James Stier

Camera Operator

Mid Level
Manchester, United Kingdom
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Projects credited in

About me

My camera work has a strong photographic style inspired by Magnum photojournalists and reportage photography. As a keen student of cinematic language, I consider lighting, empathy and emotion in my compositions, alongside the technical considerations. I develop an intuitive feel for the action based on timing and movement. I have worked on three feature documentaries, and shoot commercial, factual and online content for brands, agencies and production companies. My work blurs the line between observational and controlled styles of filmmaking; resulting in organic performances and cinematic production values which enhance emotions, story and connection. The latest feature received a small theatrical release after success on the international festival circuit and featured on the BBC. This year I concluded production on a third feature shot on the Red Scarlet-W system. I became Arri camera certified in 2019, hold a Creative Industries Safety Passport and was trained by the RAF to work in hazardous environments. Whether it's operating or assisting - I aspire to build a connection with the audience. That tingle, we all get when a moment resonates with us; whether it's expressed as an adrenaline-fuelled chest-bump, a cascade of goosebumps, a barrel roar of laughter or a simple smile. Connection is key. An experienced operator on Arri, Red, Canon & Sony cameras Arri S35mm & LF Camera Systems Certified in 2019 Skilled at lighting with HMI, LED, Tungsten & Fluorescent lighting Creative Industries Safety Passport via IOSH and BECTU Defence School of Photograph training completed at RAF Cosford - Filming in extreme / hazardous environments Interview, multi-cam, studio, beauty and staged action lighting - with HMI, LED, Tungsten & Fluorescent lighting Full/clean UK license & ROSPA advanced driver

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  • Camera Operating
  • Lighting
  • Cinematography

People I’ve worked with

Companies I’ve worked with

  • Metropolis Studios

    Metropolis Studios

    • Music


    • Fashion and Textiles
  • Anattic Limited

    Anattic Limited

    • Media Production
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    Work history


    Camera, Lighting, Story

    James Stier

    Jan 2015
    • Manchester, United Kingdom
    • Freelance
    • I aspire to create work that matters with people who care. I do this by supporting/leading productions in creating, capturing and delivering video content for social, online and broadcast channels. Equally as comfortable knee-deep in the snow on location as I am in a studio drinking copious amounts of black coffee. I work in camera and lighting roles on large scale productions and lead smaller teams as a Director of Photography on factual content, docs and commercial projects. I specialise in factual content. Just because it's authentic, doesn't mean it shouldn't look awesome; my work blurs the line between observational and controlled styles of filmmaking, resulting in organic performances, high-end production values and beautiful visuals which enhance the story. Experience Experienced with Red, Arri, Canon and Sony cameras. HMI, LED, Tungsten and Fluorescent lighting. ARRI Academy Certified - Training for Camera Systems. Strong knowledge of post-production. Proficient with Davinci Resolve, Adobe CC, Logic, Apple Motion and Final Cut Pro (Apple Certified). The ability to work diligently to defined branding, shooting and regulatory guidelines using a keen eye for detail and a critical mind. A creative and logistical problem solver who can exhibit long periods of focus, concentration and patience. Strong communication skills - a listener above all else. I regularly break down and assign complex tasks, never afraid to step up and voice a point of view. A can-do attitude with high levels of self-motivation, commitment and dedication to his craft. Continually learning about new tools and techniques. Misc. Experienced in shooting within extreme environments and from helicopters, planes, boats and cars. Analogue stills photographer. Martial artist. First aid at work qualified. Clean UK driving license & ROSPA Advanced driver training student. Online Security - Encrypted workflow, Protonmail & VPN. Sony FS7 II Kit & Fujinon Cinema Zoom 20-120mm Cabrio owner - dry hire available.


    Producer / Director


    Jan 2013
    • Manchester, United Kingdom
    • Full Time
    • Ronin is a northern-based, documentary film company that writes, produces and delivers factual content for brands and entertainment. So far I have completed two features as a producer/director, and have a third in post-production as producer and DoP for release in late 2019.