Mihalis Ovchinnikov

Drone pilot

Dubai, UAE

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  • Extensive experience in filmmaking, including a documentary for Discovery Channel, challenging expeditions to the North Pole and Arctic, and work in over 60 countries.


  • Camera set: Blackmagic PC6K, with lenses ranging from 10mm to 200mm, Ronin RS2 gimbal, radio microphones, lighting set, etc.


  • Excellent team player who can follow instructions from the director or take charge of the scene when necessary.
  • Strong communication skills and ability to work hard during long shifts with an irregular schedule.


  • Fluent in Russian, English, and Greek.
  • Proficient in Arabic and French.

Hobby: sailing, travel, diving, languages, sciens, programming


Work experience:

2022-2023 Freelancer videographer in Dubai

In six months in Dubai, I managed to film various events such as weddings, concerts , music videos, webinars, meetings, interviews , seminars, boxing championships, commercials, and more. My regular client became the Todes dance studio, for which I filmed a final concert and several promotional videos. Additionally, I started teaching at the "Oscar's Wings" children's film school.

April - June 2022: Documentary about nuclear icebreakers for Channel One.

Two weeks in the shipyard in Saint Petersburg, 11 days on a cruise in the Kara Sea in the Arctic, several interviews. I was the DOP, responsible for inventing the visual solution and hiring the team, which included FPV drone pilots and cameramen.

2019 - September 2022: TV show "Business Vector".

As a cameraman, I worked on the monthly program "Business Vector," which focused on various industries. Each episode covered three companies within the same industry, providing an overview and analysis. During my time on the show, I had the opportunity to film a wide range of businesses, including factories, restaurants, tourism companies, farms, printing houses, publishers, shipyards, construction companies, and more.

August 2022. Arctic videographer plain-air.

I gave a lecture in Murmansk as part of a workshop designed to enhance the skills and creativity of videographers. On the first day, we reviewed the rules of composition and completed individual tasks. The second day focused on using equipment such as gimbals, sliders, and tripods, with tasks assigned to teams. On the final day, we divided into several groups to film different parts of a story we created, and later combined all parts into a presentation that was displayed on a big screen for friends and sponsors.

2021-2022. WSBS.

The project was a documentary about The White Sea Biological Station. It was a comprehensive and lengthy undertaking, with my task being to capture the beauty and essence of the biological station and the White Sea. We visited the location 8 times throughout the year, experiencing all the different seasons and conditions of the station and its surrounding environment.

March 2022. Nuclear power plant.

I worked on a documentary about the Kola nuclear power plant in the Murmansk region as a cameraman and technician supporter. The project required me to capture footage of the power plant and its surrounding areas, including interviews with experts and workers. It was a challenging yet rewarding experience to be a part of this important documentary that shed light on the impact of nuclear energy on the environment and local communities..

August- September 2021. Expedition to the end of the world.

I worked on a documentary for Discovery Channel Russia, which was about polar bears and walruses. The filming took place over the course of one month on a research vessel in the Arctic Ocean, two weeks at a base in the north of the Novaya Zemlya archipelago, a week at the White Sea Biological Station, and several interviews in laboratories in Moscow.

2020. The pure truth.

Documentary about cleaning services during the pandemic. We filmed in several cities, including the metro, public bus garages, and a football stadium. The first screening was in a cinema on a big screen, and after that, I decided that I no longer wanted to film anything using Canon or Sony cameras.

2019-2022. YouToube channel of Alex Savvateev.

YouTube Channel of a mathematic popularizer Alexey Savvateev. I was the DOP, director and editor of the program.

2019. Qatar project.

30 second self-promo video I made for a videographers competition to join the Qatar promoting project.

The result of the Qater project.

Qatar promotion project. For 12 days, we explored Qatar and I filmed, edited, and published one video every day during the project.

August 2019. A Short Film in Armenia.

A student of a directing course saw my Instagram profile and appreciated my artistic vision. She hired me as the DOP for her diploma project, where I not only filmed but also assisted the director.

2018. Coal miners.

Documentary for Channel 1. One of my first projects as a drone pilot in addition to being the DOP.

April-May 2017. The North Pole.

I worked on a documentary about the construction of a base on the ice of the Arctic Ocean at the North Pole. The project involved parachuting from a cargo plane to the North Pole and living in a tent for 16 days.

2016. Submarines.

Documentary about the construction of nuclear submarines at the factory in Severodvinsk, Russia. Spent two weeks filming the manufacturing process and interviewing engineers and workers.

2015. Archery club.

I worked on an advertising project for an archery club based in London. The project involved filming and editing a promotional video that showcased the club's facilities, equipment, and members in action.

Carebbean ethnographic project. 2014

21 days traveling on the Caribbean and making and publishing one movie a day. I won a caneraman competition and went to a 21 days traveling on the Caribbean and making and publishing one movie a day.

Microscop. 2013

Сool microscope ad.

The museums of Kremlis. 2012

Advetising for the museums.

Right to choose. 2011

Fiction story about how people become terorists.

Capoeira show. 2010

Incredible show of guys from Cordao de oro.

New office. 2009

Just an art project of a friend

Farwaver. 2003 - 2013

Promo clip for divres club.

2021 August
Three short films in Murmansk. The final of the directing cours of the Northern Film School. The students was competing for a best scenario and the winer got financing and support for filming the movies. I was hired for the photography review lecture, taking part in jury and supporting the filming as the DOP.

2021 October
Advertising for Institut of Radio electronics.

YouTube program «Under the Dome”. It were interviews about cinematography. I was DOP and hired co-videographers

December 2019
Documentary about Ethiopean vulcanos. DOP and dron pilot in Erta Ale vulcano in Ethiopia.

October 2019
Documentary about famouse soviet ambassador in USA. We filmed in Washington and New York.

September 2019
Documentary about hunting. We filmed on a ranch in Michigan, USA I was a cameraman and interviewer.

2019- till now
YouTube channel “Underwater people” Interviews with divers. It’s my personal project. I’m the co-author of the idea, producer, director, DOP and editor.

August - September 2018
Discovery Channel Russia. How It’s made. About industrial construction. I was DOP and drone pilot.

2018 - till now
Travel program for YouTube channel of the traveler Artemiy Lebedev. Videographer and editor, now editor only

Advertising for Courchevel real estate company

Documentary about Sergey Korolev.

Steadycam guy for Tv series.

2010 - 2013
TV show “Secrets of the world”. Traveling, staged shooting, experiments, delusions and fantasy. After this project I become a guy “make a film from nothing” and also a specialist in human idiocy, mystics, magic, religious persuasions. No one can foolish me now)

Exposition. TV show about the photography for Culture Channel. 4 series about different aspects of photography - Art, documentary, fun, persuader etc. My first big project being a DOP.

Aljazeera sport. Sport events in Moscow.

Meddle East project. Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Cyprus, Turkey. I was a photographer in a team with famous writer. We made a newspaper’s articles and travel guides.

TV studio cameraman on the Channel 6. News releases, talk-shows, music-shows.

Khimki TV. Regional channel cameraman. News in little city near Moscow, some studio programs etc.

Event videographer. Weddings, corporate events etc.