Webb Pickersgill has developed a unique blend of technical and artistic abilities stemming from a wide array of personal experiences that makes him the creative visual storyteller he is today.
Webb has a passion for collaboration with the other artists to help bring a story to life. Although he has years of professional experience and several awards as a director, producer, and editor, Webb has always been most well known for his cinematography. His projects have 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 “2009 Arizona Filmmaker of the Year.”
As a cinematographer, Webb has credits in feature film, short film, commercial, TV, and web-series. He has worked with a wide variety of cameras, formats and technologies including MiniDV, HDV, P2, SxS, RED, and the DSLR cameras including 7D, 5DmkII and 60D. He has directed the photography for spots which have been broadcast on national TV, many pilot TV shows and web series, and 3 feature films which are all in distribution.
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 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.
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 his own company, Bassline Digital, LLC, and quit his day job. With no safety net, and a “sink or swim” attitude, he learned quickly what he needed to do to survive in an industry that demands quality results on a budget.
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 organization growing the filmmaking community in Arizona, and conducted workshops and seminars for them. He 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 Burbank, CA with wife Sharon and his 3 children Ashley, Trinity, and Zion.