Jonathan Bird

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North Reading, Massachusetts

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About Me

Jonathan Bird is a professional underwater cinematographer with over 20 years of experience filming from the arctic to the antarctic and everywhere in between. A recipient of nine Emmy Awards and two CINE Golden Eagles, he has produced over 20 nature documentaries which have appeared on television networks such as National Geographic Channel, PBS, ABC, USA Network, Discovery and even the SciFi Channel. Since 2008 he has directed and hosted the public television series "Jonathan Bird's Blue World" which is entering its 5th season. He regularly completes underwater cinematography assignments for major productions appearing on networks such as Discovery Channel and National Geographic.

Jonathan Bird Productions is equipped to shoot television and cinema in all resolutions up to 6K and can provide a complete crew on location. We own and regularly shoot underwater with high-end gear up to and including the RED Epic and Dragon, as well as more TV-friendly cameras like the Sony Z100 in Gates housings. We can provide everything a client needs for a complete underwater shoot, anywhere in the world, whether it's a commercial, reality show, documentary or a feature. We specialize in exceptional underwater cinematography anywhere.

I have been in the industry since 1991.

Video(s)

Added on 9/6/2014

Jonathan Bird Underwater Cinematography Demo Reel

This is a short compilation of some of my favorite underwater work in the past few years.

Clients

CNN National Geographic Channel Half Yard Productions/"Filthy Riches" (Nat Geo) Discovery Channel ABC-TV La Cinquieme (France) Discovery UK Discovery Canada WCVB-TV (Boston) SciFi Network (now known as Sify) USA Network Pilgrim Studios/"Wicked Tuna" (Nat Geo) CBS/"The Crazy Ones"

Gear

Sony Z100 in Gates Underwater Housing and Fathom SWP44 wide angle lens for 4K, 2K underwater production at all frame rates up to 60p RED Epic Dragon system and Nauticam Underwater Housing. Extensive underwater lighting for any assignment including lighting caves and shipwrecks Underwater tripods for specialty shots Audio gear for surface sound work including Zoom recorders, wide variety of wireless lavs, shotgun mics, etc. Sony AX100 4K camera/Gates underwater housing for B-camera Selection of GoPro action cameras for POV shots Every kind of scuba gear needed for assignments in warm water, cold water, caves, wrecks, etc. including open circuit, rebreathers, etc.

Awards

•2014 Nominee, National Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Camera Cinematography, Jonathan Bird's Blue World, "Bull Sharks" •2013 Nominee, National Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Short Format Daytime Program, Jonathan Bird's Blue World, "Aquarius Reef Base" 2012 New England Emmy Award, for Outstanding Children/Youth Program, Jonathan Bird's Blue World, "Sully The Pilot Whale/Yucatan Sinkhole" WGBH Boston 2012 New England Emmy Award, for Outstanding Magazine Feature/Segment, Jonathan Bird's Blue World, "Jake Learns to Dive" WGBH Boston 2012 New England Emmy Award, for Outstanding Editor-Program, Jonathan Bird's Blue World, WGBH Boston 2011 New England Emmy Award, for Outstanding Children/Youth Program, Jonathan Bird's Blue World, "Antarctica" WGBH Boston 2011 New England Emmy Award, for Outstanding Magazine Feature/Segment, Jonathan Bird's Blue World, "Lobsters" WGBH Boston 2011 New England Emmy Award, for Outstanding On-camera Talent/Host, Jonathan Bird's Blue World, WGBH Boston 2010 New England Emmy Award, for Outstanding Magazine Feature/Segment, Jonathan Bird's Blue World, "Aquarist For a Day" WGBH Boston 2009 BLUE Ocean Film Festival Honorable Mention Broadcast Program or Series (Jonathan Bird's Blue World) 2009 International Wildlife Film Festival, Honorable Mention for Cinematography (Jonathan Bird's Blue World) 2008 Winner, Best Documentary, Very Short Movies Film Festival, for Sharks: Predators With A Purpose. 2002 CINE Golden Eagle Award (Jonathan Bird's Blue World) 1997 CINE Golden Eagle Award (Coral Reefs: Rainforests of the Seas, Educational film distributed by The Video Project, Ben Lomond, CA.) 1996 New England Emmy Award for Individual Achievement in Cinematography for Summer of the Shark, Chronicle, WCVB-TV Boston 1995 New England Emmy Award, for Underwater New England Chronicle, WCVB-TV Boston 1996 CINDY Gold Award (Beneath The Caribbean Educational, AIMS Media) 1997 CINDY Bronze (Adaptations for Survival in the Sea, Educational film, Discovery Education) 1996 Kids First! Award (The Coral Reef: A Living Wonder Educational film, Discovery Education) 1996 National Educational Media Network Bronze Apple Award (Adaptations for Survival in the Sea, Educational film, Discovery Education) 1995 CINDY Bronze and Special Achievement in Cinematography (Seals and How They Live), Educational film distributed by Discovery Education.

Associations / Organizations

National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Wyland Ocean Artists Society