2009 - Assignments
'Lost Land Of The Volcano' Transmission starts Tuesday 8th September for 3 weeks on BBC1. See 2008 for more !
Human Planet - on HD for BBC1
This major series for BBC1 is still in Production. Watch this space.......
The Oneshow - Scottish Eagles, Wildcats And Dolphins In The Moray Firth BBC1
Working with presenters Miranda Krestovnikoff and Mike Dilger we use satellite tracking we keep tabs on two eagles as they fly across the highlands of Scotland, spy dolphins in the waters near Inverness and try to find out more about the illusive wild-cat in the Cairngorms. Using a spy camera strapped to a tree we finally managed to get shots of a wild-cat after 3 weeks. DVCAM for BBC NHU and Icon Films.
Living With Monkeys - Indus Films on HD for BBC1
The Sette Cama area on the coast of Gabon, West Africa is home to the most iconic and illusive of the animals that inhabit the vast rain-forested regions of the Congo Basin. Forest Elephant, robust and feisty, arboreal lowland gorilla, hippos, the little known Red Capped Mangabey all live under the threat of ivory traders and hunters operating for the bushmeat trade. This 3 x 1 hour series for BBC1 shot on HD was set around a treehouse complete with two decks and a 21 metre long rope bridge leading to an observation platform. From Base we headed into the forest in search of wildlife, often coming too close for comfort, mainly due to the dense nature of the vegetation. Stumbling across an elephant was a very real possibility.
Presenters Dr Julie Anderson - Primatologist, Guy Grieve - Writer and Outdoorsman together with Gavin Thurston - Wild-life Cameraman combined their knowledge and expertise with local scientists and the people of Sette Cama to examine the ecological importance of the region.
Sometimes we ventured far and wide on sorties into the National Parks, climbing high into the canopy, tracking groups of arboreal gorilla or searching for surfing hippos and elephant on the beach. The four wheel driving was more like snorkelling at times and a submarine would have been more useful than a Landcruiser. The locals were a font of knowledge and a pleasure to be with. Hopefully the legacy of the treehouse, left as a resource for the development of eco-tourism in the area, will make the wildlife more valuable alive than dead.
Canopy Access run by James Aldred provided the safety rigging and masterminded the design & construction of the Treehouse
Click here for Guy's article for the Guardian http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2009/jun/07/gabon-wildlife-holidays-jungle?page=all
Insight Out - Digital Production - HFF Academy, Potsdam, Berlin
With delegates from over 20 countries attending this series of digital production workshops Keith presents a session about the making of 'Earth - Power Of The Planet' in HD alongside Producer Jonathan Renouf. He then offers the audience an insight shooting with HD in some of the world's most hostile environments. With tales from behind the scenes of the EMMY winning Beckoning Silence and BBC's Lost Land Of The Jaguar plus others........................................
Check out the Insight Out site http://www.insightout-training.net/
The Munros - BBC Scotland on HD (Sony 750)
This documentary examines the history of Munro's Tables and the often obsessive nature of 'Munro Baggers'. Presenter of 'Map-Man' and 'Coast', Nick Crane climbed Scotland's most technically challenging summit - The Innacessible Pinnacle on the Isle Of Skye with Martin Moran who completed the first solo winter non-stop round of all the 3000ft high summits in th country.
Perfect May weather had bought out Inn Pinn climbers in their droves but with a carnival atmosphere created mainly by the warmth, sun and lack of midges everyone was happy to wait their turn. It was gone 5pm before we had a clear run at it. Whilst the climbing isn't hugely difficult the degree of exposure, especially when making your way up the final arete, is legendary. Below is one of the camera positions perched right on the narrow crest. The consequences of a slip would have been unpleasant if it wasn't for the directional stabilty provided by the climbing equipment. Photo below courtesy of Chris Sleight - www.smallworldmedia.co.uk