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John Duncan


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Drone Operator

Award-winning filmmaker John Duncan specialises in aerial filming and has over eight years’ experience creating films that capture the imaginations of audiences worldwide.

His short films Ancient Scotland, Wild Scotland and Beautiful Scotland – showcasing the stunning Scottish landscape as it has never been seen before – were viewed by over two million people across the globe, earning three coveted Vimeo staff picks. John went on to pick up the Landscape Award at the 2016 New York City Drone Film Festival, and Wild Scotland featured on National Geographic’s Short Film showcase.

An accomplished drone pilot adept in multiple camera formats, John puts a focus on collaborating with the very best personnel to create sincere branded content, commercials and moving charitable campaigns that stand out from the crowd. John makes films that challenge, surprise, and instigate.


100 Places in Scotland

John Duncan's captivating aerial cinematography paints a majestic picture of Scotland, inviting viewers on an awe-inspiring journey through 100 stunning locations.

Ancient Scotland

John Duncan's most recent Scotland film, and the 3rd to gain a coveted Vimeo staff pick, was shot over 7 months at 21 stunning locations in Scotland. From as the far north as Muckle Flugga at the very top of Shetland to the prehistoric wonder of Britain’s highest sea stacks near St Kilda, some 40 miles west of the Outer Hebrides.

Loch Duart

‘Born and Raised’ is the first in a series of 4 films by Great Brink which focusses on the values upon which Loch Duart was founded. The film gives you a glimpse of the farm teams who live and work in the communities of the Outer Hebrides where we raise our world-renowned salmon.

This job had a small and nibble crew which allowed us to work quickly as well as having the ability to change plans last minute due to weather and operational changes with boats and such like out at the pens.

The title ‘Born and Raised’ refers to both the people who have lived and worked in the Outer Hebrides and Sutherland for generations and to Loch Duart’s unique lineage of salmon which can be traced back to the wild salmon which have been swimming in Scottish waters for millennia.

In the film Ruairidh Macleod, Assistant Site Manager at Loch Duart, explains just how intrinsically linked Loch Duart salmon is to the local community and to the environment in which he lives and works.

Director // Euan Myles

Producer/Art Dept // Laura Strong – Great Brink

DOP / Drone // John Duncan

Camera Assistant //DigiNorth

Editor // John Duncan

Sound Mix // Finiflex

Colour Grade // Troy Edige

Music // Braw Sailin

Motion Graphics // Simon Biggs/Robbie Dickson

The Ripple Effect

Through 'The Ripple Effect', Mike Guest shares a journey of his personal growth and the development of resilience in times of challenge. A powerful, honest account  of how the project helped him process his mental health over the pandemic.

Director & DOP // John Duncan
Underwater Footage // Mike Guest & Tim Askew
Additional Footage // Rob Waugh
Sound Design // Barry Jackson
Dubbing Mixer & Sound Design // Paul Flitcroft
Music // David Jack
Colour Grading // Troy Edge

Wild Scotland

John Duncan's aerial film, 'Wild Scotland', beautifully captures the breathtaking wilds of this majestic country. From the Highlands and Islands on one coast to John O'Groats and North Berwick on another, viewers can enjoy just a glimpse of what makes Scotland so wonderfully unique.

Filming & Edit // John Duncan

Sound Mix // Pete Smith

Colour Grade // Drew Gibson

Fujifilm GF 23mm

A short branded content piece by John Duncan focused on the photography of Paul Sanders to promote Fujifilm's latest GF23mm lens.

Director // John Duncan

DOP // Jonnie Lewis

Arctic Academy

This four part documentary series for BBC Scotland follows Craig Mathieson the founder of Polar Academy, an organisation which lifts secondary school children out of their comfort zones and drops them in the wilds of Greenland. This year Craig is taking 10 Scottish teenagers from Bathgate Academy, West Lothian aged between 13-15 as they embark on a life-changing expedition.

Executive Producer for BBC Scotland: David Harron

Executive Producer for Freak Productions: Hamish Allison

Series Producer: Chris Marks

Director: Jack Warrender

Co-director & Edit Producer: Charles Stuart

Editor: Lindsay Watson

Dubbing Mixer: Alistair George

Online Editor & Colourist: Florian Viale

Titles: David Marin

Graphics: Robert Charleston

Edit Assistants: Adam Borys & Grant Jamieson

Aerial Photography: John Duncan

Production Manager: Penny Davies

Production Assistant: Ruta Zulpaite

Narrator: Jamie Lee


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