EXPEDITION: DEEP PLANET
Atlantic Productions for DISCOVERY CHANNEL
Five Part Series
Texan, Victor Vescovo, and Triton Submarines built a submersible to take Victor to the deepest point in each of the five Oceans. Something no-one had ever attempted before.
Now, after travelling 47,000 miles and completing 39 dives, the Five Deeps Expedition has clocked up a number of firsts including: The first manned descent to the bottom of each of the five Oceans and the world’s deepest manned dive in history – 10,925m in the Challenger Deep (Mariana Trench).
The wonderful legacy of this specially designed vehicle, LIMITING FACTOR, is that it is now the deepest diving two-man submersible available to science.
I filmed three of the five dives:
Java Trench (Indian Ocean)
Mariana Trench (Pacific Ocean)
Molloy Deep (Arctic Ocean)
See the Trailer Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_6q0GSk5L4
ENDURANCE: THE HUNT FOR SHACKLETON'S SHIP
Atlantic Productions for History Channel: History's Greatest Mysteries series. Hosted by Lawrence Fishburne
1914 - Ernest Shackleton led an expedition to Antarctica, only for his ship 'Endurance' to become trapped, and ultimately destroyed, by shifting pack-ice. To survive, Shackleton and his 27-man crew would have to endure one of the most hostile environments known to man, traversing fragile ice floes and over 800 miles of freezing seas.
Shackleton’s unfailing commitment to bring all his men out alive turned him into a legend that inspires to this day. The Endurance’s reputation is as illustrious as the Titanic, yet the ship has remained lost for over a hundred years. Its final resting ground remains one of the greatest polar mysteries. Now, a documentary team follows a new ground-breaking expedition heading deep into the frozen seas to track down the last piece of the story: Shackleton’s lost ship.
Led by maritime archaeologist, Mensun Bound, this expedition is the result of two years of planning and more than $250 million investment in cutting-edge technology as they set out to break through the ice and locate this holy grail of shipwrecks.
I was the Cinematographer on this two month expedition into the Antarctic Weddell Sea.
See the Trailer Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQCDU8PeoDw
BELSEN - OUR STORY
Atlantic Productions for BBC2
In this unique one-hour documentary six survivors who were children at the time of the Holocaust tell personal and painful stories of their experiences at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, where over 50,000 people, mostly Jews, died primarily from starvation and disease in the last phase of World War II. Belsen was burnt to the ground when the Allies liberated it, however these powerful testimonies from the children of Bergen-Belsen assert that what happened at Belsen will never be forgotten.
I was the Drama Cinematographer
See the Trailer here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p081ht21
GREAT BARRIER REEF
BBC One / Atlantic Productions
Three Part Series
A landmark David Attenborough series for BBC. David returns to the Great Barrier Reef 54 years after he first went diving there with the first 'aqua-lungs'. Over three episodes he tells us how the reef was built, what creatures visit it, and speculates on its future survival.
I was the lead Cinematographer and my Camera Assistant in the Submersible was David Attenborough!!
A PERFECT PLANET
BBC One / Silverback Films
Five Part Series
In this series David Attenborough shows how life on planet Earth flourishes as result of a perfect balance of a whole array of factors.
I worked on the final episode ‘HUMANS’.
CONQUEST OF THE SKIES 3D
SKY3D & SKY1HD
Three Part Series
David Attenborough explores the evolution of flight in animals, from insects through pterosaurs and birds to finally bats, the youngest of the flying animals.
Shot in native 3D, SKY regularly repeat this series in 2D.
I worked as a Cinematographer/Stereographer.
TINY GIANTS 3D
BBC Natural History Unit
44 Minute Special
Released in the US, A 3D film showing how two very special little creatures survive in a hostile world.
I worked as Stereographer/Rig Tech.
NUREMBERG: GOERING'S LAST STAND
3BMTV for CHANNEL 4 (UK)
The story of Georing’s defiance at the Nuremburg Trials, told by some of the people who were there. A mixture of interviews and drama.
I shot the majority of the interviews and some of the drama.
