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    As a DP my aim is always to enhance the story being told on screen. My passion for both the creative and technical aspects of the process are evident in all my work and in the variety of projects I have undertaken and I enjoy experimenting with different styles and techniques to achieve the right look. I am comfortable and competent shooting on allformats from film to HD to 4K. In addition I am a GBCT trained steadicam operator.

    I made my first 'corporate' advertising an after school activities project, aged 16 using a borrowed Hi-8 camera and edited 'tape to tape' using my home VCR - and promptly became hooked on film making! Whilst studying for a degree in Philosophy and Psychology at the University of Edinburgh I tried my hand at journalism, psychology research and even stand-up comedy, but always found myself drawn back into film making: skipping lectures to work on short films with students from the local art college. By the time I graduated I was determined to become a cameraman. Initially I worked in a rental house so I could get to know the equipment inside out and then as a camera assistant to learn the skills and habits of a professional cameraman - but I never stopped shooting myself: from short films to music videos to speculative docs, I continuously applied the tricks and techniques I learnt from the pros I worked with, honing my practical and creative skills. Soon enough people were paying me to shoot: mission accomplished.
     
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    Credits

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    Scam Cities: Paris, London, Amsterdam - ZigZag (UK) & Handel Productions (Canada) , United Kingdom
    2013 - Director of Photography
    3x 60min Episodes of 'Scam Cities' for National Geographic international.

    Shot on the Red Epic with GoPros, Canon 5Ds and various hidden ad covert camera systems for the undercover 'scam' shoots.

    Scam cities is one of the highest rating shows on National Geographic world wide with an audience in excess of 60million viewers per episode.

    It has recently been nominated for a Broadcast award: best factual show, non-terrestrial.

    Mike Marlin: Grand Reveal - Mike Marlin Music , United Kingdom
    2013 - Director of Photography
    Music video for the track 'Grand Reveal' Shot on my Sony FS700 and Samurai recorder.

    BBC Learning: Media Literacy - Somethin Else , United Kingdom
    2013 - Director of Photography
    a series of 5 short promos about Media literacy for BBC learning. Shot on the Canon C300

    Zurich Insurance 'Life Stories' - Guardian News and Media , United Kingdom
    2013 - Director of Photography
    3x 10min documentaries about the major turning events in life: Birth, death and buying your first home.

    Shot on the Red Epic with Cooke Lenses for a cinema release (3min cut down versions)

    The brief was to: a documentary that doesn't look like a documentary, think Terrence Malick in Tree of life.

    Public Service Broadcasting - Signal 30 - Day for Night Films , United Kingdom
    2013 - Director of Photography
    Music Video. Shot on the Sony NEX-FS700 featuring 480fps slow-mo TV destruction.

    Charles Stanley Direct - All your plans - Archers Mark , United Kingdom
    2012 - Director of Photography
    Commercial for Wealth Management firm Charles Stanley Direct.

    Shot on the Red Epic in a greenscreen studio. Very special effects heavy.

    Teach First: STEM - Casual Films , United Kingdom
    2012 - Director of Photography
    A series of commercials aimed at increasing recruitment of Maths, IT and science graduates for the Teach First programme.

    Shot on the Sony NEX-FS700 and Cooke Panchros using 240fps slow mo.

    Steadicam Operated by myself.

    Schemata Theory: A complex state - Horsie in the Hedge , United Kingdom
    2012 - Director of Photography
    Music video - featuring sparks and an 8 foot column of fire, shot on my Sony NEX-FS700.

    Diesel Skinzees Behind the scenes - Self Produced , United Kingdom
    2012 - Director
    A behind the scenes video shot for a friend using my Sony NEX-FS700.

    Since I wasn't getting paid much I thought I'd go a bit experimental and try out some lens whacking. The results were tremendous!

    Down by Law - Faction Films , United Kingdom
    2012 - Director of Photography
    60min documentary about Mark Duggan and the friends he left behind. I shot some of the 'arty' bits using my Sony NEX-FS700. Slow mo and car mounts.

    Pwned - Medal of Honour airsoft day - Attention seekers , United Kingdom
    2012 - Director of Photography
    Winners of EA's medal of honour airsoft competition experience real-life simulations of some of the situations found in the game. Shot on the Sony NEX-FS700.

    Everyday Chef - Adjust your Set , United Kingdom
    2012 - Director of Photography
    5min Cookery show to M&S TV

    Aunties - Paulden Hall , United Kingdom
    2012 - Director of Photography
    30min Sitcom Pilot set in a (live!) Nursery.

