About Me

Welcome to my website; I am a Director of Photography based in Yorkshire.

I have 13 years of experience in the industry and since finishing my masters degree in 2010, what was a part time job (and hobby) formed into a career, as I worked my way up through the racks of the camera department.

Now I work as a Director of Photography and Cameraman with a real passion for cinematography and storytelling, working on a range of productions including drama, documentary, promos and branded content. Check out my projects to see the full body of my work.

I personally take pride in my kit, designed around the Sony FS7 camera, to provide a bespoke service and shooting package to productions, details of which can be found here. Further, if your production requires additional equipment I have great relationships with local rental houses to ensure we have everything required.

In 2016 I was selected to be part of BAFTA Crew, a professional network and masterclass programme, designed to connect emerging ‘below the line’ talent to BAFTA-winners and nominees.

Why not browse around my site, check out my projects and reels, and if you like what you see… why not get in touch!

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“Dan came on board to work on a two-day corporate shoot as main camera/DOP… he communicated well in the lead up to the shoot so we could develop a suitable style and ensure the shoot went well. On the day, he was a pleasure to work alongside and offered multiple creative suggestions as we went. His camera work was excellent and struck up a good rapport with the project client and those involved in the filming. The end result was a pleasure to edit and exceeded the client’s expectations.”

Andrew Painten Producer/Director, Fluent Films – 2016

“I’d strongly recommend Dan to anyone, particularly if you’re looking to go that extra mile visually and achieve something really excellent. You can be sure Dan delights in translating a director’s vision into something attainable with whatever the budget. He’s also very easy to work with and relate to, which has made for a long-lasting professional relationship between us.”

Toby Watts Writer & Director, Far North Film – 2016

“I’ve worked on 3 projects with Dan in the past 6 months and he is driven and professional. I have to say that his lighting and framing is at times absolutely beautiful! He has great communication skills which is vital in this industry. You hire Dan and your project will look fantastic.”

Victoria Roberts Makeup Artist, Freelance – 2016

“Dan is an extremely professional and focused camera operator and DoP. Every time I work with Dan I am always impressed with his attitude and precision toward the job in hand. He has his own kit, which is well maintained and up to date with the latest technology and modern workflows. It is always a pleasure to work with Dan and would recommend him for all your filming needs.”

Mick Close Sound Recordist, Freelance – 2015

“Daniel is a very conscientious and professional cameraman who lends more than his creative camera work to projects. He is offers sound advice regarding shot selection and sequence development and he works well when operating the camera independently and under a director. I recommend Daniel for broadcast and corporate filming assignments. He understands the demands of the role. Daniel also runs cinematography workshops in which he shares his passion for creative lighting camera work.”

Andrew Moore Managing Director, Visualis Communications – 2014

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Dan and his team member for their outstanding service and friendly but professional attitude. We were all delighted with the amount of care and effort that Dan and his associate put into the whole project. Polar are delighted with the end result and hope that we are able to have Dan again for our second video shoot when it has been arranged with our client.”

Rachel Pickup Sales & Marketing Manager, Polar Windows Ltd – 2014

“Dan Mears is a highly professional DoP. He is very knowledgable about cameras and lighting but also how to use them creatively to bring a directors vision alive. Dan is not only technically competent but also is a man of integrity who listens as much as he speaks. I trust him as my right hand man on set and very much look forward to a long lasting creative relationship working with him.”

Fionn Watts Producer/Director, Far North Film – 2013

“Dan is the text book example of being professional. Nothing is too much trouble and he often operates beyond the call of duty. He has a great eye for a perfectly composed shot and I enjoy his attention to detail. I love working with Dan. He is the first person I call. Hire this chap with confidence.”

Jamie Hobbis Freelance DoP – 2013

“Dan always gives 120%. He is skilled and intelligent, enthusiastic about his work, contributes effective ideas & solutions and is a pleasure to have on the team. I look forward to working with Dan on many more future projects.”

Roy Plum Owner, Creative Video / Achievement TV – 2013

“I’ve worked with Daniel on quite a few video productions now and I’ve always found Daniel easy to work with, dependable, and most importantly, able to consistently shoot good footage.”

Jonathan Jeeves Managing Editor, Custom Video Production at Hibu – 2013

“Daniel is a joy to work with. Personable, eager, enthusiastic, professional and reliable. I just wish I could hire him full time instead of on a freelance basis. Both his camera and editing skills have been more than appreciated by my clients – which makes them more than appreciated by me.”

Nikki Prinn Producer, Little Orchard Productions Ltd – 2011

“Daniel is technically excellent, with lots of great ideas and a real passion for the work that he does. A true perfectionist.”

Alex Nicholson Owner/Manager, Timeline Vision – 2010


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