About
Current BBC Bursary Camera Operator

I am an extremely versatile camera operator with a wide range of skills applicable to blue chip natural history productions.

My main skills include long lens, underwater and macro/motion control setups. I am also a fully licensed CAA drone pilot to help supplement my primary skills. I like to maintain a diverse skills set as I believe improving in one area of camera work helps develop new and innovative techniques in other areas.  

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My career has taken me all over the world to some of the most inhospitable places.  I have worked in the jungles of Asia, South America and Africa, the frozen plains of Russia and in several of the Worlds oceans.  I relish the mental and physical challenges of different shoots whether it is keeping up with a troop of Chimps on the move or coming up with a new camera setup to capture an event in a never before seen way. Feel free to throw your crazy ideas my way and I will be in my element figuring out a solution. 

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I am very familiar with all of the latest camera equipment as well as a variety of other tools used on documentary shoots. My experience of long stints in the field has shown me to be highly capable at trouble shooting and fixing equipment on location as well as being able to improvise on the job to get the shots needed with the equipment at hand.

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If you need a studio camera op to film pick ups or entire sequences in a controlled environment then I have extensive experience from my time on The Green Planet and Tiny Worlds setting up lighting and studio spaces to capture beautiful sequences. 

Qualifications
  • HSE commercial diver (>1000 dives)

  • Qualified rebreather diver and owner of an AP Inspiration (>400 hours)

  • CAA licensed drone pilot

  • Diver coxwain license. Allowed to drive a RIB up to 10m in length around divers.

  • Qualified 02 provider.

  • B.Sc Zoology and M.Res Animal Behaviour

  • Full UK drivers license.

Equipment
  • Sachtler Flowtech Legs with Video 18 Fluid Head

  • Tilta Nucleus Nano Follow Focus

  • Nikon 70 - 180mm Macro lens

  • Canon 100mm Macro lens

  • Canon 16-36mm M2 lens

  • Canon 24-105mm lens

  • Canon 70-200mm lens

  • Canon 2x extender

  • AP Inspiration rebreather

Contact

Tel: +44 (0)7847 216 099     |     Email: sam@samlewiscamera.com