HIGH ALTITUDE FILMS is a multi-award winning, independent media production company.  Based in the UK, it was established in 2001 by Johnny Burke. We make a range of programmes for TV broadcast. Clients include the BBC, Channel 4, HBO, National Geographic, Arte and Discovery. 

In November 2020 our latest film won 'Best Film Exploration + Adventure' at the prestigious Banff Film Festival, Canada, and is now showing at festivals around the world.

Online media we created for the Guardian/Observer garnered over 1 million views. We also make promotional films for UK and international charities and Arts organizations such as Cancer Research UK (CRUK) and the Royal Opera House. 

You can watch our latest Reel here:

Johnny Burke

Johnny has worked as a 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 Emmy Outstanding Short Documentary; the International Documentary Association Best Short Film; and a Grierson Nomination for Best Newcomer.

As a Film Editor Johnny has cut a number of award-winning feature documentaries, landmark TV series, and commercials. He 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

Filmmaker | Editor

Will Saunders

Will has been working in the TV industry since 2012 as a filmmaker, camera operator and editor. His most recent project, SARK, was accepted into the MEET THE EXEC'S workshop at the prestigious Sheffield International Documentary Festival, and Lisbon Docs Development programme. He was also an editor on Channel 4 film LOST AT SEA.

Will studied fine art at The Slade School of Fine Art and attended Werner Herzog's Rogue Film School. Along with broadcast editing talent and being a skilled lighting/camera-operator, he brings creative thinking skills, and a strong poetic sensibility.