I am an experienced camera operator and a BAFTA New Talent winning filmmaker. I offer over eight years experience filming for global brands, live international broadcast, commercials and feature documentary. As a freelance camera operator I have worked for the main UK broadcasters – BBC, ITN, Channel 4 and Channel 5 for both news and features. International broadcasters include PBS, Arte, Tele Madrid and the Smithsonian Channel. Branded content includes Heineken, Adobe, Red Bull and Visit Britain.
I travel UK wide with my own Sony FS7 camera, lighting kit and vehicle. I pride myself on my professionalism and creative approach to briefs and love the variety of different shoots. 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 demand. I also bring editor’s perspective and a ‘can do’ attitude to everything I shoot.
“Our New King” ITN, (Sony FS7) Dir: Tim Maynard
Rude Tube – series 8 October Films / Channel 4 (Canon C300)
Where You’re Meant to Be Feature Documentary, Better Days Productions (Canon C300) DoP: Julian Schwanitz
“Queensferry Crossing openning” Speakeasy Productions (Canon C300 mk2) Dir: Stephen Mathews
Trainspotting campaign Edinburgh Zoo / Stripe Communications (Sony FS7)
In Season Show ‘European Rugby Champions Cup’ episode (Sony FS7) Prod: Chrissy Jones
People Make Glasgow commercial Cask Productions (Canon C300)
Broadcast coverage Antena 3, Arte, Tele Madrid, Telecinco, RTVE, PRVA, 8TV and LaSexta. (PMW-750)
Sony FS7 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