Life in Polar Bear Town

Late 2016 saw me spend a month in Churchill, Northern Canada on a BBC project, we shot an hour long doc with Gordon Buchanan, called Life in Polar Bear Town, broadcast on New Years Eve, and we also produced 3 hour long live shows called Arctic Live, with Kate Humble, Simon Reeve and Gordon. This was possibly my biggest technical challenge ever, broadcasting live from the a buggy roaming the Tundra, an excellent camera team and the good people from Timeline TV covering the OB side of things made sure we stayed on air every night despite the wind, blizzards and polar bears.

2016 so far…..

I’ve spent the last 11 weeks on used car forecourts in Derby, shooting a series for Dave, provisionally entitled ‘Used Car Wars’, it’ll be on air in the new year and will definitely be worth a watch, you’ll see things you never expected to see used car dealers doing, and you might get a few tips on how to get a good deal next time you buy a car. Prior to that I did some second unit work on an ITV drama called Brief Encounters, it’s about Ann Summers party hosts in Sheffield in the early ’80’s, it’s on in July and August and it’s very good. I always enjoy working on dramas, it makes a change from the documentaries  that form most of my work. I also worked on a few corporate shoots, one about 5 miles from home, and one in Algiers, Algiers was amazing, if you’ve never been, go, the wine is stunning. To add to the oddball mix, I also shot a pilot for a game show in a haunted house (history repeating itself there!) and spent two days watching people make lampshades for BBC4’s ‘Britain on the make’ So all in all, half way through, it’s been another interesting and varied year, I’m having a week off now to tend to my polytunnel, check out to see more about that.

I’m Jon Gilbert, and I’ve been mixing sound for television and film for 20 years.

I have an extensive inventory of all the best equipment from Lectrosonics, Sennheiser, Sound Devices, Ambient, Rycote and Cinela. So I can supply the kit for any job without having to hire in.

My client list includes some of the worlds best known broadcasters, from the BBC, through to NBC. I’ve worked the world over, recording classical musicians in Italy, accompanying US special forces on night time raids in Helmand province and watching Kirstie Allsopp tell people how to decorate their homes. It’s a very varied life!

If you want to talk to me about an upcoming project, please call me on 07976 657501