Webb Pickersgill has always spent his life immersing himself in the things he loves. This passion for whatever he does makes him the technical wiz and artistic visual storyteller he is today.
In an industry where you’re asked to just “show up and shoot what I say”, Webb approaches each project with a priority on long-term relationships and attention to the big picture.
As a cinematographer, Webb has credits in feature film, short film, new media (web series), commercial, and TV. He has worked with a wide variety of cameras, formats and technologies including RED (Epic, Scarlett, One), Sony (F5, F3, EX3, EX1, F350), Canon (5DmkIII, 5DmkII, 7D, 60D, XLH1), Panasonic (HPX500, HVX200). He has directed the photography for 9 feature films and several award-winning spots. He has won numerous awards including a Rocky Mountain Emmy, Addy, Telly, Communicator, Davey, as well as various specialty awards at film festivals for multiple film projects. At the 9th annual Phoenix Film Festival he was awarded the “Arizona Filmmaker of the Year.”
Webb graduated with a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Delaware where he studied upright bass and played in the school’s wind ensemble, spending nights and weekends jamming on the electric bass with the local heavy metal band, Seven Wishes. After graduation Webb refocused his energies and became a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (i.e., a nerd) and web/systems developer for a semiconductor company. He spent the next 10 years developing his technical skills; skills which continue to serve him today as an editor, visual effects artist, and colorist.
In the mid 2000’s, growing tired of a Dilbert-esque cubicle life and wanting to express his creativity once again, he decided to leave the corporate world to pursue his passion for film and video. He started Bassline Digital, LLC and quit the safety net of his day job to pursue his passions full time.
Webb is a natural mentor and loves to share what he has learned with others. He was the volunteer Executive Director of IFP Phoenix (2011-2012), a non-profit filmmaking organization in Arizona,. He conducted regular workshops and seminars on filmmaking and cinematography, and also taught Digital Cinematography as an adjunct professor at Scottsdale Community College Film School and The University of Advancing Technology in Tempe.
Webb lives in Louisville, CO with his awesome wife Sharon and his 3 children Ashley, Trinity, and Zion.