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Alastair Duncan

Self-Shooting Producer/Director

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About Me

I’m a shooting PD specialising in science and documentary programmes for the BBC, Channel 4 and Discovery Science. I also have a background in health, travel, adventure, consumer and current affairs, with lots of experience setting up shoots and filming abroad.

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I’m a shooting PD specialising in science and documentary programmes for the BBC, Channel 4 and Discovery Science. I also have a background in health, travel, adventure, consumer and current affairs, with lots of experience setting up shoots and filming abroad.

Recent credits include Stargazing Live (BBC 2) for which I made a series of scripted space and astronomy VTs on location in Australia. They involved working with a crew, high profile scientists and presenters such as Brian Cox and Liz Bonnin.

Other specialist factual credits include Horizon (BBC2) and Watchdog (BBC1).

I work a lot with crews and talent, but I also enjoy working alone. Recently I spent two weeks shooting an obs-doc about the Mongol Derby - a 1000km horse race across the Mongolian Steppe. I embedded with the race and followed some of the fascinating stories of the people taking part. This involved maintaining relationships with contributors whilst filming in difficult and often unflattering situations.

Other documentary credits include a self-shot film I made for Vice about journalists and bloggers fighting for freedom of expression in Belarus.

I have a passion for finding new stories and ways to tell old stories in new ways. I have a proven track record of taking ideas through development, production and to the final edit.

Most recently I’ve been working on branded content films for Lonely Planet. I spent a few weeks making presenter led travel films in Tallinn, Seville and Northern Ireland. The films were sponsored by GoPro and came with the unique challenge of shooting entirely on GoPros.

I hold a clean UK drivers licence and an I-Visa. 
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Credits last updated / confirmed indexing on 26th Oct 2017

Credits

Job RoleProduction TitleChannelCompanyDateCommissioner
PD (Self Shooting) / Lonely Planet / Online / Lonely Planet / Jun 2017 to Sep 2017
PD (Self Shooting)Lonely PlanetOnlineLonely Planet Jun 17 - Sep 17
PD (Self Shooting) / Mongol Derby / NC2 Media / Aug 2017 to Aug 2017
PD (Self Shooting)Mongol DerbyNC2 Media Aug 17 - Aug 17
Producer/Director / Horizon / BBC 2 / BBC Studios Factual / Apr 2017 to Jun 2017
Producer/DirectorHorizonBBC 2BBC Studios Factual Apr 17 - Jun 17
Producer/Director / Stargazing Live / BBC 2 / BBC Studios Factual / Dec 2016 to Mar 2017
Producer/DirectorStargazing LiveBBC 2BBC Studios Factual Dec 16 - Mar 17
PD (Self Shooting) / Watchdog / BBC 1 / BBC Studios Factual / Sep 2016 to Nov 2016
PD (Self Shooting)WatchdogBBC 1BBC Studios Factual Sep 16 - Nov 16
DV Director / Ngalawa Cup / N2K Media / Jul 2016 to Jul 2016
DV DirectorNgalawa CupN2K Media Jul 16 - Jul 16
Development Producer / Untitled (Development) / Gobstopper TV / Apr 2016 to Jun 2016
Development ProducerUntitled (Development)Gobstopper TV Apr 16 - Jun 16
PD (Self Shooting) / Inside Belarus: Europe's Last Dictatorship / VICELAND / Vice / Feb 2016 to Apr 2016
PD (Self Shooting)Inside Belarus: Europe's Last DictatorshipVICELANDVice Feb 16 - Apr 16
Producer/Director / Stargazing Live / BBC 2 / BBC Factual London / Oct 2015 to Jan 2016
Producer/DirectorStargazing LiveBBC 2BBC Factual London Oct 15 - Jan 16
Assistant Producer / Chef Vs Science / BBC 4 / BBC Factual London / Jul 2015 to Oct 2015 / Cassian Harrison
Assistant ProducerChef Vs ScienceBBC 4BBC Factual London Jul 15 - Oct 15Cassian Harrison
Producer / Health Check / BBC News / BBC / Apr 2015 to Jul 2015 / Emma De'Ath
ProducerHealth CheckBBC NewsBBC Apr 15 - Jul 15Emma De'Ath
Producer/Director / Stargazing Live / BBC 2 / BBC / Jan 2015 to Mar 2015
Producer/DirectorStargazing LiveBBC 2BBC Jan 15 - Mar 15
Producer / Health Check / BBC News / BBC / Aug 2014 to Dec 2014 / Emma De'Ath
ProducerHealth CheckBBC NewsBBC Aug 14 - Dec 14Emma De'Ath
Assistant Producer / Strip the Cosmos - Comet / Discovery / Windfall Films / Jun 2014 to Aug 2014
Assistant ProducerStrip the Cosmos - CometDiscoveryWindfall Films Jun 14 - Aug 14
Assistant Producer / Get Better Britain / BBC 1 / FremantleMedia UK / Apr 2014 to May 2014 / Aidan Laverty
Assistant ProducerGet Better BritainBBC 1FremantleMedia UK Apr 14 - May 14Aidan Laverty
Assistant Producer / Live From Space / Channel 4 / Arrow Media / Mar 2014 to Mar 2014 / David Glover
Assistant ProducerLive From SpaceChannel 4Arrow Media Mar 14 - Mar 14David Glover
Assistant Producer / Stargazing Live / BBC 2 / BBC / Oct 2013 to Jan 2013
Assistant ProducerStargazing LiveBBC 2BBC Oct 13 - Jan 13
Assistant Producer / The Treasure Hunters / BBC 1 / BBC / Sep 2013 to Sep 2013
Assistant ProducerThe Treasure HuntersBBC 1BBC Sep 13 - Sep 13
Assistant Producer / Dara O Briain's Science Club / BBC 2 / BBC / Jan 2013 to Jun 2013 / Kim Shillinglaw
Assistant ProducerDara O Briain's Science ClubBBC 2BBC Jan 13 - Jun 13Kim Shillinglaw
Researcher / Dara O Briain's Science Club / BBC 2 / BBC / Jun 2012 to Nov 2012
ResearcherDara O Briain's Science ClubBBC 2BBC Jun 12 - Nov 12
Researcher / The House the 50's Built / Channel 4 / Wall to Wall / Feb 2012 to May 2012
ResearcherThe House the 50's BuiltChannel 4Wall to Wall Feb 12 - May 12
Researcher / James May's Things you Need to Know / BBC 2 / 360 Production / Dec 2011 to Feb 2012
ResearcherJames May's Things you Need to KnowBBC 2360 Production Dec 11 - Feb 12
Researcher / Secrets of the Stately Home / PBS / Pioneer Productions / Nov 2011 to Nov 2011
ResearcherSecrets of the Stately HomePBSPioneer Productions Nov 11 - Nov 11
Researcher / The Secret of Everything / BBC 3 / BBC / Aug 2011 to Oct 2011
ResearcherThe Secret of EverythingBBC 3BBC Aug 11 - Oct 11
Researcher / The Secret Life of Ice / BBC 4 / BBC / Apr 2011 to Jun 2011
ResearcherThe Secret Life of IceBBC 4BBC Apr 11 - Jun 11
Researcher / Space Shuttle's Last Flight / Channel 4 / Darlow Smithson Productions / Mar 2011 to Mar 2011
ResearcherSpace Shuttle's Last FlightChannel 4Darlow Smithson Productions Mar 11 - Mar 11
Researcher / Bang Goes the Theory / BBC 1 / BBC / Oct 2010 to Feb 2011
ResearcherBang Goes the TheoryBBC 1BBC Oct 10 - Feb 11
Researcher / The Brain: A Secret History / BBC 4 / BBC / Apr 2010 to Sep 2010
ResearcherThe Brain: A Secret HistoryBBC 4BBC Apr 10 - Sep 10
Runner / BBC Science Department / BBC / Jun 2009 to Jan 2010
RunnerBBC Science DepartmentBBC Jun 09 - Jan 10
Runner / Games Britannia / BBC 4 / BBC / May 2009 to Jun 2009
RunnerGames BritanniaBBC 4BBC May 09 - Jun 09
Runner / Professor Regan's... / BBC 2 / BBC / Jan 2009 to Mar 2009
RunnerProfessor Regan's...BBC 2BBC Jan 09 - Mar 09
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Professional Training

