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Michael Downey



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New York, USA


About Me

Michael Downey is a cinematographer, director and producer who works on feature documentaries, series and short films. His clients include the BBC, Channel 4, Disney+, National Geographic, The New York Times, PBS, VICE, A&E, various production companies and studios. Downey's most recent conflict work covered the Russian invasion of Ukraine for ... Read More

Professional Training

Course / QualificationTraining Provider / InstitutionYear
HEFAT Refresher Course / NYT / 2021
HEFAT Refresher CourseNYT2021
HEFAT - Hostile Environment and First Aid Training / BBC / 2018
HEFAT - Hostile Environment and First Aid Training BBC2018

Michael was my DOP in some extremely challenging locations on a blue-chip series Lift The Ice. Our shoot in Arctic Bay on Baffin Island required hours of travel across the ice before we even started shooting and our shoot in Svalbard meant climbing across a glacier in order to access certain shots I required. Michael was resilient, resourceful and full of ideas in terms of the landscapes and the complex sequences we had to shoot, as well as keeping the rest of the team buoyed up with a great sense of humour, a quality often overlooked. Michael also offered great editorial suggestions for me and delivered shots of a very high standard consistently. Michael is a team player and brings much more than his excellent technical ability to the film which is unquestioned but his personable nature as well. I felt completely confident and able to do my job better with him at the helm of the camera team. As you can probably guess I strongly recommend him and very much look forward to working with him myself again in the near future. Elliot Kew (Director)

Elliot Kew

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  • Media I Work In:

    Broadcast Television


    Feature Film

    Online Content

    Short Film

    Non Broadcast

    Video on demand

  • Locations I can work in:

    Work Anywhere

  • Language:

    Arabic (Conversational)

    English (Fluent)

    Italian (Conversational)

  • Skills/Permits:

    Driving Licence

    Drone Pilot (CAA PFAW)

    Edit Producing

    First Aid


    Glider Pilot

    Hostile Environment

    I Visa USA

    PADI Diving Licence

    Script Writing

    Secret Filming




    Work Permit Canada

    Work Permit EU

    Work Permit USA

  • Technical Skills:

    Adobe Premiere

    Arri Alexa Mini


    Canon C300 Mark II

    Canon C300 Mark III

    Canon EOS C100

    Canon EOS C100 MKII

    Canon EOS C300

    DaVinci Resolve


    Final Cut Pro X

    Fixed Rig Experience



    Multicamera Directing

    Phantom HD High Speed

    Red EPIC-M

    Red EPIC-X

    RED One MX


    Remote Location Training

    Self Shooting

    Single Camera Directing

    Sony PMW-F55

    Sony PXW-FX9


    Studio Experience

    Underwater Filming


    Adobe Lightroom

    Adobe Photoshop

    After Effects

    Arri Alexa XT

    Arri Alexa XT M

    Arri Alexa XT PLUS

    Arri Alexa XT Studio


    Canon C300mk3


    Data Wrangling

    Final Cut

    Final Cut Pro

    Lighting Camera

    Lighting Camera Person

    Red Raven

    Red Weapon Forged

    Red Weapon Magnesium

    Red Weapon Woven

    Sony PXW-FS5

    Sony PXW-FS7

    Sony PXW-FX6

    Sony VX1000

    Sony VX2000

    Sound Mixing

    Sound Recording


  • Awards:

    - Picture of The Year International 2022 Documentary Award of Excellence

    -Edward R Murrow Award 2023 “The New York Times Coverage of the Russia-Ukraine War”Continuing Coverage

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