Phil Coates is an accomplished remote location Director Cameraman & professional expedition leader with an enviable record of working in extreme environments across seven continents. Clients include: BBC, Discovery International, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 & National Geographic.

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Specialist Factual Researcher Development Producer & Consultant Location Production

Filming

Phil is an experienced Producer, Director Cameraman with solid filming credits and a proven track record of working in challenging and extreme environments for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, Discovery International and National Geographic Television.

He has worked on assignment across the world in over forty countries, across seven continents and across a range of genres including prime time documentaries, factual entertainment, observational reality shows and sponsor funded expeditions. Phil’s location filming work is built on a solid foundation in production and production logistics and while working at the BBC Natural History Unit and BBC Science & Features.

Specialisms Include...

Documentary, features, mountain and remote location work, adventure travel, health and safety, abseiling and rope-access. Phil is an IRATA qualified rope access technician, a fully qualified International Mountain Leader and a member of the Guild of Television cameramen.

 

Location Production


NEW EARTH FILMS & DEEPEEI FILMS / AVRO

Associate Producer & Behind The Scenes Location Camera on ‘Going North’ a documentary series following ‘Project Inland Ice’ an ambitious attempt to cross the Greenland Ice Cap raising awareness of climate change in the process. Phil’s multitasking role also involved coordinating logistics and safety for the production. A co-production with Deepeei Productions. Broadcaster Dutch Broadcaster Avro & International Sales – TX 2008

 

TIGRESS PRODUCTIONS / DISCOVERY CHANNEL

Location Director Cameraman on series 2 of ‘Everest Beyond The Limit’ shooting for 8 weeks on location on the Tibetan side of Everest up to 8,000m down to minus 18°C. This land mark series follows the trials and tribulations of an international expedition as they attempted to climb the highest mountain on earth. Broadcaster Discovery Channel International – TX 2008

 

ANTARCTICA

Location Director Cameraman shooting stock footage and stills during the International Polar Year 2007 / 2008. Worked as a Field Guide for the British Antarctic Survey safeguarding international research scientists in the field and completed comprehensive training in polar survival, travel and advanced first aid with paramedic skills. Stock Footage & Photography Shoot 2007

 

KEO FILMS / BBC

Location Director / Cameraman on ‘Blizzard Race to The Pole’, a 6 part BBC2 / History Channel series in shot in arctic Greenland. Work involved filming (and sound recording) the Scott and Amundsen teams and travelling on the ice cap over 11 weeks in temperatures down to minus 35°C. Broadcaster BBC 2 & History Channel International Coproduction – TX 2006 / 2007

 

PELOTON MEDIA / ANIMAL PLANET

Location Producer on ‘Pet Hero Awards’ factual entertainment show filming in numerous locations across UK and Northern Ireland. Broadcaster Animal Planet UK – TX 2002

 

OXFORD SCIENTIFIC FILMS

Associate Producer / Camera Assistant on ‘A Feast of Dates’ a 4-week shoot in The United Arab Emirates for the UAE Government and Discovery Channel International. Broadcaster UAE National Screening – TX 2002

 

CHANNEL 9 AUSTRALIA / CHANNEL 5

Producer / Director / Cameraman on the documentary special ‘Ice Break Heart’ following Peter Bland’s quest to be the first Australian to walk to the Magnetic North Pole. Phil filmed on location in the high Canadian Arctic for over 4 weeks in conditions down to minus 38°C. Broadcaster ABC Australia / BBC 2 – TX 1999

 

TYNE TEES TV / CHANNEL 4

Location Cameraman on ‘Challenge 8000’ following Al Hinkes’ quest to be the first Britain to climb all 14 8,000m peaks. Work involved climbing up to 7,000m on Makalu (8,463m), Nepal and filming and photographing Alan as he attempted the fifth highest mountain in the world. Broadcaster YTV / C4 – TX 1997 /1998

 


 

Development Producer & Consultant

In addition to his location directing, camera and producing work Phil has developed, produced and consulted on a wide range of television productions taking on the role of Associate Producer, Logistics Coordinator or Production Consultant.

 


BEARKATT PRODUCTIONS

Associate Producer Working with BearKatt’s Head Of Development Denise Castelli (Formerly of Target TV, Visual Voodoo, Paradine Productions/BBC) and Kevin Augello (New Earth Films) on The World’s Highest Gig a Guinness World record Breaking event to be staged high in the Himalayas.

 

BIG BLUE SKY PRODUCTIONS

Development Producer Worked with Trevor Showler (Award winning BBC and Granada Series Producer) developing science based documentaries and documentary series’ with an adventurous edge.

