Filming for BBC’s Earth’s Tropical Islands – Borneo episode

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Borneo is my adopted home (having been based here for 18 years) so I jumped at the chance to work as a cameraman on BBC’s new series Earth’s Tropical Islands. David Harewood narrates the series which sets out to explore the worlds most iconic and isolated tropical islands.

Filming took place in 2018 in Sabah, Sarawak and (Indonesian) Kalimantan. I filmed on several sequences including two fishing stories involving Baja Laut and even shot some topside for a terrestrial story about Orangutans using leaves to medicate in central Borneo.

Thank you to everyone involved in the sequences I worked on – including Scubazoo for fixing services in Sabah, Pram for his help fixing the Indonesian shoot, the lovely Bajau fishermen who let us document their rapidly disappearing lifestyle, and Twenti, Santi, Suzanne and the entire team from the Borneo Nature Foundation . Please check out the amazing work they do conserving Orangutans and their habitat in Sebangau, Kalimantan.

Thanks also for equipment support from Backscatter Photo and Video, 22 degrees, Finisterre and Fourth Element Dive.

The Borneo episode aired on BBC2 at 9pm on Thursday 2nd January and is the second episode of ‘Earth’s Tropical Islands’.The full programme is available for UK viewers hereΒ – more information and some short clips are available from the BBC’s Earth’s Tropical Islands page

I shot my sequences on my Red Epic-W (since upgraded to DSMC2 Helium) in my Gates Deep Weapon housing.

Producer: Will Ridgeon
Series Producer: Kathryn Jeffs
Executive Producer: Mark Brownlow
Production Manager: Dulcie Arnold
Composer: Michael Kruk


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