Bill Dill is an award-winning cinematographer. His first feature film, SIDEWALK STORIES, won international acclaim at film festivals worldwide, including the Berlin and Swedish Film Festivals, and premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and won the Prix Du Public at that festival. In addition to his numerous other feature film credits, his work in television includes the American Playhouse production of FIRES IN THE MIRROR, a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Among his many productions for HBO was the Ace Award-winning children's program MOMMY BUY ME THAT, as well as comedy specials for Robert Townsend, Damon Wayans, and Whoopie Goldberg. Dill photographed a Clio award-winning commercial campaign for Nickelodeon Television Network. In a 20-year career, he shot ten feature films. His narrative film work includes the feature films B.A.P.S. (starring Halle Berry and Martin Landau), the Showtime TV series SOUL FOOD, and the feature film DANCING IN SEPTEMBER, which premiered at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival.
Mr. Dill is a graduate of Oberlin College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications Studies.
He is currently a Full Professor with Tenure at Chapman University in Orange, CA.
Mr. Dill is a past Senior Lecturer and a current Adjunct Instructor, teaching core curriculum at the University of Southern California's School of Cinema-Television.
He is a past Department Chair in the Cinematography Department in the AFI Conservatory at the American Film Institute and Senior Filmmaker in Residence in that department. In 2002, of the eight commendations awarded by the American Society Of Cinematography for excellence in student cinematography, four were granted to students of the program over which Mr. Dill presides.
He has guest lectured at The University of South Carolina, The University of California at Los Angeles, and Los Angeles Community College. He has also lectured before senior members of the United States intelligence community at the Institute for Creative Technologies. Dill has worked closely with the Entertainment Technology Center at the University of Southern California and was the cinematographer on the "Studio Without Walls" demonstration of future broadband technologies.
Mr. Dill is an active and respected member of the Los Angeles filmmaking community.
He has participated as a member of the tenure review committee of the Tisch School of the Arts NYU Film School. He has also served as a judge for the Emmy Awards given by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in cinematography. He has appeared on the ABC News program NIGHTLINE, CNN, and in THE NEW YORK TIMES.
He has participated in numerous panel discussions on the cinematographer's role in modern filmmaking sponsored by such organizations as Showbiz Expo, and the American Society of Cinematographers.
He is a regular mentor and teacher of minority youth community groups such as the Hollywood Entertainment Museum's Education Center for the Entertainment Arts. He also participates in distance learning programs in the form of webcasts for Howard University in Washington D.C.
Mr. Dill is licensed as a Private Pilot by the FAA and is certified as a hang glider by the USHGA.
Mr. Dill has worked in all facets of cinematography: corporate films,
documentaries, TV pilots, episodic TV, commercials, movies of the week, and feature films. He is a well-rounded cinematographer with a wide range of community and industry commitments.
In 2002 Mr. Dill was inducted into the prestigious American Society of Cinematographers.