So you want to be…a wildlife filmmaker? With Sophie Darlington

Career stages
Early, Experienced, Expert
Unscripted TV
ScreenSkills funded

In this session, we look at the role of wildlife filmmaker with Sophie Darlington. It is part of our week-long focus on camera and sound. So whether you're filming in the most extreme environments in the world or right on your own doorstep, we will explore the techniques and skills needed to capture picture and sound across a broad range of unscripted TV.   

So you want to be... is a new strand of online sessions which focuses on specific roles within TV. You will get the chance to go behind a job title and get the inside track, as told by the people who know these jobs inside out.

If you’ve ever wondered what a particular role actually involves and what it will take to get there as you look to progress in your career - or you are new to the industry and hoping to get some great insider tips to start your career - this could be the masterclass for you.

The speakers will take us through the highs and lows of a specific role, as well as provide top tips and advice about how to carry out the job successfully and how to get that particular role in the first place. This is followed by audience Q&A where you have the chance to ask the experts.

You may also be interested in this related session: So you want to be…an adventure director of photography? With Rob Taylor


Since 1991 Sophie Darlington has worked happily as a filmmaker and cinematographer specialising in natural history in remote locations throughout the world from 78 degrees South to 78 degrees North with a lot of Africa in between. Sophie won a BAFTA in 2016 and was accepted as a BAFTA member in 2018. Her credits include BBC’s Seven Worlds, Dynasties - Lions, The Hunt, Disney Nature's Penguins and Netflix’ Our Planet. In the future Sophie plans to spend more time promoting the role of camerawomen in wildlife filmmaking as well as teaming up with young creatives with an expertise in technology to explore new techniques and alternative avenues for natural history content.

This event is supported by the ScreenSkills Television Skills Fund which invests in training for the freelance television workforce thanks to contributions from the BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5.

It is part of a ScreenSkills programme managed by the Indie Training Fund to support freelancers to upskill and stay connected, helping keep the industry resilient in these difficult times.

This session will take place online via Zoom. Click ‘get ticket’ to reserve your place: you must login or register before you are able to get a ticket for this event. A booking confirmation with a joining link to the session will be sent to you via email.

If you are no longer able to use your ticket, we ask you to please contact  so that we can release your place. Our sessions are often oversubscribed, so we’d like to give other freelancers the opportunity to fill available spots. Thank you for your consideration.



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