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Behind the Wild Lens

Join us on the Behind the Wild Lens Podcast as we uncover the mesmerizing secrets and captivating stories behind your beloved natural history TV shows. Immerse yourself in the thrilling journey from the lens to your screen, guided by the unsung heroes - camera wizards, insightful producers, charismatic TV hosts, brilliant composers, editing maestros, and visionary directors. Let us pull back the curtain for an exclusive insider's peek into the enchanting realm of wildlife filmmaking. Prepare to be awestruck by the magic that brings nature to life before your very eyes! (formerly the Master Wildlife Filmmaking Podcast)
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May 8, 2024

That One Time On A Shoot - with My Octopus Teacher cinematographer Roger Horrocks.

Roger describes the most incredible experience he's had filming underwater and likens it to a techno party in a ten story building in Berlin!

Apr 24, 2024

At 36 years old Roger realized he no longer wanted to be a senior executive of a fortune 500 company so he resigned and pursued a career in wildlife filmmaking.

 

Roger Horrocks is a wildlife cinematographer with 15 years of experience filming behavioural sequences for the BBC, Netflix, Disney and National Geographic.

Roger has worked from the frozen poles to the tropical equator and is experienced in documenting both open-water and benthic-based stories and behaviours.

Roger developed his underwater field craft as a competitive spear fisherman while studying for an Honours Degree from the University of Natal in South Africa. He continued to dive while working in the digital and financial services sectors, and furthered his management training at the UCT Graduate School of Business and the London Business School.

In 2007 he began working for the BBC Natural History on the Nature's Great Events series directed by Hugh Pearson, and began his apprenticeship under cameramen Didier Noirot and Doug Anderson. During this period he narrated and co-directed three documentaries with Craig and Damon Foster. The first of these "Into the Dragon's Lair", was nominated for an Emmy for best Cinematography in 2010, and the sequel, 'Touching the Dragon" was selected as one of the feature shows for National Geographic's 125th centenary year celebrations. Roger was also nominated for Best Narration at Jackson Hole .

In 2011 he shot his first blue chip sequence for John Downer's "Earthflight", for producer Rob Pilley. This was followed by a long term assignment from John Downer to film bottle-nose dolphins for the "Spy in the Pod" series which aired on BBC One in 2013, and two sequences on the BBC Atlantic series for producer Ted Giffords 2010.

In 2015 and 2016 he spent 110 days filming for Silverback Films on Disneynature's "Blue", for director Keith Scholey and worked as a second unit DOP on the National Geographic "Into the Okavango" feature directed by Neil Gelinas.

In 2017 Roger was appointed as the underwater DOP on the National Geographic Pristine Seas Expedition to Tristan da Cunha, led by Paul Rose, working for producer Alex Verville. For Blue Planet 2, released in October 2017, Horrocks received cinematography credits on four of the six main episodes, shooting for producers Jonathan Smith, Katheryn Jeffs and Joe Steven. For his contribution to the series has was awarded a BAFTA for Outstanding Cinematography in 2018.

Between 2015 and 2018 Roger worked for producer Hugh Pearson on the Coastal Seas and High Seas episodes of the Netflix original series “Our Planet”, produced by Silverback Films. He won a nomination alongside cameraman Jamie McPherson for Outstanding Cinematography for a Nonfiction Program at the 2019 Prime Time Emmy Awards on Los Angeles.

In 2019 Roger was one of two Underwater DOPs hired by Jonathan Smith of the BBC Natural History Unit to shoot underwater screensavers for Apple TV. He also began initial work on the oceans episode of Planet Earth 3, produced by BBC Studios.

In 2020 Roger contributed two sequences to the Animal series on Netflix, produced by Plimsoll Productions., and worked on a sequence for Silverback TV for a new series to be released in 2023.

In 2021 and 2022, Roger has been working exclusively on a new ocean series for Netflix, produced by Wildspace.

 

Join us on the Behind the Wild Lens Podcast as we uncover the mesmerizing secrets and captivating stories behind your beloved natural history TV shows. Immerse yourself in the thrilling journey from the lens to your screen, guided by the unsung heroes - camera wizards, insightful producers, charismatic TV hosts, brilliant composers, editing maestros, and visionary directors. Let us pull back the curtain for an exclusive insider's peek into the enchanting realm of wildlife filmmaking. Prepare to be awestruck by the magic that brings nature to life before your very eyes!

(Formerly the Master Wildlife Filmmaking Podcast)

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Apr 10, 2024

That One Time On A Shoot mini episode with George Vlad.

George Vlad is back with a story about the time he recorded something he really wasn't expecting!

George Vlad records sounds. He likes to focus on pristine natural soundscapes free from human influence, of which there are less and less every day.

His quest to escape human-made noise takes him to remote and sometimes inhospitable parts of the world. This is more than fine with George as he loves exploring and doesn’t shy away from adventure.

His recent projects include the blockbuster movie Dune Part 2, Planet Earth III, Disney's Mufasa: The Lion King and Sony Playstation video game Horizon Forbidden West.

