Vanessa Lucas | Writer, Producer & Director
Growing up in Africa, Vanessa spent much of her childhood in the bush, learning to love all things in the wild. She travelled around Europe and Asia for 3 years after completing her high school education. On returning to South Africa, she enrolled at university in Pretoria to study Ecotourism & Wildlife Management. During her time at university, Vanessa worked on various conservation and ecotourism projects throughout southern Africa.
Upon graduating from the Departments of Tourism and Nature Conservation, Vanessa was offered a position in Zambia to head up an ecotourism marketing project. During this period, Vanessa also indulged her passion for conservation and got involved in environmental education in the local village schools. More importantly, it was in this very remote wilderness area that she embarked on a whirlwind journey of discovery into the world of wildlife documentary filmmaking.
Vanessa is currently credited for over 20 hours of international standard, high-definition programming for the likes of National Geographic, Animal Planet, Travel Channel, Discovery Channel & local South African broadcasters. In addition, she has worked on twice that number of hours developing new programming; all the while accumulating substantial experience, enabling her to concentrate on her main focus today: writing, researching and producing wildlife and adventure film documentaries. In her spare time she freelances as a travel writer, focusing on the southern and central African countries she frequently visits.
Nick Ball | Cameraman & Zoologist
Driven by an early childhood passion for wildlife, Nick has acquired international recognition as a professional wildlife photographer and filmmaker.
Inspired by nature-focused family holidays as a youngster, Nick enrolled at the University of Surrey, where he earned a degree in Zoology. Using this as a stepping-stone to ever better things, his sense of adventure and a constant need to expand his horizons saw him packing up and heading to South Africa, where he obtained a Masters degree in African Mammalogy from the Mammal Research Institute at the University of Pretoria. Upon specializing in brown and spotted hyena after spending nearly two years researching in various bush locations around southern Africa, Nick decided to concentrate on his real passion - wildlife photography and filmmaking.
Nick has since taken his photographic and filmmaking skills to a professional level by publishing photographs worldwide and earning himself cameraman credits on a number of productions. Having established a base in southern Africa, Nick now travels extensively throughout the continent, photographing and filming high-definition natural history documentaries for the likes of international broadcasters National Geographic, Animal Planet, Discovery and Channel 4 (UK), always in search of his favourite subjectů wildlife!