Amy Belling is a multiple Leo Award winning director of photography with a Master of Fine Arts in Cinematography from the American Film Institute Conservatory in Los Angeles. Most recently, Amy worked as the 2nd unit DOP and B camera operator for John Bailey, ASC on Greg Kinnear’s directorial debut PHIL (2016) starring himself, Emily Mortimer, Luke Wilson, Jay Duplass, Bradley Whitford, Robert Forster and Taylor Schilling.
With director Jamie Travis she lensed the critically acclaimed short films WHY THE ANDERSON CHILDREN DIDN’T COME TO DINNER (2003) and THE SADDEST BOY IN THE WORLD (2006), which screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, Slamdance, SXSW, Rotterdam and Karlovy Vary. Amy shot A.J. Bond’s Comic-Con 2009 award-winning short film HIRSUTE (TIFF 2006), MADAME PERRAULT’S BLUEBEARD (Clermont-Ferrand 2011), Bond’s genre-bending debut feature film STRESS POSITION (2013)—for which she won Best Cinematography at the 2013 Las Vegas Film Festival—and is in development on his psychological thriller WISTERIA.
On S16mm Amy shot Kris Elgstrand’s feature comedy SONGS SHE WROTE ABOUT PEOPLE SHE KNOWS which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival 2014 and won the New Directors Competition at the Nashville Film Festival 2015, as well as awards at festivals in Beverly Hills and Belgrade, Serbia; the American indie feature dramedy A REMARKABLE LIFE (2015) starring Daphne Zuniga, Chris Bruno, Marie Avgeropoulos, Helen Slater, Eric Roberts, Dylan Bruno, John O’Hurley and Mark Margolis, which shot in Denver; Maureen Bradley’s comedy TWO 4 ONE (2014) starring Gavin Crawford and Naomi Snieckus, which shot in Victoria, British Columbia and premiered as the Opening Gala film at the Available Light Film Festival in the Yukon where it won the Audience Award; and Matt Smiley’s award-winning feature documentary HIGHWAY OF TEARS (2014), which shot in Northern BC. Amy is attached to shoot Olive Gallagher’s feature period drama JOURNEYS shooting in Milford, Pennsylvania; Kris Elgstrand’s COCKSUCKER CLAIRE shooting in Los Angeles; and Brianne Nord-Stewart’s MY MOTHER BRIBED ME WITH A CAT shooting in Canada and Europe.
She has shot numerous other critically acclaimed films, music videos, corporate videos, PSA’s, documentaries, Bravo’s television series On Screen! and B-cam operated / 2nd unit DP’d season 1 of the Global reality series UNUSUALLY THICKE starring Alan Thicke, which was nominated for a Canada Screen Award. Having worked on location in Los Angeles, New York, Denver, Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Winnipeg, Victoria, Prince George, Smithers, Bella Coola, Santa Barbara, Korea and Haiti, she loves to travel and shoot. The American Film Institute thesis film Amy shot, LE JEU DES SOLDATS (2010), was a National Finalist at the 2011 Student Academy Awards and won gold at the 2011 BAFTA/Los Angeles Student Film Award. Amy lensed Inkblot Media’s documentary collaboration (2013) with pre-eminent Canadian visual artist Douglas Coupland for the Volkswagen Museum in Germany, acclaimed Canadian director Mina Shum’s HIP HOP MOM (2011), a Striscia TV pilot, a series of commercials for the American Pet Products Association, a music video for the celebrated record production/songwriting team Rockmafia and the holiday special HOW SHANANAY STOLE CHRISTMAS (2011) for Shane Dawson’s wildly popular YouTube Channel, which is the fifth most subscribed to channel of all time.
In 2005, Amy attended the Berlinale Talent Campus as a cinematographer delegate where Kodak highlighted her work. In 2006, Amy attended the Toronto Talent Lab, for which she created a self-portrait which was chosen by Motorola to screen as one of two trailers at the Toronto International Film Festival that year. Amy is the recipient of the 2007 Kodak Image Award, the 2009 Daryl Duke Scholarship, UBC’s 2010 Outstanding Young Alumnus Award, the 2011 Leo Award for Best Cinematography for MADAME PERRAULT’S BLUEBEARD and the 2012 Leo Award for Best Cinematography for LE JEU DES SOLDATS.
Amy resides and works between Los Angeles and Vancouver, holding passports and work visas for the United States, Canada and the EU.