Whether working as a park ranger in the remote deserts of Central Australia; a koala catcher on Kangaroo Island; or undertaking various wildlife projects across Australia – Samuel loves and knows Australia’s wildlife. After a career spanning over ten years in the environmental management field, one illuminating thought changed the course of his professional life: that stories about the natural world shared through popular media, have a significant power to influence, and bring about environmental change.
Ever since this thought, life for Samuel has been a whirlwind. He has found himself immersed in a new world – the world of cameras and storytelling. He has worked on projects for the Australian Broadcasting Corporaton (ABC), Imparja, Message Stick, Animal Planet, and various corporate clients. In 2014 he was presented a Silver Award at the Australian Cinematographers Society Awards for his work as an ABC news and current affairs camera operator. In the same year he also received a Bronze Award for his cinematic work on the music video Hypocrite, by Dan the Underdog.
Recently, Samuel wrote, produced, directed, edited and shot a 25 minute wildlife film, Kangaroo Island: Life on the Edge. The film won Best Independent Production at the 2016 Green Screen International Film Festival, Germany, and a Gold Award in the 2017 Australian Cinematographers Society Awards. It was also an official selection at the 2016 Wildlife Film Festival, Holland, and the 2017 Wildlife Conservation Film Festival, in New York, USA.
Samuel has also written a Master's thesis through the University of Otago (NZ) entitled: "Life on the edge: The survival of wildlife cinematography as a craft".