Helen Carter is an award-winning, masters-educated, cinematographer with 20 years' experience in the film and television industry. She has been recognised by her peers, winning eight awards from the Australian Cinematographers Society as well as numerous awards from the AFTRS, Kodak and the Sydney Film Critics Circle. Helen began her film career as a clapper loader on television series and went on to work on many documentaries, commercials, short dramas and feature length films. She is a graduate from the AFTRS, receiving the highest achievement in her year. Her film-making passion lies in the area of documentary. Helen is currently researching a PhD on cinematography in Australia.
2001-03 Master of Arts in Cinematography at the Australian Film TV and Radio School. Awarded AFTRS Cinematographer of the Year, 2002
1986-88 Bachelor of Arts majoring in Drama, Film and TV Production and Psychology at Flinders University
Winner AIMA shipwreck photography competition 2012
AFTRS 2002 Highest Achievement in Cinematography
Humanities and Crreative Arts, Creative Reserach Fund grant 2014
Finalist 2017 Winnovation awards
Mindshare Creative Writing Award winner 2017
SA Primary School category winner in the Anzac Day Schools Award.
Lecturer at Flinders University in Screen Production. Responsible for writing and teaching curriculum to undergraduate, honours and Post Graduate students with a particular emphasis in skill acquisition.
Academic Coordinator, Bachelor of Creative Arts (Digital Media) in Hong Kong, CUHK.
Natural History Film-Making
16mm camera techniques
Helen Carter continues to work professionally as an academic as well as a freelance cinematographer, and a mentor to emerging cinematographers, especially female ones. She has a passion for using her Documentary Filmmaking to give a voice to those who would otherwise go unnoticed. In addition she is an accomplished classical musician as well as an active visual artist.
Australian Cinematographers Society - Member
Flinders University Chamber Ensemble - cello
Living Stories Advisory Board - chair
Judge -ATOM awards.
Making of DHU video:
Short Film - Love 2.0
An excerpt from Our World War 1 can be found here:
Short doco - HMCS Protector
Short Doco - Creative Micro-Computing
Web series - Stay At Home Dad
Seeking Light - bio pic
Link to AFTRS films
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