Digital Cinema HD

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St. Petersburg, Florida


About Us

DP, Cinematographer & Phantom Cameraman/Tech Bill Mills offers camera, lighting, and production services for Florida, Georgia, the Caribbean, and the southeast. Bill can provide Ultra HD (4k) and specialized Vision Research/Phantom high speed cameras, as well as traditional HD camera systems and a wide array of specialized equipment.

Bill is now offering the latest in 4k/2k RAW acquisition with the new Sony PMW F-55 system. Capable of capturing in 4k and traditional HD simultaneously, the F55 features a Super 35mm sensor, PL mount, high frame rates, and a manageable workflow. Bill is also a qualified Phantom 4KFlex or MIRO (ultra high speed) operator and Digital Imaging Technician (DIT).

Digital Cinema HD is located adjacent to St. Petersburg's beautiful waterfront just 20 minutes from Tampa's International Airport and many beautiful waterfront/beach locations, but we also have a home base in Atlanta, Ga. So whether you're in Florida or Georgia Bill is available to assist with your production needs. In addition to Bill's services as a cinematographer we can also offer a selection of specialized production gear. Please call or email for a custom quote.

Bill welcomes mutually beneficial partnerships with producers, DP's, production companies, governmental agencies, and post production facilities.

As an experienced international traveler, personnel and all gear is available for immediate global assignments. Digital Cinema HD offers a variety of camera packages including the Sony Cine Alta PMW F-55, Phantom Flex or MIRO series, Sony FS5, Sony A7S, and Canon 5D Mark III.

We also offer a matched pair of new Canon Cinema Style PL or EF mount, 4K ready lenses in both the 15.5-47mm and 30-105mm range. Weighing only 4.5 lbs.each these remarkable lenses feature cine style focus marks and integrate with traditional camera accessories such as follow focus and zoom motors. If you'd prefer primes, Digital Cinema HD has a matched set of Canon CN-E Superspeeds in Canon EF mount. These can also be used with the Sony F55 via a EF to Sony adapter.

Other specialty optics include the Duclos 11-16mm PL super wide angle lens and a super sharp Canon 300mm telephoto prime. A high quality HDx2 Mark II B4-PL adapter is also offered to allow the use of traditional 2/3" HD lenses with the F55, RED Epic, Alexa, Phantom, or any PL mount Super 35mm style camera.

We recently added the super fast Sony FS5 camera and the Sony A7S DSLR system both offering a fast 3200 ASA in SLOG. Coupled with our Atomos Shogun monitor/recorder the system allows full 4K capture via the HDMI cable from either camera. This is an excellent choice to mount on our Letus Helix Camera Stabilizer system, which can also be custom fitted to RED Epics, Sony F55, and Canon cameras.

Underwater cinematography is another specialty offered by DCHD. Bill was honored with a coveted Edward R. Murrow/Video Feature Award as part of his topside and underwater cinematography services on a CBS/60 Minutes Special with Anderson Cooper in Cuba. A variety of packages include the Sony F55/Gates Housing, RED Epic/Gates, or Aquatica/Canon 5D kits.

DCHD offers a sophisticated system for wireless underwater dialogue and direct recording from talent to camera. We have also added daylight balanced underwater LED lights to our underwater kits. As a Master Diver and USCG Captain, Mills is experienced in multiple levels of above and under the water skills.

Digital Cinema HD provides crew acquisition and production services ranging from location management and scouting to marine and aerial production. DCHD maintains annual production insurance policies and can acquire or expedite location permits easily within the state of Florida.

We have been in the industry since 1986.


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NBC Sports Group Screenscope Productions Golf Channel Natural History New Zealand ESPN NOVA/WGBH Symbio Studios Discovery Channel History Channel CBS - 60 Minutes National Geographic Television BBC Television Emeril's Florida Zimmerman Advertising Tradewinds Video Discovery Canada Florida Associaton of Broadcasters Actuallity Productions Michael Hoff Productions Sendtech, Inc HSN Sombrero & Co - Paris The Victory Group Top Gear - BBC Television Turner Broadcasting ABC News AFI Filmworks Shooting Stars St. Petersburg College NBC Dateline United States Marine Corp National Terrorism Preparedness Institute Florida State Emergency Response Team Florida Film & Video BMA Production Services, Inc. Impossible Pictures Ltd, (London) Creative Strategies Radical Media CBS 48 Hours Zero Point Zero Productions Bluewater Films


Sony F55 with ASX 4K Raw Recorder Canon Cinema Primes CN-E (24, 35, 50, 85, 135mm) Canon 15.5-47mm Cinema Lens PL mount Canon 30-105mm PL Mount 4K Lens Canon 300mm PL Telephoto Canon 21 x Zoom w/doubler - 2/3 Phantom MIRO 320S High speed camera package Phantom 4K Flex High speed camera Gates Underwater housings & LED Lighting Sony A7S DSLR Atomos Shogun 4K Monitor/Recorder Letus Helix Camera Stabilizer with wireless video assist and wireless focus Teradek Bolt 300 wireless HD transimiter/receiver Panasonic P2 Mobile 110 Panasonic HPX 3700 P-2 Panasonic HVX-200 OTS Guardian Full face mask and underwater communication system K5600 Par 800/400/200 HMI Lighting Kinoflo Diva Packages Litepanel 2 x 2 Bi-Color - ac/dc Litepanel 1 x 1 Daylight or tungsten Arri Tungsten Lighting Kit DaVinci Resolve 12 w/control surface and Mac system Adobe Premiere ProCC 2015


2016 Emmy Nomination - Cinematography - The Wreck of the Costa Condordia - NBC Dateline 2016 BLUE OCEAN FILM FESTIVAL - Dispatches From the Gulf - Winner Best in Broadcast 2016 Emmy Award Winner- Cinematography - Dispatches From the Gulf - Florida Suncoast NATAS 2012 Edward R. Murrow Award - CBS 60 Minutes: Gardens of the Queen 2012 BLUE OCEAN FILM FESTIVAL - Nominated Best in Broadcast - CBS: Gardens of the Queen/Cuba's Coral Reefs 2009 Cine Golden Eagle - USMC Documentary - Site Exploitation 1997 Primetime Emmy Nomination - Cinematography - Nat Geo's TIGERS OF THE SNOW 2008 Platinum Aurora - Site Exploitation 2001 Cine Golden Eagle - Alex's Journey 2014 Explorers Club Citation of Merit - Apollo 11 F-1 Recovery

Associations / Organizations

International Cinematographers Guild 600 The Explorers Club - FN'14 DIGITAL CINEMA SOCIETY FILM FLORIDA American Sailing Association United States Sailing Association


I have worked with Bill Mills on many different projects since 2005. He is always the consummate professional. I can rely on him without questions to ensure the finest of details are covered without the loss of creativity and craftsmanship. He is infinitely skilled and at the top of his game in terms of current technologies. Bill is my go to guy each and every time I have film or video needs; because of his broad base of production and cinematographic skills.


“Bill is a highly skilled cinematographer and videographer who always brings a unique combination of expertise and creativity to every project. I have worked with Bill repeatedly since 1999. He was our primary DP for the Critter Cam Special for National Geographic Television and Fox. Bill produced great results in the field, even in the most challenging of circumstances. I can always count on Bill to deliver.” September 2, 2011 - Dara Padwo Audick, Creative Strategies