Richard Fitzpatrick is an Emmy award winning cinematographer and marine biologist specialising in sharks. As the Principal Cinematographer and Director of Digital Dimensions, he has shot more than 50 films for clients such as the BBC, National Geographic and Discovery Channel – and is renowned for his work filming previously unseen behavioural sequences.
With over 10000 hours underwater he has filmed around the world from the crystal clear coral gardens of the Great Barrier Reef to the murky waters of the Amazon. His most recent work is as the principal cameraman and producer on the three part series ‘Great Barrier Reef’.
Richard's current research activities include a long-term reef shark monitoring program at Osprey Reef in the Coral Sea and the satellite tagging of Tiger sharks in the Far Northern Section of the Great Barrier Reef. He has pioneered unique techniques for catching sharks by the tail – one of his inventions was even profiled on the ABCs ‘New Inventors’.
His research has also been featured in Discovery Channels Shark Week and he has been featured twice on Channel 9’s ’60 Minutes’. Richard also gets in front of the camera as a presenter featuring most recently in National Geographic ‘Australia’s – Most Deadly’ series.
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James Brickell is a two time BAFTA award winning wildlife filmmaker. Inspired by figures such as Gerald Durrell and Jacques Cousteaux, James became fascinated by animals from a young age and filled his parents’ house with a menagerie of exotic animals.
After reading Zoology, he followed his dream and now works at the prestigious BBC Natural History Unit. He has directed some of the most highly regarded TV presenters in the business including Steve Backshall, Sir David Attenborough, Monty Halls, Simon King, Charlotte Uhlenbroek, Nick Baker and Michaela Strachan.
“It's one of the most complex ecosystems on earth, everything is connected and everything has its place. Each reef character is more amazing than the last - you could spend your whole life there and never get bored. - James Brickell ”