The Lost Call
Gilbert & Sullivan
Recorded sound, supplied HD equipment for and was second camera on Tony Britten’s, Capriol Films, 5-part Opera Series for Sky Arts. Cameraman Peter Eveson.
Running with Wolves
Worked with Richard Matthews, recording sound and supplying HD equipment, on this second film, shot in the Rockies and the Outer Islands, for ‘Off the Fence’/ Smithsonian. This film was nominated for an Emmy.
Walking the World – The Dingle Peninsula
Location director, cameraman and recordist on this 60-minuter for Discovery HD Theatre and Reader’s Digest through WestPark Pictures.
From a letter to Simon Normanton from Linda Romano, Executive Director Global Video Programming, Reader’s Digest
“…you created beautiful material for both the Discovery and Reader’s Digest programmes. Because our condensed version focuses on the scenic beauties of each destination we really benefited from your great eye for the ‘big picture’ and the gorgeous detail that makes each place memorable … with many thanks, Linda”.
Amazonia’s Mighty Jaws
Recordist, second cameraman, and HD equipment supplier on this exploration for the legendary black caiman of the Amazon swamps.
For National Geographic, through ‘Shake the Tree’ director and producer Caroline Brett. (Camera Barbara Tyack)
From Madeleine Carter International Commissioner at National Geographic “Dear All, I just watched the master – Bravo! The story, the writing, the amazing images, the interesting sound design…it all works together like a great symphony. I know this was a tough one but you’d never know it. Great work.”
From Sydney Suissa overseer of Domestic and International Channels, National Geographic. “This is a great show with all the elements of a classic, blue chip wildlife film… a real story told with lots of drama. Starting out with the night scenes of tagging a caiman* was a great way into the show. It’ll be a real treat to premiere this to the world. Well done. S.”
*shot by Simon Normanton
Walking the World – Kilimanjaro
Location Director, with some camerawork, on this 60-minute ascent of Kilimanjaro for Discovery and Readers Digest through WestPark Pictures. From a memo to producer, Jonathon Schutz, from The Discovery Executive Producer: “What a pleasure screening this episode. It is one of the best of the series, … I found it captivating throughout….. Bravo! My only complaint is that it needs to be cut down to time. Congratulations on a first-rate show!” David Gerber
The Nature Man – Gilbert White
Location director, sound recordist and occasional cameraman on this 60-minute search for the real Gilbert White, the 18th Century naturalist, presented by Michael Wood with Richard Mabey, for BBC4, through MayaVision, using Lighthouse HD and sound equipment.
Though hired as director-cameraman Simon Normanton thought it better on this particular film to direct and record sound, another doing the camerawork in the numerous multi-character sync sequences. He then shot some of the non-sync sequences.
“…..an affectionate. idyllic and gently enjoyable documentary…” Daily Telegraph
“Achingly beautiful shots of the English countryside” The Guardian
“A lovely programme, even for city mice!” The Independent
Searching for the Coast Wolves
Recordist and supplier/manager of HD equipment in this collaboration with the late Richard Matthews of ‘Wild Images’ for ZDF, through Matthey Film of Germany. A six week exploration throughthe outer islands of Western Canada’s Raincoast in search of the mysterious coast wolf and ghost bear. With the production company in Germany and Richard Matthews in South Africa, Simon Normanton was deeply involved in the expediting of the project.
From Richard Matthews on winning First Prize for the film at NaturVision; “thanks to Simon for being such a staunch ally and
such a dependable assistant and man of all jobs.”
This film also won a 2nd award at the festival, for ‘Best International Film’
Death Squeeze | Flying with Condors
Simon Normanton worked with Richard Matthews in a similar capacity on two further projects: ‘Death Squeeze’ a people and wildlife film for National Geographic – anacondas in Venezuela, constrictors in Puerto Rico and the Turks and Caicos; ‘Flying with Condors’, literally so, in the Argentine Andes, a BBC Natural World / ZDF production.
Simon Normanton also designed and produced pilot-controlled microlight cameras for this production.
Daga Rikici Zuma Sasuntuwa
(From Conflict to Consensus, du Conflit au Consensus)
Director, cameraman and recordist on this 30 minute film, produced by Lighthouse, in 3 languages, for a rural development organization in Niger. This illumination of conflicting agendas amongst the nomads and settled people of the Sahel is made for the local people themselves. It shows how they can take control of their own lives.
Return of the Osprey
Executive Producer and recordist on this Lighthouse 60-minuter for the Nature Trusts and Anglian Water, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, the film tells the story of the reintroduction of the Osprey to England.
This film won 1st Prize at the prestigious ‘Communication in Business’ Awards “A really Splendid Documentary”
A message from our customer; “The DVD won an award of excellence and was put into the final with 3 other DVDs…….to cut a long story short…..We won!!!”
The Himalayas | People & Trees – the Sahel
Filmed, recorded and produced by Simon Normanton, these two half-hour films, shot in India and in Niger, for The Berkeley Reafforestation Trust, tell the story of major reafforestation projects amongst the hill villages of Kumaon and amongst the Nomads of Niger.