About Luis Grolez

I am a freelance filmmaker and cinematographer based out of Dubai, where I founded Grolez Film Production in 2018. I have had the privilege to create commercials, corporate videos and social media content for many local and international brands such as Nike, Hyatt, The North Face, Hamley’s, Tom Ford, Emirates Airline, Vans, Nestlé, Accor Hotel and Timberland.

In pursuit of realising the client’s vision I have taken on several roles such as cinematographer, drone camera operator, steadicam operator and video editor, amongst several others. Being a filmmaker demands you to think on your feet and face up to any challenge and thanks to my problem-solving abilities, perseverance and dedication I have been able to do that.

Despite working extensively with clients and making their vision come to life, I feel it is integral to hold on to one’s own visual voice. My quest for finding that perfect light and angle continues in my personal work. It is imperative to my being to constantly develop my voice and imbibe all learnings during this journey.

Behind the scenes of Luis Grolez Steaticam Operator for broadcast television in Dubai with the Steadicam Flyer FL and Sony FS5
Behind the scenes of Luis Grolez Steadicam Operator with Steadicam Flyer FE & Sony FS7 in Abu Dhabi
Behind the scenes of Luis Grolez cinematographer with the Black Magic Design Ursa Mini Pro G2 on manfrotto tripod in Abu Dhabi for Social Media content in studio
Behind the scenes of Luis Grolez cinematographer with the Black Magic Design Ursa Mini Pro G2 and SmallHD 709 Bright in Dubai for corporate intervew
Behind the scenes of Luis Grolez DOP with the Black Magic Design Ursa Mini Pro G2 and Angenieux EZ1 Cinema Zoom Lens
Behind the scenes of Luis Grolez camera operator with the Sony FS7 and Titla Nucleus Handles in UAE for a documentary filmmaking
Behind the scenes of Luis Grolez Steadicam Operator with Steadicam Flyer FE & Sony FS7 in Dubai.
Behind the scenes of Luis Grolez Director of the short film in Dubai United arab Emirates
Behind the scenes of Luis Grolez Steadicam operator with the Arri Trinity in Middle East
Behind the scenes of Luis Grolez camera operator with the Sony FS7 and Canon 70-200mm at the Dubai Airport with Emirates Fly Airline
Behind the scenes of Luis Grolez Steaticam Operator for broadcast television in Dubai with the Steadicam Flyer FL and Sony FS5
Behind the scenes of Luis Grolez film director and director of photograhy with the Black Magic Design Ursa Mini Pro G2 photo Noir in Dubai for Short Film

My story

For as long as I can remember, the importance of imagining was deeply embedded in me. Growing up in a household with artists and architects, the process of creating became second nature to me and I was constantly looking for new ways of expression. Seeing my love for all things visual, my grandfather gifted me my first camera in 2004 – a digital Canon 20D. After that, there was no looking back.

Professionally, I have spent more than a decade and a half working in the creative sector in agencies, production houses and marketing departments in Australia and United Arab Emirates, where I worked on graphic and web design, photo and video production.

Behind the scenes of Luis Grolez cinematographer for social media video content in dubai with the Black Magic Design Ursa Mini Pro G2
Behind the scenes of Luis Grolez DP food shoot hand held Black Magic Design Ursa Mini Pro G2 in dubai restaurant
Behind the scenes of Luis Grolez cinematographer in Dubai with the Black Magic Design Ursa Mini Pro G2 and Angenieux EZ1 Cinema Zoom Lens
Behind the scenes of Luis Grolez DOP in UAE United Arab Emirates with the Black Magic Design Ursa Mini Pro G2 and Angenieux EZ1 Cinema Zoom Lens
Behind the scenes of Luis Grolez drone camera operator shooting with the DJI Inspire 2 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Behind the scenes of Luis Grolez drone camera operator based in UAE, shooting for Abu Dhabi Live TV broadcast
Behind the scenes of Luis Grolez ronin operator gimble with the Sony A7s on the speed boar in Dubai
Behind the scenes of Luis Grolez drone camera operator shooting with the DJI Inspire 2 in Dubai for professional video commercial
Behind the scenes of Luis Grolez freelance filmmaker shooting corporate job for construction site in Ras Al Khaimah UAE with the Black Magic Design Ursa Mini Pro G2 and Samyang Rokinon Cine Lens
Behind the scenes of Luis Grolez Steadicam operator broadcast camera operator for Abu Dhabi Live TV
Behind the scenes of Luis Grolez cinematographer shooting in dubai desert with the Red Cinema Camera for video commercial

