Spencer Chumbley

Non-Fiction Cinematographer & producer


Spencer Chumbley is a freelance non-fiction cinematographer and producer focused on the creation of news and documentary content for broadcast and digital media.

He began his career under the mentorship of the producers at Al Jazeera’s award-winning current affairs program, Fault Lines. In 2013 he assisted in the launch of VICE News as a hybrid staff producer/cinematographer focusing on social justice and environmental stories in the United States. Since leaving his staff position he continued to serve as a freelance cinematographer for VICE's award-winning news programs on HBO and his client list has expanded include major broadcast outlets.

Chumbley has extensive field experience working in hostile and sensitive environments that dominate documentary production focused on human rights, conflict and social justice. He is often hired to work as the sole cinematographer on small and nimble documentary crews, able to run sound while shooting and field produce from behind the camera when needed.

His on-location experience in the news and documentary production lends efficiency and speed when working with larger crews in the world of non-fiction broadcast television. His approach to shooting and equipment are grounded by maintaining balance between the pursuit of cinematic style with the needs of the story and finding the most efficient way to maximize both.

In 2018, segments Chumbley filmed in Libya for VICE News Tonight on HBO were nominated for News and Documentary Emmy Awards' Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story in a Newscast. Additionally he was behind the camera as director of photography for 12 episodes of Travel Channel’s Mysteries at the Museum field specials filmed on location in Argentina, Romania, Germany, Scotland, Uruguay, Egypt and the US.



MSC Violence, Conflict and Development
School of Oriental & African Studies

BA Economics, Peace Studies Certificate
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee






Iran in Iraq (Segment Co-Director of Photography–VICE on HBO 2018)
A Revolution in Ruins ( Segment Director of Photography–VICE on HBO 2018)
Crude Reality (Segment Director of Photography–VICE on HBO 2017)
Assad’s Syria (Segment Director of Photography–VICE on HBO 2017)
The Displaced (Segment Director of Photography–VICE on HBO 2017)
Return to Yemen (Segment Director of Photography–VICE on HBO 2016)
Fighting ISIS (Camera Operator–VICE on HBO 2016)

Ukraine's Proxy War (Camera Operator–VICE News 2016)
Grey Matter (Cinematographer–VICE Canada Reports 2017)
Blackmarket: Tunnels of Gaza (Cinematographer–VICELAND 2017)
Oil & Water (Producer, Editor–VICE Motherboard 2015 )

Earthquake in Nepal (Field Producer, Camera–VICE News 2015)
Bomb Trains (Producer, Camera–VICE News 2014)

The Death of Corey Stingley (Producer, Camera–VICE News 2014)

Mysteries at the Museum Specials
Watergate Scandal (Director of Photography–Travel Channel 2019)
Hindenburg Disaster (
(Director of Photography–Travel Channel 2019)
Billy the Kid (Director of Photography–Travel Channel 2019)
The Lochness Monster
(Director of Photography–Travel Channel 2019)
Secrets of Area 51
(Director of Photography–Travel Channel 2019)
Zodiac Killer (Director of Photography–Travel Channel 2018)
Cleopatra (Director of Photography–Travel Channel 2018)
Battle of Little Bighorn (Director of Photography–Travel Channel 2018)
Manhattan Project (Director of Photography–Travel Channel 2018)
Lincoln Assassination (Director of Photography–Travel Channel 2018)
Andes Rescue (Director of Photography–Travel Channel 2018)

Harvest Season (Cinematographer–Independent Lens 2018)
ACORN & The Firestorm (Cinematographer–Tribeca Film Festival 2017)
Forced Back to Cambodia (Cinematographer–Al Jazeera 2017)

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Custom Sony FS7 Mk2 for news and documentary cinematography.

DJI Mavic Pro 2
FAA Part 107 License
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Sony Dual Channel TX/RX Lavs
Sennheiser MKH 8060 / 416 Mics
Sony XLR-K1M (4 channels of audio)

Westcott Flex Light Bi-Color Panels (2)
Quasar Science Bi-Color Mag Tubes (4)

Sony FS7-MKII Super35 Camera
Sony XCDA-FS7 Extension Unit
Sony A7S MKII 35mm Mirrorless

Fujinon Cabrio 19-90mm T2.9 v2
Canon L 70-200mm f2.8 v2
Bright Tangerine Clash 138 Mattebox

SmallHD 703 Bolt Wireless Teradek
SmallHD 503 UltraBright


2018 - NewsShooter - Remembering David Ford of Ergocine
2017 - NewsShooter - Back to Basics With Rush Design's VCT Baseplate
2017 - NewsShooter - Zamboni Belt: Keeping Everything at Hand for Doc Shooters
2015 - Sony Action MagazineDocumenting Conflict and Crisis on the FS7
2015 - NewsShooter - Moving from the C100 to the FS7
2015 - NewsShooter - How I made the C100 A Web News Workhorse
2014 - NewsShooter - VICE News Goes Live: What Does it Mean for Gen 5D?
2012 - NewsShooter - Shooting Public Television in Wisconsin - on a DSLR

2018 - Rough Cut Podcast - Shooting in War Zones & Benefits of Being Self-taught
2017 - VICE News - VICE on HBO Behind the Scenes in Syria
2017 - UW-MilwaukeeEcon Graduate Tells Stories Through a New Lens
2016 - Milwaukee Record - On the Record with Spencer Chumbley
2015 - Big Picture with Thom Hartmann - The "Ticking Bomb" Below the Great Lakes
2015 - WORT 89.9 FM - Oil Pipelines that Dwell Beneath the Great Lakes
2015 - David Pakman Show - There's a Ticking Timebomb Oil Pipeline
2014 - Milwaukee Record - Inside the Milwaukee Film Festival