Freelance Videographer in Sydney (Australia)

Looking for a freelance videographer and video editor in Sydney NSW? My name is Matt, and on this page you’ll learn who I am, what I do and how I can help you.

Matt Callian at work

Hi, my name is Matt Callian and I’m a freelance videographer based in Sydney (Australia). I have many years of experience in creating multimedia content and I specialise in creating quality videos for my clients.

You can hire me for professional video production, professional video editing and as a camera operator in Sydney NSW.

Like most top videographers, I know how to handle camera settings and lighting plus audio equipment, but most importantly, I know how to interact with talents and crew.

Having perfect knowledge of the technicalities behind the video camera but not being able to instruct or direct your actors and crew would pretty much set us up for disaster, or at least for some non-compelling footage being captured.

For that reason, as a video producer I focus on what’s in front of the camera, as well as what’s at the back of it, to make sure that the best possible footage is produced on set or location, so less time will be needed in the editing room to obtain the best final result.

HOW I WORK

If I’m working with actors

I’ll guide them to perform at their best and I’ll discuss the intention of the scene before hand so we can better optimise time and efforts.

For commercial videos

If I’m working with talents that are not used to be on camera (this happens very often during corporate videos and training videos), I’ll be using my coaching skills to give directions and get the best out of their own personality.

If I'm working on a wedding film

The approach is much more subtle. I would let the freelance photographer do the leading especially during formalities, while I capture candid shots. I do stage some of the shots during wedding videography, but this happens rarely, and when I’m 100% confident that the couple is happy to try things out.

During event videography and corporate videography

I strive for quality vs quantity. I do believe that the best video editing for social media is achieved thanks to a wide variety of shots that will best summarise an event from different point of views.

For social media and web videos

I shoot to edit, the variety of footage will be key for a successful editing, and let’s not forget about the audio part. For this kind of production, my approach includes: working on the concept and the script first, then shooting the best possible raw to deliver a powerful message to your audience.

Freelance videographer for footage only

For anyone that will hire me as a freelance videographer or camera operator in Sydney for footage only, and not as a video editor, you can expect me to capture the event like I was the one editing it. I’ll make sure there is a variety of footage that will cover all your needs, I’ll be alert and follow the brief to the letter and I’ll put my own creativity into the project.

SOME EXAMPLES OF MY WORK

Hire me as a freelance videographer, freelance video editor and camera operator in Sydney for:

Shooting on location: what can you expect from me

First of all, punctuality. I always plan in advance, I’ll arrive at the location at least 15 minutes BEFORE the time and if the location is parking friendly I’ll be driving, If not I’ll use public transport. I know the Sydney area well and I’m able to move around with ease.

I prepare my equipment the day before and I’m always carrying backup for any breakage that might occur. I’ll have at least 2 camera bodies on me, different lenses and some lighting in case of need. Batteries are all charged and ready to go, SD cards are formatted, all the details are in place and I just need to hit record.

I’ll discuss with you what your expectations are, and I’ll honestly tell you what I can achieve. If you have any preference in camera settings, camera angles, type of shots, audio quality and more, I’ll make sure we’re on the same page before the shooting day.

I have public liability insurance.

If you're looking for a videographer in Sydney

give me a call and let’s discuss all the details.

VIDEOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT

Video Equipment

Sony FS5 Mark II. Professional Super 35mm 4K video-camera with interchangeable lenses.
Sony A7s III. Professional full frame mirrorless capable of shooting 4k up to 120 fps and exceptional for low light shoots.
Sony A6500. Mirrorless APS-C 4K camera, rigged.
Atomos Ninja V. Pro- res recorder and 5″ display
Atomos Ninja V+. Pro- res recorder and 5″ display
Feelworld LUT 7. Bright 7″ field monitor
Sony GM 24-70 f2.8. Great all-rounder
Sony FE 70-200 f4. Telephoto lens
Sony 18-105 f4. Zoom lens for a wide variety of shots
Sony 50mm f1.8. Prime lens
Sigma 30mm f1.4. Prime lens particularly good in low light
Sigma 16mm f1.4. Prime lens for wide shots
7artisans 60mm F2.8 II. Macro lens
Zhiyun Crane 2S. Heavy duty gimbal for steady footage
Zhiyun Crane Plus. Light gimbal for aps-c camera
Tripod, monopod, fluid head, custom rigs
Portable teleprompter system. For reading scripts on camera

Audio Equipment

Zoom H5. 4 tracks audio recorder
Rode NTG4+. Condenser Shotgun Microphone
RodeLink Filmmaker Kit. Wireless lav mic
Tascam DR10L (2 units). Lav mic with internal SD
Audio Technica ATR2100x-USB. Dynamic mic for vox pops, streaming and podcasting
Rode Video Micro. On-camera mic
AKG 200. Condenser mic

Studio Lights

Aputure Amaran 200x (2 units). 250W Bi-color key light + Light Dome II softbox
Came-TV F-55W. Portable fresnel LED light + softbox
Godox ML60. Portable LED light + softbox
Other lights. Small LED lights and RGB LED lights
Light stands
Light reflector and negative fill

Send me a message

Get in touch for a chat, or send a quotation request with as many details as you can, so I can start planning your video production. Quotes are provided free of charge and obligation free.