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Freelance Lighting Camera & Jib Operator in Birmingham

Hello, I’m Dan, a Midlands (Birmingham) based Lighting Camera Operator and Cinematographer specialising in corporate work, commercials and documentary.

I’ve shot everything from international advertising campaigns to music videos and gigs for Top 40 artists, broadcast TV for networks around the world and two independent feature films.

I really love my job and the variety of projects I’m trusted with make it an extremely exciting and rewarding career. I’ve visited amazing places and along the way I’ve been lucky enough to work with some of the country's leading sports professionals, music legends, celebrity chefs, three Sirs* and even Her Majesty The Queen!

Outside of work I’m kept busy by two young daughters and a lively dog, and enjoy rock climbing, cinema and travelling whenever possible!

*if we’re counting “Sir Bob”

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How can I help?

Whether you’re in need of a camera operator for a single day shoot or a full video production service you’ve come to the right place.

As a lighting camera operator I collaborate closely with video production companies and marketing agencies on a freelance basis to bring my technical skills and a creative vision to every project. I can provide camera, lighting and sound kits for everything from interviews to large scale commercials, and if you need something I don’t own myself I usually know where to find it.

As well as being a freelancer for hire I offer a complete production service direct to clients, without the overheads of a marketing agency. I have a strong network of skilled and trusted crew from directors and make-up artists through to animators and editors so you’ll always have the best people working on your videos.

Whatever the production it would be great to have a chat to discuss your requirements so please get in touch to start the conversation. I’ll only take on projects when I feel I’m the right person for the job and can add genuine value so you’ve got nothing to lose!

Kit List

I own a wide range of kit suitable for projects of every size and nature. Keeping my camera equipment in-house means you avoid the additional costs and hassle associated with hiring and I can ensure that each item is well maintained. I have a thorough technical knowledge of all my equipment and would be happy to make recommendations based on your requirements.


Sony FX9
2 x Blueshape Mini 140 V-Lock
2 x IDX Cue-D150 V-Lock
4 x 120GB XQD cards

Sony FX6
2 x Sony BPU30
3 x 128GB SD cards


Canon 5D mark 3
Canon Speedlite 430EX II flash


4 x Go Pro Hero 5 w/128GB cards
Syrp Genie motion control
Chesty, wrist and head straps
Suction cups
Jaws clamps
Tripod, handlebar and helmet mounts


Sachtler Flowtech 75 tripod with FSB 8 head
Sachtler TT 75/2 CF tripod with FSB 4 head
Manfrotto 525 tripod with 519 head
Manfrotto 190CXPRO4 photography tripod
Manfrotto MVM500A monopod
Manfrotti MVH500AH slider head
Hague 90° right angle tripod camera mount


Manfrotto wind up stand
Manfrotto combo stand
4 x 40" c-stands
20" c-stand
6 x compact lighting stands
Back light floor stand
Kupo baby boom
Kupo Runway base stand
Side baby arm
Manfrotto 2.1-3.7m autopole
Monitor stand


7 x Superclamps
4 x Knuckles
3 x Cardellini clamps
Scissor clamp
Magic arm
Suction mount
Gaffer grip
4 x 10lb boa bags
5lb boa bag
3 x 14kg shot bags
Nesting apple boxes


Sony 16-35mm f/4
Sigma Art 24-70mm f/2.8
Sony 70-200mm f/2.8
Sony 28-135mm f/4


Canon 16-35mm f/4L
Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L
Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L
Canon 100mm f/2.8L macro
Sigma Art 50mm f/1.4
Sigma 150mm-500mm f/5-6.3


Sigma MC-11 E to EF adapter


Dana Dolly universal rental kit
Dana Dolly portable pipe kit (9ft)
Rhino slider EVO carbon 24"
Rhino pro 42" rails


Hague K-12 multi-jib camera crane
Kessler Revolution 2 remote head
Kessler K-Pod tripod and wheels


Ronin RS2 gimbal
Easyrig Minimax
Zacuto shoulder rig
Sakk camera saddle


Aputure 600x
Aputure 300x
2 x Litepanels Astra
4 x Aputure MC
3 x Rotolight Neo
4 x 275w photoflood w/30" china balls
Manfrotto Maxima-84 LED


Litepanels Gemini Hard 1x1
Rayzr 7 300 Daylight LED fresnel
Photon Beard 2K
Arri 1K
2 x Arri 650W
Arri 350W


Aputure Light Dome 150
Aputure Light Dome II
Aputure lantern
Westcott DP kit including 6 x 4 and 4 x 4 frames
Westcott Fast Flags kit
48” floppy flag
Manfrotto 12ft butterfly frame
Matthews 8ft x 8ft overhead silk
Matthews 8ft x 8ft overhead black solid
ND roll
Various gels/blackwrap
Blackout fabric


2 x Sony UWP-D wireless set
2 x Sennheiser XS Digital wireless set
2 x Sanken COS-11 lavalier microphone
Rode NTG3 microphone
Sony UTX-P40 XLR plug-on transmitter
Rode NT1-A studio microphone
Sennheiser MD46 reporter microphone
Zoom H6 digital recorder
Beyerdynamic DT250 headphones
3m Rode boom pole w/boom buddy
Pistol grip, shockmount and windshield
Matthews 2m x 1.8m Sound blanket
Reflection filter
Mic stand


Atomos Ninja V+ 5" recorder w/1TB drive
Atomos Shinobi 5" monitor
Atomos Shogun 7" monitor
TV Logic VFM-056 5.6" directors monitor
TV Logic 17" client monitor
Sony 20″ client monitor


DJI Mini 4 Pro drone
Tilta Nucleus-M wireless follow focus
Tilta Nucleus Nano lens control
Teradek Bolt LT 750 4K TX/RX kit
Pea Soup Rocket smoke machine
Datavideo iPad teleprompter
Lastolite HiLite 7ft white background
Flexdrop portable greenscreen
Backdrop stand with black, white and navy drapes
Adicam camera cart
Fully stocked floor bags and clapperboard

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