Shaz Syed

Skills & Qualifications


Research & Development; Logistical planning:

  • Ascertaining all factors relevant to executing a project
  • Planning transportation of crew and equipment
  • Securing required permissions from relevant authorities.
  • Dealing with local contributors (scientists, area experts/managers, security officials etc.)

Demonstrability:  BBC, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and other independent and funded projects – refer to sections on ‘Portfolio’


  • Drafting a workable shooting schedule based on availability of characters, lighting conditions, transport etc.
  • Revise or adapt shooting schedules based on changed filming conditions owing to unforeseeable situations
  • Filming b-roll/cutaways
  • Versatility and adaptability to various shooting conditions and styles
  • Shooting interviews

Demonstrability: Projects on ‘Featured projects’ and ‘other projects’ sections

Post-production and delivery:

  • Logging footage, designing workflows for edits, sequence building and cutting with music/sound

Demonstrability: Projects on ‘Featured projects’ section

Camera Operation, Sound Recording:​

  • Still cameras: Sony A7SIII, Sony A7III, Sony A7SII, Canon – 1DX Mark II, 5D Mark IV and III, 7D
  • Video cameras: Canon C300, SonyZ1, Sony Z7, Panasonic P2, Canon XL2, Sony EX3, GoPro Hero
  • Specialist devices: DJI Ronin S2 gimbal, manual shoulder rigs, motion controlled time-lapses
  • Sound recording: H6N zoom recorder and mixer, multiple lavalier microphones

Logistical management:

  • All-India driving license holder
  • Very familiar with Indian roads; comfortable driving through major cities and countryside.
  • Very familiar with operating basic GPS tools for location scouting
  • Always transported equipment and crew safely with minimal to no damage to the vehicle.
  • No major traffic violation

Demonstrability: Several funded as well as independent projects – refer to Gallery’ section and ‘other projects’



✧ 2016
Ecological Research and Development society, Rajasthan
Qualification: Conservation management of a Private Wildlife Reserve
Key Skills: ecological functioning and management of a privately-owned sanctuary, population dynamics, habitat revival, restoration and management, species recovery

✧ 2012-14
University of Salford, U.K
Qualification: M.A.Wildlife documentary production
Key skills: pre-production (conceptualization, scriptwriting, proposal and treatment) production (camerawork, direction, production management) and post-production (editing, narration, voice-overs and final delivery) in wildlife film production

✧ 2011
Tiger Watch NGO, Rajasthan, India
Qualification: Conservation Leadership Workshop
Key Skills: understanding human-wildlife conflict, local community engagement and collaboration, inclusive conservation and habitat management.

✧ 2010
Wildlife academy, South Africa
Qualification: Certificate course in Wildlife Filmmaking
Shot, edited and directed a film on wildlife conservation in South Africa. Nominated at the CMS Vatavaran Film Festival 2010

✧ 2006-08
JMI University, New Delhi, India
Qualification: M.A.Mass Communication
Skills: traditional entertainment (street theatre and puppetry), still photography, radio production, television and film production, research and thesis

✧ 2002-05
JMI University, New Delhi, India
Qualification: B.A (H) Economics
Macro and micro economics, public finance, international trade, national income accounting

✧ 2000-02
Mount Saint Mary’s school
Qualification: Senior secondary certificate
New Delhi, India
Subjects: commerce with mathematics

✧ 2000
Mount Saint Mary’s school
Qualification: High school
Subjects: English, hindi, mathematics, science, social studies