Glen Donaldson

1st AC Focus Puller
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About me

Focus Puller 1stAC Dubai Glen Donaldson, a seasoned professional experienced in all disciplines of film. Glen has constant work as a focus puller and is passionate about the environment and diving which makes him a perfect fit for his second ability, Underwater DOP with his own kit. He started in the film industry in 1981 in South Africa as a camera assistant. In 1986, moved over to Focus Pulling and worked his way up to Camera Operator. After working worldwide, he relocated to the Middle East in 2009 where he found his passion as an Underwater DOP / Camera Operator. He has worked on Underwater shoots for Feature Films, Documentaries, Corporates & TVC’s. He owns an extensive range of specialised diving gear, including multiple underwater camera housing’s, equipment and lights. He also has access to well trained and certified safety divers. Glen commands the utmost respect within the industry and is responsible for training up quite a few of the up and coming camera crew. Glen is also well known for his help and advise to producers on best kit, practices and workflows. Glen’s expertise and experience in the industry have made him a sought-after freelance focus puller and 1st AC in Dubai. His attention to detail and technical skills have earned him a reputation as a reliable and efficient crew member. His passion for the environment and diving has led him to specialise in underwater cinematography, making him a valuable asset on underwater shoots for a variety of projects. With over 30 years of experience in the film industry, Glen has honed his craft as a focus puller and camera operator. His knowledge and expertise have allowed him to work on a wide range of projects, from feature films to documentaries, corporate videos, and TV commercials. Glen’s ability to adapt to different shooting environments and his dedication to capturing stunning visuals underwater have made him a respected member of the industry. In addition to his technical skills, Glen has trained numerous camera crew members. His commitment to sharing his knowledge and skills with others has earned him the respect and admiration of his peers. Glen’s extensive range of specialised diving gear, underwater camera housings, and equipment, combined with his access to trained safety divers, allow him to deliver high-quality underwater footage for any project. His collection of the latest GoPros ensures that he is always equipped with the best tools for the job. Overall, Glen Donaldson is a seasoned professional with a passion for his work and a commitment to excellence. His expertise in focus pulling, camera operation, and underwater cinematography make him a valuable asset to any production team. If you need a Freelance FocusPuller 1stAC Dubai I can assist, putting together complete diving packages which includes boats, equipment, permits, accommodation etc. Focus Puller 1stAC Dubai

Male
born on 12 October 1960
Country of Birth
Brittish
Passport Issue
Brittish
Visa Status
Freelance with own visa
Company
Personal Car
Yes
Licences
UAE

