Ben Hamilton
Producer / Director of Photography

Ben Hamilton is a filmmaker, entrepreneur, and outdoor enthusiast. He travels the world, loves wild lands, and is drawn to compelling stories.  Ben has worked as a freelance documentary cameraman and producer for National Geographic, BBC, PBS, Smithsonian, HGTV, Travel, Discovery, Military Channel, and many others. Additionally, Ben is the founder of Pioneer Studios through which he produces, directs, shoots and edits projects related to global and environmental advocacy. His work has placed him face to face with a king cobra, surrounded by grizzly bears, standing at the ancient ruins of the acropolis, subsisting with the Tlingit people of Alaska, and recording a dedicated group’s fight to save the wilderness they love.  Ben is Leave No Trace certified, dedicated to minimal impact shooting, and is committed to producing media for a better planet.


May 2011

The University of Texas at Austin
B.S. Radio-Television-Film, B.A. Geography
Company Profile

Dec 2007 - Present

Pioneer Studios
Founder / Producer / Director of Photography

Pioneer Studios is a boutique award winning Denver, Colorado based production company dedicated to bettering the world through the power of visual storytelling.  Our mission is to create high quality, engaging non-fiction films, commercials, and television shows that connect us all.  We specialize in high end productions for web, television, and independent distribution.  We take projects from inception through completion and work with our clients to share their message with the world.  We are a small team that is highly motivated and dedicated to improving our craft on every project.  We are fun, focused, and ready to go wherever the story takes us.

Awards and Certifications
Leave No Trace Wilderness Certification
Forest Service's Wilderness Stewardship Award
Project - The Meaning of Wild
Alaska International Film Awards - Best of Alaska
Project - The Meaning of Wild
Jury Award - Big Bear Lake International Film Festival
Project - The Meaning of Wild
Audience Award - Big Bear Lake International Film Festival
Project - The Meaning of Wild
Production Experience

June 2017

Alaska Live - Tracking Black Bears
Field Producer / Director of Photography - BBC

June 2016 - May 2017

The Salmon Forest - (1 x 30 min Documentary)
Producer / Co-Writer / DP / Editor- Pioneer Studios

April 2017

The Halo Way - MLB Angels Social Series
Director of Photography - Taikuli Productions

March - June 2016 (Houston / Corpus Christi Texas)

The Call Up - MLB Documentary Film about the Houston Astros
Director of Photography - Taikuli Productions

February 2016 (Barro Colorado, Panama)

Mysteries of the Rainforest (1 x 60 min)
Director of Photography - Smithsonian Channel

June - October 2015 (Barro Colorado, Panama)

Secrets of the Rainforest 4k Shorts
Producer / Director of Photography / Editor - Smithsonian Channel

June 2015 (Wyoming)

The Rarest Amphibian in North America (2 x 8 min)
Director of Photography - National Geographic Studios

July 2014 - June 2015 (USA)

Tiny House Big Living (Series x 30 min)
Camera Operator - Orion Entertainment (HGTV)

April 2015 (Port Au Prince, Haiti)

Haiti Medical Mission (1 x 4 min)
Producer / Director of Photography - Red Productions

Feb - March 2015 (Knysna, South Africa)

Head Over Hills Resort Commercials (3 x 3 min)
Producer, Director of Photography, Editor - Pioneer Studios

Oct-Dec 2014 (USA)

Tree House Guys (Series x 60 min)
Camera Operator - Orion Entertainment (DIY)

Dec 2014 (DC)

SIT Graduate Institute Commercial (1 x 4 min)
DP - World Learning

Sept 2014 (Greece)

Greeks (3 x 60 min)
Camera Operator - National Geographic Studios (PBS)

Summer 2014 (Alaska)

Building Alaska (Series x 60 min)
Camera Operator - Orion Entertainment (HGTV)

Summer 2014 (Alaska)

Sitka Tourism Spots (6 x 1 min)
Producer / DP / Editor - Sitka Visitors Bureau

Summer 2014 (Alaska)

Sitka Community Hospital Spot (1 x 3 min)
Producer / DP / Editor

April 2014 (Austin, TX)

Red Bull Moto Grand Prix
DP - Red Productions

June 2013 - March 2014 (Tongass NF, AK)

The Meaning of Wild (1 x 30 min)
Director / Co-Writer / DP / Editor- Pioneer Studios

Oct 2013 (Texas)

War Dogs (1 x 8 min)
DP - National Geographic Studios

May 2013 (Anchorage, AK)

Urban Jungle (3 x 60min)
DP - National Geographic Channel

Spring 2013 (Texas

Jobs that Bite (Series x 30 min)
Camera Operator - National Geographic Wild

Winter 2012 (DC)

Urban Jungle (3 x 60min)
Production Coordinator - National Geographic Channel

Fall 2012 (DC)

Bullet Points (Series x 30min)
Camera Operator - North South Productions (Military)

Summer 2012 (Florida / DC)

Walkabout with Brady Barr - Dangerous Encounters (1 x Video Game Series)
Camera Operator - Microsoft / Taikuli Producitons

Summer 2011 (Texas)

Untamed Americas (3 x 60min)
PA / AC - National Geographic TV

May - Oct 2011 (Sitka, Alaska)

Sitka Conservation Society
Media Outreach Coordinator