Simon Vacher

Wildlife and Documentary Cameraman

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About

I’ve worked as a documentary cameraman since 2008, making a living telling stories and capturing unique images from the hottest coldest and remotest places on the planet. I’ve worked in places such as the icy cathedrals of Antarctica and South Georgia, to the rich reefs of the Indian Ocean, to the wonderful bird colonies of Ascension Island. Previously I worked as a motion graphic designer and was a senior editor in a corporate video production with some very big clients, where I learnt key skills in film-making and camera technology.

The highlights of my career include filming across the British Isles, and sat just off the coast of North Devon is Lundy Island, one of my local favourite places to film & experience the local seal and bird life. But the icing on the cake was filming in Antarctica for over a month and across almost all the UK Overseas Territories including the Falkland Islands, Ascension, St. Helena, Pitcairn, Chagos (Indian Ocean), Gibraltar, and all six of the Caribbean island’s which are administered by the UK, a series we filmed over the course of nearly four years. It then evolved into a four part BBC documentary about the biodiverse UK Overseas Territories, presented by Stewart McPherson called ‘Britain’s Treasure Islands’ which first aired in 2016 on BBC Four, then National Geographic, closely followed by Choice TV in New Zealand, as well as a very attractive and fascinating book written by Stewart himself.

When I’m not shooting documentaries, I continue to film advertising content for large brands in major sectors such as sport, fashion, toy, drinks and the agricultural sector. I’m also proficient with video editing, colouring & shooting to grade with understanding of MLUT’s (CineGamma and SLog), modern video codecs and compression technologies. Naturally this goes hand in hand with software experience, and over my career I’ve used a range of editing and post-production suites, the entire Adobe CC range including Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Adobe AfterEffects CC, and previously Final Cut Pro 7.0.

I enjoy every stage of production, taking pride and professionalism in what I do. I regularly produce short films, working closely with a series producer or director from shoot to delivery, generally as a solo or two strong team. Some of these short films have been DCP packaged for screening at local cinemas, and most proudly I have broadcast credits across the globe in 60′ natural history and travel documentary format.

The operational knowledge I have gained ranges with a wide variety of cameras, from 1/3″ – 1/2″ sensor broadcast cameras such as Canon XF305 & the Sony range (PDW-700 & PMW-200), to Super 35 Sony PXW-FS7 and the Sony F5/F55. I also have experience with lighting for interviews and data wrangling on location, sometimes in challenging conditions such as at sea.

Locally where I live I volunteer as a lifeboat crew member, which has taught me many skills for life including first aid and dealing with very stressful situations which can happen all to often out at sea. I enjoy many outdoor activities and exploration, ranging from estuarial and open sea kayaking, surfing, flatland and mountain paragliding, downhill skiing, adventure motorcycling and studying wildlife. I also absolutely love working with people, and it is exactly that cross-over between the great outdoors and people that gets me fired up.

Professional member of BECTU, Guild Television Cameraprofessionals, Wildlife Film and International Association Wildlife Filmmakers

Broadcast Credits

2019

BBC Inside Out (SW): Species Shift with Nick Baker

Sync and Wildlife Cameraman (Sony FS7, Canon CN7, Samyang 50mm T1.4 Cine Lens)

Presenter led sequences and montage of wildlife and science stories shot in Bristol & Peak District / Producer, Director: Jemma Woodman / BBC iPlayer: BBC One Inside Out South West 02/09/2019

 

BBC One: Panorama – GPs: Why Can’t I Get an Appointment?

Feature Documentary Cameraman (Sony FS7, Canon CN7 and Mavic Pro drone)

Contributor sequences and cutaways in Doctors Surgeries and Derriford A&E, Plymouth / Producer, Director: Adam Wishart / BBC iPlayer: Panorama GPs: Why Can’t I Get an Appointment?

 

Channel 4: Escape to the Chateau (S6)

Wildlife Director of Photography (Sony FS7, Canon CN7, Sigma 150-600mm Sports lens)

Gathering year round seasonal wildlife sequences around the grounds of Chateau de La Motte Husson / Production Company: Spark Media / Channel 4: Escape to the Chateau

 

BBC Inside Out (SW): Graffiti with St Ives artist Joe Greenaway

News Feature Cameraman (Sony FS7, Canon CN-E 18-80mm)

Contributor and cutaway sequences shot at Art Deco Jubilee Pool, Penzance / Producer, Director: Lucy Fisher / BBC One Inside Out South West 04/02/2019 or on Vimeo

 

