Filming Tiny Creatures (with Tom Hugh-Jones)

Filming the word’s smallest creatures for the Apple TV+ documentary series TINY WORLD was a giant undertaking. Learn how executive producer, writer and creator Tom Hugh-Jones got it done. 

Tom and Go Creative Show host, Ben Consoli, discuss the fundamentals of filming creatures in their natural habitat, the series’ crazy short filming schedule and logistics, using probe lenses, why the dung beetle was the most challenging to film, and much more!

What you will learn in this episode:

  • How Tiny World is different from other nature docs (02:30)
  • What an executive producer does (05:57)
  • Why the shooting schedule was so quick (08:42)
  • Logistics of shooting across the world (11:45)
  • Pre-production and planning of nature docs (14:22)
  • Fundamentals of filming nature (18:12)
  • Essential coverage to tell a story (23:23)
  • Camera and lens package (30:16)
  • Using probe lenses and mirror prisms (32:34)
  • How to avoid scaring animals while filming (35:39)
  • Why dung beetles were most challenging to film (38:06)
  • New challenges in season 2 of Tiny World (40:23)
  • Carefully-chosen lighting equipment (47:23)
  • The fun job of recording sound for nature docs (51:24)
  • Why Avid was the best choice for post production (56:46)
  • How Tom got into wildlife photography (01:00:29)
  • Tips for aspiring nature photographers (01:06:57)
  • And more!

Show Links

The Go Creative Show is supported by:

MZed – Education for Creatives
https://gocreativeshow.com/mzed

PostLab – Collaboration for Final Cut Pro X and Premiere Pro
https://gocreativeshow.com/postlab

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