Andy Front

Andrew Davis

Director of Photography, Technical Supervisor, Jimmy Jib Operator, Minicams Specialist, Drinker of Tea.

About Andrew

Andrew is the longest serving employee of Maddogs TV. In 2005 Andy took a company loan to buy a car, to this day we still refuse to accept payment of the final £5 owed, therefore he is ours forever! He is now a partner of the company. Our plan worked!

Hey so, Craig wrote these bios, but it’s me James putting them online. Don’t tell anyone but when I started in 2008 I had to give a customer some change for a cash hire, and I used that £5… so either Andy is off the hook or I’m on it…

Andrew is a director of photography specializing as a location cameraman for documentary, reality & entertainment broadcasting. He has a comprehensive technical knowledge on a wide range of broadcast camera equipment & likes to keep up with the latest trends.

Andy has travelled the world capturing beautiful images for broadcast. From the freezing temperatures in Lapland to the intense humidity of Abu Dhabi, Andy has experienced the lot!

Andrew is a self-taught and highly skilled jib operator. From the shortest mini jib, to the highest jimmy jib he has the dexterity and control to achieve perfectly smooth shots every time. He has worked with jibs on every camera format imaginable and in a vast array of environments, from the high-pressure world of live production to the more sedate and detailed beauty shots.

Other little-known facts about Andrew…He is a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do & he runs almost exclusively on tea.

Andrew is available to hire as a Director of Photography, Technical Supervisor, Jimmy Jib Operator and Minicams specialist.

Andrew on location in Lapland

Andrew has a first dan black belt
in Tae Kwon Do

Personal Profile

I am an experienced director of photography for documentary & reality broadcasting with a comprehensive technical knowledge on a wide range of broadcast equipment. I’ve worked in broadcast television since 2004 specialising as a location cameraman working both as a single camera operator or as part of a team.  I am an experienced Jimmy Jib operator & I have specialist knowledge in minicam installation, operation & custom builds for documentary, secret filming & extreme events. I am based in the UK on the south coast but have experience working internationally & working as part of small mobile units packing light to move from location to location with ease.

I am employed full time as a partner of Mad Dogs Television supervising equipment hire logistics and maintenance as well as providing support to our crews around the world. On location I work responsively ready to react to developing narratives & act on my own initiative. I am a calm, observant & always considering how best to cover sequences from start to finish.

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Broadcast Credits

Programme

Production

Channel

Location

Role

Aero GPFlying Aces LimitedIndependentMaltaMinicam Rigger
Ben Fogle: New Lives In The CountryRenegade PicturesChannel 5UKCamera Operator
Blue PeterBBC ChildrensCBBCUKMinicam Rigger
Breaking PointDiscovery CanadaDiscoveryCanadaMinicam Rigger
Britain’s Flying PastArchie ProductionsBBC OneUKCamera Operator
Britain’s Ultimate Pilots: Inside the RAFArchie ProductionsBBC TwoUKCamera Operator
Car SOSRenegade PicturesNational GeographicUK, EuropeDirector of Photography
Carpool KaraokeCBS Television StudiosCBSUKMinicam Rigger
Catie’s Amazing MachinesCbeebiesCbeebiesUKMinicam Rigger
Derren Brown Hero at 30,000 ftObjective ProductionsChannel 4UKMinicam Rigger
Eamonn & Ruth: How The Other Half LivesSpun GoldChannel 5UKDirector of Photography
Eamonn & Ruth’s 7 Year itchSpun GoldChannel 5UKDirector of Photography
Escape from Scorpion IslandRDF MediaCBBCBrazilMinicam Rigger
Extreme Dreams with Ben FogleRicochetBBC TwoUgandaCamera Operator
GT AcademySwerveMBC ActionUKCamera Operator
I Own Britain’s Best HomeReefChannel 5UKJib Operator
I Own Britain’s Best Home & GardenReefChannel 5UKJib Operator
James Martin’s Great British AdventureBlue MarlinITV 1UKCamera Operator
James Martin’s Saturday MorningBlue MarlinITV 1UKJib Operator
Points of ViewBBC Northern IrelandBBC OneUKCamera Operator
The BachelorRicochetChannel 5France, ItalyJib Operator
The Great British Garden RevivalOutline productionsBBC TwoUKCamera Operator
The Sky at NightBBC Birmingham/BristolBBC OneUK, La PalmaCamera Operator
Top GearBBCBBC TwoUKMinicam Rigger
Ultimate Airport DubaiArrow MediaNational GeographicDubai, GermanyCamera Operator
United Cakes of AmericaObjective ProductionsGood Food UKUSACamera Operator
World’s Mmost Expensive CarsWaddell MediaChannel 4UK, ItalyCamera Operator

Director of Photography

Mini Cam Expert

Tae Kwon Do Black Belt

Vaccinated

Education & Employment

  • Mad Dogs Television Ltd
    Director of Photography/Equipment Manager
  • Salisbury College
    BA (Hons) Film & Television Production

Aditional Skills & Interests

  • BBC Safe working with cameras & lights certified
  • UK Drivers Licence
  • Physically Fit, Tae Kwon Do Black Belt
  • Husband and Father of two
  • Vaccinated against:
    • Rabies, Yellow Fever, Typhoid, Polio, Hepatitis A, Hepatitas B, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Japanese Encephalitis