BBC Inside Out (SW): Wildlife of Emsworthy Mire, Dartmoor with Nick Baker

Wildlife Director of Photography (Sony FS7, Canon CN-E 18-80mm, Canon 100mm Macro, Sigma 150-600mm)

Shooting wildlife sequences over a range of subjects across two days in Dartmoor during spring / Executive Producer: Simon Willis / BBC One Inside Out South West 04/02/2019 or on Vimeo

2018

BBC One: The Truth About… Antibiotics presented by Angela Rippon

Lighting Cameraman (Sony FS7, Canon CN-E 18-80mm)

Short reconstruction scenes and contributor interviews including cutaways in laboratory scene in Plymouth / Executive Producer: Owen Gay / Production Company: One Tribe TV / BBC iPlayer: The Truth About… Antibiotics

 

BBC One Show: Lost & Hound presented by Michael Douglas

News Feature Cameraman (Sony FS7, Canon CN-E 18-80mm)

Sync sequences and contributor interviews including the story about the power of the Bloodhounds nose, filmed in the hills and forests of the Mendips / Producer, Director: Dale Templar / Production Company: One Tribe TV / BBC iPlayer: One Show 28/09/2018

 

BBC Inside Out (SW): Wildlife of Churchtown Fields, Dartmoor with Nick Baker

Wildlife Director of Photography (Sony FS7, Canon CN-E 18-80mm, Canon 100mm Macro, Sigma 150-600mm)

Shooting wildlife sequences over a range of subjects across two days in Dartmoor during spring / Executive Producer: Simon Willis / BBC One Inside Out South West 24/09/2018 or on Vimeo

 

BBC Inside Out (SW): A Story of Love and Loss

Director of Photography & Editor (Sony FS7, Canon CN-E 18-80mm, Nikon 200-500mm, Adobe Premiere)

Reversion of original film Working the Sea for a local news feature, which I had previously shot for local Sidmouth Coastal Community Hub C I C / Producer, Director: Jo Stewart-Smith / Production Company: Butterfly Effect Films / Series Editor: Sam Smith / BBC iPlayer: BBC One Inside Out South West 15/01/2018 or on Vimeo

 

Channel 4: Escape to the Chateau (S5)

Wildlife Director of Photography (Sony FS7, Canon CN-E 18-80mm, Nikon 200-500mm)

Gathering year round seasonal wildlife sequences around the grounds of Chateau de La Motte Husson / Production Company: Spark Media / Channel 4: Escape to the Chateau

2017

Channel 4: Escape to the Chateau (S4)

Wildlife Director of Photography (Sony FS7, Canon CN-E 18-80mm, Nikon 200-500mm)

Gathering year round seasonal wildlife sequences around the grounds of Chateau de La Motte Husson / Production Company: Spark Media / Channel 4: Escape to the Chateau

 

Working the Sea

Director of Photography & Editor (Sony FS7, Canon CN-E 18-80mm, Nikon 200-500mm, Adobe Premiere)

40 minute documentary shot in Sidmouth about the contemporary and historical personal narratives of Sidmouth’s connection to the sea / Producer, Director: Jo Stewart-Smith / Online & Cinema / Production Company: Butterfly Effect Films for Sidmouth Coastal Community Hub C I C / Watch on Vimeo

 

Channel 4 News & Investigations

News Feature Cameraman (Sony FS7, Canon CN-E 18-80mm)

Key shot that upheld two nights of news about historical abuse / Production Company: ITN Productions News / Reporter: Cathy Newman / Comissioning Editor: Job Rabkin / Channel 4: Archbishop apologises for historic ‘abuse’: the full story

2016

BBC Four: Britain’s Treasure Islands (3 x 60 mins)

Documentary and Wildlife Director of Photography (Sony PMW-200)

Three year project travelling to almost all 14 UK Overseas Territories for a ground breaking series. I filmed in every climate imaginable, from Antarctic tundra, tropical pacific islands to sweltering volcanic islands, read more at http://www.britainstreasureislands.com / Presenter, Director, Writer: Stewart McPherson / Production Companies and Co- producers: Redfern Natural History, Warehouse 51 & SkyVision / BBC iPlayer: Britain’s Treasure Islands / Watch the ‘mini-doc’ series here. Also broadcast on SBS (Australia), Choice TV (New Zealand) and numerous others.

 

National Geographic Wild: Wild Islands (2 x 1 hour)

Documentary and Wildlife Director of Photography (Sony PMW-200)

Three year project travelling to almost all 14 UK Overseas Territories for a ground breaking series. I filmed in every climate imaginable, from Antarctic tundra, tropical pacific islands to sweltering volcanic islands, read more at http://www.britainstreasureislands.com / Presenter, Director, Writer: Stewart McPherson / Production Companies and Co- producers: Redfern Natural History, Warehouse 51 & SkyVision / Nat Geo TV: Wild Islands / Watch the ‘mini-doc’ series here. Also broadcast on SBS (Australia), Choice TV (New Zealand) and numerous others.

