As a seasoned freelance cameraman, my extensive experience encompasses diverse genres, including broadcast, documentary, charity, news, music promos, and corporate films. Over the past 15 years, I've worked with a wide array of professional camera systems and setups, including prestigious names such as the ARRI Amira, ARRI 35, Sony FX9, Sony FX6, Sony FS7, Sony F5, ARRI Alexa, RED Raptor, Canon C300, Sony PMW-500, and Canon XF305. Furthermore, I hold a commercial drone license granted by the CAA, which adds aerial cinematography to my skill set.
My expertise extends to filming in a broad spectrum of scenarios, from controlled studio environments to challenging on-location shoots and even extreme conditions. I'm well-versed in managing various lighting setups, ranging from HMIs and tungsten to energy-efficient LED systems, as well as harnessing the nuances of natural light to achieve the desired cinematic effect.
Key skills I offer as a freelance cameraman:
The Sony FX9 camera is a powerhouse in the world of video production, highly favored by filmmakers and videographers for numerous compelling reasons. One of its standout features is its Full-Frame 6K sensor, which delivers exceptional image quality with an expansive dynamic range and stunning color reproduction, granting unparalleled creative control during post-production. With a Dual Base ISO spanning from 800 to 4000, it excels in low-light performance across diverse shooting environments. Furthermore, its advanced autofocus technology, featuring precise face and eye detection, simplifies shooting while ensuring consistently sharp focus. The FX9's ergonomic design and modularity offer ease of use and customisation to adapt to various shooting scenarios. Whether I'm capturing cinematic masterpieces or high-quality corporate videos, as a freelance cameraman, the remarkable features of the Sony FX9 set new standards in cinematic excellence.
The Sony FX6 is a preferred choice for filmmakers and videographers, offering outstanding production quality. This compact yet powerful camera boasts a Full-Frame 4K sensor for impressive image quality, especially in low-light conditions. With a wide dynamic range and precise color reproduction, it allows for creative freedom during post-production. Notably, the FX6 features Dual Base ISO (800 to 12,800), making it versatile for challenging lighting conditions. Its Fast Hybrid Autofocus system ensures precise subject tracking, perfect for capturing moving subjects. The camera's lightweight and modular design adapts to various shooting scenarios, from handheld to gimbal setups. As a freelance camera operator and the owner of the Sony FX6, I bring in-depth technical knowledge to ensure optimal performance, quick on-set adjustments, and efficient troubleshooting, ultimately enhancing the final product's quality and efficiency.
Leveraging my experience as a freelance cameraman, I have had the privilege of owning the ARRI Amira and working with the RED Raptor, further highlighting the reasons why they are exceptional choices for professionals. My hands-on experience with the ARRI Amira has allowed me to appreciate its unmatched cinematic quality and versatility in various production scenarios. Whether capturing documentary-style footage or demanding cinematic sequences, the Amira consistently delivers outstanding results, making it a valuable tool in my repertoire. Whilst I no longer own the ARRI, I do have fond memories and can easily acquire one for shoots.
Similarly, my experience with the RED Raptor has been equally enlightening. Working with its Helium 8K S35 sensor has enabled me to harness its impressive resolution and dynamic range, providing unmatched creative control during post-production. These cameras have been pivotal in elevating the quality of my work as a freelance cameraman, and their industry reputation is well-deserved. When collaborating on projects that demand cinematic excellence, the ARRI Amira, ARRI 35 and RED Raptor have consistently proven to be reliable and powerful choices that meet and exceed expectations.
Me (Jon Collins) shooting with a fully rigged ARRI Amira and CN7 on location
My extensive equipment collection enables me to deliver professional-grade cinematography without exceeding your budget. I boast a full set of Zeiss prime lenses, allowing me to achieve that coveted cinematic aesthetic. For dynamic run-and-gun projects, I have an array of versatile zoom lenses from renowned brands like Zeiss, Sony, Canon, and Sigma. The flexibility to choose the right lens for each shot is a critical advantage. The Canon CN7x120 zoom lens is my preferred choice for projects that require quick setup and repositioning.
When it comes to grip equipment, my kit is comprehensive and diverse, featuring tools like the Wally Dolly tracking system, ErgoRig camera support, a mini-jib, slider, and a DJI Ronin 3-axis stabilizer. I have hands-on experience with exoskeletons and supports like the TILTA Armour man and Easyrig systems to ensure a stable and smooth filming process.
My lighting kit includes various Aputure fixtures such as the NOVA (a great alternative to the ARRI Skypanel), C300D, C120D Mark 2, and the 300x (equivalent to the DEDO lights), as well as Kino Flo DIVA lights and numerous LED 1x1 panels. Additionally, I have portable ring and camera top lights, along with an extensive collection of stands, rigging, and clamps, all housed in my well-equipped van, ensuring accessibility on every shoot. For larger productions and studio work, I can readily source the appropriate lighting equipment, whether it be Kino Flo Selects, ARRI Skypanels, ARRI 2Ks, 5Ks, Dedo Octodomes, or 12x12 silks to meet the specific demands of the project.
Furthermore, my expertise extends to camera operation using an EyeDirect system and iPad AutoCue setup. The EyeDirect, a remarkable tool that employs mirrors to position the director's face over the camera lens, is particularly effective for creating natural-looking, engaging down-the-lens interviews. It's a valuable asset for storytelling, suitable for a range of content from charity case studies to corporate interviews. The iPad AutoCue system offers the convenience of loading scripts for easy prompting, allowing spokespeople to read scripts with minimal rehearsal and making scripted content filming quick and efficient.
Shooting with the EyeDirect and ARRI Amira
As for back drops and studio shoots, I can offer portable green screen, white screen or black screen as default for on location work.
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Having shot with the Sony FS7 for over 2 years, the countries leading photographic store, Wex Photographic and Video recently commissioned me to create an in-depth review of the camera. That can be seen here.
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