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James Salisbury

Camera Operator

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North West

About Me

I am an enthusiastic and passionate Natural History Camera Operator with a BSc (Hons) in Zoology and an MA in Wildlife Documentary Production. I have broadcast credits in a variety of production roles including Camera Assistant (Amazon Adventure IMAX 3D – Theatrical Release – SKFilms), Camera Operator (Wonderful Whelks – BBC One &... Read More

I am an enthusiastic and passionate Natural History Camera Operator with a BSc (Hons) in Zoology and an MA in Wildlife Documentary Production. I have broadcast credits in a variety of production roles including Camera Assistant (Amazon Adventure IMAX 3D – Theatrical Release – SKFilms), Camera Operator (Wonderful Whelks – BBC One – BBC NHU The One Show), and Director of Photography (The Wonderful World of Puppies – Channel 5 – Blakeway). These productions range from small, low budget films shot in ultra-high definition/4K on location in the UK, to large scale, multi-million-dollar, IMAX 3D films shot in 8K raw on location in Brazil and Costa Rica. I have demonstrated a variety of filming techniques and technical expertise applicable to natural history documentary production including macro, time-lapse, telephoto, drone piloting as a Civil Aviation Authority Permission for Commercial Operations holder, and DJI Ronin gimbal operation. I have the confidence to communicate concerns, challenges, and ideas within a team, but I also have a good familiarity with lone working and self-shooting.

With a keen eye for creative composition and beautiful lighting, I have honed my skills in camera operating, sound recording, and editing as an AVID Media Composer Certified User to craft striking and compelling stories. I have a solid technical knowledge with a flair for problem-solving and improvisation. I am proficient in using a variety of camera systems including Panasonic Varicam, RED, ARRI Alexa, Sony Cinealta/EX-series/F-series, Canon DSLR camera traps, and GoPro. I also have a good understanding of lighting sets for studio work, having used a variety of lighting types from LED panels and fibre lights, to Tungsten and Fluorescents. In addition to this, I have experience in recording sound on location that includes atmosphere/wild track, spot effects, foley, and animal calls. I have assisted natural history cinematographer Richard Kirby on foreign shoots with duties that include: location scouting, building and lighting macro sets, rigging blue screen, DIT, setting up protocols, logging and wrangling, second camera, animal handling, and equipment preparation/maintenance.

I have a firm understanding of animal behaviour, which has helped me to capture intimate and unique shots. My BSc (Hons) degree in Zoology coupled with specialist courses (including an Open University Science Short Course on Life in the Oceans and a Mammalian Society certificate in Mammal Identification) has given me excellent research skills with an elevated level of scientific scrutiny. I am keen to sustain a working understanding of the latest broadcast camera technologies by attending relevant workshops and consumer tradeshows such as the International Broadcast Convention (IBC) and the Broadcast and Video Expo (BVE).

On location, I am driven to produce powerful and unique images that will help to tell interesting and engaging stories. I’m not afraid to get my hands dirty and I’m always keen to learn new skills; I am ready to get stuck in and forge a career in blue-chip natural history filmmaking. Read Less

