Cinematography

I am a specialist natural history and documentary cameraman based in the UK. I have been making wildlife films for nearly 15 years and have over 50 film credits, and a host of major industry awards or nominations, to my name.

Shortly after gaining a biology degree from Oxford University I started my film making career at Oxford Scientific Films (OSF). I spent 7 years at OSF gaining a wide range of experience in a variety of filming techniques and formats. As their staff wildlife cameraman I made significant contributions to many OSF natural history productions, as well as to their film library and commercials departments. I left OSF in 2000 to persue a freelance career.

Most of my freelance work has been for the BBC’s Natural History Unit, and I have worked on many of their major series over the last 10 years. In addition, I have produced, directed, or filmed several individual films for BBC2’s Natural World strand. I have also worked on productions for for Granada Wild, National Geographic, Animal Planet, The Discovery Channel and for various corporate clients.

I have significant experience of many of the techniques and equipment used in modern natural history & documentary film-making including:

  • Long-lens
  • Macro
  • Timelapse – digital or film with motion control
  • Highspeed including Phantom cameras
  • Observational & presenter led sync
  • Bluescreen / greenscreen & filming for CG comping
  • Over 100hrs with Tyler middle or nose mounts
  • Infra-red / lowlight
  • Selex & FLIR thermal cameras
  • Jimmy Jib III / ABC Crane
  • Remote, motion activated, camera rigs
  • Underground ‘burrow’ camera rigs

I have a wide range of experience of lighting large and complex sets, interiors and tanks for underwater filming.

I have worked in over 30 countries, and in a wide range of habitats; from high altitude to the tropics and deserts to the arctic. My background as a biologist with a broad range of field experience helps me communicate with other biologists and researchers in the field to quickly assess the filming potential in any given location.

I hold a current multiple entry ‘I’ Visa to the USA, a ‘Lecuturer Grade’ Level 4 BTEC in Surviving Hostile Environments and a liscence to operate boats on the Panama Canal.