• Ben Giles

    Freelance Camera Operator | Director of Photography | UK North

    +44 (0) 7976 274116


Based between Manchester and Sheffield, in the North of England, I’ve been shooting since 1987 on Aaton 16mm, Umatic, Beta SP, Digibeta, HDV and multiple Big Chip 35FF and Super 35 camera systems.

I shoot and light in a cinematic style and I’m particularly strong at observational documentary and handheld filming.

I’m equally at home working in a team, or self-shooting in remote corners of the world – and I’m used to working with tight deadlines and in difficult conditions. I’m told I’m strong under pressure, highly creative and practical.

I work with highly skilled sound recordists – but, if schedule or budget demands, I also have a comprehensive location and multitrack sound kit and can provide pristine sound capture and monitoring.

I’m also a BAFTA-nominated editor and I’m a full voting member of the BAFTA cinema jury and the Guild of British Film Editors.

I have a Creative Industries Safety Passport.

My interests include long distance and sportive road cycling (I completed the Fred Whitton Challenge this year), Alpine mountain biking and motorcycling. I’m a keen and reasonably good skier and I love spending as much time as I can being outdoors.

I work in all areas and genres – but I particularly love working on projects that enrich people’s knowledge and contribute to useful research.


Sony FS7 4K Super 35mm Camera with 384GB XQD Media Storage.

Sony A7Rii FF (42 Megapixel) RAW 35mm Stills/4K “B” camera (I also shoot high quality stills).

Zoom Lenses: Tokina 11-18/2.8, Canon 16-35/4.0 IS, Canon 24-105/4.0 IS, Sony 24-70/2.8GM, Canon 100-400/4.5 IS.

Prime Lenses: Konica Full Frame 21/4.0, 28/2.8, 35/3.5, 40/1.8, 50/1.7, 85/1.8 and 135/2.8.

Miller Sprinter II and Carbon Fibre Solo tripods with Compass 25 head.

Motorised Rhino slider with motion control and auto panning, Dolly and track, Gimbal/Steadycam junior.

Dedo DLH4, LED Panel Lights, booms and stands.

Datavideo tablet-based lightweight Portaprompt/Autocue system.

Microphones: Rode NTG3, Oktavia MK12, Tram TR50 Lapel, Sony ECM77 Lapel, Sony digital radio mic system, Zoom F4 Field Mixer/Multitrack Recorder, booms and mic stands.

Lastolite Panelite large diffuser, Chroma Key and Grey backgrounds, Macbook Pro Retina with Adobe CC (Premiere Pro, After Effects etc) – fully portable with 12TB Thunderbolt storage.

2016 VW T6 Transporter 140BHP Kombi Van – room for 5 people in comfort, plus one tonne of kit.


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