In Production Now
“The First Animals”, Aerial Director of Photograph shooting Sir David Attenborough on location in the Great Barrier Reef“
“Plane Crash” Aerial Director of Photography of international coproduction epic event, of a passenger jet crash landing by remote control in the Mexico Desert.(preproduction).
Selected HD Aerial credits
"Motorstorm" Innovative shoot in Monument Valley for Sony Playstation 3 launch game, integrating HD aerials with computer graphics.
"HOME" Epic all aerial HD movie by Yann Arthus Bertrand released in June 2009 (one of four aerial DPs).
"Royal Command Variety Performance" HD aerial title sequence.
"Italy from the Air" HD consultant and aerial coordinator.
“Wog Boy 2”" feature film title sequence.
“Earth From Above" French made environmental series, South Africa and Argentina.
"Taming Nature Thames Barrier" HD aerials and ground for Discovery Channel Wall to Wall Media.
"Herod the Great" Atlantic Films for History Channel, shooting on location in Israel including aerials.
“Isuzu D-Max” commercial, aerials.
"Taming Nature Wind Turbines" Wall to Wall Media Ground and aerial shoot in North Sea Denmark.
“Oil Rig” Sweden.
"Australian Princess" HD aerials of Leeds Castle and other sites.
"Rolls Royce" HD aerials of Rolls Royce Bentley for Hamma Glamma.
"London Unlimited" HD aerials of London screened on 70ft screen in Tianaman Square to promote London.
"Spitfire" HD air to air aerials for BBC special on Spitfire.
"Great Britain from the Air" Technical coordinator cineflex V14.
"Cork Harbor" HD aerial coordinator.
"Hawk" equipment supplier and technical consultant and aerial DP for period short film.
"The Boy Whose Skin Fell Off" Emmy award winning C4 Doc. Aerial sequence.
"Bow Wow" aerial title sequence shot with HD gyro system over Ireland. First use of the Cineflex HD system in Europe.
“World Gliding Grand Prix Chile 2010” air to air and ground to air.
“AFL football” MCG Melbourne
“BBC News” operator.
“Sky News” operator.
“Rexona, Australia’s Greatest Athlete”.
“Shannon RIver Cruising” Irish tourist board HD ground and aerial.
“RTE Ireland” aerial stock footage.
“Maxi racing yacht” Ireland.
“BBC WWI commemoration” France.
“BMW Around Ireland Yacht race” .
“Wales Heritage” castles and bridges for the Welsh tourist board.
“Suave Bastard” short film.
“Eurostar” launch of high speed rail link.
“The Shard” previs consultation and aerial background plates for the launch video of Europe’s largest residential building
“Irish Coast” RTE
Other Aerial Credits
“British gas rig” in the heaving Irish Sea.
“Airship over London” stock footage from a Blimp for Channel Nine Australia.
“Time Team” Pilot and Series One, ground and aerials.
“Building the Channel Tunnel” ground and aerials for BBC series “Friday Report”.
“HEMS Blues and Twos” on board London’s emergency helicopter for two weeks.
“Oxford Police Air-support unit “ on board for one week.
“RAF SAR 999” recreation of winch rescue in force 7 gale for BBC “999”, ground and aerials.
“Sellafield “ ABCTV documentary ground and aerials.
“ Mind to Crime LAPD air support unit” ground and aerials.
“California Sheriff Department” ground and aerials.
“Fire Nature of the Beast” California department of forestry air wing ground and aerials.
“Channel 8 station promo” State Emergency Service Australia.
“Equinox To Kill and Kill Again” Chicago ground and aerials.
“Rough Guide to Chile” ground and aerials.
“Rough Guide to San Francisco and Seattle” ground and aerials.
“Price Waterhouse Coopers” New York and Hong Kong ground and aerials.
“Aerial Paparattzi” week with Bob Tur the creator of the LA news chopper.
“Tesco” aerial tour of UK supermarkets.
