DGA, Canon Explorer of Light

Bruce Dorn

DGA, Canon Explorer of Light


Bruce Dorn has been a top-tier photographer, filmmaker, and educator for over forty years. After beginning his career in New York City as a fashion, editorial, and advertising photographer, Bruce relocated to Hollywood where he had immediate success as a director and cameraman. Beginning as a live action director for the pioneering visual and digital effects powerhouse, Robert Able & Associates, Bruce quickly moved up to become the company’s Creative Director.

An Emmy-nominated member of the Directors Guild of America, Bruce has earned multiple Gold Medals from the Mobius Awards, the New York Film and Video Festivals, the New York, London, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Dallas Art Directors’ Clubs, the Clio Awards, and the Cannes Commercial Film Festival.

Bruce’s advertising campaign client list includes:

Anheuser-Busch, AT&T, ABC, Avis, Budweiser, Bell, Burger King, Budweiser, Bristol-Meyers, Betsy Johnson, Canon, Clothestime, Chevrolet, California Lottery, Chrysler,Coca-Cola, Continental Tire, Conde Nast, Delta, Disney, Delco, Epson, Ford, Fox, General Electric, General Mills, General Tire, Greenpeace, Goodyear, Hershey, Herman-Miller, Hallmark, Hyatt, IBM, ITT, Kenzo, Kraft, KFC, Kellogg’s, Kirin, Levis, Lincoln-Mercury, McDonalds, Miller Brewing, Mitsubishi, NBC, Nestle, Purina, Panasonic, Procter & Gamble, Sonia Rykiel, Soloflex, Six Flags, Sony, Shell Oil, Tyco, Transamerica, Travelers, Valvoline, Warner Brothers, Women’s Wear Daily, Western Digital, Warner-Lambert, and Xerox.

An enthusiastic risk-taker, Bruce is active in the outdoor adventure community. As the senior photographer of The Overland Journal and the senior cinematographer on the record-setting Expeditions7, Bruce has circled the world by four-wheel drive.

As a digital mixed-media artist, Bruce has been the recipient of the Kodak Professional Innovators Award and Corel has awarded him with the rank of Painter® Master. Bruce’s photographic explorations of the New West were rewarded with an Artist in Residence exhibition during the Ansel Adams Retrospective at The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. In Ballistic Publishing’s book, ‘Painter: World’s Best Painter Art’, Bruce’s neo-classical ballet imagery earned the Gold for Best Portrait.

An entertaining presenter, Bruce loves to educate, inspire, and encourage students of all levels on a wide range of image making topics.  Bruce has done it all.

Bruce is a Canon Explorer of Light, A Light & Motion Ambassador, a WD Creative Master, a Tiffen Steadicam Pro, and a Corel Painter Master.

“Every ENG van and grip truck should contain multiple Stella Pro RF lights… They’re available in 5600K or 3200K, battery or AC powered, compact, waterproof, dimmable, remotely controllable, and borderline indestructible. Thanks to its high-capacity onboard battery, Stella is also blessedly cord free. I call ‘em Easter Eggs coz they’re yummy and I like hiding them all around the set!”

~ Bruce Dorn, DGA, Canon Explorer of Light