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INKA CRESSWELL

M.A. Wildlife Filmmaking • B.Sc. Marine Biology • Camera operator • Photographer 

WORK EXPERIENCE

Underwater Camera Operator

Off The Fence for BBC 'The One Show'                                              

August 2019                                                                                      

Bristol, UK

                                                                                                                 

  • Primary Underwater Camera Operator for Eyes on the Seas blue shark episode.

  • This shoot was completed free diving using the Panasonic GH5S and Nauticam housing

  • This episode aired on BBC2 at 19:00 24/09/19 

Self shooting Producer/ Director

University of the West of England - MA Wildlife Filmmaking                       

September  2018- September 2019                                                               

Bristol, UK

  • Produced a 15 minute student film about marine protected areas and shifting baselines. 

  • This production was shot in 3 international locations and required extensive underwater and topside filming in remote locations. 

  • As a part of this student project I completed all research, industry standard risk assessments, developed treatments/ pitches, Created a digital campaign for funding, editing (Adobe Premiere), colour grading (DaVinci), foley / sound recording / track lay (Pro tools), scripting and worked with University of Bristol students to develop a bespoke score. 

  • During production I acted as Primary underwater and topside camera operator using a variety of tech including Ronan S gimbal, DJI Mavic Drone, Genie motion timelapses, Osmo, Underwater camera housings shooting 4K 10 bit / underwater lighting systems as well as Super 8 Underwater film cameras.

                                                                                                                 

Underwater Photographer & Videographer, Dive Instructor, Social Media Manager

Blue Marlin Dive  2018                                                                                        

Gili Trawangan, Indonesia

                                                                                                                 

  • Open Water PADI Dive Instructor, Digital Underwater Photography Instructor, Dive Against Debris Instructor and Emergency First response Instructor

  • Recreational and Technical dive photographer

  • Ran Social media accounts and promoted dive events.

  • Ran Ocean conservation talks

Photographer, Videographer, Marine Biologist, Diver

THE WATERMEN PROJECT   2016-2018                                                                                  

Revillagigedo Archipelago, Bimini Bahamas 

              

  • The watermen Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to ocean conservation. I am currently working for the watermen project as a Young Ambassador. During our recent expeditions to Revillagigedo Archipelago and Bimini Bahamas I assisted the team by using my photography and film making skills to capture the research efforts and document the scientific procedures. During our Revillagigedo expedition I also used my training as a marine biologist to process and record biopsy samples and give presentations to participants about shark tourism.  This opportunity allowed me to develop my free diving skills and learn first hand about shark tagging procedure. 

Spring Scholarship Awardee

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION   2016                   

Fanjingshan National Nature Reserve, Guizhou, China

  • 1 of 2 students selected to participate in a research project studying the effectiveness of payments for ecosystem services in Fanjingshan National Nature Reserve, China, the habitat of the endangered Guizhou golden monkey (Rhinopithecus brelichi). This Project was funded by the National Science Foundation and San Diego State University.

  • Assisted in collecting vegetation data such as; biodiversity, canopy cover, GPS, Plot slope, tree diameter, and average tree height. Installed camera traps to monitor Guizhou golden monkey movement and dispersal throughout the reserve. 

  • Filmed and assisted in edditing a short documentary about the field research that can be used as a outreach resource informing the public about the project.

Marine Biology research assistant               

FISH ECOLOGY LAB, SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY   2015-2016                             

San Diego, CA

  • Assisted in building and deploying parasite traps

  • Analyzed trap contents using microscopy

  • Identified and sorted marine invertebrate and plankton samples. 

  • Used SCUBA to collect data and prepare traps.

Project Assistant for ‘Great White Shark 3D’ & ‘The Last Reef’       

YES/NO PRODUCTIONS 2010-2014   

Cancun- Mexico, Gansbaai- South Africa, Los  Angeles- USA, & Brighton- UK

  • Assisted in location research                                                        

  • Assisted behind the scenes in set up and sound recording

  • Worked on screen during the shooting of the ‘Gardener of Hope’ statue in Piunta Nizuc.

  • Documented behind the scenes activities in the form of time logs and behind the scenes photography.

  • Worked as a runner assisting in the daily runnings of a film shoot and assisted in buying props. 

