RAAM Documentary, California  Director of Photography | Red Scarlet-W & Zeiss 15.5-45mm + 70-200mm PL

RAAM Documentary, California
Director of Photography | Red Scarlet-W & Zeiss 15.5-45mm + 70-200mm PL


camera / lighting operator

2015 - PRESENT
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Camera operator
Camera assistant (1st/2nd)
Lighting Operator

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Manchester, UK

I am an experienced lead / b camera operator on commercial, factual and documentary projects, having worked with a wide variety of brands, agencies and organisations noted below.

I work as an AC on large commercial and narrative projects; the highest-profile project being the TNT series, Will, at Dragon Studios in Wales. In this environment, I find my documentary background and skillet transferable, helping my peers and seniors in camera and lighting departments do our best work.

Experience

  • Arri Camera Systems Certified - Alexa SXT, LF, Mini and Amira completed 2019.

  • Highly familiar with Red, Canon and Sony cameras + Tilta Nucleus & Arri WCU-4 follow focus.

  • Defence School of Photograph training completed at RAF Cosford - Filming in extreme / hazardous environments.

  • Creative Industries Safety Passport certified 2019.

  • Interview, multi-cam, studio, beauty and staged action lighting design with HMI, LED, Tungsten and Fluorescent lighting tools.

  • I work diligently to defined branding, scripting and regulatory guidelines using a keen eye for detail and a critical mind.

  • A creative and logistical problem solver who can exhibit long periods of focus, concentration and patience.

  • A can-do attitude with high levels of self-motivation, commitment and dedication to his craft. Continually learning about new tools and techniques.

Misc.

  • Analogue stills photographer.

  • Martial artist.

  • First aid at work qualified.

  • Clean UK driving license & ROSPA Advanced student driver.

  • Encrypted workflow, Protonmail & VPN.

  • Sony FS7 II & Fujinon Cinema Zoom 20-120mm Cabrio owner - dry hire available.


Producer, Director & Camera Operator / The Anholt Project Doc, 2014

Producer, Director & Camera Operator / The Anholt Project Doc, 2014

producer /
director

2013 - PRESENT
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filmmaker

Self shooting
PRODUCER &
DIRECTOR / AP

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Manchester, UK /
Formerly the South West -
Cornwall, Devon & Bristol

As a filmmaker, I aspire to create work that matters for people who care. This includes balancing the needs of stakeholders and senior crew, vs time, budget and other resource constraints to tell the best story possible.

My work walks the line between observational & directed styles; resulting in what I believe are more natural performances that benefit from higher-end production values.

  • I provide clear & consistent (creative & editorial) leadership, transforming locations, characters and events into compelling narratives.

  • Strong communication skills - a listener above all else. I regularly break down and assign complex tasks, never afraid to step up and voice a point of view.

  • Strong resource management skills allow me to prioritise effectively across many situations; managing time and assets according to each production's requirements.

  • I am comfortable interviewing and directing experienced talent, crew and first-time, non-professional contributors from a wide range of backgrounds.

  • Global production experience - working with foreign crew, contributors, fixers & conducting bilingual interviews.

  • Strong knowledge of post-production. Proficient with Davinci Resolve, Adobe CC, Logic, Apple Motion and Final Cut Pro (Apple Certified).


Aikido (Working Title)
Tokyo, Japan 2020 - Pre Production
RONIN / PRODUCER & DIRECTOR
A group of misfits, lost in Tokyo decide to fight the Tokyo Riot Police on the world most difficult martial arts course.

RAAM (Working Title)
UK & USA 2019 - Winter Release
ANATTIC, RONIN & CFC / PRODUCER & CAMERA
4 British cancer survivors take on the worlds most challenging ultra-marathon cycling race.

Royal Northern Sinfonia
Gateshead 2019
RONIN / AP & CAMERA OPERATOR
I supported the creation of a digital guide to a Chamber Orchestra, working with the RNS team at The Sage, Gateshead.

The Alternative Escape

Brighton 2019
PRODUCER & DIRECTOR
New Music Cornwall took four acts to The Alternative Escape – the official noisy neighbour of Brighton’s Great Escape Festival. The showcased artists included Rue, FARE, Milo Gore and L I P S; presenting a sound that echoes the culture and buzz of the new talent that is flourishing in Cornwall.

