Fraser Stephen


Fraser Stephen on 'The Lick'Fraser is a cinematographer and photographer based in the UK.

He began taking photographs with a borrowed point and shoot camera while growing up in a small coastal town in the north east of Scotland. The buzz of creating images caught his imagination and he decided to pursue an education in photography.

As a student in Aberdeen, he learned to work with 35mm, medium and large format film stock, developing negatives and printing his own images in the darkroom. He experimented with various genres and mastering key techniques before focusing on music, portraiture and still life photography.

He completed a BA Commercial Photography in 2010 and began his career as a freelance photographer and retoucher.

He built a base of esteemed clients including BBC Scotland, News International and Amazon as well as a diverse range of small, local brands. As a more personal project, he co-founded an art collective called Domicile Crocodile and began to experiment with design and moving image, creating artwork, merchandise and music videos for a series of Scottish bands and musicians. The combination of experimentation with video and various commissions to create production stills on music video sets sparked a new desire to pursue filmmaking.

Fraser relocated to Edinburgh and entered the MA Film programme at Screen Academy Scotland.

During his time at Screen Academy Scotland, 1 of only 3 film schools in the UK which is recognised as a centre of excellence in film practice education, Fraser worked on over 30 short films and earned a Masters with Distinction.

His graduation project, ‘Event Horizon’ (written and directed by Joséfa Celestin; produced by Margarita Veberaite) was selected to compete at Paris Courts Devant, an International Short Film Festival which is identified as a ‘First Class’ Festival by the Centre National de la Cinématographie in France. Following this a co-production deal was agreed with Insolence Productions who handled international distribution of the film. It has been screened at renowned festivals worldwide including Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, Canada and Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Germany.

After completing the MA Film course, Fraser gained experience in high end TV drama working as a part of the camera team on popular Starz series Outlander. Following this, he reunited with the writer/director and producer of 'Event Horizon' to begin developing a business plan for a production company called Shakehaus. The team entered the Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Enterprise 2016 and were awarded in the Film category. They received a cash prize for business startup costs.

Shakehaus launched in April 2016 and has created work for multinational companies.

Their client list includes Royal Bank of Scotland, Natwest and Deutsche Bank as well as creative agencies in Scotland and a series of startups and SMEs. As well as performing the director of photography, camera operator and colourist role on a variety of projects for Shakehaus, Fraser was also responsible for PR, marketing, social media and business development.

After one year working to establish the Shakehaus brand with his partners, Fraser returned to full-time freelance work, motivated by his desire to work internationally with a wider variety of collaborators and in different genres of filmmaking. 

Recently he has been working on branded content, short films and music videos. His recent clients include BBC Scotland, Spirit Media and Freakworks.

Telephone: +44 7403 276 600

Photo Credit: Andrew Perry