Course / QualificationTraining Provider / InstitutionYear
Safe management of production / BBC / 2015
Safe management of productionBBC2015
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  • Media I Work In:

    Broadcast Television

    Web Creation

    Online Content

  • Locations I can work in:

    South East

    South West

    Wales

    London

  • Language:

    English (Fluent)

  • Skills/Permits:

    Heath And Safety Training

    I Visa USA

    Driving Licence

    Access Negotiation

    Archive Clearance

    Casting

    Commentary Writing

    CRB Check

    PADI Diving Licence

    Safeguarding Trust

    Script Writing

    Secret Filming

    Storytelling

    Work Permit Australia

    Work Permit EU

    Work Permit New Zealand

    Work Permit USA

  • Technical Skills:

    Canon 5D

    Canon 5D MKII

    Canon 7D

    Sony HVR-A1

    Bullet Camera

    Digibeta

    DSLR

    Sony DSR-450

    Sony DSR-500

    Sony PMW-EX1

    Final Cut Pro

    Final Cut Pro 7

    GoPro

    Multiplatform

    Self Shooting

    Single Camera Directing

    Studio Experience

    Canon EOS C300

    Canon XF305

    Multiplatform Experience

    Phantom HD High Speed

    Sony PMW-500

    Adobe Premiere

    Canon 5D MKIII

    Canon 7D MKII

    Canon C300 Mark II

    Canon EOS C100

    Canon EOS C100 MKII

    Canon EOS C300

    Canon XF105

    DJI Osmo

    FCP

    Final Cut

    Final Cut Pro X

    Lighting

    Sony a7S

    Sony a7S II

    Sony PXW-FS7

    Stills

  • Awards:

    2015 BBC Production Award: Against all Odds Award for Stargazing Live Eclipse Special

    2015 BAFTA: Best Website for the Live from Space website

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