Previously known as Sarah Edwards, I changed my working name to Sarah Smither in 2018. I now have over 20 years experience in the camera department in broadcast, online and independent film across all kinds of genres.
I'm passionate about storytelling and have developed my lighting skills to a high level on short films and features over the last few years. In 2019 I wrapped on my third feature film as DOP, the horror feature 'Sacrilege' which is due for UK release March 2020. I have also lit and shot over 30 short films including three for the Channel 4 'Random Acts' strand.
Awards include 2x RTS Awards for Best Short and my work has been selected for many short film festivals in Europe and beyond. I also won Best Cinematography in the Global Trend Awards for the Dell Technologies TVC in the US.
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 confident with most digital film 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 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.
NEW Sony FX9 6k Camera kit
XEEN CF cine-primes (24,50,85mm)
Canon EF zooms (24-105mm, 70-200mm)
Selection of filters
TVLogic 5.6” HD monitor
2x 800w Redheads
650w Arri Fresnel
300w Arri Fresnel
Swit PL-E90 2x1 bi-colour LED panel
Falcon Eyes RX18 TD Flexible LED light mat
Felloni 1x1 bi-colour LED Panel
2x NanGuang RGB LED Pavolite tubes
Cineo Matchbox mini LED panel
Phottix M180 LED
2x 150w Dedos
6m Hillrigs Kliktrak & dolly
Fast Flags Kit
2x2m screen with various fabrics
5-seater transit van for kit & crew
References are available on request