David S Percy
Dame Joan Collins presents a film award to David S Percy at the National Film Theare, London
David S Percy FRSA, ARPS is an award-winning film & TV producer and pioneer in the use of leading edge audiovisual technologies. Percy has extensive experience in managing teams of people and running a number of communications businesses.
For over 50 years David S Percy has been a professional communicator in the world of commerce, working with leading multinational corporations – whilst at the same time researching alternative energy solutions.
Born and educated in London, Percy has published articles, books, DVDs and videos on developing business skills; investigating new technologies for future manned space travel; and alternative propulsion systems. He has advised and participated in many radio and TV documentary programs on both sides of the Atlantic.
As a specialist in business-to-business productions, David Percy produced the world's first Annual Report on Video for the Emhart Corporation (1982). (At the time Emhart operated in over a hundred countries with a worldwide work force of 30,000 employees.)
Nominated by the British Industrial and Scientific Film Association (forerunner of the IVCA) as Cameraman of the Year (1986), he has since won numerous awards at film/video festivals in Chicago, New York, London and Beijing for TV productions in the area of Corporate Communications and Business Training.
Percy has produced business courses on Mind Mapping and how to use the human brain more effectively featuring internationally-acclaimed brain expert Tony Buzan. The BBC commissioned his training course Mindpower for Business. He has also produced a popular Mind Mapping course for students: Get Ahead and Ace your Exams.
David S Percy photographing the theatrical movie Discomania
Selection of movies & trailers by David S Percy
Later to become a pioneer in graphics and computer animation, Percy started photography at the age of ten and made his first movie on standard 8mm when he was twelve.
He was commissioned to photograph Hampstead Garden Suburb (1975) a documentary (for European Architectural Heritage Year) detailing the suburb's architecture and history, narrated by Sir Donald Sinden. Link to film
He photographed one of the first British 35mm anamorphic widescreen shorts with Dolby® Stereo sound, and his first theatrical movie The Anna Contract ran continuously in London's West End for three months in the 1970s. Link to film
His theatrical credits also include Knights Electric (often referred to as an early precursor to the music video or pop promo) and also Discomania (1980). Percy photographed The Third Dimension (1985) – a major movie featuring the new Tornado aircraft for the British Ministry of Defence.
A long standing Associate of the Royal Photographic Society, David Percy created the missile tracking Visual Effects sequences for Ira Curtis-Coleman (video supervisor) in the John Landis film Spies Like Us (1985).
Several of his protégés have become very successful in the feature film industry, especially Lighting Cameraman John Gibson and Director of Photography Brandon Apps. (The Australian Cinematographers Society honoured Brandon Apps at its annual awards in 2004.)
A trailblazer in computer animation and videowall design in the 1980s, Percy and his team produced one of the first fully interactive multimedia resources*. He has directed numerous films and video productions for corporate clients – ranging from the UK Ministry of Defence, to automobile manufacturers in Europe including Toyota and General Motors. Percy's broadcast TV cinematography credits include The Ravenswood Experience and The Blue Hai (both ITV).
David Percy is currently completing work on another book with Mary Bennett. He photographed and directed The Belsize Story (2013) two feature-length documentary films on the history, architecture and people of Belsize Park, London. Link to film Percy photographed sequences for the documentary film Hanging Out: Youth Culture Then and Now (2012) about 1950s/60s and contemporary youth culture in London.
Percy supplied material for the Royal Air Force Centenary (2018). And the documentary film photographed and directed by Percy KOHIMA: An Exploration of War, Memory and Gratitude (2013) was the Official Selection 8th Monaco Charity Film Festival. Link to film trailer
In November 2013 Percy supplied various film sequences of Kohima, Nagaland to the BBC for Remembrance Week Episode 3, Series 4.
David Percy's most recent film productions 2017-20 feature the music of the harpsichord and a brilliant young British master harpsichordist Nathaniel Mander. Link to films featuring classical Baroque.
In 2017 Percy co-compiled a book on the local history of an area of London titled Belsize Remembered, Aulis Publishers, with a foreword by Sir Derek Jacobi. More recently in 2020 he wrote a second fully-illustrated study on London's local history – an account of the remarkable life of ‘Moll King’, one of the first settlers on Haverstock Hill in the mid 18th century.
*Data on all products of the DOW Chemical Company were assembled onto 12-inch laser discs with graphics and animation to become the sole source of information for visitors to DOW at K89 – a prestigious international plastics exhibition held in Germany.