Previously known as Sarah Edwards, I changed my working name to Sarah Smither in 2018. I have over 18 years experience in the camera department on broadcast and corporate films and programmes across all kinds of genres. I'm passionate about storytelling and have developed my lighting skills to a high level on short films and dramas over the last few years. In January 2016 I completed my first independent feature film as DOP and in 2016 & 2017 I won the RTS West award for Best Short.
I'm equally happy to supervise camera operators or operate myself. I can also source a full camera, lighting and sound team if necessary. I’m familiar with most digital video cameras and formats from Arri, Sony and Canon to Panasonic and Black Magic. I also have a significant amount of my own kit for hire (see below).
I have been a freelance lighting camera operator since 2003 and am now specialising as a DOP. I have bases in Bristol and London as well as access to great hire rates for additional equipment.
I have worked and travelled extensively throughout the UK, Europe and the US, as well as Canada, China, Egypt, Iceland, Australia and the Middle East.
I'm a member of the Guild of Television Camera Professionals and have been a guest speaker at several of their Academy events in the UK.
Sony FS7 4k Camera kit
Samyang cine-primes (14,24,35,50,85mm)
Canon EF zooms (24-105mm, 70-200mm)
Selection of filters
TVLogic 5.6” HD monitor
2x 800w Redheads
650w Arri Fresnel
300w Arri Fresnel
Felloni LED bi-colour panel
Cineo Matchbox mini LED panel
2x 150w Dedos
6m Hillrigs Kliktrak & dolly
Footage Shark S1 slider kit
Fast Flags Kit
2x2m screen with various fabrics
5-seater transit van for kit & crew
References are available on request