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Ric Swift

Assistant / Lighting Cameraman / Sound Recordist

Arusha (Near Kilimanjaro), Tanzania

Managing Director of the UK Wildlife Film School.
The UK Wildlife Film School has been running for 10 years, and is proud to be the UK´s leading provider of independent practical workshops / film courses; operating from 12 days to 3 months in the field in both wildlife film & conservation film-making.
Using the latest Sony 4K cameras, Fujinon 4K lenses and 4K editing systems we give our students the opportunity to learn and experience hands-on what is required to live and work in remote locations.

We have just recently relocated to Arusha in Tanzania, so as well as running our courses in the UK, we will now be running courses in Africa, in such wildlife rich areas as the Serengeti, the Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara and Tarangire.

Visit our website for a comprehensive list of courses, dates and locations.

Credits and Experience

Ministry of Defence – British Army (Major)

Served with British Army for 12 years, member of UK Special Forces. Covert Surveillance & Reconnaissance Unit operating in remote and hostile locations (Dessert, Artic, Jungle, Mountain) working as a covert photographer/video cameraman. Skilled in Camouflaged work, equipment logistics.

Ministry of Defence Training Films (Various)

Due to having high security clearance I was able to work in various restricted areas, filming and producing both training and instructional films, both in the UK and Overseas.


Extreme sports promotional film x 2. Filming from shore with long lenses, on fast rib boats filming with Stedicam, on & underwater with camera in Amphibico Housing


Freelance Cameraman


ENG Cameraman (Freelance)


ENG Cameraman (Freelance)


Animal Behaviour,  Editing,  Expedition,  Extreme Environments (arctic, desert, mountain),  Extreme Locations,  Field audio gathering equipment,  Field Craft,  Hide Work,  Large Format,  Long Lens,  Open Water Dive Licence,  Polar Regions,  Remote Shooting,  Rock/Ice Climber,  Script Writing,  Set Building,  Sound Recording,  Steadicam,  Stills Photography,  Surface and Underwater video and stills,  Wilderness experience,  Working at Height.


Cameras,  Sony FS7 Super35 4K camera with lens - DJI Osmo - Stabilized 4K camera - Canon 5D Mk3 DSLR,  Editing.