Q&A with #WildThings Frank the cameraman

frank5If you’ve been watching Wild Things you surely must have a fond love for Frank the cameraman, like we do! I hear many mention that the chemistry between Frank and Dom is part of the reason why the show is so fantastic. We hear Dominic talk about the show quite a lot in interviews but we wanted to reach out to Frank, especially since our previous blog about him “Frank the cameraman’s wild life” is still one of our most read blog items, and he was kind enough to answer fan questions 🙂

Did you and @DomsWildThings know each other before Wild Things or how did it come about that you started working on the show?

Frank: We both knew the TV executive…and he connected the dots.

So when you met Dom for the first time.. First impressions?

Frank: Dom was listening to Sigur Ros in his car and I thought at least we like the same music.

When do you find out where you’re going and what animal you’re looking for when filming the episodes?

Frank: In pre production we come up with target animals that we would like to interact with and that determines the countries we visit. Doesn’t always work out that way. Sometimes we don’t find what we’re looking for and a big rethink is in order.

We all know @DomsWildThings is fearless but do you have any animals you are or were not too comfortable around?

Frank: Snakes used to freak me out! (Thanks mom) but Dom helped me get over that. Big reptiles still make me queasy.

What is it like as the cameraman when things go wrong, for example when Dom was bitten by monitor lizard in season 2?


Frank: Dom and I agreed in season 1 regardless of what happens…keep shooting. We have a very fine medic with us. it was still very emotional to see Dom injured like that. But it all turned out well and he has a pretty nifty scar.

What about you, do you have any epic scars from working on the show?

Frank: So far I have got off easy. No battle scars. I’m pretty light on my toes and the adrenaline keeps me sharp.

What was it like having an angry elephant charge towards you??


We always have to be on our toes.. I got sucked in that day…paying more attention to my viewfinder than my surroundings. I really thought my life was over. I went to a very quiet space and accepted my fate. But the miracle of Shultzie intervened. (Donald Schultz – medic that was with them when this episode was filmed, he distracted the elephant)

What does your family think of #wildthings? Especially when they hear all the “step back Frank”, “watch out Frank”?

Frank: It’s better that being shot at… I’ve spent most of my career in combat zones. My family prefers Wild Things to war.

I can see that! Wild Things sounds like a lot more fun too.

Frank: I love shooting with Dom and we have developed a pretty solid friendship over the years.


Are you excited for the new season airing in Canada (OLN) and US (Travel Channel)?

Frank: Very excited…we went to a lot of amazing places this season. Saw some incredible wild things and had some great times!

How has season 3 been different now that @travelchannel is on board, in terms of equipment etc you got to work with?

Frank: we moved to shooting on 4K and lots more drone to show off the landscape. Also experimenting with VR. (You can watch Wild Things in 4K in Canada on Rogers Channel 999)

That sounds like a lot of luggage to carry around!

Frank: 25 to 30 cases per trip. I loathe checking in. It’s truly the low point of our adventures. Takes hours!

Do you have a favourite season 3 adventure/memory?

Frank: Without giving too much away. Two cheetahs in South Africa. Mind blowing experience. Tune in and you’ll understand.


Can you remember any moments that were amazing but didn’t make it in the final cut or you somehow didn’t manage to capture it?

Frank: So many things don’t make the cut…but all the good stuff that doesn’t end up on the show appears online as bonus scenes. (Check them out at Travel Channel: http://www.travelchannel.com/shows/wild-things-with-dominic-monaghan)

What was it like having @BillyBoydActor traveling with you last season? Would you like more guests?

Frank: @BillyBoydActor was a truly decent human being! He even carried my camera when I was aching. Want more guests!!!


Will we ever see your face on the show? People are curious about the mystery cameraman Frank.

Frank: probably not. I’m not a big fan of being in front of the lens.


If you want to reach out to Frank and tell him how awesome he is, you can do so on twitter @Kolaporekid and Instagram! His official website is: http://www.frankvilaca.com/

Meanwhile awesome tshirts have been made in honour of Frank by @CrawliesWithCri – you can buy one too and part of your money will go to a charity chosen by Frank, the Kenyan guards protecting elephants against poachers!

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Get your own “Watch Out Frank!” tshirt here: http://www.zazzle.com/watch_out_frank_wild_things_t_shirts-235391657754657100

And don’t forget to tune into Wild Things on OLN Canada and Travel Channel USA!!


