Production / Television

Specialist filming

Sometimes a programme requires footage that takes particular skills and equipment to capture. Planning ahead and working with specialists to understand how to use the techniques properly can greatly enhance a production. Find out more about the skills of specialist filming.

Planet Earth II: What tech can TV producers use?

From ultra-HD and low-light cameras to drones and modern stabilisers - find out how to make the most of the latest technology used on Planet Earth II

CBBC’s Our School: Fixed rigs and children

Cameras, children and Castle Vale. The BBC's Kez Margrie, indie Twofour’s Richard Marson and teacher Trevor Evans discuss the full Our School experience

Shark: meet producer Simon Blakeney

Bloodthirsty hunters or social and complex creatures? Natural History Unit producer Simon Blakeney talks to us about the making of the landmark series Shark.

Digital Bristol: time-lapse filming

Robbie Allen from Lobster Pictures explains the art and craft of making time-lapse using DSLRs.

Gail Jenkinson: camera operator

Cranes, jibs, time-lapse rigs and high speed filming – all part of the portfolio of skills for a freelance camera operator. Gail Jenkinson describes where she fits in with a typical production

I made... The Great Bear Stakeout

Remote camera operator Tom Hooker describes the three months on the Alaska peninsular filming BBC One's The Great Bear Stakeout

Tips: Working with ropes

Using ropes for a different perspective - BBC Natural History Unit's Tom Crowley shows you how to use ropes to capture great shots

Tips: Underwater filming

Underwater filming is one of the most highly regulated parts of specialist filming. Elizabeth White offers her tips for getting it right

TV in the wild

How many media professionals would swap their safe locations for a genuinely hostile environment? We look at the unique challenges of filming in extreme locations