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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.
I have recently directed, shot and edited a TV hour long drama called ‘Frosted glass’ about ‘Asperges syndrome’ and 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.
My youth was spent as a professional actor working on Dramas both on TV and Cinema and TV commercials. Since the 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. In a rain forest in Brazil or a movie Studio in LA to a village market in Uganda.
I have worked on feature films on large drama set-ups on working with 5K Raw digital on my the Epic RED Camera. I have set up SFX shoots in studios, Stunts in forests and can film undercover on difficult locations all over the world. I am also experienced coaching actors on camera, capturing sound and interviewing those nervous corporate execs, I very comfortable working on high end features, with all the big boys toys, to a one man crew ‘gorilla style’ with hand-held DSLR camera shoots, what ever serves the film.
I am always up to date with new innovations, which is now essential in this high quality/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 experience has provided me with 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 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 DJI Ronin too: Plus a steady cam:
Or low cost HD with DSLR camera Nikon D800
with a full set of Nikon lenses: 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: