neilpurcell.com - Lighting Cameraman / Camera Operator - London

Lighting Cameraman / Camera Operator

This is the site of Neil Purcell, a London based freelance Lighting Cameraman with over 20 years experience in the television industry.

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Experience

A passion for photography as a teenager pretty much guaranteed a career behind the lens in later life. The thrill of developing and printing my own black & white images in the 'dark room' has never left me.

I started working in the televison industry as a 'runner' (tea-boy and general do-it-all) for what was Carlton Studios. I progressed to their Outside Broadcast division where I spent a couple of years as a camera assistant before going freelance. I learned whatever I could from all the very experienced cameramen that I worked for, who were always happy to explain what they were doing and how it created an interesting image. Completely invaluable experience.

I went to film school in 1994 at what was formerly Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design, where I shot an award winning Fujifilm Scholarship graduation film – ‘A Frozen Chicken Saves The Soap’s Day’ - Dir: Declan O'Dwyer

I progressed through the ranks of Clapper Loader and Focus Puller to Camera Operator & Lighting Cameraman. I gained as much experience as I could in studios and on location, 'live' and recorded, on a varied range of productions, all of which stand me in good stead today

 

Interests

I rediscovered the joys of cycling a few years back, especially long distance cycling, having undertaken an 800mile cycle ride from Berlin to Stockholm in 2006, (blog here). I completed the London to Brighton charity cycle ride in June 2009.

I love skiing! You just can't beat fresh mountain air, amazing views and long fast descents! A nice cold beer afterwards is always a pleasure!

I enjoy keeping up with new technology and camera developments.

 

Certficates

BBC Health & Safety - Safe working with Cameras and Lights

CRB check completed in August 2007 (Standard Disclosure)

Royal Yachting Association Powerboat training - Level 2

Fully vaccinated for international travel - including current certficates for Yellow Fever, Typhoid, Rabies, Hep A+B and Cholera.

 

Mobile: +44 7976 702 798
Tel: +44 207 100 2614
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