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Diving straight into the deep end, the first-ever cinema cameras Tidman worked with were RED's. During his three-year tenure working for National Geographic's Paul Nicklen, Cristina Mittermeier, and their non-profit organization SeaLegacy, he had the privilege of starting off with some of the best kits available.

He is currently splitting time in his freelance career between photography and film. Tidman has over 1,000 hours of flight time, vast experience with DJI drones, and was an early holder of the Advanced Operations Drone Certificate in Canada. As his early days in cinematography were equally split above and below the water's surface, Ryan is just as confident with topside systems as he is with underwater housings.

Throughout 2020 and 2021, he has primarily assisted with award-winning cinematographer Justin Maguire, rapidly continuing to develop his ever-growing skillset in film. He was worked with Wildspace Productions, Wildstar Films, Wall to Wall, and most recently River Road Films. He currently has vast experience in camera assisting and drone operation and regularly also fills B-cam both above and underwater. He is now gaining experience with long lens work, camera trapping, and gimbal work.

As of 2022, Ryan is currently a member of KMG Management's Global Crew, based out of Comox Valley, British Columbia. His kit currently consists of a RED Komodo, audio equipment, and a Mavic Pro 3 CINE. Currently, Tidman is booking a year out in advance. If you are interested in hiring Tidman for an upcoming project or shoot, click the contact button in the menu or email References are available upon request.

Ryan has experience with RED Systems, Phantom Slowmotion Cameras, Sony Cameras, DJI Drones, DJI Gimbals, Underwater Systems, Time Studies, Set Work,  Gimbal Operations, Cineflex Systems, ShotOver Systems, Audio and Wildtrack Recording, DIT and Offloading, and more.



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