Richard Cook © 2019

CAREER SUMMARY

DOP/cameraman with over 30yrs experience in high-end documentary, wildlife, popular factual, drama, commercials and features. Broadcasters include National Geographic, BBC, ITV, C4, and C5 – via independent production companies like IWC Media, Mentorn, JDP, Boundless, Tern TV, and Timeline Films.

I have extensive experience working worldwide as a cinematographer and photographer all over the UK especially in Scotlands Highlands and Islands. Lighting is an area I have a great deal of expertise in and take great care to make presenters and actors look good, I can light large sets ups both with hard and soft sources in everything from studios to caves. I also have a wealth of filming experience in many Industrial, outdoor and maritime environments having worked in oil rigs, ships, factories exposed coastlines and underwater and also in specialist areas such as Macro, Medical and detailed commercial work involving intricate lighting. 

Aviation is an area I have a huge passion for, I've flown over 8900 hrs P1 and filmed from many platforms including Military Jets, Helicopters, experimental aircraft and microlights.​  

I am a BBC approved drone operator (with x5s cameras, DJI Inspire 2 drones with the ability to record Prores at 4k). TV Drone Work.

I have a valid USA i-Visa.

 

Camera formats include: Arri, Red, Panasonic P2, Sony FS7, F55, Photron SA2, Canon C300 Mk2.

                                                                                               

RECENT WORK

  • Heavenly Gardens. BBC1

  • SpringWatch 2019

  • Panorama BBC

  • Back to the Moon.PBS NOVA, Bigger Bang productions..

  • Rise of the Rockets. PBS. NOVA

  • Grand Designs, Boundless.

  • Grand Tours of the Scottish Lochs, series 1/2/3 BBC

  • Raven CBBC

  • Grand Designs House of the Year S2, Boundless / Fremantle Media.

  • Digging for Britain. 360 Productions.

  • Super Small Animals, Natural History Unit. BBC1

  • National Treasures, IWC for BBC1.

  • Big Life Fix / Studio Lambert BBC Science BBC2.

  • One Show, BBC.

  • Supermarket Secrets, BBC.

  • Winter Watch, BBC.

  • Grand Tours of the Scottish Islands Series 4 BBC.

  • Tomorrows Food, BBC.

  • Battle for BSL, BBC.

  • Life in the Air, BBC.

  • Autumn Watch, BBC2.

  • Pets Wild at Heart, JDP. BBC.

  • Life of Dogs, Plimsol / Discovery.

  • Story of Cats, Plimsol /Discovery.

  • Grand Tours of the Scottish Islands BBC / series 3.

  • What Britain Eats.

  • The Worlds Most Expensive Stolen Paintings, IWC Media for BBC2. 

  • Unbuilt Britain, Timeline films for BBC4.

  • Harvest, NHU BBC1

  • Trust Me I am a Doctor BBC

  • BAE Systems, Royal Navy Type 45 Destroyer sea trials (Defence Pictures).

  • Grand Tours of the Scottish Islands for the BBC series 1 2 & 3.

  • Winged Planet, John Downer Productions for Discovery.

  • Time Team Specials.

  • Extreme Fishing with Robson Green, IWC Media for C5.

  • Earthflight, John Downer Productions, (JDP) BBC1/PBS

  • Maya, Guatemala 2012, Timeline films for National Geographic and C4.

  • ​Grand Tours of Scotland, series 1,2 & 3 Timeline films for BBC​

  • ​Scottish Clans, series 1,2 & 3 Mentorn films for BBC.

  • Culture Show, BBC

  • Grand Designs C4

  • Blue Peter

  • Children in Need

  • History Detectives, Lion TV for BBC

  • Horizon, Fireguard, Lion TV for BBC (worked inside burning building wearing breathing apparatus to operate cameras.

  • Lockerbie The Final Verdict, Tower Productions for National Geographic TV.

COMMERCIALS.

Filming BBC titles with Red Epic Dragon and Director Mike Prince.

Mont St Michelle, Barnacle Geese, Earthflight.

Patrick Aryee. Super Small Animals.

  • Coca Cola.

  • Virgin Radio.

  • Scottish Rugby.

  • S1 Jobs.

  • Arnold Clark.

AWARDS.

Zerb magazine article on
Grand Tours of Scotlands islands.
Zerb magazine article
on the making of Earthflight

  • Award for Excellence from the Guild of Television Camera Professionals for Grand Tours of the Scottish Islands 2017.

  • Royal Television Society (RTS) Nomination for Photography / Cinematography Grand Tours of the Scottish Islands 2014.

  • Emmy for Outstanding Cinematography - Winged Planet 2013.

  • Royal Television Society Award for Photography Earthflght 2012.

  • Award of Excellence from the Guild of Television Cameramen 2013.

  • Bulldog Award for Cinematography.

  • Arri GB Award for cinematography .

  • BAFTA Nomination (Photography) - Earthflight (with Christian Moulec and Mike Richards).

  • Icare Award (France), Earthflight. 

PROGRAMME AWARDS.

  • RTS Scotland Nomination 2018 BBC Raven.

  • RTS Nomination 2018 The Big Life Fix with Simon Reeve, series 1.

  • Scottish BAFTA Best Scottish Drama High Times STV.

  • Scottish Advertising Awards (Best Commercial) For Scottish Rugby.

  • Scottish Advertising Award (Best Commercial) Twinkle Twinkle S1 Jobs.

Member of the Guild of TV cameramen.

QUALIFICATIONS.

  • Plymouth College of Art and Design; British Institute of Professional Photography (Distinction in Film).

FLYING

Extensive filming and flying experience, filmed from military jets, vintage aircraft, helicopters, microlights, paragliders and flown P1 in many places around the world with over 8900hrs logged.