Harry Mathias is an experienced Director of Photography of feature films. He is schooled in the classical Hollywood movie traditions of cinematography and lighting and has collaborated with some of the greatest names in the cinema industry. His feature films have included drama, comedy, action, and special-effects movies. Harry Mathias was nominated for an Oscar in 1980 for Solly’s Diner. He is a pioneer of digital cinema, holding three film and digital cinema patents, with two more pending, but he primarily thinks, and writes, like a cinematographer in a world where few people do.
He is a Life Fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) and is a founding member of the American HDTV Production and Digital Cinema Standards Committees. Mathias has been a design consultant for both film and digital cinema cameras for some of the world’s major camera companies.
He shares his passion through teaching the next generation of cinematographers by giving invited lectures and seminars on film technology and digital cinema worldwide, in addition to his past teaching at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design (Professor and Cinema Department Chair), UCLA, American University, USC, American Film Institute, and the Swedish Film Institute. He is currently a professor at San Jose State University in California. He has written four books.