Sam Ardley

Sam Ardley

Lighting camera/DOP
Cameraman/camerawoman/camera operator

I'm a friendly, passionate and enthusiastic Cameraman with 10 years experience in the Television Industry. I began my career as a camera trainee/ 2nd AC on TV Dramas, features and short films, before moving to my preferred fields of documentary and entertainment, corporates and promos - in which I spent 5 years as a camera assistant/ focus puller assisting many incredibly talented DOPs. I enjoy a challenge and I feel that through my experience of working in different fields and mediums of film-making that I've developed a very versatile approach to camerawork, taking a range of differing techniques of operating and lighting learnt from DOPs across the varying mediums of film-making listed above. I thrive in run-and-gun documentary situations, when quick lighting, an editorial mindset and fast decision-making is key in deciding how a situation will be presented on camera. However, I also flourish in extensive planning and shotlisting for elaborate cinematic sequences - working closely with the director to tell the story in the most fitting visual style. I am committed to achieving the strongest visual style to suit the production.

Work Area

Eire, N Ireland, Scotland, Wales, London, North East, North West, Midlands, South West, South East, National, International (US, Europe)


Recent Work

Tyson Fury: The Gypsy King - Optomen/ITV1 - Director of Photography (Pre-titles/Master IVs)

Inside Prison: Britain Behind Bars - Chalkboard TV/ITV1 - Director of Photography (Stylised content)

Gordon Ramsay on Cocaine - Studio Ramsay/ITV1 - Camera Operator

Love Island 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016 - ITV Studios/ITV2 - Director of Photography (off-rig, 13 episodes 2019) - Off-rig Camera Operator (series 2 - 6)

Too Hot To Handle - Talkback/NETFLIX - Lighting Cameraman (COMING APR 17)

The Circle USA + UK - Studio Lambert/NETFLIX/Channel 4 - Cover VTs DOP/ Camera Operator

Soccer Aid (Celeb profiles - Mo Farah, Didier Drogba, Paddy McGuiness, Yaya Toure) - ITV/Unicef - Director of Photography

The Voice 2020, 2019 - ITV Studios/ITV1 - Backstory VTs Director of Photography

The Secret Life of 5 year olds on Holiday - RDF/Channel 4 - Camera Operator

Till Death Do Us Part - Lightbox/iD - Director of Photography (Block 3)

The Yorkshire Ripper Files: A Very British Crime Story - Wall to Wall/BBC Four - Director of Photography

Ross Kemp and the Armed Police - Renegade/ITV1 -Lighting Cameraman

Back in time for the Corner Shop - Wall to Wall/BBC Two - Director of Photography (1950s - 1960s)

Is it safe to be gay in the UK? - Century Films/BBC Two - Director of Photography

HBO Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel - HBO/USA - VT Director of Photography

My Online Nightmare - Blast Films/Channel 4 - Drama Director of Photography

Gordon, Gino and Fred's Great Christmas Roast - Studio Ramsay/ITV1 - Camera Operator

Back in time for Tea - Wall to Wall/BBC Two - Director of Photography

People of Science with Brian Cox: Sir David Attenborough - Contra Agency/BBC - Camera Operator

Love Island: The Winter Reunion - ITV Studios/ITV1 - Lighting Cameraman

A Year in the New Forest - Blast Films/Channel 4 - Director of Photography (Master IVs)

Hidden History: Before Grenfell - Blast Films/BBC Two - Director of Photography

Boy George's 1970s: Save me from Suburbia - IWC Media/BBC Two - Director of Photography

Further Back in time for Dinner - Wall to Wall/BBC Two - Director of Photography

999: What's your Emergency? Series 3/4 - Blast Films/Channel 4 - Director of Photography (Master IVs)

Survival of the Fittest - ITV Studios/ITV2 - Off-rig Camera Operator

Secret Life of the Zoo - Blast! Films/Channel 4 - Director of Photography

Saving lives at Sea - Blast Films/BBC One - Director of Photography (Master IVs)

100 Year Old Drivers - RDF/ITV1 - MOVI/Camera Operator

The Supervet - Blast Films/Channel 4 - Director of Photography


Coming Up

GTC eWorkshop: Drone Regulations

GTC eWorkshop: Drone Regulations
2 Mar 21 @ Online, Zoom, 14.30 GMT

RPT Pitch Perfect: Pitching and Negotiating Skills for Freelancers

RPT Pitch Perfect: Pitching and Negotiating Skills for Freelancers
3 Oct 21 @ Online, 17.00 GMT

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