Freelance Wildlife Cameraman and Location Director.
4 years as CAA commercial drone operator.
Credits include: BBC1, 2, 4, Channel 5, Animal Planet, One Show, Springwatch...
I am a confident and ambitious cameraman and shooting director who specialises in natural history, adventure and factual documentary. I am well-travelled, a problem solver, and I work well as part of a team.
I started my career as an editor. As a result, I understand how sequences are constructed and I am confident at adapting to changing narratives on location.
I enjoy working in challenging environments, and I always strive to maintain a positive, and supportive attitude towards my colleagues.
Shooting Director / PD credits:
Shooting Director - The Secret Life of the Farm. Ep3 OSF for BBC 2018
Camera World of Baby Animals, Blakeway / Zinc Channel 5 2018
Director of Photography - The Secret Life of the Farm x 3 1hr eps OSF for BBC 2018
Camera - European carnivores Wildlife 24 Blink for Smithsonian 2018
Camera - The Explorers Handbook BBC Studios for BBC4 2018
Director of Photography - The Wonderful World of Puppies Blakeway for Channel 5 2018
Camera/Sound - 60 Years of Gatwick Airport with Dan Snow OneTribe TV for BBC1 2018
Shooting Director - 5min VT film, St Mary’s Lighthouse. Springwatch BBC NHU for BBC2 2018
Camera and Drone - ‘Drone Dolphin’, One Show, with Mike Dilger BBC NHU for BBC1 2018
Camera & Drone - Wild Great Britain'. 8-part wildlife series Plimsoll for Channel 5 2017
DOP and Drone - Short science film One Show with Patrick Ayree BBC NHU for BBC1 2017
Drone & 2nd Camera - Deadly Dinosaurs with Steve Backshall BBC NHU for CBBC 2017
Shooting PD - Boxing Mountain Hares. One Show BBC NHU for BBC1 2017
Shooting PD - Britain’s Greatest Bridges. 2 x 1 hour docs Channel 5 in-house 2016
Drone - The Dales and Moors: A Year in the Wild Tigress for Chan 5 2016
Shooting PD - Meet the Penguins 2 x 30mins Blink for Animal Planet 2016
Shooting Director - Pillars of Light, Lighthouses of England 2016
Shooting PD - Elephant & Human conflict, Botswana. Ecoexist The Howard G. Buffett 2015
Shooting PD - Ghost fishing nets / seals World Animal Protection
Director Art Inspiration. 1 hour doc ASA for BBCLearning BBC2
Director - Interviews with world leaders World Economic F Lonely Leap, News channels
PD - Alesha Dixon in Brown Bear Rescue WSPA / ITV Lorraine, Nat History Museum
Shooting PD - Tim Minchin live Edinburgh Festival / Online WAP
Shooting Director - Ascension Survival. Natural history doc ASA Productions
Shooting Director - The Minke Whale of Mull. Sealife Surveys WAP / Wild Scotland
Shooting Director - Andrea Kauten on Steinway. doc SONY Classical Music
Shooting Director - Wing suit – human flight, pilot. Florida, doc Edge 2 Edge Films
Shooting Director - Bodacious, Bull Riding America. LA, pilot, doc Edge 2 Edge Films
Shooting and directing presenter led films.
Advanced camera skills.
Wildlife / remote / extreme location experience.
Managing production crews on location.
Technology savvy, experience 4K, Solid state, codecs, formats etc.
Registered with the CAA for commercial filming using camera drones.
Sony FS7 owner, Panasonic Varicam, GH5, RED, ARRI Amira, Sony F5, Canon 5D, C300, solid state recorders.
Specialist in aerial camera (drones). Inspire owner. DJI Ronin, GoPro, OSMO, Bushnell camera traps.
Awards / Publications:
Guest Speaker, the Art of Done Cinematography. BVE 2018
Highly Commended 'Mountain Hare & the Photographer' British Wildlife Photography Awards 2016
Finalist ‘Pathways to Coexistence', 'under 20 minutes'- Wildlife Vaasa 2016, Finland
Winner, "Pillars of Light', best documentary, Santa Barbara Fine Arts Festival 2016
Festival Selection, Greater Yellowstone Coalition, Spring 'Pathways to Coexistence' 2016.
Official selection The New York Conservation Film Festival 2016
'Pathways to Coexistence'.
Official selection The American Conservation Film Festival 2015 'Pathways to Coexistence'.
Editors Selection, Photographer of the year list Africa Geographic Magazine, Jan 2015
Finalist for Manfrotto 'Golden Hour' stills photograph award. 2014
Runner up WildScreen 'Panasonic Vision 12' awards (shoot and edit)
Globe Silver Award BBC2 Arts documentary, (director) World Media, InterMedia - 2010
Eden Channel online, Eden shorts editorial, 'Editing and storytelling'.
BBC Wildlife Magazine, April 2015 editorial & short film online, (elephant / human conflict).
Qualifications and Training:
Masters Degree in Interactive Digital Media (Impact of Technology on Documentary Practice)
BBC Safeguard Trust interactive modules – Trust Dilemmas in TV, Factual TV, Obs (online course)
BBC Production Safety (online course) 2017
Portable aerial camera rigs. Civil Aviation Authority permission to fly from 2016 to present
PADI Open Water Diver
Full UK Driving licence
Risk Assessment for Managers, Manual Handling, Ravensbourne. 2017
America (east and west), Ascension Island (South Atlantic), Australia, Botswana, Cyprus, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Germany, India (south), Italy, Maldives, Norway, Romania, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK. https://www.wildlife-film.com/interviews/RichardHughes.html
See this interview from 4 December 2018: Richard Hughes on current work and his journey as a wildlife film-maker coming late to the industry