Join us on the Behind the Wild Lens Podcast as we uncover the mesmerizing secrets and captivating stories behind your beloved natural history TV shows. Immerse yourself in the thrilling journey from the lens to your screen, guided by the unsung heroes - camera wizards, insightful producers, charismatic TV hosts, brilliant composers, editing maestros, and visionary directors. Let us pull back the curtain for an exclusive insider's peek into the enchanting realm of wildlife filmmaking. Prepare to be awestruck by the magic that brings nature to life before your very eyes!

(Formerly the Master Wildlife Filmmaking Podcast)

SUBSCRIBE wherever you get your favorite podcasts.

 

Mar 27, 2024

George Vlad records sounds. He likes to focus on pristine natural soundscapes free from human influence, of which there are less and less every day.

His quest to escape human-made noise takes him to remote and sometimes inhospitable parts of the world. This is more than fine with George as he loves exploring and doesn’t shy away from adventure.

His recent projects include the blockbuster movie Dune Part 2, Planet Earth III, Disney's Mufasa: The Lion King and Sony Playstation video game Horizon Forbidden West.

Join us on the Behind the Wild Lens Podcast as we uncover the mesmerizing secrets and captivating stories behind your beloved natural history TV shows. Immerse yourself in the thrilling journey from the lens to your screen, guided by the unsung heroes - camera wizards, insightful producers, charismatic TV hosts, brilliant composers, editing maestros, and visionary directors. Let us pull back the curtain for an exclusive insider's peek into the enchanting realm of wildlife filmmaking. Prepare to be awestruck by the magic that brings nature to life before your very eyes!

(Formerly the Master Wildlife Filmmaking Podcast)

SUBSCRIBE wherever you get your favorite podcasts.

Feb 28, 2024

Fredi has directed some of the most successful natural history series in existence... he also knows where the record button is on a camera!

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Behind the Wild Lens Podcast Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of what it takes to make your favorite natural history TV shows and landmark series from the camera people, producers, TV hosts, composers, editors and directors who make them. This is a sneak-peak behind the curtain of wildlife filmmaking.

(Formerly the Master Wildlife Filmmaking Podcast)

SUBSCRIBE wherever you get your favorite podcasts.

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Feb 22, 2024

The Master Wildlife Filmmaking Podcast is getting a much needed rebrand. The new name is 'BEHIND the WILD LENS'.

Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of what it takes to make your favorite natural history TV shows and landmark series from the camera people, producers, TV hosts, composers, editors and directors who make them. This is a sneak-peak into the lives of wildlife filmmaking professionals! 

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Aug 16, 2022

Ben and the team at Fin & Fur Films blends strong messages with beautiful filmmaking in all their films and Deep in the Heart is no exception. 

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Are you interested in becoming a wildlife filmmaker or further your career in the industry?

If so, check out my free video training at: https://www.jakewillers.com/mentorship

In this video training you’ll learn the method I use to remain laser focused during my productions and how to create image sequences that tell a story!

If you want to get the BTS on the podcast guests, extra podcast content, CatchUp Conversations and more check out the Patreon page to get more info: https://www.patreon.com/MWFP

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Aug 3, 2022

From directing Bear Grylls in a camel carcass in the Sahara to becoming an Author & Novelist Tony has had a diverse palette of roles.

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Are you interested in becoming a wildlife filmmaker or furthering your career in the industry? If so, check out my free video training at: https://www.jakewillers.com/mentorship

In this video training you’ll learn the method I use to remain laser focused during my productions and how to create image sequences that tell a story!

If you want to get the BTS on the podcast guests, extra podcast content, CatchUp Conversations and Ad-free podcast episodes then check out the Patreon page to get more info: https://www.patreon.com/MWFP

Jul 19, 2022

Being swarmed by bees, stampeded by elephants and eating tribal delicacies are just some of the daily activities Hazen finds himself enduring!

Are you interested in becoming a wildlife filmmaker or furthering your career in the industry?

If so, check out my free video training at: https://www.jakewillers.com/mentorship

In this video training you’ll learn the method I use to remain laser focused during my productions and how to create image sequences that tell a story!

If you want to get the BTS on the podcast guests, extra podcast content, CatchUp Conversations and Ad-free podcast episodes then check out the Patreon page to get more info: https://www.patreon.com/MWFP

 

Jul 2, 2022

Life sometimes throws us a curve ball and we have to make a course correction, but taking that leap when opportunity reveals itself can be hard, yet Alan went for it!

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Are you interested in becoming a wildlife filmmaker or further your career in the industry?

If so, check out my free video training at: https://www.jakewillers.com/mentorship

In this video training you’ll learn the method I use to remain laser focused during my productions and how to create image sequences that tell a story!

If you want to get the BTS on the podcast guests, extra podcast content, CatchUp Conversations and Ad-free podcast episodes then check out the Patreon page to get more info: https://www.patreon.com/MWFP

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Jun 15, 2022

The Best Advice Compilation No.1 contains advice from 11 guests from previous episodes. This advice is so valuable it needs to be heard again and again.