Own Gear

Camera
Blackmagic Design Ursa Mini Pro G2
Sony Alpha a7S II Mirrorless Digital Camera
Lens
Samyang 16mm T2.2 Cine Lens
Samyang 24mm T1.5 Cine Lens
Samyang 50mm T1.5 Cine Lens
Samyang 85mm T1.5 Cine Lens
Audio
Zoom H4n Handy Recorder
Rode RodeLink Wireless Filmmaker Kit
Rode VideoMic Pro Plus On-Camera Shotgun Microphone
Lights
Aputure Light Storm C300d LED
Aputure MC RGBWW LED Light
puture LS-mini20 Daylight/Bi-Color 3-Light Flight Kit

Gear Knowledge

Camera
Arri Mini, Alexa, SXT
Red Cameras
Sony FX9, FS7, FS5, Alpha Series
Canon C200, C300
Gimble
Steadicam Flyer LE
DJI Ronin, R2
Glidecam DGS
Drones
DJI Inspire 2, Mavic Pro

Editing Knowledge

Editing
DaVinci Resolve Studio
Adobe Premiere CC
Adobe AfterEffects CC
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Projects

Director / Cinematographer / Editor
Hyatt Hotels
Director / Cinematographer / Editor
Concordia Facilities Management
360 Camera Operator
Dubai Municipality
Director of Photography
Rasam, Short Film
Cinematographer
Le Palais des Parfums
Drone Camera Operator
Al Jazirah Al Hamra
Director / Cinematographer / Editor
Cricket NSD Abu Dhabi
Cinematographer
Vogue Eyewear
Camera Operator
Nivea Men
Camera Operator
National Geography Abu Dhabi
Cinematographer
Montenegro Tourism
Camera Operator
Accor Hotels
Drone Camera Operator
Al Hosn Fort Abu Dhabi
Cinematographer / Editor
Harper's Bazaar
Director of Photography
Naukar Rani, Short Film
Drone Camera Operator
Fujairah Tourism
Cinematographer
Foreo Makeup
Camera Operator
Heiz Sauce
Director / Cinematographer / Editor
House of Frazer
Camera Operator
Maggi Nestlé
Zoomin.tv
Zoomin.tv
Cinematographer
Hamley’s
Camera Operator
Nakheel Properties
Steadicam Operator
Tom Ford Perfumes
Drone Camera Operator
Nakheel Properties
Trinity Steadicam Technician
Beneath a Sea of Lights (Feature Film)
Cinematographer
Karla Cosmetics
Director / Cinematographer / Editor
Sudeera, Documentary
Drone Camera Operator
UAE Army
Cinematographer
Renew Life Probiotic
Drone Camera Operator
Serenia Residences
Videographer
Pegasus Food Futures
Videographer
Adventurati Outdoor
Cinematographer
Re-Fuse, Short Film
Cinematographer / Editor
Pedaliere Bicycle
Photo & Video Content Creator
Columbia Sportswear
Photo & Video Content Creator
Timberland
Photo & Video Content Creator
The North Face
Cinematographer
Jonah, Documentary
Photo & Video Content Creator
Nike
Photo & Video Content Creator
Vans
Videographer
Prax's Restaurant
Director / Cinematographer / Editor
Don't Panic, Short Film
Photo & Video Content Creator
Sun & Sand Sports
Photo & Video Content Creator
Engine Health & Fitness