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Freelance Lighting Cameraman/Editor
Leon Hagen is a widely acclaimed and highly experienced lighting cameraman/editor and D.O.P. He has worked for more than 28 years in the audio visual arena both local and international. He belongs to the rare breed of thoroughly versatile camera operators that have specialized in all the various aspects of camera operation and is one of the few that feels equally at home in a stylized studio setting as he does doing hazardous hand-held work in the field.
Leon's career started at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) in 1984 as a Studio Cameraman. He quickly moved to Outside Broadcasts and finally, News - a breeding ground for the best, given the demanding and challenging working conditions in the turbulent political climate of the time.
In 1988 Leon was appointed as a Sport Director at the SABC's acclaimed TopSport sector. As "OB" Director, he covered various Live events and also Produced and Directed a variety of Documentaries and Magazine shows for TopSport.
In 1990 he moved to the Netherlands and worked as a Freelance Cameraman in Europe and the United Kingdom for a variety of Dutch, European and South African TV Companies. Leon returned to South Africa in 1992 and quickly established himself as a cameraman/editor covering news, sport, sports news, magazine, documentaries, wild life and corporate television.
As cameraman/editor Leon offers HD cameras, LED lighting, Wireless sound kit and Macbook Pro with FCP.
Leon Hagen is based in Johannesburg, South Africa.