Ryan Blackwood - Lighting Camera Operator


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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

I am a lighting camera operator with experience across TV, Documentary, Corporate and Commercial work. With over seven years experience I am a versatile lighting camera operator working across the UK. At home as a one-man band or as part of a larger team, I have a a great deal of experience travelling with my own camera kit and producing on-the-road edits for clients such as Visit Scotland and other international clients.

I am comfortable under the pressure of live broadcast and presenter-lead content with the capacity to also take on directing and interviewing roles. Graduating from the Scottish Screen Academy with a first-class honours in ‘‘Photography & Film” in 2007. I ‘cut-my-teeth’ shooting hundreds of multi-camera events which developed my most valued skills  – anticipating ‘what’s next’. I always shooting to brief and deliver consistently high-quality content.



Late in 2016 I chose to pursue more outdoors filmmaking and in January I published my first wildlife camera operator showreel. I filmed pine Marten’s for Chanel 5’s ‘Great Britain’ series and visited Singapore with a global financial client.


This year I filmed and edited 11 films for Visit Scotland, TV spots for the BBC and PBS as well as a series for the British Council. I was also invited back to edit the Edinburgh Film festival trailer (a favourite editing job of mine), I completed a course documentary filmmaking course at the NFTS and on November 30th our baby girl, Robyn was born. I officially left Butterfly Films, our sister company to focus on freelance work.


I shot nearly a dozen travel films for Visit Britain across Scotland, England and Wales. Other clients included the Smithsonian Chanel, Tesco bank, Thompson Reuters, Prostate Cancer UK, Ladbrokes, Scottish Widows and Royal London.


Jen and I became proud parents to our son Oliver and I returned to working as a full time freelance camera operator shooting for the likes of Channel 4, CBBC, Heineken, Adobe, Police Scotland, Edinburgh Council and Standard Life. Butterfly Films, our sister company, was again award-nominated.


As Broadcast Services Coordinator for Metro Ecosse I managed their broadcast facilities and shot and edited for larger corporate clients such as RBS, Experian, Deloitte, DC Thompson and Belhaven Brewery.


I set up Butterfly Films and within our first year of business we were nominated for a VOWS Award and working for Edinburgh University, Panda Liquorice, Kumho Tyres and The Royal Yacht Britannia.


I produced short film ‘Lu na. tic’ directed by Daniel Gough and I also worked as the Digital Content Producer for the Edinburgh International Film Festival.


I established oooi with two other creatives as a start-up ad digital agency producing in-house films, web and graphics. The business ran for 18 months and we worked with clients such as 241 Media, ERM CVS, Sofas in Stock and Meridian Productivity.


I produced ECA film ‘Entwined’ which won BAFTA New Talent award. I joined the BBC Talent pool and worked on TV shows such as ‘Raven’ and ‘The Adventure Show’ in the production department.


My graduation film ‘Seaside’ was nominated for a BAFTA New Talent award and screened at various international film festivals. I also produced ‘Hollow Bones’ which was nominated for the Jim Poole Award.


I graduated with a first class honours degree in ‘Photography & Film‘ from the Skillset Screen Academy.


I programmed and managed Silver Screen Shorts for three years, an annual film festival which featured work from new filmmakers around the world.

Began studying at Napier university’s Photography & Film‘ programme.


I studied ‘Film & TV’ Degree Foundation course at Stevenson College.


I filmed and edited ‘Sabrina’s Bollywood‘ a Scottish Kids Are Making Movies production. The film went onto win a First Light ‘Best documentary award’. I also filmed and edited ‘One Point of View’ a 25 minute fiction film.


Aged 16 I created my first proper short film with two friends and an SVHS camera.