Biography - Stephen Melling
I have been doing this a while...
I first got the filming bug at the age of 10 years old. Long before the days of TikTok became the norm I was filming short skits with my friends using my dads DV tape camera and working out how to edit in-camera.
At the age of 15 I started filming mountain biking. I taught myself to edit (on a PC this time) alongside shooting and refined my skills through college and university. It was at the University of Salford where I learnt more about my craft. It was also around this time people started paying me to film and I realised I could make a living doing what I love.
The next eight years saw me gaining valuable skills working in-house at three production companies. This taught me a lot about different departments and how to work with big clients. I have always loved developing an idea and seeing that through to production and post.
I feel cinematography has immense power. Images on a screen can make you laugh, cry - or sometimes both. My job is to create a feeling on screen using lighting and framing to tell a story. I've been fine tuning my skills for over 10 years and plan to continue doing this for the rest of my life.