Michael Potter is an award winning wildlife Cinematographer, Producer. With his intensive survival training it has led him to film in some of the most remote places in the world. He has shot for companies such as National Geographic, CNN, and TIME.'


6/21 – 6/21

Director of Photography (DP) (Canon 5Dmkiii) Snippies

Anterix — Advertising — Snippies Details
6/21 – 6/21

Was hired as a one-man band, communicate with client/hire PA/light shoot/record audio of a two-person interview/conversation. We shot with two cameras with high-profile figures where we didn't have the luxury of adjusting once they arrived on set.

8/20 – 5/21

Camera Operator (Sony F5) Trafficked (Season 2)

National Geographic — TV — Muck Media Details
8/20 – 5/21

This show does mostly handheld verite but because every episode has it's own feel the shot design varies.

8/20 – 5/21

Assistant Camera (AC) (Sony F5) Trafficked (Season 2)

National Geographic — TV — Muck Media Details
8/20 – 5/21

I was in charge for prepping all of the gear (about 20 cases) and getting them ready for domestic and international travel. I was in charge of the carnets as well. I had to build gear at every location and make sure everything was ready to go. We frequently would use car mounts, which I would rig up as well as using a ronin to get beauty shots. I was ACing in the field for two cam ops and was also the sound mixer and from time to time doing drone work or manning the third camera.

8/20 – 5/21

Sound Mixer (633 Mixer) Trafficked (Season 2)

National Geographic — TV — Muck Media Details
8/20 – 5/21

I was in charge of all field audio. Used a 633 mixer, sent two lavs to A & B cam and then had up to 6 lavs going on the 633. This was intense locations and very sketchy scenarios with underground criminals. I had to always lav the host Mariana and then who ever else she directly would interview....I should note I was also simultaneously being an AC- helping swap lenses, etc.

8/20 – 5/21

Drone Operator (Mavic Pro 2) Trafficked (Season 2)

National Geographic — TV — Muck Media Details
8/20 – 5/21

I was a drone operator for several episodes of this series. You have to work fast and under a lot of pressure in sketchy scenarios and locations. I collaborated with the DP to accomplish the shots and style he was after. In addition to Broll at various locations around the world, we do a lot of vehicle tracking shots and have to get creative to build out a scene.

4/21 – 4/21

Director of Photography (DP) (Sony FX3) Cajou Creamery

Bloomberg — Digital — Bloomburg Digital Details
4/21 – 4/21

I was the DP hired by Bloomberg digital to shoot a profile piece on a local minority-owned business in Baltimore MD. I was the only one on set so I was in charge on not only lighting, shooting and directing but also I had to come up with a shooting schedule. We did stylized slo-mo portraits, sit down interviews, beauty shots of their product, and verite with the owners at a farmers market.

1/21 – 1/21

Drone Operator (Inspire 2) Bat Drone Virus

Corporate — Parsonage Productions Details
1/21 – 1/21

I was the drone operator- tasked in filming 2 other drones as part of a demonstration video. Involved flying precisely and coordinating with two other drone operators, and collaborated and came up with the best compromise of shots with the director.

8/20 – 8/20

Director of Photography (DP) (Red Epic MX) Cote D'lvoire

Film (Feature-length) — Wantanara Productions Details
8/20 – 8/20

I shot a sit down interview for a feature-length documentary. I collaborated with the director and producer to come up with a look and mood that fit their film. We shot two cams- I shot this as a one-man band.


  • PADI
  • FAA Part 107
  • Wilderness First Responder
  • FAA Part 107 - Night Waiver
  • BOSS Survival School
  • Tom Brown Tracker School
  • Karamat School of Survival


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Class of '14

Savannah College of Art and Design

BFA in Film

My Gear

  • GoPro
  • Rode Shotgun Microphone
  • Kessler Stealth Slider
  • DJI Inspire 2
  • Dynamic Perception Stage Zero Slider
  • Zenmuse X5R
  • Canon 16-35mm Lens
  • Arri 3- 650watt kit
  • Cannon 5D MKIII
  • Cannon L-series 50 f/1.2
  • Cannon L-series 70-200 f/2.8
  • Dracast S1000 Bi Color LED Panel
  • Feather Crane PLus
  • Miller Solo Tripod
  • quasar Science 2'4bank Bi color LEd
  • Wired Lav kit


  • Interviews
  • Aerial Cinematography
  • SCUBA certified
  • Cinematic Lighting
  • Timelapse photography
  • BOSS Survival School
  • High Speed Filming
  • nature cinematography
  • Part 107 Drone Certified
  • remote filming
  • Run N' Gun shooting
  • TOM Brown Tracker School
  • Underwater Cinemtaogrpahy
  • WFR Certified