Recently added as the primary cinematographer and secondary pilot to the distinguished Propellerheads Aerial Photography team, Samuel Morse marries a stunning visual style with extensive technical knowledge to elevate Propheads’ visual language to new heights while adding ground-based video capability.
With more than 13 years of military service as an Air Force Photojournalist, Morse has experience coordinating multimedia services and coverage including photography, video, graphic design, web design, and public outreach, all with strategic communication in mind. He’s won more than 20 awards all the way to the Department of Defense level during his time, 14 of which were in a single year. He was awarded the Special Recognition Award in the Pacific Air Forces Command for his diverse skill set after winning first place in categories spanning photography, videography, writing, and even music composition.
While still on active duty, Morse began to freelance, using his limited leave time to hone his craft further. Partnering with Andy Anderson and Lone River Productions, Morse took Anderson’s photography and transformed it into motion, starting with the 2015/2016 Fall/Winter Catalogue for Beretta. He performed at DP for the 7-day shoot and edited all 21 videos for the catalogue, including the debut of Beretta’s new lifestyle line of clothing. Since then, he has worked for national clients such as the Environmental Protection Agency, Firestone, NextEra Energy, Waste Management, Shell Rotella, United Concordia Dental, and Ariat.
Since moving to New York at the end of 2017, Morse has branched out to work with Propellerheads Aerial Photography as well as Feature Four Productions, creating local and regional work for clients such as Orange Regional Medical Center, Tangram 3DS, and others. Wanting to get into TV show and film work, he also worked as the on-stage roving gimbal operator for Dance USA Dance, a dance team reality show for ZeeTV.
A strong proponent of “paying it forward,” Morse has spoken as a subject matter expert and given demonstrations for the Department of Defense, Idaho Indie Filmmakers Group, and local law enforcement. His goal is to help new content creators develop their craft and spread understanding about the benefits of the drones in today’s industry. Mentoring at the 2018 DC Video ShootOff, Morse pushed his team to think story-first and plan an ambitious shoot within the workshop’s 36-hour timeframe. The team went on to earn special recognition from the judges for an outstanding video.
Big Eddy Film Festival commercial (DP)
Waste Management library shoot (Aerial DP)
Ariat commercial (Aerial DP)
Shell Rotella calendar interviews (DP and Editor)
United Concordia Dental interviews (DP)
Dance USA Dance - ZeeTV (Gimbal Operator)
Synovex One commercial shoot (DP)
Tangram 3DS (Aerial Photography)
366th Fighter Wing Mission Video (Executive Producer and Composer)
Idaho Spirit of ’45 documentary (DP and Editor)
Firestone Ag library shoot (DP)
NextEra Energy commercial (Aerial DP)
Adobe Media Encoder
Apple Final Cut Pro X
Apple Logic Pro X
DJI Inspire 2 w/ X5S and RAW/ProRes licenses
Nikon 24/50/85mm f/1.4 primes
Sony 12-24/24-70/70-200 f/4 zooms
Nikon 135mm f/2 DC
Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8