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The elevator pitch
The life story
I work as a Lighting Cameraman in television, promotional, and factual production, and as a Camera Operator in film, drama, and music / live entertainment.
With fifteen years’ experience as a Focus Puller (1st AC) progressing from music videos to feature films, I cut my teeth on film cameras before hi-definition digital became the norm, and I enjoy working to the highest standards as part of a team. I hung up my tape-measure for good in 2015. My parallel career shooting news and corporate video, including 5 years as a freelance with Sky News, has grounded me in the nuts and bolts of shooting PSC and live camera, and proved my ability to deliver under pressure.
Whilst technically-minded I am 100% focussed on the aesthetics and narrative of film – for me the story and picture are one and must come first. When not shooting, or watching movies, I like to play guitar, read, run, and practice tai chi. But not at the same time. Yet.
Based in London and the Midlands, I am a member of the Guild of British Camera Technicians, the Guild of Television Cameramen, and a friend of the Association of Camera Operators. The wonderful Kate Collier at Arricrew looks after my diary but please feel free to contact me direct to discuss any job!
In addition to my services as a cameraman I can, if appropriate to the production, offer the following:
I own a rugged PL-mounted Black Magic camera kit with film-style accessories and a bunch of other equipment including grips, lighting, sound, and post-production kit. It’s based at Filmspace, a collaboration between me and Simon Minett.
Our thing is “Digital 16” – modestly priced digital cameras paired with 16mm film lenses of the sort we both learned on back in the day. The result is a great HD picture, massive latitude in RAW, and (the way we’ve got it configured) a compact durable kit which can handle almost anything from interviews to gigs.
For the right job it’s a cost-effective solution, plus it enables me to shoot personal projects.
I can provide or recommend sound-man, AC, and spark. And of course if D-16 is not right for the job I can handle (and hire in) in most cameras and formats.
I have a studio in central Hackney in an old warehouse with big windows and original features, which I hire out through my colleague Suki at Swordtail Studios.
It’s ideal for fashion shoots, live music, and as a location. I’ve used it for many things over the years. It’s been a rehearsal studio and writing room for the likes of Alt-J and The Klaxons, a 1950s LA apartment set for a short film I shot starring Paloma Faith and Dougray Scott, not to mention a venue for the occasional “soiree”. More recently it’s hosted stills shoots for labels and and magazines, and video shoots for bands – I’m always up for filming live performances when I have time.
There are three studios ranging from 350 to 500 square feet, a fixed lighting grid in the ceiling, tungsten lighting and a dimmer rack. It’s lo-fi but cool, and you can achieve a lot there on a budget. And for me it’s great to shoot there because I can (usually) bring Max, my sausage dog.
Give me a call direct if you’d like to see it.
A somewhat random selection of my work (I’m still getting into the habit of asking for copies of what I shoot). Hover over the frame and use the right and left arrows and / or the dots to navigate, click the title to find out more about each one.
A shamelessly geeky collection of film related terms that I add to sporadically when I want to learn something new or refresh my addled memory.
Meaning “without colour”read more
A digital artefactread more
A unit of binary dataread more
The basis of computingread more
A unit of multiple BITsread more
A measure of colour informationread more
A.k.a 1st Assistant Cameraman or “1st AC”read more
German Mathematician and Physicistread more
A type of COMPOUND LENSread more
A QUBIT is a Quantum BITread more
A constant radius lensread more
Or “Chroma Subsampling”read more
Time metadataread more
A component video systemread more
A form of component videoread more