  • Took shark identification photos

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE

Researcher/ Runner / Additional Camera - Work experience    

Off the Fence - The One Show   August 2019        

Bristol, UK

  • Filmed Vox Pop Interviews

  • Filmed B roll 

  • Assisted in research/ shoot planning 

  • Logged rushes 

  • Worked as a runner on shoots

Marine Mammal Medic       

BRITISH DIVERS MARINE LIFE RESCUE   2015 - Present   

Sussex, UK

  • Completed lecture and practical courses in effective marine mammal rescue procedure.

  • Assessed the state of a marine mammal in need of rescuing and used problem solving skills to create a plan of action for the best rescue procedure.

  • Demonstrated leadership and communication skills by organizing and teaching large groups of volunteers to carry out a mammal rescue.

  • Practiced using whale pontoons safely and effectively to refloat a stranded Cetacea.

Communicate Film Crew       

COMMUNICATE - THE NATURAL HISTORY CONSORTIUM   2018        

Bristol, UK

  • Filmed Vox Pop Interviews

  • Filmed Film Conference 

  • Interviewed Delegates

  • Cut short promotional videos for the organisation 

Wildscreen Film Crew and Volunteer         

WILDSCREEN   2018                

Bristol, UK

  • Filmed Vox Pop Interviews

  • Filmed Film Conference 

  • Interviewed Delegates

  • Cut short promotional videos for the organisation 

  • Ushered events and assisted in registration

Expedition Volunteer        

OPERATION WALLACEA   2012           

Isla de la Juventud, Cuba

  • Conducted and analyzed stereo video reef fish surveys

  • Carried out manatee surveys where I assisted in the capture of manatees which were then measured, the sex was determined, DNA was collected and blood samples were collected. Manatees were then tagged and released.

  • Collected environmental data such as water salinity, temperature, PH and vegetation cover. 

  • This volunteer experience allowed me to gain field research skills, improve my fish identification skills, gain scientific diving skills and improve my leadership/teamwork skills. 

EDUCATION

M.A. Wildlife Filmmaking 

UNIVERSITY OF WEST ENGLAND

 

Bristol, UK  2018 - Present

Relevant Coursework: Production Risk Assesments, Videography, Sound recording, Editing in Adobe Premiere, Editing in Adobe After Affects, Film Budgetting, Film research,  Idea Development, Scientific research for Film, Shooting scripts, Shot Lists, Story Synopsis, Crafting a narrative, Future Documentry Filmmaking. 

B.Sc. Biology with an emphasis in Marine Biology

SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY

 

San Diego, CA   2012 - 2016

GPA: 3.2, Deans List Spring 2016

Major research projects: 

  • The effects of food variability on Echinopluteus larvae development

  • Parasite-Mediated Predator-Prey Interactions in California Coastal Fishes

Relevant Coursework:  Oceanic Experimental Design, Marine Ecology, Marine Larval Ecology, Experimental Ecology, Oceanography, Environmental Policy and Regulation, Biostatistics, Calculus for Life Science, Genetics and Evolution, Ecology and the Environment, Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Organic Chemistry, Physics and Oral Communications. 

LANCING COLLEGE

West Sussex, UK - 2010-2012    

A-Levels: Geography, Art and Biology (A,A,B)                                                                                                  

DIVING QUALIFICATIONS

PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, TDI Advanced Nitrox and Decompression Procededures, PADI Digital Underwater Photography Instructor, PADI Dive Against Debris Instructor, NAUI AAUS Scientific Diver, PADI Enriched Air Diver

TECHNICAL SKILLS

Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, Videography, Digital photography, Underwater photography, SCUBA diving, Scientific diving, Scientific writing, Scientific research, Microsoft programs (Excel, Word, Powerpoint), Microscope work, Laboratory work, sterile technique, SYSTAT, Biostatistics (ANOVA’s, multiple comparisons, T-test’s and regressions), iMovie and Social media applications (Instagram, Facebook, Youtube, Twitter).

ADDITIONAL SKILLS

  • Advanced public speaking: experience presenting complex information on marine research in a variety of settings—Academic, high school, middle school and on-camera—at an appropriate level.

  • Teamwork: All of my work experience has been in a team setting. These experiences have taught me key collaboration, communication and time management skills. 

  • Leadership: as an active member of student organization, Alpha Chi Omega, I have helped organize and lead local beach clean ups, had an opportunity to be a mentor for younger students and volunteer as a tutor in our community outreach programs. 

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