About Boris

History

I’m a specialist natural history cameraman, working in wildlife, adventure and reality films and series. I started my career in film in 2000 as an editor for a company called The Videolab, editing TV commercials and documentaries.

Wanting to tell my own stories I bought my own video camera in 2004 and started freelancing as a Cameraman. In 2007, Earth Touch, a wildlife production company offered me a position as a cameraman/DOP.

For the last 12 years I have filmed in over 20 countries and worked on over 40 wildlife films for National Geographic and the Smithsonian Natural History Channel. 

Practical Experience

Various Red cameras/Sony F55, Phantom Flex 4K (High Speed),  Sony A7S11/Panasonic XF200 (Infra Red and low light), Flir (Thermal)

Long lens, Macro

Time-lapse with motion control
Movi/Ronin
Slider and jib work

Lighting sets, interiors and interview setups.

SAFTA Awards

South African Film and Television Awards
2019 - Best Wild Life Documentary - Incredible Bats
2018 - Best Wild Life Documentary - King of the Mountain Baboons
2017 - Best Achievement in Cinematography - Incredible Spiders
2015 - Best Achievement in Cinematography, Best Film - Hippo vs Croc
2014 - Best Achievement in Cinematography - Speed kills Savannah

SASC Awards

South African Society of Cinematographers
2019 - Gold Visible Spectrum Award
Best in Cinematography, Wildlife - Madagascar African Galapagos

Professional Experience

"Shark vs Whale"

4K Phantom Cameraman National Geographic, Red Scarlett Weapon, Sony F5, Phantom Flex 4k, Sony A7sII

South Africa 2019 -2020 (still in production)

"Rattlesnake Roadshow"

4K – Cameraman, Smithsonian NHU, Red Scarlett Weapon, Sony F5, Phantom Flex 4k, Sony A7sII, Rhino Slider

USA, 2019 (still in production)

"China’s Monkey Dynasty"

4K – DOP, Smithsonian NHU, Red Dragon, Sony A7sII, Chongzuo Guangxi

2019-2020 (still in production)

"Africa’s Galapagos"

4K – DOP, Smithsonian, Red Scarlett Weapon, Phantom Flex 4k, Ronin Rig, Sony A7sII, Rhino Slider

Madagascar, 2018-2019

"Big Sharks Rule"

4K – Phantom Cameraman, National Geographic, Phantom Flex 4k, Sony F5, A7sII, South Africa

Mozambique, Tanzania 2018

"Gorillas of Gabon"

4K – 1st Cameraman, Smithsonian, Sony F5, Sony A7sII, Rhino Slider,

Gabon, Ghana, 2018

"Dung Mafia"

4K – 1st Cameraman, Smithsonian, Sony F5, Phantom Flex 4k, Red Scarlett Weapon, Sony A7sII, Rhino Slider

South Africa, 2018

"Cave Crocs"

4K - Cameraman, Smithsonian/National Geographic, Sony F55, Phantom Flex 4k, Red Scarlett Weapon, Sony A7sII, Rhino Slider

Gabon, Ghana, 2018

"Wolf vs Bear"

4K - Cameraman, Smithsonian/National Geographic, Sony F5, Phantom Flex 4k, Red Scarlett Weapon, Sony A7sII, Rhino Slider

Finland, Russia, 2017

"Fishing for Giants – Swallower"

4K - 1st Cameraman, Smithsonian/National Geographic, Sony F5, Sony FS7, Sony A7sII

Uganda, 2017

"Africa’s Super Snake" (Big Snake Squeeze)

4K – Cameraman, Smithsonian/National Geographic, Phantom Flex 4k, Sony F5, Red Scarlett Weapon, Sony A7sII, Rhino Slider

South Africa, 2017

"Desert Lions" (Desert Mega pride)

4K – 1st Cameraman, Smithsonian/National Geographic, Phantom Flex 4k, Sony F5, Red Epic Weapon, Sony FS7, Sony A7sII, Rhino Slider,

Botswana, 2017

"Honey Badger Grit"

4K – Cameraman, Smithsonian/National Geographic, Phantom Flex 4k, Sony F5, Red Scarlett Weapon, A7sII

Namibia, 2017

"Incredible Gulpers"

4K – Cameraman, Smithsonian, Phantom Flex 4k, Sony F5, XF200, and A7sII

South Africa, 2017

“Incredible Fangs"

4K – Cameraman, Smithsonian, Phantom Flex 4k, Sony F5, and A7sII

South Africa, 2016

“Hunt for the King Cobra”

4K – DOP, Smithsonian/National Geographic, Phantom Flex 4k, Sony F5, Sony FS7, Sony A7sII, Slider

India, 2016

“Wildebeest: Born to Run”

HD – Cameraman, Smithsonian/National Geographic, Phantom Gold, Sony F5, Sony A7s

Kenya, Tanzania, 2015-2016

“Baboon King” (Throne of the Mountain Baboon)

4K – Phantom Cameraman, Smithsonian/National Geographic, Phantom Gold, Sony F5, Sony A7sII, Slider, Drone

