“We are born to explore and pursue our own firsts, however we define them, whether that means the outer limits of the known physical map, the inner chasms of our imagination, or our own identity.”
Tania is a bilingual Zoologist, researcher director and camera assistant and with a passion for visually stunning, emotive storytelling and natural history. A graduate from the University of Leeds (1st class), and MA Wildlife filmmaking masters in partnership with the BBC, she is using her research skills and creative talents to produce cinematic and stylish wildlife documentaries that are entertaining and connect with audiences.
She is knowledgeable about the business and all areas of the industry including camera, lighting, sound, editing, risk assessments, scheduling, grading, mixing, producing/directing and scriptwriting. Her final student BAFTA nominated and award-winning wildlife film included actress Virginia McKenna and the Born free foundation, where she gained exclusive access to the largest ivory burn in Africa's history; and filmed the human-lion conflict in Meru National Park with Will Travers.
Experience in research/location work at the BBC on Wild Cats, Digital researcher on projects alongside Planet Earth 2 , Blue Planet II , pure researcher on Wild Metropolis, series researcher on Canadian Wildlife for Channel 5 - and now with Silverback Films on the 'Halo' for the wildlife series Our Planet in collaboration with WWF for Netflix. Tania designed and conducted 10 months research on bats highlighting their fascinating behaviours, was a camera assistant/focus puller on drama sets and a fully licensed CAA UAV drone pilot. A Panasonic and Atomos brand ambassador and producer of exclusive video & photographic content, Tania uses her shooting skills working with 4K/UHD/HDR and broadcast department as well as giving talks at multiple national events including The Royal Geographic Society, The Photography Show at NEC, The Adventure Travel Show for Wanderlust, as well as technical workshops for Wex Photographic and CVP. She is also a guest lecturer at several Universities.
Tania was also a filmmaker and tour guide in South Africa, building up her knowledge of animal behaviour and habitats, as well as ways of tracking and filming them.
Ambassador: Panasonic, Atomos, Sennheiser
Directing/shooting Researcher (see credits)
Camera: Red Helium 8K (CN20), Sony F55, Phantom Flex HD, Alexa mini, Varicam 35, EVA1, FS7, FS700, A7S, Panasonic GH5, HVX360, Canon C300, 7D, 5D, remotes, Blackmagic, GSS set up)
Drone pilot CAA certified drone license; Inspire 2, Phantom 3, 4 Pro.
Archive trained (Redux, Fabric, Silvermouse BBC)
Editing (Avid, Premier, Final Cut)
Colour grading (Da vinci - Resolve, Micro Panel, Advanced)
Photography: Panasonic/Lumix ambassador
Sound: Mixer 522, Sennheiser 416, Radio mic (G300s), Sennheiser SK100, Boom operator (recording & post, Pro Tools)
Lighting (ANOVA, rotor lights, Diva, Dedo, reflectors
Translator (Scripts, live, voice dubbing in Spanish)
Social media: Digital BBC Planet Earth II, Our Blue Planet/ Blue Planet II
Guest Lecturer: University of Nottingham, Wales, Ibex Earth
Speaker: Royal Geographic Society, NEC The Photography Show, Wanderlust, CVP, The Adventure Travel Show, BBC Radio Kent & Bristol, BBC Points West
Skills/Field location experience
Tania is a keen extreme adventure sportswoman and enjoys caving (single rope technique), rock climbing (rope access), horse riding, hiking, kayaking as well as running.
Filming for Silverback/BBC in Papua New Guinea
Rock climbing- Trad and Sports
Filming (self-shooting, permits/access) at the ivory burn, Nairobi, Kenya
Adventure activity and training and skills: Rock climbing and caving
I am also a hugely passionate rock climber and caver…and yet to master Scuba diving! I have recently completed a climbing course, learning how to lead climbs (Traditional climbing) and follow health and safety regulations on several outdoor trips. As well as this, training in Single Rope Technique as part of the Leeds Speleological society has allowed me to be confident when caving, and have been to several locations around the Yorkshire Dales.
At Leeds University I also joined the society, and this has significantly helped my communication skills, as you have to be constantly aware and perceptive as a climber or belayer to ensure the safety of both parties involved. Learning how to lead climb requires an element of coordination and cooperation between your fellow climbers above and below you. This allowed me to test myself and my judgement; where to place the climbing gear safely and securely, and to also engage with others and encourage them on their climbing routes, which is very enjoyable.
As part of the Speleological society, I also enjoy challenging myself and pushing my abilities to the limit in situations that require a high degree of assertiveness. Being constantly aware of the dangers and conscience of your team members' position in case of rock falls is vital for an enjoyable and safe trip. When descending and ascending at pitches, the switch-over with SRT gear has to be done quickly and calmly. I have learned both skills because I love challenging myself and find it useful to gain different perspectives when filming with a GoPro.
I further enhanced my caving expedition skills the end of March at the Summit centre (Wales) with a course at Merith Tyfild, including basic SRT, advanced SRT, SRT self-rescue, vertical team rescue, cave surveying in the artificial cave, first aid, emergency procedures, kit selection, underground cooking, expedition do's & don'ts, etc.. and large-scale vertical rescue workshop at the wall and underground cave rescue practice.
SRT caving kit required for ascending and decending caves. This was all the University's club kit I used for my for my first outdoor trip to Selgil in Yorkshire.
(Above) Training for the Dachstein expedition in Austria. A variety of caving gear was used in the Cardif Sports and Leisure Centure (at Rock Summit) in order to practice the techniques. Complex SRT, rescue, first aid, cave photography, cooking skills as well as mapping skills were attained. Leeds and Cardif University clubs attended the weekend trip. (left) The expedition itself took place this summer (2015, August) where a hike to the Dachstein was undertaken, in order to descend the 60m pitch and continue to push into the Herlatz chamber and connect the two colossal caves.
MA Wildlife filmmaking
My true passion aside from research, is photography and wildlife filmmaking, which I got into during my early teens with my first DSLR camera. I studied for a Masters in Wildlife Filmmaking in Bristol, as from a young age I aspired to gain a career in this industry as a camera operator and researcher - as well as being open to all areas of the film industry including producing.
This course enabled me to learn a range of skills vital to all aspects of the production, right through to the green lit stage to when it is sold/commissioned worldwide. It also has close links to the BBC NHU, with various seminars being taught by current producers and camera operators, and so the course content is highly relevant and applicable to industry standards. In a world where technology and audiences are continually changing, this course has prepared me for the challenges facing the industry.
Check out news and updates on the course for this year on my blog.
Being an ambassador for Panasonic and Atomos has opened up several opportunities for me to be able to attend talks at conferences, talks, interviews photography/video events such as the NEC Photography/Video Show, Wanderlust, The Adventure Travel show, CVP tech talks BBC Radio and The Royal Geographic Society for the Big Cat Festival. I also guest lecture for several Master's courses at Universities around the UK. I'm hugely passionate about doing them because it is not only rewarding to be speaking and sharing information about a topic dear to your heart, but also to help raise awareness about the very 'stars' of our show - and what we can be doing to help our planet.
Global Ambassador for Wildlife Conservation
The Ambassadors for Global Biodiversity Programme (Director, Chris Livemore) sets out to appoint twenty upcoming environmental scientists, future conservation leaders and inspirational explorers to act as Ambassadors and help establish a positive platform to promote the importance of protecting global biodiversity. It aims to raise awareness about the importance of preserving global biodiversity and highlighting the benefits that healthy ecosystems bring to us all through conservation filmmaking of which I am delighted to have been selected to be a part of.