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Mark Challender

Producer / Director / Edit Producer

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About Me

**AVAILABLE w/c 24th SEPT 2018 ONWARDS**

I’m a Producer / Director / Self Shooter with credits on a number of high profile and popular productions. I’ve produced and directed some of the biggest names in the business as well as many members of the general public. I have work... Read More

**AVAILABLE w/c 24th SEPT 2018 ONWARDS**

I’m a Producer / Director / Self Shooter with credits on a number of high profile and popular productions. I’ve produced and directed some of the biggest names in the business as well as many members of the general public. I have worked on a variety of programming including: specialist factual, factual, natural history, documentary, adventure, travel and primetime entertainment.

I'm accustomed to leading and directing documentary crews, often in international and remote locations and I've garnered a reputation as a pro-active, editorially solid, problem solver who always comes home with the goods.

As happy crafting a great story in the edit as I am working on location, I’m accustomed to filming on my own with talent and contributors. I shoot on a range of cameras including the Canon XF305, Canon C300, Sony PMW-200, Sony PMW-500 and the Sony FS7. I have a wealth of experience working in a range of extreme and remote locations including jungles, mountains, deserts, the arctic and at altitude and I’m used to the challenges and rigours that these environments demand… but I’m just as content filming in and around the UK and USA. I have a USA 0-1 Visa valid through Dec 2019.

I have edit produced hour long prime time shows, half hours, 'best of’ shows, sizzle tapes and VTs.

I’m a PADI scuba diver, I've completed hostile environment training with Remote Trauma and I'm a marathon and ultra-marathon runner. I'm passionate about natural history, travel and photography.

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Credits last updated / confirmed indexing on 15th Mar 2018

