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Simon Vacher

Director / Lighting Cameraman

Exeter, South West, United Kingdom

I’ve directed and shot epic sequences in some of the remotest, inhospitable and most challenging environments around the globe. From icy dry Antarctic tundras to humid sandy and salty environments of the Indian Ocean and Caribbean, I’ve also filmed in other challenging environments such as at sea in boiling oceans and deep inside bat caves.

At the heart of all my shooting work is the ability to craft sequences into a story that form the narrative of a documentary, despite sometimes being a bit uncomfortable. Only then can I say to the director, ‘We’ve got the shot’.

My camera-work has recently featured presenter-led documentary programmes for National Geographic, BBC 2 and BBC 4 and I regularly shoot for independent production companies commissioned by independent channels such as Channel 4. I have a track record for filming and producing contributor led stories for television, online, short-film and cinema.

Credits and Experience

Channel 5: All Creatures Great and Small / 2020

Drama - Wildlife Unit DoP (Arri Alexa Mini and Cooke Lenses) Sequence of cow giving birth / Production Company: Playground Screen Yorkshire: Channel 5 Announces Adaptation of ‘All Creatures Great & Small’ - https://www.screenyorkshire.co.uk/news/channel-5-announces-adaptation-of-all-creatures-great-small/

BBC Cymru Wales: Wonders Of The Celtic Deep / 2020

Long-lens specialist wildlife cameraman (RED Gemini, Canon CN20, Sony FS7, Sigma 150-600mm) IN PRODUCTION. Landmark natural history series will uncover the secrets of Welsh seas / Executive Producer: Dale Templar / Production Company: One Tribe TV BBC Media Centre: Landmark natural history series will uncover the secrets of Welsh seas - https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2020/wales-landmark-natural-history-secret-seas

BBC Inside Out SW 2018 - 2020

Ongoing wildlife related local news features

Escape to the Cheateau (Channel 4) 2017 - 2020

Wildlife sequences shot in French countryside for Series 4 - 6

Natures Treasure Islands - National Geographic

Principle Director of Photography for 2 x 48min series documenting wildlife, people, culture and history of the UK Overseas Territories. Presented by Stewart McPherson.

Channel 4 news and features - Election expenses

Lighting cameraman for news piece http://www.channel4.com/news/election-expenses-tory-pcc-candidate-under-scrutiny

Richard Parks’ Big Welsh Adventure - BBC 2 & BBC Wales

Second cameraman shooting on Canon C300 for an adventure show for BBC 2/BBC Wales following extreme adventure athlete Richard Parks cycling the breadth of Wales. I was primarily involved with setting up and filming of contributors, supporting second angles of main camera, action cam rigging (GoPro's) and data wrangling the content from eight cameras.

River Cottage - To the Core, Channel 4

Camera Operator. 2013 series looking at using fruit for cooking. Pres: Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

Dispatches - Missing Mail, Channel 4

Senior Cameraperson & Sound. Single day filming setups and interview between contributor and director about courier company. Prod Co: Nine Lives Media. Dir: Jane Drinkwater/Yasmin Griffiths

Murder in Paradise - Channel 4

Director of Photography & Sound. Single day at coastal UK location filming setups and interview between contributor and director. Director: Tom Stone

Britain's Treasure Islands - BBC Four

Principle Director of Photography for 3 x 60min series documenting wildlife, people, culture and history of the UK Overseas Territories. Presented by Stewart McPherson.


Contacts

mobile: +44 (0)7765 488101

web: www.simonvacherfilm.com

email: info@simonvacherfilm.com

Skills

Adventure,  Animal Behaviour,  Birds in Flight,  Blue/Green screen,  Documentary,  Editing,  Extreme Environments (arctic, desert, mountain),  Extreme Locations,  HD 25p,  High Speed/Slow Motion,  Slow Motion,  Wilderness experience.

Equipment

Canon C300,  Sony F5,  Sony FS7 documentary filming kit,  Canon CN20x50 IAS H E1/P1,  Canon CN7x17 KAS S E1/P1,  Canon CN20x50 IAS H E1/P1,  RED Gemini DSMC2,  Miller Compass 50 3-Stage Carbon Tripod.