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Jim Manthorpe

Lighting Cameraman

Lochaline, United Kingdom

I am based in the West Highlands of Scotland and specialise in long lens. I am also a PfCO drone licence holder. Recent work includes 'Wild Isles' (Silverback/BBC), 'Scotland - A Wild Year' (NHNZ/Channel 5), 'Snow Cats & Me with Gordon Buchanan' (Hello Halo/BBC), 'Atlantic - A Year in the Wild' (Tigress/Ch5), 'Wild Britain' (Plimsoll/Ch5), One Strange Rock (Nutopia/NatGeo) and Springwatch (BBC).

Experience with Red, Arri, Varicam, Sony FS7, F5 & F55.

I am a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and member of The Mammal Society. Past experience includes working as a countryside ranger on a remote Highland estate - Knoydart - and working as an adventure guidebook author for Trailblazer Publications. I have travelled extensively on solo research trips around the world, particularly the Himalayas, Lapland, Canada and Patagonia.

Credits and Experience

Wild Isles

Silverback for BBC - golden eagles - 2021

Scotland - A Wild Year 2020

NHNZ for Channel 5. Long lens, slider and drone.

Springwatch 2020

SlowTV VT Loch Aline. Long lens, slider and drone.

Springwatch 2019

remote camera and long lens on golden eagle nest

Snow Cats & Me with Gordon Buchanan 2019

Long lens and sync camera

Autumnwatch 2019

cameraman - blue chip short on shearwaters using infra-red cameras

Atlantic - A Year in the Wild 2017-18

Eight sequences for Tigress Productions/Channel 5

One Strange Rock 2017

Long lens for landmark series for Nutopia/NatGeo

Wild Britain 2017

long lens on 2x60mins series for Plimsoll Productions / Channel 5

Springwatch 2016

Remote camera operator on golden eagle nest

Into the Wild with Gordon Buchanan 2016

Long lens and sync camera for Hello Halo/BBC (5 x 60mins)

Winterwatch 2015

camera assistant x 4 episodes

Springwatch 2014

camera operator x 4 episodes, camera assistant x 8 episodes

Highlands - Scotland's Wild Heart

long lens for maramedia 2014-2015

Winterwatch 2014

camera assistant x 4 episodes


telephone: +44  01967 421792

mobile: +44  07935 368202




35mm,  Adventure,  Animal Behaviour,  Birds in Flight,  Camera Loading and Assistant Work,  Expedition,  Extreme Environments (arctic, desert, mountain),  Field Craft,  HD 24p/25p,  Hide Work,  Long Lens,  Polar Regions,  Stills Photography,  Sync Shooting,  Timelapse,  Wilderness experience.


Sony FS7,  Motorised time-lapse slider,  Canon 5D IV,  DJI Mavic 2 Pro - PfCO licence holder,  Sony FS7.