Equipment I Own

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EQUIPMENT LIST
Item Brand Description Serial Number Value Rental
CAMERA EQUIPMENT
4485561 AED11 000 AED 1 100
2 Sony Sony A7SII 4488384 AED11 000 AED 1 100
3 Sony Sony A7SIII 3380715 AED14 300 AED 1 430
4 Metabone Sony E to Canon EF A1016003455 AED3 000 AED 300
5 Metabones Sony E to Canon EF  A1014043746 AED2 600 AED 260
6 Canon 5D Mark IV Camera 23021002453 AED11 000 AED 1 100
7 Canon EOS R5 3,2021E+11 AED18 000 AED 1 800
8 Metabones Canon EF-EOS R AED500 AED 50
9 Canon 15mm EF T2.8 Distagon 14881 AED2 630 AED 263
10 Zeiss 18mm T2.8 Distagon 15753328 AED4 000 AED 400
11 Zeiss 21mm T2.8 Distagon 15993860 AED4 000 AED 400
12 Zeiss 25mm T2.8 Distagon 15918661 AED3 500 AED 350
13 Zeiss 28mm T2.8 Distagon 15794602 AED4 500 AED 450
14 Zeiss 35mm T2 Distagon 15797303 AED4 077 AED 408
15 Zeiss 50mm EF T1.4 Distagon 15888057 AED1 460 AED 146
16 Zeiss 85mm EF T1.4 Distagon 15843492 AED4 500 AED 450
17 Zeiss 135mm EF T2 Distagon 51522097 AED5 650 AED 565
18 Canon 100mm EF T2.8L Macro 3115435 AED3 800 AED 380
19 Canon 8-15mm EF T4L USM  Fisheye 4280000329 AED4 600 AED 460
20 Canon 11-24mm EF T4 L USM 3210000254 AED11 000 AED 1 100
Canon 14-35mm Rf AED 6 500         AED 650
21 Canon 16-35mm L III USM 703001580 AED11 800 AED 1 180
22 Canon 16-35mm EF 2.8L USM 521025 AED6 200 AED 620
23 Canon 17-40mm EF T4L USM 4039370 AED3 000 AED 300
24 Canon 24-70mm EF T2.8L 4010476 AED8 400 AED 840
25 Canon 70-200mm EF T2.8L 127456 AED5 300 AED 530
26 Sigma 70-300mm T4-5.6 Macro 4180229 AED730 AED 73
27 Canon Doubler 2X 37077 AED1 800 AED 180
28 Canon Extension Tube EF12 ii AED300 AED 30
29 Sony Battery NPFW50 x 11 AED2 100 AED 210
30 Canon Battery LP-E6N x 10 AED2 500 AED 250
31 Canon Charger x 4 ZICC AED950 AED 95
32 Sony Chargers x 4 AED200 AED 20
33 Sony Battery NP-FZ100 x 3 AED720 AED 72
34 Transcend Card reader multi 650424-0271 AED300 AED 30
35 Lention SD&TF&CF Card Reader Model c12 AED60 AED 6
36 Sony Cfexpress Type A/SD 30010451002317 AED650 AED 65
37 Sony Battery Charger NP-FW50 X 4 AED500 AED 50
38 Sony Battery Charger NP-FM500 x 1 AED400 AED 40
39 Sony Battery Charger NP-F970 AED140 AED 14
40 Sony Battery NP-F970 X 5 AED650 AED 65
41 Sony Battery NP-FM500H x 3 AED1 500 AED 150
42 SanDisk 4 x 64GB SD/XC AED900 AED 90
43 SanDisk 4 X 128GB Etreme pro SD AED500 AED 50
44 Lexar SD 64GB 150MB/S 1000X AED470 AED 47
45 Delkin 128GB CF Express AED625 AED 63
46 Tough 256GB AED700 AED 70
47 CF CF Express reader x 2 AED800 AED 80
48 Canon CF Card Readers x 2 AED400 AED 40
49 Sony Tough 160GB AED1 345 AED 135
50 AV PRO SD 256GB AED3 000 AED 300
51 SanDisc 5 x CF Cards AED500 AED 50
52 Sony Interverlometer AED200 AED 20
53 Canon Interverlometer 0x1204 AED475 AED 48
54 Strobies Remote AED140 AED 14
55 SmallHD Monitor AC7 OLED AC7-07229 AED3 500 AED 350
56 SmallHD Small AS13 13AS190090030 AED15 000 AED 1 500
57 Atamos Ninja Blade B1A94NJB50E64 AED3 000 AED 300
58 Atamos 4K SSD Hard drive AED3 000 AED 300
59 Atamos Battery NP-FM500H AED1 840 AED 184
60 Small Monitor AED2 200 AED 220
61 Genus Variable ND x 7 AED1 600 AED 160
62 Tiffen Polariser x 7 AED800 AED 80
63 Hoya UV Fiter x 3 AED100 AED 10
