We’ve worked across a broad variety of documentary and factual productions and we understand how to follow the action, and also how to shape and direct reality.
We know what makes a good story and what coverage we need to tell it.
BBC Natural History Unit’s “New Zealand – Earth’s Mythical Islands” Series
Holly produced and directed three human interest stories for this 3 part series due to air world wide in July 2016.
The first sequence was following Sirocco – the rock star Kakapo, and his carers from Dunedin’s Orokonui Sanctuary up to Parliament.
The second was documenting Nelson’s Kapa Haka group ‘Te Whatekura’s’ journey competing at the Te Matatini national Kapa Haka competition.
The third sequence was filming the Autumn muster at Mount Nicholas high country station on Lake Wakatipu. Josh was the “fell running” cameraman for this sequence, chasing the sheep and shepherds down the mountains and shooting most of the on the ground footage.
She also filmed the behind-the-scenes for the Milford Sound shoot when the world’s largest cruise ship, the Queen Mary 11, made a visit.
Here are some stills from each shoot, and a tastes of the helicopter logistical madness on the Autumn Muster.
BBC Factual “7 Wonders of the Commonwealth“
Storyworks line produced the NZ segment of this BBC1 Documentary. The film follows some of the UK’s best loved presenters to seven of the Commonwealth’s greatest natural wonders. Of course it kicks off in Fiordland where Dan Snow gets friendly with some dolphins.
It aired on July 20th in the lead up to the Commonwealth games and was viewed by over 4.6 million people! Hopefully it will make it onto NZ screens soon, but in the meantime, here’s a preview.
BBC “The Hairy Bikers – Asian Adventure”
Holly produced the South Korea episode, travelling to South Korea with Director Stuart Bateup to put together the episode.
Primetime BBC1 celebrity cook / travelogue series. Average audience 4.5 million.
ONE BORN EVERY MINUTE – SERIES 5 – SHINE PRODUCTIONS
Holly was an Assistant Producer on One Born Every Minute Series 5 & 6. She worked day and night shifts, six days a week, in the Bristol Maternity Ward following all the Mum’s who came in and the hospital staff. She shot ‘off rig’ sequences in NICU following babies with problems which was an emotionally challenging job.
BBC EARTH – ENCHANTED KINGDOM
Enchanted Kingdom is BBC Earth’s first 3D natural history feature film. It’s also the most expensive documentary ever made! As Workflow Supervisor and Lead D.I.T, Josh designed and managed the end to end workflow from multiple shoots across Africa to post production in Bristol, London and Los Angeles. He also shot timelapse featured in the film and ‘Behind the Scenes’ clips.
So far the film has only been released in Japan, so here’s the official Japanese trailer:)
BEHIND THE BIG TOP – BBC FACTUAL
Holly was employed by the BBC to produce, direct and shoot a ‘taster’ for a observational documentary series about traditional travelling circuses. In one month she gained access to five traditional circuses around the UK and went and filmed a day with each to see the reality of their lives. Sadly the series was never commissioned.
THE HIGH LIFE
This is a short doco showing a glimpse of life for a mother and daughter circus duo. Rada is a professional aerialist in an alternative UK circus and is bringing up her daughter in an adult world of late night shows and colourful characters.
MILK AND HONEY
This is a short doco we made in Qatar. It looks at the life of an Australian fitness instructor who is now living in Qatar as the veiled fourth wife of an Imam. The film attempts to explain how she’s ended up living a life so different from her Sydney upbringing, and what keeps her there.