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David Baillie

Bafta/Emmy awarded factual & drama cinematographer

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About Me

A good humoured, unflappable, multi award winning DoP/self-shooting Director with track record in delivering the very best creative material from the remotest and most challenging locations. I've worked both as a DoP and Director/DoP/Editor in over 100 countries, picking up a collection of camera team Baftas, Emmys and individual RTS awards a... Read More

A good humoured, unflappable, multi award winning DoP/self-shooting Director with track record in delivering the very best creative material from the remotest and most challenging locations. I've worked both as a DoP and Director/DoP/Editor in over 100 countries, picking up a collection of camera team Baftas, Emmys and individual RTS awards and Bafta nominations on the way.

I work across a range of genres including drama and commercials as well as blue chip natural history, so always aim to bring the cinematic disciplines of drama to factual programmes.

I hold Hostile Environments, Marine Personal Survival, Helicopter Underwater Escape, & Remote Area First Aid certificates. Plus US I Visa & work permits for Australia and China, and an Enhanced DBS certificate.

If required I can provide my own Arri camera rig, Zeiss lenses, Arri SRH360 stabilised remote gimbal, MoCo unit, sliders, lights, sound kit, a Mavic 2 Pro drone and a portable coffee maker.

My documentary and drama directing work has mainly been through my own production company, Wildcat Films (www.wildcatfilms.com).

These days I work mainly as a DoP, but I still enjoy the editorial creativity of writing and directing if required. My shooting specialisations include aerial, stabilised and wildlife filming, and my location experience includes remote areas, polar regions and frontline conflict zones. I help pioneer stabilised aerial filming in the Antarctic for the original Planet Earth and Frozen Planet series, and have recently developed new techniques for stabilised natural history filming from boats.

A few years ago I was privileged to be awarded the Northern Centre Award from the Royal Television Society; the citation read:

“Tonight’s recipient has an extraordinary track record, but also an unassuming and modest manner which belies an immense talent and contribution to the broadcasting industry. Having won a phenomenal number of awards regionally, nationally and internationally, our winner actually stopped entering our regional awards having won 13 times throughout the years - more than anyone else in the history of our awards. He is a remarkable role model, having demonstrated that choosing to live in our region doesn’t prevent a TV practitioner from achieving world-class standards and pursuing personal projects and programmes with great success. No one else in this region has achieved so much in such a broad range of work, from documentaries in war zones, filming under cover, to shooting at the coldest place on earth, from directing, photographing and editing drama to creating jobs and developing technology."

In a past life I've worked as a teacher, social worker, artist, environmental campaigner, mountaineering instructor, travel writer, and war correspondent.
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Professional Training

Course / QualificationTraining Provider / InstitutionYear
Marine Personal Safety / Colussus Training / 2021
Marine Personal SafetyColussus Training2021
CAA Drone Training - PFCO / Aviation Systems Group / 2020
CAA Drone Training - PFCO Aviation Systems Group2020
Mountain First Aid / Mountain Sense / 2018
Mountain First AidMountain Sense2018
Helicopter Underwater Escape Training / Royal Navy / 2011
Helicopter Underwater Escape TrainingRoyal Navy2011
Private Pilots Licence / EASA / 2005
Private Pilots LicenceEASA2005

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  • Media I Work In:

    Broadcast Television

    Commercials

    Corporate Communications

    Feature Film

    Music Promos

    Online Content

    Radio

    Short Film

    Video on demand

  • Locations I can work in:

    Australia

    Europe

    North America

    Asia

    East Anglia

    Midlands

    North East

    North West

    Scotland

    South America

    South East

    South West

    Wales

  • Skills/Permits:

    Driving Licence

    First Aid

    Hostile Environment

    I Visa USA

    Private Pilot's

    Work Permit Australia

    Script Writing

    Work Permit China

  • Technical Skills:

    35mm

    Canon 5D

    Arri Alexa XT Studio

    Data Wrangling

    Digitising Rushes

    Final Cut Pro

    Final Cut Pro X

    GoPro

    HD

    Lighting

    Lighting Camera

    Nanoflash

    Panasonic AJ-HPX2700 P2 Varicam

    Panasonic Varicam

    RED One MX

    Self Shooting

    Sony HDWF900R

    Sony PDW-700

    Sony PDW-800

    Underwater Helicopter Escape Training

    After Effects

    ARRI AMIRA

    FCP

    Sony PDW-750

    Adobe Photoshop

    Remote Location Training

    Single Camera Directing

    Sony PMW-F55

    Studio Experience

    Canon EOS C300

    DaVinci Resolve

    Motion

    16mm

    Arri Alexa Mini

    Motion Capture

  • Awards:

    Emmy, Bafta and RTS Cinematography Camera Team awards (see CV for details) Director and Director of Photography for Best Film - San Francisco International Film Festival; RTS Centre Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Industry

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