Bio

Laura Turner
I am a camera operator, editor and filmmaker with a passion for wildlife. I graduated with a 2:1 BA Honours degree in Media and Video Production and trained as a news camera operator at MATV for the regional news programme Leicestershire In Focus. After continuing my training to become an Apple certified Editor in Final Cut Pro, I attended both the Wildeye Wildlife Camera Operator course and the Research and Production in Wildlife Filmmaking course. Since then, I have worked in a variety of environments including broadcast, wildlife film, documentary, charity, corporate, independent film, and live events. I am currently freelancing as well as working as Editor on the Wildeye Big Cat Film Safari in Kenya each March.

During the summer of 2006, I became the in-house editor at CTV Perth in Western Australia and worked on a variety of documentaries on art, wildlife and culture including a documentary for The National Trust on aboriginal rock art. I edited two documentaries which revealed the plans of developers to build a marina in the ocean which would destroy Coogee beach and the wildlife that depended on the reef. The programme won the Western Australian Screen Award for Best Community Programming. After returning to the UK, I began work as a camera operator and assistant on a wildlife film in Mull, Scotland.

For the last 2 years, I have worked as editor on the Wildeye Big Cat Film Safari in Kenya. Along with wildlife filmmaking guru Piers Warren, and cameraman extraordinaire Gavin Thurston (Big Cat Diaries, Life, Planet Earth, Life of Mammals - the list goes on!) I travel to the Masai Mara to edit together footage that the guests have shot into a 45 minute documentary by the end of the trip.

My corporate clients include Fisher Scientific, I.O.S.H. Madabout and Wildtrack, for whom I have produced videos from conception to delivery. I also regularly work as a camera operator, grip and editor with Nottingham production company Black Hawk Productions. Recently, I have started working on adventure sports videos, and I'm more than happy filming in dark and damp caves, abseiling off a bridge, and high up in the trees of a high ropes course!

In my spare time I have written, directed and edited a number of short films. Two of these, A Parcel For Miss Periwinkle and BirdFood, made the shortlist at the Britfilms 24 Hour Film Festival. My super-short film Jack, made the top ten in the experimental category at the Ten Second Film Festival. Before that, I wrote and directed In Chains, a dark short film, which won the JVC Student Award for Best Fiction 2003.

I have recently started working on my first wildlife film, which will document the transformation of an ordinary urban garden into a haven for a huge variety of wildlife. More details of this project to come soon!

Currently, I am freelancing in Nottingham and further afield. I am available as a freelance camera operator, editor and filmmaker.

Technical Skills
Apple Certified Pro - Final Cut Pro 6 - Level 1
5 years experience with Adobe Premiere Pro and Photoshop
Camera operation: DV, DVCAM, HDV (Canon XL2 owner)
Basic lighting, sound recording, and vision mixing
Grip including set up and operation of jib cranes, tracks and dollies

Other Skills and Interests
Full Clean Driving License
PADI trained scuba diver - Advanced Open Water, including underwater photography, night dives, naturalist, navigation and deep dives.
Shotokan Karate - Purple and white belt
Active member and volunteer of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust


Training
Trainee camera operator for local news Leicestershire In Focus at MATV.
Apple Final Cut Pro 6 Level 1 Training.
Wildeye Wildlife Camera Operator course.
Wildeye Research and Production in Wildlife Filmmaking.


Awards
Western Australian Screen Award - Best Community Television Production
(Editor - The Beach Taken By The Land)
The JVC and University of Luton Student Award for best fiction
(Director - In Chains)










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