DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY – CAMERAMAN

When was the last time you watched a video that made you go “Wow”? Or caught a commercial that caught your breath?

 

This may come as a shock, but corporate videos needn’t be boring. Documentaries don’t have to be dull. There’s a better way. My name is Armando and my speciality is turning the ordinary into the extraordinary. Dynamic video. Vibrant photography. Awesome footage you’ll want to watch again and again. I’ve done it for Coca Cola, Ford, VW, Nutella, Pryngeps’ watches, Greyworld, Agent Provocateur, M&S, Network Rail, Sony Music, EMI, Virgin Music, Manic Street Preachers, Paul Weller, Tricky, and Motörhead, to name but a few.

Now I’d like to do it for you.

As a cameraman and director of photography, my experience is second-to-none, but it’s not just about high profile clients; I’ve also got the gear to accompany the ideas. Avid editing, DaVinci colour grading and drone videography allow for stunning cinematic footage that leaps off the screen. Whether you’d like a documentary that feels more like a movie or a corporate video that just feels…alive, everything you need is right here.

As a London-based DOP and Cameraman I can provide various shooting packages for digital or film. I can also negotiate discounted lighting and grip packages through affiliated companies.

My latest credits can be viewed on my FilmandTVPro page. For a competitive quotation, please get in touch by email.

SPOTLIGHT

GORE VIDAL: The United States of Amnesia

Critics described it as “joyous” and “a smart and entertaining movie”. Audiences agreed, scoring it 86% on Rotten Tomatoes. As Director of Photography, I played a pivotal role in bringing Nicholas Wrathall’s acclaimed documentary to life. Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia won the Audience Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. It was a pleasure to bring my skill set to the film about the iconic bon-vivant.

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MOVILIKE GIMBAL

A versatile and easy-to-use robotic camera stabilizer that captures stunning images anywhere!

The system is robust and lightweight and enables me to pull off shots that would otherwise require hundreds of thousands of pounds in equipment and a substantial crew.

In other words, you can capture incredibly compelling dynamic shots with just a single cameraman.

At the heart of the Gimbal are the IMU and the brushless direct drive system, which I custom-built to my own specifications. As it is fully calibrated to my Nikon D800 it needs almost no set-up time. It also performs in similar ways to the MOVI/Freefly system.

AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY

Since my first helicopter shoot in the late 1990s I have developed a passion for aerial cinematography.

With the fascinating current development in UAV or drone technology, I am also a qualified  UAS pilot with BNUC certificate.

Towards the end of the year I should be able to offer Aerial Cinematography services for up to 4K resolution based around a Tarot X6 Hexacopter.

For more info keep an eye on www.aerial-cinematography.uk

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“AS A FREELANCE CAMERAMAN, I UNDERSTAND THAT EVERY JOB IS DIFFERENT. THAT’S WHY I PROVIDE PACKAGES TO SUIT ALL BUDGETS.”

SHOOTING PACKAGES: WITH OWN KIT OR HIRED IN, FROM DSLR TO RED. YOUR SHOOT. YOUR CALL.

HIRE PACKAGE A: NIKON D8OO (FULL KIT) + GIMBAL + REMOTE FOLLOW FOCUS

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CINEMATOGRAPHIC LOOK

The exceptional quality of the Nikon Prime lenses combined with the lightweight of the D800 Nikon body and the dynamic capabilities of the MoviLike Gimbal means this a versatile hire package.

Bypassing the camera’s mpg compression and recording the HDMI output in 10 bit to the Atomos Ninja, gives access to the full dynamic range during colour correction in post-production.

KIT LIST

Nikon D800

Nikon 35-105 Zoom F4

Nikon Primes 20mm 24mm 35mm 50mm 85mm

Follow Focus

Atomos Disk Recorder (10 Bit DNxHD or Pro Res)

Taskam Audio Recorder

2x Clip Microphone & 416 Directional Microphone

Vinten Pro Tripod

3x Soft Box Lights and Stands

HIRE PACKAGE B: CANON C300 KIT

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THE CORPORATE FILM WORKHORSE

In Canon’s own words the C300 is “a ground-breaking professional cine camera that fuses Canon’s proven video technology and lens heritage with EOS creativity. The interchangeable lenses give unprecedented freedom to tell every story with seamless work-flow integration”.

KIT LIST

Cannon EOS C300

Cannon 70-200 MM F2.8

Cannon 24-70 MM F2.8

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2x Clip Microphone & 416 Directional Microphone

Vinten Pro Tripod

3x Soft Box Lights and Stands

AVID VIDEO EDITING & DAVINCI COLOUR CORRECTION

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AVID VIDEO EDITING & DAVINCI COLOUR CORRECTION

Hire my freelance editing service. I am keen editor and use Avid, which is “the industry’s most trusted” editing tool.

I have edited a variety of videos: EPK’S for (Paul Weller, Mercury Rev, Visage), COMMERCIALS for (Grolsh, Elbow), and CORPORATE for (Ford, Volkswagen, V&A, Volupte, Greyworld).

Channel 4 commissioned me to edit the live section of the legendary band Motörhead’s performance on the Live Fast Die Old documentary.

I can top and tail and colour grade selected rushes or do more complex editing. See rate card for my editing service pricing.

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SHOOTING PACKAGES

DoP/Cameraman

DOP-Cameraman for corporate films

Free transport within London’s M25

10-hour day

Choose any of the above packages

Price: £450

POST PRODUCTION:

I provide AVID editing services for Music Video, Internet Films, Corporate films and Commercials.

Edited from my Home Location with daily internet updates

Daily Rate £300-

Edited from Central London (Soho) Location with the ability to have Client present

Daily Rate £500-

ADDITIONAL SERVICES

DOP for Commercials/Films/Music Videos/Documentaries

Hire of high-end equipment (Arri, Red, Sony etc)

Grip & Lighting  equipment  and studio hire available for hire at discounted rate

Price: £POA

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