    Benny Banks ft. Dappy 'Who's the Daddy?' - Luke + Barber , United Kingdom
    2012 - Director of Photography
    Music video directed by Award winning directors Luke Monaghan and James Barber

    Telereal Trillium - the work of the Facilities Manager - peterloweden.co.uk , United Kingdom
    2012 - Cameraperson/Editor
    Corporate for one of the UK's largest property companies

    The Kumars at Number 42b (Sky TV Pilot) - Hat Trick , United Kingdom
    2012 - Director of Photography
    A series of fake Punjabi Adverts featuring Hugh Jackman and Zoe Wannamaker to be used as post (UK) advert break comedy sketches for the Kumars at No. 42b as part of their move to Sky TV.

    Blisters for Blighty - Film Nouveau , United Kingdom
    2012 - Director of Photography
    Comedy-Drama-Doc about race walking.

    Mercedes 'event' 3D Spec Ad - Originator Films , United Kingdom
    2012 - Director of Photography
    3D Spec advert shot on twin Red Epics.

    'The Spoon Council' Spec Ad - Mindway Media , United Kingdom
    2012 - Director of Photography
    Spec Ad shot for TDG Integrated Marketing Agency.

    John Frida - Full repair - Mindway Media , United Kingdom
    2012 - Director of Photography
    Web Advertorial

    The Girl on the Stairs - RGB Photographic , United Kingdom
    2012 - Director of Photography
    Web Advert for Hodder & Stoughton

    Grayson Perry and Haj Exhibition Videos - British Museum Broadcast Unit , United Kingdom
    2012 - Steadicam Operator
    Video commissioned by their Public engagement director - for multiple purposes: to show the breadth of their audience and the popularity of their exhibitions, but also as a record of those exhibitions.

    Shot on the Canon XF305 and steadicam Flyer - I was both Lighting Cameraman and steadicam Operator.

    The Truth About Child Brides - Blast Films , India
    2011 - Lighting Cameraperson
    60 min Documentary for the BBC about Child marriage in India and Bangladesh.

    Surviving Trauma: Impaled - Oxford Scientific , India
    2010 - Director of Photography
    A 60 min Doc for Discovery US about individuals who have survived being impaled by various objected. The job included shooting a dramatic reconstruction of a car accident in India and the rather involved process of cutting the victim of impalement out of the car and getting him to hospital.

    The Magic Slum - ORTV , India
    2009 - Director of Photography
    60 min Documentary for BBC about a slum in New Delhi full of perfumers (magicians, puppeteers, gymnasts etc) that is scheduled for clearance and demolition.

    Blonde Me - Bogden.co.uk , United Kingdom
    2008 - Director of Photography
    Product Demo Video shot on the Red 4K Camera.

    Lead Balloon 3 - - , United Kingdom
    2008 - Steadicam Operator
    BBC 2 sitcom

    School of Comedy - - , United Kingdom
    2008 - Steadicam Operator
    TV Pilot - Comedy, Digibeta

    The Party's Over - - , United Kingdom
    2008 - Director of Photography
    Nice Little Short film shot on the DVCProHD HVX500 up in lovely Buxton.

    - - - , United Kingdom
    2008 - Lighting Cameraperson
    A corporate conference video for 'The Concrete Centre'

    "Entertainment Today" - - , United Kingdom
    2008 - Lighting Cameraperson
    EPK interview Shoot for GMTV Transmission

    Dr Speed - 'I will' - - , United Kingdom
    2008 - Director of Photography
    Music video

    Eidos 'Tomb Raider Underworld' - - , United Kingdom
    2008 - Lighting Cameraperson
    A short promo to work alongside the launch of the next instalment of the highly successful 'Tomb Raider' computer game series.

    Healermonster 'Uberman' - - , United Kingdom
    2008 - Director of Photography
    Music Video

    'Wrtittle College HE & FE Promo' - - , United Kingdom
    2008 - Lighting Cameraperson
    Promotional video for An HE Agricultural college (some sexy shots of tractors included)

    Coraline 'Rita' - - , United Kingdom
    2008 - Director of Photography
    DVCPro HD HPX500 Music Video

    GSK 'Medical Reps' - - , United Kingdom
    2008 - Lighting Cameraperson
    Internal Training Video

    Nintendo: 'Mariokart Grand Wii' - - , United Kingdom
    2008 - Lighting Cameraperson
    Computer Game Launch Even Promotional Video

    Nokia - 'Nokia Maps' - - , United Kingdom
    2008 - Unspecified
    A time-lapsed Steadicam tour of Soho to form part of an internet sting for Nokia

    RSVP 08 - - , United Kingdom
    2008 - Lighting Cameraperson
    Promotional Video for THE Major UK Events industry exhibition (RSVP 08)

    PUA Superconference - - , United Kingdom
    2008 - Lighting Cameraperson
    Training Conference and Interviews for DVD sales

    Direct.gov.uk 'The Firebrigade' - - , United Kingdom
    2008 - Lighting Cameraperson
    Educational Documentary for online release, aimed at children.

