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Sam Hopes

Sam Hopes

Flat 3
2 Etloe Road
Westbury Park
Bristol BS6 7PF
United Kingdom

Phone: +44 (0)7595 644 582

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Email: samhopes88@gmail.com

Website: www.samhopes.tv

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I am a Bristol-based natural history camera assistant/second camera with experience on a range of cameras, particularly the Sony F5/F55. I am fully trained in the use of thermal and starlight cameras and have experience with a range of other equipment including tracks/sliders, jibs, basic lighting and sound. I am particularly interested in timelapse photography and high-speed filming.

I have good all-round biological knowledge and studied BSc Conservation Biology at UWE in Bristol. After graduating I worked as a research assistant and survey leader for Global Vision International in Costa Rica, performing data analysis and leading surveys of monkeys, marine turtles, and bird surveys by canoe.

Having had the opportunity to travel extensively, I am competent in a wide range of habitats from caves to coral reefs, and have particular experience in rainforests and tropical temperatures, having lived off-grid in the Costa Rican lowland rainforest for six months. I am a qualified PADI diver (Open Water) looking to further my dive skills and am hoping to complete a BCAP (canopy access course) in 2015.

I also have substantial post-production experience and DIT skills. I am familiar with 4K workflows and can use Adobe Premiere and FCP 7 at an advanced level, for tasks such as stabilisation, noise reduction, spot masking, colour-keying, footage conversion, grading (DaVinci Resolve) and timelapse assembly.

Recent credits:

India’s New Worlds
3 x 50’ - Ammonite Films: Camera assistant and DIT on location in India; used starlight, thermal, IR and Sony F5 cameras. In the U.K. performed the role of edit assistant; converted footage, stabilised, noise reduced, graded and fine-processed (spot masking, de-scintillation, dirt removal, image stitching).

Wildest Kingdom
4 x 50’ – Tigress Productions: Production runner for blue-chip production on Scottish wildlife. Assisted with kit preparation, helped design remote nest camera system for osprey and barn owl nests. Assisted on a shoot with Gordon Buchannan – driver and production runner duties, as well as installing nest cameras and shooting timelapses.

The One Show
3 x 4’30” – Tigress Productions: Production runner position, filmed otters in IR (Canon XF-105), as well as recce shoots for The One Show excerpts (Canon XF-305).

Ed Stafford – Naked and Marooned
8 x 50’ – Tigress Productions: Office runner position, assisted the team with fact checking/research, equipment management and shoot preparation.

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