Wildlife documentary researcher with experience in both UK and international shoots, research and development across various platforms, treatment design, digital formats and independent film production. I originally studied a BA in Graphic Communication at Cardiff Metropolitan University and followed on to study a Masters Degree in Wildlife Filmmaking at UWE (UWE/BBC partnership). I have also studied in Animal Behaviour and Bird of prey care. This is a very interesting mix of skills all of which have been highly applicable to the wildlife filmmaking industry. I have been in the filmmaking industry for 3 years and have worked across various Natural History productions for the BBC and independent companies. Highly commended films and photography featured in BBC Wildlife magazine and British Wildlife Photography Awards 2013/14. These skills alongside my technical knowledge in both filmmaking and graphic design as well as my dedication in finding great behaviour based storylines, allow me to provide a fresh perspective in creative filmmaking.
Story - Research, development & treatment design
I spent 18 months working within the Natural History Units development team where I researched, developed, wrote and designed innovative treatments for a variety of BBC natural history content, including landmark ideas that were pitched to BBC commissioners.
With a design background, I am able to create engaging pitch documents that are a great asset to any team. I have also worked freelance with independent film productions to consult and design further treatments.
Production - Research, filming and social media
I have worked as a researcher across various BBC Natural History Programming, from live broadcast, digital/online to feature films for cinema release.
I have worked both individually and within a larger core team, on location – both UK and internationally. I have filmed behind the scenes sequences, been data manager on international projects, and worked behind the scenes on the creation of Natural History content for BBC webpages. I have also worked on BBC Natural History social media feeds.
Birds of prey are my passion and I hold both Level 3 qualifications in Bird of Prey Care and Animal Behaviour. I have worked in and have contacts in the raptor world, all of which have worked with Natural History productions.
My other interest is Canine behaviour and for my Masters degree I created a film on The Red Fox which was Highly Commended at the BWPA awards 2015 and featured on various festivals.I am also a keen photographer and have photographed at events for WWF and local Zoo’s.
Brian Leith Productions | Researcher
April 2017 – present
Research, development and high end treatment design
for Blue Chip natural history programming.
BBC Earth | Researcher
August 2015 – March 2017
Researcher for BBC Earth’s ambitious new feature film Earth: One Amazing day – cinematic release 2017.
Part of a core team of people setting up and attending international shoots in Africa, China and Hungary. Filming behind the scenes sequences in all locations, assisting the DOP and managing media flow and backup.
For more information on this production please contact to request a CV.
BBC Earth | Researcher: Various prjects
Researcher and Archive for various Natural History projects including Google Earth, Sonic moments,. Holland & America liners, Fact checking for Japan: The story of Rice. Researching, developing and designing high end treatments across various platforms for VR, science and natural history TV.
BBC Springwatch Unsprung | Researcher
Social media focused researcher for BBC Springwatch 2015. Role included live studio work, social media interaction, looking after special guests for Unsprung show and working with key talent.
Big Blue UK | Digital Researcher
Digital and social content researcher for BBC NHU’s Big Blue UK. Role included sourcing species information, camerawork, social media interaction, attending BBUK location shoots, producing and directing a short 5 minute film to be part of the official BBC BBUK website
BBC NHU Development | Researcher
May 2014 – August 2015
Researcher working across developing a large selection of BBC wildlife genres. I was able to both research, write and design treatments, ready to be pictched to BBC commissioners.
A new independent charitable project working alongside the International Bird of Prey centre. Coming soon!