About

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.

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Credits

“Great Britain” / ‘Forests’ episode  / Plimsoll Productions / Channel 5, (Sony FS7) Dir: Mitch Turnbull

“Our New King” ITN, (Sony FS7) Dir: Tim Maynard

PBS Newshour Jackie Kay feature (Canon C300), PBS, Prod: Michael Fritz

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

Witness” / ‘Dolly the Sheep’ episode, BBC, (Canon C300) Dir: Lucy Stevens

“Queensferry Crossing openning” Speakeasy Productions (Canon C300 mk2) Dir: Stephen Mathews

Trainspotting campaign Edinburgh Zoo / Stripe Communications (Sony FS7)

Toyota ”Slow power”/ advert Stink Studio, Gaffer / Grip, Dir: Charles Young

London – Manchester – Edinburgh  x3 mini-films, Visit Britain (Canon C300), Dir: Ryan Blackwood

“Active It” Dawnings music video Lily Island Films, (Sony FS7) Dir: Uisdean Murray

In Season Show ‘European Rugby Champions Cup’ episode (Sony FS7) Prod: Chrissy Jones

Brain Cox featurette Visit Scotland, (Sony FS7) Dir: Ryan Blackwood

People Make Glasgow commercial Cask Productions (Canon C300)

Nothing Nicer” films x6 Visit Britain, (Canon C300) Dir: Ryan Blackwood

Million Dollar American Princesses” featurette  Finestripe / The Smithsonian Channel (Canon C300)

Broadcast coverage Antena 3, Arte, Tele Madrid, Telecinco, RTVE, PRVA, 8TV and LaSexta. (PMW-750)

Ambassadog films x11 mini-films, Visit Scotland, (Canon C300)Dir: Ryan Blackwood

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Sony FS7 Owner / Operator

Edinburgh Camera Operator

Lewis Gourlay

Lewis Gourlay

Director - 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 Burkinshaw

Cassie Burkinshaw

Production Coordinator / October Films

Ryan filmed us a great interview and made our contributors feel at ease. Will definitely look him up again!

John I Brown

John I Brown

Director 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 Perth

Ross Perth

Head 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 Alcock

Jane Alcock

Associate 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

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

Clients

CBBC

Heineken

RBS

Red Bull

Standard life

Visit Scotland

Visit Britain

The Royal Yacht Britannia

Ladbrokes

National Theatre of Scotland

Antena 3

Arte

La Sexta

Telemadrid

Experian

NHS

Police Scotland

Tesco Bank

Moneyweek

Prostate Cancer UK

Smithsonian Chanel

Royal London

Deloitte

Edinburgh Int'l Film Festival

PriceWaterhouseCooper

Scottish Power