Here are a few clips from 2 x 1 hour documentary's on Death Row in the US. I was the sole Lighting Cameraman on the series which was broadcast in the UK on the discovery network.
The programmes followed relationships that women in the UK have with prisoners on death row. The filming involved having to work in maximum security prisons in both Texas and Baltimore and dealing with very intense subject matter.
We went for a very stylised look for both programmes, lots still images, shallow depth of field and the use of long lenses. The programmes were shot on a Sony XDCam HD 700 camera with Canon lenses.
The series was produced by Athena Films and directed by Natalie Wilkinson and Claudia Harrison.
Here are a couple of films I worked on as the Lighting Cameraman. The films were broadcast on BBC 1's One Show. The first film is looking at the history of the famous magic trick "Sawing a woman in half" The second film is a profile of the singer songwriter Joan Armatrading.
I choose these particular examples as both films contain a lot of lighting in different styles, firstly for the magic film I had to light the interior of the Wilton Music hall in Central London, the director was after quite an atmospheric look so used a mixture of hard and soft lights to create the desired effects. The second film on Joan Armatrading I had to light a studio for both an interview and acoustic performance. I created this look by using soft lights with Chimera egg creates to focus the light for the main subjects and then used dedo lights to create the colour and detail in the background.
The films were directed by Steve McDonald and Carol White.
I was the Lighting Cameraman on this film on the Northern Lights. We shot the film in Northern Norway during the winter months. The actual Northern Lights footage was shot using timelapse on a DSLR. The rest of the film was shot on Digital Betacam, I would love to return to shoot the wonderful Snowscapes in HD!
The film was commissioned by Hurtigruten and produced and directed by David Fair.