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Age of the Big Cats update

September 29, 2017

I am currently filming for Age of the Big Cats, a seven-part series on the big cats of the world. The story of how the big cats came to dominate the world and how their prehistory shaped the animals they have become today. I’ve have been filming for the episodes on jaguars, leopards, lions, cheetahs, and soon will be trying to capture snow leopards in their natural habitat.

The series is due for delivery in mid 2018.

Attenborough and the Empire of the Ants

July 15, 2017

I have recently finished filming for a programme with David Attenborough on ants in the foothills of the Swiss Alps titled Attenborough and the Empire of the Ants. The story is of two physically identical species of ant that live in the same area but have two very different strategies to survive the harsh environment.

When I first visited them in the Spring of last year the ants were just starting to leave the nest after their winter slumber and were surrounded by snow. In fact it started snowing while we were filming and using a very powerful macro lens you could see the giant snowflakes come crashing down hitting the ants. However these ants thrive in this climate, their many adaptations to the fickle weather at the top of the mountains are remarkable and have allowed the development of two very different ways of survival: war and peace.

I went back to Switzerland for five more trips to visit the ants at different times of the year and to see the dramatic landscape change. The cows and their bells were always to be heard in the distance.

Getting up close and personal proved very difficult when your subjects have a head the size of a pinhead, so specialist macro lenses and relay systems were used to magnify while keeping a useable depth of field.

The programme will be on BBC2 around Christmas time.

Awards for David Attenborough’s Light on Earth

November 11, 2016

There has been such an incredible reaction to a film that has been a labour of love for producer/DOP Martin Dohrn. Wildscreen Festival organised a showing of the film in an outdoor square in Bristol after dark, it drew more than a thousand people with blankets and camp chairs. It went on to win two awards at Wildscreen, the Science award and the Technical Innovation award.

Other festival wins around the world include the Grand Helix Award at Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, Science Media Awards 2016, the Golden Dolphin for Nature, Environment & Ecology and the Black Dolphin for Best Camera at Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards 2016, the Jury Award in Best Film Professional at the Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam 2016, and the Grand Prize for Best Nature Documentary at INFF – Innsbruck Nature Film Festival 2016.

Light on Earth team at Wildscreen 2016

Just a small part of the Light on Earth team that helped make the programme at Wildscreen 2016.

Attenborough’s Life That Glows

May 16, 2016

David Attenborough Pennsylvania

Attenborough’s Life That Glows was aired on BBC2 last week, great to see all of our hard work over the past year (and for Martin about 20 years!) come together. There has been some very kind words said from the press:

The shots of dolphins [..] were perhaps the most beautiful and mystifying sight ever shown on any Attenborough programme.

Daily Mail

Close the curtains, turn off the living-room lights and bask in the glow of this otherworldly one-off from the master.

Radio Times

It’s yet another Attenborough documentary that will leave you basking in its glow.

Evening Standard

If you missed the show you can catch up on iPlayer until the 9th June.

The Queen’s Garden

December 20, 2014

The Queen’s Garden is being broadcast over the Christmas period on ITV1. During the summer I had the privilege of filming bats in Buckingham Palace gardens with OSF and Alan Titchmarsh. We saw a few pipistrelles catching insects over the water by the front lawn of the Palace and a rat wandering along the edge of the pond. The Palace advisor had suggested we shouldn’t show the rodent in the final cut as it may look bad on the gardens’ part, however I still spotted it near the end of the sequence!

The Queen's Garden

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    Cameraman and stills photographer from Bristol.

    I am a passionate wildlife filmmaker with a background in zoology. From fieldcraft to animal behaviour, from data wrangling to fixing cameras, and from camping to travel by hot air balloon, I love (nearly) all aspects of natural history filmmaking.

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