Damon Hennessey

Chicago, Illinois

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(773) 612-4674

About Me

Chicago based DP/Cameraman with 15 plus years shooting experience. Many satisfied clients in the US and globally have found me here on Production Hub. Docs, cable and broadcast, branding, educational, sports... truly a little bit of everything!

I offer complete HD 4K camera kits and a van package of lighting/grip gear. I've been using rapid COVID testing on a regular basis to be safe and healthy and I keep my van well stocked with PPE. Since the pandemic I have been offering SDI connectivity through the Zoom platform allowing the producing team to direct remotely. This workflow requires producers to place a increased amount of trust in my decisions in the field, and so far every pandemic remote shoot I've done has been seamless. This is where having someone with years of experience in the field really pays off.
And hey...95% of my work is DP'ing, but if you are coming to town with your own DP and need a van lighting package and a gaffer drop me a line.

Though I am Chicago based I travel throughout the Midwest and the world for my work. Take a look at my website www.amanaplanacamera.com to learn more about me and view examples of my work.

I have been in the industry since 1990.

Photo Galleries


DP – Mountain Dew NBA All Star promo
March, 2021 — March, 2021
Online – Holland West Productions
B Camera Operator – "Judgement with Ashleigh Banfield"
February, 2021 — February, 2021
Television – Court TV
DP – "If We Built it Today"
December, 2020 — December, 2020
Television – Discovery Science
Hired through ProductionHUB
DP – "Web of Lies"
November, 2020 — December, 2020
Television – ID
Hired through ProductionHUB
DP – "Locked Up Abroad"
November, 2020 — November, 2020
Television – National Geographic
Hired through ProductionHUB
DP – Frontline
April, 2020 — April, 2020
Television – PBS
DP – Jaguar Auto Show 2020
February, 2020 — February, 2020
Online – Sassy Films/Jaguar
Hired through ProductionHUB
DP – Sneaker Customizers
January, 2020 — January, 2020
Online – Very Taste/Complex Media/Adidas
DP – Jack Daniels Honey ATL
January, 2020 — January, 2020
Online – Very Tatse/High Snobiety/Jack Daniels
DP – Footaction
September, 2019 — August, 2019
Online – Very Taste/High Snobiety
DP – "Live To Tell"
September, 2018 — November, 2018
Television – Discovery ID
DP 2nd unit – Smarter Football Rogersville
August, 2018 — August, 2018
Online – Riddell
DP – "Nova"
December, 2017 — December, 2017
Television – PBS-Lone Wolf Media
Hired through ProductionHUB
DP – "To Catch a Killer"
November, 2017 — March, 2017
Television – Discovery ID
DP – "The Nature of Things"
June, 2017 — June, 2017
Television – CBC
DP – "Art in the 21st Century"
September, 2016 — September, 2016
Television – PBS
DP – "Through the Wormhole"
May, 2016 — May, 2016
Television – Discovery Channel
DP – online educational shorts
October, 2015 — current
Online – Edutopia
DP – "Way to Andina"
September, 2015 — September, 2016
Feature – Arlen Parsa Films
Additional camera – "The Hunting Ground"
March, 2015 — March, 2015
Feature – Kirby Dick
DP – "American Pickers"
April, 2013 — April, 2019
Television – History Channel


Damon has shot two ID projects for me in late 2020 both under Covid protocols with remote direction and production from London. As well as crafting exquisite cinematography he has a keen eye for additional coverage and alternative approaches not immediately obvious when blocking and directing remotely. He has an innate grasp of the requirements of each scene and a decisive yet empathetic approach with cast and contributors, which I found especially beneficial when working from 4000 miles away. His ability to propel the shoot was extremely productive not least when on certain locations our 4g connection went down and I knew that in the next hour the scene would be completed and still defy my expectations when I saw the rushes. I highly recommend Damon as a creative compassionate and consummate professional.

Tom Pollock
Writer / Director, Freelance

I worked with Damon recently on a shoot for Jaguar and cannot recommend him highly enough. I am based in the UK, so the idea of arranging and overseeing a shoot in Chicago was intimidating, until I brought Damon onboard. He hired all the crew, provided all the kit and his creative input and enthusiastic, positive demeanour made him an absolute pleasure to work with. The shoot was reasonably complicated, with lots of moving parts and sudden changes in creative approach, but Damon took these bumps in the road in his stride and he and his team worked long hours with no fuss whatsoever. If I ever need to shoot in the area again, he would be the first person I call.

Tom Stevens
Senior Producer, Sassy Films

I recently needed to scramble to find a DP in the Chicago area for a stills/video shoot and thankfully found Damon here on ProductionHub. I could tell from his well thought-out profile and website that he'd be perfect for the job. He had all the gear needed, as well as being able to bring in an AC (and a still photo assistant recommendation!). Damon is super knowledgeable and good at what he does. Plus he was very flexible, as it was a crazy shoot day. He adapted to the situation and made it work. And most importantly, Damon has a great sense of humor and was fun to be around... even in the heat of the moment. I'll definitely be calling on him if I ever need a DP in the Chicago area again!

Scott Witter

As a producer/director traveling to Chicago from out-of-state, finding a production crew that meets your creative expectations can be a risky business. Thankfully I found a great DP. Damon was excellent. He was creative and hardworking, continually offering ideas that made for a better final product. I will use him on all of my future shoots in the Chicago area.

Jennifer Boyd

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