Sam Ardley

Sam Ardley

Lighting camera/DOP
Cameraman/camerawoman/camera operator

I'm a friendly, passionate and enthusiastic Cameraman with 8 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)

Showreel

Recent Work

Boy George's 1970s: Save me from Suburbia (BBC Two/IWC) - DOP

Further Back in Time for Dinner (BBC Two/Wall to Wall) - Lighting Camera/ DOP

999: What's your Emergency? Series 3 (Master IVs) (Channel 4/Blast) - Lighting Camera/ DOP

Love Island series 2 (ITV2) - PSC Camera Operator

Saving Lives at Sea (BBC One/Blast) (Master IVs) - DOP

Project Puppy (Nat Geo Wild/Blast) - DOP

Back in time for Christmas (BBC Two/Wall to Wall) - Camera Operator

Back in time for the Weekend (BBC Two/Wall to Wall) - Lighting Camera

Beatrix Potter with Patricia Routledge (More4/Daisybeck) - DOP

The Voice Series 4 (ITV/Wall to Wall) - Camera Operator

Rugby World Cup 2015 (Meet the teams VTs/Opening titles) - B Camera Operator

Contact

Coming Up

ProAV Academy: Making a Living from Stock Footage

ProAV Academy: Making a Living from Stock Footage
24 Sep 19 @ Proactive UK Ltd, 1 Eastman Way, Hemel Hempstead HP2 7DU

VMI Phantom Workshop: VEO 4K Super Slow Motion Camera

VMI Phantom Workshop: VEO 4K Super Slow Motion Camera
25 Sep 19 @ VMI London, Victoria Industrial Estate, Victoria Road, London W3 6UU

ARRI Certified Training for Lighting Techniques

ARRI Certified Training for Lighting Techniques
27–29/09/2019 @ ARRI, 2 Highbridge, Oxford Road, Uxbridge UB8 1LX

ProAV Academy: An introduction to lighting - with Carl Yates

ProAV Academy: An introduction to lighting - with Carl Yates
15 Oct 19 @ Proactive UK Ltd, 1 Eastman Way, Hemel Hempstead HP2 7DU

GTC Masterclass: Sound Recording for Single Camera Operators, Bath

GTC Masterclass: Sound Recording for Single Camera Operators, Bath
19 Oct 19 @ Bath Spa University, Newton Park, Bath BA2 9BN

ProAV Academy: One-on-one mentoring – with Alister Chapman

ProAV Academy: One-on-one mentoring – with Alister Chapman
22 Oct 19 @ Proactive UK Ltd, 1 Eastman Way, Hemel Hempstead HP2 7DU

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