Latest productions 2018/19

BBC One – Inside Out Southwest – Love & Loss

BBC One – Inside Out Southwest – Love & LossThis story of one close knit, inspirational family is both intimate and universal. Stan and Mary meet on the beach in Sidmouth in the 1950s. Stan’s father was a fisherman too poor to buy his own boat and although at 16, Stan dreamed of going to…

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On Call with Sidmouth Lifeboat

On Call with Sidmouth Lifeboat Simon our DOP is a trainee crew member on the Sidmouth lifeboat. We made this film for all the wonderful volunteer crew, shore team, support team and fundraisers on the Sidmouth lifeboat. It is theirs to show and share. The Sidmouth lifeboat is independent of the RNLI and the volunteer…

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Natural History Showreel – Southern Ocean

Natural History Showreel – Southern Ocean Demonstrating a variety of shot angles and recording methods to shoot Natural History subjects on a two-month voyage to Ascension, The Falklands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula. Producing content for a documentary about the UK Overseas Territories. Camera angles include a standard tripod pan/tilt, Libec crane with counterbalance…

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Drone/UAV Showreel

Drone/UAV Showreel I decided to invest in training for commercial UAV work (CAA PfCO) to compliment my traditional ground based camerawork. In the meantime I’ve been very fortunate to work on several projects and gather some important airtime to build up my flying hours. Here is a short showreel of what I’ve been up to…

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Working the Sea

Working the Sea ‘Working the Sea’ follows the fortunes of the Bagwells, a Sidmouth fishing family from the forties when young Stan was fishing with his father in a borrowed boat, to the nineties when they have two fish shops, two trawlers fishing out of Brixham, and three boats working off the beach at Sidmouth.…

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Land of Bone & Stone: a journey through the South Dorset Ridgeway

Land of Bone & Stone: a journey through the South Dorset RidgewayFollow us along the South Dorset Ridgeway in this magical short film celebrating the art and landscape of a unique part of Dorset. We made Land of Bone & Stone with the South Dorset Ridgeway Landscape Partnership, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The film features 11-year-old Charlotte…

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Dorset Coastal Stories / 2019

Dorset Coastal Stories – The Fisheries Observer

Dorset Coastal Stories – The Fisheries ObserverWe follow fisheries observers Ruth and Lisève on a fisheries-science partnership, out of West Bay, (Bridport) studying an issue: the discard ban, which could seriously impact the livelihoods of many fishermen, especially those in local, mixed fisheries. As Lisève, says ‘there’s a lot fishermen can teach us and working…

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Boat Stories / 2014

Living and working on Lundy Island

Living and working on Lundy IslandLiving and Working on Lundy Island – a look at the life of the warden, Beccy MacDonald, on the small island of Lundy off the North Devon coast. Beautiful views and wildlife including grey seals and puffins. A short film in the Boat Stories series. Filmed and edited by Simon…

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Fishing for Clovelly herring

Fishing for Clovelly herringFishing for Clovelly Herring follows traditional herring fisherman, Stephen Perham, as he rows out into Bideford Bay before dawn to shoot his nets. He explains his personal crusade to try and revive the local, sustainable herring fishery and get more people eating Clovelly herring. Filmed & edited by Simon Vacher Sound assistant…

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Salmon Netting on the Taw and Torridge

Salmon Netting on the Taw and TorridgeOnce upon a time almost everyone living by the Taw or Torridge in North Devon had access to a boat and tried to catch salmon. Licenses were introduced in the 1800s but for various reasons salmon numbers continued to dwindle. In 2002 the riparian owners (the rods men) offered…

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Lobster Potting and Berried Hens – North Devon

Lobster Potting and Berried Hens – North DevonA short documentary film looking at the life of lobster potter Geoff Huelin from Ilfracombe. This short film looks at the positive effects the no-take zone around Lundy island in North Devon has had on the lobster population and the fishing industry. Interviews with Geoff Huelin and Sarah…

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Britain's Treasure Islands / 2014

Ascension Island – wildlife and heritage

Ascension Island – wildlife and heritageThis mini-documentary explores the wildlife, heritage and history of Ascension Island, a UK Overseas Territory in the Atlantic. In this film, we see Ascenion’s extraordinary landscapes, vast sea turtle populations, bird colonies, land crab migrations and an incredible conservation success in the form of the return of the Ascension frigatebird.…

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Falkland Islands – wildlife and heritage

Falkland Islands – wildlife and heritageThis mini-documentary explores the wildlife, history and cultures of the Falkland Islands. This UK Overseas Territory is a treasure trove of natural history, with commerson dolphin, enormous elephant seals, penguins and some of the largest albatross colonies on Earth. We follow Charles Darwin’s footsteps across the Falklands (for he spent…

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South Georgia – wildlife and heritage

