Simon Vacher

Simon Vacher

Wildlife camerawork
Cameraman/camerawoman/camera operator

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. Each environments brings a unique set of challenges, from understanding what camera kit is required and how camera equipment performs, to the needs of the human body in each environment to maintain peak performance. 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. I have real-world field experience filming on a range of cameras including the Sony F5/F55, Sony FS7, Sony PDW-700, Sony PMW-500 Sony PMW-200, Sony EX1, Sony EX3, Canon C300, Canon XF305 with extensive remote field experience in data wrangling, clip review and backup. I’ve also undertaken professional payload training with Airborne Image Solutions for drone based photography, and I’ve deployed, rigged and operated camera cranes and sliders in some of the harshest environments on the planet.

Status Messages

  • BBC Inside Out (South West) wildlife features TX fall 2018

    28 August 18

Work Area

Eire, N Ireland, Scotland, Wales, London, North East, North West, Midlands, South West, South East, National, International (Worldwide including experience in Antarctica polar & maritime regions)

Additional Info

Likes paragliding, surfing, downhill skiing, kayaking & kitesurfing/windsurfing & a good single malt.

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Coming Up

ProAV Academy: Making a Living from Stock Footage

ProAV Academy: Making a Living from Stock Footage
24 Sep 19 @ Proactive UK Ltd, 1 Eastman Way, Hemel Hempstead HP2 7DU

VMI Phantom Workshop: VEO 4K Super Slow Motion Camera

VMI Phantom Workshop: VEO 4K Super Slow Motion Camera
25 Sep 19 @ VMI London, Victoria Industrial Estate, Victoria Road, London W3 6UU

ARRI Certified Training for Lighting Techniques

ARRI Certified Training for Lighting Techniques
27–29/09/2019 @ ARRI, 2 Highbridge, Oxford Road, Uxbridge UB8 1LX

ProAV Academy: An introduction to lighting - with Carl Yates

ProAV Academy: An introduction to lighting - with Carl Yates
15 Oct 19 @ Proactive UK Ltd, 1 Eastman Way, Hemel Hempstead HP2 7DU

GTC Masterclass: Sound Recording for Single Camera Operators, Bath

GTC Masterclass: Sound Recording for Single Camera Operators, Bath
19 Oct 19 @ Bath Spa University, Newton Park, Bath BA2 9BN

ProAV Academy: One-on-one mentoring – with Alister Chapman

ProAV Academy: One-on-one mentoring – with Alister Chapman
22 Oct 19 @ Proactive UK Ltd, 1 Eastman Way, Hemel Hempstead HP2 7DU

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