Other HD Credits
"High Speed " DP full length HD feature starring Sienna Miller.
"Picture Quality" exacting HD quality for Philips TV Breda, for worldwide point of sale, using Viper camera recording 4:4:4 in Mexico.
Colour " exacting quality for Philips TV point of sale DVD, using Viper camera in Miami. Picture quality described as “fantastic” by Phillips executives and technical team.
"Hickeys" commercial for Irish retail chain.
"Hamster" HD viral for Shell with CGI from Smoke and Mirrors
"Frozen Assets" Scottish Screen's first HD production for BBC. Black Comedy with an Operatic theme.
"She's Candy" HD pop promo
"Guiness Pulls" Corporate for Guiness Brewery Ireland
"Supa Sexxy" Pop promo directed by Rory Hindes
"Walking" & "Cruising" HD info commercials for Irish Tourist board
"Ghosts" bafta funded short.
"This is HD" short film for Polish TV showcasing HD
"Exeter Friendly" insurance commercial, directed by Nigel Levy
"USS constellation" 2nd unit HD reenactment of slave ship being run down by USS Constellation.
"NEWI" comedy commercial for Granada TV
"Sprite Urban Games" comparison shoot of HD formats for Avid Technologies
"Guitar for Mac" multi-camera HD shoot for Apple demonstrating new Apple software.
"Hickeys" HD Commercial for Irish retail chain.
"The Light" commercial for RNLI, shot in force Nine Gale.
"Belasco" Pop promo. Most requested pop promo on MTV2 June 2005
"Boudica" A&E channel Doc. In production. Described by production team as the best lit interviews they have ever seen.
"Quatar Airlines" Four TV commercials cut from 3 day shoot for The Lab.
"No surprises" 3 x TV commercials for African Bank, directed by Paul Kenward.
"Bright" toothpaste commercial.
"The Ride" DP of full length feature and the first Hollywood action feature shot on HD.
Directed by Jeff Jensen, produced by Classic Films. Starring Sienna Miller.
"Turkish Airlines" 2 x HD Commercials.
"Rabbit on the Moon" UK Mexican co production, thriller. UK 2nd Unit and HD equipment
supplier. Most successful indi movie ever in Mexico.
"Murderer Either Ways" HD short directed by Alex AJ Festinese. Screening at Cannes 2004 and Edinburgh festival.
"Fanta" high speed (2000fps) digital cinematography for Coca Cola, shots were emailed to European agency from my studio over the course of 3 day shoot.
"Stopping Power" Short produced by Blue Star Movies, shot on Italian Riviera,
"Night People" feature film. HD consultant and equipment supplier
"B17 The Mission" 3D HD made for specialised 180 degree 3D cinema in the USA.
"W.O.M.B" pop promos for this progressive UK group.
"Schneider Optics". 1 x 60 and 1 x 30 second commercial and Academy award ceremony footage.
"HRH Prince of Wales" for The Prince’s Trust and ITV.
"Anarchy in the UK" HD short.
"In the Moment" a short that features multilayer bluescreen.
"The Play" HD short
"Barretts Feltham" Corporate shoot, using HD aerials and cgi.
"Parvest" Bloomberg TV promo.
"Weddings from Hell" stylized effects for ITV
"Liz Hurley" title sequence LWT.
"Gagging for it" first TV comedy shot on HD in UK.
