Frederique Olivier

  • Cinematographer / DOP
  • Hobart TAS, Australia
  • Oct 09, 2020
contract Camera - Aerial, drones & underwater Cinematographer Cinematographer - DOP (head of department) Shooter/Producer

Experience - brief overview of your professional skills

I have over 17 years diverse experience in documentary production from solo producer shooter to working with large crews. In addition to cinematography and field producing, I have also worked in various positions from field logistic support, photography and sound recording. I am experienced in producing material for both web/multimedia/social and standard broadcast.

I am an extreme environment specialist, from the tropics to the polar regions , with a solid guiding and expedition background (I am an accredited polar guide). I am used to working unsupported in remote areas, both topside and underwater. 

Most of my work has been in natural history (BBC NHU, Nat Geo), science, various human documentaries (Nat Geo, Discovery,  ABC, SBS), conservation and educational programs. Specific recent camera experience includes remotely controlled cameras, stabilized systems and drones. I am a CASA licensed drone pilot. 

News and Documentary Emmy nomination for outstanding cinematography for BBC Spy in the Wild (2018), UK GTC award for Excellence (2019) for BBC Spy in the Snow

show reel :

Credit/work experience (at least 1 professional, paid screen credit)

Feb 2012 - Jan 2013 John Downer Productions

Director of Photography, 

for BBC series " Penguins: Spy in the Huddle" 

Overwintered in Antarctica for the second time filming emperor penguins. 

Camera Operator/ Field producer
Jun 2016 - Jan 2017 Silverback Films

Field production and  and camera operation for the Disney Nature Feature film  "Penguin" 

Director of Photography
May 2017 - Jun 2017 National Geographic

Filming observational documentary on Jade Hameister's crossing of the Greenland Icecap Expedition, 28 days on the ice cap following the 560km ski crossing collecting  general imagery, interviews, and grabs. 

DOP/On site Producer
Apr 2019 - Oct 2019 360 Degree films

"Wild Things" documentary on environmental activism in Australia -  Following an activist talent during  the Tarkine forest protests and public event and  great Canopy Camp out protest events (also covering some of the XR rebellion events)

Feb 2019 - Apr 2019 Rummin'

SBS  production " Flavour Swap"  filming cultural cooking exchange between MONA and other restaurant head Chef and local talents from various immigrant communities.  (Producers Ella Kennedy and Katherine Pettman)

Dec 2020 - Mar 2021 Southern Pictures

DOP for an SBS Series following celebrity Chef Annaliese Gregory into the Wild.


PhD in Antarctic Ecology
Nov 2002 - Dec 2005 UTAS
Master V skipper
Apr 2007 - Oct 2007 AMC



Your website and

Youtube examples of your work

Equipment, facilities and services

A-Cam: RED Gemini 5K kit

Canon L series Zoom lenses

Samyang/Rokinon prime lenses

B-Cam: Sony A73

C-Cams XF 305, XF 105 handycam kits, armada of Gopros, 

DSLR kit:  Canon 5D MkIII

Sound: Field mixer sounddevices, Boom W. Emesser ambient and Sehnheiser radiomics with countryman lapel capsules

Tripods: Miller Arrow 30 (100mm 14 kg payload), Miller Compass 25 (100mm, 14 kg), Miller DS 10, Manfrotto 502

DRONE : Mavic pro 2/ Phantom 4 Pro/ access to Inspire2 with X7

Gimbal:  DJI RS2 (or Movi M15)

Lighting: LED light panel 1"

Post: Imac computer 27' FCP X and DaVinci Resolve +  Macbook pro (same)