David Waldman comes to UNLV in the midst of a successful career as a cinematographer. He received his MFA from the American Film Institute's prestigious cinematography program and has spent the past decade splitting his time between shooting and teaching lighting and camera work.
He considers himself a "format agnostic" visual storyteller who is equally comfortable working and teaching using 35mm film emulsion, HD video, or cutting-edge image acquisition technology. Waldman’s work spans a variety of genres, including television comedy (Head Case, The Starz Network), documentary feature film (Mr. Incredible: The Don Rickels Project, HBO, Emmy Award), narrative feature film (Beach Kings, MGM), and national commercials (Ford, Walmart, JC Penney, Dermstore).
He was honored twice by the International Cinematographers Guild (ICG) with the Emerging Cinematographer Award and he regularly serves as a discussant on panels at film festivals as well as providing peer review for Focal Press titles. Since 2007, Waldman has served as cinematographer and visual consultant for the TED Conferences and has traveled around the world shooting all of the major TED events.