Benjamin Scott Bloodwell


Benjamin Bloodwell first learned to splice 35mm film, focus an anamorphic lens, and make passable popcorn as a projectionist at an independent movie theater in Lexington Massachusetts at the age of 16. He went on to acquire a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film, Photography, and the Visual Arts from Ithaca College, where his popcorn making skills sadly atrophied. After graduating, Bloodwell spent several years as the rental manager at Abel Cine Tech in New York City, moonlighting as a clapper loader on commercials, features and documentaries. Eventually he moved on from Abel, and after several years pulling focus for a long list of talented DPs and joining Local 600, began working exclusively with Maryse Alberti (The Wrestler, Creed, Happiness). During this period of mentorship, Benjamin found himself drawn to documentary cinematography, and with Alberti’s help, was able to establish himself among the top documentary shooters on the East Coast. Ben has shot films for Alex Gibney’s Jigsaw Productions, as well as a number of documentary series’ currently airing on Netflix, HBO, and other networks. He produced, edited, and shot his own documentary in 2007 titled Biba! One Island, 879 Votes, following elections on the tiny island of Tinian, the launch site of the atom bombs to Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of WWII. Benjamin continues to shoot high end documentary and commercials, traveling from his home base in West Philadelphia to locations around the world. Bloodwell’s work is highly sought after for it’s compassionate and empathetic point of view, as well as his work ethic and laid back professionalism.