BIG CATS 

  • 3 x 60 minute episodes (incl behind the scenes).

  • I worked on 1 of the 3 episodes assisting on location, shooting making of, drone photography and timelapse photography. 

" One family, 40 different faces, they thrive in every landscape. From the frozen north, to the driest deserts ... from the most remote, barely explored places... to the heart of our modern world!

 

These are the cats!"

The secret lives of the worlds most mysterious cats are brought to light by advances in remote and low-light filming technology. In South Africa, we follow the nocturnal pursuits of the tiny black-footed cat that stakes its claim to the title of the world's deadliest, and in remotest Mongolia, we reveal the rarely seen Pallas's cat, at home with her kittens - she hunts by looking like a rock. Finally, in South Africa, we uncover the secret of the serval that thrives amongst the futuristic landscape of Africa's biggest industrial complex. These are remarkable cats, with surprising lives in extraordinary places

The principle camera for the shoot was the Merlin Thermal camera operated by Luke Barnett. Watching someone with his experience operating a tricky camera like that has been invaluable. Thermal can be a massive advantage or a huge hindrance and the line between those is very thin. On this shoot I learnt the limitations and the essentials of working with this unique bit of kit. Since this shoot we have taken this camera to new limits on brand new series such as Night on Earth for Netflix. 

Watch the behind the scenes

Jaguar Hunting Turtles in Costa Rica 

 - Behind the scenes camera operator 

 - Drone photography 

 - Timelapse photography 

 - Camera trap set ups and filming. 

 - Media management and offloading on location 

To watch the second episode of the series where the jaguar sequence can be found, click the "watch now" button below.

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