Press release below:
More details to follow closer to broadcast in 2019.
Press release below:
More details to follow closer to broadcast in 2019.
The RSPB was formed in 1889 to counter the trade of bird feathers for women's hats in the late Victorian era - 130 years on, the organisation is still working tirelessly through research, partnerships, landscape conservation and policy work to help species recovery.
Read more about RSPB’s history here
Read more about RSPB’s mission here
Formed in 1953, the RSPB Film Unit is the oldest professional wildlife filmmaking organisation in the UK. Since this time the unit has collaborated with many well known camera operators including Hugh Miles, Mike Richards, Ian McCarthy and John Aitchison.
Mark got his first wildlife camera break with the Film Unit based at RSPB HQ in Sandy, Bedfordshire - he shares more details below:
Question: What is your connection to the RSPB Film Unit?
RSPB are still tracking white-tailed sea eagles in Scotland - click here to read more
Question: How did RSPB’s emphasis on conservation help shape your attitude towards the environment and wildlife?
Question: Which RSPB reserves do you feel especially passionate about and why?
Mark spent four happy filming days in Wales during October. The highlight was getting to know a group of red squirrels (feeding, caching, fighting, chasing, leaping and preening) in the autumn sunshine. Should you be interested in viewing some of Mark’s red squirrel archive footage, then please contact Emily on +44(0)7876 694477 regarding licensing agreements / rates.
One car full of kit: underwater FS7, tripod and topside set up, drone and slider.
Two dives with a colony of seals and one particularly pretty, playful one.
Three 04:30 starts to catch sunrise.
Four months talking about this trip….one day to plan logistics and prepare.
Five glorious boat trips.
Six beautiful west coast sunsets.
Seven Phantom4Pro explorations early in the morning and at last light.
Eight nights at Castle Ely Mill, Whitland.
Nine filming days – meeting scientists, making friends, moving gear around and laughing.
What a trip!
Zero Otters spotted (despite our best efforts).
1,200 miles on the road.
31,000 gorgeous puffins thriving on Skomer.
Thousands of Manx Shearwaters returning to Skomer under the cover of darkness.
Too many drinks enjoying sunset over the Atlantic Ocean at Druidstone.
Darren Aronofsky, Will Smith and experienced astronauts join forces to tell the extraordinary story of why life as we know it exists on Earth.
The trailer for One Strange Rock can be viewed here
Mark returns to the Togean Islands, Sulawesi, Indonesia in autumn 2017 to film for National Geographic's 'One Strange Rock'
On location image credits: © Kat Brown
I bought this smoke machine back in 2013 for some automotive work I was doing at the time. This is a great little machine for special effects - in fact, it was used at the 2012 London Olympics Opening Ceremony!
* Compact and robust
* Off power capability
* Water based, non-toxic smoke
* Quick dispersing smoke, ideal for special effects
* Controllable smoke, from a small wisp to a large plume
* Sale comes with a remote lead and a selection of smoke fluid aerosols
* Product code: PS21R
* Size (cm) (L x W x H): 36cm x 14cm x 20cm
* Weight: 6kg
* Heat exchanger wattage: 1,100W
* Power Supply: 230v, 50/60Hz
* Warm up time from cold: 5 mins
* Duration of aerosol at maximum output: 15 mins approx.
* Smoke output: 0 – 180 m3/min. (6,350 ft3/min.)
* Operation off the mains power supply: Yes
The ROCKET QD which looks and works in the same way as the ROCKET machines produces an even thicker, whiter smoke but which dissipates within a couple of minutes. This machine is mainly used for special effects for smoke that needs to disperse quickly. It's also ideal for photo shoots. By using it with a fan, a superb steam / CO2 blast effect can be created.
I am looking to sell this smoke machine for £350 plus VAT (a VAT invoice will be provided with the sale). The goods are located in West Sussex, so can either be picked up in person or sent in the post at cost. If posting, Quick Dispersing smoke fluid aerosols can be brought directly from Pea Soup (smoke machine specialists).
Please contact myself or Emily directly if you would like to purchase this item or have any questions.
