Lawrence Ribeiro

Lawrence Ribeiro

Action Director at Freelance
Los Angeles / Paris / Shanghaï


WEBSITE: @Action_Director
Lawrence Ribeiro is an award-winning Director and Cinematographer who specializes in combining stunts, culture, movement and aesthetics forming Action Design. Lawrence has shot and directed well over 100 action sequences, from car chases and motorcycle stunts to fight sequences and has been mentored by the top stunt coordinators in the industry – Garrett Warren, Gary Powell and Andy Armstrong. His recent collaborations include editor extraordinaire Rick Pearson and Hollywood legend Doug Trumbull. Earlier in his career, Lawrence trained classically under well-known cinematographer Howard Wexler and under Lane Leavitt, a top innovator in the stunt world.
Lawrence's love for action and the arts was fused in his unique upbringing. His father was a Navy frogman, professional rally driver and robotic engineer and his mother was a lover of all art forms. By the age of 21, Lawrence had traveled over 60,000 miles around the globe. His curiousity and sense for adventure led him to some of the most dangerous environments and jobs in the world, from heli-logging to mountain search and rescue to conflict zones.
Lawrence has written the book, The Unknown Art of Driving, and is releasing his second book, Action 101 - A Guide to 2nd Unit/Action and the Arts. He has written for ICG, MovieMaker and Filmmaker Magazines. Lawrence has given talks at the Art Center College of Design and at Film Independent, and currently serves on the Advisory Council for the Previsualization Society. Lawrence is honored to be a finalist judge for the Emmys. In his free time, Lawrence enjoys treasure hunting, Native American mythology/culture, 1960s-1970s African-American culture, art appreciation, hiking and hockey. 


Action Director
October 2011 - Present (5 years 10 months)
Director | Action Design
Create edge-of-your-seat dynamic films and action sequences with a strong understanding of talent, visuals, relationships and efficiency. Always on time and on budget.
Action/2nd Unit Director of Photography
February 2010 - Present (7 years 6 months)
Create visually dynamic and visceral shots that serve the mood and context of the story, as well as the director's vision. Innovate camera rigging for stuntwork. Develop new methodologies for filming action sequences.
Camera Operator
March 2008 - Present (9 years 5 months)
Camerawork for high risk, fast moving subjects in diverse styles.
April 1995 - Present (22 years 4 months)
Precision / Stunt Driver
Director of Photography
UCLA Sports
August 2012 - January 2017 (4 years 5 months)
Film UCLA football games and players, plus specialty assignments.
Cars 101
October 2006 - May 2007 (7 months)
Creator and host of a TV pilot - Cars 101 - a car show for women.



University of California, CA 90095

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