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Duncan Brake: Underwater Cameraman

Duncan has travelled, photographed and filmed, extensively throughout the world, from fighting bull elephant seals on the Antarctic Island of South Georgia to 4m tiger sharks in the crystal blue waters off Grand Bahama. After graduating in Marine Biology from Stirling University in Scotland, Duncan combined his passion for photography and film with his love for the ocean. He spent a couple of years in Scotland, studying, photographing and filming the fresh water habitats before learning the art of underwaterfilm while working at The Underwater Centre in Fort William. There he also picked up skills in driving and filming with ROV's, Pan & Tilt plus pole cam systems. He then braved the elements of the South Atlantic for 3 years working from the Falkland Islands down to Antarctica, as a marine biologist and freelance cameraman. Duncan then defrosted by venturing up to work as the Media Operations manager and assistant lab manager for the world renowned Bimini Biological Field Station, Shark Lab, where he gained thousands of hours of experience in the water working with, photographing and filming sharks in their natural habitats. After spending over two and a half years at the Shark Lab, Duncan moved to a ecotourism liveaboard boat, where he is presently filming sharks and dolphins, adding to Oceanicallstars, HD and HDV stock footage library.

 

Through his travels Duncan has worked on a wide range of projects, from BBC World news to National Geograhic documentaries, on shoots lasting half a day to 2 months, over a wide range of formats, 16mm cineflex to full HD cams. He has the ability to withstand a wide range of testing environments, both on land or at sea, and is an experienced scuba and freediver. Below are some examples of some of the filming projects that Duncan has been involved in (references can be found at the bottom of the page).

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- "Shark Taggers (Shark U)": Original Productions, NBC, Aug 20th - Oct 17th 2008
- "Nai Naia "The Dolphins" Feature Film Documentary, Angel Productions / June 2008
- "In the Womb", Lemon sharks, Pioneer productions, Nat Geo, May 8th - 12th 2008
- "Hooters shark awareness", FOX sports, Fox / 14th Nov 2008
- "Evolution series Shark Special", History Channel, January 16th - 19th 2008
- "Bimini: Paradise in Peril", Fabien Cousteau and the Ocean Futures Society / January 2008
- "Sharks", Looks TV, France
- "Shark Water Promotion", Rob Stewart, French Television TV 1 / February 2008
- "BBC world news": Falkland Islands, Max Seitz / 1982 remeberance celebrations.
- "Race to Save the Albatross" / TVE (Television for the Environment) / BBC World.
- "Country File Falklands episode" / ITV
- "Falkland Islands Fisheries" / Elephant Productions / Austraila
- "Falklands" Thalassa, French TF1.

Camera assistant / Location Guide

- "Lemon sharks", NHK Japan / November 15th - 19th 2008underwater cameraman Duncan Brake 2
- "Deadly 60", NHU, BBC / November 6th - 14th
- "Ushuia nature", TF1, Lemon sharks and mangroves / August 21st - 22nd
- "BBC Oceans" / BBC / NHU
- "Mythbusters" / Shark special

References:

""Sharkwater" TF1 Promotion, Sharkwater Productions

We came to BBFS, Sharklab on the 29th of February 2008 to shoot a promotional documentary with TF1 for the feature film documentary "Sharkwater". Duncan's knowledge of the locations, environment and the sharks helped us immensely during the shoot in Bimini. The stunning underwater footage that he shot for us enhanced the program and provided some eye catching visuals. The most memorable sequence he shot was of Rob Stewart releasing and free swimming with a 2.66m tiger shark. Duncan is great to work with and would recommend him for any of your future productions.

Tyler MacLeod, Marketing Director, Sharkwater Productions: tylermacleod@mac.com

"Race To Save The Albatross" BBC World, Television for the Environment.

Duncan was terrific filming for us on a film about the several endangered species of albatross when he was still based in the Falklands . We made a film (The Race to Save the Albatross) with Prince Charles playing a leading role about the massive destruction of these beautiful birds, caught up as they are on the long lines of fishing vessels chasing “white gold” in the southern ocean.   Duncan not only shot fresh material for us but also sourced some excellent dramatic footage.  Enhanced our film enormously.  Can’t recommend him highly enough. 

Christopher Jeans; Series Editor, Earth Report: chris.jeans@tve.org.uk

"Falklands Fisheries" Elephant Productions.

Duncan Brake provided some stock footage for the FalklandIslandsFisheries DVD produced and developed by Elephant Productions for the globalmarket. Duncan’sfootage certainly enhanced the program. Duncan proved to be very co-operative with our production and provided some quality and dynamic visuals for integration within our program.

Jen Dunstan; Producer / Director, Elephant Productions: elephant@perthwa.com

"In The Womb" Extreme; National Geographic, Pioneer Productions.

cameramanWe worked with Duncan in May 2008 filming for the National Geographic/ Channel 4 co-production ‘In the Womb: Extreme’.  Duncan was invaluable during the shoot; an experienced hand with an eye for the best locations and an integral understanding of what filmmakers want.  He filmed behind the scenes footage for the series, provided us with some much needed underwater HD shark footage, and is currently filming for the same project using ‘crittercam’.

Hannah James; Assistant Producer / Director, Pioneer TV: hannah.james@pioneertv.com

"Na Nai'a: The Dolphins", Angel Foundation. Duncan is an amazing cinematographer. The underwater sequences of the Spotted Dolphins that Duncan filmed for us off the coast of Bimini are fantastic!  Duncan's underwater camera moves are fluid, skillful, and graceful. The close-up shots of the Spotted Dolphins are especially beautiful.   Duncan Brake is always a joy to work with, and we highly recommend him on any underwater film or HD shoot on which a highly skilled cameraman experienced in filming dolphins, sharks or other life under the sea, is needed.

Johnathan Kay ; Producer / Director, Angel Foundation: jk@dolphinmovie.com

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