“It is not the same hiring a scuba diver with a camera than hiring an underwater cinematographer”
Carlos Vilkerman, October 2004.
Carlos Vilkerman is an award-winning Cinematographer, an expert in film and digital, and holds more than 30 years’ experience working in more than 25 countries around the world.
He had his first film underwater camera at the age of 14. By the age of 18, he was in the Bahamas shooting documentaries for scientific research projects and academic endeavors for scientists of the caliber of Eugenie Clark in 16mm film. He later went on to work with the Cousteau Team during the Caribbean Expedition. In addition to a degree in mass communication (TV and Media), Carlos earned a master’s degree in animal behavior, studying with instructors like Dian Fossey and Glenn Haustfatter.
Carlos Vilkerman is a certified Water Safety Specialist by the American Red Cross. Certified Trimix diver and blender by IANTD, Master Scuba Diver by PADI and four star diver by CMAS in Europe. Avid swimmer and cyclist. He speaks fluent English, Spanish and Italian.
Carlos received his first big advertising award, “Best TV Commercial of the Year”, for Pepsi by the National Association of Advertisers. Since then, he has participated as a Cinematographer, Underwater Cinematographer or Camera Operator in TV commercials for Rolex, Revlon, Toyota, Samsung, Chevrolet, Maybelline, Ford and a myriad of other clients. He has shot documentaries for National Geographic, Discovery Networks, Thallasa in France, RTL Plus in Germany, TVE in Spain and RCTV in Latin America.
He moved southwest to the Albuquerque/Denver area 11 years ago. Carlos Vilkerman travels to Florida and other locations often in order to attend to old and new clients alike. The Southwest is a new experience which he embraces with passion.