NiCK O"MEALLY: SERIES DIRECTOR

THE NEW COLD WAR - SIBERIAN CUT

My latest show, now in the edit for Raw TV. It’s an 8 part doc for the Discovery channel, following a crew of Americans and Russians logging in Siberia’s frozen north. It all takes place in Russia’s Taiga forest, one of the most inhospitable places on the planet, covering an area the size of North America.

As American, Sean Vann, tries to get a logging business off the ground we get a glimpse of a rarely seen world, great action and classic cold war rivalry between two very different cultures. 

Siberian Cut premiers on Discovery Channel in June 

CONTROL FREAKS

I’ve finally got the opportunity to direct a new Discovery series in my old backyard - East London. 

In the picture above, we’re lighting a warehouse location in the Old Truman Brewery on Bricklane. It’s a new show - working title is ‘Control Freaks’ hence the slightly menacing setting.

Our presenters, including Alex Conran from the ‘Real Hustle’ test out theories about human psychology on members of the public. 

On air in late 2014.

SCALING A LAVA WALL IN THE SANORAN DESERT

A defining moment and fitting finale to my shoot for Car vs Wild. We literally winched all two tonnes of the jeep ‘Ruby’ up a vertical lava wall in the middle of Mexico’s Sonoran desert.  

It was worth it as apparently, the series was watched by more people across the planet than the Superbowl! It says so here.

DESCENT INTO THE ABYSS 

One of my favourite behind the scenes pictures and a real highlight from my shoot in Mexico for Car Vs Wild.

Presenter Bill Wu is abseiling down the side of a waterfall into a pitch black subterranean bat cave. It’s documented by DOP Dan Etheridge, who was roped up and beside him all the way. Quite a stunt to pull off when you’re being pummelled by a raging torrent of water. I climbed into the cave ahead of the ascent and waited ankle deep in bat poo for the guys to touch down. We got an amazing sequence, topped off by a climb and swim out, through a soupy mix of swamp water and bat faeces. All in a day’s work. 

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