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Freelance Lighting Cameraman

Director Of Photography

Ian Perry. FRPS. FBIPP.

Ex BBC  Lighting Cameraman.



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Multi-Camera Studio (incl. Robotic Cameras)  or OB.

© Ian Perry. 2002-2015.

Last Update 12/01/15.




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Image of Ian Perry at rehearsals of the "Generation Game" at BBC TV TheatreImage of Ian Perry at rehearsals of "I Claudius" in Studio 1 at BBC TV CentreTWO WEDDINGS AND THE ROUBLE PIC

Originally qualified as a Professional Photographer (City & Guilds.

Photography - Finals. Commercial, Advertising, Fashion).

Joined BBC TV as Camera Trainee  around the start of BBC-2 and ,

after many years training & qualifying, worked in London Studios on  a

vast range of programmes  but later became established on Crews

specialising in Drama, Light Entertainment, and Children's Programmes.  Many were award winning such as Dennis Potters “Pennies From

Heaven”, the “Shakespeare Series” (which took three years to make!),

Cliff Richard, Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey, etc. Spectaculars, “Top Of The Pops”,“Morcambe & Wise”, “Monty Python” (yes I filmed the Dead Parrot Sketch!), “The Two Ronnies”, etc, etc.  

Detached to Drama Series in BBC Glasgow (3 years) and BBC OB’s in

BBC Scotland and BBC London (Acton) for several years (Music &

Sport Events).  In all about 20 years in Drama and LE during an

exciting period for the BBC.

Became guest Lecturer, 1978-81  (Camera, Sound, Lighting, Film to ENG Courses) followed  by a year in Management (Camera Manager-London Studios 1982).  Returned to programme making after successfully

completing the full lighting course (Studio & Location) and became PSC Lighting Cameraman at Lime Grove (Topical Production Unit).  This Features unit developed into BBC Crewshop where I worked on a diverse range of location programmes for both BBC and External Producers (ITV, CH-4, CH-5, & Independent & Corporate, & Commercial).

The BBC closed Crewshop in March 2002 and I now continue as a

Freelance.  As well as Broadcast I am also available for Private, Podcast shoot/edit, or Corporate filming, with or without my own equipment (Dry Hire). Also available for Training assignments worldwide. Current CRB.

I have completed a recognised Hostile Environments Course, and also a High Definition course with DoP Paul Wheeler. BSC..     

Recent attachments as Section Head  (Cameras & Lighting) and Training - Al Jazeera (English) at their satellite news HQ in Doha, Qatar.    

Rehearsals “Generation

Game” BBC TV Theatre.

Rehearsals “I Claudius”

BBC Studio 1.

BBC2 Documentary,1999.

Multi-Camera Live OB. Royal Albert Hall 2012.

Royal Albert Hall, 2012