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In addition to serving as a producer at 45 North Films, John Shier has been working as a freelance cinematographer for the past seven years. During this time he’s filmed subjects in Peru, Bolivia, Australia, Mongolia, Canada and the United States. A naturalist as well as a filmmaker , John’s passion in life is working with wild animals in their habitats and his specialty is filming wildlife in remote and challenging locations. John has worked extensively throughout the American West, where he has built a reputation filming grizzly bears. John’s work has appeared on the BBC, Animal Planet, The Discovery Channel, The National Geographic Channel, CNN, CBS and PBS. Most recently, John worked as one of the principal cinematographers on the landmark BBC / Animal Planet natural history series ‘Yellowstone’. The first episode of this series won the 2009 ‘Best Cinematography’ Award at the International Wildlife Film Festival.

John specializes in HD, 2k and 4k cinematography and has a full RED ONE camera package available for rent (see equipment list). He also specializes in digital timelapse photography, including motion controlled techniques and night/star photography. To see a select list of John’s credits and awards click here. For a C.V. or a complete list of credits, please contact John.


Filming Grizzly Bears for the BBC

Filming on Admiralty Island in Alaska


General Natural History Show Reel

Natural History Reel


Natural History Sequence Show Reel

Natural History Sequence Show Reel



TImelapse Reel

Time Lapse Reel



2008 Natural History Reel

2008 Natural History Reel


General Cinematography Reel
General Cinematography