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Varun Alagar

Varun Alagar Surendran is a highly acclaimed wildlife cinematographer from India known for his expertise in capturing challenging wildlife sequences. With a background in animal behavior, he specializes in using long lens, gimbal, and aerial techniques to craft visually stunning stories. Varun has directed a notable international wildlife documentary and has worked with major broadcasters, earning a reputation for his strong work ethic, wildlife knowledge, and ability to handle shoots under pressure.

Over the past ten years, Varun has filmed in diverse and often extreme locations across India, showcasing a unique and observant style that highlights the raw beauty of wildlife. His work is characterized by a commitment to respecting nature and a dedication to getting the perfect shot. Varun's motto, "Empathise, Educate, and Entertain," reflects his approach to wildlife cinematography and storytelling.

Credits

DIRECTOR & DoP, ORF, NDR, Nat Geo, ARTE,+ Co-Production

 

Nicobar Islands , 2022-2024

PRINCIPAL CINEMATOGRAPHY, BBC 

ASIA, 2023-2024

PRINCIPAL CINEMATOGRAPHY, BBC

PLANET EARTH 3, 2022-2023

DIRECTOR & DoP, BLACKBOX FILMS,- BIRD DOCUMENTARY

 

under NDA, 2021-2024

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY, THE GAIA PEOPLE

Nat Geo Wild, 2022-2023

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY, THE GAIA PEOPLE 

ON THE BRINK S3, 2022-2023

PRINCIPAL CINEMATOGRAPHY, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL

 

CHANGE MAKERS, 2021

PRINCIPAL CINEMATOGRAPHY, MUDSKIPPER LABS

WILD MUMBAI, 2021

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY,

ORF

CLIMATE CHANGE, 2021

PRODUCER, DR. VENKITACHALAM R./ARULAGAM/DISNEY NATURE FUND 

 

GADHALI, 2020

PRODUCER, GOVT. UT LADAKH, INDIA

2019 – 2020

PRINCIPAL CINEMATOGRAPHY, BBC - PRIMATES:

LION TAILED MACAQUE, 2019

PRINCIPAL CINEMATOGRAPHY, OFF THE FENCE

 

BORN TO BE WILD, 2019

PRINCIPAL CINEMATOGRAPHY, THE GAIA PEOPLE

ON THE BRINK S2, 2019

PRINCIPAL CINEMATOGRAPHY,

OTF

INTO THE WILD INDIA, 2017-18

PRODUCER, MADHYA PRADESH FOREST DEPARTMENT

INDIA - CHAMBAL, 2017

CINEMATOGRAPHER,

NHNZ

DEVELOPMENT SHOOT, 2016

CINEMATOGRAPHER,

NAT GEO

DEVELOPMENT SHOOT, 2015

Awards

Winner, Cinematography - Royal Television Society Awards.

 

UK  - 2024

Nominee, Cinematography - Royal Television Society Awards


UK - 2021

Honourable Mention, Long Form - Jackson Wild Media


USA - 2022

Behind the scenes

Contact Me

E- mail@varunalagar.com   

T- +91 72000 30080

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