For the past 25 years, Craig McCourry has travelled to over 70 countries with his cameras, shooting documentaries, travel shows and stock footage for the media industry. His early career was working as a cinematographer in Los Angeles, shooting on 35mm motion picture film for TV commercials, network promos, helicopter aerials and time-lapse cinematography. During this period, Craig would get assignments to shoot travel shows, including working for Semester at Sea, a University study abroad program that was supported in part by C.Y. Tung of Hong Kong. These 100-day around the world Semester at Sea voyages always made a port stop in Hong Kong, a city of eye-popping neon madness that attracted Craig’s cinematographic eye.
Starting in 1998, Craig produced, directed and photographed a series of television documentaries. The first film was “Empires of Steam” which documented some of the last steam railways in India and China. The second film was “The Great Bazaars” which explored the rich history and cultural wealth of the merchants and craftsmen who work within the fabled bazaars of the Muslim world. The third film was “Press Pass to the World” which followed a cast of respected journalists through the tumultuous and adventurous lifestyle of reporting for some of the world’s leading newspapers. The fourth film was “Venice: Tides of Change” which reflects on the issues tearing apart Venetians and their culture. These films have been sold for television broadcast on PBS (United States); TV Ontario (Canada); Discovery Channel; ZDF Television (Germany); La Cinquieme (France); Odyssee (France); RAI Television (Italy); NOS-EO (The Netherlands); SF-DRS (Switzerland); TSR (Switzerland) and TVE (Brazil) with home video and DVD release in the United States, Canada, Japan, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.
In 2006, Craig worked as a cameraman on a documentary film “To Whom It May Concern: Ka Shen's Journey.” This film follows the story of Hong Kong actress Nancy Kwan and her meteoric rise to fame when she was selected to star in the 1960 film “The World of Suzie Wong.” After the production finished shooting, Craig stayed in Hong Kong for a few months, captivated by its multi-layered texture and rich history.
Back in Los Angeles, Craig founded a company called Stock Footage World. The business provided media companies HD footage of the world’s major cities. Thus from 2007 to 2014, Craig frequently travelled to Europe, Asia, Australia, North and South America shooting HD stock footage for his clients, including the cities of London, Paris, New York City, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Chicago, Miami, Seattle, San Diego, Boston, Philadelphia, St Louis, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Tokyo, Osaka, Shanghai, Buenos Aires, Rome, Berlin, Madrid, Lisbon, Prague, Budapest, Istanbul, Sydney, Melbourne, Doha, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Beijing, Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Manila, Kolkata, Macau, Mumbai, Montevideo, Seoul, Taipei, Venice, Bangkok, Yangon, Hohhot, Siem Reap, Vientiane, Luang Prabang, Hanoi and Vienna.
In September of 2015, Craig moved permanently to Hong Kong with his wife Grace Mak (a local Hong Konger). His first filmmaking endeavor in his new home of Hong Kong will be a short film series titled HongKonglicious
. These social issue dramas will bring together aspiring young actors as they present some of the challenges facing the youth of Hong Kong.