sean russell

+44 (0) 7711 741786


Freelance for the past 20 years, based in the South East of England, providing 30 years experience in camerawork & creative lighting for location and studio productions.

Sean owns his location camera kits, sliders, jibs and polecam but also works with client provided equipment.

Sean has a strong technical background & can help guide directors & producers through the key technical decisions. His insight & experience allows productions to concentrate on the creative aspects of composition, camera movement & lighting styles.

Having started on 16mm film Sean has travelled through the technical format changes in professional camera work and gained a mind of information, not only in technical specifics but also in how to work efficiently and collaboratively with on screen talent and production departments.

This long time crewing experience & collaborative attitude has led to work in over 85 countries as a DoP on Music Promo’s & Commercials, 2nd unit operator on drama, lighting cameraman on documentaries, Arts, Travel & Entertainment programs, Children’s drama, Location inserts & multi-camera productions on location and in studios.

Sean started as a news agency photographer in 1987 & alongside that as a stagehand at a New York theatre school. This visual arts base led Sean to graduate from Ravensbourne College’s, School of Television.

After time as a staff cameraman for broadcast & production companies, Sean set out as a freelance operator. Camera-work has led Sean to live abroad for long periods -Hong Kong (3 years ), Australia (4 years) as well as shorter periods in Russia & the Middle East.


Since 2013 Sean has been steadilly increasing work within studio environemnts. Working as a camera operator, lighting and vision control work on regular talk & magazine shows.

Sean is a qualified commercial diver, in line with HSE requirements for underwater camerawork. ADAS L1 commercial diver (UK HSE Part iv) & listed HSE dive contractor.

Designed & developed the Hydra Support unit. A patented camera support tool used to enable an innovative & cost effective solutions to filming upon & within water environments, vehicles, scaffolding rigs, dolly tracks & uneven ground.

Member of BECTU & the Guild of Television Camera Professionals.

St Johns Ambulance - Senior First Aid


Sean also contributes to several broadcast publications by writing technical articles on camera work and technology, examples of these can be viewed on the following links.

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broadcast television

commercial productions

music promo's


Copyright 2018 Sean Russell

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