"Hurley" Biography of Shakelton's photographer, for Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
"Sightsavers" commercial shot in Ireland (HD camera operator)
"Team One" HD feature. 2nd Unit
"Suave Bastard" 15 minute short film for theatrical release. Posted on Avid DS HD. The
first HDcam project finished in the UK. Short listed at the Raindance Film Festival
On set HD consultant Danish State broadcasting production of “Asta”
Filmography pre HD
1 x 50 min Mary Archer Bio C4 Fiona Sanderson, Ladybird Productions
1 x 50 min Faking It Pygmalian RDF Mike Walker
2 x 50 min Heseltine Bio LWT ALex Gardiner
1 x 50 min Creators Viking Navigation. BBC/A&E Martin Mortimore
1 x 50 min Close Up: Germaine Greer BBC Glasgow. Louise Wardle
1 x 50 min Creators Roman Bridge. BBC/A&E Martin Mortimore
3 x 50 min Murder LWT. David Nath, Rupert Smith
1 x 50 min Infamous addresses LWT Nigel Millar
1 x 50 min Fire, Nature of the Beast. Discovery Channel Optomen TV. Patrick Fleming.
1 x 50 min Disaster, Value Jet. Stone City Films. Nigel Levy
1 x 50 min Shirley Bassey Bio . Mike Mansfield Productions, BBC
4 x 50 min Science of Sex Wall to Wall, Patrick Fleming,Danial Percival, Discovery.
1 x 50 min Network First, A Slice on the Side Desmond Wilcocks Productions
1 x 50 min Great Reputations, Bethoven BBC Jill Marshall
1 x 50 min QED, Formula One BBC. John Groom.
1 x 50 min QED, A Giant Leech for all Mankind.BBC
1 x 50 min Sir George Solte South Bank Show Jill Marshall.
1 x 50 min New Broom. Pilgrims Foods BBC Science & Features.Sue Bourne.
1 x 50 min Language Master, BBC, Nigel Levy
1 x 50 min Twins Discovery Channel. Patrick Fleming
1 x 50 min Equinox. To Kill and Kill Again. Optomen Television. Patrick Fleming.
3 x 50 min Why Men Don't Iron Quality Time Television, Channel 4
1 x 50 min Two Rooms. Elton John, John Reed, Claudia Rosencratz. ITV.
1 x 50 min Beyond Love. C4 Peter Boyd McClean
2 x 50 min Equinox. A Mind To Crime. Quality Time Television. Ann Moir.
1 x 50 min Eric Sarte Biography. Skyscraper Productions.
1 x 50 min The Late Show; Mary Whitehouse Bio . BBC. Claire Bevan, Barry Dickson.
4 x 30 min Matters of Taste Jancis Robinson Eden Productions.
1 x 40 min Demolition. LWT productions.ITV. Michelle Carlisle.
4 x 30 min Travels with my TuTu Paladin Productions Jill Marshall, Clive Syddall
1 x 30 min The Odd Couple Kudos Productions. Sam Anthony
4 x 30 min Four Returns to India Hypen Films, Meridian
3 x 30 min Dilly Downtown. Hyphen Films. Nasreen Munni Kabir.
6 x 30 min Strange But True. Pilot & Series. LWT productions. Ralph Jones.
4 x 30 min Gagging for It C4. Adam Winpenny.
5 x 30 min Time Team pilot and series one. C4 Graham Dixon.
1 x 30 min McClaren Formula One Team. John Gau Productions. Tony Salmon.
6 x 30 min Police Camera Action! Pilot and series Optomen Television. Peter Gilbe.
1 x 30 min Histories Turning Points. Constantinople Transatlantic Films. Revel Guest.
1 x 30 min The Limit. Jubilee Line Extension BBC Science & Features. Jane Ashford.
4 x 30 min Blues and Twos . Pilot and series. Zenith North. Ivan Rendall.
2 x 30 min Youth Docs. BBC. Anne Batz.
6 x 30 min Grow Your Greens Eat your Greens, Wall to Wall
6 x 30 min Best of Britain
1 x 30 min Rough Guide to San Francisco and Seattle. Rachel Purnell
1 x 30 min Rough Guide to Chile . BBC. Rachel Purnell.
1 x 20 min Price WaterhouseCoopers Roman Ryskavitz. Mathew Stonehouse.
1 x 15 min Suave Bastard Stuart Fennigan.
