Cinematographer Bill Nielsen, Jr. signs with APA

William (Bill) Nielsen, Jr.

William (Bill) Nielsen, Jr.

Wielding experience
that ranges from
“Shawshank Redmption”
to “Chicago Fire,”
Nielsen is one of the
top operators in the city

(Chicago — 30 August 2018) Third-generation filmmaker William (Bill) Nielsen, Jr. has signed with Agency for Performing Artists (APA) for representation.

A third generation filmmaker, Nielsen began his career as an apprentice for his father on films like Lady Blue. Crafting the position of Assistant Camera, his talents were refined working on The Shawshank Redemption, China Moon, Rocky 5, Rudy, Prelude to a Kiss, Hoffa, and dozens more.

With aspirations of camera operating, Bill invested in his own stedicam and began the next chapter in his career. Trained by James Blanford, he eventually achieved his goal on feature films and TV shows like High Fidelity, The O.C., Prison Break, The Beast, Masters of Sex, and others.

After years of operating on episodic and feature films, Dennis Leary, and his production company, Apostle obtained approval for William to become the Cinematographer for the USA Network show, Sirens. William continued his relationship with, Apostile for, Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, which stared Leary.

Bill then returned home to Chicago and was invited by Wolf Films to operate on Chicago Fire. During his tenure of four seasons, William was Cinematographer for two of the episodes.

When on hiatus from episodic television, William advances his career by shooting short films many of which have been recognized by festivals winning best short film. Teaming up with the director, Mark Schimmel, he was the cinematographer for, Kill the Light, which will be screened at The Kansas International Film Festival this October. In addition, William shot a national commercial campaign, for The Banfield Foundation.


William R. Nielsen, JR., has worked with some of the world’s greatest cinematographers, directors and producers such as Derek Hass, Scott Rosenberg, Jim Serpico, Tom Sellitti, Matt Olmstead, Tim Iacofano, Seamus McGarvey, Remi Adefarasin and Rodger Deakins.

APA (also known as Agency for Performing Arts) is one of the largest diversified talent agencies in Los Angeles with headquarters in Beverly Hills, New York, Nashville and London. The company represents actors, writers, producers, show runners, directors, performers, physical production services, film studios, and luxury and lifestyle brands across all media platforms worldwide. The agency also packages feature films, as well as television series.

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