David Brady of Cream Productions on Wild Things and a potential Season 3

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David Brady of Toronto-based Cream Productions was on his way to work when he got a text from Wild Things host Dominic Monaghan.

“Do you think we’ll get us another season now that we’re nominated for an Emmy?” said Brady, recalling the message.
Brady texted back: “What?”

As executive producer of the OLN show, it was a “fantastic surprise” to get the message from Lost and Lord of the Rings actor Monaghan about their nomination for Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program, said Brady.

Brady only makes it out to the field once or twice a season and witnessing situations like this gave him an appreciation for series host Monaghan’s dedication to his audience. “He really does put himself on the line for the experience and gives that experience to viewers,” said Brady, noting that during filming for the second season, Monaghan was bit by a monitor lizard in Thailand which required 40 stitches to patch him up. It has been incredible to work with Dominic,” said Brady.

A third season hasn’t been confirmed yet but producers are in talks with BBC and the Emmy nomination may boost their bid, said Brady.
There is certainly no shortage of material to cover in another season, he adds. “Dominic is incredibly passionate and has lists and lists of things he wants to explore,” Brady said.

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BONUS feature of #WildThings episode 2 and trailer of episode 3

Check out this bonus feature of episode 2 in Australia!


The episode is now available on Amazon, iTunes and YouTube.

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And here are sneak peek videos of episode 2 where Dom goes to Costa Rica looking for a Lemur Leaf Frog, and we can also look forward to some sloth love!

Don’t miss Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan, Tuesdays on BBC America and OLN Canada!

SIDEWALKS Interview: Dominic Monaghan (Wild Things)

Interviewed by SIDEWALKS host Cindy Rhodes, Monaghan talks about being a part of “The Lord of The Rings,” his favorite animals, and why he enjoys hosting BBC America’s “Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan.”

Watch out for the word tortoise! Click the image below to go to the video.



Dominic Monaghan Talks WILD THINGS, His Passion for Animals, Love of Nature, and More | Collider

Dominic Monaghan Talks BBC America Series WILD THINGS, the Challenge of Getting the Show Off the Ground, His Passion for Animals, and More

wildthingscolliderOn Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan, actor and wildlife enthusiast Dominic Monaghan faces giant spitting cobras that can kill 20 men with one bite, massive six-ton charging elephants and vipers with two-inch fangs that most people run from.  He travels across four continents, in search of the largest, weirdest and most intense creatures alive, all to both educate and show respect for these often misunderstood animals.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, Dominic Monaghan talked about what a cool experience it is to make this show, how people love watching the show but think he’s a little mental for doing it, why he’s so drawn to nature and the natural world, why he was inspired to do this show, how challenging it was to get the show going in the first place, the places he wants to go but hasn’t gotten to yet, the stand-out moments, that he’d like to continue doing some form of this show for the rest of his career, and how, even though fans will always want to talk to him about Lost and The Lord of the Rings, people also talk to him about Wild Things, as well.  He also talked about his next acting gig, the 12-episode crime drama 100 Code, in which he plays an NYPD detective advising on a string of strange deaths in Sweden.

Check out what he had to say: Dominic Monaghan Talks WILD THINGS, His Passion for Animals, Love of Nature, and More | Collider.

Streaming #WildThings on iTunes, Amazon and YouTube

Not only is the entire Season 1 of Wild Things available on the US iTunes, Amazon Instant and YouTube store..

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..You can now also sign up for a Season 2 pass on all 3!! Watch the new Season 2 episodes wherever and whenever you want!

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“A true nature lover, Dominic with his courageous cameraman Frank, travel across four continents to far-flung countries in search of the largest, weirdest and most intense creatures alive – all in an attempt to ease fears of these often misunderstood animals. Crawling through dark caves, sailing the Amazon River, surfing the Costa Rican coast, and immersing himself in local culture, customs and cuisine makes for an adrenaline-pumping, wildly adventurous season. He will also be joined by his buddy Billy Boyd (Lord of the Rings) on a quest to New Zealand where they’ll search for the giant wetapunga and return to where it all began for the duo, Hobbiton, home of the Lord of the Rings world for a traditional Hangi feast.”

Give him a good rating on all of these while you’re there!!   Five Star Rating