    Double Ds - - , United Kingdom
    2008 - Director of Photography
    A short film

    Jazzy B "Rambo Rambo" - - , United Kingdom
    2008 - Unspecified
    DVCPro HD / Varicam Music Video for UK/US/Canadian and Indian Markets

    WRAP / CIOB "Site Waste Management Plans" - - , United Kingdom
    2008 - Unspecified
    Corporate: Online Documentary / Informational video on new legislation for the building industry

    Sainsburys '2 for 1 Days out' - - , United Kingdom
    2008 - Unspecified
    A fun little Steadicam-Tastic internal comms video.

    Lexy and Lyndsey Comedy Sketches - Kudos Productions , United Kingdom
    2008 - Director of Photography
    A few short comedy sketches shot on Digibeta as a test/pilot for one of the nice girls that works at kudos.

    Sunsilk "Life Can't Wait" - - , United Kingdom
    2008 - Camera Operator
    HDCAM Commercial for international Transmission

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    Employment History

    I have a considerable amount of experience shooting Film, Red 4K, High Def, DVCPro HD, Digibeta, HDV, DVCam and DV on low budget features, TV dramas, documentaries, short films, music promos and videos for a wide range of corporate clients including blue chip companies(AXA, Shell, RBS), NDPBs (WRAP, CIOB, Direct.gov, London Youth) and TV stations(GMTV, Thinc.TV).

    My most recent broadcast credit was as Lighting Cameraman on a 60 min Documentary for the BBC shot in India and Bangladesh.

    Examples of some of this work work can be viewed on my website: www.colinelves.com
     
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    Industry Qualifications

    GBCT Steadicam Course
    Infant and Adult First Aid and AED Trained
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    Technical Equipment

    Camera

    • Sony NEX-FS700 Super 35mm 4K ready, Super slow mo (up to 240fps in full HD) HD Camera w/11-200 zoom , tripod, top light

    • Convergent Design Odyssey 7Q 4K / Raw 7 Inch OLED monitor recorder (for Sony FS700, Canon C500, Arri Alexa and others)

    • Set of Canon primes: (14mm f2.8l, 17mm f4, 24mm f1.4l, 35mm f2, 50mm 1.2L, 85m 1.2l, 135mm F2, 50mm f3.5 Macro)

    • Konova 1m slider with hand crank kit

    Lighting

    • 2x Tecpro/dedolight High output, Bi-Colour 1foot LED light panel, battery powered

    • Lowell DP light kit (2x 1kw DP lights, 1x 800w tota light, 2 channel Dimmer, silver and white umbrellas)

    • Lowell Omni light kit (2x 300w Omni lights, 1x800w tota light, 2 channel Dimmer, silver and white umbrellas)

    • Chimera pancake softbox for tota light

    • 2x set of Wesctott fast flags (flag, nets, diffusion) with mathews grip kit each

    • Lowell Maxi lighting boom 

    Sound

    • Sennheiser 416 w/ Rycote and boom pole 

    • Sennheiser G3 radio lav mic 
     
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    Affiliations

    BECTU
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    Referees

    Drama: Maxim Jago - contact@maximjago.com - +44 (0) 7966 213111

    Documentary: Maninderpal Sahota: noddysahota@hotmail.com - +44 (0)7958 245 052
     
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    Skills

    Drama Lighting
    Chroma Key / Green screen
    CGI and special FX
    Steadicam Operating
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    Additional Information

    Industries

    • Commercials, 
    • Corporate, 
    • Film, 
    • Music Promos, 
    • Online, 
    • TV

    Programme Types

    • Business, 
    • Comedy, 
    • Commercial, 
    • Cookery, 
    • Corporate, 
    • Documentary, 
    • Drama Reconstruction, 
    • Drama: Short Film, 
    • Drama: Television Serial, 
    • Dramatised Documentary, 
    • Events, 
    • Food, 
    • Music, 
    • Music Promo, 
    • New Media, 
    • Observational Documentary, 
    • Sitcom, 
    • Training, 
    • Travel, 
    • Youth

    Organizations

    • BECTU

    Specialisms

    • Cinema/Film, 
    • Comedy, 
    • Corporate Films, 
    • Drama, 
    • Economics, 
    • Finance, 
    • Philosophy, 
    • Psychology

    Permits

    • EU

    Licenses

    • Basic Driving (PLG), 
    • HGV, 
    • PADI Diving licence
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