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)


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


Coming Up

KitPlus Show, London

KitPlus Show, London
26 Feb 20 @ The Truman Brewery above U-Block, 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL

GTC First Aid Course – Birmingham

GTC First Aid Course – Birmingham
28 Feb 20 @ Room C502, Birmingham City University, The Curzon Building, 4 Cardigan Street, Birmingham B4 7BD

GTC First Aid Course – Manchester

GTC First Aid Course – Manchester
12 Mar 20 @ Provision Manchester, Space Studios, Vaughan St, Manchester M12 5FQ

Media Production and Television Show 2020

Media Production and Television Show 2020
13–14/05/2020 @ Olympia,

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