Josh Forwood

Drone Operator

about me



Experienced drone operator with own kit (DJI Inspire 2 X5s and DJI Mavic Pro), fully licensed (with licence certification both in the UK and USA), and fully insured.


Experienced in operating high end cameras (such as Sony F55, RED, FS7’s etc) as 2nd camera and camera assistant, as well as experience filming additional camera and timelapses. I’m also experienced in setting up, testing and operating remote camera rigs such as Bradley Cams.


Experienced sound recordist working in extreme remote locations and cities alike, working in environments from kayaks to helicopters.

360 VR

Experienced in shooting and stitching (post production) 360 VR videos in both studio sets and in remote locations.


I’m a Bristol based documentary filmmaker with a particular passion for wildlife and the sciences. I’ve filmed, operated drones, recorded sound and shot 360 video around the world for some of the biggest names in factual filmmaking. In addition to the production side of things, I also design and build bespoke camera parts, mounts and props. I’ve worked in a wide variety of conditions and locations, from rafting down rivers in jungles, to filming zebra in South West England, from camping on glaciers in Greenland, to riding freight trains through the rocky mountains. I currently hold an American iVisa valid until May 2023.




May 2019 – June 2019

2nd Camera / Drone Operator
Wild Blue Media

Viking Warrior Women [National Geographic]

Operating second camera and drones whilst shooting in Sweden, Denmark and Norway for a NatGeo specialist factual special.

February 2019 – March 2019

Drone Operator / Sound Recordist / 360 Camera / Additional Camera

Top US Broadcaster

Two and a half weeks filming in Antarctica, Chile and Argentina on a landmark special for top US broadcaster. Operating drones, field mixing, operating 360 cameras and additional cameras.

November 2018 – December 2018

2nd Camera / Drone Operator
Arrow Media

America’s Lost Vikings [Discovery Science]

7 weeks shooting in a variety of locations including the USA, Canada, Denmark and Greenland for a brand new 6 part series as second camera  and drone operator.

May 2018 – October 2018

Drone Operator / Sound Recordist / 360 Camera / Additional Camera

Top US Broadcaster

14 weeks of shooting spread throughout the year, camping and filming in remote locations around the world including various areas of the Arctic, Antarctica, Alaska, Greenland, Canada (Including Ellesmere Island) and USA. Operating drones, field mixing, operating 360 cameras and additional cameras.

Jan 2018 – April 2018

Camera Assistant
Windfall Films

Lost Treasures of Egypt [National Geographic / C4]

A 12 week shoot in various locations around Egypt, from Aswan and Cairo, to Luxor and the Eastern Desert as Camera Assistant / Additional Camera

May 2017 – December 2017

Edit Assistant / Drone Pilot / Sound Recordist
BBC Natural History Unit

The One Show [BBC1]

Edit assistant, drone operator and camera for NHU wildlife films for BBC’s the One Show.

June 2017 – July 2017

2nd Camera / Drone Pilot / Sound Recordist
BBC Natural History Unit

The One Show [BBC1]

Drone operator, second/long lens camera, field mixer and DIT on a 3 week expedition aboard a research vessel on the Atlantic Ocean filming marine mammals.

March 2017 – May 2017

Sound Recordist / DIT
Windfall Films

Rocky Mountain Railroad [Discovery Channel]

An 8.5 week shoot in various locations across Canada and the Rocky Mountains as sound recordist and DIT.

Additional work history

For additional work history and full contact details, please download my CV below.

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(Remote Pilot Certificate)

Fully licensed and insured for drone piloting in the UK.

USA iVisa

Valid until 04.05.2023

FAA Part 107

License to operate drones in the USA

Fully licensed and insured to pilot drones in the USA commercially.


Stephen Shearman

Series Producer / Director ~ America’s Lost Vikings

“I have worked with Josh now on numerous series and projects. He is a product of a solid technical training foundation at Icon Films and when he went freelance I had no hesitation in bringing him on board. He always excels and exceeds expectations. You just have to look at his CV; wherever he has gone that company has reemployed him. Most recently, Josh multi-tasked: managing the data, shooting 2nd Camera on Sony FS7, assisting the DOP and regularly flying drone – and all done with a high degree of professionalism and a ready smile. His drone-work is exceptional and he holds not just UK licences but US and Canadian as well. He will be a friendly, versatile and invaluable addition to your location crew.”

Lucy Haken

Producer / Director ~ Polar Extremes

“I’ve spent much of the last year filming with Josh, including in the Arctic and Antarctic, and now I never want to do another shoot without him! Not only is his drone work visually stunning, but he flies very responsibly and has an astonishing level of operational and technical knowledge. Meanwhile he’s also a totally solid sound recordist, operates 360 cameras, Go Pros and time lapses, and if anything at all breaks – Josh can fix it. On top of all that he’s a great team player and delightful company. As I say, from now on he’s always on my crew list.”


Seb Illis

Series Producer / BBC NHU One Show

“You don’t often come across people with Josh’s skillset. His drone skills, camera knowledge and sound recording skills make him a huge asset to any team. On top of that, he has a keen interest in the editorial, is always smiling and can 3D print a festive Millenium Falcon for your office Christmas Tree…”

2018 Showreel

New showreel coming soon, watch this space!


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Reach Me

based in Bristol, UK

Tel : +44 7875 447 246

info [at] joshforwood.co.uk

Freelance Available

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