Toby Birney, LAC

  Selected reels:

„Mimoza“ show reel:

„Elmenhorster Refresh Juice“ commercial:

„Snapphanar“ 2nd Unit DP reel:

 

„Brad Meltzer’s Decoded“ scene:

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    Toby Birney was raised in a family of storytellers. From a young age, he was reading books and short stories penned by his paternal grandfather, Hoffman Birney, whose novel, “The Dice of God,” was the basis for the screenplay for the 1965 film, The Glory Guys. As a photographer, Toby Birney’s tutelage started in the early 1980’s when his maternal grandfather, a WWII B-17 navigator, aerial combat cameraman, and photojournalism professor, gave him a light meter for his 10th birthday and taught him how to expose, process, and print black and white film. Toby soon convinced his father to hand over the photography duties on family vacations with a far-from-automatic 35mm camera loaded with slide film. From that point onward and throughout his formative years, there was almost always a camera in his hands.

    As a cinematographer, Toby continues to pursue his passion for capturing images that tell compelling stories. He is equally versed in the different production styles of documentary television shows, studio and independent feature films, and commercials. He manages to keep one foot firmly grounded in the world of documentary work and the other in the world of narrative projects, and he feels equally at home in either one. Toby maintains a firm belief that these different cinemagraphic skills and operating styles complement one another and make him a well-rounded storyteller. His documentary style has been described as cinematic and his narrative lighting style is natural and unimposing.

    Through his work on various narrative projects over the years, Toby has received credits including 2nd unit DP and “A” Camera Operator on the Swedish historical drama miniseries Snapphanar, directed by Mårlind & Stein and photographed by Linus Sandgren, FSF (American Hustle); as a camera operator on Ed Zwick’sDefiance, starring Daniel Craig & Liev Schrieber and photographed by Eduardo Serra, ASC/AFC (Girl With a Pearl Earring); and as a 2nd unit camera operator on the 2007 four-part mini series, War and Peace, starring Clémence Poésey and photographed by Fabrizio Lucci (Coco Chanel). Before that, he learned the craft of lighting while working as a gaffer alongside many influential cinematographers including Theo Van De Sande, ASC (Volcano), Chris Manley, ASC (Mad Men) and Paul Ryan, ASC (A River Runs Through It). His documentary work includes television series for History, TLC, Animal Planet, Nat Geo, and E! Entertainment. “Push Girls” Season 2, which he shot for Sundance Channel, won a Critic’s Choice Award for Best Reality Series.

    Toby has captured images and has worked with crews from around the globe. From the Cook Islands to Costa Rica, Australia to Austria, and many other places in between, Toby has had a rare perspective of the world and its landscapes, its peoples and their customs.

    Filmography:

    DOCUMENTARY TELEVISION WORK

    “Cesar 911”  NatGeo Wild
    DoP / “A” Camera Operator (season 2:  12 one-hour episodes)
    ITV / Jordan Roberts & Sudi Khosropur

    “You Can’t Lick Your Elbow”  NatGeo
    DoP / “A” Camera Operator (season 1:  6 half-hour episodes)
    Authentic Entertainment / Jeffrey L. Weaver

    “Eric & Jessie: Game On”  E! Entertainment
    DoP / “A” Camera Operator (season 2:  6 half-hour episodes)
    Shed Media / Kathryn Takis

    “Diary of a Medium”  Lifetime
    DoP / “A” Camera Operator (one-hour pilot)
    Levity Entertainment / Sudi Khosropur

    “The Great Food Truck Race”  Food Network
    Camera Operator (season 4:  7 one-hour episodes)
    Relativity Real / Dean Ollins & Patrick Higgins

    “Push Girls”  Sundance
    DoP / “A” Camera Operator (season 2: 10 half-our episodes)
    Gay Rosenthal Prod. / Sven Nilsson, Jonathan Chinn, & Jen Lane

