At the age of 24, Diego was handed an underwater camera and whisked away on a 10-episode travel show across Southeast Asia. Now with 15 years experience, Diego’s work as a producer and underwater cameraman has appeared on Discovery Channel (eg. Shark Week), National Geographic, Crime & Investigation (AETN), Channel News Asia, etc. He has filmed in more than 25 countries, from whale sharks in Mozambique, to ancient rituals in Indonesia, to prisons in Mongolia. His first love is the ocean, specializing in underwater work as a PADI Divemaster and DCBC cameraman.
Producer / UW Camera / Lead Instructor
DIEGO A. GARCIA
Brian is one of Canada's top documentary camera operators, with nearly four decades of experience, and a client list that includes NBC, Nat Geo, Discovery, ESPN, and even the Sochi Olympics. Brian cut his teeth on the early days of reality and competition TV, like Eco-Challenge, where he first met Mark Burnett (#namedrop). He joined the crew of Survivor initially, and later worked on The Contender, The Apprentice, and countless documentaries. In Canada, he often works with CBC, CTV and on heralded sports series such as NHL Revealed.
Cameraman / Director of Photography
Courtney is where she is today because of an old, dusty National Geographic magazine that she found when she was 10 years old. The vivid images and weighted tales sparked her drive to travel and her love for in-depth storytelling. With a Bachelor of Journalism from Ryerson University, Courtney is currently a freelance writer and producer. Previously, she was an associate producer for Discovery Channel's nightly science news show, Daily Planet, where she worked with subjects from around the world, translating dynamic science content into digestible stories.
Courtney has travelled to 17 countries and has lived and worked as a freelance writer in China. She's a true believer that travel opens the mind and awakens the heart, and she's always on the lookout for her next adventure!
Producer / Trip Leader
An experienced and versatile filmmaker, Oman Dhas (Malaysia) has honed a visual and storytelling flair that continues to garner accolades. His documentary series Culture X was picked up by National Geographic (Aus) and won the Silver World Award at New York Film Festivals in 2009. The crime documentary series Asia’s Underworld won him Best Director at the 2013 Asian Television Awards. Oman’s first feature film, titled Hotel de Sade (Official Selection 2013 NYCIFF) is a psychological thriller sold worldwide.
Director / Executive Producer / Guest Instructor
Born and raised in Alberta, Alison completed a Bachelor of Environmental Sciences at the University of Alberta before she discovered a love for storytelling. She completed a broadcast journalism program at BCIT and then joined the team at CTV Morning Live, filmed in Vancouver. Alison later moved on to Discovery Channel's science-and-tech program Daily Planet, where she blended her science education background with journalism.
After two seasons as a chase producer, remotely turning same-day short docs on breaking stories from around the globe, Alison quickly moved into field producing. Since then she's covered everything from tech trade shows like CES in Las Vegas and the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, to more in-depth features. When she's not travelling and chasing stories, Alison is an avid yogi and runner.
Chase Producer / Guest Instructor