64 zucuto Follow Focus AED300 AED 30
65 Manfrotto Tripod and head MVH502AH AED1 300 AED 130
66 Proaim Camera cage, with case AED600 AED 60
67 Nat Geo Monopod NGTM1 AED75 AED 8
68 Shoulder mount AED450 AED 45
69 Zycuto Camera cage AED1 000 AED 100
70 ZOOM Sound recorder 17908 AED1 150 AED 115
71 HDMI Cables x6 AED250 AED 25
72 Boya Camera Mounted Microphone AED200 AED 20
CAMERA RENTAL AED219 737 AED 21 974
GO PRO KIT
73 DJI Osmo 1F1AD894 AED2 000 AED 200
74 GoPro Accessories AED200 AED 20
75 GoPro 9 Black C3441324870426 AED1 700 AED 170
76 GoPro 10 Black C3461324727308 AED1 800 AED 180
77 GoPro 11 Black C3471325302782 AED1 800 AED 180
78 GoPro Dome AED500 AED 50
79 GoPro Tripod AED50 AED 5
80 GoPro Underweater housing x 5 AED500 AED 50
81 GoPro Handelbar mount AED90 AED 9
82 GoPro Colour Correction filter AED100 AED 10
83 Sandisc 3 x 128GB, 1 x 64Gb, 1 x 32GB AED600 AED 60
84 GoPro Charger GP-BCG-502 AED85 AED 9
85 GoPro Batteries x 9 AED900 AED 90
86 GoPro Headmount AED75 AED 8
87 GoPro Roll bar mount AED110 AED 11
88 GoPro Chestmount AED100 AED 10
89 GoPro x2 Suction Mounts AED110 AED 11
90 GoPro Pole Extension AED120 AED 12
91 GoPro Chargers x 2 AED200 AED 20
92 GoPro Remote AED130 AED 13
93 GoPro Replacement parts AED200 AED 20
94 GoPro Snap on fiters x 2 AED250 AED 25
GO PRO RENTAL AED 11 620 AED 1 162
UNDERWATER HOUSING KIT
94 Aquatica Underwater housing Canonn 5 Dmk4 AED8 400 AED 840
95 Aquatica Underwater Housing for Sony A7SII 20079NC-007 AED11 000 AED 1 100
96 Aquatica Housing Sony A7sIII 20093-KM-VC-007 AED11 700 AED 1 170
97 Aquatica Housing CanonEOS R 5 AED11 700 AED 1 170
98 Aquatica Dome x 2 AED14 000 AED 1 400
99 Aquatica Extesion Tube AED1 600 AED 160
100 Aquatica Zoom and Fous Rings AED1 000 AED 100
101 Aquatica Neopreenn cover x 3 AED730 AED 73
102 Aquatica 5HD Underwater Monitor fF5701902683 AED6 600 AED 660
103 Dive & Sea Monitor Cable AED500 AED 50
104 Dive & Sea DNC-5A Underwater Monitor 2840 AED9 000 AED 900
105 Gates 14000 Lumens Underwater Light 2014 AED8 700 AED 870
106 Intovatec 2500 lumens underwater light 13-47325 AED2 500 AED 250
107 Fix Neo 2000 Lumens Underwater light F1302000082a AED3 300 AED 330
108 XTAR 5800 Lumens dD3600000393 AED1 300 AED 130
109 XTAR Walrus Unerwater light D08 AED760 AED 76
110 Wahoo  Underwater Monitor 84399830 3210158 AED7 350 AED 735
UNDERWATER RENTAL AED 100 140 AED 10 014
MISCELLANEOUS
110 Apple Macbook Pro 15 Inch C02T72MPGTFM AED8 000 AED 500
AED 0
AED 0
AED 0
AED 0
AED 0
MISCELLANEOUS RENTAL AED 8 000 AED 500
Total Kit Value AED339 497 AED 33 650
10% Insurance AED 33 950 AED 3 365

 

Credits

Date
Program
Position
Program type
Director
DOP
Producer
Link
Date
5 January 2024
Program
Go Further
Position
Underwater DOP
Program type
Commercial
Director
Callum Earnshaw
DOP
Rowan Biddiscombe
Producer
Molly Bolton
Link
Date
1 January 2009
Program
City of Life
Position
Focus Puller
Program type
Feature Film (Location)
Director
Ali F. Mostafa
DOP
Michael Alan Brierley
Producer
Tim Smythe
Link
Date
1 January 2001
Program
Fast & Furious 7
Position
Focus Puller
Program type
Feature Film (Entirety)
Director
James Wan
DOP
Marc Spicer
Producer
Amanda Lewis
Link
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