    “Little People, Big World: Wedding Farm”  TLC
    DoP / “A” Camera Operator (season 1:  6 one-hour episodes)
    Gay Rosenthal Prod. / Sven Nilsson & Kathryn Takis

    “Little People, Big World” Specials  TLC
    DoP / “A” Camera Operator (4 one-hour special episodes)
    Gay Rosenthal Prod. / Sven Nilsson, Mark Cole, Kathryn Takis

    “Brad Meltzer’s Decoded” History
    DoP / “A” Camera Operator (seasons 1 & 2: 23 one-hour episodes
    Go Go Luckey / Bill Langworthy, Gary Auerbach, Tina Gazzerro

    “Tanked”  Animal Planet
    DoP / “A” Camera Operator (season 1:  6 one-hour episodes)
    Nancy Glass Productions / Jeffrey L. Weaver

    “Little People, Big World” TLC
    Camera Operator (seasons 3, 4, & 5: 50+ half-hour ep’s)
    Gay Rosenthal Productions / Jeffrey L. Weaver & Eric Streit

    “The Amazing Race” CBS
    Camera Operator (episodes 12.5 & 12.6)
    Jerry Bruckheimer Television / Bertram van Munster

    “The Dark Ages” History Channel
    Camera Operator
    KPI Productions / Chris Cassel (Director) & Tim Metzger (DP)

    “Nuclear Secrets” BBC                           
    Camera Operator                                                                  
    Baltic Film / Matthew Wortman (Dir.) & Florian Schilling (DP)

    “Surviving Disaster” BBC
    Camera Operator (ep. 1.1: „Munich Air Crash“)
    Baltic Film / Matthew Wortman (Dir.) & Florian Schilling (DP)

    “Scene of the Crime” TLC
    Gaffer
    Authentic Ent. / P.K. MacCarthy & Eric Ramsey

    “Top Secret Missions of the CIA” History Channel
    Director of Photography (multiple episodes)
    Jaffe Entertainment / Jeffrey L. Weaver

    “Film Real” (with Gary Oldman) Discovery Europe
    Gaffer
    Michael Servege (DP)

    “Secrets Of…”  Travel Channel
    Director of Photography (multiple episodes)
    Van Ness Films / Jeffrey L. Weaver

    “History’s Mysteries” History Channel
    Director of Photography (multiple episodes)
    Weller-Grosseman / Jeffrey L. Weaver

    „D.J. Games“ Gameshow Network
    Camera Operator (season 1)
    Andrew Solt Productions / Tara Craig

    “America’s Most Wanted”
    Gaffer (recreations, multiple episodes)
    STF Productions

    NARRATIVE TELEVISION WORK

    “The Palace” ITV
    Camera Operator (additional) (season 1: episodes 1.1 – 1.4)
    Company Pictures (UK)
    Metin Hüseyin (Dir.) & Graham Smith (DP)

    “The Immortal”  Chum Television (Canada)
    Gaffer (Series promos)
    Immortal Productions  / Peace Arch Ent.
    Geza Sinkovics, HSC (DP)

    “The New Adventures of Robin Hood”
    Warner Brothers International Television
    Gaffer (season 2)
    Weintraub-Kuhn Productions / Geza Sinkovics, HSC (DP)

    FEATURE WORK

    DEFIANCE  Grosvenor Park Productions (USA)

    Camera Operator (additional)
    Ed Zwick & Eduardo Serra, AFC, ASC

    WAR AND PEACE  Lux Vide, S.P.A. (Italy)
    Camera Operator
    Additional VFX Cinematography
    R. Dornhelm / Fabrizio Luzzi

    SNAPPHANAR  Filmlance International (Sweden)
    Director of Photography: 2nd unit
    „A“ Camera Operator
    Stein & Mårlind / Linus Sandgren, FSF

    TRIPS  Momentum Film (Germany)
    Director of Photography
    Maximilian Moll

    RATTEN 2- SIE KOMMEN WEIDER! Medienfonds (Germany)
    Camera Operator
    Jörg Lühdorff / Bernhard Jasper

