John Cooper is a DOP | Lighting Cameraman based near Manchester. His lighting camera work spans multiple genres and styles – predominantly Feature Documentaries, Commercials, and Branded Content – which is often fast-paced and at short notice requiring domestic and international travel. John has a great eye for composition, technical detail, and sound editorial judgment.
Over the past ten years, John has made the most of every opportunity to collaborate with and learn from industry professionals from all departments – Directors, Gaffers, and other DOPs allowing him to develop his own skills through absorbing different styles and techniques.
Whatever your production requires, John Cooper DOP has probably filmed something similar in the past and has a deep knowledge of filming styles and a strong technical prowess needed for the wide gamut of production briefs. Rest assured if you require a DOP | Lighting Camera who is also an Owner-Operator you are in safe hands, so feel free to get in touch and discuss your project.
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Being a DOP (Director of Photography) is considered the most complex of positions within the Lighting Camera Department. It involves a fair amount of pre-production and planning before you even step on set. Firstly it is knowing what message you need to portray to a willing audience, secondly a deeper understanding of the use of lighting camera and grips to maximize visual storytelling capabilities, and finally the leadership of a larger team of industry professionals.
John Cooper is experienced in HETV / UHD 4k broadcast, streaming services such as Amazon Video, Netflix, Facebook & Insight TV, along with regular terrestrial broadcast programming, and Production Agency work.
Today’s budgets are often limited and money should not be wasted because of bad planning or ill-informed decisions. It is more often that productions with a Director of Photography require a specific lighting camera setup to achieve the right results. This is usually discussed in advance of production with various technical and managerial personnel in order to assure consistency and avoid holding up tight schedules down the line.
Owner-Operator Lighting Camera John Cooper DOP works with the amazing Sony F55 Cinema Camera (HETV, UHD, Netflix, Amazon Video ready), Sony F5 Cinema Camera, Sony Fs7-2, Sony A7s2, a full set of Canon Cine Primes, and a Sigma 18-35mm zoom.
Also on board is an Easyrig, Tripods, Wireless 5.5″ Monitor, 16″ 10-bit Client Monitor, Mavic 2 Pro 4k Drone with Hasselblad camera, V-lock batteries, own sound kit (boom & 2x radios), extensive lighting (Arri Fresnels, 575HMI, 5ft Octodomes, 2 Kinoflo Diva 400s, 2 Falcon-Eyes light mats, and 2 Light panels). and loads of stands, cables, and a few polecats.
As an owner-operator, John can supply a comprehensive range of lighting camera equipment, lens, and grip equipment.
Based near Manchester
Manchester – the heart of the media industry and home to some of the most creative talent in the country.
John Cooper DOP is a freelance Director of Photography and owner-operator Lighting Cameraman based near Manchester, working predominantly on locations and within a studio environment. With extra bases in Yorkshire and Oxford, he is able to move around the UK at reasonable notice helping to reduce travel time and expense on a valuable production budget.
Being based in Cheshire, Manchester & Liverpool are within a 30-minute commute. It makes perfect sense to hire John Cooper – a Manchester DOP with a wealth of experience, familiar with the area, and the contacts to provide crew & kit second to none.