Credits

Job RoleProduction TitleChannelCompanyDateCommissioner
Lighting Cameraperson / Windward Documentary / Movementwise Productions / Mar 2018 to Mar 2018
Lighting CamerapersonWindward DocumentaryMovementwise Productions Mar 18 - Mar 18
Edit Producer / When Sharks Attack / National Geographic Wild / Optomen USA / Aug 2017 to Nov 2017 / Ashley Hoppin
Edit ProducerWhen Sharks AttackNational Geographic WildOptomen USA Aug 17 - Nov 17Ashley Hoppin
Producer / Bear's Mission with... / ITV / betty / Sep 2017 to Sep 2017 / Amanda Stavri
ProducerBear's Mission with...ITVbetty Sep 17 - Sep 17Amanda Stavri
Producer/Director / When Sharks Attack / National Geographic Wild / Optomen USA / Jun 2017 to Aug 2017 / Ashley Hoppin
Producer/DirectorWhen Sharks AttackNational Geographic WildOptomen USA Jun 17 - Aug 17Ashley Hoppin
Edit Producer / When Sharks Attack / National Geographic Wild / Optomen USA / May 2017 to Jun 2017 / Ashley Hoppin
Edit ProducerWhen Sharks AttackNational Geographic WildOptomen USA May 17 - Jun 17Ashley Hoppin
Producer/Director / When Sharks Attack / National Geographic Wild / Optomen USA / Mar 2017 to May 2017 / Ashley Hoppin
Producer/DirectorWhen Sharks AttackNational Geographic WildOptomen USA Mar 17 - May 17Ashley Hoppin
Producer/Director / Morecambe & Wise: Bring Me Laughter / ITV / Crook Productions / Dec 2016 to Dec 2016
Producer/DirectorMorecambe & Wise: Bring Me LaughterITVCrook Productions Dec 16 - Dec 16
Producer / Absolute Wild with Bear Grylls / Dragon TV / betty / Oct 2016 to Nov 2016
ProducerAbsolute Wild with Bear GryllsDragon TVbetty Oct 16 - Nov 16
Edit Producer / Countrywise: Guide to Britain / ITV / Shiver / Sep 2016 to Oct 2016 / Priya Singh
Edit ProducerCountrywise: Guide to BritainITVShiver Sep 16 - Oct 16Priya Singh
Producer/Director / Countrywise: Guide to Britain / ITV / Shiver / Jun 2016 to Sep 2016 / Priya Singh
Producer/DirectorCountrywise: Guide to BritainITVShiver Jun 16 - Sep 16Priya Singh
Development Producer / Freelance / Freelance / Mar 2016 to May 2016
Development ProducerFreelanceFreelance Mar 16 - May 16
Lighting Cameraperson / The Real Story Of... / Reelz / World Media Rights Ltd / Apr 2016 to Apr 2016
Lighting CamerapersonThe Real Story Of...ReelzWorld Media Rights Ltd Apr 16 - Apr 16
Edit Producer / Bear Grylls Mission Survive / ITV / betty / Jan 2016 to Mar 2016 / Elaine Bedell
Edit ProducerBear Grylls Mission SurviveITVbetty Jan 16 - Mar 16Elaine Bedell
Story Producer / Bear Grylls: Mission Survive / ITV / betty / Oct 2015 to Nov 2015 / Elaine Bedell
Story ProducerBear Grylls: Mission SurviveITVbetty Oct 15 - Nov 15Elaine Bedell
Producer/Director / Survivor Games / Dragon TV / betty / Aug 2015 to Sep 2015 / -
Producer/DirectorSurvivor GamesDragon TVbetty Aug 15 - Sep 15-
PD (Self Shooting) / BEASTS BEHAVING BADLY / Discovery / Barcroft Productions Ltd / Jul 2015 to Jul 2015 / -
PD (Self Shooting)BEASTS BEHAVING BADLYDiscoveryBarcroft Productions Ltd Jul 15 - Jul 15-
Producer / Running Wild with Bear Grylls / NBC / Electus / Bear Grylls Ventures / Apr 2015 to May 2015 / -
ProducerRunning Wild with Bear GryllsNBCElectus / Bear Grylls Ventures Apr 15 - May 15-
Development Producer / Development / One Tribe TV / Mar 2015 to Mar 2015 / n/a
Development ProducerDevelopmentOne Tribe TV Mar 15 - Mar 15n/a
Producer / Britain's Biggest Adventures with Bear Grylls / ITV / Nutopia / Dec 2014 to Feb 2015 / Andrew O'Connell
ProducerBritain's Biggest Adventures with Bear GryllsITVNutopia Dec 14 - Feb 15Andrew O'Connell
Story Producer / Bear Grylls: Mission Survive / ITV1 / betty / Sep 2014 to Nov 2015 / Elaine Bedell
Story ProducerBear Grylls: Mission SurviveITV1betty Sep 14 - Nov 15Elaine Bedell
Producer / Britain's Biggest Adventures with Bear Grylls / ITV / Nutopia / Jun 2014 to Sep 2014 / Andrew O'Connell
ProducerBritain's Biggest Adventures with Bear GryllsITVNutopia Jun 14 - Sep 14Andrew O'Connell
PD (Self Shooting) / Development: Man Vs Parkinsons / Self Funded / Maverick TV / Jul 2014 to Jul 2014 / -
PD (Self Shooting)Development: Man Vs ParkinsonsSelf Funded / Maverick TV Jul 14 - Jul 14-
Producer / Development / Channel 4 / TwoFour / May 2014 to Jun 2014 / -
ProducerDevelopmentChannel 4TwoFour May 14 - Jun 14-
DV Director / Worst Place to be a Pilot / Channel 4 / Firecracker Films / Jan 2014 to Apr 2014 / Liam Humphreys
DV DirectorWorst Place to be a PilotChannel 4Firecracker Films Jan 14 - Apr 14Liam Humphreys
Producer / The Jump / Channel 4 / TwoFour / Jan 2014 to Jan 2014 / -
ProducerThe JumpChannel 4TwoFour Jan 14 - Jan 14-
Associate Producer / Xtreme Endurance: Race to the Pole / Channel 5 / Zig Zag Productions / Aug 2013 to Nov 2013 / -
Associate ProducerXtreme Endurance: Race to the PoleChannel 5Zig Zag Productions Aug 13 - Nov 13-
Associate Producer / Apocalypse Preppers / Discovery / Firecracker Films / Jun 2013 to Aug 2013 / -
Associate ProducerApocalypse PreppersDiscoveryFirecracker Films Jun 13 - Aug 13-
Associate Producer / Xtreme Endurance: Race to the Pole / Channel 5 / Zig Zag Productions / Apr 2013 to Jun 2013 / -
Associate ProducerXtreme Endurance: Race to the PoleChannel 5Zig Zag Productions Apr 13 - Jun 13-
Producer / Development / Channel 4 / TwoFour / Feb 2013 to Apr 2013 / -
ProducerDevelopmentChannel 4TwoFour Feb 13 - Apr 13-
Producer / Splash! / ITV1 / TwoFour / Dec 2012 to Feb 2013 / -
ProducerSplash!ITV1TwoFour Dec 12 - Feb 13-
Producer / A Night of Heroes: The Sun Military Awards 2012 / ITV1 / TwoFour / Sep 2012 to Dec 2012 / -
ProducerA Night of Heroes: The Sun Military Awards 2012ITV1TwoFour Sep 12 - Dec 12-
PD (Self Shooting) / The BBC 999 Awards / BBC 1 / BBC Studios / May 2012 to Jul 2012 / -
PD (Self Shooting)The BBC 999 AwardsBBC 1BBC Studios May 12 - Jul 12-
Edit Producer / Britain's Got More Talent: Best & Worst Auditions / ITV2 / Thames / Apr 2012 to May 2012 / Kate Maddigan
Edit ProducerBritain's Got More Talent: Best & Worst AuditionsITV2Thames Apr 12 - May 12Kate Maddigan
DV Director / Monster Munchies (Series 2) / Good Food / RDF Television / May 2011 to Aug 2011 / -
DV DirectorMonster Munchies (Series 2)Good FoodRDF Television May 11 - Aug 11-
Edit Producer / I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here - Best Of.. shows / ITV2 / ITV / Aug 2010 to Oct 2010 / -
Edit ProducerI'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here - Best Of.. showsITV2ITV Aug 10 - Oct 10-
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Professional Training

