JONATHAN ALI KHAN
MANAGING & CREATIVE DIRECTOR
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER | DIRECTOR | EDITOR | WRITER
NARRATOR | DESIGNER
JAK's multi-faceted range of creative discipline stems from over 37 years of experience working in the Fashion Design Industry, as a conflict Photo-Journalist, a Commercial and Editorial Photographer, Graphic Designer specialising in Corporate Identity & Brand Development, Exhibition Space Concept and Stand Design, Website & Viral Media – and Television content creation. This wide range of creative services have formed a multi-disciplined approach to all creative challenges - whether in print, online, on film or in TV.
Over 30 years in the Gulf Region, JAK has spearheaded a wide range of unique projects in this region. After the Gulf War and liberation of Kuwait, JAK decided again to shift focus and to pursue his interests in underwater photography and Natural History filming. He spent the following seven years filming the status of the marine life of the seas of Arabia through a non-profit project called "The Arabian Seas Expedition". Sponsored by Panasonic and Matsushita Middle East, JAK's first films were co-produced with London based OR Media and aired on National Geographic Channel in 1997.
Since then JAK has led many joint filming and scientific expeditions exploring Arabia’s land and seas, in some cases, allowing researchers into troubled or difficult areas to access for the first time. Adding a deep concern for the state of our environment and natural world has been at the heart of his personal motivation and at the core of many fascinating TV projects.
In Memoriam sempre.
JODY ANNE RODRIGUEZ
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS | ADMINISTRATION
In addition to being a partner and director in Wild Planet Films Ltd, Jody background is in sales and shares a passion for animal welfare and diving.
Jody also grew up in Rome, Italy and went to the same school as JAK, graduating in the same year. After going separate ways, Jody lived for over 27 years in Los Angeles, California and reunited with JAK in 2006 before marrying in 2007 here in the UAE.
Mother of 4 (Nico, Mateo, Ashley and Lucas), Jody brings her acumen for organizational skills to Wild Planet projects in the role of logistical administrator. Her primary role is as Admin Manager, coordinating logistics, travel arrangements and all crew related requirements, etc.
Jody is a highly organized money cruncher with a precise sense of order and detail. Her main activities involve research, planning travel and ticketing, transfers and arranging accommodation, schedules and project related purchases and crew salary payments, etc.
DOP | PRODUCER | DIRECTOR | EDITOR | MOTION GRAPHICS
Majid is a seasoned cameraman and filmmaker with an exquisite sense of style and eye for detail. Having worked with JAK for the last 9 years, Majid has formed an affinity to the demanding requests made of him during Wild Planet projects and before that at Ocean World Productions.
With a strong creative sensitivity and editorial sense of storytelling, Majid is a major asset to any production. Coming from Iran, Majid embodies the spirit of a true filmmaker and is working closely with JAK to open up the many natural history and cultural diversity film opportunities in Iran.
Majid specializes in factual based documentaries, people and wildlife, underwater and photographically challenging projects. His experience filming in the field in the deserts and mountains of Arabia and Iran, combined with his skills as a mountain climber and SCUBA diver enable him to perform under physically challenging and demanding circumstances.
In addition to shooting, Majid is an exceptional editor with immaculate timing and sense of detail. Majid is currently working closely with JAK on projects for the Dubai Municipality and on the UAE Wildlife series “The Last Wilderness of the UAE”.
Majid’s skillset in filming include topside, underwater camera operation, 360VR, Drone operation, remote camera systems, photography with all digital and film systems, non-linear editing using Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, Adobe After Effects, Photoshop and all ADOBE solutions,
LUCAS ALEJANDRO RODRIGUEZ
CAMERA ASSISTANT | SUPPORT DIVER
Lucas is a dynamic adventurous camera assistant supporting Majid and JAK in the field, whether on terrestrial assignments or underwater.
With experience throughout the UAE's mountains, deserts and seas, Lucas is a thorough wildlife and animal lover, with a empathy and sensitivity that enables him to get close to nature.
Lucas has worked with the mountain gorillas in Uganda, elephant, lions and cheetahs in South Africa, manta rays in the Maldives and Arabian oryx in the DDCR.
With an amazing eye for composition and aesthetics, Lucas has become one of our main drone shooters.
UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHER | DRONE SHOOTER
After years based in the Middle East as a marine biologist / aquarium curator, Warren is one of the most recognised underwater photographers within the United Arab Emirates region and has won various awards for his work. globally,
Warren has had his work recognised by the likes of Time Magazine and has won several competitions including the popular British Underwater Image Festival. As an author of many articles, his work has been published in several dive magazines including the well-recognised Scuba Diver and Tauchen.
Warren's work has also been featured in four book publications to date, Arabian Seas - Divers Paradise, Arabia's Cycle of Life, Jordan's Gardens of Light and Whale Sharks: An Introduction to the World's Largest Fish from One of the World's Smallest Nations The Seychelles.
CHECK OUT WARREN'S WEBSITE TO VIEW EXAMPLES OF HIS AWARD WINNING IMAGES.
"When it comes to dive travel there are a few important things that everyone wants to know - how is the marine environment, how is the diving and are there any unique marine animal encounters to be had. Well, i'm a firm believer in the saying 'a picture can paint a thousand words' and so there's no chat here, just photographs that portray my experiences at the time I visited the destination."
THE KSA REALM OF LIGHT
2019 marks the start of a new Red Sea filming project featuring the whole coast of Saudi Arabia's 2600km Red Sea, under the auspices of the Saudi Water Sports & Diving Federation.
During the 150 day expedition, we will be streaming a blog and some live-feeds through a micro-site and on our social media platforms.