Big Wave News

Press Release – New Forest: The Crown’s Hunting Ground for Smithsonian Channel and Terra Mater 2021

On Friday 16th October, a press release was launched to announce that New Forest: The Crown’s Hunting Ground will premier in summer 2021. Presented by Hugh Bonneville, our 60 minute wildlife special for Smithsonian Channel UK and Terra Mater Studios ventures to the New Forest National Park, home to ancient woods, mossy mires and rich heathlands. click to read […]

Posted on: October 19th, 2020

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BIG WAVE INTERNS & THE SUMMER OF 2020

COVID has been tough for the film industry, but perhaps most challenging of all for the new generation of film-makers trying to break into production, and gain experience. This post is about two of our 2020 interns. Matt Roseveare is a field assistant and budding young cameraman, working on our Smithsonian/ Terra Mater Special for […]

Posted on: September 1st, 2020

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HSE COURSES DURING LOCKDOWN

Through 2020 we’ve had much less travel and adventure than we’re used to here at Big Wave so our Health and Safety Advisor,  Ken Law ( http://www.kenlawsafety.com/ )  suggested we took the opportunity to upgrade all our senior staff’s HSE qualifications and do the NCRQ Level 3,  Safety for Managers Course. https://www.ncrq.org.uk/   Vanessa Tuson, […]

Posted on: September 1st, 2020

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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC UNVEILS FIELD READY PROGRAM

Our MD, Sarah Cunliffe is one of the mentors on an exciting new initiative launched by National Geographic called the ‘Field Ready Program’.  https://realscreen.com/2020/08/03/exclusive-nat-geo-unveils-inaugural-cohort-for-its-field-ready-program/ The program, in partnership with the National Geographic Society,  looks to promote diversity and inclusion in global television production. The first class of the Field Ready Program has 10 filmmakers from across the globe […]

Posted on: September 1st, 2020

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Life in the time of Corona

Since lockdown the Big Wave team switched to working remotely with us all working from home. By chance, the majority of our shows were in pre-production, and post production so when we got the call from one of our broadcasters to cease all production, and bring our crews home, we came off relatively lightly. A […]

Posted on: June 30th, 2020

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The making of #HelpOurKelp

Sarah Cunliffe is the creative director of Big Wave Productions. She talks about the making of the #HelpOurKelp film.    It was a beautiful sunny day in July when I first met Sean Ashworth from Sussex IFCA, the Inshore Fisheries & Conservation Authority. We’d arranged to meet for a coffee to talk about the rise […]

Posted on: October 1st, 2019

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Vanessa Tuson returns to Big Wave

Vanessa Tuson returns to Big Wave as Head of Production.  Vanessa has worked with many of the top documentary production companies over a career spanning 30 years, including Malone Gill,  Touch Productions, October Films and Oxford Films where she stayed for 12 years and was Director of Factual Programmes.  She previously worked with Big Wave […]

Posted on: September 30th, 2019

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Diary of a Production Assistant – My first shoot.

This Summer, I set off to Cape Cod on my first shoot. An opportunity to work alongside top scientists and cameramen, and to see Director Nick Stringer in the field! So there I was mid-July, a year and a half after joining Big Wave, out on the Atlantic Ocean… surrounded by great white sharks!!! The […]

Posted on: September 27th, 2019

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Making Waves – My Experience With Big Wave TV

After finishing my undergrad in Zoology from Trinity College Dublin I was extremely fortunate to get the opportunity to work as a researcher for a British production company that came over to Ireland to make a series of wildlife documentaries. This project finished up in January of this year, and following that I did some […]

Posted on: August 2nd, 2019

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Reflections on 2018

Anyone who knows Big Wave will know we like blue sky challenges, and that we frequently take on high risk, aspirational projects with very little certainty of what the outcome will be. This was once again true for many of the shows we made in 2018, the most notable being SharkWrecked which saw two ex-military […]

Posted on: January 3rd, 2019

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SharkCam’s 5th Deploy

Last summer the Big Wave team headed to Bimini Island, in the Bahamas, for the robot sub SharkCam’s 5th deploy. Here, Greg Skomal from the Massachusetts Marine Fisheries and Amy Kukulya and Roger Stokey from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) teamed up with the Bimini Shark Lab & Tristan Guttridge for more extraordinary shark […]

Posted on: January 3rd, 2019

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Challenging stunt

So this was quite a challenging stunt for us… we were recreating what happens when you get shipwrecked, and to do that, first we had to find a way to ‘shipwreck’ a boat without causing any environmental damage. Gas and fuel leaks are a common reason for boat explosions so the Big Wave team, led […]

Posted on: January 3rd, 2019

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