David A. Armstrong is a cinematographer, best known for his work on the Saw franchise.

He was the director of photography of Saw, Saw II, Saw III, Saw IV, Saw V and Saw VI.


David Armstrong is a film industry veteran with over a hundred feature film and television productions to his credit, rising through the ranks as a cinematographer. He served as Director of Photography for James Wan on the Saw film series, making him one of the key team members to create the popular franchise.

In his later career, Armstrong has turned his attention to directing. In 2013, his directorial debut, PAWN, starred Forest Whitaker, Ray Liotta, Common, Stephen Lang, Michael Chiklis, Nikki Reed and Martin Csokas.

Armstrong directed his second feature, LEGACY, starring Peter Stormare and Justin Chatwin, to be released late 2017. On top of his extensive film set experience, he also holds a Masters and Bachelors degree in cinematography from AFI and CalArts, respectively. He has won numerous awards for cinematography, including The ASC Student Award at the 1999 Student Academy Awards.



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1986 Norman and God
1987 Significant Other
1995 Friday Night Blues
1997 Two in the Morning
My Dinner with André the Giant
Burningman: Inside the Kaleidoscope
1998 The Way to Santiago
2001 New Suits
2002 P.S. Your Cat Is Dead!
Judge Is God
2003 Fear of Feathers
Seventh Veil
2004 Saw
2005 Cotillion '65
Saw II
2006 Jam
Sam's Lake
The Gravedancers
2007 Sibling Rivalry
Saw IV
2008 Saw V
2009 Kill Theory
The Lodger
Next Day Air
Saw VI
Two Spirits
2010 Dead Awake
2011 Hellraiser: Revelations
On the Inside
2013 Pawn
2014 It's Worth More Than You Think
2017 Legacy


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2002 Lyric Cafe
2004 Ride with Funkmaster Flex
2008-2009 Heroes: The Recruit
2011 Independent Lens


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