Sebastian Neville

Cinematographer | Content Producer For Hire

I am your collaborator. Although I specialize in non-fiction films, I work in many forms of storytelling. My experience includes many subjects and audiences from documentaries, commercials, fiction, and experimental films. I take each project with humility and openness. Even after 20 years of professional experience, I never stop learning. I love embarking on new challenges, both behind the camera and the editing room. My passion for storytelling remains the same as when I printed black and white pictures as a child. I've had the opportunity to shoot 16/35mm/HD and 4K films, direct/write documentaries and comedy short films, design a new travel cart for large cameras, freelance for television networks, and work for producers from all over the world.

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Sebastian Neville

Cinematographer | Content Producer For Hire

I am your collaborator. Although I specialize in non-fiction films, I work in many forms of storytelling. My experience includes many subjects and audiences from documentaries, commercials, fiction, and experimental films. I take each project with humility and openness. Even after 20 years of professional experience, I never stop learning. I love embarking on new challenges, both behind the camera and the editing room. My passion for storytelling remains the same as when I printed black and white pictures as a child. I've had the opportunity to shoot 16/35mm/HD and 4K films, direct/write documentaries and comedy short films, design a new travel cart for large cameras, freelance for television networks, and work for producers from all over the world.

about me

Exemplary! We have worked with Sebastian and his team on several of our shoots for work intended for broadcast, as well as university use and archival. He and his team are highly professional.... Jane Ferguson PBS Documentary Producer

I am an experienced camera operator/editor and producer of documentaries. 

When I am not shooting for television networks, documentary producers, or editing my documentary films, I work as a producer/director for companies such as AT&T. 

I am constantly improving my camera packages or exploring new design solutions like my latest innovation: the SHOOT-ROVER 2.0 (https://shoot-rover.com). 

I am bilingual in Spanish and English, have valid American and EU passports, and I am always ready to collaborate either as a cinematographer or as a producer/editor, locally or internationally.

 

   My film/digital photographs
   MY VIDEO EQUIPMENT

work experience

2021 - SHOOT SN Media Services CAMERAMAN-CINEMATOGRAPHER

I have over 20+ years of experience operating professional S16-35mm Film/HD/4K cameras and editing equipment, shooting/editing television shows, documentaries, educational and corporate videos, and cinematography of narrative/documentary films.

I shot hundreds of sit-camera interviews throughout New England and New York City for PBS, ABC, CNN, BBC, Terra-X, APTN, etc. 

I offer live-streaming of your sit-down camera interviews. 

I bring my teleprompter for text or perform an Errol Morris Style interview so your talent can look eye to eye to your client. 

I can work alone or bring an entire crew, including PA, Sound, Grip, and Teleprompter Operator. 

I am bilingual, fluent in both Spanish and English. With both EU and American Passports, I have ample experience traveling to 3 different continents, shooting documentaries and television news. 

2021 - PRODUCE SN Media Services VIDEO PRODUCER-DIRECTOR

I work as a Video Producer of educational, corporate, industrial, and documentary films. I can produce / coordinate, / direct almost anything. Now I am working as a semi-permanent producer / director for AT & T's corporate media department creating content for their 250,000 employees. I am also slowly but surely producing / editing three short documentaries ("Jorge's Children", "A Conversation with Deb" and "Piano Melodies from a Lighthouse"). 

I own a small-production boutique with a large inventory of cameras, lights, sound, and grip equipment. 

I am strategically located in the heart of New England and equally available in Boston, MA, and New York City. 

I work with local and international producers and crews shooting / producing content in the US.

I can provide you with experienced Production Assistants, Grips, Teleprompters, and Transcripts. I offer close and open captions, Digital Transfers, and Video Editing services from my small studio in New Haven, CT, just five minutes away from Yale University. For these services, please visit www.snmediaservices.com

2022 - RENT SN Media Services RENT MY EQUIPMENT

Rent my Shoot-Rover 2.0, equipped with a DANA Dolly, powerful and portable LED lights, 100 mm tripod heads, Cine lenses, Wireless lens motors, and much more. See more at www.shoot-rover.com

I am fully vaccinated (with a booster)/ I also carry my insurance.

