About the author
Harvey Glen decided he wanted to write these guides to share with others what he has been lucky enough to learn in his 14 years as a Cameraman/ DOP.
‘I hope this helps bridge the gap between education and becoming a professional Cameraman’
“To me, being a cinematographer is much more than just a job, it is a true expression of my craft.I like to use a combination of technical and creative skills to help express the director’s vision and tell a story.” | Harvey Glen
At the age of seventeen Harvey began his career at Rapture TV, a division of United News and Media in Norwich, England. Harvey had the fantastic opportunity to learn and perfect the craft he soon realized he loved when taking on a full time position as a Studio Camera Operator.
Having deferred a place at film school two years running, Harvey’s career was taking off and he was very keen to move from the studio out to location PSC (portable single camera).
In 2000, when still only nineteen years old, Harvey was given the opportunity to be the sole Lighting Cameraman (Digital Beta Cam) on the feature length Millennium documentary ‘Race Against Time 2000’. Super star DJ Carl Cox (and Harvey) saw the Millennium in twice! First to a packed Bondi Beach, Australia and then by racing against time to celebrate a second in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Following his success with a series of music, extreme sports and magazine programmes, Harvey, now aged twenty-one, moved to London to set-up as a freelance Lighting Cameraman. He quickly picked-up work with MTV, independent production companies and the prestigious BBC flag ship Children’s programme ‘Blue Peter’ to name but a few.
Harvey’s freelance work took him to all major continents and covered varying topics from documentaries investigating the deadly insects of the Amazon to the debauched gambling scene of Las Vegas Nevada…
In 2004 Harvey spotted a gap in the market and set-up the crewing and facilities company Babzoo with the simple ethos of supplying fresh, enthused and highly professional crews for the UK television industry.
As well as getting Babzoo off the ground Harvey never stopped his first passion of filming and as a result was twice nominated ‘best young lighting cameraman’. In recent years Harvey’s work has primarily been as a Director of Photography, lighting and shooting commercials, channel idents, music videos/ performances, title sequences, feature length documentaries, docu-dramas, comedy as well as general programming and interviews.
Harvey Glen has filmed 2x Bafta, 1x Emmy and 1x Promax Awards as well as been a successful filmmaker involved in Ridley Scott’s 2010 project ‘Life in a Day’ where he was among 25 selected filmmakers from over 80,000 entrants to be invited out to the international Sundance film festival.
In 2011 Harvey Glen completed his first Bollywood feature film as Cinematographer ‘Sadda Adda’ Directed by Muazzam Beg shot on 35mm in Mauritius and Delhi.
With 14 years in the industry Harvey has built up a wealth of experience working with Producers, Directors, Clients and leading camera, electrical and grip teams. Growing up in the digital world has allowed Harvey to develop as a modern day Cinematographer through his thirst for knowledge and the discovery of new technology.
Combined with his passion for story telling through lighting, framing, movement and composition Harvey is always seeking new projects and inspiring individuals to collaborate with.
Harvey Glen is now based in Dubai and is always ready and excited to travel across the globe to film new and interesting projects!