Damon Heather

  • Cinematographer
  • Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
  • Nov 27, 2017
contract Camera - assistant Cinematographer Data wrangler Gaffer/lighting/electrics

Experience - brief overview of your professional skills

Damon Heather specializes in the camera department. He has a extensive knowledge of production and is an expert in Wildlife and Landscape cinema, having over 6 years of military experience he brings problem-solving to a whole new level. FULL CV available on Request.

Credit/work experience (at least 1 professional, paid screen credit)

Cinematographer & Camera Assistant
Nov 2016 - Jun 2017 BBC co prod Terramatter

http://www.terramater.at/productions/tasmania-weird-and-wonderful/

Tasmania is an island bursting full of strange and wonderful wildlife, unlike anywhere else on Earth. 150 miles south of mainland Australia, it’s the last stop before the frozen wastelands of Antarctica. However, with snowy mountains, temperate rainforests, pristine sandy beaches and glacial lakes, Tasmania truly is as unique and awe-inspiring as its giant neighbours.

Tasmanians have always seen themselves as distinctive. Australian yes, but with a twist. The same is true of its wildlife. The bizarre platypus, the echidna (or spiny anteater) and the carnivorous Tasmanian devil are just a few creatures that call Tasmania home.

If Tasmania is internationally famous for one creature alone, then it is the Tasmanian devil. The biggest carnivorous marsupial in the world, it is well known for its powerful jaws and bloodcurdling call. The devils are the hyenas of Tasmania; killers and scavengers with a bite as powerful as a dog four times its size.

The platypus once baffled science with its strange concoction of body parts. This mysterious, secretive animal is difficult to see in the wild. However, one man has managed to nurture a close relationship with a wild platypus, allowing intimate details of its daily to be filmed.

It’s hard to pick the quirkiest of Tasmania’s animal; but the echidna, a relative of the platypus, must surely be a contender. Echidnas mostly live in open grasslands where they seek out ants’ nests. In mating mood, males will form an orderly queue called a ’train’ as they wait patiently to mate with a female. The train can involve 10 individuals, and they can stay together for up to 6 weeks.

Then there is the wombat. A giant burrowing ball of fur living life in the slow lane. Even its digestion is slow, sometimes taking more than week to process a meal. Where the wombat lives, winter means sub-zero temperatures and heavy snow. So how does a new-born wombat survive?

There is one animal you wouldn’t necessarily expect to see in Tasmania, the penguin. However Tasmania is home to the smallest penguin in the world, aptly called the fairy penguin. Its presence along Tasmania’s shoreline is a result of the island’s unique position close to the bountiful waters that surround Antarctica.

Moving between these key stories as the seasons progress, we’ll showcase the landscapes that make this island so special. We’ll also meet a whole cast of other creatures – including bandicoots, possums, wallabies and wedge-tailed eagles. ’Tasmania: Weird and Wonderful’ will be a visual feast filled with intimate stories and amazing discoveries from one of the few places on the planet that can still be considered truly primeval.

Cinematographer
Jun 2015 - Jun 2015 Avis

Tasmania Episode of 'Avis Road Trip' 

Cinematographer
May 2016 - May 2016 Tamar Valley Council

Documenting the Tamar Valley ArtnWine Symposium 

Cinematographer
Oct 2015 - Oct 2015 Doublesee Media and Wide Angle Tasmania

Waiting For Angel

One night a teenage girl is pushed to the brink and must ask herself whether she is still safe living at home.

Cinematographer/ Director
Apr 2015 - Apr 2015 Seriously Series

Two Land Rover enthusiast embark on a 5000km journey from Hobart Tasmania to Perth Western Australia in a 1961 Land Rover Series 2 Short Wheelbase. Relive the journey through Film and photography. Also sit in with Land Rover owners interviews to see why they have a love and passion for Land Rover is it a disease, passion, hobby or image? They tell their story from their own perspective. Geoff fully under the Land Rover culture spell embarks on this journey with fellow enthusiast Damon with full confidence that the Land Rover Will make it to the Western part of Australia.

Cinematographer/ Director
Jan 2017 - Dec 2017 Seriously Series

The second season of Seriously Series will be tackling The Canning Stock Route, it is the world’s longest stock route and it constitutes some 2,000kms.
This harsh trail begins at the small outback outpost of Wiluna and stretches into the desert (crossing some four deserts in total) and ends in the tropics at the small hamlet of Halls Creek on the edge on the Kimberley.
In between there are no forms of civilization on the trail, no pubs, no towns and not even a Starbucks.
In order to experience and survive in this harsh, hard environment there is the need for a vehicle which can handle the terrain ( a modified 1975 Land Rover 88inch (SWB, Series 3) along with the right four wheel drive accessories and equipment, and most important knowing how to use them and get the most out of them.
The 2,000kms offers one of the most extreme and extensive testing grounds for any four wheel drive accessory, with corrugations so intense they can rattle any vehicle with the wrong aftermarket suspension system to pieces.
The team at Seriously Series intend to exploration this subject matter mentioned above and much, much more. Delving in to further subject areas of geology, geography, navigation, vehicle maintenance/bush mechanics and bushcraft.

The aim is to give the viewer and understanding of the environment in this unique part of the world and how to survive or co-exist in it. Furthermore achieving this in an older vehicle will highlight that you don’t need the latest and greatest to see Australia.

Cinematographer/ Director
Feb 2018 - Feb 2018 Haedion Productions

Seriously Series drive a 1975 Land Rover Series 3 into the deep wilderness of Tasmania in search of unseen landscapes and rich geology. 

Education

Cert IV Screen & Media
Jan 2014 - Dec 2014 TAS TAFE
Advanced Diploma Screen & Media
Jan 2015 - Dec 2015 TAS TAFE

Company (if applicable)

Black Devil Productions

ABN

50 175 624 412

Your website

http://www.damonheatherfilm.com/

Youtube examples of your work

Equipment, facilities and services

Camera

Red Epic

Lenses

Samyang 24mm T1.8
Nikon DX 35mm f2.8
Nikon 50mm f1.8
Nikon E 35-70mm f3.5 
Nikon E 100mm f2.8
Nikkor 135mm f3.5
Nikkor 135mm f2.8
Nikon DX 70-200mm VR2 f2.8
Nikon DX 200-400mm VR2 f4
Canon 24-105mm L Series f4
Nikon x2 Extender 

Equipment

HD Benro Tripod
HD Miller Tripod
DJI Phantom 4 x2
DJI Ronin MX
x3 GoPro Hero 5 Black
2m Motorized Slider 

Gender

Male