South Georgia – wildlife and heritageThis mini-documentary explores the wildlife of South Georgia, a UK Overseas Territory in the South Atlantic. It is a rugged, rocky isle, but home to some of the greatest wildlife spectacles on Earth. Colonies of over half a million king penguins congregate on its shores, along with millions of fur…

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Pitcairn Islands – wildlife and heritage

Pitcairn Islands – wildlife and heritageThis mini-documentary explores the wildlife and heritage of the Pitcairn Islands – the only UK Overseas Territory in the Pacific Ocean. The Pitcairn Islands comprise four islands (Pitcairn, Henderson, Oeno and Ducie), although only Pitcairn is inhabited. Pitcairn is home to many unique animals and plants, as well as introduced…

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British Virgin Islands – wildlife and heritage

British Virgin Islands – wildlife and heritageThis mini-documentary explores the wildlife, history and heritage of the British Virgin Islands, a UK Overseas Territory in the Caribbean. Famed as a premier tourist destination, the British Virgin Islands are a treasure trove for wildlife, a home for endangered iguanas, red-footed tortoises and flamingos. It was here where…

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Bermuda – wildlife and heritage

Bermuda – wildlife and heritageThis mini-documentary explores Bermuda – the oldest of all of the UK Overseas Territories. Located in the North Atlantic, it is home to the oldest continually inhabited English settlement in the New World. It was first sighted by Spanish explorers, but settled by the English in 1609. Bermuda is home to…

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Cayman Islands – wildlife and heritage

Cayman Islands – wildlife and heritageThis mini-documentary explores the wildlife and conservation of the Cayman Islands, a UK Overseas Territory in the Caribbean comprising Grand Cayman, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac. All three islands are home to a staggering diversity of wildlife that occurs in tropical dry forests, mangrove forests and vast seabird colonies. In…

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Montserrat – wildlife and heritage

Montserrat – wildlife and heritageThis mini-documentary explores the history and wildlife of Montserrat, a UK Overseas Territory in the Caribbean. A series of volcanic eruptions began in 1995 and destroyed the capital Plymouth, which today is a modern-day pompeii. Tragically Pymouth today is a ghost town and two thirds of Montserrat lies in an exclusion…

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Anguilla – wildlife and heritage

Anguilla – wildlife and heritageThis mini-documentary explores Anguilla, a UK Overseas Territory in the Caribbean. Anguilla is a flat limestone island surrounded by several smaller islands and cays. The land supports a diverse scrub of frangipanis, airplants and cacti, and the beaches provide habitat for nesting sea turtles. Across the island, several salt ponds are…

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Akrotiri and Dhekelia – wildlife and heritage

Akrotiri and Dhekelia – wildlife and heritageThis mini-documentary explores the wildlife and history of the Sovereign Base Areas – two British enclaves called Akrotiri and Dhekelia on the island of Cyprus that make up a UK Overseas Territory. The wildlife of this Territory is diverse, and includes chameleons, flamingos, pine trees and nesting sea turtles.…

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Gibraltar – wildlife and heritage

Gibraltar – wildlife and heritageThis mini-documentary explores the history and wildlife of Gibraltar. The Rock is the smallest of all of the UK Overseas Territories, but is home to a staggering heritage dating back to Moorish ruins, Victorian fortifications and WW2 tunnels. In this documentary, we explore Gibraltar’s history, venturing into a secret WW2 chamber,…

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Ascension Island – natives and aliens

Ascension Island – natives and aliensThis mini-documentary explores the extreme fragility of the ecosystem of Ascension Island, a UK Overseas Territory in the Atlantic. We find a unique species of shrimp that occur in tiny brackish pools and occur no where else on Earth. On other parts of the island, unique ferns and other plants…

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Ascension Island – supplying the garrison

Ascension Island – supplying the garrisonThis mini-documentary follows the story of Ascension Island, a UK Overseas Territory in the Atlantic Ocean. Ascension is a small, desolate volcanic island, yet it proved essential in the 19th century as an important victualing station for ships rounding the capes. The British garrisoned the island, built large forts and…

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Saint Helena – wirebird conservation

Saint Helena – wirebird conservationSaint Helena is a remote UK Overseas Territory in the South Atlantic Ocean. Its isolation has meant that it is home to many plant and animal species that have evolved into unique species that occur no where else on Earth. The wirebird is one such example, and is the subject of…

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Saint Helena – plant conservation

Saint Helena – plant conservationThis mini-documentary explores the diversity of plants on Saint Helena, a remote island in the South Atlantic which forms a UK Overseas Territory. Introduced grazers and non-native flax plants have severely altered the vegetation of the island, and many of the unique plant species of the island are down to the…

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Falkland Islands – Jimmy the ex-whaler

Falkland Islands – Jimmy the ex-whalerThis mini-documentary focuses of exploring the fascinating whaling history of the Southern Ocean. The Falkland Islands were an important stopping point for explorers and later, the whaling fleets that operated in the waters surrounding Antarctica. Jimmy Smith is one of the last Falkland Islanders who worked in the whaling stations…

