Me

Secrets of Our Living Planet (4x60 BBC2 Tx ’12) Producer & Director ‘Waterworlds’ and ‘The Magical Forest’. In this landmark series Chris Packham reveals the extraordinary wildlife connections that help make ecosystems flourish. The series includes sync and nat hist filming in Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, and the Maldives.

Richard Hammond’s Invisible Worlds (3x60 BBC1 Tx ‘10) Producer & Director Ep1 ‘Speed Limits’. Using state of the art ultra high speed cameras to reveal the extraordinary phenomena that we miss in the blink of an eye. Featuring sprite lightning formations up in the mesosphere, and the speediest spores on the planet, this programme achieved the highest audience timeslot share for the night.

Wild China (6x60 BBC2 Tx ‘08) Producer & Director ‘Tibet’ and ‘Land of the Panda’. This triple Emmy award-winning series about wildlife, people, and landscape achieved the channel’s highest ‘audience appreciation’ score of 91%. Highlights included the first ever filming of wild panda courtship and mating, and the Saga Dawa festival at Mount Kailash in remote Western Tibet.

Surviving Great Whites (1x60 Discovery Channel Tx ‘05) Producer & Director. This docu-drama about the science of shark attacks achieved one of the highest 9pm audiences for the year.

Nile (3x50 BBC2 Tx ‘04) Producer & Director Ep1 ‘Crocodiles and Kings’. Travelling the full length of the Nile, this award-winning series featured wildlife and historic drama reconstruction sequences.

Animals: The Inside Story (3x50 BBC2 Tx ‘02) Producer & Director Ep1 ‘Fight for Life’. This programme featured extensive use of CGI to reveal the inner workings of animals, such as the inside of a blue whale’s mouth as it catches krill.

Venom ER (1x50 Animal Planet Tx ‘02) Producer & Director. This documentary followed the lives of medics and scientists working in and around the venom ward of an LA hospital. A ten part series was subsequently commissioned.

Predators (6x30 BBC1 Tx ‘00) Producer ‘Special Agents’. Innovative use of cameras, graphics, and editing was employed to deconstruct the critical moments between predator and prey. RTS award winner for best graphics.

Watch Out (1x30 BBC2 Tx ‘97) Producer & Director. Fast-paced magazine show about British wildlife featuring Simon King, Chris Packham, and Nick Baker.

Wildlife Specials ‘Crocodile’ (1x50 BBC1 Tx ‘97) Director. Featured ground-breaking use of infra-red cameras to capture the previously unseen lives of crocodiles.

BBC Online Producer. I collaborated with the RSPB Lochgarten Osprey nest site to create the first webcam for BBC Online, conceived presenter blog sites, and created value added content for TV and radio programmes.

Additional information

I have over 15 years’ experience producing and directing. Working across many different genres such as factual, observational, drama reconstruction, and conceptual programmes has required strong story-telling skills and substantial film-making expertise both on location and in the studio. I am fully conversant with HD and P2 workflows, sync and presenter-led filming, I regularly shoot footage using my own timelapse equipment, as well as Z1 cameras, and polecams, and I am a competent sound recordist. I have used ultra high speed camera systems for both topside and underwater work, and have also worked with thermal imaging cameras, infra red, SEM and others. I am experienced in all stages of post production including FCP. Having made many different programmes with the BBC I am familiar with editorial policy and guidelines, as well as safety procedures and management on location.

As well as live-action programmes I have extensive experience of graphics and visual effects: I have worked with The Mill, 422, BDH and others to produce award-winning graphics-intensive programmes such as 'Nile' (re-creating Ancient Egypt), 'Venom!' (1x60 BBC1 Tx ‘01 - RTS award winner for best graphics), and 'Eyewitness' (Dorling Kindersley/BBC ‘96 - Emmy award nominated series for graphic design).

I am an accomplished stills photographer (from large format B/W film processing to digital post production), with promotional stills published in numerous publications and more held with naturepl.com.

I have co-authored two Random House books - ‘Nile’ and ‘Wild China’, and regularly write for BBC Wildlife Magazine and BBC Online.

I have lectured about China to a 950 capacity audience at The Royal Geographical Society, as well as the School of Oriental and African Studies (UCL), and other establishments in the UK and in Hong Kong.

Education

Kent Institute of Art and Design: BA (Hons) Communication Media, 2.1.
Loughborough College of Art and Design: Foundation Course.
Ampleforth College, York: 4 ‘A’ levels, 10 ‘O’ levels.
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