Topside Camera Operator
People | Wildlife | Travel | Adventure
Passion: Immersing the viewer in another world by creating stylised documentary sequences that incorporate a variety of camera techniques and technology, to tell important and impactful stories.
Core Skills: Lighting cameraman, sync documentary, presenter led, long lens, gimbal work, aerials (drone), and timelapse.
James Bayliss-Smith is an award-winning documentary cameraman focusing on natural history and observational documentaries. James has filmed all over the world including being based out of Beijing, China for 5 years. He has a natural empathy with peoples from many cultures enabling hime to engage with contributors with ease. Recent works include the BBC NHU’s series Extraordinary Rituals series, Channel 5's A Year in the Wild, and Wild Great Britain, as well as producing and shooting a BBC Springwatch “Cameraman’s Diary” film. Working as a sync cameraman on character driven and presenter led documentaries, as well as shooting blue-chip wildlife sequences, James is experienced in shooting a range of styles on a variety of cameras. James has a range of kit including his own FS5 camera kit, gimbal, sliders and timelapse cameras, as well as an Inspire 2 drone for aerials. With an eye for a beautiful shot and feel for story, James brings a developed aesthetic sense to each sequence and project he works on.
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