Course / QualificationTraining Provider / InstitutionYear
Hostile Environment Training / Remote Trauma / 2014
Hostile Environment TrainingRemote Trauma2014

I worked with Mark on an adventure series for Chanel 5. This took us on difficult shoots to the Amazon rainforest in Peru and to the top of Snowdon, via several rivers, lakes and tropical rain storms. These were tough shoots, with big logistical challenges, plans changing by the hour and punishing physical conditions. Mark thrives in this sort of situation, with strong decision making and organisation, fast editorial judgement, great teamwork and never without a smile on his face.

As a cameraman it's sometimes a bit depressing to see your pictures cut with dodgy self-shot pictures but I'm happy to have mine cut with Mark's work anytime! His interest in cameras and photography sets him apart from most. He not only covers sequences well but also manages to get everything looking awesome too.

This production relied heavily on Mark's self shooting and included whole days shooting on his own with the main talent. The humid, remote conditions made managing kit difficult and Mark really worked hard in pre-production to get the right kit systems in place - much more than I would expect from most selfshooters. Mark got great footage in the rainforest and one of the episodes opens with a beautiful sequence he shot and directed at Machu Picchu.

Mark is a great asset to any production and I would happily go into any rain forest with him again!

Rob Taylor, DoP/cameraman

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  • Media I Work In:

    Broadcast Television

    Live Events

  • Locations I can work in:

    Africa

    Asia

    Australia

    Europe

    London

    North America

    North West

    South America

  • Skills/Permits:

    Archive Clearance

    Casting

    First Aid

    I Visa USA

    Music Clearance

    Driving Licence

    Hostile Environment

    PADI Diving Licence

    Safeguarding Trust

    Script Writing

  • Technical Skills:

    Canon 7D

    Avid

    Canon EOS C300

    Data Wrangling

    Sony PMW-EX1

    Sony PMW-EX3

    Final Cut Pro

    Multicamera Directing

    Self Shooting

    Sony PMW-500

    Sony HVR-Z1

    Sound Recording

    Sony PMW-200

    Avid Media Composer

    Canon 5D MKIII

    FCP

    GoPro

    Lighting

    Single Camera Directing

    Sony PXW-FS7

    Stills

    Canon XF105

    Canon XF305

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