Cinematography

Emmy award-winning Director/ Cameraman David Parer has extensive experience in producing/ directing and filming wildlife in remote locations around the world including Australia, the Galapagos, South America, Alaska, Antarctica & Papua New Guinea . Based at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s acclaimed Natural History Unit for decades, he has worked with David Attenborough, the BBC, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, PBS-WNET (New York), Canal Plus, NHK, TBS Productions & many other broadcasters making Blue-chip natural history documentaries for television.

PROFILE

David Parer has been filming and producing wildlife documentaries since 1971. Together with  his wife Liz, who is a Producer/ Sound Recordist, they have worked together making  story-led  programs since the late 1970’s for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s (ABC) Natural History Unit. In 2008 the ABC Natural History Unit closed down and since then David has been working as a freelance specialist wildlife cameraman for Australian and overseas independent film-makers.

DAVID IS AVAILABLE TO WORK AS A CINEMATOGRAPHER/ DIRECTOR IN AUSTRALIA OR ANYWHERE AROUND THE WORLD. HE IS HAPPY TO WORK INDEPENDENTLY AS A CAMERAMAN/ DIRECTOR OR WITH A CREW.

CONTACT DETAILS

  • Email:  parercoo@ozemail.com.au
  • Mobile (David):  +61 (0) 408 368 762
  • Mobile (Liz):  +61 (0) 407 334 254
  • Landline:  +61 3 9553 8665

SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Doctor of Science (Honoris causa), Monash University.
  • Polar Medal (Services to Polar Science)
  • Bachelor of Science (Hons. in Physics), Monash University.
  • Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) accreditation
  • ACS (Australian Cinematographers Society), 2008 “Hall of Fame”.
  • Phillip Law Medal for Outstanding Contributions to the Antarctic – 2012 (shared)
  • Qualified Scuba Diver with Cave Diving accreditation.

EXPERIENCE

David specializes in filming the detailed behaviour of animals as well as beautiful landscapes including:

  • Long-lens footage of animals in the wild, in flight footage of birds and action behaviour
  • Slow motion action footage
  • Nocturnal animals under visible and infra-red in the wild and in sets
  • Macro footage of insects, marsupial births, amphibians and reptiles
  • Aerial filming using stablized gyro camera mount
  • Underwater footage in marine and freshwater habitats
  • Dolly and crane shots
  • He is experienced at filming scientists and people in the lab or in the field – in formal set-up or off the shoulder
  • Time-lapse shots – day and night

EQUIPMENT

He uses the latest digital equipment and owns a variety of gear including:

  • Tripods
  • Lighting
  • Macro lenses
  • Borescopes
  • Cold fibre optic lighting
  • IR lighting
  • 3-axis gyro-stabilized aerial camera mount
  • Camcorder
  • Range of microphones including shotgun, stereo and radio mics
  • Extensive DSLR equipment including Nikon
  • D800’s, lenses, time lapse units, tripods and multiple flash units