ABOUT

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY, PRODUCER

STEVE PURCELL

For near twenty years I’ve proudly helped teams create quality documentary-style programs. That experience allowed me to navigate the process of capturing stories the world over. The past fourteen years I’ve focused my efforts as a DOP, leading the technical department, maintaining high standards and setting goals. All important. Equally, so is possessing the experience in leadership to meet them. I see this position beyond the combination of technical knowledge and visual composition. My work and inspiration are rooted in story, ready to interact and direct talent, be curious and ask questions. Whether it is a sunset or a real moment, be prepared and never hesitate. Once a moment is gone, that’s all it will ever be. Below are more specifics I work hard to deliver.

TEAMWORK

With near two decades on set, I’ve seen what a motivated team can accomplish. I provide clear direction, communication and purpose for each crew member. Communication and collaboration are how a successful project starts. Trust and hard work see it finish. I work hard alongside crew to create a safe, efficient and enjoyable work experience.

CAMERA TECHNIQUE

I work to exceed expectations and match the look, feel and pace of the subject. No project is the same and creating new and original visuals is among the best aspects of the job, pushing mediums to inspire the best quality in picture and story.

LIGHTING

My lighting experience ranges from studio sets to exterior environments and vehicles. I provide quality lighting from bold and stylized, to subtle and natural. I have also worked extensively with available light keeping a small footprint while maintaining quality picture.

DIRECTION

I offer experience directing camera and talent for a natural feel with quality coverage. I give the story close attention and guidance to unfold it coherently for the viewer. My upbringing in the industry taught me to tell a story through the lens naturally,on the move without disruption. I've had the opportunity to help produce and direct multiple follow documentary series. This came naturally having more than 18 years working close with outstanding directors and producers.

CAMERA & SPECIALTY EQUIPMENT

Over the years, I've curated a selection of equipment including modern cameras, vintage glass, motion control and lighting.These specific tools to allow my work to be fast and efficient and to provide the tailored imagery I’m expected to deliver.

CERTIFICATIONS/EXPERIENCE

- Licensed Commercial Drone Pilot (US FAA)
- Certified for Phantom High-Speed Camera Systems
- Firearm and Pyrotechnic Safety Experience
- Licensed to Carry Concealed Large Capacity Firearms (Class A)
- MSHA Miner Safety Certification
- Certified Father/Family Operator