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Ian 'Thistle' Thorburn

Ian was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1955. He has worked in the film industry for over thirty years and is one of the most respected 2nd Unit director/cinematographers in Australia. Ian's ability to work effectively with the main unit director in supporting his vision and create exciting action sequences is a testament to his creative ... See full bio »

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Pitch Black
Pitch Black Camera and Electrical Department
Sanctum Camera and Electrical Department
Daybreakers Camera and Electrical Department
Mission: Impossible II
Mission: Impossible II Camera and Electrical Department


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 2015/I The Lovers (camera operator)
 2014 Deepsea Challenge 3D (Documentary) (cinematography: selected scenes)
 2011 Sanctum (additional cinematographer) / (b camera operator)
 2010 Tomorrow, When the War Began (cinematographer: second unit - as Ian Thorburn)
 2009 Daybreakers (director of photography: second unit)
 2009 Knowing (additional camera operator - uncredited)
 2008 Singh Is Kinng (camera operator)
 2008/I Fool's Gold (additional camera operator - uncredited)
 2007 The Condemned (camera operator: "a" camera second unit)
 2006 Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King (TV Mini-Series) (camera operator - 8 episodes)
- You Know They Got a Hell of a Band (2006) ... (camera operator: "b" camera)
- Autopsy Room Four (2006) ... (camera operator: "b" camera)
- The Road Virus Heads North (2006) ... (camera operator: "b" camera)
- The Fifth Quarter (2006) ... (camera operator: "b" camera)
- Umney's Last Case (2006) ... (camera operator: "b" camera)
 2006 Aquamarine (additional camera operator)
 2005 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (additional cinematographer - uncredited)
 2005 Hercules (TV Mini-Series) (additional cinematographer - 2 episodes)
- Episode #1.1 (2005) ... (additional cinematographer)
- Episode #1.2 (2005) ... (additional cinematographer)
 2005 Koala in the Kitchen (TV Movie) (camera operator)
 2004 Maiden Voyage (TV Movie) (director of photography: second unit)
 2003 Peter Pan (additional cinematographer)
 2003 George of the Jungle 2 (Video) (director of photography: second unit)
 2002 Ghost Ship (director of photography: second unit)
 2001 South Pacific (TV Movie) (director of photography: second unit)
 2001 Code Red (TV Movie) (director of photography: second unit - as Ian Thorburn)
 2000 Mission: Impossible II (camera operator)
 2000 Virtual Nightmare (TV Movie) (director of photography: second unit)
 2000 Max Knight: Ultra Spy (TV Movie) (director of photography: second unit - as Ian Thorburn)
 2000 Pitch Black (director of photography: second unit)
 1999 Paperback Hero (director of photography: second unit)
  Roar (TV Series) (director of photography - 7 episodes, 1997) (second unit director of photography - 1 episode, 1997)
- Traps (1997) ... (director of photography: second unit)
- The Cage (1997) ... (director of photography: second unit)
- Tash (1997) ... (director of photography: second unit)
- Sweet Bridget (1997) ... (director of photography: second unit)
- Daybreak (1997) ... (director of photography: second unit)
 1995 Tunnel Vision (additional photographer)
 1992 Round the Twist (TV Series) (camera operator - 13 episodes)
- Seeing the Light (1992) ... (camera operator: second unit)
- Little Black Balls (1992) ... (camera operator: second unit)
- Quivering Heap (1992) ... (camera operator: second unit)
- Yuckles (1992) ... (camera operator: second unit)
- Ice Maiden (1992) ... (camera operator: second unit)
 1989 Tanamera - Lion of Singapore (TV Mini-Series) (camera operator - 1989)
 1987 Ghosts CAN Do It (focus puller)
 1986 The Power and the Glory (TV Movie) (assistant camera)
 1986 Cool Change (focus puller - as Ian Thorburn)
 1985 Anzacs (TV Mini-Series) (focus puller)
 1985 The Story of Johnny O'Keefe (TV Series) (focus puller - 2 episodes)
- Episode #1.2 (1985) ... (focus puller)
- Episode #1.1 (1985) ... (focus puller)
 1983 Dusty (key grip)
 1982 Snow: The Movie (gaffer - as Thistle T. Thorburn) / (grip - as Thistle T. Thorburn)
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