So you want to be…an adventure director of photography? With Rob Taylor


In this session, we look at the role of adventure director of photography with Rob Taylor. 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 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…a wildlife filmmaker? With Sophie Darlington


Rob Taylor is a director of photography (DOP) for specialist factual, wildlife, science and adventure television. In 20 years as a camera person he's trekked, climbed, hung off, swum through and flown over some pretty amazing places, all holding a camera.

He’s spent weeks living in hammocks in the Guyanese jungle on the search for huge predatory fish, jumped out of hovering helicopters onto the summit of mountains, dived with Giant Hammerhead sharks and huge jellyfish, chased animal poachers along Amazonian backwaters and learnt how to walk backwards on uneven ground better than anyone else he knows.

Credits include: Sport Relief - The Heat is On (BBC1), Bear (Grylls) V’s Shark for Shark Week (Discovery), The Heist (Sky One), Sink of Swim (Channel 4), Kilimanjaro - The Bigger Red Nose Climb (BBC1), Expedition Mungo (Animal Planet), Monster Fish (Nat Geo Wild) Extreme Wales with Richard Parks (BBC) and Running Wild With Bear Grylls (Nat Geo).

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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