Competent 1st AC / Focus Puller

Highly experienced camera assistant of continuing drama with camera operator experience on documentaries, live broadcast and commercials. Almost 5 complete years of camera assisting with 10 credited episodes of BBC Casualty as a Focus Puller under my belt.

Positive, passionate, respectful, committed, ambitious, and a real team player.

 
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JUNE 2021 - PRESENT

1st AC / Focus Puller

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BBC Casualty

Prime-time BBC One programme Casualty has been running for more than 35 series and still going strong attracting 3 million viewers each Saturday evening. My role as 1st AC has included working with a variety of Directors, DoPs and Production Managers.

 

Comprehensive understanding of camera equipment including ARRI Alexas and associated systems including the WCU4 and SXU kit and Teradeks. Leadership and other department protocols followed: helping to book kit, maintaining kit and focusing on Zeiss Ultra Primes & Fujinon Aluras as wide as T1.9.

Credited Episodes: 4 broadcast - 6 in post production

S36 E7: Broken | S36 E10: Blinded | S36 E11: Two Minutes

S36 E14: Remember Me: Part One | S36 E15: Part Two

DoPs: Jaz Castleton, John Bretherton, Sam Thomas

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DECEMBER 2020

Camera Operator

Opera North's Fidelio Livestream

Broadcast LIVE from Leeds Town Hall, Beethoven's Fidelio was performed by the mind-blowing talent of Opera North. Filmed on Sony 3500s, I operated one of 6 cameras while following a shooting script with shots called by the script supervisor and cut live by BAFTA award-winning Director Peter Maniura.

The event was streamed to the Opera North's ON DEMAND website due to the lack of live audience due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Director: Peter Maniura

Camera Supervisor: Keith Jacobsen

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JANUARY 2017

Lighting Cameraman

Fords of Winsford TV Ads

Fords of Winsford is the North West of England's largest car supermarket and has been going strong for decades.

A set of two adverts shot in a hired supermarket within 4 hours including re-dressing of the aisles and lighting. For efficiency, I lit the environment flat with Kino Flos. I shot the supermarket sections with a Sony FS7 under the direction of the Producer's storyboard. Creative input was welcome. Broadcast prime time on ITV.

Producer / Director: Paul Smith

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NOVEMBER 2016 - APRIL 2021

Camera Assistant

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ITV Coronation Street

 ITV Coronation Street has broadcasted for over 60 years and streams up to 6 episodes per week. My role as Camera Assistant included the occasional step-up to operator, but mostly maintaining equipment, fibre optic cable management, video village operations and being a reliable assistant to each operator in studio, on The Street and on location.

ITV Emmerdale

Emmerdale operates in a very similar way to Coronation Street.

Channel 4 Hollyoaks

In addition to the typical camera assistant duties described above, the experienced crew at Hollyoaks taught me how to use the clapperboard. Gripping was also included in an assistants role.

Credited Episodes: Multiple

Lighting Directors: Chris Chisnall, Lee Harrison, Paul Burton, Chris Barroccu, Chris Ramage, Lawrence Jones, plus more.

 

2014 - 2017

Bachelor of Arts Degree

UNIVERSITY OF CHESTER

First-class award in BA (Hons) Digital Photography & TV Production. Studied on the Warrington Campus (media-based) and the course's final year featured modules such as production, curation and exhibition, production & directing, news, business, and non-broadcast production.

NETWORKS

 
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SKILLS

 

Steadicam & Drone Focusing

ARRI Shift & Tilt Bellows System

Focusing at T2

Managing Hired Kit

DJI Ronin R2 Technician

WCU4, SXU, Preston, RT Motion, Freefly Pilot

Leadership & Communication

Calm & Confident Presence

EQUIPMENT

 

ARRI Alexas & Other Cameras

Throughout my career so far, I've used a number of broadcast and cinema cameras. I have great understanding and extensive use of the ARRI Alexa (Classic, Mini), Sony FS7, A7S & A7III, 4300, 3500, FX6 Black Magic, GoPro, Panasonic S1, GH5s.

Teradeks & Wireless Systems

In-depth experience with Vaxis / Teradek wireless transmitters and receivers, including the Array, ServPro and Link models. With a range of several hundred metres, knowing how to set up and use these saves time, money and cable runs.

Handsets and Beyond

For focusing, I have solid experience with the WCU4 and Preston units, and experience using RT Motion & Freefly Pilot. I'm a capable DJI Ronin R2 technician, and have recently started working with the MOVI Carbon, a versatile 5-axis gimbal.

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CONTACT ME

 

Thank you, I will be in touch