MIKE BHANA

DIRECTOR / D.O.P / CINEMATOGRAPHER

Mike has been producing, directing and shooting television programming for the past 25 years. While his history reflects a love of the ocean and the Pacific, Mike also focuses on charity, humanitarian, and domestic social issues including traveling with the Red Cross documenting the work of its teams in some of the most dangerous and stricken areas of the planet. From 2009 till early 2012, Mike was one of the curators of the largest shark exhibition in the world – Planet Shark. This huge educational installation was designed to promote awareness, conservation and understanding of sharks and our oceans. Mike was one of the creators and wrote all the interpretation material, multimedia and touch screen content as well as Planet Shark’s extensive educational resource programs for schools. In 2013 Mike produced two 3D New Zealand documentaries for Chinese Broadcasting giants CCTV and in 2014 produced/directed and filmed the new television series SHARKMAN www.sharkman.tv for TVNZ’s TV1. The Series won "Best Documentary Series" at WorldFest International Film Festival in 2016. In late 2014/2015 Mike produced 3 x natural history one-hours entitled SEVEN SEAS for WATN-TV for Tianjin Television in China. In 2016 Mike completed series one of FISH OF THE DAY - a new travel/fishing show screening in prime time in 2016 on National Geographic Asia as well as Choice Television in New Zealand. The series just picked up a Gold Remi at the WorldFest International Film Festival for "Best Lifestyle TV Series." In late 2016 Mike worked as water cinematographer in New Zealand and China on Warner Bros feature film "MEG" featuring leads Jason Statham and Li Bing Bing. MEG is due for release in 2018. To date Mike has produced, directed and shot over 45 hours of natural history documentaries including 15 hours of prime-time documentaries for the US channels including Discovery, Animal Planet and National Geographic. His documentary work has resulted in a dozen international awards for excellence. Mike has also produced and directed programming for current affairs show 20/20 internationally. To date Mike has produced, directed and shot 28 films exclusively on sharks. His shark images have been seen in more than 100 films worldwide. ADDITIONAL SKILLS: Mike is an OSH (Occupational Health and Safety) Certified Occupational Diver; has logged over 2400 scuba dives; is Nitrox and Re-breather qualified; is a certified Dan O2 Provider; certified in Advanced First Aid and Trauma (Industrial Medic); is qualified to operate a Defibrillator; has over 50 hours of helicopter filming and rescue work; highly skilled drone operator; is a highly experienced free diver confident to 25 metres and has over two decades of boat handling experience including over 10,000 sea miles including skippering his own 50-foot yacht through the Pacific.