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DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY & FREELANCE TELEVISION CAMERAMAN
'BRINGING THE WILD INSIDE'

DOCUMENTARY, ADVENTURE, WILDLIFE & CURRENT AFFAIRS

Filming black-browed albatross on the Falkland Islands (Simon Vacher 2013)
51.7963° S, 59.5236° W

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FILMING EXPERIENCE ACROSS A WIDE RANGE OF REMOTE NATURAL ENVIRONMENTS
INCLUDING TROPICAL, SOUTH FRIGID ZONE & NORTH TEMPERATE ZONES

I’ve directed and shot epic sequences in some of the remotest, inhospitable and most challenging environments around the globe.

From icy dry Antarctic tundras to humid sandy and salty environments of the Indian Ocean and Caribbean, I’ve also filmed in other challenging environments such as at sea in boiling oceans and deep inside bat caves.

Over the years I’ve had the joy of standing with 500,000 King Penguins overlooking the mountainous ranges of South Georgia. I’ve been dangled from boat cranes over icebergs in the Antarctic, had my toes almost nibbled by Leopard Seas and endured the most horrendous sea-crossing of the Drake Passage. I’ve hung over the edge of fishing trawlers in the Bristol Channel whilst being sea-sick until it hurt, meanwhile shooting opening sequences. I’ve been a passenger in many tiny aircraft, including flights across remote Northern China, in cabins barely big enough to raise a camera, while getting epic shots that help shape the visuals of a story. I’ve chased prominent figures down the street for investigative news programmes with a camera that have won entire news nights for two nights running.

Each environments brings a unique set of challenges, from understanding what camera kit is required and how camera equipment performs, to the needs of the human body in each environment to maintain peak performance.

At the heart of all my shooting work is the ability to craft sequences into a story that form the narrative of a documentary, despite sometimes being a bit uncomfortable. Only then can I say to the director, ‘We’ve got the shot’.

My camera-work has recently featured presenter-led documentary programmes for National Geographic, BBC 2 and BBC 4 and I regularly shoot for independent production companies commissioned by independent channels such as Channel 4. I have a track record for filming and producing contributor led stories for television, online, short-film and cinema.

I have real-world field experience filming on a range of cameras including the Sony F5/F55, Sony FS7, Sony PDW-700, Sony PMW-500 Sony PMW-200, Sony EX1, Sony EX3, Canon C300, Canon XF305 with extensive remote field experience in data wrangling, clip review and backup. I’ve also undertaken professional payload training with Airborne Image Solutions for drone based photography, and I’ve deployed, rigged and operated camera cranes and sliders in some of the harshest environments on the planet.

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