Instructor, Motion Picture Arts
School of Motion Picture Arts - Motion Picture Arts Program
School of Motion Picture Arts

604.990.7868 ext. 7868
Bosa Building, room BC265


Film Program, Simon Fraser University Film Program, 1978-80.


Danny Nowak started his career as a cinematographer based in Vancouver. After directing a dozen of his own short films, he excelled behind the camera, shooting various projects around the world.

In recent years, he has served as Director of Photography on many TV movies, TV series and over 20 feature films, including Tristar's "The Big Hit", Neil Simon's "The Goodbye Girl" and Bruce McDonald's "Hard Core Logo".  Awards for his work include a Gemini (Canada's Emmy) and top prize from the Canadian Society of Cinematographers.

From 2012 to 2015, Nowak joined the film department at Capilano University and was instructor in Canada's only full-time cinematography course. After a few more movies, he returned to the University to take part in the MOPA program.

He is a full member of the Canadian Society of Cinematographers, a member of the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, and a member of the International Photographers Union (ICG 669). A patriot of Canadian Cinema, Nowak is devoted to the development of the local and international film art.

In the past four decades that I've been a cinematographer in the film industry I've been honoured to be in such a creative and rewarding position. Working with brilliant artists and dedicated crews has allowed us to navigate skillfully through any challenge. Now I get the satisfaction of passing on this experience to the young people who are just at the launch of their own film careers.

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