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Lens Flare TV Ltd

Contact Lens Flare TV Ltd

Lens Flare TV Ltd
0161 818 2312
07974 191932 / 07595 168171
Simon Makin / Steven Spence
Unit 5 Willian Enterprise Center,
Forth Avenue,
Trafford Park,
M17 1DB

About Lens Flare TV Ltd

From a single camera crew to large multi-camera solutions
At Lens Flare TV, we offer a different kind of service. We don't just pick kit off the shelf and put it on jobs. Lens Flare TV was founded and run by two working cameramen, with the aim of providing the best quality service, with kit that we would want to shoot with. Our equipment is maintained and serviced to the best possible quality, with kit packed in a way that makes sense on a shoot day.

We're passionate about producing the best possible images and content, whether that's a single camera shoot, or a large multi-camera broadcast or event. We want to provide a fully supported production from start to transmission.
  • Single-Camera
  • Drama Production
  • Multi-Camera

  • GRIP

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Name Role Email Telephone
Lorenzo Rodriguez Trainee Kit Room Technician 0161 818 2312
Simon Makin Lighting Cameraman / DOP 07974 191932
Steven Spence Lighting Cameraman 07595 168171


Company News

Judge Rinder's Crime Stories

Lens Flare TV returned for the Third series that saw ITV's Judge Rinder examine some of Britain's most incredible crimes. We provided drama reconstruction sequences and interview kit for the entire series, with a cinematic look on a daytime budget.
Street Mate

Steve is currently shooting the brand new series of Streetmate for Tiger Aspect. The hit 90s dating show is making a come-back, with Scarlett Moffatt presenting.
The Voice

In Autumn 2017, both Steve and Simon shot the North West and around the UK back-story VTs for series 7 of The Voice UK.

When ITV aquired the series in early 2016, Simon worked with director Jamie Wiggins to set the style of the VTs that would be shot across the country, and resulting in over 80 individual VTs. Jamie and Simon worked on style that would involve a lot of sun flares and high key lighting to add a polished look to the films. Simon also used our DJI Ronin with the Sony FS7 and Zeiss CP2 primes, that would be used throughout the VTs to give a constant sense of movement when cutting away from the master interview.

We were very pleased with the final result, and look forward to working with ITV's The Voice team again.
Ninja Warrior

We're pleased to announce we have been asked by Potato to facilitate the backstage areas of the UK's best known physical competition, due for TX in Autumn 2017. Lens Flare TV will once again be providing a four camera backstage studio, with cameras, lighting, crew and a small production gallery. Further to this, we will be providing two additional staging areas with green-screen setups and lighting, as well as two Sony FS7 shooting kits for production.

Already a smash hit in the USA, Sweden, Malaysia and Japan, Ninja Warrior UK will be hosted by Ben Shephard, Rochelle Humes and Chris Kamara. This brand new entertainment series is the ultimate test of strength, speed and courage. Viewers will watch contestants pushed to their limits as they compete to complete TV’s toughest challenge.

In previous years, we have provided our Sony F800s to the show, however this year we will be providing 4 x Sony PMW-F5s with Canon CN7 lenses to the main backstage studio, and 2 x Sony PXW-FS7s to the green screen studios.

We're currently shooting the BBC's flagship science programme, following two long-term stories on the breakthrough treatment for spina bifida, and the proton accelerator at Christie Hospital for cancer treatment.
Marry Mum and Dad

For the fourth year running, Steve has been back shooting this award-winning series for CBBC. This year saw some of the best themes yet, including and an actual ceremony on a bouncy castle!
Hunting The KGB Killers

In October 2006, Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko was murdered in London, with the rare poison polonium 210. It was a case that gripped the nation. As the whistle-blower on systemic corruption in the Kremlin, Litvinenko became embroiled in a world of international espionage and political conspiracies.

Lens Flare TV were asked by director Chris Malone to shoot the extensive dramatised reconstruction scenes for this 90 minute documentary. The feature-length special revealed, for the first time, the remarkable details of the extraordinary investigation into Litvinenko’s murder through the experiences of the key Scotland Yard detectives who have never before spoken to the media.
The Lie Detective

The Lie Detective is a brand new format from the Manchester team of Leeds-based True North Productions. Series director Stuart Froude approached Simon Makin from Lens Flare to DOP the new show.

Following the initial recces with Stuart and the True North Team it was decided that 14 cameras would be required in 5 areas: The Polygraph Room, The Main studio, The Interview room, The Waiting Room and The Lift.

This was a tough logistical rig as our team had just one day to rig all five of the filming areas which were spread across three floors of an old mill. This included camera equipment, lighting, sound and a central gallery that would bring in 10 of the 14 camera feeds.

Director Stuart Froude wanted the show look cinematic, however utilise a fixed-rig way of working to allow separation from the contributors and crew. After some consideration, we decided to use a mixture of the Sony F5 and FS7 cameras in the main filming areas to achieve the look, but to allow for the separation of a fixed-rig Lens Flare TV built a large camera hide to accommodate 8 cameras and four operators. For the Interview area we opted for the Canon C300 and used our Eye Direct kit, as Stuart wanted the interviews to be shot down-the-lens.

As part of the brief for the waiting area, the production wanted a natural day light feel. We decided to use the Sony F55 camera shooting at 100pfs with the Zeiss CP.2 prime lenses, as the area was naturally very bright lighting was kept to a minimum with just a Dedolight Octodome and Arri M8 HMI used.

The lift was covered using four GoPro Hero 4 cameras shooting in 4K which allowed reframing of shots in post. This was due to contributors often moving from marks in the lift, as well as some very awkward conversation in the enclosed space after two hours of intense conversation about their relationship. Understandable!
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