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Although my first passion is for wildlife TV filmmaking I also enjoy experimenting with online production and 'digital presenting'. It's the ideal platform to be creative, fun and responsive and I love being able to share my passion for the natural world with a global online audience. I posted my first videos (now a little embarrassing and dated - Crystal Palace Dinosaurs & T-Rex Jaw) whilst working for the Natural History Museum in London, shortly after the launch of YouTube in 2005. In 2008, whilst filming the series Life, I sent a series of updates to YouTube from our remote camp in the Arctic, and as part of a BBC trial, in 2009 I travelled to India to blog and post videos whilst 'chasing the monsoon' (this spurred me on to propose the idea that eventually became 'Wonders of the Monsoon' on BBC2). Here's a few of my more recent videos from YouTube which have helped me receive more than 4 million views. Please stay tuned, let me know what you think, and visit my YouTube channel to watch more.

A History on YouTube

TestTube TV
In 2003 I founded TestTube TV to take advantage of a new trend in online media. We took our travelling 'vox pop booth' to science festivals around the country and recorded the general public discussing scientific issues of the day - usually the theme of the festival. These Vox Pops were quickly edited on the day, played on giant screens around the festival, and uploaded to Science Festival websites to encourage dialogue. In 2005 Google Video launched and we took advantage of this new platform to reach a wider audience. Here are some of our 'Vox Pop' videos (these were transferred to YouTube when Google Video closed in 2012.)

Video Blogging 'Digital Presenting'
As a video blogger or 'digital presenter', I have been working on YouTube since shortly after it was launched, posting my first video in 2005. I introduced the BBC Natural History Unit to the platform when I ran a series of workshops to show colleagues the power of using online media to reach new audiences. I created the BBC's very first video podcast in 2006, composed of short films produced by BBC staff and in the same year I presented at the Wildscreen international film festival. During the festival I demonstrated how this new online medium was going to impact the TV industry, when in less than one hour, and in front of an audience, I filmed, edited and uploaded a short wildlife film to Youtube and the apple iTunes store. I have contributed to Wildscreen ever since running workshops on how to create YouTube content and online content.