Esther Vardy Director of Photography

Experience in a variety of genres has given Esther a stash of creative ideas and techniques - she is able to vary her style & adapt to each specific project. Coming from a small and rural ex-mining village far from anywhere in the northeast, she was that kid with a camcorder that filmed everything & has since worked hard to create her own opportunities. After gaining a first class chemistry degree, she entered the world of media and worked as an AD as well as an operator for factual & self-shooting researcher. She has steadily worked her way up through the camera department, gaining an understanding of how to work at a fast & efficient pace whilst collaborating & getting the desired creative results. Documentary observational work has provided her reactive & instinctive experience which feeds into her drama shooting & she explores possibilities of camera movement in collaboration with action, space and rhythm. Esther brings with her a vast knowledge of equipment & an overall understanding of the production process.

THE LAST TESTAMENT OF LILLIAN BILOCCA

DoP / Operator
Drama Documentary

Northen Town
BBC Three

Prod: Edward Morgan
Dir: Maxine Peake
Dir: Venessa Stockley

THE ATHENA

A Camera & Movi Operator
Episodes 4, 7, 8, 9, 10 & 11

Bryncoed Productions
Sky One

Prod: Paul Mckenzie
Dir: Paul Walker
DoP: Sarah Bartle-Smith

THE ENGLISH GAME

B Camera Operator
6x60'

42 Management Production
BBC Drama
Netflix

Prod: Rhonda Smith
Dir: Birgitte Staermose
DoP: Erik Molberg Hansen

FREE REIN

Series III

2nd Unit DoP / Operator
Episodes 1,3, 6, 9 & 10

Lime Pictures
Netflix

Prod: Tim Compton
Dir: Angelo Abela
Dir: Beryl Richards
Dir: Mark Losey
DoP: Phil Wood

KATY

DoP & Movi Operator
3x30'

BBC Studios
CBBC

Prod: Jonathon Wolfman
Dir: John McKay

FREE REIN

Series II

2nd Unit DoP / Operator
Episode 11

Lime Pictures
Netflix

Prod: Tim Compton
Dir: Marek Losey
DoP: Phil Wood

COLD FEET

Series VI

Camera Operator
8x45'

ITV Studios

Prod: Rebecca Ferguson
Dir: Terry McDonough
DoP: Shane Daly

WOLFBLOOD

Series V

Camera Operator
10x30'

BBC Studios
CBBC

Prod: Jonathan Wolfman
Dir: John Dower
Dir: Steve Hughes
DoP: James Moss

THE DUMPING GROUND

Series VI

2nd Unit DoP / B Camera Operator

BBC Studios
CBBC

Dir: Duncan Foster
Dir: Delyth Thomas

TRACEY BEAKER RETURNS

Series I

Camera Operator
Episodes 1, 2, 3 & 4

BBC Studios
CBBC

Prod: Gina Cronk
Dir: Neasa Hardiman
DoP: Chris Goodger

ALL OR NOTHING

Tottenham Hotspur

Documentary
Camera Operator

72 Films
Amazon

Prod: Charlie Ferriday
Prod: Phillip Wood
Prod: Leo Fawkes
Prod: Clare Cameron
Prod: Felicity Cross
Dir: Antony Philipson

DEEP IN VOUGE

Documentary
Camera Operator

FilmRise
BBC Three

Prod: Danny Fisher
Dir: Amy Watson
Dir: Dennis Keighron-Foster
DoP: Shaun Atherton

LIAM GALLAGHER 'AS IT WAS'

Feature Documentary
Camera Operator

Screen Media Films
BBC Two

Prod: Skoti Collins
Prod: Liz Stirling
Dir: Charlie Lightening
Dir: Gavin Fitzgerald

SAKINA & THE LIONESS

Documentary
DoP / Operator

Short Form Films
BBC

Dir: Isobel Williams

BLOODSTAINS

Short Film
DoP / Operator

New Creatives
BBC Arts

Prod: Naomi Ayres
Dir: Carrie Battram

SO PERFECT IT HURTS

Short Film
DoP / Operator

New Creatives
BBC Arts

Prod: Barrington Paul Robinson
Dir: Alice Cornelia

TIME AWAY

Short Film
DoP / Operator

Vox Pictures
BFI

Prod: Adrian Bate
Dir: Maxine Peake

SHATTERED

Short Film
DoP / Operator

Guardian Media

Prod: Laurence Topham
Dir: Maxine Peake

THE PEBBLE AND THE BOY

Film Promo
DoP / Operator

Dir: Chris Green

FINDING JOY

Pilot Taster
DoP / Operator

LA Productions

Dir: Justine Potter

SHELTER

TV Commercial
DoP / Operator

Shape History

Dir: Louise Cowley

LITTLEWOODS TOPSHOP LAUNCH

Online Content
DoP / Operator

The Gate

Dir: Rhiannon Lewis

WHAT IF WOMEN RULED THE WORLD

Live Theatre Show
Camera Operator

Live Theatre Show

Dir: Yael Bartana
Dir: Vicky Featherstone

PUREGYM

Commercial Series
DoP / Operator

BrainCandy Films

Dir: James Clancy

KEELEY FORSYTH

'Debris'

Music Promo
DoP / Producer

Bloc & Blur

Dir: Maxine Peake

ADIDAS ATHLETICS

Online Campaign
DoP / Operator

Rosco Productions

EVERTON FC

Promo Campaign
DoP / Operator

Ahoy Creative

Dir: James Kennedy

CHERRY GHOST

'Clear Skies Ever Closer'

Music Promo
DoP / Producer

Bloc & Blur

Dir: Maxine Peake

SARAH CRACKENLL FT NICKY WIRE

'Nothin' Left to Talk About'

Music Promo
DoP / Producer & Director

Bloc & Blur

Dir: Louise Cowley

TIDE BANK

TV Commercial
DoP / Operator

Sidekick

Prod: Rupert Mason

THE COURTEENERS

'Small Bones'

Music Promo
B Camera Operator

Chief Productions

Dir: Joe Connor

TEACHING MAKES PEOPLE

For the Scottish Government

TV Commercial
DoP / Operator

Greenroom Films

Dir: Mark Lediard

INSPIRAL CARPETS

'Let You Down'

Music Promo
DoP / Producer & Director

Block & Blur

Dir: Louise Cowley

TOPPS MATCH ATTAX CARDS

Online Content
DoP / Operator

ABF Pictures

Dir: Matt Barraclough

KING PONG

Online Content
DoP / Operator

Greenroom Films

Dir: Mark Lediard

BOTB DREAM CARS

TV Commercial
Camera Operator

ABF Pictures

Dir: Matt Barraclough
DoP: Tim Follin

LONE LADY

'Hinterland'

Music Promo
DoP / Producer

Block & Blur

Dir: Juliet Ellis

NANCY ELIZABETH

'Simon Says Dance'

Music Promo
DoP / Producer & Director

Block & Blur

Dir: Louise Cowley