British cinematographer David Tattersall has made his imprint on films ranging from Radioland Murders (1994) to Star Wars: Episode I -The Phantom Menace (1999) to The Green Mile (1999). Educated at London's Goldsmith College, where he got a first class BA Fine Arts degree, he went on to specialize in camera work while doing further studies at Britain's National Film and Television School. While a student there, he made a series of highly regarded short films, including King's Christmas, which received a 1987 BAFTA nomination for Best Short, Caprice, which was selected for the Edinburgh and Milan film festivals, and Metropolis Apocalypse, which was shown at the 1988 Cannes festival.
Since embarking on his professional career, Tattersall has worked on a number of disparate productions for television and film on both sides of the ocean. His work for television includes The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, for which he earned a Best Cinematography nomination from the American Society of Cinematographers. Tattersall made his major feature film debut as the cinematographer for the 1994 comedy Radioland Murders and went on to do particularly notable work on George Lucas' The Phantom Menace and Frank Darabont's The Green Mile. In 2000 he lensed The Vertical Limit, an adventure thriller set on K2, one of the Himalayas' highest peaks.