Capturing the essence of adventure in over 60 extreme films has taken cameraman and film-maker Keith Partridge to some of the worlds most hostile and spectacular environments. From the Eiger’s North Face, the Arctic in Winter and Alaska, to the white-water caves of Papua New Guinea Keith has been pushing the limits of extreme film-making for television and cinema. Productions have notched up dozens of international film awards, two BAFTAs and an EMMY. In 2004 Keith was presented with the International Explorers Festival ‘Camera Extreme’ Award for his work on series’ such as the multi award winning ‘Wild Climbs’ for the BBC and on the documentary feature film of Joe Simpson’s ‘Touching the Void’. Recently in a mix adventure and natural history he has filmed ‘up-close and personal’ with some of the world’s iconic and venomous wildlife. His personal journey has been a committed one. Winter 1990 saw Keith leave his job as a cameraman and sound-recordist with the BBC after six years of service. Three weeks later, with climbing suspended in a torrent of spindrift, he was holed up in a snow-cave contemplating his future. His strategy had been a high risk one, involving the sale of everything he owned, everything that is except his climbing kit. As another bitter storm swept across Iceland’s Vatnajokull icecap, fuelling his passion for wild places, the marriage of adventure and film-making was an obvious course. His multi-skilled background has enabled him to develop shooting techniques and equipment that have catapulted the viewer to the steepest of rock faces, the most challenging of ice and the remotest of locations. He has developed ground-breaking shooting techniques and equipment to place him at the forefront of single-man lightweight filming techniques. In a training capacity he and has tutored to the BBC’s National Training Centre and played a key role in the development of the Adventure Film Academy in the UK and the Adventure Film-makers’ Workshop in Banff, Canada. His work has been shown on the BBC, Discovery, Channel 4, ITV, National Geographic, Pathe Films and 20th Century Fox. He has lectured on film making to the Royal Television Society, BAFTA, International Conferences and the Royal Geographical Society. His written articles have appeared in many of the UK’s climbing and outdoor magazines.
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