The company

HIGH ALTITUDE FILMS is a multi-award winning, independent media production company.  Based in the UK, it was established in 2001 by Johnny Burke. In 2016 we won the Emmy for Outstanding Short Documentary.

We make beautifully shot, professionally produced, meaningful films, media and documentaries for TV broadcast, international festivals, cinema screenings and online content.

Our clients include the BBC, Channel 4, ARTE, HBO USA, Discovery, National Geographic and ABC Australia. We have created online media for the Guardian/Observer, and promotional films for UK and international charities and arts organizations, such as Cancer Research UK (CRUK) and the Royal Opera House.

Johnny Burke Filmmaker CV Editor CV

Johnny has worked as a self-shooting Producer/Director and Film Editor since 2001. His body of work includes films for all the main broadcasters, such as the BBC, HBO, Arte, National Geographic. His films have shown at international festivals, winning awards such as the 2016 Emmy Outstanding Short Documentary; the International Documentary Association Best Short Film 2015; and a Grierson Nomination for Best Newcomer. 

As a Film Editor Johnny has edited a number of award-winning TV broadcast series, feature documentaries, and commercials. In 2017 was Nominated for the British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) Best Editing Craft award. He also works as an edit producer and edit doctor, being brought in to fix difficult projects.

James Proctor

As a producer, James has recently expanded his work focus to include Film and Multi-Media production, business development and sales. Building on 15 years’ experience as an entrepreneur and founder of highly successful technology and consulting companies, James is turning his attention to one of his passions: his life-long love of film and documentary. James' enthusiasm and business acumen are a key ingredient in the continued growth and success of High Altitude Films. 

James is also a keen tri-athlete and frequent walker in the mountains of North Wales.

Will Saunders


Will Saunders

Will has been working in video production since 2012, having first studied fine art at The Slade School of Fine Art, and later attending Werner Herzog's Rogue Film School. Now he retains a poetic sensibility and creative thinking skills, mixed with broadcast standard editing abilities, and experience in camera and lighting. He is part hippy, part hipster. 

His most recent documentary film, SARK, has been accepted into the MEET THE EXEC'S workshop at the prestigious Sheffield International Documentary Festival, 2019.