 

 

PELOTON MEDIA

Development Producer on a number of single subject documentaries and series. Researched, scripted, planned, budgeted and pitched 'Selling The Summit’, an investigative documentary about professional expedition guiding and ‘Sagamartha's Citizens’ an anthropological documentary special following the Sherpa people of the Everest region.

 

MAIDEN MEDIA

Production Consultant on ‘A Southern Challenge’, an adventure travel doc following a team of sailors, adventurers and scientists on an expedition to the Antarctic island of South Georgia. Sell through DVD

 

GALE PRODUCTIONS / CBBC

Production Consultant on ‘Travel Bug’, family adventure-travel series fronted by former Blue Peter presenter Peter Duncan. Phil worked with Peter and the Production team to make innovative use of mini DVCAM cameras. Broadcaster CBBC – TX 2003

 

TRANSFRONTIER INTERNATIONAL

Development Producer for a major educational and adventure broadcast event set in Antarctica developed for multinational Blue Chip client.

 

TRANSATLANTIC FILMS

Production Consultant on ‘Trailblazers’, Discovery International doc following reindeer herders of Arctic Siberia. Advised on filming and personal equipment and down to minus 50 °C. Broadcaster Discovery Channel International / The Travel Channel – TX 2000

 

TRANSWORLD INTERNATIONAL

Production Consultant on ‘Everest 2000’, a Sky doc special. Worked with the producer and film team to ensure required shots and sequences were obtained on the mountain. Broadcaster Sky – TX 2000

 

GIRLS ON TOP

Development /  Location Filming Consultant on a British women’s attempt to walk the full 450 miles to the Geographic North Pole. Team members Lucy Roberts and Victoria Riches were both on the successful British McVite’s Penguin Polar Relay, which reached the North Pole in 1997.

 

 


 

Specialist Factual Researcher

 

Award Winning Specialist Research

Phil has excellent research and journalism skills. His research specialisms are Science, Natural History, Environmental Issues, Adventure Pursuits, Extreme Sports, Logistical Planning and Outdoor Clothing and Equipment.

 

LOCATION LOGISTICS

Managing Director of specialist media services and production company offering a comprehensive portfolio of consultancy, management and production services to national and international clients.

 

GLOBAL PRODUCTIONS / PBS

Assistant Producer on 6-part series about the environmental history of the Americas. (Format 16mm)

 

PARTRIDGE FILMS / ABC KANE / CANAL +

Investigative Researcher on international co-production, ‘Tiger: Lord of the Wild’, winner of the 1997 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival Best Investigative Documentary and researcher on one-hour special, ‘Halloween’. Phil managed and set up location shoots in Gabon, Nepal, UK, USA and Vietnam. (Format 16mm)

 

ZEBRA FILMS / NANTIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TV

Researcher and Production Coordinator on feature length doc about the African Rift Valley. Developed and wrote script, budgeted $1.5 million production and completed feasibility studies for flying down African Rift valley from Djibouti to Malawi in an ‘Out of Africa’ style biplane. (Format Super 16mm)

 

IMAX NATURAL HISTORY UNIT / CHRIS PARSONS PRODUCTIONS

Researcher for the large-format Imax film, ‘Completing the Circle’. Compared and contrasted nature’s and man’s way of dealing with waste. (Format IMAX 70mm)

 

WATERSHED TV / SHELL FILM UNIT

Assistant Producer for 2 educational docs ‘Thirsty World’ and ‘Energy of Life’ which presented science to A-Level students in dynamic and exciting ways. (Format Beta SP)

 

BBC TV NATURAL HISTORY UNIT (BBC NHU)

Researcher on ‘Nature’ and ‘The Natural World’. Investigated news stories with an environmental edge, developed ‘Life at the Edge’ doc about species in extreme habitats. (Format 16mm)

 

AD LIB PR

Researcher, Writer & Photographer for a series of product catalogues articles & press packs for national and international clients, the work involved a 4-week trip to Everest. (Format 35mm stills)

 

 

INSIGHT INDEPENDENT PRODUCTIONS

Assistant Producer developing 6 part doc series ‘Rivers of Life’, a geographical and historical view of how Yorkshire’s rivers shaped the county and its’ people. (Format Beta SP)

 

BBC TV SCIENCE & FEATURES

Researcher on the monthly magazine science strand ‘Antenna’. The series presented complex science concepts and technological info in interesting and stimulating ways. Phil interviewed key academics from univierities and research institution. (Format 16mm)

 

YORKSHIRE TV

Member of ‘YTV Programme Advisory Council’. Presented analysis of selected YTV productions to company directors, executives and programme producers at bimonthly board meetings. (Format mixed)