Education

1988 - 1989 AVELLANEDA FILM SCHOOL BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA

My two years at this humble film school were the start of my journey into filmmaking. The classes were at a municipal building outside the city of Buenos Aires in Argentina. We learned filmmaking using low-budget tools like Super 8mm film cameras and editing tables for this format. I remember exchanging my 35mm still camera from my childhood for a Chinnon super 8 mm film camera at an antique store in Palermo, Buenos Aires. 16mm film cameras would come eight years later when I purchased my first and only 16mm camera, the legendary Eclair ACL. I produced one super 8mm short film at the end of my second year in 1989, titled "Subdesarrollo For Ever" (For Ever Underdeveloped). It was a politically charged film at a time of great turmoil in Argentina. In 1983, Argentina had a good start with Ricardo Alfonsín but didn't last much, and the Country suffered. In March of 1990, I flew to California with a friend from film school to try our luck outside of Buenos Aires. He stayed put in Los Angeles while I continued to San Francisco, where my sister lived. In the Bay area, I studied English, produced a short comedy film ("Valet Parking") and a half-hour documentary ("A Walk By Telegraph Ave....Art?") in Berkeley. 

This trip was a new chapter in my career and what eventually brought me back to Buenos Aires for one of my best educational experiences: shooting documentaries worldwide for ARTEAR Television. That "class" lasted almost four years. The two traveling shows were the "Argentinean BBC" of the time, as far as the camera work was concerned. Needless to say, it was very well respected and admired. I was lucky to have left the station a year or two before the shows turned into cheap, sensational talking shows.

 

1986 - 1988 UNT Architecture School in Tucumán, Argentina

I studied for two years at the UNT School of Architecture, perhaps influenced by my father's field of work. The most distinguished alumni of the school is world-renowned architect César Pelli. Ironically, 14 years after leaving UNT, I produced a feature film about his work titled "The World's Tallest Architect, A Documentary On César Pelli" (Year 2000-2003). The film had screenings in Manhattan and at Yale University many years later, in honor of his recent passing. Years after making the film, my son would get his degree in architecture. 

 

computer skills

AVID MEDIA COMPOSER (MAC)
95%
ADOBE PREMIERE PRO CC
35%
LUTS
95%
DAVINCI RESOLVE
75%
BorisFX
75%
MacOS
90%

My Cinematography Demo Reel

Shots/scenes from documentaries I shoot with my crew (Sound person/PA-Grip) or by myself. Sony FS7 fully rigged (Fujinon XK6x20 zoom Cabrio lens w/servo motor/Other lenses/GraticalHD/rigged Panasonic GH5 camera/full lighting/mini-van/complete sound packag

Promoting Buenos Aires in NYC

I shot dozens of videos for NewLink under the direction of Federico Bianchi. Camera Operator/Cinematographer: Sebastian Neville

TERRA-X TELEVISION (GERMANY)

Television show shot in Europe and the US. I shot all the segment portion in the US.

FOAMOLOGY PRODUCTS

I produced several videos to showcase Foamology products

Future Doctors at Yale Univeristy

Another video I produced/shot/edited in or around Yale University

Milestone Scientific

A video I produced for Milestone Scientific promoting their new device

College Selection at Yale University

One of the many videos I shot/edited/produced in and around Yale University

Camera Interviews shot by Sebastian

Exterior interviews I use hard and soft reflectors. There are some samples of interviews shot until 2020

2017 - HD Only: Camera Operator Demo Reel

Mostly shot with my Sony PMW F3. For different type of clients and shoots.

"Air"

An experimental short film I produced/shot/edited in New Haven and with a few shots in NYC

"Birds"

An experimental film by Sebastian Neville

"New Haven, CT"

An experimental short film I produced/shot/edited in New Haven and with a few shots in NYC

"The Cooper Union" by Sebastian Neville (2014)

Shot around The Cooper Union in NYC (2014)

Television show with Donatellli

Cinematographer/camera operator for a conservative show, shooting in 3 States around New England.

Big Connect 2014

I produced a short video for the Big Connect 2014

Jazz Band

I produced a simple video of a band with one camera only and no external recorders, only a long cable connecting my camera, and a shotgun in a C-Stand. Tricking on the editing to make it look like a continuous video. I shot it around 2015 using my Sony P

Unedited Kenwood Band

I shot the Kenwood Metta Jam All-Stars recording inside the Award-winning Rocking Horse Studio in New Hampshire. I used my Sony PMW F3 camera with Nikon Vintage lenses and 95% of the recording working hand-held.

