Born in Santa Monica, California, William (Bill) Webb has always been close to the motion picture industry. His father was an editor for Paramount Studios, his uncle, a two-time Academy Award winning screenwriter, and his aunt, an actress.
After finishing high school in 1980, Bill attended 3 different colleges, taking as many courses in film production as possible. In 1984, Bill began working as a 2nd assistant cameraman, quickly moving up to 1st. He had the privilege of working with several fine DPs, including Reed Smoot ASC, Juan Ruiz-Anchia ASC, Gordon Lonsdale and Jim Chressanthis ASC.
With several projects to his assisting credit, Bill attended The American Film Institute. He studied with the late Howard Swartz ASC and Harry Wolf ASC and graduated as a cinematography fellow in 1988. He then interned with Robert Richardson ASC on the film, "Born on the 4th of July". Shortly after, he began operating full time.
Adding to his operator skills, Bill purchased a STEADICAM in 1992, which he has used on virtually every project since, sometimes in inventive ways, giving him over 18 years of continuous STEADICAM experience. From 1992 - 2010, Bill operated on nine feature films, twelve television movies and over 16 seasons of various episodic productions with Directors of Photography Jim Chressanthis ASC, Bill Pope ASC, Reynaldo Villalobos, Rodney Charters ASC and many other wonderful camermen. On a number of productions on which Bill operated, he also served as 2nd Unit DP.
As a Director of Photography, Bill has completed 14 seasons (now in his 15th) of the 1 hour episodic, "N.C.I.S.", starring Mark Harmon. Additionally, he shot over 2 seasons of "J.A.G.", two independent features, documentaries and a number of music videos and commercials.