Stephen de Vere
Stephen de Vere filming in the Bering Sea for BBC’s Frozen Planet series. Photo © Jeff Wilson

Stephen de Vere is a cameraman and independent filmmaker specialising in nature and wildlife.

He started his career with the RSPB Film Unit as an Assistant Film Editor and part-time cameraman.

In 1992 he joined the BBC Natural History Unit spending a winter in Antarctica to film emperor penguins for the series Life in the Freezer. Later he was described by Sir David Attenborough in a television interview as “an extraordinary cameraman” after repairing his cine camera during the depths of the Antarctic winter using parts from a computer printer.

His IMDB listing includes a spell as a digital creature Animator on some of the Harry Potter feature films but his main credits are for BBC wildlife television programmes and series spanning 22 years:

Life in the Freezer • The Life of Birds • Wildlife on One
Living Britain • The Natural World • Andes to Amazon • Life
Africa • Yellowstone • Frozen Planet • The Hunt

emperor penguin chick
Filming the breeding cycle of emperor penguins involved living in Antarctica through the winter. Photo: Stephen de Vere

Stephen believes in the power of storytelling to explain the importance of making connections with our surroundings. To that end he makes personal and unique British wildlife films in the countryside where he lives, charting the lives of individual animals in some detail: