Leigh Lisbão Underwood Leigh Lisbão Underwood is an award-winning director of photography with Brazilian and American roots. He is based both in Los Angeles and Berlin, Germany, and works fluidly throughout the States and the EU (fluent in German & English; conversational in French & Portuguese). His work has been seen at festivals including Cannes, Tribeca, and Palm Springs, as well as television networks internationally – and he has been honored with awards for best cinematography at Palm Springs International Festival and the European Cinematography Awards. His recent credits include theatrical films, television features, and series episodes and pilots. His commercial work as a DoP includes clients such as Mercedes-Benz, Kia, SEAT, Universal Music and Riot Games.

A graduate of UCLA's prestigious Master’s Program in Cinematography, a program that accepts only three students per year, he studied under seasoned cinematographers including Vilmos Zsigmond ASC, John Simmons ASC, John Bailey ASC, and Richard Crudo ASC. Since then he has regularly taught cinematography himself, also at UCLA, in courses on lighting, image composition, and camera operating.

Leigh grew up in a New Jersey suburb of New York City, traveling frequently to São Paulo, Brazil. He holds dual citizenship in the US and Brazil, as well as a resident working visa in Germany for the EU. His travels have driven his passion for telling socially aware, human stories through a cinematic eye.

Leigh is based in Los Angeles and Berlin, Germany, and splits his time between fiction projects and commercials.

Selected Credits

Crossing the Blue, Short, dir. V. Aleksanyan, Hoshkee Film/CineSud, Armenia/Netherlands, 2022. Winner, Best Cinematography, Yerevan Int'l Short Film Fest
Christmas in Vienna, TV Feature, dir. N. Lyon, JewelLabs Pictures/Ion Television, USA/Austria, 2019
1915, independent feature, dir. G. Hovannisian & A. Mouhibian, USA, 2015. Winner, Special Jury Prize, Lake Van International Film Festival
Brasil Meu Amor, independent feature, dir. D. Tottom, Brazil/USA, 2016. Official Selection, Los Angeles Brazilian Film Festival
Sugar Daddies, TV Feature, dir. Doug Campbell, Shadowland / Lifetime Network (USA), 2014
Death Clique, TV Feature, dir. Doug Campbell, Shadowland / Lifetime Network (USA), 2013


Winner – Best Cinematography, Crossing the Blue, Yerevan International Short Film Festival 2022
Winner – Best European Cinematography, The Keeper of the Trees, European Cinematography Awards 2020
Winner – Best Cinematography, The Boy Scout, Palm Springs International ShortFest 2013

Represented By

MATCH Berlin / Kristina Schreitel (Commercial)
+49 177 - 672 195 0 / [email protected]

Snowflake Management / Steffen Weihe (Fiction / Germany)

CV / Resume

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