Filming Bear Grylls – Malaysian Archipelago

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I specialise in natural history sequences but when the opportunity came along to shoot Bear Grylls here in Malaysia it wasn’t something I was about to pass up! Bear was in Sabah to film two episodes of his hit series Man vs Wild.Β One episode was based in the jungles of Borneo and the other, titled Malaysian ArchipelagoΒ was slated to shoot on some of Sabah’s stunning islands. Bear has an very experienced and professional team of camera operators that work with him on a regular basis so it was a real pleasure to join them for a small part of the shoot and capture some images of Mr Grylls in action. The scene I shot involved Bear hunting for food on the reef off a small island. He’d rigged up a small viewing device (think glass-bottom boat but on a small, scavenged scale) so he could scan the reef for suitable targets and then he would dive down using a sort of trident he’d rigged up from bamboo. He had quite a tussle with a seriously irate lobster but eventually prevailed. No easy feat given that he had no goggles so all he could see was shapes and colours once he went under. Bear was a true pro and it was an amazing experience to work with such an iconic personality. Take a look at the finished scene in the video above.


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