Arturo Smith - Director of Photography
He comes from Venezuela, wears wild dreadlocks, owns a British passport and spends more time in airplanes then in his home base Berlin. It is not easy to write about Arturo, because he is so versatile that he easily defies most attempts to categorize his work. He likes it creative, a little bit edgy, a little bit arty or experimental. Prior to shooting his “Anti Christ” music video for Marilyn Manson he carefully baked the film stock in an oven. After exposure he hand processed the negative in his bath tub to create the intended unseen effects. Arturo has the rare ability to add some magic to projects that would otherwise end up as well executed mainstream. His many journeys have sharpened his senses for architecture and landscapes. He is a very experienced underwater photographer, and has 20 plus international feature films on his reel, many of them award-winning.
Specialities
Commercials • Corporate Films • Documentaries • Feature Films • Music Videos
Styles
Beauty • Car • Hair • Highspeed • Kids • Landscape • Lifestyle • Performance • Table Top • Underwater • Visual effects
Skills
35mm • Alexa • DSLRs • RED-CAM • Super16
Languages
English • Spanish
  • VW Jetta "Feels even better"VW Jetta "Feels even better" VW Jetta "Feels even better" • Commercial • Car • Vignette • Lifestyle • Landscape
  • Pepsico ChipsyPepsico Chipsy Pepsico Chipsy • Commercial • Food • Vignette • Lifestyle
  • Johnson's Body Care "Take Care"Johnson's Body Care "Take Care" Johnson's Body Care "Take Care" • Commercial • Beauty • Kids • Storytelling
  • HBO 2HBO 2 HBO 2 • Commercial • Vignette • Beauty • Kids • People
  • UPC "Rennfahrer"UPC "Rennfahrer" UPC "Rennfahrer" • Commercial • Celebrity • Car • Animation (CGI)
  • Samsung S4 "Be ready 4 the next Galaxy" Part1Samsung S4 "Be ready 4 the next Galaxy" Part1 Samsung S4 "Be ready 4 the next Galaxy" Part1 • Commercial • Technic • Kids • Storytelling
  • KoenicKoenic Koenic • Commercial • People • Humour • Beauty • Storytelling
  • Velcom "Mask"Velcom "Mask" Velcom "Mask" • Commercial • Technic • Vignette
  • Audi A3 "Sound of Silence"Audi A3 "Sound of Silence" Audi A3 "Sound of Silence" • Commercial • Car • Kids • Landscape
  • Velcom "Non-Stop - Russ" DCVelcom "Non-Stop - Russ" DC Velcom "Non-Stop - Russ" DC • Commercial • Business • Lifestyle • Storytelling
  • LG "Katanga"LG "Katanga" LG "Katanga" • Commercial • Humour • Storytelling
  • Lipton "Indian"Lipton "Indian" Lipton "Indian" • Commercial • Beverage • Beauty
  • Avandeo "Kloster"Avandeo "Kloster" Avandeo "Kloster" • Commercial • Humour • Dialog • Lifestyle
  • Mercedes-Benz PortalMercedes-Benz Portal Mercedes-Benz Portal • Commercial • Car • People • Underwater • Sport
  • Huawei "Girl"Huawei "Girl" Huawei "Girl" • Commercial • Business • Beauty • Animals
  • Samsung Velcom "Nice Guys"Samsung Velcom "Nice Guys" Samsung Velcom "Nice Guys" • Commercial • Technic • Vignette • Black & White
  • EscadaEscada Escada • Commercial • Fashion • Beauty • People
  • Velcom "Explosion"Velcom "Explosion" Velcom "Explosion" • Commercial • Technic • Vignette • Performance
  • "The Fashionista Spy""The Fashionista Spy" "The Fashionista Spy" • Corporate Film • Beauty • Storytelling
  • Velcom "Non-Stop - Russ" DCVelcom "Non-Stop - Russ" DC Velcom "Non-Stop - Russ" DC • Commercial • Business • Lifestyle • Storytelling
  • Nivea "Anti-Schuppen"Nivea "Anti-Schuppen" Nivea "Anti-Schuppen" • Commercial • Hair
  • "Der Katalog""Der Katalog" "Der Katalog" • Corporate Film • Beauty • Black & White • Fashion
  • OsterOster Oster • Commercial • Food • People • Kids
  • Abu Dhabi AwardsAbu Dhabi Awards Abu Dhabi Awards • Commercial • People • Testimonial
Productions

