Brian

I started my camera career in traditional film and was mentored, amongst others, by one of Jacques Cousteau’s diving colleagues. I have 30 years experience as a Lighting Cameraman/DP, 19 years for SABC TV News. With wide-ranging expertise in African, Asian & international filming, I’m an expert in helicopter aerials, have great sea legs and am fully competent with HD filming and higher; I filmed four times in the Antarctic – a place on this earth which I love, despite the extreme temperatures and camera challenges. My three specialities are helicopter filming, lighting and in particular marine filming. For the latter I have special equipment comprising of three camera stabilisers called 'Perfect Horizon', designed specially for surface water filming. These are the only stabilisers of its kind outside the USA and I own the exclusive licence for their use. They were used with great success for sea or river sequences on James Bond Spectre, Outlander, Sing Street, Vera and documentaries for Natural history and commercials. I also recently won the TMT Media Awards 2016 for the best freelance Camera Stabiliser Specialist in the UK.

Cinematographer

  • Lighting Cameraperson
  • Cinematographer
  • Camera Supervisor
  • Camera (Wildlife)
  • Camera Operator (HD)
  • Director of Photography
Crew Code: DP002
Age:
Gender: Male
Clean driving license: Yes

Industry Skills

Advanced Lighting
Interview techniques
Aerial filming from helicopters
Camera Stabilisation using Perfect Horizon stabiliser for which I have exclusive licence (excluding USA)
Sea, river & lake filming
Very good sea legs
Boat, sea & maritime skills
Location filming
Filming in geographical extremes e.g. Antarctic and deserts
Multi camera filming
Filming to edit

Languages

English

Equipment owned

Perfect Horizon Camera Stabilisers x 3 (incl waterproof pelican cases)
Wide ranging selection of sound equipment (Sennheiser)
Radio mics
Selection of Sachtler Tripods (Mini, medium & large)
O'Connor Heavy Duty Tripod
High hat
Lighting equipment (incl. blondes & redheads)
Digital Monitors x2
(All gear packed ready to move in pelican cases)

Previous production credits

  • James Bond Spectre - Feature film
  • Sing Street - Feature Film
  • Outlander - TV Drama
  • Doc Martin - TV Drama
  • Point Break - Feature Film
  • Air jaws (Shark week) Discovery Channel
  • White Sharks BBC NHU
  • BBC Natural World (Moose in the Glenn)
  • Fructose Hair Shampoo - TV Commercial
  • Ballisto Chocolates - German TV Commercial
  • Coca Cola - Commercial & Corporate
  • In My Shoes - BBC Children (16 x films China & Europe)
  • World Cup Stories - BBC Children - BAFTA nominated
  • Holocaust Interviews x 83 - Steven Spielberg (Reference letter available)
  • Daniel and Our Cats - Discovery/Animal Planet - multi-award winning

Guild affiliations

SASC ( Southern African Society of Cinematographers )
MGTC ( Member of Guild for Television Cameramen )
International Federation of Journalists