Simon Vacher

Topside DoP and Camera Operator

TV | Natural History | Documentary | Factual | Sync

Passion: Stories that intertwine human lives with the natural world


Core skills: Filming people, the environment, wildlife, and strong visual narrative

Simon is a documentary cameraman who has captured unique images from the hottest, coldest, and remotest places on the planet - from the icy cathedrals of Antarctica, to the rich reefs of the Indian Ocean. Simon's focus is on filming interlinked human and animal stories, and has shot short films for BBC's 'One Show', and 'Inside  Out', and worked across multi-year series such as 'Britain's Treasure Islands', and Nat Geo Wilds' 'Wild Islands' . Previously a senior editor for a corporate video production, Simon has proficient knowledge of colouring and shooting to grade with understanding of MLUT’s (CineGamma and SLog), modern video codecs and compression technologies. Simon regularly produces short films, working closely with a series producer or director from shoot to delivery, as a solo or two strong team. Working across a variety of cameras, from 1/3″ – 1/2″ sensor broadcast cameras such as Canon XF305 & the Sony range (PDW-700 & PMW-200), to Super 35 Sony PXW-FS7 and the Sony F5/F55, Simon also has experience with lighting for interviews and data wrangling on location. With his own kit including a Sony FX9, radio mics, etc, Simon is fully equipped for sync shoots.

See more of Simons work here

BBC Inside Out (South West) 02/09/2019 - Species Shift with Nick Baker

Natural History - Southern Ocean showreel