Erik Bjella

Last updated on 11/01/16

I am a freelance camera/Steadicam Op in Chicago. I have been fortunate enough to work in many facets of the production industry.


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Acute Focus Reel

Credits and Employment History

2007-Current - Steadicam Operator/Freelance Videographer

D.C. Cupcakes (Season 2) - TLC - Camera Operator
Will Live Like an Animal - Nat. Geo. Wild
The One True Thing (Feature) -
∙ Walgreen's
∙ Pepsi
∙ Lonely Planet TV
∙ Fox Sports Net – MLB
∙ Mariott – Springhill Suites - Steadicam
∙ Spin Magazine
∙ Lollapalooza
∙ Behind the scenes of Wilco cover shoot
∙ “Public Enemies” press junket
∙ Bellator Championship Fighting
∙ Blue Valentine (Film) – Steadicam Operator
∙ Save the Art House (HD) – Steadicam Operator
∙ Fall Out Boy concert (HD) - Behind the scenes
∙ High School Confidential 2 – WE Network
∙ Illinois Tourism – Commercial
∙ Formula 1 boat racing – Speed Channel
∙ Biggest Loser/MSN Million Pound Matchup
∙ America’s Best Dance Crew – Auditions – Camera Operator
∙ Braniums children’s vitamin - Commercial
∙ Ragbrai ’06 – Documentary
∙ Tellabs
∙ Target
∙ Tukaiz Printing
∙ Columbia Pipe
∙ Marty Ozinga for Congress
And many more

2002-2007 - KWWL-TV - Media Manager/Editor/Photographer

Industry Qualifications

Steadicam operator

Avid Media Manager


Adobe CS5


1998-2001 University of

Northern Iowa, Cedar

Falls, Iowa

1998-2002 Kirkwood

Community College, Cedar

Rapids, Iowa

1993-1997 West Monona High

School, Onawa, Iowa

Technical Equipment


Panasonic HPX170

Panasonic HDX900

Sachtler Tripod

Lectrosonics 400 Series wireless mic system with Tram lav mic.

FireStore HD

Nikon D-200 Digital SLR.