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James Salisbury

Camera Operator

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North West

Bristol

About Me

I’m a fresh, enthusiastic, and passionate natural history camera operator with a keen eye for creative composition, beautiful lighting, and engaging 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/S1H/GH5s, RED, Pha... Read More

I’m a fresh, enthusiastic, and passionate natural history camera operator with a keen eye for creative composition, beautiful lighting, and engaging 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/S1H/GH5s, RED, Phantom Flex/Veo, ARRI Alexa, Sony Cinealta/EX-series/F-series, 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, sync, and animal calls.

I have a firm understanding of animal behaviour which has helped me to capture unique and intimate 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) have 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 such as the Gates Underwater Housings Set-Up, Test, and Operate course, and 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 have a good sense of humour, I’m not afraid to get my hands dirty, and I’m always keen to learn new skills.

I currently hold a valid I-Visa, a CAA PfCO Drone License (UK), and an FAA Part 107 Drone License (USA) as well as being up-to-date with all regularly required vaccinations. Read Less

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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)

    I Visa USA

    PfCO

  • 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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