, ASC, BSC first knew he wanted to be a cinematographer after going on location with , a visual effects studio in London.
His first feature, The Fall — directed by Tarsem Singh — was critically acclaimed and described by film critic Roger Ebert as “one of the most astonishing films I have ever seen.” For his work on the picture, Watkinson won the 2008 Austin Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography and was nominated for best cinematography awards by the Chicago Film Critics Association and Online Film Critics Society.
Throughout his career, Watkinson has served as director of photography on music videos for artists including Paul McCartney, Katy Perry and Pink; commercials for companies such as Apple, Coors, Disney, Verizon and Nike; and the television series Entourage.
In 2016, Watkinson again collaborated with Singh on NBC’s Emerald City and also shot Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, for which he won the 2017 Emmy Award for Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series (One Hour) and was again nominated in 2018. (See interview on the project.)
His upcoming projects include the television series Are You Sleeping.