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Are you interested in becoming a wildlife filmmaker or further your career in the industry?

If so, check out my free video training at: https://www.jakewillers.com/mentorship

In this video training you’ll learn the method I use to remain laser focused during my productions and how to create image sequences that tell a story!

If you want to get the BTS on the podcast guests, extra podcast content, CatchUp Conversations and Ad-free podcast episodes then check out the Patreon page to get more info: https://www.patreon.com/MWFP

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Jun 1, 2022

Jamie is best known for epic wildlife gimbal cinematography from all types of vehicles such as helicopters, ATVs, snowmobiles, boats and his DIY cine-buggy.

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Are you interested in becoming a wildlife filmmaker or further your career in the industry?

If so, check out my free video training at: https://www.jakewillers.com/mentorship

In this video training you’ll learn the method I use to remain laser focused during my productions and how to create image sequences that tell a story!

If you want to get the BTS on the podcast guests, extra podcast content, CatchUp Conversations and Ad-free podcast episodes then check out the Patreon page to get more info: https://www.patreon.com/MWFP

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May 15, 2022

Sripad Sridhar experienced an event when he was just 21 where he could have lost his life. That event cemented his desire to become a wildlife filmmaker.

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Are you interested in becoming a wildlife filmmaker or further your career in the industry?

If so, check out my free video training at: https://www.jakewillers.com/mentorship

In this video training you’ll learn the method I use to remain laser focused during my productions and how to create image sequences that tell a story!

If you want to get the BTS on the podcast guests, extra podcast content, CatchUp Conversations and Ad-free podcast episodes then check out the Patreon page to get more info: https://www.patreon.com/MWFP

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May 1, 2022

With 20 million YouTube subscribers, and over 4 billion views on the Brave Wilderness channel Coyote has learned a thing or two about building a brand from the ground up.

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Are you interested in becoming a wildlife filmmaker or further your career in the industry?

If so, check out my free video training at: https://www.jakewillers.com/mentorship

In this video training you’ll learn the method I use to remain laser focused during my productions and how to create image sequences that tell a story!

If you want to get the BTS on the podcast guests, extra podcast content, CatchUp Conversations and Ad-free podcast episodes then check out the Patreon page to get more info: https://www.patreon.com/MWFP

Apr 15, 2022

From Nature Photographer to Wildlife Filmmaker, Jayaprakash has taken the leap and now spends the majority of his time filming wildlife in Singapore for NGOs.

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Are you interested in becoming a wildlife filmmaker or further your career in the industry?

If so, check out my free video training at: https://www.jakewillers.com/mentorship

In this video training you’ll learn the method I use to remain laser focused during my productions and how to create image sequences that tell a story!

If you want to get the BTS on the podcast guests, extra podcast content, CatchUp Conversations and Ad-free podcast episodes then check out the Patreon page to get more info: https://www.patreon.com/MWFP

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Mar 15, 2022
Andy Casagrande IV knows a thing or two about sharks as he spends most of his time underwater with them. Andy's not afraid to give away great advice and inspire a new generation of filmmakers!

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Are you interested in becoming a wildlife filmmaker or further your career in the industry?

If so, check out my free video training at: https://www.jakewillers.com/mentorship

In this video training you’ll learn the method I use to remain laser focused during my productions and how to create image sequences that tell a story!

If you want to get the BTS on the podcast guests, extra podcast content, CatchUp Conversations and more check out the Patreon page to get more info: https://www.patreon.com/MWFP

Jan 22, 2022

Barend & Henk chat about their TV series Rooted, how they got their start in the industry, and overcoming the challenges of filming during a pandemic.

Nov 24, 2021

Erin discusses her passion for long lens filming, how she navigated her way through the industry and why it so important to pursue your own goals.

Oct 22, 2021

From her beginning as a journalist & graphic designer to her current role as Executive Director of Jackson Wild, Lisa discusses the importance of drive and passion.

Sep 23, 2021

Jake speaks about his early years running a wildlife park, his move into wildlife filmmaking and how he now juggles his work and career.

Aug 22, 2021

Casey chats about his early years breaking into the industry, his latest film, and the passion that drives him to make wildlife films.

Jul 23, 2021

Jeff discusses filming in Yellowstone, working with Sir David Attenborough & Chris Morgan, and utilizing custom made camera traps to film mountain lions.

May 23, 2021

Sophie shares her journey into wildlife filmmaking, the importance of a strong message in her films and diversity in the future of the industry.

Apr 22, 2021

Janet discusses her, not so straight forward, journey into the wildlife filmmaking industry and offers some great insight into Nat Geo Wild's program selection process.

Mar 23, 2021

Ivo discusses his journey into wildlife filmmaking as well as how he managed to persuade Canon to build the CN20 lens, now synonymous with wildlife filmmaking.

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