Ethiopia, January-March 2016

“Crazy Monster Bats”

4K – Cameraman, Smithsonian/National Geographic, Phantom Gold, Phantom Flex 4K, Sony F5, Red Scarlett Weapon and A7sII

Zambia, US, Australia, South Africa, 2016

“Lizard King” (Dragon Island)

4K – DOP, Smithsonian/National Geographic, Sony F5, Phantom Gold, A7’s Shogun, Movi Rig

Indonesia May/September 2015

“Crazy Monster Spiders”

HD – DOP, Smithsonian/National Geographic, Phantom Gold, Sony F5,Sony FS 700, Sony F900

South Africa, January-April 2015

“Crazy Monster Bugs”

HD – DOP, Smithsonian/National Geographic, Phantom Gold, Sony F5, Sony FS 700, Sony F900

South Africa, January-April 2015

“Hippos After Dark”

HD – 1st Camera, Smithsonian/National Geographic, Phantom Gold, Sony F900, XF200, GoPro

South Luangwa, Zambia, August-October 2014

“I Crocodile”

HD – 1st Cameraman Terrestrial, Smithsonian/National Geographic, Phantom Gold, Sony F900, Sony FS 700

Tanzania and South Africa, November 2014

“Crazy Monster Frogs”

HD – Cameraman, Smithsonian/National Geographic, Phantom Gold, Sony F900

South Africa, Cameroon, 2013-2014

“Africa’s Predator Zones”

The Colliseum HD – Cameraman, Smithsonian/National Geographic, Sony FS 700/ Sony F900, XF200, Phantom Gold

Savute, Botswana, June –August 2014

“Africa’s Predator Zones”

The Trenches HD – 1st Camera, Smithsonian/National Geographic, Phantom Gold, Sony F900

Serengeti, Tanzania, May 2014

“Fatal Attraction”

HD – Cameraman, Smithsonian/National Geographic, Phantom Gold, Sony F900

Ndutu, Tanzania, March 2014

“Africa’s Predator Zones”

Open Ground, HD – 1st Camera, Smithsonian/National Geographic, Phantom Gold, Sony F900

Serengeti/ Ndutu, Tanzania, January- March 2014

“Hippo vs Croc”

HD – 1st Camera, National Geographic 50 min, Phantom Gold, Sony F900

South Luangwa, Zambia, October-November 2013

“Speed Kills Black Lagoon”

Series 2 HD – Cameraman, Smithsonian/National Geographic, Phantom Gold, Sony F900

Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa, Mozambique, March –July 2013

“Speed Kills Dark Underworld”

Series 2 HD – Cameraman, Smithsonian/National Geographic, Phantom Gold, Sony F900

Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa, March –July 2013

“Great White Code Red”

HD – 1st Cameraman Terrestrial, Smithsonian/National Geographic, Phantom Gold, Sony F900

Western Cape South Africa, June 2013

“Ultimate Honey Badger”

HD – 1st Cameraman, National Geographic 50 min, Phantom Gold, Sony F900, Iconix, 7D IR

Serengeti, Tswalu Reserve, Kalahari, Jan- November 2013

“Venom Island”

HD –1st Camera, Smithsonian/National Geographic, Phantom Gold, Sony F900

Rinca, Komodo Island, Indonesia, October 2012

“Blood River Crossing”

HD – 1st Camera, Smithsonian/National Geographic, Phantom Gold, Sony F900

Masai Mara, Kenya, July/August 2012

“Black Mamba: Kiss of Death”

HD –1st Camera, Smithsonian/National Geographic, Phantom Gold, Sony F900

South Africa, November 2011-August 2102

“Speed Kills Ocean”

Series 1 HD – Cameraman Terrestrial, Smithsonian/National Geographic, Phantom Gold, Sony F900

South Africa, January-May 2012

“Speed Kills Savannah”

Series 1 HD – Cameraman, Smithsonian/National Geographic, Phantom Gold, Sony F900

Masai Mara, Kenya, February-August 2012

“Lost Lagoon”

HD – Cameraman Terrestrial, Smithsonian/National Geographic, Sony F900, Canon7D

Pomene, Mozambique, January-June 2011

“Trouble in Lemur Land”

HD – 1st Camera, Eden UKTV 50 min, Sony F900, 7D,

Madagascar, May/November 2010

“Crocodile Labyrinth”

HD – Cameraman Terrestrial, Smithsonian/National Geographic, Sony F900

Botswana Okavango Delta, 2010

“Boteti the Returning River”

HD – 1st Camera, Smithsonian/National Geographic, Sony F900

Botswana Leroo La Tau, 2009/2010

References

Graeme Duane
(Creative Director at Earth Touch)
gduane@earthtouchsa.com

Jess Reiss
(Producer/writer)
jreiss@earthtouchsa.com

Vanessa Lucas
(Producer/Director)
v.Lucas@naturalhistorymedia.com

Ben Hewitt
(Producer/Director)
bghewett@gmail.com

Kira Ivanoff
(Producer/Director)
kiraivanoff@hotmail.com

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