Equipped with a First Class degree in Zoology and a Masters in Wildlife Filmmaking, Tom joined the BBC to work on BBC One’s landmark wildlife series Seven Worlds, One Planet. Working at the Natural History Unit has given him great insight into understanding what television viewers enjoy in natural history, and how to build narratives that will engage and inspire.
Critical conversations with Sir David Attenborough
In October 2019, Tom was invited to collaborate with LadBible for a new strand of content called ‘The Gap’. In this series for Instagram TV and Facebook Watch, two people with a shared interest, background, or profession – but from completely different generations – discuss a subject that unites them. Tom partnered with Sir David Attenborough to discuss their love of animals, the highs and lows of filming them, and how they saw the future of the natural world.
At a critical time for the planet’s wildlife, Sir David’s inspiring words motivated Tom more than ever to put strong conservation stories on the agenda through innovative and engaging natural history filmmaking. (The interview can be seen opposite.)
Tom’s film featured in Blue Planet LIVE
Tom recently filmed, produced and narrated his own documentary, ‘A Place For Penguins’. Shot in South Africa, it’s about a bizarre plan to save African Penguins from extinction – vimeo.com/302792656. The film was shortlisted for a Jackson Hole World Wildlife Day award. It was also included as a VT on Blue Planet LIVE and broadcast on primetime Sunday night BBC One to an audience of over 5 million.
Making science accessible
Whilst at university Tom created and presented a student radio show covering the week’s news in the world of Biology, engaging his audience with light-hearted science that was informative and accessible.
Studying Zoology gave Tom the opportunity to travel to remote locations, where he developed his love of wildlife photography and working with animals in the field. During a one-month field course in Tropical Ecology and Conservation in Costa Rica, Tom utilised a unique camera technique to study infra-red reflectance in neotropical tree frogs. His degree included an accredited year-long industrial placement, for which he worked at an aquarium and developed a novel research project, filming sharks from underwater to study their swimming patterns.
He studied the University of the West of England’s prestigious Wildlife Filmmaking course – a Masters degree, co-taught with the BBC, that gave him direct, practical tuition in filmmaking, photography and on-screen storytelling.
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