Thomas Burns is an award-winning director and director of photography specializing in scripted, commercial, and non-traditional content. His background includes over a decade of training in Hollywood on feature films (Where the Wild Things Are, Die Hard 4), dramatic television (CSI, Dexter), documentaries (National Geographic, Discovery Channel), and hundreds of commercials (Porsche, McDonalds, Capital One). He has a degree in documentary film from Stanford University, where one of his films won a Student Academy Award, and he received the award for Best Cinematography from the European Independent Film Festival in 2009. A former Fulbright Scholar, Thomas has been a visiting professor in the School of Theater, Film & Television at the University of California Los Angeles and his work has screened in broadcast, in gallery exhibition, and in film festivals around the world.

directing credits

  • HeForShe   /   McCann   /   commercial
  • n_vestigate   /   Spectra Tbilisi   /   commercial
  • Design Can Do   /  commercial
  • Design Can Do   /   non-fiction
  • Seven   /  theater
  • Revolutions Per Minute  /  non-fiction
  • Cowboy Poker  /  non-fiction
  • Train  /  non-fiction
  • Round Midnight, Moscow Time  /  non-fiction

DoP credits (selected)

  • HeForShe   /   McCann   /   dir. Thomas Burns
  • n_vestigate   /   Spectra Tbilisi   /   dir. Thomas Burns
  • Do Chaar Din  /  T-series  /  dir. Ajay Sanjukta
  • Pyaar Manga Hai  /  T-series  /  dir. Ajay Sanjukta
  • Das Idilia  /  Windfor's  /  dir. Nino Gordeladze
  • Das Aivani  /  Windfor's  /  dir. Nino Gordeladze
  • Das Profilaktika  /  Windfor's  /  dir. Nino Gordeladze
  • Mitarbi  /  JWT metro  /  dir. Dato Borchkhadze
  • Kiss A Robber  /  dir. Z. Cotler & M. Zyzak
  • Crossing the Space Frontier  /  dir. Charlene Music
  • Feedback  /  dir. Derek Owen
  • Rumi's Secrets  /  dir. Jason Hooper
  • Wunderkammer  /  dir. Andrea Pallaoro
  • The Struggle Against Ourselves  /  dir. J. Jones
  • Diana  /  dir. Peter Yu
  • Making Do  /  dir. Mary Tucker
  • Groupthink  /  dir. Wendy Rosoff
  • The Ranch  /  dir. Ted Magee
  • Truth Be Told  /  dir. Carol Waid
  • The Making of McSweeney's #11  +  dir. D. Kneebone
  • Revolutions Per Minute  +  dir. T. Burns

Awards

  • Best Cinematography  /  European Independent Film Festival
  • U.S. Fulbright Scholarship  /  Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia
  • Student Academy Award
  • U.S. Critical Language Enhancement Award  /  Azerbaijan
  • Museum of TV & Radio Doc Pitch Competition  /  finalist
  • ASC John Seitz Heritage Award  /  nomination
  • Kodak Film Stock Grant
  • Enerson Foundation Production Grant

Teaching

  • Visiting Professor  /  UCLA School of Theater, Film, and TV
  • Visiting Professor  /  Woodbury University
  • Documentary Cinematography Workshop  /  MeydanTV
  • Documentary Filmmaking Workshop  /  Chai Khana
  • Works-in-progress Lecture  /  American Councils
  • Panel moderator: Careers in TV & Film  /  Reed College
  • Guest Lecturer  /  Chapman University
  • Guest Lecturer  /  St. Anselm College
  • Career Mentor  /  Academy of Television Arts and Sciences "Meet the Pros" Event
  • Guest Lecturer  /  Baku Slavic University
  • Guest Lecturer  /  Rustam Ibragimbekhov School of Cinema
  • Cinematography Workshop  /  Georgian Public Broadcasting
  • Cinematography Workshop  /  The Baku Media Center
  • Masterclass  /  Georgian Institute of Public Affairs
  • Cinematography Workshop  /  Stanford University