Chris has worked with a broad range of broadcasters and charities to create compelling productions highlighting an eclectic range of environmental issues. From full-length documentaries to short web videos, Chris has the all-round filmmaking skills and broadcast quality equipment needed to produce powerful, and inspiring productions.
After graduating with a Film & Media Honours degree Chris has travelled the globe as a cameraman. He is equally comfortable filming above and below the water, and in remote and inhospitable conditions.
As an independent filmmaker, Chris often spends months or even years investigating and filming a wide range of wildlife and environmental issues. As a result, he has a wealth of contacts and specialist knowledge, which means that he can give your production unparalleled insight and access to a host of stories.
As a skilled drone pilot, Chris has filmed aerials in a diverse range of settings: from the migration of shark fishermen through remote archipelagos, to bush fires that threaten the forest habitat of lemurs in Madagascar. This aerial footage has featured in numerous broadcast and environmental groups’ productions.
Chris has been privileged enough to have filmed underwater all over the world. In the process he has logged in excess of 3000 dives as an underwater cameraman, filming the best of what marine realm has to offer as well as documenting the threats facing it.
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Chris Scarffe doesn’t have one title; he shoots, produces, edits, and directs. Whether above or below water, Chris brings an unmatched level of professionalism and commitment to all aspects of production. With his positive attitude and ability to work in high stress situations and countries, Chris is an invaluable part of a film crew. I was extremely impressed with the quality of his footage.
Jackson Fager, Producer, Vice on HBO
Chris Scarffe’s work on shark fisheries has been responsible for a complete paradigm shift in how this much-misunderstood group of fishes is viewed in Mozambique, which led to the government improving their management of these threatened species.
Dr Simon Pierce, Executive Director, Eyes on The Horizon
Chris’s experience and professionalism shone through - we were able to get some very powerful and technically sound footage without any issues. On top of that he was very personable and a pleasure to work with.
Andrew Carter Director of the BBC’s Indian Ocean Series With Simon Reeve
Chris captured the complexity of our work integrating conservation and community health with creativity, depth and sensitivity. We're thrilled with the result, which provides a powerful tool for communicating the critical importance of addressing the global issues we're confronting.
Alasdair Harris, Executive Director, Blue Ventures
Chris did fantastic job filming for a BBC World documentary on Mozambique. The sea life looks amazing and was the highlight of the show. He also shot some wonderfully imaginative set ups of divers being trained. We simply would not have got anything this good without him. I would highly recommend Chris and hope to work with him again in the future.
Dawn Lake, Producer, BBC WORLD TV - Fast Track.
Chris Scarffe’s conservation filmmaking efforts have aided us in a whole portfolio of educational projects. Chris has a real talent for using his beautiful and powerful imagery to support positive change.
Dr Simon Pierce, Principle Scientist, Marine Megafauna Foundation
I've spent more than a decade working with field producers from all over the world, and Chris still stands out. We asked the impossible of him, and he delivered, securing unprecedented access to people and places under tight deadline pressure, Chris always found a way to make it happen. It's safe to say our story would never have happened without him, and I'm already eagerly anticipating the next story I can collaborate with him on.
Alex Waterfield, Producer, VICE on HBO
Chris Scarffe captures alluring video, while telling a story that demonstrates the junction between environmental conservation and development challenges. In his footage from Mozambique and Madagascar, Chris was able to get close to impacted communities, and film moments that are difficult to observe from an outsider perspective. His work demonstrates that he lives the issues he films.
Tina Lee, Ocean Health Index Coordinator, Conservation International
I was lucky enough to again work with Chris Scarffe on the filming of Grey Matters, a documentary about Zimbabwe's elephant problems. I've worked with Chris for many years now and as always his professionalism, dedication and eye for a shot were outstanding. When it comes to environmental filmmaking he's one of the best.
Aaron Gekoski, Director Ecomentaries
Chris is a professional who fuels his work with his passion for the projects he works on and his own personal curiosity. We worked together on a story that dealt with very difficult access as well as very real dangers and Chris delivered more than we expected. Chris is also very unique because of his high skill levels as a cinematographer, underwater videographer, drone operator and as a producer. Thanks again Chris, the whole team is looking forward to working with you again.
I had an amazing experience working with Chris Scarffe on a conservation education documentary he filmed for our organization Planet Madagascar. In spite of challenging conditions, visiting remote areas of Madagascar, Chris managed to get stunning and powerful shots and more to make the documentary possible. He offered a wide set of skills to help us get the documentary off the ground including writing, filming, and editing. I highly recommend Chris and I’ll definitely turn to him for any future filming needs.
Travis Steffens, Founder & Director of Planet Madagascar
Chris did a fantastic job of bringing to life the vital role that Community Patrols play in protecting some of the most endangered species in Madagascar. He managed to get to really difficult to reach places and captured breath taking footage of animals, their habitats and the people they share it with. We can’t wait to work with Chris on future projects for Durrell.
