Working with National Geographic


When National Geographic USA approached me requesting my assistance to help them make a film about predators in the eastern Carpathians, of course I jumped at the chance. This was part of a larger project called the 'Secret Life of Predators' filmed in several locations around the globe. I am always looking for opportunities to raise awareness about Romania's bio-diverse ecosystems as 65% of Europe's remaining virgin forests can be found here, supporting all the top predators/carnivores/omnivores including lynx, wolf and bear. NAT GEO were also interested in the coexistence between man and predator in the context of a stunningly beautiful and natural environment.

National Geographic filming in Transylvania

I have to say we were very impressed by the dedication and professionalism of the NAT GEO crew, and the endless hours they put in everyday to gain the best footage for their documentary. We can also see why they are so fit, as the amount of equipment they carry on their backs was quite phenomenal!

Jon Betz - cinematographer preparing for another shoot

John Betz - Cinematographer

Jon Betz (above) cinematographer

Shane Moore - Demonstrating steady cam

We have been in fabulous company with cinematographer Shane Moore (above), who has worked on many infamous projects such as 'Planet Earth' with David Attenborough (BBC); 'Deadliest Catch' (Discovery); and 'Survival with Ray Mears'. This documentary will go a long way in highlighting the uniqueness of the flora and fauna of the Carpathian region.