I left my previous profession as an optometrist in 2003 to pursue a career in filming, especially underwater filming. This journey has allowed me to film in some of the greatest underwater destinations in the world. I filmed at Sipadan in the Celebes Sea off Borneo for BBC’s ‘Life in Cold Blood – Armoured Giants’ which was awarded the WWF Golden Panda Award at the 2008 Wildscreen Festival. I have filmed in Maldives for Dorling Kindersley’s ‘Go Surf’ publication, filmed promotional videos for Four Seasons Resorts Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru, Seaventures Dive Resort off the island of Mabul, Malaysia and Fundu Lagoon Resort on Pemba Island, Tanzania.
In 2008, I took possession of his first RED One digital cinema camera, also the first in South Africa. High demand for this camera resulted in me starting Red One Africa Film Services, a camera rental company. This introduced me to the Features, Television Commercials and Music Video industry. Working as a DIT alongside some of South Africa’s best DOP’s has allowed me to build my experience in lighting and filming for this genre at an accelerated pace and I now work as a DOP for commercials, short films and music videos. I also work as an underwater cameraman for features, commercials and wildlife documentaries.
I was the DOP for the short film, Dirty Laundry, directed by Stephen Abbott, which has won the 2012 SAFTA’s ‘Best Short Film’, DIFF’s ‘Best International Short Film’ and ‘Best South African Short Film’ and the Reelworld Film Festival’s ‘Outstanding International Short’. I was also the DOP for the Cannes Bronze Lion awarded international commercial, Frolic ‘Pool”, directed by Jérôme Langlade.
I own RED Epic Dragon and Arri Alexa Mini cameras and a Gates Deep RED underwater camera housing, but will happily film on any digital format. I have added drone aerial filming to my portfolio through my licensed commercial drone operator company, Atlantic Tech Group (Pty) Ltd. We fly the Inspire 2 and Zenmuse X7 camera with a full set of Zenmuse X7 DL lenses. I also work as a DIT and own high-end DIT equipment.