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Craig Hale

Camera Operator, Camera Assistant, Drone Operator, Gimbal Operator, Cool dude.

About Craig

Craig joined the crew of the good ship Maddogs in June 2015. He got a job with us after randomly bumping into someone whilst buying a camera. True Story!

Whilst in the office, Craig is across checking kits in and out of the warehouse, ensuring all hires are exactly what the client needs, whilst making sure our kit is maintained to the highest standard.

On the road, in four years, Craig has gone from being a runner, to Camera Assistant, to Camera Operator. He also has plenty of experience when it comes to Data Wrangling and Mini Cam rigging/operating. Craig specialises in Gimbal operating, and now holds an A2CofC certificate for Drone operation.

Craig’s original contract was written up by Martin on a napkin in a pub, oh how far we’ve come since then! Although being a lover of nature, Craig is yet to successfully raise a single office pet we have given him. He still to this day blames Molly for murdering ‘Cornelius’ the Sea Monkey whilst he was on holiday.

Laid back, physically fit and with an ever-growing lust for travel and adventure, no shoot or location phases him. Craig is also a Brown Belt Black Dan in Freestyle Combat Karate. Craig is available to hire as a Camera Operator, Camera Assistant, Drone Operator, Gimbal operator and Minicam’s Operator/rigger.

Cornelius the sea monkey
Cornelius the sea monkey

Craig loves to travel, his personal best is 23 countries visited in one year!

Personal Profile

I am a professional Camera Operator, Camera Assistant and Drone Operator with a comprehensive knowledge of a wide range of broadcast equipment. I am employed full time by Maddogs Television. This gives me access to a wide range of equipment suitable for any shoot, along with invaluable support of a fully staffed facilities house.

I’m highly skilled in a multitude of camera types, formats and installations from fixed camera rigs, rapid turnaround minicam rigs, multi camera studio shoots, gimbal setups and single camera setups. I also have extensive knowledge in rushes/data management, transfer and logging using Adobe suite products and Shotput Pro.

When not on shoots, I am across Maddogs kit prep, logistics and maintenance for crews around the world. Our ultimate job is to keep the show going when faced with on location difficulties.

Having traveled and worked in various countries and environments around the world, no job or challenge fazes me.

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Selected Broadcast Credits

Programme

Channel

Production

Location

Role

Google Internal Peak Video’s Google Internal Jack Morton UK, London Camera Operator
100 Years Younger In 21 Days ITV Wall to wall Italy, Sardinia Camera Assistant
Ainsley’s Caribbean Kitchen ITV Blue Marlin Worldwide, Caribbean Camera Assistant
Becoming Zlatan Amazon Video Auto Images UK Camera Assistant
Living on the Veg ITV Rock Oyster UK, London Camera Operator
Car Hunters BBC worldwide Waddel Media Lake Como, Italy Camera Assistant
Disneys ‘Mane Event’ Disney XD Disney UK, London Camera Assistant
Ignition TV Visit’s Rolls Royce Ignition TV (SA) Ignition TV / Mindworks UK Minicam Assistant
Inside the Lords BBC Two BBC UK, Westminster Date Wrangler
James Martin’s Saturday Morning ITV Blue Marlin UK, Winchester Camera Operator
Simply Raymond Blanc ITV Rock Oyster UK, London Drone Operator / Camera Assistant
Paul Goes to Hollywood UKTV / W Denham UK, Bournemouth Camera Operator
NBA Hoop Cities NBA Online Casual Films Europe Camera Operator
Princess Michael of Kent Interview Corporate Black Beret Life Sciences UK, London DOP
Unicef’s World Childrens Day Unicef Online Zero Thirty Media UK Camera Operator
Britains Most Expensive Homes Channel 4 Waddell Media UK DOP / Drone Operator
The Impossible Dream Corporate AFC Bournemouth UK, Bournemouth Camera Operator
Top Gear BBC Two BBC UK, Guildford Camera Assistant
Ultimate Strongman Channel 5 FryFIlm UK, Southampton Jimmy Jib Assistant
Car SOS National Geographic Renegade UK, London Camera Operator / Drone Camera

First Aider

Well Traveled

Full UK Drivers License

Highly Technical

Education & Employment

  • Mad Dogs Television Ltd
    Camera Operator/Camera Assistant
  • Bournemouth University
    BA (Hons) Global Media Practice
  • Lytchett Minster School
    BTEC National Diploma Video Production (Double Distinction)

Additional Skills & Interests

  • Adobe Premier Pro Proficient
  • Clean UK Drivers Licence
  • Hold’s Brown belt, Black-Dan in Freestyle Combat Karate
  • Physically fit, training regularly
  • My main passion is travel; I have visited many countries across the globe
  • IT knowledge of both Windows and Mac
  • First aid trained
  • Fully Vacinated against COVID-19

On Location Stills

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