• Experience working and filming in remote locations and challenging climates
  • Skilled and experienced in the use of the latest large format cameras from manufacturers including Arri, RED, Canon and Sony
  • Proficient timelapse photographer, including creating bulb-ramping timelapses (day-to-night or night-to-day)
  • Strong storyteller with a thorough understanding of developing and pitching ideas, plus the ability to find narratives within sequences
  • Experience working on a range of productions, from corporate and live events to factual entertainment series and feature length documentaries
Leanne Gater filmed the Sierra Leone Marathon in 2018 for Street Child UK and She Went Wild
The Tigers Of Scotland - Leanne Gater's first feature length documentary as director, producer and cinematographer


By working in extreme low light and in non-visible wavelengths, I am able to capture unique perspectives of scenes and subjects. These scenes may be otherwise difficult to film, or the technology may perhaps provide a glimpse into a unique feature of a subject which “regular” cameras cannot capture.

You might be wondering what I mean by “non-visible wavelengths” – these are literally wavelengths of light that we cannot see with our eyes: thermal, ultraviolet and infrared. Each has their own benefits and uses; ultraviolet is useful for detecting bioflourescence, infrared allows night-time filming without disturbing wildlife, and thermal provides an unparallelled ability to track and film a creature without any lighting, at any time of day (as long as they are warm-blooded!)


Documentary and Factual
TitleFormatRole(s)Platform(s)Production Co.Year
Blood HarvestDocumentary FeatureShooting PDIn DevelopmentWild Films
Planting Trees For LifeDocumentary ShortPD/Drone PilotYouTubeWild Films2021
Goblin Works Garage Series IIIFactual Entertainment SeriesShooting PDDiscovery NetworkWorkerbee2019
Your Room Or Mine? Series IReality SeriesShooting PDChannel 4Gobstopper TV2019
Roald Dahl DayLive PilotCamera OperatorBBC TeachCaptive North2019
Delamere: Forest of BogsDocumentary ShortShooting PDYouTubeWild Films2019
The Tigers Of ScotlandDocumentary FeatureShooting PDNetflix, Amazon, iTunesWild Films2017
Aigas Field CentreConservation ShortShooting PDYouTubeWild Films2017
The Clowns Of The SeaDocumentary ShortShooting PDVimeoWild Films2015
Endangered Britain: The Red SquirrelDocumentary ShortShooting PDWild Films2014
Branded and Promotional Content
TitleFormatRole(s)Production Co.Year
Matrix Virtual SynergyBranded ContentDrone PilotWolf and White2021
Winnat in a MinutePromotional ContentShooting PDWild Films2020
The Space: Javaad Alipoor InterviewPromotional ContentCamera OperatorCaptive North2019
Greenbelt FestivalBranded ContentCamera OperatorCaptive North2019
Drug Science ConferencePromotional ContentCamera OperatorCaptive North2019
UTC EventsPromotional ContentCamera OperatorCaptive North2018
Hip, Hip, I’m Gay!Theatre ProductionCamera OperatorCaptive North2018
Roberto Firmino InterviewPromotional ContentDirector of PhotographyBleacher Report2018
EON RealityPromotional ContentCamera OperatorWild Films2018
Cheshire Polo ClubBranded ContentShooting PDWild Films2018
SYC 2018Promotional ContentCamera OperatorCaptive North2018
MediaCityUK UnpluggedMusic VideosCamera OperatorCaptive North2018
Sierra Leone MarathonBranded ContentShooting PDShe Went Wild2018
MediaCityUK UnpluggedMusic VideosCamera OperatorCaptive North2018
Erike Sparks: Infrared BeamMusic VideoShooting PDWild Films2018
Jesse Lingard InterviewPromotional ContentCamera OperatorBleacher Report2018
Fjällräven ManchesterBranded ContentShooting PDWild Films2018
Delamere LogsBranded ContentShooting PDWild Films2017
Swissport Bowling ChallengeBranded ContentCamera OperatorWild Films2017
MediaCityUK UnpluggedMusic VideosCamera OperatorCaptive North2017
Sky BetBranded ContentCamera OperatorCaptive North2017
MediaCityUK UnpluggedMusic VideosCamera OperatorCaptive North2017
An Adventure With BertieBranded ContentShooting PDWild Films2015
The Italian Job LamborghiniBranded ContentShooting PDWild Films2015
Tuning a Lambroghini MiuraBranded ContentShooting PDWild Films2015
Cheshire Polo ClubBranded ContentShooting PDWild Films2015
Cheshire Polo ClubBranded ContentShooting PDWild Films2014
Corporate and Events
TitleFormatRole(s)Production Co.Year
GFN 2021Hybrid EventCamera OperatorCaptive North2021
Biffa Coronavirus MeasuresInternal Corporate VideoDirectorTinker Taylor2020
Pandora Conference 2020Live to ScreenCamera OperatorCaptive North2020
Travel Counsellors ConferenceLive to ScreenCamera OperatorCaptive North2019
Astra Zeneca Empowerment SummitLive StreamCamera OperatorCaptive North2019
OIA Get Ready for BrexitConferenceCamera OperatorWild Films2019
BAMALive to ScreenCamera OperatorCaptive North2019
Travel CounsellorsStudio BroadcastCamera OperatorCaptive North2019
Virgin Media LondonLive StreamCamera OperatorCaptive North2019
Astra Zenica Town Hall Meeting: Graduate ProgrammeLive StreamCamera OperatorCaptive North2019
Astra Zenica Town Hall MeetingLive StreamCamera OperatorCaptive North2019
European Cystic Fibrosis SymposiumLive StreamCamera OperatorCaptive North2019
Virgin Media One FinanceLive to ScreenCamera OperatorCaptive North2019
Junior School Collaboration ConferenceLive StreamCamera OperatorCaptive North2019
Virgin Media HookLive StreamCamera OperatorCaptive North2018
Virgin Media PeopleLive to ScreenCamera OperatorCaptive North2018
Junior School Collaboration ConferenceLive StreamCamera OperatorCaptive North2018
Diane Modahl Sports Foundation: City of Champions 2018 AwardsLive to ScreenCamera OperatorCaptive North2018
Virgin Media VoiceLive to ScreenCamera OperatorCaptive North2018
Greenbelt Festival: CommunionLive StreamCamera OperatorCaptive North2018
A cinematographer is always looking for interesting compositions to film


