Leigh Lisbão Underwood

Leigh Lisbão Underwood is an award-winning cinematographer with Brazilian and American roots living in Berlin, Germany.

2021 Harter Brocken 6: Der Waffendeal, TV Feature Series (2nd Unit DoP), Director Markus Sehr, Odeon Fiction / ARD Degeto, Germany.
2020 The Keeper of the Trees, Short Film (Director & DoP), Wunder Woods Creative, Germany. Winner Best Cinematography, European Cinematography Awards
2019 Christmas in Vienna, TV Feature, dir. Nick Lyon, JewelLabs Pictures / Ion Television, Austria/USA.
 2016 Brasil Meu Amor, theatrical feature, dir. D. Tottom, Brazil/USA. Official Selection, Los Angeles Brazilian Film Festival
 2015 1915, theatrical feature, dir. G. Hovannisian & A. Mouhibian, USA. Winner, Special Jury Prize, Lake Van International Film Festival
 2013 Death Clique, TV Feature, dir. Doug Campbell, Shadowland / Lifetime Network, USA.
 2010 –  2020 Commercials for clients such as Mercedes-Benz, Seat, Kia, Siemens, Riot Games, Beats by Dre, others
His work has been shown at festivals such as Cannes, Tribeca and Palm Springs, as well as on international television channels. He has won awards for best cinematography at the Palm Springs International Festival and the European Cinematography Awards.

His recent work includes feature films, television films, series episodes and pilots. His advertising DoP work includes clients such as Mercedes-Benz, Kia, Seat, Nike, Adidas, Universal Music and Riot Games.

Leigh’s work shines for its versatility and emotionality: he has mastered a variety of expressive styles and shooting approaches, balancing artistic visual storytelling with production constraints, while always striving for an intangible emotional connection to the subjects of his work.

A graduate of UCLA’s prestigious Master’s Program in Cinematography, a program that accepts only three students per year, he studied under experienced cinematographers such as Vilmos Zsigmond ASC, John Simmons ASC, John Bailey ASC and Richard Crudo ASC. Since then he has regularly taught cinematography himself, including at UCLA, in courses on lighting, image composition and camera operation.

Leigh grew up in a New York City suburb in New Jersey and travelled frequently to São Paulo, Brazil. He holds dual citizenship of the US and Brazil and a work visa in Germany. His travels have driven his passion for telling social, human stories through a cinematic eye.