Tom Robotham is currently Affiliated Faculty in Visual Media Arts at Emerson College in Boston, MA. He received his MFA from Emerson College in 2018 in Writing for Film and Television. This, combined with his status as a DP in the International Cinematographers Guild, give him a fairly comprehensive of written and visual storytelling in motion pictures.
He also works in product design for the film & video market, as well as on personal film projects. He is also in the process of developing a new approach to teaching camera usage in support of storytelling in motion pictures.
He spent from 2010-2014 as the Consulting Director of Filmmaking at Boston University’s Center for Digital Imaging Arts. He also has taught film, camera and lighting at MassArt, and the Maine Media Workshops. He has been in the International Cinematographers Guild in the top classification of Director of Photography, since 1995. He is the patent holder for the Blender® line of LED lights marketed worldwide by Lowel Lights. His film work has won awards in half a dozen national and international film festivals, as well as Telly and Aegis awards for commercial work.
Prior to entering film, he ran a print advertising agency on Boston’s Congress St. The agency handled commercial/industrial clients from $8mil up to $130mil annual sales. During that time, he wrote and designed advertising that garnered a dozen independent Readership Awards for advertising effectiveness in major trade publications, and Summit Creative Awards for website design.
He has a BA degree with concentration in sculpture from Hampshire College, and has also attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston for the academic year of 1977-78, and night classes in the 1980's.
Tom has been married for 30 years and has two adult children. His avocations include playing music, kayaking and the outdoors.