Zac Macaulay is an underwater cameraman and photographer
Zac likes to use a strong graphic element in his filming and underwater photography, using design, colour palette and good composition as a thread that runs through his work.


Zac Macaulay is a specialist underwater DOP and Cameraman based near London

HSE Qualification
Zac holds the all important HSE qualification, a legal requirement to work underwater in the UK with crew and lighting productions.

HSE Number – MSC/38484/99
Can be produced on request.

What we offer
Zac Macaulay Films provide underwater film either as a DOP or as an underwater camera operator or a combination of both. We shoot sequences for Film, TV, drama, commercials, music videos or promos alike

Film & Video
We shoot on location, or in specialised underwater film studios with full specialist production facilities, including lighting (topside or underwater), specialist safety crew and boating requirements (rib, or hard hull).

Unit Stills
In addition to underwater filming, we have a full stills service for capturing storyboard and key promotional images of your production. Zac Macaulay has over 20 years’ experience shooting commercially and on film sets, both underwater and in dry locations.

About Zac Macaulay
Zac has worked with some of the best people in the business, including specialist studios, riggers and lighting gaffers (amongst other professions), in a career as an underwater cameraman and photographer that has taken him and his crew all over the world. He has shot for a wide variety production companies and agencies both advertising and editorial for many and varied clients. Zac likes to use a strong graphic element in his shooting style, using colour and composition as a thread that runs through his work.

Where can you shoot ?
Zac is very familiar with shooting commercial advertising projects in purpose-built flooded studios, tanks or private pools for ultimate control as much as in the open sea on assignment. Zac has built up countless fix it contacts all around the world to help facilitate your production and a large knowledge of locations to help you find that special beach or bay just right for your shoot.

As a camera housing and camera owner / operator, pricing for Zac is based on a competitive day rate. We always try to work to a budget, if required. Let us know your requirements.

Camera Equipment Owned
We own all our own housings for the Nauticam / Arri systems and our own cameras and housings for the Gates / Red systems, which makes each shoot easy and more cost effective. Please see the kit page for detail.

Underwater Studios
We’re familiar with a range of underwater film studios, tanks, pools and locations (in the UK, and abroad). Day rates suit all budgets, depending on your project, or production.

Our kit is all fully insured and is covered by proffessional and public all eventualities and liability insurance.

*FRPS – I am honoured to have been awarded a fellowship with The Royal Photographic Society, Film Section.

*Winner of the Palme d’Or, Advertising category at the Antibes Underwater Film and Photography Festival

Typically in the first instance we have a meeting / talk  about your lighting requirements reflecting the mood and feel you would like to see.

Lighting can be either a competitive all in package, or you may need a more bespoke lighting kit list created for specialist larger shoots. Both these categories require a qualified lighting gaffer / electrician.

We work with both dry (topside) and / or underwater lighting equipment, both types are typically the latest most recenly available gear.

We can recommend and work regularly with a couple of the best gaffers in the business who are very experienced lighting next to, on top off or in the water. Alternatively you can use your own experienced lighting gaffer.

We work with a tight, well known crew that we have worked with for many years. Crew are generally tailored to the production type, from just one camera assistant to a much larger crew for larger productions.

My main priority is safety which is the key to enabling productions to get the footage they need.

Marine Vessels
We have access to marine vessels, support vessels and qualified crews through one of our closest partners which we have worked with for over 25 years to suit each particular job when required.

Planning and Preparation
Planning starts during the early stages of script read throughs and doesn’t stop until the shoot is finished.

Preparation and knowledge is the key meaning a production rarely has to wait on our team.

All images on this website are copyright of Zac Macaulay. No reproduction is allowable without written permission.

Thanks to BSOUP for the start and in fact everything


Zac has won many awards for his underwater film and photography. These are some of the most recent:

2020 FRPS (Fellowship with the Royal Photographic Society, Film Section)

2012 Finalist, Non-Commissioned Portrait & Non Commissioned Moving Image (AOP) Association of Photographers Awards

2009 Runner Up, Advertising category for best stills image, Marseille World Festival of Underwater Film and Photography 2008 Finalist , Commissioned Classic Landscape category, (AOP) Association of Photographers Awards  2008 Shortlisted, Best of Show, British Underwater Image Festival 

2007 Winner, Palme d’Or, Advertising category for best stills image, Antibes Underwater Film and Photography festival

2007 Runner Up, Advertising category for best stills image, Antibes Underwater Film and Photography festival 

2006 Winner, Canon Open Category, British Underwater Image Festival

2006 Runner Up, Canon Open Category, British Underwater Image Festival

2004 Gold Medal Winner, International Festival of Underwater Film & Photography


Photography Clients


The Sunday Times
Conde Nast Traveller
The British Army
Fit Bit
Merlin Sealife Centres
Diver Magazine
Little Dolphin Images
Goodmans Food Group
British Swimming
Getty Images
Elan Pharma
British Heart Foundation
Age Concern
Royal Caribbean

Recent Film Clients (more detail on the Credits Page)

*Myleene Klass for Littlewood’s – Advertisment
*Finding Dory for Disney Channel – Promo
*FKC – Pantene Pro V – Shampoo – Advertisment
Take That – Wonderland Tour – Tour Film and Tour Book
* Belloq Productions – Rueful Warrior – Short Film
* Euston Films – Hard Sun – TV
* Left Bank Pictures – Philip K Dick’s Electric Dreams – TV
* Horton Stephens  – Sink or Swim – Short Film
* Dark Matter Studios – The Unfamiliar – Feature film
* You Are Here – New Covent Garden Soups – TV Ad
* Chris Thomas – Roo Panes – Music Video
* Sky 1 – Brassic – TV
* Daniel Thompkins – Music Video
* China Kingway – Vortex of Plastic – Short Film
* The RNLI – Life Skills – Instructional Film

Recent Film Clients

* The Uncovered Group – Grass & Co – Online Ad
* Loose Canon Films – The Colour of Madness – Feature Film
* Sky Creative – Anthony Joshua V Ruiz – Fight Promo Film 
* Rayzor Edge Films – When Eddie Met Arnie – Sports Documentary
* Passion Pictures – Harder Than You Think – Sports Documentary
* Affixxius Films – Project T – TV Ad
* Doubleband Films – Speaking in Silence – Feature Film
* Dogstar Films – Spaceman -Feature Film
* The Black Arts Company – Bristol Street Motors – TV Commercial 
* Just Fred – Biffy Clyro Music Video
* Castle Valley Films – Shepherd – Feature Film

There is no secret to success in any thing done well. Its just hard work, focus, and a gene or two from your grandparents”

Water allows me to have the space to shoot creatively and in three dimensions like no other medium”

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