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About Me

Based in Manhattan, I have 10 years of experience as a director of photography (DOP), camera operator and editor. I personally own and work with the Sony PMW-F5 CineAlta 4K camera, Sony documentary dock and Canon CN7x17 KAS S Cine-Servo 17-120mm Lens (full equipment list here).

Camera operations: I am extremely proficient in the operation of the Sony PMW-F5 | 55, PXW-FS7M2 | PDW-F800, and Canon C300 | 500.

Editing: I have a wealth of experience using FCPX, Adobe Premiere Pro, Prelude, After Effects and Davinci Resolve.

Transmission: Experience with live stream over the Dejero; Tvu; Liveu; Bgan and FTP.

Attributes: Having worked in newsroom teams all my career, I am used to working as a member of a strong team unit, and adapt well to new work flows and environments, as well as diverse styles of shooting and editing.

Production and planning: I’ve been responsible for the production and stylistic direction of video content for Amazon, Al Jazeera, TRT World News, BBC and Australian news networks. I can manage client briefs, time frames and budgets.

Innovative formats: I’ve created 360 degree video content and managed proposals and budgets for this work. I can manage these projects end ­to ­end, including shooting on new camera platforms, editing and post­production. I’ve also submitted technical recommendations for the deployment of drones to gather aerial images.

I have worked all over the USA, Asia and Australia with clients such as Vice, Amazon, Al Jazeera, TRT World News, BBC, Seven / Nine News Australia and ABC to name a few. I have a recommended contact list so I can quickly assemble a  professional crew for filming or post production.

Aerial Cinematography

AERIAL VIDEO & PHOTOGRAPHY

Camera Operations

VIDEO PRODUCTION  | SOUND

Post Production

EDITING | COLOR GRADING

“Stephen is a joy to work with. Professional, always on time and well­prepared. Technically proficient, able to troubleshoot as well as shoot, prioritize and meet deadlines. Shooting and editing in the field in challenging conditions from riots and protests, to blistering heat and freezing cold. Stephen shoots, engineers and attimes produces lives. In the office, he manages multiple systems and video sources, provides tech support, creates graphics and keeps bureau archives. He also manages and maintains gear and transportation, as well as generally contributing to the team. You couldn't ask for more in a news photographer, which is the role I know him in, but I could also see him working on commercial, industrial, and cinematic shoots” March 14, 2016Kristen Saloomey.
Kristen Saloomey.Correspondent , Al Jazeera Media Network.
“Stephen is a top quality news professional with an outstanding record as a Cameraman and Editor. He's a person who can always be relied upon to get the job done, no matter whatthe circumstances.He has delivered excellent results while working overseas, shooting and editing his own work.He has also proven himselfto be a cool head in the pressure cooker environment of day to day new gathering. Recently, I worked with Stephen on a series of special reports with high profile broadcaster Derryn Hinch for Seven Network News. It gave Stephen the chance to display his artistic and technical skills as a shooter and lighting cameraman, which he did with great aplomb. I have no hesitation in recommending him. He would be an asset to any media organisation.” December 13, 2012Mark Gillies.
Mark Gillies.Deputy Director of News , Seven Network Limited.
“In my 26 years of broadcastindustry experience, I have rarely encountered a camera operator as genial, utterly unflappable and as technically­proficient as Steve. He's the guy you wanttaking the pictures when a news event turns rough­and­tumble ­­ as well as when there's time to light it and shoot it to best advantage.Skilled with a camera, charming with the talent, and a fast worker, whether he's covering the story or editing the pictures. Steve will not let you down.” December 2, 2012Dean Felton.
Dean Felton.City Editor, Seven Network Limited.
“What has always impressed me about Stephen is his natural talent. His ability to create great images and captures pictures that really "tell the story”. His lighting and technical skills are spot on.He is a creative Editor and experience EFP and ENG Cameraman. I would not hesitate in recommending Stephen, as he is both professional and very easy to work with. I found him to be an asset to our team.” December 9, 2012Peter Washington.
Peter Washington.News Cameraman/ Editor, Freelance Colleague.
“Stephen and I worked on many stories together, in Australia and Asia. He shot beautiful pictures, often under great time pressure, all while maintaining a wonderful enthusiasm for finding the best way oftelling the story. Professionally and personally he's one of the best I've worked with.” December 10, 2012Brett McLeod.
Brett McLeod.Journalist, Nine Network Australia.
Please accept this as my strongest recommendation for Stephen Greaves. He is an outstanding cameraman; his shooting skills are superb. He is a creative operator with a terrific eye. I have watched him grow over time, and he has never disappointed me. He is a team player, with a strong editorial vision, coupled with excellent organizational skills. Not only is he a terrific cameraman, he is an exceptional editor. Fast when he has to be, but equally talented when working on longer feature pieces. He has taught himself several skills that augment what he does, from generating broadcast quality graphics to include in his pieces, to working with web editors to deliver innovative material for various social media platforms. Like all good cameramen, he is quite capable of being a producer. He has had considerable experience a lighting cameraman. Above all, he has a great work ethic, is a pleasure to be around and is great fun to work with. He will be an asset to any media operation or company lucky enough to get him. 11th March 2016Heather Allan
Heather AllanSenior Vice President, Al Jazeera
Stephen Greaves has been with the Seven Network for over 17 months as a Senior News Cameraman/Editor. During this time he has proven his efficiency in all facets of News Gathering including shooting/editing/store and forward FTP processes and has embraced new technology as in TVU units. As a Senior Cameraman he has helped with the training of less experienced staff in all areas of his craft. He has an easy going attitude and copes well under pressure especially on Overseas Assignments and is available at short notice. Steven is well liked by all members of the team particularly Journalists he works with and will be missed. 22nd January 2013John Arnold
John Arnold News Operations Manager, Seven News Melbourne
I have known Stephen Greaves for several years and found him to be what I would describe as a perfect employee. Steve is a great Cameraman who thinks outside the square, can see the bigger picture, has good perspective and is reliable and dependable. He exhibits qualities that are sometimes rare to find these days. On the rare occasion that things go wrong Steve does whatever it takes to get the job done, he finds an alternative and gets things back on track. Steve is passionate about his craft, he is not only valued as a proficient highly skilled Cameraman, but also as an editor who embraces new technology and has the patience and skill to impart to others. Steve works well both on his own and as part of a team. He would enhance greatly any companies' performance, and is complimented with a good sense of humour. As Chief Cameraman of Nine News Melbourne I hired Steve and would recommend him to any prospective employer. 8 January, 2013John Parsons
John ParsonsNine News, Melbourne

