Zac Macaulay is an underwater photographer and cameraman
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 Films is a specialist underwater cameraman and DOP based just outside London.

What we offer

We provide underwater film either as a camera operator or underwater DOP and / or stills sequences for commercials, TV, drama and movies alike, shooting on location or in specialised underwater film studios, with full specialist production facilities that are associated with the job. This includes lighting (topside or underwater), specialist safety crew, and boating requirements (rib or hard hull) to suit.

Unit Stills
We can offer unit stills for your production additionally to underwater filming. Zac has over 20 years of experience shooting stills commercially and on film sets, both underwater and ‘not underwater’.

Zac is fully HSE compliant and so is the experienced team he works with.

Zac has over 25 years experience shooting underwater stills at the highest level and in 2014 transferred his skills to film forming Zac Macaulay Films.

Camera kit – Arri Alexa Mini or Alexa
We can shoot with a Gates / Arri Alexa Mini or full size Alexa camera. This supports Alexa’s own WCU4, 3 axis lens control system through 30-45 meter long hard wired cables from surface to camera. The kit comes with glass flat and dome ports for different focal lengths.

Both 8 inch and 10 inch domes are supported as well as ultra large size domes for split shots. The housing has Gates latest SPR110 large port rings to accommodate physically large lenses, and macro lenses are also supported for specialist cinematography.


Camera kit – Gates / Red combination
We own and shoot with a Gates / Red Epic Dragon combination with a 6K capability including remote follow focus control to surface. Port options are 8 or 10 inch dome port or flat mineral glass ports, as well as the ultra large size domes for split shots.

The housing has Gates latest SPR110 large port rings to accommodate physically large lenses. Macro lenses are also supported as well as Macro Scopes for specialist cinematography. All the above to accommodate cinema or stills lenses if required.

The housing is a Gates Deep Weapon housing which is ultra reliable. Additionally and importantly our housing has been upgraded to also accommodate the Red Weapon camera with a 8 K capability which is also available.

All the above rigs can be supplied with an underwater grip package consisting of tall and short legs, 100mm tripod head, surface floatation device and underwater slider.

Panasonic GH5 / Seacam Combination
We also own and shoot with the new Panasonic GH5 which competes with some pro movie cameras in terms of quality, shooting 4K at 25, 30, 50 or 60p also in 1080 at 100 or 180p. It also has built in image stabiliser, great for smooth shooting.

This wonderful camera makes it more affordable for some productions without compromising much quality.

We look forward to talking with you about your underwater production soon.
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Recent Credits

The RNLI – Life Skills – Short Film 
(Dir Harrison Bates) – Shot on location. Underwater and Non Underwater DOP & Camera Operator

Air Ray – Vortex of Plastic for China Kingway – Art Film – (Dir Dominic Faraway) in association with Zhang Yimou – Studio – The Underwater Studio
Underwater Camera Operator & DOP

Daniel Tomkins – Music Video
(Dir George Laycock) –
Underwater DOP and Camera Operator

Mother – Independant Short Film
(Dir Nick Sneath) – Underwater DOP and Camera Operator

Brassic – Sky 1 Comedy Drama – TV
(Dir Jon Wright)Shot on location
Underwater Camera Operator

Speedo – International Campaign – Stills
(Shot by Tom van Schelven at the Underwater studio) –
Underwater technical advisor & underwater 1st assistant 

Roo Panes – Music Video

(Dir Chris Thomas) – Shot on location
Underwater Camera Operator

You Are Here – New Covent Garden Soups – Ad (Dir Alex Tiernan) – Shot on location
Underwater Camera Operator

Dark Matter Studios – The Unfamiliar – Feature Film (Dir Henk Pretorius) – Studio – The Underwater Studio – 
Underwater Camera Operator

Belloq Productions – Rueful Warrior – Short film (Dir – Mark Owen) Studio – The Underwater Studio – 
Underwater DOP & Cameraman

Euston Films – Hard Sun – TV Shot on location
Underwater cameraman

10 Management – Take That – Wonderland tour – 
Underwater stills

Fit Bit Strictly Come Dancing – Ad – 
Producer & DOP

Disney Channel – Finding Dory – Promo – 
DOP & Cameraman

Littlewood’s with Myleene Klass – Ad – 
Producer & DOP

Pantene Pro V – TV Ad (Dir-Nick Sneath, Camera-Rich Stevenson, Studio-The Underwater Studio) – 
Underwater DOP

Goodmans Food Group (Merlob’s) – Ad – 
Producer & DOP

Little Dippers (Babies Dream) – Corporate Video – 
Producer & DOP

British Heart Foundation (Drowning Man) – Ad – 
Producer & DOP

Sappi Silken – Ad – 
Producer & DOP

British Heart Foundation (How to Build a Human) – Ad – 
Producer & DOP

London Aquarium – Ad – 
Producer & DOP

Diesel Jeans – Ad – 
Producer & DOP

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