Originally from Dalkeith, David Liddell gained a first class honours in digital film and television at Glasgow’s RSAMD. Since then he has won both an RTVSS award and a ‘Best Cinematography’ award at Scottish Students on Screen. His work has been screened at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, and fellow Dewar Arts Awardee Paul Wright’s film, ‘Hikikomori’, on which David was cinematographer, won ‘Best New Work’ at BAFTA Scotland in 2007.
NFTS is a highly prestigious school (“where the new stars for the British film industry are germinated”) and where many of the top film industry professionals offer help and tuition. David is one of a number of talented young Scots in film who have received help from the Dewar Arts Award to study there. As David himself says, “this is a once in a lifetime chance to absorb myself in a passionate, creative and educational environment focusing on the minutiae of the craft.”
David Liddell is already well-known to, and respected by, professionals in the film industry and is considered to be a hugely talented cinematographer, who possesses considerable abilities in many other film specialties. His is a name to watch out for.
How the Award Helped
The Dewar Arts Award is helping David towards gaining a Master of Arts in Cinematography at the NFTS, Beaconsfield.
Since the Award
David successfully graduated with an MA in Cinematography, achieving a commendation for his dissertation 'Through a Lens Secretly'. He describes his two years at NFTS as "the most exciting, inspirational and individual experience of my entire life". His graduation film "Precipice" is being developed into a feature film and three of his short films will be premiered at the 2010 Edinburgh Film Festival. Since graduation, David has been tutoring part-time at the RSAMD whilst also working on new film projects.