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Sean Morris 

Sean Morris using time-lapse set up

One of the founding members of Oxford Scientific Films (OSF), Sean Morris has spent over three decades working in the wildlife filmmaking industry.

Sean became deeply involved in wildlife photography as an undergraduate at Oxford University, and started to work on short films alongside fish specialist, John Paling. Combining forces with other scientific film enthusiasts, Sean and John experimented with new filming technology alongside David and Gerald Thompson, Peter Parks, and John Cooke.

The group spent the summer of 1967 in Jamaica, collecting footage that was broadcast by the BBC Natural History Unit (NHU) as a two part series, Wild Jamaica. The official formation of OSF followed the next year, and the company quickly gained a worldwide reputation for its pioneering approach to wildlife filmmaking and high levels of technical excellence.

Over the next few years, Sean became a world-renowned specialist wildlife cameraman, producer and director. Contributing to a variety of award-winning films, his works include The Tender Trap (1974), A Drop of Water (1977) and Sexual Encounters of the Floral Kind (1981), the first ever winner of a Wildscreen cinematography Panda.

1997 saw Sean win an Emmy for his cinematography in the National Geographic Special, A Violent Eden. More recently he wrote and produced The Elephant, the Emperor and the Butterfly Tree (2003), which received the coveted Golden Panda at the 2004 Wildscreen Festival.

A man of many talents, Sean has travelled all over the world, competed twice in the Boat Race for Oxford (1963 and 1965) and is a World Championship winning veteran oarsman.

Sean left OSF in 2003 and now works as a freelance consultant.

WildFilmHistory Films

film-smallWild Jamaica: Cays, crabs and cucumbers (1968)Presenter,
film-smallWild Jamaica: Trapdoors, Tyrants and Tadpoles (1968)Additional Photography 
film-smallThe Tender Trap (1974)Photography 
film-smallSexual Encounters of the Floral Kind (1981)Director 
film-smallPatterns of Life: The Birth of the Bees (1986)Photography,
Executive Producer 
film-smallCamera Magic: Images of Nature (1989)Photography 
film-smallFragile Earth: Enemies of the Oak (1989)Photography,
film-smallBugworld: War of Two Worlds (2002)Executive Producer 
film-smallThe Elephant, the Emperor and the Butterfly Tree (2003)Writer,
Sean Morris filming at Tsavo, Kenya
Sean Morris filming at Tsavo, Kenya
Sean Morris using time-lapse set up
Sean Morris using time-lapse set up
Sean Morris at optical bench
Sean Morris at optical bench