Director of Photography, Cameraman & Filmmaker

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About Makan Films

I'm Hitesh Makan, an award-winning Director of Photography, Filmmaker & Cameraman based in London. I'm available for hire to work on your next project anywhere in the world.

Director of Photography

moviecam-icon Welcome to Makan Films. I’m an award-winning, talented, flexible and creative Director of Photography (DoP) and cameraman in London. I am BBC trained with over 17 years experience. I have traveled the world, worked with the best, learned from the best, often in extreme environments documenting life on earth. From the jungles of Borneo, the mountains of Sri Lanka or even the savannas of Africa I have captured them all on camera. I am the DoP you’re looking for.

Cameraman in London

lense-icon I have extensive experience filming across many genres and subjects: documentaries, actuality, wildlife, science, children’s, drama reconstructions, studio, location,  commercials and corporates. This variety has given me the opportunity to improve my artistic and technical skills allowing me to work with speed, calmness, and confidence whatever the situation. It also makes me adept as a cameraman working in ‘extreme’ and challenging situations

Production

filmstrip-icon As well as working together with major production companies Makan Films can also produce your films from script to screen. We have a wealth of experienced script writers, directors, cameramen and sound people on hand to help produce your next project. Whatever your budget we can deliver your message with beautiful storytelling, imagery and content. Please get in touch for a no obligation discussion to see how we can help you.

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Please take some time to browse though some of my most recent projects below...

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Big Cat Diary – Photography

Big Cat Diary – Photography

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Bill Oddie in the USA – Photography

Bill Oddie in the USA – Photography

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Orangutan Diary – Photography

Orangutan Diary – Photography

Photography
Hawaii – Photography

Hawaii – Photography

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Sri Lanka – Photography

Sri Lanka – Photography

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Yosemite National Park – Photography

Yosemite National Park – Photography

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Life – Photography

Life – Photography

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Heres's a brief run-down of who I am, what I have achieved, & what I can do for you.

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user-icon I started my career at BBC Bristol’s Natural History Unit working in production where I learnt about researching, directing, producing and editing. These skills have been invaluable to me throughout my profession. It taught me that filmmaking is about team work and I have always been happy to be part of it. Having the wealth of talented camera people and cutting-edge technology at the NHU allowed me to improve my knowledge rapidly. I enjoyed the challenges of getting those ‘impossible’ shots. After leaving the BBC, I continued learning my skills as a camera assistant before finally becoming a cameraman. I am DBS (CRB) checked as wells having an ‘I’ visa for America.

Specialisation

specialisation-icon I specialise in factual documentaries, actuality, wildlife, science, history, architectural and corporates. Whether it be presenter-led, heavily stylised, straight interviews or just following the action I am comfortable with them all. I am also highly adept at lighting design and lighting but relish the challenges that arise from working in low and available light.

Equipment

moviecam-icon I shoot on all flavours of HD, 2k, 4k and even 6K on cameras such as the Red Epic Dragon, Arri Alexa, Amira, Sony A7s/FS7/F5/55, Canon C300 amongst others. I am experienced at lighting design and working with a variety of fixtures from HMI’s to LEDS. Grip equipment such as sliders, mini jibs, track and dolly, gimbals, are tools available to help boost those production values.

Awards

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    • BAFTA for Photography – Wildlife on ONE ‘Polar Bear Special’.
    • BAFTA nomination – ‘Really Wild Show Tiger Special’.
    • BAFTA nomination – Series 18 ‘The Really Wild Show’.
    • Emmy Nomination – Series 7 ‘Mythbusters’.
    • Missoula Wildlife Film Festival – Best Children’s Series Award – ‘Inside LIFE’
    • Asian Television Award-Best Natural History Programme- ‘Malaysia From Below’
    • Asian Television Award-Highly Commended for Cinematography- ‘Malaysia From Below’
    • BAFTA nomination – ‘Minibeast Adventures with Jess’

 

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Credits

‘10,000 BC’
Channel 5
‘The Kitchen’
BBC2
‘Natures Weirdest Events’
BBC2
‘Britain Beneath Your Feet’
BBC1
‘Sony World Photography Awards Master Classes’
You Tube
‘Polar Bear Special’
BBC 1
‘Grand Designs’
C4
‘Gigglebiz’
Cbeebies
‘Secret of Bones’
BBC4
‘Talk to the Animals’
BBC1
‘Mums at Work’ One Show strand’
BBC1
‘Minibeast Adventure with Jess’
BBC Cbeebies
‘The Chelsea Flower Show’
BBC2
‘Russell Norman: The Restaurant Man’
BBC2
‘The Burrowers: Animals Underground’
BBC2
‘British Big Wildlife Revival’
BBC1
‘Malaysia From Below’
National Geographic
‘The Hidden Talent Show’
Channel 4
‘Michaela’s Zoo Babies’
Channel 5
‘B&Q Online ‘How to do it’
You Tube
‘Will It Snow?’
BBC 2
‘Digging for Britain’
BBC1
‘The Gadget Show’
Channel 5
Jimmy Doherty’s ‘A Farmer’s Life for Me’
BBC2
‘Mythbusters’
Discovery
‘The Private Life of Pigs’
BBC 2
‘Building of the Year: The Stirling Prize’
Channel 4
‘Farm Camp’
ITV
‘Wildest Dreams’
BBC1
‘The Barristers’
BBC2
Natural World ‘Jimmy and the Honey Hunters of Nepal’
BBC2
‘Industrial Revelations Europe’
Discovery
‘Inside Life’
BBC1
‘Springwatch, Springwatch Live & Autumnwatch’
BBC2
‘A Passion for Plants’
BBC2
‘Bill Oddie Wild Side’
BBC2
‘Bill Oddie Back in the USA’
BBC2
‘Orangutan Diary’
BBC1
‘Big Bear Diary’
BBC1
‘Really Wild Show’
BBC1
‘Big Cat Week’
BBC1
‘Wild West Country’
BBC2
‘Wild in Your Garden’
BBC2
Natural World: ‘Canine Conspiracy’
BBC2
‘The Really Wild Show Special – Marathon De Sable’
BBC1, 2
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Here are some kind words from extremely satisfied customers!


  • A wonderfully creative man to have to have on board.

  • Hitesh has an eye for creating beautiful images. 

  • He’s a great team player and an invaluable member of the crew. 

  • He’s always my first choice of DoP. 

  • I wish he wasn’t so busy so I could hire him! 

  • On any location, for any shot we needed – Hitesh found a beautiful way to shoot it.


  • A wonderfully creative man to have to have on board.

  • Hitesh has an eye for creating beautiful images. 

  • He’s a great team player and an invaluable member of the crew. 

  • He’s always my first choice of DoP. 

  • I wish he wasn’t so busy so I could hire him! 

  • On any location, for any shot we needed – Hitesh found a beautiful way to shoot it.

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Director of Photography & Cameraman in London