Merlin Showalter
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Merlin Showalter

Los Angeles-based camera/steadicam operator and cinematographer with a passion for the moving image.

Los Angeles, United States

Merlin Showalter

Merlin Showalter is a camera/steadicam operator and cinematographer based in Los Angeles, California. Originally from Portland, Oregon, Merlin has spent the last decade shooting commercials, music videos, and narrative films. His work has garnered millions of views online through his collaboration with artists such as Pentatonix, Lindsey Stirling, CHIKA, and Pomplamoose, to name a few. Commercial projects include work with Grubhub, Subaru, Adidas, Fender, Yamaha, American Express, Warner Bros. and more. When not behind a camera, Merlin enjoys performing all styles of music on his drum kit.


  • The Art of Camera Movement

    Elevate your filmmaking skills with this camera movement course. Learn how to use the camera to create emotion and style in your shots, and develop your compositional techniques.

    A course by Merlin Showalter, Steadicam operator and cinematographer