Roger Horrocks is a wildlife cameraman specialising in blue chip underwater sequences for documentaries and features. He is currently working on Our Planet, a new eight part series commissioned by Netflix and produced by Silverback Films, Dolphin World for Disney Nature, as well as the BBC NHU series Ocean | Blue Planet 2.
During 2013 he worked as an underwater cameraman on the John Downer Productions Dolphins: Spy in the Pod series, logging over 120 days at sea filming bottle-nose dolphins in Mozambique and Honduras. This series received a Special Jury Nomination at the 2015 Jackson Hole Film Festival.
In 2009 he teamed up with Didier Noirot and the Foster Brothers/NHU Africa to shoot a documentary about diving with Nile Crocodiles in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. Into the Dragons Lair premiered on Animal Planet in April 2010, and won Best Underwater Cinematography at the 2010 BLUE Oceans Film Festival in California. The film was also nominated for Best Cinematography at the 2011 Emmy Awards, and for Best Hosted or Presenter-Led Program at the 2011 Jackson Hole Film Festival
The sequel to this film, Touching the Dragon, which explores one mans extraordinary relationship with an American crocodile in Costa Rica, premiered on the National Geographic Channel in July 2013 as part of the society’s 125 Anniversary Celebrations.
8 x 60' for for Netflix | Silverback Films | Executive Producers - Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey | Worldwide Release - 2019
Netflix Teams With Silverback Films and WWF to Create Our Planet, A Landmark Follow Up to the Seminal Natural History Series, Planet Earth. The Eight-Part Series Combines the Spectacular Photography of Planet Earth with An Unprecedented Look At the Planet’s Remaining Wilderness Areas and their Animal Inhabitants to Debut in 2019
The ambitious four year project – the largest of its kind ever attempted – will take viewers into never-before-filmed wilderness areas from the ice caps and deep ocean to deserts and remote forests, introducing them to the most precious species and places that must withstand the impact of humanity so generations to come can enjoy the bounties of the natural world. Using the latest in 4K camera technology, the series and a range of specially produced storytelling for multi-media platforms will bring millions of people into intimate contact with some of the world’s rarest animals and most precious natural habitats.
The series is being produced by Silverback Films, led by Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey, who created Planet Earth, Frozen Planet and Blue Planet for the BBC, as well as the Disneynature films Earth, Bears, African Cats and Chimpanzee. WWF, the world’s leading conservation organization with operations in more than 100 countries and over 5 million members, is providing the Silverback team unparalleled access to its projects in protected areas around the world and will collaborate on multi-media storytelling across its web and other platforms.
“Our Planet is going to raise the bar for natural history landmarks, ” said Alastair Fothergill, Executive Producer Silverback Films. “We will reveal the most amazing sights on Earth and show them in ways they have never been seen before. Partnering with Netflix and WWF gives us the ability to reach and enthuse global audiences with the wonder and importance of the natural world.”
Ocean | Blue Planet 2
7 x 60' for BBC | Executive Producer - James Honeybourne | Series Producer - Mark Brownlow | Expected TX Date - early 2018
In 2001, the BBC led the world with the multi award-winning Blue Planet; now it plans to return to the planet’s oceans. More marine species have been discovered in the past decade than ever before, with an average of 2,000 discoveries per year.
Since Blue Planet, many new species have been identified in the oceans, including the bizarre-looking blanket octopus – the first ‘live’ male was discovered, which is 300 times smaller and 40,000 lighter than the female; the alarmingly hairy ‘yeti crab’ discovered near Easter Island; and the velvet belly lanternshark that uses a ‘light-sabre’-style glowing spine to defeat its enemies. Scientists are also uncovering new behaviours - such as dolphins that outwit their prey using empty shells as fish traps - and new locations, such as the world’s biggest volcano, just discovered off the coast of Japan; giant underwater waterfalls in Norway; and submerged forests of perfectly preserved ghostly trees.
Drawing on new filming techniques not available at the time Blue Planet was shot - such as a new gyro-stabilised aerial camera system, remotely operated submarines, 4k digital resolution and new marine tracking techniques - we will capture the marvels of the world’s largest living space.
1 x 80' feature for DisneyNature | Silverback Films | Executive Producers - Keith Scholey and Alistair Fothergill | First Screening - Earthday 2018
Atlantic: Earth's Wildest Ocean
3 x 60' for BBC2 | Series Producer - Dan Rees | Program 3 Producer - Ted Giffords
This 3x60 landmark series reveals the mysteries of the Atlantic Ocean - from the Arctic to the Antarctic, the crushing depths of the abyss to the sun drenched tropical reef. This series will reveal the amazing, surprising and resilient inhabitants of the Atlantic, both animals and people, as they pit themselves against the world’s wildest ocean.
Each episode unveils the natural forces that underpin life in the Atlantic, from the world’s most powerful currents, ferocious hurricanes and huge chains of undersea volcanoes making this dynamic ocean rich in life.
Spy in the Pod
2 x 52mins. John Downer Productions for BBC 1. First flighted January 2014. Executive Producer - John Downer. Series Producer - Rob Pilley
To truly innovate in the filming of some of the world’s most beloved animals – dolphins – the team at John Downer Productions has stopped at nothing to get their cameras close to the animals. Following the success of Penguins: Spy In The Huddle, this time all the spycams are disguised as sea creatures. Tunacam, Turtlecam, Squidcam and Dolphincam are just a few examples of an enchanting underwater menagerie, each programmed by the production team for a different spying role. They take us closer to dolphins than ever before - from the intimacy of a mother teaching her calf to catch fish or leap from the water, to the drama of huge megapods, many thousands strong.They not only reveal the tender and playful side of dolphins but also some less familiar aggressive tendencies, as well as displays of their renowned intelligence. With two programmes derived from hundreds of hours of innovative observational footage, it's a very intimate ride into the deep blue. Filled with wonder and magical encounters, this is the dolphin’s world as it hasn’t been seen before. Dolphin: Spy in the Pod will be narrated by David Tennant.
1 x 90mins. Produced by John Downer Productions for the BBC
Earthflight 3D is a 90 minute special filmed in 3D with a new commentary from David Tennant. The film picks up from where the series left off to take viewers on a special journey over our planet in the company of birds. We see the seasons change, witness the most amazing events in nature and journey from the warm topics to the frozen north. Filmed using specialised and innovative camera techniques to give an up close perspective like no other, Earthflight 3D contains new and unique imagery to give an exclusive look at the world through the eyes of birds.
Touching the Dragon
1 x 52mins. Acquired by National Geographic Channel, USA. First flighted January 2012. Filmed and Directed by Craig and Damon Foster for NHU Africa. Co-produced and presented by Roger Horrocks.
Into the Dragons Lair
1 x 52mins produced by Craig and Damon Foster for NHU Africa. Acquired by Animal Planet, USA. First flighted in 2010. Underwater Cameraman and Co-Presenters - Didier Noirot and Roger Horrocks
The Great Tide
1 x 52mins. Produced by Hugh Pearson for the BBC, part of series "Nature's Great Events. First flighted January 2010. Assistant Cameraman - Roger Horrocks
"The Great Tide", produced by Hugh Pearson, documents the sardine run that occurs off the east coast of South Africa during the winter months of June and July.