Adrian Merritt Smith is a film and television cameraman who specializes in storytelling with natural and artificial light.
A film buff from a very early age, Adrian picked up his first camera when he was 10 years old. After several years of shooting movies with his friends, he got his professional start as a news cameraman for one of Canada’s leading networks, Global Television. With his aesthetic sensibility and concern for story within everything he shot, he quickly made the leap into professional filmmaking.
After shooting an award-winning short in his hometown of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, he moved to Vancouver where he began assisting on productions of a much greater scale. Through the IATSE 669 apprenticeship program he was fortunate to assist some of the best Cinematographers in the business, including two of his heroes, Christopher Doyle, HKSC and Dante Spinotti, ASC. He has worked on everything from Hollywood blockbusters (X-MEN 3: THE LAST STAND), to high-profile independent features (SLEEPWALKING, DOWNLOADING NANCY) and hit Canadian series (CORNER GAS, LITTLE MOSQUE ON THE PRAIRIE).
Adrian now lives in Toronto, where he works as a freelance Director of Photography and Camera Operator on productions ranging from documentaries, corporate videos and reality television series’ to music videos and short films. When not on set he cultivates his love for photography by hitting the streets and chasing life’s fleeting moments.
Adrian’s recent accolades include a short film he photographed for the 2010 48HR Film Project, BLACK CADILLACS, screening at Cannes; and his acceptance into the 2011 Budapest Cinematography Masterclass under the tutelage of Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC (THE DEER HUNTER, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND). Most recently he served as one of 5 Directors of Photography on COLD WATER COWBOYS, a hit commercial fishing series for Discovery Channel Canada.