    SPECIAL FORCES  Nu Image / Millennium Films (USA)
    Camera Operator (“C” Camera) / Gaffer
    Isaac Florentine / Gideon Porath

    ENDANGERED SPECIES  Weintraub-Kuhn Productions (USA)
    Camera Operator (additional) / Gaffer
    Kevin Tinney / Chris Manley, ASC

    BACKYARD DOGS  Barnholtz Entertainment (USA)
    Cinematography: Titles Sequence / add’l Operator / Gaffer
    Robert Boris / Michael Chambliss

    THE DOGWALKER Filmmaker’s Alliance (USA)
    Director of Photography: 2nd unit
    Jacques Thelemaque / Marco Fargnoli

    EASY Curb Entertainment/ Over Easy Productions (USA)
    Gaffer
    Jane Weinstock / Paul Ryan, ASC

    RAPTOR  New Concorde (USA)
    Gaffer
    Jim Wynorski / Andrea V. Rossotto

    GANGLAND  Dominion Entertainment (USA)
    Gaffer (reshoots)
    Art Camacho / Andrea V. Rossotto

    GUILTY AS CHARGED Dog Tag Productions (USA)
    Gaffer (2nd Unit)
    Mark L. Lester / George Mooradian

    SHOCK TELEVISION Shock Productions (USA)
    Gaffer
    Whitney Ransick / Jeffrey L. Weaver

     

    SHORT FILM PROJECTS

    IMPULSIVE  Peritus Productions
    Director of Photography
    Tim Reischauer
    St. Louis International Film Festival: Official Selection

    SLICE OF PIE Undercarriage Productions
    Director of Photography
    Tim Resichauer
    Played in 35 festivals and won 18 awards including:
    St. Louis International Film Festival (Official Selection)
    USA Film Festival: Finalist
    Wild Rose Independent Film Festival: Best Short Film
    Black Earth Film Festival: Best Picture
    St. Louis Filmmakers’ Showcase: Film Critics’ Award
    Rockport Film Festival: People’s Choice Award
    Beverly Hills Hi-Def Film Festival: Jury Selection Award- Bronze
    Nevada Film Festival: Winner of Silver Screen Award
    Dam Short Film Festival: Winner-Best Drama
    Failbrook International Film Festival: Winner- Best of Show Three
    Sundial Film Festival: People’s Choice Award

    PHANTOM FONT  Undercarriage Productions
    Director of Photography
    Tim Resichauer
    St. Louis International Film Festival
    Newport Beach Film Festival
    Ventura Film Festival
    Washougal International Film Festival
    Westchester Film Festival
    Yosemite International Film Festival
    Cape Fear Indie Film Festival
    Dam Short Film Festival
    Davis Film Festival
    Film Festival of Colorado
    Long Island International Film Expo

    MIMOZA  Commcrew
    Director of Photography
    Ramunė Rakauskaitė
    Lithuanian AXX Film Festival: Official Selection

    SŪRINKNAS Kino Komanda
    Director of Photography
    Ramunė Rakauskaitė
    Lithuanian AXX Film Festival: Official Selection

    OTHER PEOPLE Brooklyn Reptile
    Director of Photography
    Anthony Berrios

    DÉJÀ VU Walking Filmworks
    Director of Photography
    Laurence Barbara

    LOST DOG Lost Dog Pictures
    Director of Photography: 2nd unit
    Deb Lemen / Marco Fargnoli

    MAKENHEIM  Chicken Pictures
    Camera Operator / Gaffer
    Adam Barr / Mark Mervis

    COMMERCIAL CLIENTS

    J. Walter Thompson (USA)
    McCann Erickson (Lithuania)
    VRS Agentura (Lithuania)
    Brand Sellers DDB (Lithuania)
    Lukrecija BBDO (Lithuania)
    Saatchi & Saatchi (Lithuania)
    Garage 4×4 (Lithuania)
    Purple Pacific (USA)
    & others.