Samuel Ameen is a Hollywood-based filmmaker with over 20 years of experience on over 100 features, documentaries, episodic television and network specials as well as national commercials.
Sam began his career as Director of Photography on independent films Tin Soldier with director/actor Jon Voigt and Charlie’s Ghost Story with director/actor Anthony Edwards. Since then, he has worked as DP on a wide variety of films, many of which have been official selections in festivals around the world ranging from Sundance to Berlin. Among those have been the narrative Spark and the documentary SOS State of Security. Echoes of Columbine is his most recent work. Sam has served as DP and/or camera operator on over 18 documentaries on subjects ranging from the Middle East to governmental fraud to school shootings.
With a wide range of skills as a Cinematographer, his recent work in network television has been as a camera operator on ABC’s Downward Dog, director Ryan Murphy’s The New Normal and Amazon’s Betas. Among the various series he shot as Director of Photography have been The Fosters Girls United and the CBC’s Foolish Heart. Network specials have included Blackish and The Goldbergs as well as the Emmy-nominated Lost Presents: Mysteries of the Universe – The Dharma Initiative.
Throughout his career, Sam worked as DP on numerous commercials that include the NBA, Chrysler, Disney and Mattel as well as network promos and PSAs. Sam has also worked as DP on extended features for highly visible franchises such as Spiderman 1, Halo 2, Halo 3 and Destiny.
Awards and accolades include:
2010 Emmy nominated -“Lost Presents: Mysteries of the Universe”;
2007 Telly Award, Discovery Channel, “Iraq: Front Line ER”;
2007 Robert E. Wise Award, Outstanding Cinematography-“Iraq: Front Line ER”;
1996 Chris Award, “As Seen by both Sides”; and
1996 Cine Gold Eagle, “As Seen by both Sides”.
Sam is a member of the International Cinematographer’s Guild and Veterans in Media and Entertainment.