Simon Akkerman ACS is an award-winning Cinematographer with a career spanning over 40 years. He has worked for major clients across a variety of fields including film, television documentaries, large scale corporate and industrial production and Cinema / TV commercials, using a multitude of formats from 35 mm film rigs to the state-of-the-art HD cameras.
With an extensive resume that covers nearly every corner of the globe, Simon has developed the skills needed to effectively relate on screen a wide and varying depiction of cultures, social backgrounds and art’s genres. He played an important role as a cinematographer for the Indigenous Community Stories project, a joint initiative between the Film and Television Institute of Western Australia and Screenwest.
During his career, Simon has conducted a number of Cinematographic courses, lecturing and mentoring at RCTI Indonesia, Edith Cowan University, and the International Academy of Film and Television in Cebu Philippines.
Simon is a fully accredited life member of the Australian Cinematographer’s Society (ACS) where he is also Vice President of the Western Australian Branch. He was one of the original instigators of Professional Film Crew WA where he is also still actively involved as a member.
In 2016, Simon set up the exciting initiative Aerial Cinematography Solutions. Two of his Showreels can be viewed below:
Simon is currently helping develop a new project, with David Clark and John Stanton, entitled 'The Aboriginal Child Artists of Carrolup: A Unique Storytelling, Education and Filmmaking Initiative'. The project focuses on the Story of a white schoolteacher who inspires traumatised Aboriginal children to create beautiful art that gains international acclaim and challenges a government’s racist policies.