2007 BAFTA winner of the Huw Weldon Award for Factual Programming.
ATTENBOROUGH’S FIRST LIFE
Atlantic Productions for BBC2, Discovery & ABC
Two Part Series
David Attenborough looks at evidence of the very earliest creatures to evolve, on a journey that goes back more than 500 million years.
***BAFTA Nominee for Photography 2011 ***
The series won 3 Emmys in New York Sept 2011
FLIGHT OF THE BUTTERFLIES 3D IMAX
S K Films (Toronto) & Principal Large Format (UK)
40 Minute IMAX Giant Screen
The incredible story of the Monarch Butterfly, which has one of the longest migrations of any insect, and the story of the man who spent a lifetime figuring out it’s amazing life-cycle!
I worked as joint DOP/Stereographer with Simon De Glanville, and shot all the drama scenes.
SIMON and I WON ‘BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY’ – GSCA Awards 2013 !!
Showing at IMAX theatres globally.
See the Trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xtBu35MXIQ
Colossus Productions for SKY 3D / IMAX 3D / SKY1 in 2D
Three Part Series
David Attenborough presents this Series of three films about the Geology and Wildlife of the Galapagos Islands.
Includes the last footage of ‘Lonesome George’, the only remaining member of his species, the Pinta Giant Tortoise, who sadly passed away two weeks after we filmed him.
WE HAVE WITNESSED AN EXTINCTION!
I worked as a DOP/Stereographer on the Main Unit.
THE DAY OF THE KAMIKAZE
Darlow Smithson for CHANNEL 4 (UK)
This film reveals the extraordinary story of the Japanese Kamikazes of World War II and the world's first suicide bombing campaign. Using archive, drama reconstructions and interviews with the survivors and their relatives, this film explores how thousands of young Japanese men were persuaded to sacrifice their lives in the name of war, and the lasting effect it has had on their families.
I shot all of the interviews in Japan and the USA and some of the Drama sequences.
It was a humbling experience to be in presence of these, mostly, old men who had survived and suffered the National shame that was laid upon the whole Kamikaze campaign after the War. Most of them had never before spoken about their involvement.
We know now that these men had been forced, not volunteered, to do this, and refusing was simply not an option!
Some of these men had been sitting in their planes with engines running, ready to go and die, when Japan surrendered to the Americans.
THE PENGUIN KING 3D
Colossus Productions for SKY 3D / SKY CINEMA 3D / IMAX 3D
80 Minute 3D Special
Narrated by David Attenborough and Tim Allen (In the US version) – the story of a young King Penguin returning to South Georgia Island after 3 years at sea, to find a mate.
I worked as a DOP/Stereographer.
We spent 5 months on the island of South Georgia in the Southern Atlantic.
Now available on BluRay and showing IMAX 3D and Giant Screens in the US & UK
THE ICE KING
A feature documentary for cinema release. New Black Films.
The incredible story of John Curry, the British figure skater who challenged and changed the sport forever. Directed by James Erskine, THE ICE KING is the searing documentary of a lost cultural icon, a story of art, sport, sexuality, and rebellion. Including incredible unseen footage of some of his more remarkable performances and with access to Curry's letters, archive interviews, and interviews with his family, friends and collaborators, this is a portrait of the man who turned ice-skating from a dated sport into an exalted art form.
See the Trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fm-CVZu3Ni4
Darlow Smithson Productions for DISCOVERY US & UK
A team of extraordinary engineers managed to right the stricken Costa Concordia in preparation for floating her off. In a process called 'parbuckling', they literally dragged the ship into an upright position, an operation that took about 19 hours. This is a ship that is twice the size of the Titanic. Nothing like this had ever been attempted before.
A major second and third series for National Geographic.
A new Blue Chip series for the BBC Natural History Unit
Some Drama Reconstruction for a Documentary about the Bismark
Screen Story / Channel 4
A wildlife sequence for a major National Geographic series
UK shoot for an Australian IMAX feature
Stranger Than Fiction (Sydney)