Scott Duncan


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Scott Duncan is a dynamic and highly sought-after Director/Cinematographer. Duncan has earned 9 Emmy Awards for Individual Achievement in Cinematography and Best Documentary and has received a total of 26 Emmy nominations throughout his career.

Duncan approaches filmmaking with style, sophistication, and a clear point of view. He is a filmmaker whose precision and expertise has earned him the respect and admiration of clients and colleagues around the world. His network client roster is as diverse as it is impressive from NBC Sports, CBS Sports, ESPN, Versus, TNT, to Hallmark Channel. Advertising agencies such as Y&R, Grey Worldwide, Draft FCB, McCann Worldwide, Averett Free Ginsberg, have brought Duncan onboard to lead high profile Ad campaigns.

Duncan honed his technical skills and fierce work ethic by completing his BFA in Photography at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, but it is fair to say his training began way back during his childhood. A citizen of both the Virgin Islands and the American Midwest, Duncan has a truly unique world perspective. This multi-racial and multi-cultural upbringing has liberated Duncan from preconception, bias and prejudice. Scott is steadfast in his quest to experience the authenticity of all walks of life and to work within challenging and diverse environments. Through his work, he communicates the depth of life’s complexities and the essence of the human spirit.

Duncan’s most recognizable work lies in his creation of the iconic visual style for the Mark Burnett international franchises—Survivor, Apprentice, Contender and Rock Star. He began collaborating with Burnett during production of Burnett’s Eco Challenge in 1998. Since then, Duncan has worked on many of Burnett’s productions—Survivor from 2000 to present, Apprentice 2004 to present, Contender 2005 to present, multiple episodes for Rock Star 2005 and 2006.

Duncan’s commercial work includes directing and shooting for high-profile national and international clients such as Ford Motor Company, Land Rover, BMW, Terlato Wines International, Archer Daniels Midland, Purina, MGD, among others.

Scott’s imagery has become the face of the Summer and Winter Olympic Games broadcasts within the powerful Open and Closing Films. Reaching a truly global audience, billions of viewers have been captivated by his work. Emmy-Award winning pieces for The Olympic Games in Sydney 2000, Salt Lake City 2002, Athens 2004 and Torino 2006. In 2007, Vancouver 2009. Duncan spent over a month in China leading the filming efforts for the Beijing Olympic Games and currently is working with NBC Sports on the look of Olympics 2012.

His career as a documentary filmmaker has spanned monumental events such as capturing intimate moments. In 1994, Duncan filmed Nelson Mandela during the Independence of South Africa. Recently, he has to been to the war zones of Afghanistan and filmed in such places as the inside of the Tanks and Humvees of US Military Personnel. Most recently, Scott collaborated with award-winning filmmaker Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi on the feature documentary I Bring What I Love, a film about acclaimed Grammy-Award-winning musician, Youssou N’Dour, which premiered in 2008 at the Toronto International Film Festival. Also in 2008, Duncan’s other feature documentary project with Phil Tuckett, The Golden Age, was presented by Edward James Olmos, the film’s narrator, in which it premiered at the 20th annual Viña del Mar film festival in Chile.