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

The changing colours of the cerrado

November 1, 2012

At the start of the wet season the cerrado undergoes a great change. The flowers bloom and the vast landscape becomes a sea of colour.

Dry season in Serra da Capivara

When we arrived the landscape was dry as a bone and most of the plant life looked dead, the leaves—if there were any—were orange and dessicated. This formed amazing tunnels along the paths that glowed when the sun hit them at the end of the day.


We had arrived just before the rains and hoped to catch the emergence of the fresh green leaves and flowering shrubs and trees. We set up long lapse times with a careful marking system for the tripods and time lapse slider because unfortunately we couldn’t leave the cameras there—the rains are very strong when they do come. This meant we had to carefully plan ahead to capture the most spectacular changes, include the close-up budding of the trees, and repeat the shots every few days.


The lapse times when completed looked incredible and really showed the amazing change the whole landscape undergoes in a short period at the beginning of the wet season.

Filming in the northern Pantanal

September 5, 2012

After spending seven weeks filming in the Brazilian Pantanal I can safely say it is the most species-rich environment I’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting. It’s not just the numbers of animals, I could personally identify 50 different species of bird by the end, but the ease at which you can encounter them. Unlike the Amazon which is so vast and dense that your chances of spotting much is greatly reduced, the vast landscape of wetlands and rivers lends itself well to animal sightings. However for me the most impressive species to see there, and the animal we were trying to film, is the jaguar.

Jaguar (Panthera onca)


Being able to spot jaguars ever single day was nothing short of incredible, and without the help of our eagle-eyed boat drivers, Shude and Ailton, I would not have been possible. These cats roam the banks of the rivers searching for caiman, capybara, and occasionally turtles. We’d be off before sunrise in our little 15 cc boat travelling upriver to scour the banks for any sign of this elusive cat.

It wasn’t just jaguars that this region is famous for, the giant river otter is a resident too, and a bloodthirsty one too. Get too close or block their route and you’ll have them biting your oars as you paddle around! The hunting behaviour was fascinating, they hunted together in the murky water feeling around for their prey, often eels and catfish. It always seemed like a highly energetic game, with their screaming (a noise that is quite indescribable, but parts reminded my of a dial-up modem connecting) and jumping and fighting, only stopping to crunch through their catch.

Giant otters eating (Pteronura brasiliensis)