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About Me - Yorkshire Based DoP

Hello and welcome to my website! I’m Dan Mears, a Yorkshire based DoP.

Over the last 13 years I have worked my way up the ranks of the camera department, now working as a Director of Photography (DoP) and Cameraman with a real passion for cinematography and storytelling.

I work on a range of productions including corporate films, branded content and TVCs. Check out my projects to see the full body of my work.

I personally take pride in my equipment, designed around the Sony FS7 camera, to provide a bespoke service and shooting package to productions. To find out more click here

In 2016-2018 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.

Being a Yorkshire based DoP means I can cover much of the North of England, including great access to Sheffield, Leeds, Bradford, Nottingham, Derby, Lincoln & Hull.

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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Testimonials

“Dan’s a genuine pleasure to work with. Calm, diligent and always wanting to do his best for the client. His equipment is top notch, he knows it well and he makes a lot of going the extra mile when asked. Thanks, Dan.”


Simon Greene Director, SGA – 2018

“Dan is a highly skilled cameraman who recently did a shoot for a dance school. This was quite a difficult shoot to do as it involved constant movement and was very fast paced. Dan captured this brilliantly, picking out moments that really represented the ‘family’ atmosphere of the school. Dan also shot an interview for this particular video, and this looked and sounded extremely professional and clear. 


Graham Thirkill Video Editor, Yell – 2018

“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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