1 x 10 min Building Sights Casamalaparte Capri. BBC. Ruth Rosenthal.
8 x 10 min How to make it in Bollywood. C4. Hyphen Films
8 x 10 min Strings Bows and Bellows. Hawkshead/BBC.
4 x 7 min Series from Hell . BBC. Manchester. Lavinia Riachi.
2 x 7 min 999 Lifesavers. BBC Bristol. Chris Kelly. Carson Black.
1 x 5 min Anarchy in the UK Confetti Films Mathew Stonehouse.
2 x 5 min How Do They Do That? Red Arrows. Micro Surgery. Grundy Productions.
2 x 5 min The Hypnotic World of Paul McKenna. Langham Productions. Mike Latham.
To own and operate a HD camcorder in Europe
To own and operate Jimmy jib in Europe and utilise it for documentary use.
To own and operate portable Hawk head motion control head
To use mincams for non sport programms
To use wildfire Ultraviolet lamps in Europe
To adapt and use NAC super slow motion digital camera in 1993.
To shoot using broadcast quality equipment in 800C temperatures for “Fire Nature of the Beast” onboard USS Shadwell Navy training vessel
To use Cineflex V14 gyrostabilised camera in Europe
To use HDCAM SR (Italy from the Air) and Beta SP (Building the Channel Tunnel)
To adopt continuous filming techniques for fly on the wall documentary “Summer on the Estate”
“HOME” GTC award of Excellence
“HOME” Gold Award Australian Cinematographers Society
“High Speed" HD Trailer best audio visual presentation,Euro media.
"Faking it" 2001 Bafta nomination
"Summer on the Estate" BAFTA award Best newcomer.
"Blues and Twos"; Royal Television Society Award Best Factual Programme.
"To Kill and Kill Again"; Cable Ace Award and C4 Emmy nomination, best documentary.
"Histories Turning Points"; Gold Award Boston Film Awards.
"Matters of Taste"; Glenfiddich Award; Best Food programme.
"Strings Bows and Bellows" Golden Globe; best arts programme
Lectures and courses
Prauge Film School, “HD for Cinematographers”
HD Day, a BBC television course to 150 BBC Directors and Producers, being the sole DP
to demonstrate lighting, camera and makeup for HD.
“CInematography for Digital Artists” for digital artists at Sony and Disney Games studios
IBC Meet the Cinematographer. Keynote speaker at Europe’s premier technology showcase.
Broadcast HD conference 2003
“HD for Producers” Cork film Festival demonstrating HD to film transfer
Danish cinematographers Union HD to film transfer
Danish film school. Introduction to HD
Emergency Service Experience
Michael has significant practical experience in working with emergency services in the UK and across the world:
Newcastle Police fast response including use of body cameras
Oxfordshire Police air wing
Metropolitan Police air wing
LAPD air wing
North Yorkshire Air Ambulance
Numerous UK Ambulance services including HEMS, London's air Ambulance, coincidentally on board when the biggest IRA bomb was detonated in Bishopsgate London and a short time after following doctors at ground zero. Innovative use of minicam body cameras on crew.
London police forces: City of London Police, Flying Squad, S018, Child Protection Unit, River police, British Transport police, Metropolitan police.
National Institute for Standards Testing Washington, conducting experiments in their "burn room" & on location.
Texas A&M fire training ground detailing gas, oil and structural fires.
California Department of Forestry, including marshaling their helicopter and fixed wing assets to demonstrate all aspects of techniques used to combat wildfire.
Florida Division of Forestry, demonstration of controlled burn and aerial fire fighting of wildfires.
USS Shadwell Navy Fire training vessel, Mobile Alabama, using his own bespoke design cameras to capture images that had never been seen before and using new technology later adopted by USS Shadwell.
Manchester Fire department detailing callouts including use of thermal cameras on fire crew.
Gatwick Airport Fire service including “crash imminent” emergency and total evacuation of South Terminal due to a fire.