Shawn Hamer

Auburn Hills, Michigan


About Me

20 time Emmy award winning DP/Camera Operator, Producer and Director with over 25 years of experience in the Film, Television and Audio business. Extensive professional experience for top clients across the country from Miami to Anchorage, from New York to San Francisco. International production experience in South & Central America as well as China for both documentary and commercial production. Well versed in handling both low and high budget production ($1k to $3.5m). Professional still shooter as well with full ProFoto strobe lighting and speedlight kits. Lots of contacts in the Detroit metro area and in major cities across the globe for every type and size production - full cinema production, 3D production, aerial shoots, camera car, crane/jib, etc. I have shot, explored, camped and lived from one end of Michigan to the other so I know the region pretty well, particularly it's most out-of-the way areas.

I established PICKAXE Creative in 2013 after 12 years with a metro Detroit advertising agency, a few years at an ABC affiliate, and several years of freelance work before that. Since then, I have worked with major entertainment content producers like HBO & Netflix as well as icons of the industry like Michael Bay, Zack Snyder, Mark Wahlberg and Ben Affleck. But every year I primarily produce content for broadcasters, journalists, start-ups and companies both big & small... So give me a call - I'd love to hear about your next project!

I have been in the industry since 1992.

Photo Galleries


Camera Operator – Abstract: The Art of Design
September, 2016 — September, 2016
Television – Netflix
Camera Operator – Transformers 5 (BTS)
July, 2016 — August, 2016
Feature – Herzog & Company
Camera Operator – Task Force X: One Team, One Mission (Suicide Squad)
July, 2016 — July, 2016
Short Film – Mob Scene
2nd Unit Director of Photography – The Best Thanksgiving Ever
April, 2015 — September, 2015
Feature – The D Entertainment
Camera Operator – Breaking Point
September, 2014 — November, 2014
Television – Mad Jack Entertainment (Discovery Channel)
Editor – Standard American
September, 2014 — October, 2014
Music Video – Gunnar & the Grizzly Boys
Camera Operator – The Hunting Ground
September, 2014 — October, 2014
Feature – Chain Camera Pictures
Director of Photography – Harbringer
June, 2014 — October, 2014
Short Film – Magical Jungle Productions
Editor – Power
February, 2014 — March, 2014
Music Video – LeLe XO
Camera Operator – Batman vs. Superman (BTS)
December, 2013 — May, 2014
Short Film – Buddha Jones
Camera Operator – Pain & Gain (BTS)
August, 2013 — August, 2013
Short Film – Buddha Jones
Camera Operator – Transformers 4 (BTS)
February, 2013 — August, 2013
Feature – Herzog & Company
Camera Operator – Need For Speed (BTS)
December, 2012 — July, 2013
Feature – Herzog & Company
Post Production Supervisor/Editor – Approaching Midnight
June, 2012 — September, 2012
Feature – 12AM Pictures
Producer / Director – Breakthrough Medicine
June, 2009 — February, 2013
Television – Axiom Entertainment
Producer / Editor – Vital Signs
October, 2006 — December, 2009
Television – Axiom Entertainment
Director of Photography – Worth It All
October, 2001 — March, 2002
Feature – Axiom Entertainment
Director of Photography / Editor / Producer / Director – Minds of Medicine
May, 2001 — April, 2018
Television – Henry Ford Health System

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