From Antarctica to the tropical Pacific, Paul Atkins has filmed the world's wildlife and cultures for National Geographic, for the BBC including many of their most successful series from TRIALS OF LIFE to PLANET EARTH, and for the IMAX screen. His internationally acclaimed directing and cinematography have earned him numerous Emmys, British Academy Awards and a Telluride Film Festival Tribute. With his wife and filmmaking partner, Grace Atkins, Paul has produced documentaries that challenge our preconceptions of the natural world. Notable among these films is GREAT WHITE SHARK, which inspired the best-selling book, THE DEVIL'S TEETH.
In recent years, Paul has turned his cinematic attention to fictional storytelling and feature films including indie productions such as CHIEF (Sundance 08), and THE LAND HAS EYES (Sundance 04 and Fiji's submission for Best Foreign Film to the Academy Awards). On a 42 day epic voyage around Cape Horn, Paul shot the ocean storm footage for Peter Weir on MASTER AND COMMANDER which won the 2004 Academy Award for Cinematography. In 2008, Paul was Second Unit Director of Photography on Terrence Malick's THE TREE OF LIFE and continues to work with Mr. Malick as his Director of Photography on the upcoming epic IMAX documentary, THE VOYAGE OF TIME.
The TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund | 2010