Best wishes, Mark
Mark | E: email@example.com
Emily | T: +44 (0)7876 694477 | E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Blue Planet II has received two BAFTA nominations; one in the 'Specialist Factual' category and the other for the heart-wrenching 'Mother pilot whale grieves' sequence in the 'Must-see Moment' category.
Wild Alaska Live has been nominated in the 'Live Event' category and is up against:
- ITV News Election 2017 Live: The Results
- One Love Manchester
- World War One Remembered: Passchendael
The full list of nominations which were announced in London last week can be seen here
13 May Update - Results
Congratulations to the Blue Planet II Team WINNERS of the BAFTA 'Must-see Moment' category for the 'Mother pilot whale grieves' sequence:
Question: What shoot have you recently taken the Fujinon lenses on?
Question: Tell us more about why the Fujinon lenses were a great fit for this shoot?
Question: What USPs specific to the Fujinon lenses do you find most impressive?
Question: How did you utilise the full range of the two Fujinon lenses whilst on location?
Weekly Series on Channel 5: Starting Tuesday 06 March 9pm
Episodes will cover the following:
*Mark filmed Farne Island seals off the coast of Northumberland and the otters of Mull in the Inner Hebrides, off the west coast of Scotland for the series.
Final Episode on BBC One: Thursday 15 February 8pm
Devil Rays in the Azores
In this three-part series, wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan collaborates with scientists in the field to attach cameras onto animals in the wild. On their journey, which takes them to all corners of the globe, they uncover unexpected findings about the lives of some of the planet's most captivating species.
Mark spent one week filming for the Devil Ray sequence (Episode 3/3) on the Princess Alice Sea Bank in the Azores during August 2017.
The team set out to discover why vast numbers of Devil Ray gather every summer near the Azores archipelago in the mid-Atlantic. The team successfully deployed specially designed cameras which towed behind the rays, these in turn witnessed wildlife spectacles seen for the first time including 'sun-bathing' ray at the surface reheating after a cold dive and unborn ray pups kicking inside their giant, four-meter-wide mothers; a sign that this congregation might be a breeding ground for these majestic ocean giants.
Devil Rays are under threat from fishing, boat traffic, habitat decline and pollution and are currently listed as Endangered (EN) on the IUCN Red List. Although not usually targeted by fisheries, Devil Rays often become victims as bycatch. The good news is that Project AWARE have already made a positive impact to help protect Devil Rays.
Other wildlife events captured within this three-part series include fascinating insights into penguins catching their prey 200 miles off the coast of Argentina and fur seals avoiding attacks from great white shark off Australia. Further details and clips are available at BBC online.
Episodes 1, 2 and 3 are available on BBC iPlayer until February 2018.
The crew Mark worked with on the shoot:
Matthew Andrews, Field Director; Mark Roberts, Sound Recordist; Nuno Sá, Underwater Cameraman.
As champions of men, SCRUBD are passionate about helping men to be masters in every area of their life. Every month we interview a true master, who is making a difference in the world around him.
Usually found behind the camera, this month the spotlight is on wildlife and underwater cameraman Mark Sharman who has worked on some of the most exciting wildlife documentaries of our time including the award-winning Jago a Life Underwater and Blue Planet II which has recently aired on BBC One.
How did you get involved in underwater filming and how did it feel filming underwater for the first time?
What are the most important skills needed to master underwater filming?
Natural History programmes have evolved with advances in technology – what new skills have you had to develop to maintain your craft?
‘Jago a Life Underwater’ is an award-winning film about the life story of an old Bajau man. What was it like to work with these underwater masters and film them in their element?
Capturing the natural world on camera can be time consuming. How long would you spend filming in order to get all the footage required for a sequence?
What is your most memorable moment and have you had any scary encounters filming in the wild?
What advice would you give to aspiring documentary makers?
How do you master your day?
If you could have dinner with three male masters, who would they be and why?
The best piece of advice you have ever received?
Mark had the rare opportunity to visit and film in the British Indian Ocean Territory (also known as Chagos) in May 2017. Mark filmed a variety of wildlife behaviour; some of which is featured in this short, online piece aimed at those working in or transiting through the British Indian Ocean Territory.