Mark Sharman Cinematography. Underwater, people and wildlife.
Mark is an award-winning cameraman best known for creating cinematic visuals and sequence aesthetics in people and wildlife film-making both underwater and topside, and now aerial. His creative eye and technical experience offer production companies a wide range of skills, which Mark has gained from key involvement in presenter-led and pure wildlife behaviour productions, cinematic film-making and commercial promotions for over a decade.
Award-winning underwater cinematography
Mark's underwater cinematography features in Jago: A Life Underwater, an independent film which won the Cinematography (small crew) Panda Award at the Wildscreen Festival in October 2016 as well as the prestigious Grand Teton Award at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival 2015.
In March 2017, Jago won four Royal Television Society West of England Awards, including Best Cinematography and Best Documentary, beating Planet Earth II to the cinematography award in the process.
Highly motivated, Mark is committed to exceeding expectations. He has captured over 100 short wildlife / sync films for The One Show and Springwatch / Autumnwatch / Winterwatch and has filmed underwater and topside on popular TV productions including Deadly 60, Big Blue UK and Life at the Extreme with Davina McCall. In addition, he has worked on a number of blue chip underwater shoots for Blue Planet II and Silverback (Disneynature). As a versatile cameraman, Mark has also operated as Director of Photography on a series of commercial promotions for clients such as Revlon, Pearly King Jeans and The Wolf Run.
An experienced HSE Commercial Diver (with around 900 dives) and a qualified rebreather diver / owner (firstly with Poseidon Se7en, now with rEvo), Mark has logged 320+ CCR hours in the process.
Mark owns a Sony FS7 with underwater housing plus a full range of Canon EF lenses and an arsenal of other kit suitable for production; please refer to the Equipment Hire section for further details.
Now able to offer drone filming services, Mark gained his CAA Permission for Commercial Operations of Small Unmanned Aircraft (PfCO SUA) qualification in June 2017. Mark is able to commercially fly aircraft up to 7kg and owns a DJI Phantom 4 Pro, he has been providing this additional skill to production already in 2017.
Mark lives in West Sussex, UK , but makes regular visits to Bristol and London and is currently in Alaska, working on the BBC/PBS production Alaska Live until July. Please contact Mark to discuss his availability for the second half of 2017 and into 2018.