As a cinematographer, Sam has extensive experience with most film cameras, cinematic lighting, optical printing, motion control and post production film finishing. In the digital imaging arena, Sam has shot with all emerging digital camera systems from Arriflex, Sony, Panavision, Panasonic, Weisscam, SiliconImaging, and RED, including exotic digital hybrid cameras from Lockheed, Image Research and the Fraunhofer Institute.

With his creative team at Stargate, Sam is in a unique position to not only utilize his extensive knowledge of the latest digital cameras, but he has also created a powerful, post production “digital pipeline” required to manipulate, combine, and process large amounts of digital images. Many years in development, Stargate can boast many proprietary inventions including their Visual Operating System (VOS), the “Virtual Backlot”, and one of the most extensive high quality footage libraries available.

Sam Nicholson is a member of the American Society of Cinematographers, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, an IA Director of Photography, a member of the Directors Guild of America, an award-winning member of the Visual Effects Society and he serves on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Technical Awards committee.