SHOW REELS AND KIT

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E Mail: bencole@mac.com

Mobile: +447956317902

Ben Cole documentary film maker from ben cole cinematography on Vimeo.

I have been a freelance award winning professional for over 25 years.

I have 30 years experience working on feature dramas,  feature documentaries, short dramas, music videos, commercials and corporate video, seen on any sized screen; international cinema, on TV or on the world’s mobiles.

SHOW REELS

To see an overview of my work:

My Drama Reel as DoP:

My Documentary Reel:

Documentary show reel from ben cole cinematography on Vimeo.

I am DoP on the British feature ‘Winterlong’ was nominated for the Michael Powell Award for Best British Film at Edinburgh International Film Festival.

A recent interview during Corona Virus lock down explaining who I am and How I got into the BIZ…

In 2016 I directed, Dop’d and edited a TV hour long drama called ‘Frosted glass’ about ‘Asperges syndrome’.  Winning the Silver award for best Narrative Feature at the I.I,F.Awards in LA.

I was DoP on a 90 min documentary on Bruce Springsteen and a similar film on Roy Orbison and his sons screened on BBC & channel 4 last Xmas. This year I am shooting on a doc about Steve Lukather a legend in the rock session world, from the Band Toto with interviews from Ringo Star and ‘Slash’.

My youth: was spent as a professional actor working on Drama both on TV and Cinema and Commercials, as well as on stage in London’s West End Theater. I worked on $25m films in Italy, Stared opposite Anthony Perkins and Carol Baker and Christopher Lee.

In the early 90’s, I stepped the other side of the camera and my work has taken me many times around the globe filming a diverse cross section of society from hobos to celebrities to Sai Baba.

I am comfortable  in any culture from Namibian Tribesmen to Buddhist monks in China.

I have worked on feature films on large drama set-ups in Pinewood, working with 5K Raw HDR digital on my the Epic RED Camera. I have set up SFX shoots in studios, stunts in forests and worked fly on the wall, in sensitive locations, all over the world.

I have the experience to help first time directors to trust their instincts, coach actors to relax on camera, to shooting, recording sound and interviewing those nervous corporate execs.  I am very comfortable working on high end features, with a large team with all the ‘big toys’, to a one man crew  fly on the wall style with hand-held DSLR cameras…whatever serves the film.

I am always up to date with new innovations, which is now essential in this high quality, ever changing technology and tight budgeted film industry.

I have worked along side amazing directors such as Nigel Cole, Michael Winterbottom, Ricard Eyre, Julien Temple and Cinematographers including Vittorio Storaro,  John De Boreman, Dewald Aukema and Claudio Von Planta. This invaluable experience has given me a broad knowledge of vision, performance and production, that I believe can be extremely beneficial on any film project.
 I have ‘old school’ values with modern day innovation. I serve the finished film, not my own importance and have many examples of problem solving tools, which can help in stressful situations. I carry, one of my best tools, a gentle sense of humor, at all times.

Please check out my Film maker, Drama and Documentary film clips by activating the reels at the top of this page, or look at my other pages that feature my commercial and documentary work.

Below is
 my contact details, please drop me a line about your project – always happy to chat about what skills I have that are appropriate for your project.

E Mail:
 bencole@mac.com

Mobile +44 7956317902

Skype name: stevenbencole

facebook: bencolecinematography


I am most at home using high quality 5K images with my Red ‘EPIC’ Camera system:

I own a steady cam and a DJI Ronin. Plus sliders; straight and curved.

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Or low cost 4K/HD with DSLR cameras the 4K Sony A7S2ii and a HD Nikon D800 with a full set of Nikon lenses. With a Black Magic recorder monitor giving HQ Pro Res recording back up.

I also own a GoPro 4K  with a Quad drone  and monitor

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The following is an article that explains Ben’s personal mission as a all round film maker: Click each page to view: