

Michael’s work has garnered millions of views on YouTube, having lensed music videos for major American record labels, including GRAMMY nominated legendary grunge titans Alice In Chains (Capitol), Juno Award winners Tegan and Sara (Universal), Dear Rouge (Universal), and Buck 65 (Warner), as well as for Dallas-based The Afters (Columbia).

Michael’s work has appeared in Canadian Cinematographer, Kodak’s InCamera magazine, and Fangoria. Michael currently sits on the Canadian Society of Cinematographers President’s Committee and is a Member of the International Cinematographers Guild IATSE 667.