Life on the road: A glimpse behind the lens

I’ve been shooting news and documentaries for fifteen years now. It’s more than a job, it’s a passion. While on assignment I often like to use my smaller cameras to film behind the scenes footage – when I get time I edit them. Some of the films I’ve made are posted below.

The above film was made while sailing to Normandy on HMS Bulwark during the anniversary of D-Day. I was working as cameraman and editor with the BBC’s defence correspondent. We accompanied two D-Day veterans. It was an amazing experience.

I’ve been to Afghanistan many times. In the early days of the war I enjoyed embeds with the military – they were open and we were able to gain great access. The top video was actually filmed by a Royal Marine during our downtown in 2007 at FOB Gibraltar.

By 2012 the military bureaucracy had become very restrictive. The above videos should give a small taste of what it’s like to be an embedded journalist.

Another career highlight was shooting on board a US aircraft carrier. These things really are floating cities. Filming on the flight deck was amazing but also quite difficult.

And my final “behind the scenes” film is from the 2008 Beijing Olympics. These were both my first Olympics and my first time in China. Great fun but exhausting to cover.

I’d love to see your films of life behind the lens. Please comment with any links.

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