Richard Longstaff

  • Cameraman / DOP
  • Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) pilot
  • BNCU Qualified CAA approved

 Professional Experience

My filming career started in London working for the BBC as a camera operator in 1992.

At the tender age of 18 I was filming on the ‘One, Six, and Nine O’Clock News’, ‘National Conferences’ and main events for the Home and Foreign newsdesks.


This soon progressed to a range of programmes from ‘Newsnight’ and ‘Money Programme’ to ‘On The Record’ and ‘Panorama’.


In 1995 I was invited to work as senior cameraman on ‘Week In Week Out’ BBC Wales 30 min current affairs programme.

Over the next 6 years and more than 10 series later, I collected 3 Welsh Bafta Awards and BT Cameraman of the Year.


Part of my job involves being able to work in both difficult and often hostile locations.

Having worked on over 50 programmes all over the world for BBC Scotland ‘Eorpa’ series, this gave me huge amounts of experience, from filming Grave thieves in Crimea, alcoholism in Greenland to the harsh lives of the inhabitants of Siberia.


I am now living in North Wales with bases in London and Cardiff, and now work on a wide range of projects from 'Arts' programmes to 'fly on the wall' documentaries in the UK and abroad.

Special skills and experience

I feel the experience I have gained from working in so many different environments and countries has given me a good understanding of working as part of a team and dealing with all kinds of contributors no matter what the language or culture.


I am fully inoculated for filming in most countries and hold a 5 year American work Visa.


Other visas include: Russia, Moldova, Poland, Ukraine and Mozambique. 


I hold a full UK driving license and motor bike licence.

Helicoper Rescue Filming

Filming Prince William and the crew of the RAF search and rescue for BBC “Helicopter Rescue”.


A fantastic opportunity to film Prince William – HRH The Duke of Cambridge over a 6 month period with RAF search and rescue.


Filming in the iconic SeaKing helicopters had its problems but the outcome was well worth the effort.

Living on base filming the heroic rescues with the pilots and crews of the SeaKing helicopters.


Professional Broadcast Showreel

Clwydian Film

Richard Longstaff lighting cameraman/DOP Drone operator specialising in video / photography based in North Wales covering North west and throughout the UK


Camera crew hire / aerial drone hire / North Wales/ North West / Wales / South Wales / Aerial drone survey / Drone survey / Drone inspection / Aerial drone inspection work / site photography / Aerial Photography / Aerial marketing / Monthly progress meetings/


We are accredited to supply aerial drone work for the BBC - our aerial drone company is Clwydian Films Ltd


We have permission to fly from the CAA, are BNUC-S qualified and are fully insured for all our operations.


Our drone filming company is based in North Wales but we are happy to travel the country.

From our north wales base we can be in:


Chester - 40 min

Manchester - 1 hour

Liverpool - 1 hour

Birmingham - 2 hours

Cardiff - 3 hours

London - 4 hours


Contact Info

Richard Longstaff

07931 272989


Warning - Not all Drone operators are insured and licensed from the CAA.

We adhere to strict safety procedures and carry out a site survey and risk assessment prior to every deployment.

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