Head of UK Fundraising at Durrell Conservation Wildlife Trust
Chris is easy to work with, professional, positive, fearless and trust worthy. He gets the job done! He understands the complexities of storytelling and the importance of documentary access. He handles subjects with confidence, care and sensitivity and he offers clients flexibility and respect. I would recommend him for any scenario!
Randy Erica Stulberg
Chris Scarffe is an independent environmental filmmaker, specialising in the fields of wildlife, conservation and education. With over 10 years of creative experience, Chris works with broadcasters and charitable organisations around the world to produce beautiful, powerful and captivating material for a broad range of environmental issues.
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Chris will spend the next few days filming for a BBC show documenting the work of a scientist studying octopus in Madagascar.
1st June 2017
Screenings of the film Chris produced called Saving Mozambique’s Sawfish have just started in Mozambique as part of a broader educational campaign to protect sawfish in the country.
29th May 2018
The Thomson Reuters Foundation have released the film Living With The Oceans that Chris worked on earlier this year as an Associate Producer. It investigates the state of fisheries in Madagascar.
25th May 2018
Chris is heading off into the field to film for a PBS project on the genetic lineage of crocodiles.
Chris has been filming a pilot for a documentary that will give a voice to fishermen and women worldwide.
August 7th 2017
Of Sharks & Men is a documentary Chris produced for Blue Ventures which looks into shark fisheries in Madagascar and the impacts of a declining fishery on local fishing communities.
Chris spent an incredible few days away filming and photographing for promotional shots for Kayak Safaris Madagascar.
Chris is currently working as a local producer and camera operator on a major documentary on the illegal pet trade.
Chris is working as a DOP and field producer for a documentary for The Discovery Channel’s Shark Week on the reduction of shark bycatch.
Saving Madagascar’s Sawfish - a short educational film for a local audience that Chris produced on conserving sawfish populations in Madagascar - has been released. The film was produced in French (with English subtitles), Official Malagasy and the local Sakalava dialect.
4-7th July 2017
Chris has just finished shooting for a documentary, which is attempting to create the worlds best chocolate bar.
22nd June 2017
Chris has been working as a researcher for the African segment of a new Netflix documentary.
Some of Chris's footage of the amazing wildlife of Madagascar will be featuring in a new Discovery documentary coming out later this year.
1st June 2017
Chris's photos have just featured in an article written by Dr Ruth Leeney about her work with sawfish. The article is found in the most recent edition of the Save Our Seas Magazine
April- May 2017
Chris has returned from a film and photography trip in Asia. He spent most of his time underwater in the stunning dive destinations of Komodo National Park and the Derawan Island group. In addition to this he spent time investigating a story on wildlife trafficking he is currently developing.
1st March - 14th March 2017
Chris has been working on the final edit of an educational film on lemurs for Planet Madagascar.
26th-27th February 2017
Chris spent a few days interviewing the staff of Durrell and filming the ploughshare tortoises at their breeding centre. Unfortunately this species is being pushed towards extinction by the escalating illegal pet trade in this species.
20-25th February 2017
Chris has just returned from Ankarafantsika National Park where he filmed the last few shots for an educational film on lemurs for the NGO Planet Madagascar.
18th January 2017
Protect Africa’s Sawfish released three short films today that Chris produced. The films document the work of Dr Ruth Leeney as she searches for sawfish in Madagascar and Mozambique.
8th December 2016
Chris ﬁlmed and produced Saving Mozambique’s Sawﬁsh a short educational ﬁlm, which launched today. The ﬁlm is for a Mozambican audience and is available in Portuguese as well as local Mozambican dialects and English.
30th November 2016
Fish & Trips the ﬁfth episode of Hamilton’s Pharmacopeia was launched today on VICELAND. This episode deals with the search for the legendary dream ﬁsh to see whether stories of its hallucinogenic properties have any basis in science. Chris worked on this series as a producer and camera operator in Madagascar & Reunion.
21st October 2016
Hamilton's Pharmacopeia first season on Viceland was released today: The story of the South African Quaalude. Chris worked on this series as a field producer and camera operator.
17th October 2016
The film Chris produced for Blue Ventures on a community led blue carbon mangrove project has just been nominated for the Charity Film Of The Year Award.
14th October 2016
Chris has just returned from the south of Madagascar where he investigated the rise in the illegal pet and bush meat trade in critically endangered tortoise species and documented the opening of a new rescue centre for them.
19th August 2016
Chris is going back into the field in Madagascar for the next week to hopefully track down and film the elusive and critically endangered sawfish with Dr Ruth Leeney.
18th August 2016
Chris has just finished filming for another show for Viceland in Reunion and Madagascar. The episode for Hamilton's Pharmacopeia will air later this year.
20th July 2016
Chris's shark finning footage in Mozambique aired today on Sky News for a program on alternative shark barriers.
5th July 2016
Chris has just started preproduction for another show on Viceland called Hamilton's Pharmacopeia, which is all about hallucinogenic fish!
