Donald Karunaratna was a student of Gurukala College in Kelaniya, and after he attended University of Visual and Performing Arts (Haywood) in Colombo. He was also the visiting lecturer for the University of Sri Lanka, Moratuwa, lecturer at the Sri Lanka Television Training Institute (SLTTI) and also conducted workshops at the University of Sri Lanka, Peradeniya.
Donald Karunaratna is a pioneer in working in working in color films and used innovative
lighting techniques in color and black & white filming. He is the most renowned Cinematographer in Sri Lanka with most Awards and accolades presented in Sri Lanka. He won an International film Critics Award for Best Cinematographer Award for the very first movie he did, “Ahas Guava” in 1972 and after he received his very first award he won other awards for many of his other movies. Worked in over 100 movies over the span of almost 50 years. He was recognized by all of the Movie Directors in Sri Lanka because of his Vision in coordinating all of the departments and his excellent partnership with the directors. Donald Karunaratna was the first cameraman to be trained in using the Arriflex Camera in Germany. He was the only Cinematographer to be selected to work in prestigious BBC and other International Productions.
Some of the movies he completed:
Lakseta Kodiya, Ahas Gauwa, Amaraneeya Adaraya, Kolomba Sanniya, Siripala Saha Ranmenika, Yakadaya, Veerapuran Appu, Bamburu Avith, Apeksha, Ahasin Polowata, Amal Biso, Pinhami, Dr Susantha, Sasaraka Pathum, Parithyagaya, Ganga Addara, Karumakkarayo, Sankpali, Para Dige, Kanchana and many more.
Donald completed the following Tele-dramas:
Saman Thanna, Bodima, Ran Doratuwa, Sihina Sithuwan
International Films Completed:
Village by the Sea(BBC Production), Once Upon a time, North & South Dialogue, Bhuddhism Over Asia, God Can’t Do It.
Donald also was the second unit Cameraman for the following International Films:
Three Yellow Cats, Green Emerald, Indiana Jones Temple of Doom, Elephant Boy