Sam Groenewald

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Panda Broadcast
DOP, Operator, Underwater

Sam Groenewald's career over the past 40 years as Director of Photography, Underwater Cameraman Steadicam Operator and Editor has been a force in Documentary, Actuality Films, Commercials, Music Videos and the Broadcast News Industries.

British Kinematographic Sound and Television Society Member
Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers Los Angeles
South African Society Of Cinematographers
Hollywood Professional Association (HPA)

1993 Golden Camera US Industrial Film Festival Award
2006 Amadea Travel Video Award
2016 PADI Recognition Awared

Feature Films, Documentaries and Commercials
'Cry The Beloved Country' (Feature Film), Steadicam Operator
Director: Darryll Roodt
Producer: Anant Singh
Cast: James Earl Jones, Richard Harris
'Ouma se Slim Kind' (Feature Film), Steadicam Operator
Director: Gustav Kuhn
Producer: Danie Bester
Cast: Renier Basson, Hykie Berg
'Marlise' (TV Documentary), DOP / Associate Producer
1-hour TV documentary shot in Namibia and Botswana, screened on Arte/ZDF in Germany and France.
'The Big White' (Documentary), Underwater Cameraman
Producers: Alex von Sobek for ZDF Television
'Shark Tourism' (Documentary), Underwater Cameraman
Producers: Alex von Sobek for ZDF Television
'Thin Red Line' (Documentary), Director / Cameraman
Israel - Palestinian conflict investigation
Producers: Roland Strumff
'O'Hagan's' (Commercial), Steadicam Operator
'Gilette Razors' (Commercial), Steadicam Operator
Various live music shows for M-Net and Channel 'O'
'Channel 0 Awards' (Live Event), Steadicam Operator
'AMAA Awards in Nigeria' (Live Event), Steadicam Operator
'Windhoek Beer' (Corporate Film), Producer, Director, DOP
Client: Namibian Breweries
'Namibian Export' (Corporate Film), Producer, Director, DOP
Shot in Amsterdam, Munich and Barcelona
Client: Northern Fishing
DOP on various TV drama series for Heins Films and Elmo de Witte.

Steadicam Operator and DOP on several other dramas, TV commercials and music videos on 35mm, 16mm, HD and video systems.

Broadcast News
I hold a valid German Press card and is a full member of the Swiss International Federation of Journalists and a current member of the German Labour Union VERDI - IG Metal.
Freelance cameraman for BBC, IKON TV and ZDF German TV.
Ten years permanent contract with German TV ZDF as Cameraman/Editor in Africa and Middle East, based in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Contracted for five years by ZDF German TV as News and Documentary Cameraman/Editor to cover the Middle East, based in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Cameraman/Editor during Iraqi conflict for for ZDF TV embeddet wit the UA Military.
Live Studio Cameraman on The Doha Debates (BBC Oxford University).

Produced, wrote and directed clay-mation and various other children series for SABC television.
Part-time lecturer in Film Editing and Sound at Pretoria Film School from 1972 - 1976
I am fluent in English, Afrikaans and German.
Trained with George Paddock in LA as Steadicam operator

I own the following equipment available for rental as a package, dry hire and is negotiable.
* Steadicam
* Panasonic HD P2 Camera
* Panasonic DVC Pro Camera 16:9 and Laptop portable tape editor, DVC Pro 25 and 50.
* Various Audio mixer and microphone systems including radio Mics
* Light kits including Battery Lights
* GoPro3 HD with Underwater and Aerial rig
* Quad Copters for Aerial Filming
* AVID HD Edit suite with all DV and P2 source capabilities.
* Sony Vaio notebook/workstation with AVID editing for location editing.
* All necessary accessories for the above

For more detailed information on specific areas of expertise please contact me direct on my cell, email, youtube or website.

Sam Groenewald
South Africa +27 834360055
Germany +491771389009
e-mail: 2003 - 2020