I'm a storyteller...

It has always been my dream to be a Naturalist and filmmaker; I'm driven by an implacable curiosity for our planet and the stories of the wildlife we share it with. This interest has taken me around the world from the volcanic islands of the Galapagos and the humpback nursery grounds of the Indian Ocean to the slums of East Africa and the heart of the Mediterranean fishing industry. 

Specialising in Blue Chip wildlife projects, I'm an award-winning photographer and filmmaker, recently nominated at numerous international film festivals including JACKSON WILD, the nature equivalent to the Oscars©. The projects I have been involved in have so far covered the underwater world of Wales, the ecological importance of beetles and the audacious wildlife of London to name a few. Because of this, I have extensive experience working with filming teams around the world in remote locations. It's been an amazing adventure so far, and I can't wait for more!

A closer look at what I've been up can be found on my CV.

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...and a scientist.

Over 70% of our planet's surface is covered by water, yet we know more about the surface of Mars than we do about parts of our oceans. Not only this, but marine environments are vitally important for the health of our planet; this was the inspiration for me to study a Master's in Marine Biology at the University of Southampton's National Oceanography Centre. 

During this time, I covered a wide range of topics from climate change to ecology, zoology to conservation and oceanography. My dissertations concerned the life history of the Mediterranean's vulnerable shark and ray species using investigative techniques never used before. In my final year, I worked as a marine biologist in the Galapagos Islands, stationed at the Charles Darwin Research Centre surrounded by giant tortoises and salt-sneezing marine iguanas.

 

Throughout and after my time at Southampton, I learned about scientific process and how to effectively communicate science in a way that the general public can understand. It was also during this time that I learned how to build strong relationships with a variety of contributors, often overcoming difficult language barriers.

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My Vision

In 2019, I decided to pursue my love for telling visual stories by completing an MA in Directing and Producing Science & Natural History at the National Film and Television School, one of the top film schools in the world. I plunged into learning as much as I could about this craft; if I wasn't behind a camera, I would be studying films to improve my storytelling and artistic eye, or relishing in the technical challenges of operating new equipment. 

As a filmmaker, I want to illustrate the amazing diversity of the planet's species; not just the usual iconic suspects. Similarly with the human characters I've encountered. I want to give the under-represented a chance to tell their important stories, the challenges they face, and how they are overcoming them. I love planning sequences around behaviours or interviews, thinking of how to use new technology to give a fresh perspective with exciting cinematography.  

Educating others about the natural world, whether it be through social media, photography, film or just starting a conversation with new people, has been a dream come true. Seeing the reaction people have whenever they see or learn something new about our wonderful little world is indescribable. It points out how important it is to use this enthusiasm to get everyone to care about Earth’s beautiful biodiversity - before it’s too late to save it.

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KIT

Sony, Canon, RED, ARRI, Nikon

GSS experience including SHOTOVER

4-8K experience

Ronin-S operator

Multi-axis motion controlled timelapses

DIVING

PADI Divemaster

Full Facemask trained

Nitrox-certified

HSE Medical Approved

100+ Dives Worldwide

DRONE

CAA qualified

50+ hobby hours

Mavic/Inspire systems

IN THE Field

Extensive experience working for long periods in hostile conditions with mega/microfauna as a filmmaker and scientist. 

Extreme temperature, jungle, mountain and ocean environments

QUALIFICATIONS

MA Directing & Producing Science and Natural History

MSc Marine Biology (w/Zoology modules)

Emergency First Responder w/AED

Hostile Environment Training

TOM
HANNER |

FILMMAKER

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CONTACT

tomhanner@hotmail.com
(+44) 7919 200234

Based in Bristol/London