 

BBC One Wales: Extreme Wales with Richard Parks (S1) (3 x 30 min)

Director of Photography (Sony F5 and Canon C300)

Cutaways shot in south Wales and Snowdonia for presenter led adventure show / Presenter: Richard Parks / Producer, Director: Luke Lovell / Production Company: One Tribe TV / BBC iPlayer: Extreme Wales with Richard Parks

 

Channel 4 News & Investigations

News Feature Cameraman (Sony FS7, Canon CN-E 18-80)

Production Company: ITN Productions News / Reporter: Micheal Crick / Comissioning Editor: Job Rabkin

 

Channel 4 Dispatches: Where’s My Missing Mail? (1 x 30 min)

News Feature Cameraman (Sony FS7, Canon 14-40mm DSLR lens)

Setup shots for news story about bad mail deliveries / Production Manager: Nicole Hajimichael / Production Company: Nine Lives Media / Channel 4 Dispatches: Where’s My Missing Mail

2015

Channel 4: Murder in Paradise (1 x 47 mins)

Director of Photography (Sony FS7 & Canon 35mm & 50mm Cine Prime)

Selection of short setups and contributor interview / Journalist: Tom Stone / Production Company: MAKE Productions

2014

Boat Stories (4 x 5 min)

Director of Photography & Editor (Sony PMW-200, Adobe Premiere)

Series of short online documentaries about people who make a living from boats and by the sea in North Devon / Producer, Director, Writer: Jo Stewart-Smith / www.boatstories.co.uk

2013

Channel 4: River Cottage – To The Core (4 x 47 mins)

Lifestyle Documentary Cameraman (Canon C300)

Director: Steve Cole / Production Company: KEO West

Clients

Testimonials

“I’m very happy to recommend Simon as a director of photography and documentary cameraman. I have worked with him on three short films now in the Boat Stories series and we plan to work on more together. He is very willing, easygoing, happy to work in challenging environments, talented and creative as a cameraman, eager to find the best solution to get the best shot and will research tech problems & queries but also takes direction well. Although filming is his passion he is also a good editor and prepared to work to a quick turnaround. To see his talents take a look at the boat stories films www.boatstories.co.uk It is my pleasure to write this letter of recommendation to strongly advocate Simon Vacher’s ability, skill and enthusiasm as a wildlife cameraman and photographer of the highest standard.”

JO STEWART-SMITH, PRODUCER – BOAT STORIES

“I worked with Simon on one of the biggest investigations Channel 4 News has done, into the alleged abuse carried out by John Smyth, the British barrister and former colleague of the Archbishop of Canterbury. At the heart of the investigation was a doorstep confrontation with Smyth in Bristol. Simon was our sole camera. It was a lengthy doorstep – maybe five minutes in total – conducted at speedy walking pace throughout. Simon filmed the whole thing brilliantly, walking backwards, navigating obstacles and light issues. He captured every word and the doorstep featured prominently in both our films, and has been viewed many times online.”

CATHY NEWMAN, PRESENTER – CHANNEL 4 NEWS

“Over the last two years (2012 and 2013), Simon joined my team to travel to thirteen remote international locations to spend a cumulative total of seven months working as primary camera operator. During these trips, Simon succeeded in all filming objectives and captured footage that truly surpassed all expectations. In addition to the outstanding quality of the material that he captured, I would like to specifically emphasise the impressive diversity of his work, ranging from high speed macro close-up shots to underwater sequences filmed during scuba dives, to multi-hour time-lapse sequences, complex crane shots and aerial filming from light aircraft. Several of the filming trips involved difficult travel and working conditions, for example, long flights, lengthy sea journeys, prolonged poor weather and basic living conditions. In all cases, Simon was extremely enthusiastic to film in spite of all hardships, and demonstrated excellent ability in developing and refining new and innovative filming techniques which added greatly to the quality of the footage captured. One of many examples that comes to mind was Simon’s novel impromptu suggestion of filming icebergs and wildlife in Antarctic waters by him being suspended 15m in the air off the deck of a boat, hanging from a boson’s chair on a winch arm. In this case, he applied his rope-skills from his extensive paragliding abilities to enable the filming of spectacular sequences which otherwise could not have been captured. I believe this demonstrated exemplary determination and a true eagerness to use a variety of skills to achieve the best possible results. Simon would be an extremely valuable asset to any filming project, and I recommend him in the strongest possible terms for any endeavour that he chooses to pursue.”