Camera Operations and Editing

I own and use the Sony PMW-F5. To complement this camera I also own the Sony a7sii as a second cut-away shot. In todays world, I know often there is little budget for a sound recordist and to help offset this, I also offer a range of dual radio microphones. When required I shoot and edit all my material for clients. As most of my editing is done on location, I choose to edit on the Mac platform and have a full workflow using Adobe programs such as Prelude, Premiere Pro CC, Media Encoder and Catalyst Browse. Live input and output recording is achieved via SDI to thunderbolt using technology from Blackmagic Designs.

I’ve had the opportunity to work with clients like Al Jazeera, TeamPeople, BBC and TRT World News to name a few; working from the field on high­profile stories from Ferguson MO, Burns OR, San Bernardino CA, and elsewhere, covering world news events. Recently I shot the ABC Four Corners interview with Hillary Clinton and Sarah Ferguson.

My rates are competitive and includes an extensive kit as part of my hire fee. My kit includes everything you will need for a small shoot or large multi camera shoot; covering camera and lenses, lighting, sound and post production equipment. I can hire in specialized equipment so please contact me to talk about your requirements and for a rate card.

Podcast - Film Industry Pro

I recently recorded this podcast with Pete Bailey who is the founder and host of ‘Film Industry Pro‘. We cover a range of broadcast topics from what kind of kit I own and use, where I’ve worked and any advice I can offer to anyone who is thinking about freelancing in the broadcast television industry. If you have a moment, give this podcast a listen.

Making it in NYC with Stephen Greaves. Today’s Film Industry Pro is Stephen Greaves – A lighting camera operator and editor in New York City. He has done a great job packing in a tonne of useful tips knowledge and advice into today’s episode. If you’re an aspiring camera operator or already in the thick of it then this is the episode for you. But it’s not only a camera operator’s episode, Stephen tells us all about the different jobs he’s done and some of the far fetched situations he’s been in – highly entertaining. Hit Play Below.

Below is the equipment I personally own. If I don’t have it, I can rent it for your next production.

Camera | Lens:

● Sony PMW-F5 CineAlta Digital Cinema Camera 4K
● Sony Documentary Dock
● Sony PXW-FS7 M2 4K XDCAM Super 35 Camcorder
● Sony Alpha a7S II Mirrorless Digital Camera
● Canon CN7x17 KAS S Cine-Servo 17-120mm T2.95 (PL Mount)
● Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens
● Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens
● Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens
● Rokinon 85mm T1.5 Cine DS Lens
● Rokinon 50mm T1.5 AS UMC Cine DS Lens
● Rokinon 35mm T1.5 Cine DS Lens
● Rokinon 20mm T1.9 Cine DS Lens

Tripod | Support | Slider:

● Miller 1778 Arrow 25 Tripod System
● Miller AIR Solo 75-3 Carbon Fiber System
● Rhino Motorized Slider with Arc / Dolly

Monitor | Recorder:

● Small HD 502 Monitor
● Atomos Sumo 19″ HDR/ Monitor Recorder / Quad Split, Live Switcher

