My career was born out of a passion for adventure, travel, creativity and technology. Having spent my early years following my geographer father around the Pacific islands, I’ve developed a natural empathy with peoples from all cultures. I connect with people easily, quickly putting them at ease despite the gaze of the camera. Working as a sync cameraman on character-driven and presenter-led documentaries, as well as working extensively in current affairs, I’m familiar with a wide variety of production styles and have won awards for my work.
I’ve spent more than 10 years behind the lens, half of that based in China. My work has taken me around the world and I’ve filmed in over 20 countries, in many diverse environments and climates. I’ve proven myself extremely capable in challenging environments where, thanks to my solid grounding in television production, I bring skills that make me an influential member of a creative team. I specialise in anthropological films, adventure, natural history and character driven documentaries. I love to film stylised human-based and landscape sequences as well as natural history wildlife sequences. Ultimately I want my work to lead me to those wild and untamed regions of the planet that have not been completely taken over by the modern world.
After five fantastic years living and working in China I’m now based out of Bristol, the world famous natural history filmmaking hub in the UK. A China specialist, having spent years travelling to film in every corner of that huge country, I’m always happy for opportunities to go back and use the extensive knowledge I gained of the place. I love the people, relish the challenge of working there and I speak what I call ‘cameraman’s Chinese’. I feel I have a good understating both of the majority Han society and also China’s various minority peoples, and I know a thing or two about the challenges; the first job I landed after I arrived in China was working full-time at China Central Television (CCTV), where I became the first foreigner ever employed ‘behind the camera’ in the documentary department of their English Language channel. It was certainly a memorable experience! I went on to film and edit over 90 features for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation across China, as well as shooting several documentaries including for the National Geographic.
More than anything else, I love creating beautiful sequences and images, regardless of the subject, involving the viewer in the story and finding the right emotional vibe that the scene needs. I love work that is focused on beauty and aesthetics and, along with an eye for a beautiful shot, I have a positive attitude and televisual understanding to offer production companies, bringing a developed aesthetic sense and feel for story to each sequence I work on.
I am a member of the Guild of Television Cameramen, the Australian Cinematography Society and the Natural History Network in Bristol. I have undertaken Hostile Environment training from the ABC in Sydney, hold three passports and have a valid US iVisa. I am up to date with all vaccinations and ready to travel at the drop of a hat. Please don’t hesitate to contact me to discuss the requirements for your next project. Follow me on social media to keep up with what I am doing, sign up to my newsletter and please take a look around the site – I hope you like what you see.