STEWART MCPHERSON, WRITER/DIRECTOR – REDFERN NATURAL HISTORY PRODUCTIONS LTD

“Simon is very resourceful, talented and overall pleasant to work with. I have known Simon for many years and he has worked with us on multiple projects in a variety of capacities. Simon keeps a level head and great personality in sometimes challenging client environments with a desire to get the job done.”

TIM HORE – TYMPANI PRODUCTIONS, WWW.TYMPANI.CO.UK

“First class guy. Great cameraman, enthusiastic and willing to go the extra mile. Good fun to be with. No hesitation in using Simon time and time again.”

FREDDIE ROSTAND, DIRECTOR/PRODUCER – ROSTAND PRODUCTIONS

Smart Cookie (formally Mediastation) have hired Simon as lead camera man on several large profile projects working face to face on set with the Client. He is a keen professional with a wealth of broad corporate and creative experience. In the projects we have hired his skills for, we have found he works well both as a lead director managing a small crew as well as he does working collaboratively within a hired crew. He is a cheery pleasure to work with and always conducts the job to the highest standards. I would personally recommend him for his ‘can do’ efforts, creative expertise and trustworthiness. I know if i give a job to Simon, small or large he will give it his all and take care of all the details making my job less stressful! He also makes a great brother!”

AIMEE MACLEOD, DIGITAL PROJECT MANAGER – SMART COOKIE

“Simon is one of the nicest guys you will ever meet. He is also a talented self shooter and motion graphics artist. Having worked with him on several occasions over the last few years, I can highly recommend him”

JOEL MISHCON, CHROME PRODUCTIONS, FOUNDER

“I have worked with Simon on a number of complex projects. The technical and creative challenges posed by them never daunt Simon, he dives in with full enthusiasm and possess a rare knack for transforming potentially dry and dusty topics into veritable gardens of inspiration”

SAM KERR-SMILEY, MARKETING CONSULTANT & COPYWRITER

“Simon is always a pleasure to work with, he has a can do attitude, an eye for the perfect shot and clear communication. I believe that work should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it always is when Simon is on the team. He has filmed and edited Induction training, presentation skills and performance management videos for us. He is 100% reliable and delivers real quality at an affordable rate. He is my first choice for cameraman and editing work, and I look forward to our next project.”

BRIGITTE JAQUILLARD, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER – ROLIN

“Simon is a highly professional graphic designer, editor and camera/assistant operator with a keen eye for detail. His compositing and editing skills are second to none and he works very hard to ensure his work is of the highest standard. Very personable and people friendly I found working for Simon very easy. He provided clear guidance and knew exactly what he needed and how to achieve this. I would not hesitate to recommend Simon. A very professional young man who is excellent at what he does.”

KERRY SMALL, CAREERS ONLINE MEDIA DEVELOPER

“Simon made our first attempt at producing a corporate video not only highly productive but great fun. Our investors loved the video, customers have found is extremely useful and our team enjoyed being involved in the process. Simon explained everything we needed to do, was extremely patience and tool great care to make sure he had a variety of shots for us to choose from. His expertise in editing the film made a huge difference. I’ll look forward to working with him again.”

LAURENCE TISI, CEO AT ERBA MANNHEIM MOLECULAR

“Simon is a top chap with great creative ability and eye for detail. He is a pleasure to work with and is very willing to offer a helping hand no matter the project!”

JAMES KEARSLEY, MANAGING DIRECTOR – JK STUDIOS LTD

“Simon is a highly creative video producer who is always thinking on his feet. He is skilled at turning often mundane subjects into compelling and dynamic results. Simon is also an excellent 3D animator and I would highly recommend him to anyone that wants to combine video and animation to get their message across!”

DEREK WALLACE, WEB DESIGN

“Special Thanks to Simon Vacher for making me a summer 2013 promotional video, it helped me draw in a vast amount of customers. As he is a keen outdoor activity enthusiast, he comes in his boat to take pictures of my launch events. Local Businesses and customers who have come and joined could see from the video a real unique angle that I was really bringing to the area. I will definitely be using him again for the next activity offered.”

SAM MCCLURE, OWNER – EXE ADVENTURES

“Simon has worked for me on several occasions and I have always found him to be pleasant, professional and with a great work-ethic. He is willing to go the extra mile to achieve the objective. Especially if there’s a beer waiting at the end of the day!”

STEVE DAVIS, HEAD OF PRODUCTION – GROSVENOR HOUSE