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SHOOTING 'DUBAI ULTIMATE AIRPORT' FOR NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL

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It’s the end of my time in time Dubai filming a new 10 part documentary series for National Geographic - Dubai Ultimate Airport. You might think you’ve seen it all before but we had unprecedented access to a fascinating ‘super’ airport that will soon overtake London Heathrow as an international hub. I secretly I love a good airport - the smell of aviation fuel reminds me of setting off on adventures to far flung places. Hopefully watching this latest series might have the same effect! Look out for it on Nat Geo in 2013. 

SEARCHING FOR JUNGLE GOLD IN WEST AFRICA

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My latest job has landed me in West Africa where I’m getting a crash course in making documentaries in a jungle. It’s a challenging place to work in.

The first thing you learn is that it’s impossible to stay dry. If I’m not waist deep in murky swamp water, humidity is up to about 85% so I’m soaked to the skin for most of the day. The weather can switch from scorching sunshine to a torrential downpour in minutes but waterproofs don’t help. After a couple of days I ditched mine – they protect you from the worst of the rain but you sweat so much inside, that you feel like a boil in the bag, microwave meal. My jungle boots, thankfully are made by a British company called Altberg and are designed to let the water drain out as you walk. So my feet are just wet rather than waterlogged which makes a big difference.

The locals insist there aren’t crocs and hippos in this part of the river but it’s still a little unnerving wading through an estuary with a camera on my head. A 6- foot snake tried to climb into our lead dug out the other day so there’s definitely a few interesting creatures knocking around.

Despite the mud, sweat and inquisitive snakes, it’s a truly amazing place to be and all the hard work behind the lens should translate to a gritty and exciting new Discovery series. I can’t give away any details yet but it should be a cracker.

Nick is working for award winning, East London indie Raw Television. 

PROMO FOR MY DISCOVERY CHANNEL SERIES ONE CAR TOO FAR

ONE CAR TOO FAR PROMO FOR THE DISCOVERY CHANNEL

Here’s a taster of a recent show I series directed for the Discovery Channel.

We dropped an ex-special forces soldier, a petrol head and an old Jeep Wrangler into four of the world’s toughest environments, turned the cameras on and waited to see what happened.

Behind the scenes, it was a monster effort just to get the cars onto their starting positions for each episode. Thanks to some of the best off-roaders in the business, headed up by Duncan Barbour, we managed to get the car and talent into some ludicrous fixes. My favourite had to be the summit of a glacial covered, Chilean volcano.

Roads were out, so moving a small army of crew (sometimes up to 6 cameras) and support teams across sand, ice, water and a mountain range wasn’t easy but the stunning locations and great action made for an epic adventure off and on screen. Hope you agree.

OFF ROADING ON A CHILEAN VOLCANO FOR THE DISCOVERY CHANNEL

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I’ve been Series Directing a new adventure / survival series for the Discovery Channel which takes a car, a survival expert and a petrol head to four of the world’s toughest environments. In South America I experienced some of the most challenging shoots so far in my career, taking a film crew across volcanic glaciers one of the driest deserts on earth and a very, very wet rainforest.

This picture was taken on top of a volcanic glacier in South America and features Sound Recordist Darrell Briggs and myself tracking behind the talent on skidoos.

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Shooting GVs on the Sony PW 700 in Chile’s Atacama desert.

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Directing the action in a Chilean swamp.

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THE GREAT AMERICAN MANHUNT

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I’ve been blazing a trail across America on a new National Geographic series about forensic science. We’ve covered eight states in three weeks and still going strong!

I’m following a team of experts as they use state of the art forensic science to track down and identify mystery targets across the North American continent. It’s a classic man hunt mixed with cutting edge science and high octane stunts. All self shot in HD on the Sony PW800 and Canon 7D. Look out for it in early 2012.

Wide Eyed Entertainment, is the British production company behind the series - working title ‘The Great American Manhunt’. 

HERE'S SOME OF THE FOOTAGE I SHOT OUT IN ALASKA FOR GOLD RUSH SEASON 1

Here’s a clip from the final episode of Season 1 of Gold Rush in Alaska. I was lucky enough to film the moment when the snow swept in, forcing Todd and his crew to shut down the operation and head south to escape the brutal Alaskan winter. Very cold conditions to film in but it made for a great season finale.

SHOOTING GOLD RUSH SEASON ONE

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I’m back from Alaska after an epic two month shoot dodging bears and snow to make what’s going to be an epic ten part new Discovery series titled ‘Gold Rush Alaska’.

The series, shot on HD by a very talented Raw TV crew from the US and UK, follows the fortunes of a group of unemployed men who strike out for the wilds of Alaska in search of gold - a genuine story of man against nature. My highlight would have to be getting up and close to the wildlife including Grizzly bears. Let’s hope we’ve struck TV Gold. (Sorry had to say it!)