Commercials
AUDI • Avandeo • Banco de Venezuela • Banco Santander • Behinderten Sportverein • BMW • Bordeaux Models • But • Cherokee • Clairol • CTN Turner • Daimler Chrysler • Dior • Dove • Escada • Farmatodo • Ford • Golf in the Kingdom • Halls • HBO • Helene Curtis • Hillsbury Chocolate • Huawei • Jenny Craig • Johnson&Johnson • KOENIC • Lanza Cosmetics • Lawman Jeans • LG • Lipton • MIA • Mercedes Benz • Movistar • Nike • Nikon • Nivea • One Nation • Optometrics • Pepsico Chipsy • Pier1 • PSA • Relax FM • Remington • Rexona • Salon Selective • Samsung • Sinutab • SNAP • Stabilo • Telefonica • Tesco • Timeless • TNT • UPC • Velcom • Volvo • VW

Feature Films
"Golf In The Kingdom" • "Music Of Missing Film" • "Surf School" • "Silence Becomes You" • "Anansi" • "Rave McBeth" • "Jaques Derrida - Documentary" • "Psycho Beach Party" • "Living The Life" • "Mao Game" • "Freak Weather" • "Melting Pot aka The Race" • "Clara" • "Body And Soul" • "Japan/LA/Japan - Artproject" • "Nowhere" • "Guy" • "Revenge" • "What´s So Hard About Peace" • "David Copperfield - Special"

Music Videos
SMATKA - "Wrong Love" • DJ Sammy - "Sunlight" • A-Teens - "Little Princess" • Thomas D - "Gebet an den Planet" • Thomas D - "Uns trennt das Leben" • Wyclif Jean - "Another on bites the dust" • Marilyn Manson - "Anti Christ" • Prince - "Love Sign" • Sound of Blackness - "I believe" • Patrick Bruel - "Pas par pas" • Beastie Boys - "Sabotage" • AHA - "It´s time" • PM Down - "Going around" • Al Jarreau

Directors

Alex Munos • Alexandra Henao • Alexis Duran • Aviv Kosloff • Bernhard Semmelrock • Brian Grazer • Bruce & Norman Yanemoto • Bruster McWilliams • Chris Appelbaum • Chris Scherer • Claudia Alberdi • Damon Santa Stefano • Danny Levinson • David Cameron • Eden Deibel • Elias Mirhage • Enelio Farina • Erik Ifergan • Frank Nesemann • Frederik Gunnarsson • Frieder Wittich • Fritz Bauman • Gero von Braunmühl • Gregg Araki • Hans Horn • Helga Oswald • Horst Czenskowski • Hugh Brothers • Ice Cube • Joel Silverman • Joerg Grossmann • Joshua Miller • Kim Watson • Kirby Dick • Klaus Knösel • Martin Kowalczik • Mauro De Vita • Mazen Fayad • Melody McDaniel • Mery Kuryla • Michael Gondry • Michael Lindsey Hogg • Oko & Soap • Oliver Bradford • Peter Care • Rent Sidon • Robert Lee King • Sam Kass • Sherry Bryer • Spike Jonze • Stephan Zenaoi • Stephanie Sinclaire • Susan Streitfeld • Til Fuhrmeister • Tom Musca • Vladimir Duran • We are Pacheco • X-Entrix Lason

Awards

"Music Of Missing Film"
Artists Film and Video Awards, London Tale Galery 2009
Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) 2009

"Anansi"
Berlin Film Festival, Special Presentation 2007
One-Future-Award at 20. Film Festival Munich 2002
Cinefestival Taormina Sicily 2002
26. Montreal World Film Festival - African Cinema 2002
Quebec International Film Festival 2002
Marrakesch International Film Festival 2002
Flanders International Film Festival Ghent 2002
24. Biberacher Filmfestspiele 2002
AFI Film Festival 2002
Chicago International Film Festival 2002

"PSYCHO BEACH PARTY"
Premiere at Sundance Film Festival 2000
Seattle International Film Festival 2000
San Francisco International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival 2000
North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2000
Raindance Film Festival 2000
Grand Jury Award at L.A. Outfest 2000
Singapore International Film Festival 2001
Malaga International Week of Fantastic Cinema 2001
Fantasporto 2001

"CLARA"
RiverRun International Film Festival 2000
Temecula Valley International Film Festival 2000
Gold Special Jury Award at World Festival Houston 2000
Rochester International Film Festival 2001

"FREAK WEATHER"
Selected at 2000 Toronto Film Festival
Official Selection at the Rotterdam Film Festival

"The MAO Game"
Special Jury Prize at 1999 Seattle Film Fetsival
AFI Film Festival 1999

"Melting Pot Aka The Race"
Best of Fest at Saguaro Film Festival 1999
Virginia Film Festival 1998
Boston Film Festival 1998

"GUY"
Venice Film Festival 1997
Miami International Film Festival 1997

"NOWHERE"
Sundance Film Festival 1997
Catalonian International Film Festival 1997

Additional Notes

Exclusive for commercials by DIRS-N-DOPS (international)