Bill Winters graduated from the prestigious NYU Tisch School of the Arts film program with a concentration in cinematography. He graduated with high honors and won the Faculty Commendation Award for best cinematography.
Bill was trained to shoot on film, but was an early adopter of digital video technology, which has become so prevalent today. He shot one of the first national television shows, ESPN’s The Life, to use the miniDV format. Bill took advantage of the small camera size and developed a unique style that he incorporates into his cinematography to this day. Some recent projects in which Bill used the cutting edge technology of small cameras include the widely popular and critically acclaimed web series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” for frequent collaborator Jerry Seinfeld as well as the soon to be released feature film “Home Invasion” for producer Joel Silver.
In addition to shooting traditional :30 spots for clients such as McDonalds, EA-Sports, and Chevrolet, Bill has been at the forefront of Branded Content advertising. He shot Derek Cianfrance’s “NIKE Battlegrounds” which is one of the first and most successful Branded Content programs to air. Recently he shot Zach Merck’s “6 Beers of Separation” which won “Best Branded Content” at the Interactive Ad. Bureau Awards, a Cannes Bronze Lion, and was nominated for a DGA award. Other Branded Content clients include Apple, IBM, Microsoft, Walt Disney, Chevrolet, Ford, Dodge, Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, Sprite, Wal-Mart, and many more
Bill shot the award winning hip-hop documentary, Beyond Beats & Rhymes, which premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and was named one of the top 10 African-American films of the 2000’s. A documentary he recently shot about the Icelandic artist Steinunn Thorarinsdottir won the CINE Golden Eagle, Special Jury Award, and Master Series Award for the best independent short documentary of the year. Narrative films include: Derek Cianfrance’s “Lately” the Grand Prize winning film in the 2007 Chrysler Film Competition; Zack Resnicoff’s “Numbskull” winner of the 2010 Ford Mustang Competition; Sean Carter’s “Culebra” from the 2010 Slamdance film festival; and Mike Fiory’s “Wake” a finalist in Steven Spielberg’s On The Lot competition.
Bill’s cinematography for Chevrolet’s Silverado ad campaign was featured in American Cinematographer magazine and his work on The Oprah Winfrey Oscar Special was featured in the prestigious ICG (International Cinematographers Guild) magazine. Numerous articles have been written about “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” in publications such as Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, Variety, The Wall Street Journal, and many more.
Bill’s projects have taken him all over the world from the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro to the crowed streets of Shanghai, but he always enjoys coming home to his beautiful wife and kitties in New York.