Credits last updated / confirmed indexing on 2nd Mar 2019

Credits

Job RoleProduction TitleChannelCompanyDateNetwork Executive
Camera Operator / The Royal Television Society Student Awards / The Royal Television Society / Feb 2019 to Feb 2019
Camera OperatorThe Royal Television Society Student AwardsThe Royal Television Society Feb 19 - Feb 19
PD (Self Shooting) / Silent Hunter / Manchester Museum / Jan 2019 to Jan 2019
PD (Self Shooting)Silent HunterManchester Museum Jan 19 - Jan 19
Director Of Photography & Lighting Camera / The Wonderful World of Puppies / Channel 5 / Blakeway / May 2018 to Aug 2018
Director Of Photography & Lighting CameraThe Wonderful World of PuppiesChannel 5Blakeway May 18 - Aug 18
Camera Operator / Marine Conservation Society Beach Clean / Five Films / Sep 2017 to Sep 2017
Camera OperatorMarine Conservation Society Beach CleanFive Films Sep 17 - Sep 17
AP (self Shooting) / Sale Sharks Community Trust in Schools / Not Bad Productions / Mar 2017 to Sep 2017
AP (self Shooting)Sale Sharks Community Trust in SchoolsNot Bad Productions Mar 17 - Sep 17
PD (Self Shooting) / Amazon Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation Project / Amazon Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation / Jan 2017 to Feb 2017
PD (Self Shooting)Amazon Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation ProjectAmazon Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation Jan 17 - Feb 17
Camera - Wildlife / The One Show - Wonderful Whelks / BBC 1 / BBC NHU / Oct 2016 to Nov 2016
Camera - WildlifeThe One Show - Wonderful WhelksBBC 1BBC NHU Oct 16 - Nov 16
Camera Assistant / Amazon Adventure / SK Films / Jul 2016 to Sep 2016
Camera AssistantAmazon AdventureSK Films Jul 16 - Sep 16
Stills Photographer / Wildlife Photography World / Wildlife Photography World / Jun 2016 to Jun 2016
Stills PhotographerWildlife Photography WorldWildlife Photography World Jun 16 - Jun 16
Camera Operator (360°) / 360° Film Content for Chester Zoo / Chester Zoo / May 2015 to Sep 2015
Camera Operator (360°)360° Film Content for Chester ZooChester Zoo May 15 - Sep 15
PD (Self Shooting) / 60° North – The Shetland Islands / The University of Salford / Jan 2015 to Sep 2015
PD (Self Shooting)60° North – The Shetland IslandsThe University of Salford Jan 15 - Sep 15
PD (Self Shooting) / Rebirth / The University of Salford / Mar 2015 to Apr 2015
PD (Self Shooting)RebirthThe University of Salford Mar 15 - Apr 15
Camera Operator / BBC Philharmonic at Christmas / BBC / Dec 2015 to Dec 2015
Camera OperatorBBC Philharmonic at ChristmasBBC Dec 15 - Dec 15
Camera Operator / The Royal Television Society Student Awards / The Royal Television Society / Feb 2015 to Feb 2015
Camera OperatorThe Royal Television Society Student AwardsThe Royal Television Society Feb 15 - Feb 15
PD (Self Shooting) / The Rescue Game / The University of Salford / Sep 2014 to Dec 2014
PD (Self Shooting)The Rescue GameThe University of Salford Sep 14 - Dec 14
PD (Self Shooting) / Head to Tail / The University of Salford / Sep 2014 to Dec 2014
PD (Self Shooting)Head to TailThe University of Salford Sep 14 - Dec 14
Camera Operator / Jeremy Kyle Interview / Salford International Film Festival / Nov 2014 to Nov 2014
Camera OperatorJeremy Kyle InterviewSalford International Film Festival Nov 14 - Nov 14
Camera - Documentary / Ryan Giggs Interview / The University of Salford / Apr 2015 to Apr 2015
Camera - DocumentaryRyan Giggs InterviewThe University of Salford Apr 15 - Apr 15
Lighting Cameraperson / After the Fox / Pure Imagination Studios / Sep 2018 to Sep 2018
Lighting CamerapersonAfter the FoxPure Imagination Studios Sep 18 - Sep 18
Lighting Cameraperson / Visions / Pure Imagination Studios / Mar 2016 to Mar 2016
Lighting CamerapersonVisionsPure Imagination Studios Mar 16 - Mar 16
Lighting Cameraperson / Where's Will / Pure Imagination Studios / Apr 2015 to Apr 2015
Lighting CamerapersonWhere's WillPure Imagination Studios Apr 15 - Apr 15
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  • Media I Work In:

    Broadcast Television

    Online Content

    Short Film

    Video on demand

  • Locations I can work in:

    Work Anywhere

  • Language:

    English (Fluent)

  • Skills/Permits:

    Driving Licence

    First Aid

    Heath And Safety Training

    Hostile Environment

    Storytelling

    Access Negotiation

    Drone Pilot (CAA PFAW)

  • Technical Skills:

    Canon 5D MKII

    Canon 7D

    Adobe Premiere

    After Effects

    Panasonic AG-HPX500

    Arri Alexa XT Studio

    Avid

    Avid Media Composer

    Colour

    Data Wrangling

    DSLR

    Sony PMW-EX1

    Sony PMW-EX3

    Fixed Rig Experience

    GoPro

    HD

    Panasonic AG-HMC151

    Panasonic AG-HPX171

    Lighting Camera

    Nightvision Cameras

    Panasonic AG-HPX500

    Panasonic AG-HPX171E P2

    Panasonic AG-HMC151

    Panasonic AG-HPX171

    Panasonic Varicam

    Adobe Photoshop

    Remote Location Training

    Self Shooting

    Sony PMW-EX1

    Sony PMW-EX3

    Sound Recording

    Studio Experience

    Canon EOS C300

    Canon XF305

    35mm

    4K

    Adobe Lightroom

    AJ-HPX2700 P2 Varicam

    ARRI AMIRA

    Canon 5D MKIII

    Canon 7D MKII

    Canon C300 Mark II

    Canon EOS 1DX

    Canon EOS 1DX MKII

    Canon EOS C100

    Canon EOS C100 MKII

    Canon XF105

    DJI Osmo

    Hyperlapse

    Panasonic AJ-HPX2700 P2 Varicam

    Panasonic VariCam LT

    Red EPIC-X

    Red SCARLET-W

    Sony a7S II

    Sony PXW-FS5

    Sony PXW-FS7

    Stills

  • Awards:

    Highly Commended - British Wildlife Photography Award - Video Category - 2016

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