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Will Benson

Producer/Director

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London

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A highly versatile specialist factual producer/director with extensive experience in presenter-led, science and natural history programming, filming across the world in challenging and unpredictable conditions. A pro-active all-rounder with a proven ability to self-shoot, direct, edit produce, negotiate access, develop new story ideas, schedule com... Read More

A highly versatile specialist factual producer/director with extensive experience in presenter-led, science and natural history programming, filming across the world in challenging and unpredictable conditions. A pro-active all-rounder with a proven ability to self-shoot, direct, edit produce, negotiate access, develop new story ideas, schedule complex shoots and problem solve in the field. I hold an I-Visa (valid until 2020) and a full, clean UK driving license. Read Less

Credits last updated / confirmed indexing on 2nd Nov 2018

Credits

Job RoleProduction TitleChannelCompanyDateNetwork Executive
Producer/Director / Amazon jungle project / Atlantic Productions Limited / Sep 2018 to present
Producer/DirectorAmazon jungle projectAtlantic Productions Limited Sep 18 - to present
Producer/Director / Lions feature documentary / Theatrical Release / Talesmith / Feb 2017 to present
Producer/DirectorLions feature documentaryTheatrical ReleaseTalesmith Feb 17 - to present
Edit Producer / Jawsy Shore - funded pilot / National Geographic Wild / Talesmith / Dec 2017 to Jan 2018 / Meghan Cassin
Edit ProducerJawsy Shore - funded pilotNational Geographic WildTalesmith Dec 17 - Jan 18Meghan Cassin
Edit Producer / Sharks and the City: LA / Discovery / Arrow Media / Dec 2016 to Feb 2017 / Paul Gasek
Edit ProducerSharks and the City: LADiscoveryArrow Media Dec 16 - Feb 17Paul Gasek
Producer / African Shark Safari / Discovery / Arrow Media / Jun 2016 to Feb 2016 / Paul Gasek
ProducerAfrican Shark SafariDiscoveryArrow Media Jun 16 - Feb 16Paul Gasek
Assistant Producer / Secret Life of Dogs (wt) / ITV1 / Oxford Scientific Films / May 2016 to Jul 2016 / Priya Singh
Assistant ProducerSecret Life of Dogs (wt)ITV1Oxford Scientific Films May 16 - Jul 16Priya Singh
Assistant Producer / Ingenious Animals / BBC 1 / Oxford Scientific Films / Jul 2015 to Mar 2016 / Craig Hunter
Assistant ProducerIngenious AnimalsBBC 1Oxford Scientific Films Jul 15 - Mar 16Craig Hunter
Edit Producer / Outrageous Acts of Science / Discovery / October Films / Mar 2015 to Jun 2015
Edit ProducerOutrageous Acts of ScienceDiscoveryOctober Films Mar 15 - Jun 15
Assistant Producer / The Queen's Garden / ITV1 / Oxford Scientific Films / Sep 2013 to Sep 2014 / Katie Thorogood
Assistant ProducerThe Queen's GardenITV1Oxford Scientific Films Sep 13 - Sep 14Katie Thorogood
Assistant Producer / Honey Badgers: Masters of Mayhem / BBC 2 / Oxford Scientific Films / Apr 2013 to Aug 2013 / Roger Webb
Assistant ProducerHoney Badgers: Masters of MayhemBBC 2Oxford Scientific Films Apr 13 - Aug 13Roger Webb
Development AP / Specialist Factual Slate / Oxford Scientific Films / Feb 2012 to Mar 2013 / N/A
Development APSpecialist Factual SlateOxford Scientific Films Feb 12 - Mar 13N/A
Researcher/AP / Kingdom of Plants 3D / Sky Atlantic / Atlantic Productions Limited / Dec 2010 to Feb 2012 / Celia Taylor
Researcher/APKingdom of Plants 3DSky AtlanticAtlantic Productions Limited Dec 10 - Feb 12Celia Taylor
PD (Self Shooting) / Wildlife & Charity Films / The Bushcamp Company / Aug 2010 to Nov 2010 / N/A
PD (Self Shooting)Wildlife & Charity FilmsThe Bushcamp Company Aug 10 - Nov 10N/A
Researcher / Iceland Volcano: The Next Eruption / Discovery / Atlantic Productions Limited / Mar 2010 to Apr 2010
ResearcherIceland Volcano: The Next EruptionDiscoveryAtlantic Productions Limited Mar 10 - Apr 10
Researcher / How The Earth Was Made - Everest / History / Pioneer Productions / Jan 2009 to Jun 2009
ResearcherHow The Earth Was Made - EverestHistoryPioneer Productions Jan 09 - Jun 09
Researcher / Naked Science - Super Diamonds / National Geographic Channel / Pioneer Productions / Jul 2008 to Dec 2008
ResearcherNaked Science - Super DiamondsNational Geographic ChannelPioneer Productions Jul 08 - Dec 08
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I've twice worked with Will, on Kingdom of Plants 3D (SKY, as researcher) and on Queen's Garden (ITV, as AP). He's a thorough, intelligent, likeable colleague who I would jump at the chance of working with again. He has good editorial ideas, strong technical knowledge and has an unwaveringly positive attitude even when things go awry. He's also extremely organised and works well with contributors and crew.

Martin Williams, Creative Director, Offspring Films

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Other Details
  • Media I Work In:

    Broadcast Television

    Online Content

  • Locations I can work in:

    Africa

    London

    South West

  • Language:

    English (Fluent)

    French (Conversational)

    Swahili (Conversational)

  • Skills/Permits:

    Archive Clearance

    Casting

    First Aid

    Heath And Safety Training

    Work Permit EU

    Driving Licence

  • Technical Skills:

    Canon 5D

    Canon 7D

    Canon XL2

    Data Wrangling

    DSLR

    GoPro

    Nightvision Cameras

    Self Shooting

    Sound Recordist

    Sony HVR-Z1

    Canon XF105

    Canon XF305

  • Awards:

    Author of BBC Wildlife Magazine Book of the Month, July 2012

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