BEN MCPHEE

Director / DP / Cam Operator / AC / Grip / Gaffer


Photographer / 1st AC / Digi-Tech



This website is Primarily about my Assisting/Support services, but enquiries regarding my own work are always welcome.

THE STORY SO FAR...

Born on the beaches of Perth, I was meant to be a Pilot. I didn't have a backup plan. I blame Top Gun. 

So I went to Uni to study Aviation, got burned out, and decided to snowboard around the world for a little while. It was there that I discovered my true passion. Beer. But also, snowboarding. But ALSO, photography and film. I picked up a video camera and began documenting the amazing riders and lifestyle I was surrounded by. 

It wasn't long before I knew what I was meant to be doing, and I haven't stopped since.

After stints in Perth, Melbourne and LA, I'm now Sydney based, chasing the creative dream.

I still snowboard though, and the beach is still my happy place. 


 

MOTION

SELECTED EXPERIENCE

"B" CAMERA OPERATOR

January 2019

Virgin Active – TVC / Social – https://bit.ly/2X3fMMi
     [Nikon D850 w/Atomos Shogun Inferno, Director - Jon Higgs]

GAFFER

November 2018

“The Last Meal” - Short - https://vimeo.com/305855318
     [Arri Alexa Mini, Director - Jonathon May]

1ST AC (RAVEN) / "B" OPERATOR (D850)

June 2018

Kia Stinger – TVC / Social – https://vimeo.com/282615083
     [Red Raven / Nikon D850, Director Petros Ktenas]

"A" CAMERA OPERATOR

March 2018

Personal – Fashion Editorial
     [Canon 5dmk4 w/C-Log, Director - Gavin O’Neill]

DP (2ND UNIT)

November 2017

McDonalds - Web Short – https://bit.ly/2Z5g6Mv
     [Sony A7SII, Director - Jonathon May]

1ST AC

November 2017

McDonalds - Web Shorts (x6) – https://vimeo.com/245667769
     [Sony FS7II, Director - Jonathon May]

“B” CAMERA OPERATOR

February 2015

Interflora - Web Shorts – https://vimeo.com/120125861
     [Nikon D810, Director - Damien Pleming]

1ST/2ND AC AND KEY GRIP

April 2014

SELF MAGAZINE (USA) - Web Shorts
     [Canon 5Dmk3/1DX, DP - Michael Larson]

2ND AC AND GRIP

December 2013

“LOVE DRUNK” by Max & Bianca - Music Video – https://bit.ly/2X0zIj1 

     [Red Epic, DP - Benn Jae}

RUNNER AND GRIP

December 13

NOVO SHOES – Commercial

     [Red Epic, DP - Benn Jae]

GRIP

March 2009

TWSnow / Forum – Snowboarding Film – https://bit.ly/2P11FEL

     [Red One, Director - Ian Ruhter]

 

STILLS

Selected Experience

PHOTO ASSISTANT / DIGITAL TECH - SYDNEY, MELBOURNE, LOS ANGELES.

2003 - Present

I started assisting in Perth in 2003, and continued to do so as I put myself through photo school. Upon graduating, I travelled for snowboarding and some other photographic work. Following this, I ran my own sports photography business in Perth before moving to Melbourne in late 2009, where I worked until early 2015. I also worked in Los Angeles for a period, but I now call Sydney home.

 

Partial Client list (Assisting/Digital Technician):

Photographers: Steven Chee, Nicole Bentley, Stephen Ward, Hugh Stewart, Steve Baccon, Jonathon May, Jon Bader, Andreas Smetana, Mick Bruzzese, Jamie MacFayden, Graham Shearer, Mark Segal, Emmet Malmstrom, Jason Ierace, Chris Colls, Will Davidson, Derek Henderson, Liz Ham, Tane Coffin, Gavin O’Neil, Toby Dixon, Carlotta Moye, Troyt Coburn, Beau Grealy, Emily Abay, among others.


Editorial: Vogue, Vogue Hommes (Paris), Lui, Harpers Bazaar, Cosmo, Rolling Stone, InStyle, Variety, Marie Claire.
 

Advertising and Fashion: Dolce and Gabbana, Witchery, Etam, Volcom, Oakley, Famous Footwear, Mimco, Coca Cola, KFC, VB, Allianz, Sony, Holden, Renault, Uber Eats, MG, Nike, Adidas, NAB, Westpac, Myer, McDonalds, David Jones, Samsung, RM Williams, IAG, Carla Zampatti, Tinder, SK-II, Kia, Virgin Active, Optus, Telstra.

 

Celebrity: Cate Blanchett (x3), Jennifer Hawkins (x5), Curtis Stone (x3), Naomi Watts, Boy George, Ryan Kwanten, Magdalina Frackowiak, Tara Moss, Peter Garrett, Tim Rodgers, Carrie Bickmore, Ashleigh Brewer, Judith Lucy, Martha Wainwright, Lance “Buddy” Franklin, Chris Judd, Nic Naitanui, Cooper Cronk, Beau Ryan, Sophie Monk, and various other Radio and TV personalities.

 

FORMAL AND ONLINE EDUCATION

2005-2007

ADVANCED DIPLOMA OF PHOTOGRAPHY, CENTRAL TAFE, PERTH

Stills Photography course, dealing with Film and Darkroom Techniques, Digital Capture and Post Production Techniques, and the Business side of Image Making.

2018-2019

Units ranging from Lighting, to Camera Operating, and everything in between, from acclaimed DoP Shane Hurlbut

 

SKILLS (TO PAY THE BILLS)

 

MOTION CAMERA SYSTEMS:

Red
Arri
Black Magic
Canon
Sony
Nikon
Panasonic

EQUIPMENT LIST

All of the following are available for hire at competitive rates along with my services.
Seperate rental available. Delivery charges apply.

 

DIGITAL:

NEC PA242W Monitor

15” Macbook Pro with Capture One, 24”

Seaport Case

Davinci Resolve, and Full Adobe Creative Cloud

Medium Wacom Graphics Tablet

4TB HD (Backups)

Tether Tools Active Extension

Tether Tools USB 3

X-Rite Colorchecker Passport

COMING SOON:
Hyperjuice

iPad Pro 12.9"

Get in touch, and be sure to let me know which role(s) you are enquiring about:

MOTION
Camera Operator / DP / AC / Grip / Gaffer

STILLS
1st Assistant / Digital Tech

MY WORK

Stills / Motion (Dedicated Site Coming Soon)

0410921752

 
 

0410921752

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