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Ben Algar

PD (Self Shooting )

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I'm a dependable & dynamic self shooting PD with a history of delivering engaging & successful television. One of my recent credits includes filming a 90 minute feature length documentary on the Murder of Sadie Hartley following all aspects of the Lancashire police investigation with un... Read More

I'm a dependable & dynamic self shooting PD with a history of delivering engaging & successful television. One of my recent credits includes filming a 90 minute feature length documentary on the Murder of Sadie Hartley following all aspects of the Lancashire police investigation with unprecedented access including forensics, CID and the various special units. The documentary was shortlisted for best single documentary at the Broadcast Awards 2017 and WON best single documentary at the RTS awards 2017.

I have an abundance of shooting experience both in the UK and across the world with over 40 self-shooting credits. I've solely shot several 1 hour films but I work equally as well as part of a self-shooting team covering individual stories or in cross shooting environments. Most of my career has invloved self-shooting but I also have experience directing single camera crews.

My work has covered a wide range of show formats & genres. However, my keenest interest is in observational documentaries. I enjoy telling stories and creating something that might surprise the viewer, make them laugh or move them by what they see. I take great pride in my work and I revel in the creative aspect of producing attractive images. That said, my extensive experience with the cameras means I can spend more time establishing a coherent narrative so that neither the style nor substance is compromised.

I'm an ideas person. I enjoy getting stuck in to new projects and thinking of creative ways to add production value to the screen. I'm very personable and I enjoy spending time with people getting to know them. Whether it is dealing with 'difficult talent', filming in confrontational environments, approaching sensitive story-lines or teasing out the subtext of the narrative...I'm experienced and accomplished at adapting to any situation. Read Less

