I am a passionate Researcher/AP and Presenter and have spent three years working at a wildlife park researching stories and creating online videos for media within conservation and education. Along with this I have spent the last year teamed up with my colleague at Wildlife Film Productions creating a variety of content from stock footage to, reality reels to blue chip documentaries filming in both England and California.
Whilst working on projects I have had the opportunity to take part in pre-production (research, script write, develop stories, organise budgets, accommodation and scouting days,) production (assist cameramen in the field, go through dailies, assist with directing,) and finally post production (assist with edit and social media.) Having filmed regularly on location I am familiar with the logistics of a shoot and working with various crews/teams, liaising between them and location staff including BBC Learning English.
Alongside my research career I am an accomplished presenter both on and off screen. Having toured shows both nationally and internationally for 12 years (credits include Science Museum Live) I am no stranger to hard work and I eventually secured a position with BBC Learning English. Realising my passion for wildlife I combined both sets of skills within my role at Paradise. I managed to massively improve the shows whilst I was there, making conservation topics both entertaining and engaging. This was recognised by the team and management and I was asked to represent paradise at the BIAZA Presenter Workshop and I ran two workshops at the ABWAK symposium in 2015. I believe certified Zoo’s can be a great way to learn about endangered animals due to their breeding programs and scientific studies and I consider my background in this area to be very beneficial within my role as a researcher.
As an incredibly ambitious person with an insatiable appetite for hard work, bundles of enthusiasm, and a veracity for learning I would be a dedicated asset for any team. For any more information, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
The Pray will immerse you into the forested world of the dead leaf mantis. This action packed film boasts incredibly unique and dynamic shots. Fly through the forest with flies, witness the cunning behavior between the mantis and the hawk and experience a hunt like you’ve never seen before. Using stunning cinematography we divulge the truth of a catch and behold the incredible way a mantis devours its prey. It’s everything a fantasy movie would have except this time, it’s real. This is an action adventure popcorn movie for wildlife films. Created by Alex Jones and Emma Blackwell.
In the depths of the Bolivian jungle there is a place where illegally trafficked wildlife gets a second chance. La Senda Verde is a haven for animals desperate to survive. Ajayu is an Andean bear rescued from horrific pain, having been brutally attacked by a village. He was majorly underweight, completely blinded and had hardly any sense of smell due to severe traumatic damage. His story is told for the first time in a public space with the hopes that other animals will be saved in the future from such horrific abuse. He is a fighter unlike any other, overcoming incredible injuries to live a happy life once more!
Filmed with hardly any kit accept a DSLR and iPhone and spider monkeys trying to steal what I did have, I was surprised I managed to get anything put together. However I got it completed and two weeks after releasing both the English and Spanish versions on Facebook the views hit over 34k and was shared over 1.2k times. Hopefully a good start in educating the local communities and helping Ajayu to become the face of Andean bear conservation.
I travelled 13 hours across Peru then 7 hours through the mountains, hopefully so I can see Andean Condors at Colca Canyon. I've already been told it's less likely this time of year....but I know people that have seen them recently, so I stay positive. Donning my backpack, camera and map I hike to several places known for condor sightings and sit for hours hoping for a glimpse of one. The scenery is stunning but I've come here with one goal in mind!
Will my Condor dream become a reality? Watch 'My Search For Andean Condors' to find out.
Lots of people are scared of invertebrates mostly because there is little understanding of just how important they are to ecosystems all over the world. This year I worked alongside ZSH utilising BIAZA's Big Bug Bonanza campaign to create awareness on how amazing these creatures are. There were daily invertebrate shows at the park and then for the week that the campaign was running ZSH ran a mini series made for Facebook. Here you can see me hosting a mini episode on the snail.....notoriously a gardeners worst enemy.
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