Jonathan Bird is an accomplished
documentary film producer and underwater
cinematographer whose work has aired
in over 50 countries. He specializes in natural
history subjects and works on assignment for major productions all over the world.
He is currently in production on an OMNIMAX® film called Ancient Caves.
His most recent project is a giant screen film for the fulldome theater market called Space School. Produced in association with NASA, this immersive documentary takes viewers underwater to train with astronauts. The film was released in 2015 and has received several awards including Best Photography at the Fiske Fulldome Festival.
Seasons 1-4 of Jonathan's family
underwater educational adventure series
Bird's Blue World are now
airing across the USA on public television. The
pilot won the Cine Golden Eagle, and the series has so far won a total of eight Emmy Awards! Season 4 was released in early 2014. Season 5 is currently in production in 4K UHD.
In 2009, Jonathan completed a feature-length high definition
film about coral reefs called Secrets
of the Reef that was
shot in 2006/2007 in the Pacific. It is in international distribution and can be seen on Amazon VOD.
In 2009 Jonathan was the Director of Photography and Line Producer for National Geographic's Most Amazing Photos: Artificial Reefs, which aired on National Geographic Channel around the world 2010-2013.
He produced and directed Sharks:
Deep Trouble, a film
about pelagic sharks for National Geographic
Television in 2005. This film aired all over the
world in 2005-2007. (It was also marketed under the name Sharks of the Ocean Desert.) Available on Amazon VOD.
Jonathan completed production on
another shark film for international release in
2006 called Sharks: Masters of Survival. It
is in international distribution with his
television distributor and is available on Amazon VOD.
In 1996, Jonathan completed his
first full-length documentary. Sharks...The
Real Story was
co-produced by Art
Cohen and aired on PBS
in the U.S. throughout 1997-98. It also aired on
Discovery Channel UK and in over a dozen more
countries. A 48 minute cable version called
Search for a Feeding
Frenzy aired on the USA
Network throughout 2000-2001.
Jonathan's film Beneath
the North Atlantic,
completed in late 1998, aired all over the world,
including Discovery Channel UK, Discovery Channel
Canada, Discovery Channel Germany, La Cinquieme
(France) and in a dozen more countries. Not only
does Jonathan consider this film some of his finest
early work, but it was a very successful film as
Mermaids in 2000, a film
about West Indian Manatees for the international
market. It aired in several countries
internationally including France, China and Japan.
(Watch the "Making of" featurette here.)
In 2004, Jonathan and long-time
collaborator Art Cohen released
Silent Wrecks of Kwajalein
Atoll, a film about the
WWII battle of Kwajalein Atoll.
Jonathan has written, shot and
produced twelve educational
films for the non-profit
Research Group. These
films, designed for use in the classroom, have won
numerous awards such as the CINE Golden Eagle,
CINDY Gold and Bronze, CINDY Special Achievement in
Cinematography, Bronze Apple, and the KID'S FIRST
He has produced or co-produced
four episodes of the news magazine program
on WCVB-TV, the ABC affiliate in Boston. Two of
these programs have won Emmy Awards. Jonathan
received the coveted 1997 New England Emmy Award
for Individual Achievement in Cinematography.
Jonathan is also an accomplished Final Cut Pro and Premiere editor.
is on-line here.
Jonathan Bird Productions is a
supplier of underwater stock footage for television
and non-broadcast applications all around the
world. Jonathan's work has been used extensively by
just about every broadcaster you can think of.
His footage is represented by Oceanfootage and directly through Jonathan Bird Productions. Need something?
Drop us a line and we'll let you know what we have.
Jonathan filming Tiger sharks, Bahamas.