Daniel Bateman's career is a blueprint for aspiring documentary TV makers. Passionate about photography and photojournalism as a teenager, Daniel went on to study film production at university, where he focused on documentary filmmaking. After working as a video editor for about five years, he befriended people who specialised in conflict filmmaking and he hasn't looked back.
Daniel has now been shooting documentaries for more than a decade, filming and directing content for HBO, VICE, the BBC and more. He's taken his cameras to many countries around the world, and in 2022 he won two Emmy awards as part of the team behind the VICE News documentary Inside the Battle for Jerusalem.
Daniel says his background in post-production has benefitted his documentary TV shooting. "I approach a shoot with the idea that I'm filming for an edit, and working through a mental checklist of shots," he says.
"A lot of the time in documentary filmmaking you might have access to a location for a very limited amount of time, for whatever reason. So, if you've got 20 minutes in total and 15 minutes of that time is spent filming with a contributor, you know you'll have five minutes at the end to spin around the location and try to get the editor as much material as possible to piece the sequence together."