Michael Potter is an award winning filmmaker. Specializing in wildlife cinematography, documentaries, verite, and aerial cinematography.


9/23 – 9/23

Director of Photography (DP) (Sony FX6) Surviving Voices - Latinx

Various Film Festivals — Film (Short) — National AIDS Memorial Details
9/23 – 9/23

I was the DP for a short documentary film. We shot 5 interviews in one small room in one day. Had to make each interview have a different background and look. Shot this with Two Sony FX6's and prime glass. I also was in charge of sound. VERY sensitive content for interviews. VERY tight schedule for the day under high pressure.

9/23 – 9/23

Director of Photography (DP) (Sony FX6) Rare and Orphan Disease

Critical Path Institute — Digital — Critical Path Institute Details
9/23 – 9/23

I was hired as a one man band DP to shoot various interviews and broll with scientists

3/23 – 9/23

Aerial Cinematographer (Inspire 2, X7) Unsolved Mysteries (Season 3)

Netflix — TV — Inexplicable Pictures Details
3/23 – 9/23

I was the Aerial DP for season 3 of unsolved mysteries. Various pre-pro duties such as, I had to get FAA authorization airspace waivers for controlled airspace, create flight plans for various cities, create shooting schedule, scout locations, collaborate with EP and Director to create shot design. Broll of various cities and nature environments, track vehicles, trains, and other moving objects. Launching drone on boats and in congested populated environments.

8/23 – 8/23

Director of Photography (DP) (Sony FX6) Snippies

Boston Consulting Group — Advertising — Snippies Details
8/23 – 8/23

Hired as the DP and sound, to bring on the crew to shoot a two person (3 camera) interview/interviewee (60 minutes style).

8/23 – 8/23

Director of Photography (DP) (Sony FX6) Seniors and Gaming

Scripps — Digital — Inexplicable Pictures Details
8/23 – 8/23

One man band DP- Shot a short documentary in a nursing home about technology being implemented to help seniors curb dementia. Shot interviews and handheld footage in a sensitive environment. Had to keep a small foot print and be efficient with time.

5/23 – 5/23

Director of Photography (DP) (Sony FX6) Earth unlocked (Season 1)

The Weather Channel — TV — The Weather Channel Details
5/23 – 5/23

I was hired as a one man band, DP, to shoot an interview with a scientist.

5/23 – 5/23

Drone Operator Netflix

The mother — Advertising — Netflix
5/23 – 5/23
4/23 – 4/23

Director of Photography (DP) (Red Komodo, Red Epic MX) chromatic films

Sun Valley Writers Conference — Advertising — Michael Potter Films, LLC
4/23 – 4/23


  • 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