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I have been a freelance professional film maker for over 20 years, I am happy producing, directing, shooting and editing, working on feature dramas, feature documentaries, short dramas, music videos, commercials and corporate video.
In 2016 have directed, shot and edited a TV hour long drama called ‘Frosted glass’ about ‘Asperges syndrome’. Accepted into ‘The Vault Film Festival’ London 2017. I have worked as the Director of Photography on the Drama Feature ‘Winter Long’. A redemption movie about a father getting to know his 16 year old son. Plus shooting a 90 min documentary on Bruce Springsteen screened on channel 4 last Xmas.
My youth was spent as a professional actor working on Dramas both on TV and Cinema and Commercials, as well as on stage in London’s West End Theater. Since the early 90’s, I stepped the other side of the camera and my work has taken me many times around the globe.
I am comfortable in any culture from Namibian Tribesmen to Buddhist monks in China. Filming Feature drama in Pinewood Studios, to tribes in the rain forests in Brazil or on a village street in Ethiopia.
I have worked on feature films on large drama set-ups, 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 undercover, in sensitive locations, all over the world. I am also experienced coaching actors on camera, capturing sound and interviewing those nervous corporate execs. I am very comfortable working on high end features, with a large team and all the ‘big toys’, to a one man crew ‘gorilla style’ with hand-held DSLR cameras, what ever serves the film.
I am always up to date with new innovations, which is now essential in this high quality, ever changing technology, low budget 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 skills. 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.
Below is my contact details, please drop me a line about your project – always happy to chat about which of my skills, are appropriate for your project.
E Mail: email@example.com
Mobile +44 7956317902
Skype name: stevenbencole
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.
Or low cost 4K/HD with DSLR cameras the 4K Sony A7S2 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
The following is an article that explains Ben’s personal mission as a all round film maker: Click each page to view: