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Alex Doherty Freelance Steadicam Owner Operator & Cameraman


I have over 20 years of experience as a Steadicam Operator and TV Cameraman working for most of the major broadcasters in the UK and around the World. I am an experienced Steadicam Operator and Cameraman and have worked on films, documentaries, short films and much more.

I can work on practically anything that needs filming, Anything from outside broadcasts, music and sports to news and operating a studio camera on live or pre-recorded productions.

I have been freelance since 2012 primarily working as a Steadicam operator and have built up a range of corporate and broadcast clients. I have regular jobs that come back year after year, like the Touring Cars on ITV and other jobs that pop up every 4 years like the World Cup or the Olympics.

This website is basic “no-frills” modern version of my live CV for promotional purposes, I will continue to update it periodically.

Where did you start working in television?

in 2001 I started my career at ITV Central in Birmingham. One of my first roles was working on CITV and Central news as a sound assistant.

I later moved into technical support learning the roles of the engineering department gaining a good overview of the workings of the station and undertaking basic maintenance of technical equipment.

I later moved into the media center as a Technical Operator tasked with ingesting material, playing material out, and managing media for upcoming news programs. This was a busy vibrant job that gave me a great understanding of the world of Television. I was made redundant in 2003.

how did you get into Camera work?

In 2004 Alex worked for a Birmingham-based facilities company called Clockwork Television. I worked as a camera trainee mainly covering Saturday afternoon football games for Arial camera systems and was a client of Clockwork Television. Here I learned the skill of operating “Hot Heads”. I also covered many corporate events for local businesses.

What happened for the next few years?

In 2006 I joined Arqiva outside broadcasts as a staff camera operator and guarantee. My role was to look after the camera facilities and operate cameras on a multitude of large contracts. I also learned the skill of becoming a Steadicam operator at BBC Wood Norton hoasted by Tiffen

Clients included all of the major broadcasters, Sky Sports, BBC, ITV & Channel 4, on contracts such as Question Time, One Man and His Dog, Sky Sports EFL Championship contract and Last Night of the Proms, and a multitude of smaller contracts. This is where I met most of my current clients. Sadly I was made redundant again in 2012 when the company was outbid on several contracts.

What type of freelance work are you doing now?

There is a really really long list of jobs that I have worked on over the years since being freelance. I’ve been absolutely privileged to have been invited to work around the world on some of the biggest broadcasts that the world has seen from the Olympics to the World Cup, The UEFA Euros, and ATP & WTA tennis tournaments.

I also work across ad-hock jobs including, Rugby, Basketball, Netball, Cricket, Boxing, Hockey, Strongman, Swimming, Live Music, News, and Current affairs.


Notable achievements

The Short Film Show

In 2017 I created a series for SKY called The Short Film Show, actually two series. From idea to screen, it’s on Amazon Prime now if you fancy a binge.

Production Manager

Sometime during 2015, I’m not too sure, it’s still pretty much a blur. I was the Production Manager for a feature-length movie called Adrift in Soho. Managing a cast and crew of almost 500.

Drone Racing

In 2016 I produced a pilot drone racing TV series. Basically, we put together 4 teams, with their drones and raced them around an abandoned factory, and filmed the whole lot. It’s a long story, a good one though, a whole website to be precise.

equipment list

Do you have your own Steadicam gear?

Yes, I have my own gear!

Tiffen Steadicam M2 Sled, Volt, G50 Arm and Vest

Teradex RT Motion 3 channel radio focus system

Black Magick 7″ 4k Wireless Directors Monitor

Black Magic URSA 4.6K Camera, J11 Lens

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But if I don’t have it I can get it I have a great relationship with Media Dog hire.

MY STORY

I have over 20 years of experience as a Television Cameraman & Steadicam operator working for the most prominent broadcasters. I am also an experienced Steadicam Operator and Cameraman who has worked for the BBC, ITV, and many major broadcasters and has worked on films and live music events.

I can work on practically anything that needs filming, anything from Outside Broadcasts, Music, sports or news to operating a studio camera on live or pre-recorded productions. Since 2012 I have been freelance primarily as a cameraman and have built up a range of corporate and broadcast clients. I have regular jobs that come back year after year, like the Touring Cars on ITV and other jobs that pop up every 4 years like the World Cup or the Olympics.