I am a freelance camera operator based in Manchester, UK.
I have a vast knowledge and experience of using a variety of cameras. I have built up camera operating skills whilst freelancing all over Europe for a variety of brands and commercial clients. I have experience in Branded Content, Broadcast TV, Music Videos, Short Films and Live Events. Clients include ITV, Endemol Shine North, British Muslim TV, NHS Foundation Trust, CVT Broadcast, GroundBreak Productions, Stada Media, Feral Films, Deadline Digital amongst many others.
I graduated with Bsc (Hons) Film Production Technology (with Enterprise) specialising in steadicam technology for short films. I continue to grow as a camera operator and film-maker always telling stories through the wonderful visual medium of video
Below is the list of equipment that I own and operate on a daily basis. To discuss rates please enquire via email.
- Sony FS7 (4K internally, 150FPS HD) – A Cam
- Sony A7sii (4K internally, 100fps HD) – B Cam
- 2 x Canon 6D (Full Frame CMOS)
- Tamron 24-70mm 2.8
- Canon 70-200mm 2.8 IS
- Samyang 14mm T3.1
- Samyang 24mm Tilt Shift
- Samyang 35mm T1.5
- Samyang 50mm T1.5
- Samyang 85mm T1.5
- Samyang 100mm 2.8 Macro
- Go Pro Hero 4 Black + Car Suction Mount
- 2.6 GHz Intel Core i5 Macbook Pro 16Gb RAM
- Adobe Creative Cloud
- DevinSupertramp Glidecam
- Glidecam HD2000
- Syrp Genie Motion Control – Video + Timelapse
- 2 x Lightweight Manfrotto 501HDV Tripod
- Manfrotto Monopod
- Konova K2 1m Slider
- Zoom H4n Audio Recorder
- 2 x Sennheiser EW-100 G3 Radio Mic Set
- Rode NTG2 Shotgun Mic + boom
- 3 x F&V Z400S Bicolour LED Panels
- 60 LED top light
Cal has experience using a variety of digital cameras including:
- Sony F5, FS7, PMW500, FS700, EX1, EX3, A7sii
- Canon C100, C300, C300ii, XF305, 5Diii, 6D
- Blackmagic Cinema Cameras
- Red Dragon, One
Awards and Selections
2016- Liverpool International Film Festival – Official Selection
2011 – Exposures Film Festival, Manchester – Official Selection
2011 – Portobello Film Festival, London – Official Selection
2010 – Short Cutz Film Festival, London – Official Selection
2010 – Exposures Film Festival, Manchester – Official Selection
2010 – Portobello Film Festival, London – Official Selection
2010 – Deep Fried Film Festival, Glasgow – Official Selection
2010 – Fargo Film Festival, North Dakota, USA – Runner Up
I found Cal through the internet as I was looking for a cameraman local to Manchester. He was really fast to respond and very professional throughout, from initial approach, then filming and to the delivery of the files. His work was very good and he filmed everything that was asked for. It’s been great working with him and I’d definitely use him again.
Sam Cooper – Producer, Oxford Digital Media Ltd.
Working with Cal was a dream, he is so easy to get along with, organised, professional, nothing is too much trouble or too difficult. Cal works quickly, effortlessly, calmly and with constantly great results.
I’d recommend Cal for future work, you’ll never be disappointed, I look forward to collaborating with him again.
Sandra Chapman – Producer/ Director, Real Film Productions
Cal has been an asset to my company, and we have found him to be a useful hardworking camera operator, and recently a talented editor for the all nighter promo video. I look forward to working with him again in the near future.