Nigel Ashcroft is Green Umbrella’s co-founder and Managing Creative Director. He is a regular judge and lecturer at international film festivals and frequently runs workshops to share his wide knowledge and experience of the film and television business with the next generation.
Nigel has been making award-winning films and television programmes for more than thirty years. He has worked in Documentary, Drama, Commercials and Animation, but has specialised in Natural History and Science for the last 20 years.
During 2008 and 2009 Nigel was Natural History Producer for Terrence Malick on his much awaited film, “The Tree of Life” starring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and Jessica Chastain. Nigel’s unit produced a 20 minute ‘history of the Universe’ sequence, shot in a range of extreme locations in 11 countries. “The Tree of Life” was awarded The Palme d’Or for best picture at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.
In 2007 Nigel directed the acclaimed PBS astronomy special, “Seeing in the Dark”, based on Timothy Ferris’ best-selling book of the same name.
As a producer, director and executive producer, his programmes include the British Academy nominated “Saving the Tiger”, “Elephant – Lord of the Jungle”, “Wild India” and “Wild Islands”, for Channel 4 and Nature, the Emmy award winning “Crater of the Rain God” and “The Secret Leopard” for National Geographic, 11 episodes of the Jackson Hole ‘Best Limited Series’, “The Ultimate Guides” and “Journey to the Centre of the Earth” – winner of the Best Earth Science award at The Jackson Hole film festival – both for The Discovery Channel.
Nigel started his film career as an editor, building, evolving and running one of the first post-production facility-houses ever, “The Production House” in Bristol, before moving on to producing and directing.
As an editor, he cut more than twenty episodes of the BBC’s Natural World and Wildlife on One, a number of BBC Horizons and South Bank Shows, Channel 4’s first natural history series, the 13 part “Amateur Naturalist”, with Gerald Durrell, a number of commercials, such as the famous “Don’t Fade Away”, the music specials “Dolly Parton on Tour” and “Status Quo Off the Road” and a raft of pop-promos for David Essex, Judy Tzuke, Status Quo and Lindisfarne including Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer” – the most awarded music video of all time.