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DOCUMENTARIES WILDLIFE

Wildlife documentaries represent a powerful tool to raise awareness about the plight of the worlds wildlife and passion for conservation in audiences. I have had the genuine privilege of contributing to over 50 hours of shark and wildlife documentaries as a producer, host, researcher, fixer and camera operator. 

Services

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Hosting / Talent

My passion is always to explore, educate and entertain audiences whilst showcasing wonderful terrestrial and underwater worlds.   

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My passion to educate and entertain audience has allowed me to host and appear on over 30 natural history documentaries and series for international broadcasters including National Geographic, Discovery Channel, the Smithsonian Channel, the History Channel and the BBC. View my full Filmography below

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Logistics

Through Blue Wilderness (marine logistics) and Africa Media (production logistics) we provide full logistical support to all marine and wildlife productions in Southern Africa. 

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Production logistics

  • Sony FS7 in underwater housing
  • A7S Mk2 (with Ninja) and underwater housing
  • Sony radio mic sets
  • 30 plus production lens
  • Phantom 4 drone
  • 20+ gopro effects cameras
  • RC Filming vehicle
  • RC filming vessel

 

Marine logistics

  • 20 x SCUBA kits (full)
  • Underwater Comm. Masks 
  • 2 x 26ft filming vessels
  • 1 x 24ft filming vessel

 

Research logistics

  • 1 x filming shark cage
  • 1 x open cage submersible 
  • Acoustic tracking system
  • Animal bite meter
  • Anatomically correct seal decoy

 

Additional logistics

  • Guesthouse (Mossel Bay)
  • Transport (8 seater)
  • Transport (5 seater off-road)
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Production Crew

My experience enables me to contribute as a field producer to cinematographer, skipper to safety diver. I can further source many of Southern Africa’s top production crew.  

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My professional network of South African crew consists of production experts in terrestrial and wildlife natural history documentaries. They include:

  • Directors
  • Field producers
  • DTI specialists
  • Camera assists
  • Director of Photography
  • Line producers
  • Production managers
  • Sound engineers
  • Scientific onscreen talent 
  • Production photographers
  • Underwater videographers 
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Consulting / Fixing

Local knowledge and skills can help in ensuring the success of challenging wildlife and marine documentaries.

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Our teams fixing services include:

  • Production research
  • Viability analysis
  • Location scouting
  • Permitting
  • Logistic sourcing
  • Crew sourcing

 

Filmography

2020 National Geographic: Shark vs Whale

Provide: Hosting, Logistics, Field Producing, Footage licensing

2020 National Geographic Sharkfest: Shark vs Surfer

Provided: Onscreen talent, Production equipment

2019 BBC: Animal Impossible.

 Provided:  Logistics, Onscreen Talent, Stock footage, Stock photography 

2019 National Geographic: Predators in paradise

 Provided: Stock footage licensing 

2019 National Geographic: The whale that ate jaws

 Provided: Stock footage licensing 

2019 National Geographic: America’s deadliest shark

 Provided: Stock footage licencing 

2019 National Geographic: Eyewitness – shark attack

 Provided: Stock footage licensing 

2018 Discovery: Katie Price – My crazy life

 Provided:  Marine Logistics

2018 Discovery: Survival of the species with Ben Fogle 

 Provided: Onscreen talent, stock footage licensing, marine logistics

2018 National Geographic: Wild Oceans

 Provided: Stock footage licencing , marine logistics

2018 National Geographic: Hostile Planet

 Provided: Stock footage licencing, marine logistics, scientific consultent 

2018 Smithsonian – Worlds biggest beasts

 Provided: Onscreen talent, stock footage licencing, marine logistics 

2017 Independent: Chasing tails – Last great baitball

 Provided: onscreen talent, camera operation, production

2017 Independent: Chasing tails – The lost manta’s

 Provided:  Onscreen hosting, camera operation, marine logistics

2016 Peoples weather: Bitonga divers

 Provided: Producer, camera operation

2016 50/50: Hammertime

 Provided: Producer, camera operation

2015 Caters News: Great white shark breaching profile

 Provided: Producer, camera operation

2015 Caters News: Boys plays soccer with elephant

 Provided: Producer, camera operation

2013 National Geographic: Shark vs Crocodile

 Provided:  Onscreen hosting, stock footage licencing, UW camera, research and development 

2013 Red Bull: Personal Profile

 Provided:  Onscreen talent

2012 History Channel: Shark Wranglers (10 epsiodes)

 Provided: onscreen talent, chief sicentist, research and development

2012 National Geographic Wild – Shark Attack Experiment Live – Worlds biggest beasts

 Provided: Onscreen talent

2009 Dangerous Encounters with Brady Barr 

 Provided: Onscreen talent, Research and Development, Underwater camera

2009 National Geographic – Whale vs Squid

 Provided: Hosting, Research and Development, 

2009 National Geographic – River Shark

 Provided: Hosting, Research and Development, 

2008 National Geographic – Secret Shark Pits

 Provided: Hosting, Research and Development, 

2008 National Geographic – Escaping the Great white

 Provided: Hosting, Research and Development, 

2008 National Geographic – Sharkville

 Provided: Hosting, Research and Development, 

2007 Discovery Channel – Sharktribe

 Provided: Hosting, Research and Development, 

2007 A Myth called Shark – Steve Lictage Productions

 Provided: Hosting, Research and Development, 

2007 National Geographic – Earth Investigated

 Provided: Onscreen Talent

2007 LOOKS Medienproduktionen – Of Shark and Man

 Provided: Onscreen scientific talent,

2007 Creative Difference – Prehistoric Predators – Meglodon

 Provided: Onscreen scientific talent, 

2006 Discovery Channel – Jobs that bite

 Provided: Onscreen scientific talent,

2006 National Geographic – Surviving a Shark Attack

 Provided: Onscreen Scientific Talent, 

2006 Discovery Channel – After the Attack

 Provided: Onscreen scientific talent, 

2007 SABC – The Big Question

 Provided: Onscreen live interview debate, 

2005 ZDF – White Shark Adventure with Thomas Betrumd 

Provided: Onscreen scientific talent, 

2005 ZDF – Manta Ray Adventure with Thomas Betrumd

 Provided: Onscreen Scientific Talent 

2004 National Geographic – Naked Science

 Provided: Onscreen Scientific Talent 

2003  Yorkshire Television – Into the Deep

 Provided: Production logistics, onscreen scientific talent

2003 BBC – Animal Camera

 Provided: Fixing, Onscreen Talent

2002 National Geographic – Earth Pusle

 Provided: Onscreen Talent 

2002 Blue Planet Germany – Hunters of the Cape of Storms

 Provided: Onscreen Talent 

2002 SABC – Tracking great white sharks

 Provided: Onscreen Talent 

2001 National Geographic – Diving Shark Alley with Brady Barr

 Provided: Onscreen Talent 

2001 Independent distribution – Great white experience

 Provided: Script writing and Narration

Showreel

Clip - Shark vs. Surfer

Promo - Chasing Tails

Clip - Secret Shark Pits

Interview - Sharkfest 2020

Cinematographic Showreel

Bring your production to life in Africa

Africa is the perfect location to film wildlife or marine documentaries. It is wild, adventitious, incredibly beautiful, and abound with incredible stories. It would be an honour to connect and assist you in turning your production idea into reality. 

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