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British Indian Ocean Territory – seabirds

British Indian Ocean Territory – seabirdsThis mini-documentary explores the astounding seabird colonies of the British Indian Ocean Territory. The tiny islands of the Chagos Archipelago are havens for nesting birds, and a precious resource in the vastness of the Indian Ocean. Stewart McPherson was given rare access to visit several islands of the Territory to…

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British Indian Ocean Territory – underwater

British Indian Ocean Territory – underwaterThis mini-documentary explores the marine life of the coral reefs of the British Indian Ocean Territory. These reefs lie within the largest fully protected marine reserve on Earth, and due to their remoteness, they are widely regarded as the most intact coral ecosystem on the planet. The lack of commercial…

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Plants of the UK Overseas Territories

Plants of the UK Overseas TerritoriesThe UK Overseas Territories are 14 groups of islands scattered across all seven seas. The Territories are home to every major vegetation type on earth, from kelp forests to rainforests, deserts to tropical dry forest, cacti gardens to tundra and barren moss and lichen covered rocks of Antarctica. Dozens of…

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Mammals of the UK Overseas Territories

https://youtu.be/lnthUbLaBFk Mammals of the UK Overseas TerritoriesThe UK Overseas Territories are 14 groups of islands scattered across all seven seas, home to a staggering diversity of native mammal species. From the Barbary macaques of Gibraltar (Europe’s only population of wild primates), to dozens of species of bats, many dolphins, porpoises and whales, as well as…

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Birds of the UK Overseas Territories

Birds of the UK Overseas TerritoriesThe UK Overseas Territories are 14 groups of islands scattered across all seven seas. The Territories are home to a dazzling array of birds, from the tropics, through temperate latitudes to sub-Antarctic islands and the white continent itself. From seabirds to landbirds, migratory species to localised endemics, the range of…

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Marine Life of the UK Overseas Territories

Marine Life of the UK Overseas TerritoriesThe UK Overseas Territories are 14 groups of islands scattered across all seven seas. They range from tropical coral seas, across temperate latitudes, to the icy waters of the Southern Ocean. As many of the UK Overseas Territories occupy remote corners of the world’s oceans and seas, many have…

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Conservation Lessons of the UK Overseas Territories

Conservation Lessons of the UK Overseas TerritoriesThe 14 UK Overseas Territories have 20 times the biodiversity of the UK, including over 1,000 unique species that occur nowhere else on earth. As remote islands and peninsulas, the UK Overseas Territories harbour fragile ecosystems that have been severely impacted by human activities, introduced non-native species and countless…

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Islands of Evolution

Islands of EvolutionThe UK Overseas Territories include many of the most remote islands in the world. The extreme isolation of oceanic islands often radically alters the array of plant and animal species that arises, and those species that do succeed in colonising remote islands are often subject to powerful evolutionary forces. Through these factors, islands…

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Saint Helena – wildlife and heritage

Saint Helena – wildlife and heritageThis mini-documentary explores the wildlife, culture and history of the remote island of Saint Helena, a UK Overseas Territory in the Atlantic. We discover Longwood House, where Napoleon Bonaparte was imprisoned for the last six years of his life after the Battle of Waterloo. And we find Saint Helena’s unique…

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Filming the Britain’s Treasure Islands TV documentary series

Filming the Britain’s Treasure Islands TV documentary seriesThis mini-documentary tells Stewart McPherson’s story planning and filming the Britain’s Treasure Islands TV documentary series. Stewart self funded the project, and over four years, managed to visit every one of the UK Overseas Territories to document a surprising side of the UK. He recounts his adventures traveling…

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Natural History Showreel – Southern Ocean

Natural History Showreel – Southern Ocean Demonstrating a variety of shot angles and recording methods to shoot Natural History subjects on a two-month voyage to Ascension, The Falklands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula. Producing content for a documentary about the UK Overseas Territories. Camera angles include a standard tripod pan/tilt, Libec crane with counterbalance…

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Shooting icebergs in Antarctica

Flying Over ‘Bergs – The Cameraman’s View

Flying Over ‘Bergs – The Cameraman’s ViewCameraman Simon Vacher takes us through filming an iceberg sequence through the Gerlache Straight, which forms part of the Antarctic Peninsula. The sequence reveals the challenge of filming the reveal and grandeur of icebergs which regularly break off the vast ice shelves that form Antarctica, and float North East…

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Making the Grade: Antarctica Showreel

Making the Grade: Antarctica Showreel The Sony PMW-200 is a fabulous camera which when recording at full 50mbps 4:2:2 depth, allows greater precision and control over reproduction of natural colours. Here, I show you just how incredible and awe-inspiring we can make those Antarctic icebergs look! The original footage was shot whilst I was dangling…

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