I am an experienced camera operator and a BAFTA New Talent winning filmmaker. I offer over seven years experience filming for global brands, live international broadcast (single and multi-camera), commercials and feature documentary. As a freelance camera operator I have worked for a variety of broadcasters such as BBC, Channel 4, Arte and the Smithsonian Channel. Brands include Heineken, Adobe, Red Bull and Visit Britain.
Graduating from the Scottish Screen Academy with a first-class honours in ‘‘Photography & Film” in 2007 I worked as a corporate film producer for several years before returning to the camera department. I ‘cut-my-teeth’ shooting hundreds of multi-camera events and editing content for various deliveries, which has developed my most valued skills – anticipating ‘what’s next’, shooting for the brief and delivering consistently high-quality content.
I travel UK wide with my own camera, lighting kits and vehicle. Whatever the content I pride myself on my professionalism and creative approach to briefs. I am an experienced interviewer, dealing with sensitive subjects and directing on-camera talent. My experience allows for flexibility and good humour in the face of changing demands and I bring editor’s perspective and a ‘can do’ attitude to everything I shoot.
WINNER – BAFTA New Talent Award – ‘Short Fiction’ 2010
NOMINEE – Scottish Wedding Awards 2016
WINNER – The Scottish Wedding Awards – Videographer of the Year (South East) 2015
NOMINEE – VOWS – Outstanding Wedding Supplier 2014
NOMINEE – VOWS – Outstanding Wedding Supplier 2012
NOMINEE – BAFTA New Talent Award – ‘Short Fiction’ 2008 for ‘Seaside’
NOMINEE – Jim Poole Award – ‘Short Fiction’ 2008 for ‘Hollow Bones’
WINNER – First Light Award – ‘Best documentary’ 2001 for ‘Sabrina’s Bollywood’
“Nothing Nicer” Visit Britain campaign films x6 / Visit Britain / Digital Ape Media
Where You’re Meant to Be – Feature length Documentary / Better Days / May – June 2014
Caledonian Brewery “
Teacup Travels ”Museum to Screen” featurette – BBC / Plum Films / 16/11/14
Helping Britain Blossom ”Ashley Banjo film” – 20/20 Productions 17/10/14
Solar Access – ”Solar Panels film” – 20/20 Productions 10/10/14
”Life After Beth” Press Junket – Into Film / June 2014
Scottish Referendum broadcast coverage – Overon 17/08/14 – 19/08/14
Rude Tube – series 8 – Channel 4 / October Films
‘The Great Yes, No, Don’t Know’ Theatre Show – National Theatre of Scotland
People Make Glasgow commercial – Cask Productions
Edinburgh Lectures Programme (90min x 6) – Edinburgh City Council
Commonwealth Games series (2min x 14) – Game on Scotland
Red Bull – ‘Crash Ice’ Event / Foundlight Films
Canon C100 Owner / Operator
Edinburgh Camera Operator
Lewis GourlayDirector - commercials / Cagoule Productions
Ryan is a star. We've worked with him on many films over the years. He is always consistent and reliable. He has great amount of energy and enthusiasm for any project he works on. He always offers up creative and intuitive solutions and is a wonderful team player. I highly recommend him
Cassie BurkinshawProduction Coordinator / October Films
Ryan filmed us a great interview and made our contributors feel at ease. Will definitely look him up again!
John I BrownDirector of Photography
Ryan is very personable, he puts people at ease and is a good communicator. When Ryan is put in to a difficult situation he deals with it professionally and calmly and with a good sense of humour. As an experienced director of photography who has worked with lots of top technicians, I can comfortably recommend Ryan.
Ross PerthHead of Marketing / Edinburgh International Film Festival
It was a pleasure to work with Ryan in creating the EIFF Preview Reel. He was very professional and ensured deadlines were met. I would recommend Ryan as a creative, diligent, trustworthy and skilled editor.
Jane AlcockAssociate director / Smoking Gun PR
Ryan has produced a couple of short films for our clients, great results both times, I'd highly recommend him.
Erin Hickey/ Visit Scotland
It’s been fantastic to work with Ryan Blackwood and Butterfly Films on our Ambassadog project. The video footage has been fantastic – engaging, creative and of an exceptionally high standard. I would recommend them unreservedly