Credits last updated / confirmed indexing on 11th Jan 2018

Credits

Job RoleProduction TitleChannelCompanyDateCommissioner
PD (Self Shooting) / Ross Kemp On Firearms Police / ITV1 / Renegade / Oct 2017 to Jan 2018
PD (Self Shooting)Ross Kemp On Firearms PoliceITV1Renegade Oct 17 - Jan 18
PD (Self Shooting) / Gordon Ramsay on Cocaine / ITV1 / Studio Ramsay / May 2017 to May 2017
PD (Self Shooting)Gordon Ramsay on CocaineITV1Studio Ramsay May 17 - May 17
PD (Self Shooting) / Bad Teen to Ballroom Queen *Working Title / 5* / Firecracker Films / Aug 2017 to Oct 2017
PD (Self Shooting)Bad Teen to Ballroom Queen *Working Title5*Firecracker Films Aug 17 - Oct 17
PD (Self Shooting) / Secrets of the National Trust with Alan Titchmarsh / Channel 5 / Spun Gold / Aug 2017 to Aug 2017
PD (Self Shooting)Secrets of the National Trust with Alan TitchmarshChannel 5Spun Gold Aug 17 - Aug 17
PD (Self Shooting) / Homsteasd Rescue / Discovery / Raw / Jun 2017 to Jul 2017
PD (Self Shooting)Homsteasd RescueDiscoveryRaw Jun 17 - Jul 17
PD (Self Shooting) / Million Pound Muscles (Working Title) / 5* / channel 5 / Feb 2017 to Apr 2017
PD (Self Shooting)Million Pound Muscles (Working Title)5*channel 5 Feb 17 - Apr 17
PD (Self Shooting) / Thrifty Ways To Summer Holiday / Channel 4 / RDF West / May 2017 to May 2017
PD (Self Shooting)Thrifty Ways To Summer HolidayChannel 4RDF West May 17 - May 17
PD (Self Shooting) / Million Pound Muscles (Working Title) / E4 / Lime Pictures / May 2017 to May 2017
PD (Self Shooting)Million Pound Muscles (Working Title)E4Lime Pictures May 17 - May 17
PD (Self Shooting) / Gordon Ramsay Doc Series / ITV1 / Studio Ramsay / May 2017 to May 2017
PD (Self Shooting)Gordon Ramsay Doc SeriesITV1Studio Ramsay May 17 - May 17
PD (Self Shooting) / Homestead Rescue / Discovery / Raw Television / Jun 2017 to Jul 2017
PD (Self Shooting)Homestead RescueDiscoveryRaw Television Jun 17 - Jul 17
PD (Self Shooting) / 100% Hotter / 5* / Naked Entertainment / Nov 2016 to Jan 2017
PD (Self Shooting)100% Hotter5*Naked Entertainment Nov 16 - Jan 17
PD (Self Shooting) / Body Works / Channel 5 / channel 5 / Feb 2017 to present
PD (Self Shooting)Body WorksChannel 5channel 5 Feb 17 - to present
PD (Self Shooting) / Lizard Lick Touring / Dave / Znak and company / Sep 2016 to present
PD (Self Shooting)Lizard Lick TouringDaveZnak and company Sep 16 - to present
PD (Self Shooting) / The Murder of Sadie Hartley / ITV1 / Raw Cut / Jun 2016 to Jul 2016
PD (Self Shooting)The Murder of Sadie HartleyITV1Raw Cut Jun 16 - Jul 16
PD (Self Shooting) / The Force - Essex / Sky1 / Shine / Apr 2016 to Jun 2016
PD (Self Shooting)The Force - EssexSky1Shine Apr 16 - Jun 16
PD (Self Shooting) / Police Interceptors / 5* / Raw Cut / Mar 2016 to present
PD (Self Shooting)Police Interceptors5*Raw Cut Mar 16 - to present
PD (Self Shooting) / The Murder of Sadie Hartley / Police Ob Doc / ITV1 / Raw Cut / Oct 2015 to Feb 2016
PD (Self Shooting)The Murder of Sadie Hartley / Police Ob DocITV1Raw Cut Oct 15 - Feb 16
PD (Self Shooting) / Tricks of the Restaurant Trade / Channel 4 / betty / Sep 2015 to Oct 2015
PD (Self Shooting)Tricks of the Restaurant TradeChannel 4betty Sep 15 - Oct 15
PD (Self Shooting) / Supercouponers: Holiday / Channel 4 / betty / Aug 2015 to Sep 2015
PD (Self Shooting)Supercouponers: HolidayChannel 4betty Aug 15 - Sep 15
Location Director / Baby Faced Brides (Obs Doc) / Channel 5 / Crackit Productions / Aug 2015 to Aug 2015
Location DirectorBaby Faced Brides (Obs Doc)Channel 5Crackit Productions Aug 15 - Aug 15
Location Director / Someone Like Me / TLC / Raw Television / Aug 2015 to Aug 2015
Location DirectorSomeone Like MeTLCRaw Television Aug 15 - Aug 15
Location Director / Eat Well for Less Series 2 / BBC 1 / RDF Television / Apr 2015 to Aug 2015
Location DirectorEat Well for Less Series 2BBC 1RDF Television Apr 15 - Aug 15
PD (Self Shooting) / This Morning Features / ITV1 / ITV Daytime / Feb 2015 to Apr 2015
PD (Self Shooting)This Morning FeaturesITV1ITV Daytime Feb 15 - Apr 15
Location Director / OAP Internet Virgins / Sky1 / Princess Productions / Dec 2014 to Feb 2015
Location DirectorOAP Internet VirginsSky1Princess Productions Dec 14 - Feb 15
DV Director / Blinging Up Baby / Channel 5 / Alaska TV / Oct 2014 to Dec 2014
DV DirectorBlinging Up BabyChannel 5Alaska TV Oct 14 - Dec 14
DV Director / Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents / BBC 3 / RDF Television / Sep 2014 to Sep 2014
DV DirectorSun, Sex and Suspicious ParentsBBC 3RDF Television Sep 14 - Sep 14
Location Director / The Crime Thriller Club/Awards / ITV3 / Cactus TV / Jul 2014 to Oct 2014
Location DirectorThe Crime Thriller Club/AwardsITV3Cactus TV Jul 14 - Oct 14
PD (Self Shooting) / Taster Tape / Remedy Productions / Jul 2014 to Jul 2014
PD (Self Shooting)Taster TapeRemedy Productions Jul 14 - Jul 14
Location Director / Hotel in the Clouds / ITV1 / Shiver / May 2014 to May 2014
Location DirectorHotel in the CloudsITV1Shiver May 14 - May 14
PD (Self Shooting) / Jim Davidson - At Least I'm Not Boring / Channel 5 / Endemol / Feb 2014 to Feb 2014
PD (Self Shooting)Jim Davidson - At Least I'm Not BoringChannel 5Endemol Feb 14 - Feb 14
Location Director / Christmas Kitchen / BBC 1 / Cactus TV / Nov 2013 to Dec 2013 / Carla-Maria Lawson
Location DirectorChristmas KitchenBBC 1Cactus TV Nov 13 - Dec 13Carla-Maria Laws...
Location Director / The Crime Thriller Club / ITV3 / Cactus TV / Jun 2013 to Sep 2013
Location DirectorThe Crime Thriller ClubITV3Cactus TV Jun 13 - Sep 13
PD (Self Shooting) / Grave Trade / History / Shiver / ITV Studios / Jun 2013 to Jun 2013
PD (Self Shooting)Grave TradeHistoryShiver / ITV Studios Jun 13 - Jun 13
PD (Self Shooting) / Plan it, Build it! / BBC 1 / ITV / Jan 2013 to Jun 2013
PD (Self Shooting)Plan it, Build it!BBC 1ITV Jan 13 - Jun 13
PD (Self Shooting) / 'Katie' / Sky Living / Pricey Media / Jan 2012 to Jul 2012
PD (Self Shooting)'Katie'Sky LivingPricey Media Jan 12 - Jul 12
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Ben is a great team player, with a strong visual sense, great technical knowledge and always delivers the goods, which is why we keep having him back and back on Cactus projects. Please don't employ him as I want him to be free to work with us all the time!

Amanda Ross Managing Director Cactus TV

Ben Algar was shooting PD on Plan it, Build it. Plan it, Build it was a ten part daytime series for BBC1 following people applying for planning permission, and the planners who dealt with their applications. We had a very small team and we covered applications handled by five councils around the country. Our two units had to work very hard, be flexible, film a huge amount of high quality material and manage the material to ensure nothing was lost. Ben was an excellent member of our team. He is a great self-shooter, he listens to the brief and tailors his questions and footage to fit the brief, he's thoughtful and considerate with contributors, he acts on his own initiative and he's a pleasure to have around. Ben is fully committed to the projects he works on, he's not a moaner, and he's experienced when it comes to compliance and trust issues. I am a big fan.

Nell Butler

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  • Media I Work In:

    Broadcast Television

    Other

  • Locations I can work in:

    South East

  • Skills/Permits:

    Casting

    CRB Check

    I Visa USA

    Safeguarding Trust

  • Technical Skills:

    Canon 5D

    Canon 5D MKII

    Canon 7D

    Data Wrangling

    DSLR

    EX3 Nanoflash

    Flip

    GoPro

    Nanoflash

    Self Shooting

    Single Camera Directing

    Sony PMW-EX3

    Sony PMW-200

    Sony PMW-500

    Canon EOS C300

    Canon XF305

  • Awards:

    RTS BEST SINGLE DOCUMENTARY 2017

    SHORTLISTED FOR BEST SINGLE DOCUMENTARY AT THE BROADCAST AWARDS 2017

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