Design Frontier
UK 2018
SHORT FORM BRAND DOC / PRODUCER & DIRECTOR
Design Frontier is a campaign created by Creative Kernow and the Cultivator business team to showcase great design and craft from Cornwall.

Flooglebinder
UK & Greece 2018
SHORT FORM BRAND DOC SERIES / PRODUCER & CAMERA
Short form brand documentaries, shot on location in Greece.

Last Fisherman 
Cornwall, UK 2016/17
PRODUCER, DIRECTOR & CAMERA / 73 MINS
Theatrical release, multiple award winner & BBC featured.

The Anholt Project
Denmark, Mallorca, Austria 2014
TV 2 / PRODUCER, DIRECTOR & CAMERA / 73 MINS
Produced for TV 2, Denmark. Limited theatrical release. Informed educational policy across Europe with Aarhus University & Carinthia University of Applied Sciences.




RAF

2007-11
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combat & HELICOPTER PHOTOGRAPHER
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ENG VIDEOGRAPHER /
Camera operator

Oxford, RAF Benson

RAF Portfolio
 

I was trained as a photographer, videographer and Airmen at RAF Halton, RAF Benson and the Defence School of Photography, RAF Cosford.

The training gave me a foundation in helicopter and battlefield operations. Specific training included trauma first aid, NBC attack, leadership, weapons handling, off-road driving, helicopters and bushcraft.

I was honoured to win the JHC award for best photograph in 2010 for a series of images produced with 606 Sqn. RAF Benson.

I deployed to N.A.F El Centro USA with a helicopter squadron in 2009, operating in 50-degree heat in the Californian desert. With the support of my CO, I won three awards in 2011, including Photograph and Video Package of the Year in the annual RAF competition.

I was required to work with all forces and considered leaving my civilian occupation to join the service full-time. However, after missing out on an assignment I had been working towards I sacrificed a military career to concentrate on documentary production and freelance work.

 
JHC Photography Award

JHC Photography Award


WWT / Himalayas

2007
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CAMERA ASSISTANT &
2ND OPERATOR

Nepal & India

While working at Apple, I was offered the opportunity to join a small, low budget documentary pilot for a series of trekking films and potentially a 60-minute special for the BBC.

Leaving Apple was a difficult decision, but the first time I saw the sun rising over the Himalayas, I knew it was the right one. I was attached to the project for just under 6 months, and covered 4000km on foot, working at altitudes of up to 18,000ft at Everest Base Camp.

 
Phalut, India, 2007

Phalut, India, 2007


apple

2005-07
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CONSULTANT

UK & Europe

Fresh out of university it was a dream job. One of the reasons I studied computer science was to learn more about the future of filmmaking. The cutting of film with a razor blade was on the way out, and Final Cut Pro was in.

Apple and its software was at the forefront of editing, motion graphics, DVD authoring and visual effects compositing. They taught me about software and hardware. But more importantly, how to communicate that information effectively.

I witnessed how big, successful companies operate; how they lead staff, develop ideas, create workflows, manage projects and drive innovation.

My role was to support a professional user-base, working alongside top professionals in photography and video industries. I worked in the UK - London, Sheffield, Birmingham and Manchester, but also Germany and Canada.


AVCE, HND & BSc

art / Computer science applied multimedia tech.

2000-05
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Leeds Met & Barnsley College

I had led a 'misspent' youth taking pictures and making films when I probably should have been revising for exams. Through trial and error, collaborations with friends, finding mentors, reading books, I began developing a basic understanding of visual communication language and technology.

I wanted to study how computers intersect with film production, art, design and the web. Education gave me time to do that. I used my time to develop a showreel and gets hands-on with much high-end equipment as possible.

I managed the college radio station and moonlighted on a local radio station at drive time.

I didn't study for the qualifications, it bought me time to assist on shoots, create my own projects, record live events and produce videos for local organisations such as the South Yorkshire Police and Fire Departments.

Thank you to Gary Taylor, Sam Wilson, Steve Turnbull, John Richardson, Kris Sagar, Dave Richardson, Steve Dee, Stan Lipscombe and especially Darrell Ford for supporting, inspiring and challenging me throughout my education.

Honeywell, Barnsley College

Honeywell, Barnsley College