Peabody Museum at Yale University

I regularly freelance for different Colleges at Yale University or for European producers shooting at Yale. This is a documentary produced by Gregory MacDonalds from the SOB at Yale University around 2019. I shot it with my Sony FS7 using Nikon vintage le

A new camera cart i call Shoot-Rover 2.0

A new camera cart i call Shoot-Rover 2.0

Big video or film cameras take time to set up. Rigging can take an important part of the day. So I invented a cart that can transport and protect the camera while moving from one location to the next. Take a look at my other website shoot-rover.com

Camera sliders

Camera sliders

Gimbals and other devices are great to move a small camera around and get clean fluid shots. But sometimes the camera is too heavy, or the lens is too long, or like in most cases, the movement needed with the camera is very precise and requires repetition

Kessler Cineslider

Shooting with my two cameras, GH5 on the Kessler Cineslider with the GH5 camera

The Shoot-Rover 2.0

The Shoot-Rover 2.0

Kessler with large camera

Kessler with large camera

Using the Shoot-Rover to shoot from inside a house

Using the Shoot-Rover to shoot from inside a house

FS7 rigged with DANA DOLLY

FS7 rigged with DANA DOLLY

My Story

Everyday is a gift
MY STORY

Since I was a child, I have always had a passion for storytelling and cinematography. My professional education started with two years at an architecture school, followed by unfinished film schools in Buenos Aires and California and many workshops I took throughout the years. My best schooling came later, working full-time at a television network. Working for Artear Television, I traveled over three years non-stop to Asia, Europe, and all of the countries in South America to shoot short documentaries. Since I migrated to NYC in 1997 and later to New England, I have freelanced as a camera operator, cinematographer, editor, director, and producer. 

 


Archival Materials

César Pelli was one of the most prolific architects of our times.

I titled the film The World's Tallest Architect, A Documentary On César Pelli because around the time I shot this film (2000-2003) his towers in Kuala Lumpur, The Petrona Towers, were the tallest in the world. With this film that I also shot and directed, I learned how to edit with Avid systems. I went broke, took 3 years to complete it but the film gave me and my family a lot of satisfaction after all. Distribution was never more than a movie theater in Manhattan, NY and large venues at Yale University including one with 250 spectators just 6 weeks before the 2020 pandemic started. Not bad for a former architecture student like myself! (Same architecture school Pelli graduated several decades before). 

DIRECTOR/CINEMATOGRAPHER/WRITER/EDITOR: Sebastian Neville

This 16mm film was shot in Brooklyn back in 1998. I shot it with a CP16 camera covered with blankets! My AC was Chris Benker. Many scenes were shot using my Eclair ACL camera. We later shot another film that was part of a trilogy. A television producer looked at the film in one of the many festivals and called me to shoot a 35mm television commercial for Newsweek Magazine. The commercial was shot with an ARRI 535 B camera, a large truck with HMI lights, and a camera crew of 7!

CINEMATOGRAPHER/CAMERA OPERATOR: Sebastian Neville

 

 

Unedited footage from the film "Jay Mancini" No color correction, no sound. I shot this film with my Sony PMW F3 camera, recording externally as S LOG ProRes 4444 in my Odyssey 7Q+. This film was shot around 2018—a wild production with absolutely no help or pre-production assistant.   

CINEMATOGRAPHER/CAMERA OPERATOR: Sebastian Neville

 

 

 

Sit-down camera interviews I shot the last couple of years before the pandemic started in 2020. 

CINEMATOGRAPHER/CAMERA OPERATOR: Sebastian Neville 

 

 

 

Chamber of Commerce video produced by SN Media Services LLC with two camera crews. 

 

 

A local agency in New Haven, CT, called to produce a series of videos for the company TRIM. Only an SD version is available. 

CINEMATOGRAPHER/CO-DIRECTOR/EDITOR: Sebastian Neville 

 

 

Expro Meters, INC. was a good chance to work with the Europeans for the first time (2008) when a Scottish lady called me long distance to talk about this video. A lot of work and I lost money, but I learned important lessons that helped me continue in this business. 

 

CINEMATOGRAPHER/DIRECTOR/EDITOR/PRODUCER: Sebastian Neville

 

I keep one of my oldest camera demo reels in here to show how SD video used to look like and to remember that time. The majority was shot with my Sony Betacam SP camera but some were shot in the early times of HDV

 

CINEMATOGRAPHER/CAMERA OPERATOR/PRODUCER: Sebastian Neville

 

 

 

My oldest Camera (And producer) Demo Reel! 1993-2003 Mostly footage with my then Sony Betacam SP, 16mm Eclair ACL film camera, and others. 3 or more documentaries I produced around those years. 

 

CINEMATOGRAPHER/CAMERA OPERATOR/PRODUCER: Sebastian Neville

get in touch

I’ve hired Sebastian for two different jobs. Both times he and his crew were diligent, hustled under challenging situations, and delivered great work. Peter Tubbs PBS Ohio, USA
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