GVC Drone Remote Pilot Certificate of CompetenceUAVHUB2020
Developing and Pitching Factual Programmes & DocumentariesNational Film and Television School2019
PXW-FS7 Operations and 4K WorkflowSony Digital Motion Picture Pinewood2015
F5/F55 Operations and 4K WorkflowSony Digital Motion Picture Pinewood2015
F65 OperationsSony Digital Motion Picture Pinewood2015
BA (Hons) Film and Video ProductionUniversity of Derby2011


All of my equipment is fully insured and I can organise carnets and any export licenses required for shoots, if given enough notice. In addition to owning a Canon C500 MkII and DJI Mavic 2 Pro, I own many different pieces of specialist equipment, including:

  • Full spectrum modified Sony FX3
  • Thermal camera capable of detecting subjects up to 1.8km away
  • Bulb-ramping intervalometer, perfect for all kinds of timelapse shooting
  • Extreme macro lenses including the Laowa 24mm f/14 Probe

Additionally, the following may be useful if you’re considering me for productions:

  • Valid passport holder with current US visa
  • Vaccinations include SARS-Covid-19, Yellow Fever, Polio, Tetanus and Hepititus A
  • Car owner with full, clean driving license, plus experience of driving overseas
A Blue Macaw, photographed by wildlife and documentary cinematographer Leanne Gater