Editing:

● Macbook Pro 1, Retina Display 15 inch 16Gig Ram
● Macbook Pro 2, Retina Display 15 inch 16Gig Ram
● Adobe Premiere Pro CC Suite
● Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve 12.5
● Blackmagic Design Monitor Playback Device
● Blackmagic Design Recorder Capture Device
● Catalyst Browse

Miscellaneous Items:

● Anton Bauer CINE 150 V-Mount Battery | x2
● Anton Bauer Digital 150 V-Mount Battery | x3
● Anton Bauer LP2 Dual V-Mount Battery Charger
● PAG PAGlink Micro Charger
● Metabones Canon EF to Sony FZ T CINE Smart Adapter
● Core SWX GP-S-FS7 V-Mount Adapter Plate
● Zacuto Sony FS7 Recoil Pro with VCT Pro
● Zacuto Z-Finder with Flip-Up Frame for Sony FS7 Camcorder
● Vocas MB-255 Matte Box Kit
● Metabones Canon EF to E mount T Speed Booster

Aerial Camera:

● DJI Mavic Pro

Sound:

● Sony DWRS02D/30 Dual Channel Digital Wireless Receiver
● Sony DWT-B01 Bodypack Transmitter (CH 30/40) | x2
● Sony DWT-P01 Mic Digital Plug-in Transmitter
● Sony ECM-77B – Lavalier Mic | x2

● Lectrosonics SRc5P Rx Receiver Wireless Receiver
● Lectrosonics LT Beltpack Transmitter (A1: 470 to 537 MHz) | x2
● Lectrosonics Plug-On Transmitter (A1: 470 to 537 MHz)
● Sanken COS-11D Omni Lavalier Mic | x2

● Electro-Voice RE50B Omni Mic
● Sony ECM-674/9X Shotgun Mic | x2
● Sony ECM-77B Lavalier Mic | x2

Lighting:

● Litepanels Astra 1×1 Bi-Color LED Panel / Softbox | x4
● Dedolight DLED 4.1 Set with softbox gobo projector | x2
● Nila Zaila Deluxe Daylight LED Fixture Kit
● Chauvet Freedom Par Lights | x4
● Aladdin A-LITE Bi-Color Dimmable Light Fixture
● Manfrotto 5001B Nano Black Light Stand | x8
● Matthews Hollywood Century C Stand Grip Head Kit | x2

Terms and Conditions

Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions are in relation to business and work carried out by Stephen Greaves – trading as MIXEL INC. Hereinafter Stephen Greaves or MIXEL INC is referred to as “Stephen Greaves”, “MIXEL INC” or “I”. This agreement formalises the established work practice and etiquette by which I operate. The following points form the basis of our engagement, subject to conditions being agreed in writing. I operate with goodwill and enjoy a fair and safe workplace, I hope that you view our terms and conditions as reasonable. Please negotiate or clarify any points prior to the project.

Bookings

Jobs are accepted by Stephen Greaves at the price agreed and quoted in writing for each booking, or as per my rate card. Prices may vary due to supplier costs or subsequent client requirements. Any such additional costs will be advised as soon as they become apparent. The daily rate agreed is based on a working day which is ten hours in duration and this should include a one hour lunch break.  Overtime is billed each hour after ten hours.

Confirmation of a booking must be received in writing before any job takes place. Stephen Greaves cannot accept responsibility for misunderstanding resulting from verbal/ pencil bookings which are not followed up with a confirmation email or call sheet / shooting schedule.

Priority will be given to confirmed rather than pencil bookings.

Expenses

Stephen Greaves retains the right to charge out-of-pocket expenses incurred in providing the product(s) or service(s) – subject to being able to provide the Customer with proof of expenditure. All out-of-pocket expenses will be charged at cost.

Cancellations

Every effort will be made by Stephen Greaves to be flexible and understanding in relation to the changing nature of production schedules, however, for advance bookings that have been confirmed in writing by the client, the following cancellation terms apply:

Cancellations within 24 hours of job start date – 100% agreed rate charge applicable

Cancellations within 48 hours of job start date – 50% agreed rate charge applicable

Late Payments

At Stephen Greaves sole discretion I am entitled to add a 10% late fee per calendar week of the total amount of the invoice, inclusive of any prior late fees, extending for an indefinite period until the invoice is paid in full. This charge will be added at 9am on the first day the invoice is overdue, then every subsequent 7 days.

At Stephen Greaves discretion, I may insist that you pay a deposit or the full amount when the order is placed or at some time before goods are delivered or collected or services completed.

You will reimburse us for any legal or debt collection costs taken against you (including taking advice from a solicitor or barrister, charges made by a debt recovery agency, or time spent and costs incurred by our employees and/or directors in preparing and pursuing legal action) to recover monies owed by you.