17th June 2016
Watch the trailer for Black Market with Michael K Williams which was launched today.
12th -14th June
Chris has just returned from an aerial video and photography trip documenting some of the stunning islands and dramatic coastline of Madagascar.
5th June 2016
Chris is back in Madagascar where he will be continuing to document the work of Dr. Ruth Leeney in her quest to track down a sustainable population of the critically endangered sawfish.
May 15th 2016
Viceland announces the July 5th launch of the new Black Market TV series presented by Michael K Williams. Chris worked as a producer on this series to uncover the illegal abalone trade in South Africa.
10th May 2016
8th May 2016
Chris is working with scientist Dr. Ruth Leeney to search for the last populations of sawfish in Africa. This educational film will be coming out later this year.
5th May 2016
Chris has just finished filming for another project for Vice which looked in to the illegal wildlife trade.
28th March 2016
I'm really pleased to hear that Juliette won the 2016 Whitley Award. for her work with Durrell to conserve the Critically Endangered side-necked turtle in Madagascar. The awards ceremony also featured a short film narrated by David Attenborough, which featured some of Chris's footage showcasing Juliette's work and the beauty and threats to this unique island.
Chris is filming for a number of environmental and wildlife projects in Madagascar for the next month.
22nd -25th March
Chris is back in Cape Town to start preproduction for a new show for Viceland. More details to follow shortly…
Chris has just invested in two new broadcast 4k cameras - a Sony FS7 and a Sony A7sii - as well as a Ronin M and a Kessler second shooter for even smoother shots. He will be posting some of the results on his Facebook page and website shortly.
Feb 12th - March 16th
Chris has just spent a fantastic month in Borneo working with Scubazoo filming for a range of projects that included pangolin release, a rescue centre for orphaned elephants and orang-utans and the creation of an alternative to shark fin soup.
August 15th 2015
Pre-production begins for the Vice TV’s new Black Market episode on the abalone trade which Chris is working on as a producer.
The Tahiry Honko film that Chris recently made for Blue Ventures - which showcases how carbon is being used to catalyse community mangrove management in Madagascar - is being shown at the World Forestry Congress in Durban, South Africa this week. Over 1,700 delegates from governments, NGOs, private companies, academia and forestry societies will be attending the congress.
September 8th-20th 2015
Shooting begins for Vice TV’s Black Market episode on the abalone trade, with Chris working as a producer. Presented by Michael K. Williams of the Wire, Board Walk Empire and Twelve Years a Slave fame, Michael gains unparalleled access to show how this lucrative illegal trade works.
September 20th 2015
Emmy Awards night. The Vice on HBO series that Chris worked on as a producer and camera operator is up for an Emmy for Outstanding Informational Series or Special. And the winner is… Not us! Congratulations to Anthony Bourdian Parts Unknown and thanks to all the team at Vice on HBO.
29th September- Nov 3rd 2015
Chris returns to Madagascar to investigate new stories and to film for two separate projects on lemur conservation for Planet Madagascar and Durrell.
12th August 2015
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Emmy nomination for the Vice on HBO series Chris worked on as a field producer and camera operator.
3rd July 2015
Planet Madagascar’s Indiegogo campaign for Chris Scarffe to produce an educational film on protecting lemurs and their habitat reaches its funding goal. Thanks to all of you that helped with donations and sharing on social media.
29th June 2015
26th June 2015
15th June 2015
Chris is heading to Lake Alaotra in Madagascar today, to start filming a series of documentaries for Durrell on preserving this unique marshland area for the benefit of local communities and the unique wildlife species that live there.
14th June 2015
Planet Madagascar reaches 65% of its Indiegogo crowd-funding project target for an educational film to be produced by Chris Scarffe on protecting lemurs and their habitat in Ankarafantsika National Park, Madagascar.
12th June 2015
Today, Chris gave a talk about conservation and his work as an environmental filmmaker to the inspirational Mr. Grabowski and his Grade 8 Science and Math students.
8th June 2015
8th June 2015
8th June 2015
5th June 2015
10th May 2015
Planet Madagascar launches its Indiegogo crowd-funding project for an educational film to be produced by Chris Scarffe on protecting lemurs and their habitat in Ankarafantsika National Park, Madagascar.
7th May 2015
Whilst filming for Vice on HBO in Madagascar we were joined on the remote Barren Isles archipelago by the Blue Ventures team, as they photographed the islands for Google Street View. It’s great to see the results of their hard work released today.
17th March 2015
Chris is currently producing a film for Blue Ventures about a community-led mangrove carbon project in remote southwest Madagascar.
12th March 2015
Watch the trailer for season 3 of the Emmy Award winning Vice on HBO series. Chris was involved as both a cameraman and field producer for the oceans segment shot in Madagascar, Tanzania & South Africa.
1st March- April 11th
Chris is currently in Madagascar to produce a film for Blue Ventures about a community-led mangrove carbon project. Chris will be carrying out postproduction work in Madagascar as well as researching a number of other environmental projects.
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