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!!


Canadian Promo Tour Wild Things Season 3

Dom is in Canada right now promoting his show Wild Things as the new season has started airing this month on OLN!

Here’s a summary of what we’ve found online so far:

BT Breakfast Show

Dom joined Dina Pugliese on the Toronto BT Breakfast show, watch the video on their website by clicking on the image (will open a new tab):


CTV Canada AM

On CTV news he also talks about the stitches he had to get after a bite from a large animal.. we all know what animal right because we’ve seen season 2, right? Click on the images to go to the videos (there are 2).


Daily Planet Show

I haven’t been able to watch this one but Dom should have been on the show on the 19th, so I’ll link you to watch that episode online and maybe you could let us know what it was all about!


The Social CTV

Dom also visited the ladies at The Social, you can watch the entire interview on their website by clicking the image below!


CP24 Breakfast

Dom discusses Wild Things Season 3 on the CP24 Breakfast Show, catch up with the episode online:


eTalk CTV

Say no more! I couldn’t find the evidence… but they do have the full episode on their website (look for the January 19th full episode): http://www.etalk.ca/Video

1045 CHUM FM

Not just TV but also radio was part of the promo tour, read their blog here: http://www.chumfm.com/blogs/2016/01/19/roger-marilyn-tuesday-january-19-a-lost-star-is-lord-of-the-morning-show
As far as I can tell, there’s no way to catch up with the interview though!

Space Channel – Inner Space

This seems like a fun show, love the name! Watch the interview they had with Dominic on their website:


That about rounds up what we’ve been able to find, enjoy! And if you’re in Canada…. tune into Wild Things on OLN, every Tuesday (or on Rogers in 4K every Wednesday!). USA, you’re next, are you excited for the premiere next week?? (27th January)

27th January: Wild Things 3 premieres on Travel Channel

wildthings-seasonpremiere-04-4-HRAfter the recent confirmation that the Canadian premiere of Wild Things 3 on OLN is the 5th January, we now have the USA date! The new series of the popular nature show has found a new home on the Travel Channel and will air on the 27th January at 10PM ET/PT!

Season 3 consists of 13 hour-long episodes and takes Dominic Monaghan, cameraman Frank, and the rest of the Wild Things team to far flung locales such as Mozambique, the South Pacific, the Peruvian Amazon, and Madagascar.

Travel Channel has released photos of its series and season three premiere episode, shot in Mozambique, and has also put out a season three trailer, as well as a sneak peak at the third season premiere episode (though unfortunately geo-locked, only visible in the US).

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Social media accounts to follow:

Travel Channel: @TravelChannel #WildThingsTC
Dominic on twitter: @DomsWildThings
Wild Things team on Instagram: @WildThingsDom

Read the official press release with statements from TC executives and Dom and with more details about locations and animal encounters this season! Continue reading

OLN confirms premiere date Wild Things season 3

WT3.1OLN Canada has announced their premiere date for the new season of Wild Things!

Tuesdays, from January 5th – Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan at 9pm

Season 3 premiere!

Exploring some of the most remote corners of the globe – Bolivia, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, Mozambique, and the Philippines, just to name a few – the series follows actor Dominic Monaghan (Lost, Lord of the Rings) as he takes viewers along on an intimate, action-packed quest to get up close and personal with some of the weirdest and wildest creatures alive. This season, Monaghan expands his quests to include some of the most rare and life-threatening creatures on the planet, including the Indian Cobra, the flying lizard, giant whale sharks, and the rare and very creepy Aye-aye of Madagascar.

Fans in the US hopefully won’t have to wait much longer after that, the new season of Wild Things is scheduled to premiere on the Travel Channel in the US sometime in February 2016. Stay tuned for more confirmed dates!

EDIT: USA premiere date now confirmed for the 27th January 2016!

How to watch Wild Things around the world?

View some exclusive behind the scene shots from the Wild Things team on Instagram

Source: http://www.thesuburban.com/blogs/channel_surfer/fx-fxx-and-oln-announce-mid-season-premieres/article_9c52d1fa-937e-11e5-bc08-c316a19bec38.html

Travel Channel (USA) and OLN (Canada) confirm Wild Things season 3

season3-1Travel Channel has begun production on Season Three of “Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan,” the adventure series that follows actor and wildlife enthusiast Monaghan as he searches for the world’s most exotic animals. The first two seasons of “Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan” have been acquired by the network.

Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan” (Season Three) is an exhilarating travel-adventure series that follows actor and wildlife enthusiast Dominic Monaghan (“Lost,” “The Lord of the Rings”) as he treks through the remote corners of the globe in search of some of the most exotic, bizarre and dangerous animals in the world. In Season Three, Monaghan takes viewers on an intimate journey through the rainforests of Brazil, the oceans of Mozambique, rich ecosystems of Madagascar and many more marvelous locales — to get up close and personal with some of the most elusive and extraordinary creatures known to man. Along the way, he’ll encounter vibrant locals, quirky experts and a host of species that inhabit the strange and wonderfully wild places on our planet. “Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan” is greenlit for eight hour-long episodes produced by Cream Productions/Wildfire.


Emmy nominated and Canadian Screen Award nominated series Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan also returns to OLN Canada for a third season. Giant spitting cobras, charging elephants and deadly scorpions may intimidate the average person, but Dominic Monaghan (Lost, The Lord of the Rings trilogy) is eager to get up close with some of the world’s biggest, weirdest and most intense creatures alive as OLN renews Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan for a third season. The Cream Productions flagship show has found a new home in the U.S. with Travel Channel sweeping up the rights to the series. The series is currently nominated for a 2015 Rockie Award for its second season.

Season 3 will take Monaghan to hidden corners in countries such as Ethiopia, Madagascar and Palau as he adds even creepier and more unusual creatures to his roster of animal encounters. “Dominic is passionate about all creatures from giant insects to venomous jellyfish to endangered primates and everything in between,” said David Brady, CEO of Cream Productions. “In Season 3, we’re taking this quest to the next level, bringing viewers on a fascinating expedition to incredibly exotic and remote locales to learn more about these often misunderstood and feared animals.”

Production has started on the Emmy Award and Canadian Screen Award-Nominated OLN Original wildlife adventure series, produced by Cream Productions and Wildfire. Broadcast details to be announced at a later date.


Wild Things nominated for a Canadian Screen Award


Congrats to the Wild Things team for their well deserved Canadian Screen Award nomination for Best Science or Nature Documentary Program or Series!

The CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS celebrate Canadian productions and talent who excel in front of the camera and behind-the-scenes in Canadian film, television and digital media. All nominations were announced today in Toronto, the 2-Hour Live CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS BROADCAST GALA on CBC is Sunday March 1, 2015.


UPDATE: Congratulations to The Nature of Things winning this category. Next time will be your time, Wild Things team! You’re still our favourite.

Dom & Co attended the awards ceremony:

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Dom on Katie Couric

Check out Dom on the Katie Couric show talking about Wild Things and he brought along some wild friends too!

Click the image below to watch Wild Things Live in Studio: