Stephen de Vere

Stephen began his career with the RSPB Film Unit as an assistant film editor and staff cameraman, then in 1992 he joined the BBC Natural History Unit to overwinter in Antarctica for Episode 5 The Big Freeze of the BBC TV series Life in the Freezer.

Filming emperor penguins
Filming at an Emperor penguin rookery in Antarctica for Life in the Freezer. Photo by Al Rooke

Sir David Attenborough described him as “an extraordinary cameraman” after he repaired his camera using parts from a computer printer while completely cut off from civilisation during his 12 months shoot at Mawson Station.

Emperor penguin chick Antarctica 1992

Broadcast television

Credits for photography on BBC wildlife documentary television programmes also include:

  • The Life of Birds
  • Wildlife on One
  • Living Britain
  • The Natural World
  • Andes to Amazon
  • Blue Planet
  • Life
  • Africa
  • Yellowstone
  • Frozen Planet
  • The Hunt

Giant spiders, aliens and digital doubles

In 2001 Stephen trained as a character animator and worked in the special effects department of several feature films. These included the spiders sequence in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), the face-hugger creature in Alien vs Predator and ‘flying’ a digital-double of Tristran’s hawk for scenes in King Arthur (2004).

Back to basics

More recently Stephen has filmed, produced and edited a series of wildlife films shot in the English countryside near his home.

Watch the trailers for all 3 films :

These films are published on leading video channels worldwide and on DVD.

Get Stephen’s stock footage for licensing is at POND5.