Professional Drone Operators
Professional team. . Toronto Based.
UAV PILOT / CAMERA OPERATOR / CRANE TECHNICIAN
IATSE 667. Pilot - Christiaan Cloete - Camera Operator - Kevin Bishop, John Holosko IATSE 873
Discovery World, National Geographic Channel, The History Channel, Oasis HD and CBC.
Professional Drone Operators
Christiaan Cloete firstname.lastname@example.org
UAV Pilot / Camera Operator / Crane Technician
Christiaan was born in South Africa. At age of 19 he left his home country to explore the world. Because of is love for nature and adventure he pursued a career as a diving instructor and underwater camera operator in Israel, Egypt, and Mexico. Christiaan also had a love for technology and decided to return home to continue an education in IT, subsequently working in the UK for 2 years. Serendipitously landing in Canada Christiaan decided to strengthen his skills and joined the Toronto Film School where he graduated with honors. He then went on to complete a commercial diving program and started working as an underwater camera operator for feature Documentaries.
Expanding his technical abilities and camera skills he saw an opportunity to provide a unique perspective with emerging aerial technologies in cinematography. In 2011, Christiaan started Flyingfish Productions to combine the specialized knowledge and passion necessary to operate in the air, on land and underwater. Christiaan was invited by the CBC and Global news to discuss UAV/Drone Safety. He was the first to create an educational Drone Program for an Ontario College, and continues to promote UAV safety to other educational facilities.
Because of his expertise in operating UAV’s, Christiaan was the first member to be accepted by local film union IATSE 667 as a UAV Pilot. Christiaan is also an IATSE 667 Crane technician and operator and works part time with Filmotechnic “The Russian Arm” operating their Academy awarded gyro-stabilized camera crane.
Since the start of Christiaan’s film career he has worked on feature films and feature documentaries for Discovery, National Geographic, History, BBC America, GlobalTV, Oasis and more.
ATSE667 Union Member - UAV Pilot, Crane Technician and Stabelized Remote Head Tech Toronto Film School - Film Production (Diploma) CTI - Computer programming (Diploma) Delphi Occupation Diver – Seneca (Diver Certification Board of Canada) IANTD - Extended Range Trimix Closed Circuit Rebreather Diver (100m) TDI - Full Cave CC Diver PADI/CMASS - OWSI InstructorVHF Marine Radio Operator
Christiaan speaks fluent English, Afrikaans and conversational Dutch, Spanish and Hebrew.
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY / REMOTE HEAD OPERATOR
Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, John enrolled at Humber College’s cinematography program. It was here that John pursued the knowledge and passion of film, so much so that by the second year John was working as a DP on third year projects and teaching first-year photography. By the summer, John was working at a commercial company as PM and Camera Assistant. Shortly after John took the Canadian Society’s Cinematography’s Assistant course; years later John would run the course in Toronto and was responsible for taking students to all film related businesses facilities. John became active in many organizations including Kodak where today he is still asked to test new film stocks before they are released.
After 7 years as a Camera Assistant, John felt ready to become a Director of Photography. The first Rock video he shot won him first place at the Canadian Society of Cinematography awards. John began shooting TV series, rock videos, commercials and features and always manages to stay on the cutting edge of all technologies and equipment, designing and implementing motion picture equipment as well. John has amassed many awards both national and international and is highly respected in that regard. He enjoys all project regardless of the challenge and has a strong command of electronic and film cameras. He has established himself as a top aerial cinematographer working for the likes of Vilmos Zigmond a.s.c. and Bob Richardson.
Remote Head Operator / Technician
Kevin was born in Gloucestershire, England and made his way to Canada in 1993. His love for cinematography came about at a very young age. Since living and working in Toronto, Kevin has found himself involved with large feature sets and production teams as aerial camera operator with over 20 years of experience as a feature film technician.
He has worked with Production Services (PS), Panavision, Canadian Camera and David Jay Woods Productions (DJ Woods).
Robin was born and raised in Thunder Bay Ontario. He worked among other places at a sawmill for twenty years. During those years he became heavily involved in the Health and Safety of his co-workers. After the mill shut down seven years ago, he relocated to Toronto. His life changed dramatically when he became involved in film and television. Since then he has worked in locations on and off set on major feature shots in the GTA. He has been managing safety and security on many productions, from RED to Robocop and everything in between. He also works with television and commercial productions. His on set experience, in conjunction with his health and safety background, make him an ideal Ground Supervisor.
Elizabeth le roux
director of client services
Elizabeth was born and raised in Gauteng, South Africa. A recent newcomer to Ontario, Elizabeth brings a reputation for high energy and results driven account direction, with over 17 years of experience serving international clients in South Africa, Israel and Europe. She completed a Bachelor’s Degree with distinction at the University of Pretoria (South Africa). After 5 years of serving Draft FCB as an Account Manager, one of the premiere global advertising agency networks, serving blue chip accounts such as Toyota (South Africa); Compaq (Hewlett-Packard), she co-owned her own advertising agency before relocating to Israel in 2006. From there she managed the Merck Serono exhibition account throughout Europe, was appointed as a media & production manager for a PCO managing medical congresses worldwide before having relocated to Canada. Elizabeth will be your main point of contact for any queries you might have.
BA (cum laudi) degree; ACTRA full membership ; Health and Safety Certification
Elizabeth speaks fluent English, Afrikaans and conversational Dutch, Flemish and Hebrew