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John Brown

Director / Lighting Cameraman / Producer

Oxford, United Kingdom

I am a specialist wildlife & documentary cameraman & director with over 20 years experience and over 50 major credits to my name. I have won, or been nominated for, all of the industries major awards for cinematography including EMMY, BAFTA, RTS and ‘Panda’ awards for cinematography.

For information on my work, CV, credit & award listings, diary and my showreel please visit

Credits and Experience

Japan, BBC2

Sequence cameraman for the 3 part series on the natural history of Japan

Alaksa, BBC2

Key cameraman / DoP on the 3 part series about the wildlife of Alaska

Life Story, BBC1

Key cameraman on a 6 part series following the key life stages of various animal species. Nominated for BAFTA & RTS awards for cinematography, winner 2015 Televisual Award for Cinematography

Africa, BBC1, 2012

Sequence cameraman for the landmark series on African wildlife.

Madagascar, Lemurs & Spies, BBC2, 2012

BBC2, Natural World, Director / Camera. One of the rarest primates on earth, undercover agents, US legal history, world trade, dedicated biologists and high-end guitars. Winner Best Conservation Film & Special Award for Cinematography at Missoula 2014. Shown to the US Senate to campaign for change to international trade laws

Frozen Planet, BBC1, 2011

Sequence cameraman on the landmark series about the poles.

Empire of the Desert Ants, BBC2, 2011

BBC2 Natural World, Director / Camera. Groundbreaking macro, unique behaviour, and a great story ... Nominated for RTS award for Cinematography and Best Animal Behaviour at Windscreen 2013

Madagascar, 2011

Cameraman across all three programmes of BBC2's 'Madagascar' series. Principal cameraman on Programme 2. The series delivered over 6m viewers each episode - more than twice the expected BBC2 figures

Snow Monkeys

1 x 50 min, Natural World for BBC2, Director / Camera

Ganges - Daughter of the Mountains

3 x 50 min, BBC2, Principal camera on programme 1, sequence camera on programmes 2 & 3

Moose on the Loose

1 x 50min, BBC Natural World, Director / Camera

Ella: A meerkat's tale

1 x 50min, Natural World, Oxford Scientific Films for the BBC, Producer / Cameraman

Meerkat Manor, Series 1

2005, 13x 30min, Oxford Scientific Films, series cameraman. Nominated for Cinematography EMMY, Best Animal Behaviour at Jackson Hole '05 and Wildscreen '06, winner best cinematography at the Omi Awards and Best Documentary Series at the New York Film Festival

Deep Jungle

2005, Granada Wild, Programme 2, Cameraman, Winner 'Best Human & Animal' programme, Japan Wildlife Film Festival 2007

The Beeman Of Panama

1995, Oxford Scientific Films, broadcast on NG Explorer, Field assistant, winner - 'Best Educational Film' Japan Wildlife Film Festival 1995.

Panama Wild

1995, Oxford Scientific Films, broadcast on NG Explorer, additional Cinematography, winner of Chris Award (nature and wildlife) and nominated for Best of Festival at The Colombus International Film & Video Festival, 1997.

Sonora - A Violent Eden

1996, Oxford Scientific Films, NG Special and Channel4, Cinematography. Nominated for 3 EMMY awards, winner of EMMY award for cinematography, Special Mention of the Jury 12th International Festival of Documentary Films on Parks, Sondrio, Italy.

Oman - Jewel Of Arabia

1997, Oxford Scientific Films, BBC Natural World, Cameraman.

The Forbidden Fruit

1998, Oxford Scientific Films, BBC Natural World, Principal Cameraman, winner of the MediaNet Silver Award at the Munich Filmfest 1998, the Jury's award at the 13th Nature and Environment Film Festival in Grenoble, France, Finalist at Jackson Hole '99, 'innovation', and 'Best of Festival' 1999 Japan Wildlife Film Festival.


1998, BBC Horizon, Specialist photography.

The Vanishing Pools Of The Zambezi

1998, OSF / Africa Wildlife Films, BBC Natural World, Cameraman.

The Violent Planet

Inferno, 1999, BBC NHU, Cameraman.

The Ultimate Vampire

1999, Discovery Channel, USA, specialist photography.

The Triumph Of Life

1999 - 2000, Green Umbrella Ltd, all programmes, Cameraman.

Andes To Amazon

'Programme 1' and 'Grasslands' 1999, BBC NHU, Cameraman, BAFTA nominated for cinematography, Missoula 2001; 'Best photography', Programme 1 nominated for Royal Television Society Award for Cinematography. Both programmes nominated at Wildscreen 2002.

Wild Africa - Deserts

2000, BBC NHU, Cameraman, nominated at Wildscreen 2002, winner at Jackson Hole 2003 for cinematography.

Wild New World

2000-2002, BBC NHU, Principal Cameraman.

The Ladies Of Viramba

2003, OSF/BBC Natural world, Director/Cameraman.

Ice Age Death Trap

2003, BBC NHU Natural world, Director/Cameraman.

Britain & Europe Through Time

2003 - 2004, BBC NHU, Series Cameraman


telephone: +44 (0)1993 878072

mobile: +44 (0)7710 443347




35mm,  Aerial,  Animal Behaviour,  Birds in Flight,  Blue/Green screen,  Digibeta,  Documentary,  DV,  DVD Authoring,  Expedition,  Extreme Locations,  Field Craft,  HD,  HD 25p,  HDV,  Hide Work,  Infra Red,  Long Lens,  Low Light,  Macro/Studio,  Night Filming,  Polar Regions,  Remote Shooting,  Reptiles,  Stills Photography,  Studio,  Studio & exterior day & night lighting,  Super 16,  Sync Shooting,  Timelapse,  Wild/Dangerous animals,  Wilderness experience.


Digidolly kit with 6m of track, includes low level 100mm bowl and 'ride on' plate. ,  Derwent 'Super LED' IR light kits, x2, plus inverters for running off 12vDC sources,  JIMMY JIB III: x6 sections, hothead & Jimmy Jib tripod. The industry standard crane, packs into x4 cases for shipping,  SONY GVD900E MINI DV Recorder / monitor,  MOTOROLA XTN446 2-way radio kit,  NIKON x2 D800E cameras, full range of professional lenses from 10 - 400mm,  For a full list of my current kit please visit:,  RED Dragon: full production kit, x4 512GB Mini Mags, + 1 video module, full range of accessories,  Teradek Bolt 600 kit: industry standard remote video link kit.