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!!


WIN a signed Wild Things DVD.. calling all Wild Things fans!

WildThingswithDominicMonaghan_DominicMonaghan_03Thanks to our dear friend Taffy, we’re giving away a SIGNED Wild Things DVD – signed by Dom himself of course!!

We can help Dom by making noise around his show premiering this week, Wednesday 27th on Travel Channel in the US. Everyone who promotes the show to friends, family, colleagues, strangers, followers between now and when the show airs, will qualify to win! 🙂


Submit your promo results/proofs below, and also all RTs of following tweet will count! Let’s help get the word out about this awesome show so more people get to hear about it! I’ll get in touch with the winner by the end of this week! Who’s excited to watch the new season??


Ecorazzi’s interview with Dominic Monaghan

wild-things-dominic-monaghan-on-location-0018.jpg.rend.tccom.1280.960Ecorazzi has posted an interview they did recently with Dominic Monaghan about his new season of Wild Things:

Actor, animal lover and travel enthusiast Dominic Monaghan is returning to TV with his nature show, “Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan,” which premieres on the Travel Channel next week.

Like his previous seasons on BBC America, Monaghan travels around the world in search of the weirdest, most wildest creatures alive, in the hopes of educating and entertaining viewers for the animals that many of us never knew existed.

This season he journeys to such exotic locations, like Bolivia, Brazil, Madagascar, Mozambique, Palau, Peru and the Philippines in search of these incredible species.

Ecorazzi chatted with Monaghan to discuss his passion for wildlife, his favorite experiences of the season and whether an experience has ever been too wild for him.

What first ignited your passion for wildlife? Were you always interested in nature?

Yeah, I have been always interested in animals. I can’t remember not being interested. I grew up watching “Survival”, Jacques Cousteau, that kind of thing. Whenever there was an animal or insect featured, I always prided myself on knowing what it was. In a lot of ways, it’s something that is in my D.N.A. I thought everyone was interested in animals, so I found it very bizarre when people weren’t. I think everyone should love animals. They live around us, they’re here with us all the time. They are incredible creatures.

Yes, they are. What made you want to do the show initially? How did it come to be?

It happened because of my holiday. When I go on holiday, between acting jobs, I will pick an animal somewhere in the world that I want to see and then go to the city and ask the locals during the daytime or nighttime how I can find the animal. “Do I need to take a bus or a boat, or another plane?” And then I would head down and find a guide. So, anytime I would come back from these trips, I would tell my agent about them, and he said, “You know, this could be a TV show. You just need a camera crew to follow you around.” So, I ended up pitching it to a few different people, and then one of them took it on and we were off to the races.

Tell us a little bit about this new season. What makes it different than the others?

I think this season we are lucky enough to be working with the Travel Channel, so we can dig a little deeper, go a little bigger. Travel Channel prides itself on doing big expedition-type trips. I loved working with BBC America, and I hope to work with them another time, but we probably didn’t have the budget to go to Madagascar, to go to Africa, to go to Brazil, and this year we did. We were able to really push ambitious ideas this year, so the trips are a little bigger and the animals that are targeted were a little harder to find, so the show dealt with a bit more drama. “Will I find the creature?”

Which experience really stood out for you this season?

In terms of this year, I think being in Madagascar was quite special. These people are quite poor and I would see these kids on the streets, who don’t have a lot of money, so that image stuck with me. And then there was the safari in Africa where we saw the white lion, which are extremely, critically endangered and have the potential in the next few years to die out altogether. One of my most favorite countries in South America is Peru and we were able to go there twice this year.

Has there ever been an instance or experience in which you thought, this is just too wild even for me?

No, not really. In terms of animals, never. I have been bitten, stung and mauled by a few different things, and in some ways it’s worth it for me in terms of experience. I have a few scars, but the scars are nothing compared to what the animal is going through. The things that get me down is the travel time. A lot of times we leave Los Angeles and we travel for a day and a half, or two days, to get to the location. Once we get to the country, we might have to travel for the whole day. That can be taxing. In terms of animals, I might be put in situations where I might get hurt but I trust my instincts in not getting too hurt and I trust the animal’s inclinations to not kill me if I am approaching it correctly.

Was there anything that you set out to do with these new episodes that you couldn’t do or get to?

There are always animals that we are looking for, but we aren’t able to see. I’m the entomologist of the group. I love insects as much as I love animals, and I also love reptiles. And I’ll say to the group, let’s find this bug, let’s go find this animal, let’s go find this creature. And we just can’t find them. We have been lucky and we have been unlucky. We have tried to find animals who haven’t been seen in the wild for fifteen years, and we think we won’t find it. And that’s the part that adds the drama to show. It’s like a treasure hunt.

What are you most excited for the viewers to see this season? What’s something that you think will blow their minds?

I think the cobra of Sri Lanka is a great episode. It is a snake that everyone knows, and it raises its body like it does – everyone knows what that posture is. In Madagascar, there is an extremely bizarre and charismatic primate who I think people will get a kick out of. What we are trying to do is inspire curiosity. You think you are animal lover, then suddenly you seen an animal that you didn’t even know existed. That’s the whole point of the show.

“Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan,” premieres on Travel Channel on Wed. January 27th!

Get inspired by Dom’s travel recommendations

wild-things-dominic-monaghan-florida-snapping-turtle.jpg.rend.tccom.1280.960Thinking about where to go on your next holiday? Dominic shared some great destination tips with The Augusta Chronicle!

His biggest general travel tip: Get out of your comfort zone!

“For you to taste the fruit, you sometimes have to climb the mountain. … You really compromise what you’re seeing if you just walk into a zoo, because you’re seeing animals under duress. Yet, in the Uni­ted States, you’re never too far from nature with the national parks. Just take your family and go out into nature. It’s not necessarily all elephants and big encounters like that; it could be just sunsets, insects and other native creatures.”

Here are his best destinations for wildlife viewing experiences.
FLORIDA: “The Everglades is a beautiful part of any country,” Monaghan said, “and it is filled with lots of creatures, from alligators and insects to some pretty spectacular birds. The wildlife is just incredible.”

Famously dubbed the “River of Grass,” the slow-flowing marsh is one of the world’s most unique and fragile ecosystems. It’s also the largest remaining natural subtropical wilderness in North America. Alligators, anhingas and even the elusive Florida panther make their home just 45 minutes west of downtown Miami. For an up-close look, visit the Everglades Outpost Wildlife Refuge or Alligator Farm near Homestead; try an airboat ride; or see the Seminole tribe’s Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum, which tells the tribe’s story, and Billie Swamp Safari, which offers a nature trail and airboat rides.

COSTA RICA: Monaghan suggests Costa Rica because of the native birds, insects, and other wildlife. “The variety is incredible,” he said. “And the infrastructure has improved, making it easier to get around. There are lots of rainforests in Costa Rica, but, unfortunately, they are being cut down, so people should definitely get there to see the animals as soon as possible.”

There are about 220 species of reptiles in Costa Rica, including 70 species of lizards and 120 species of snakes. There also are monkeys, bats, jaguars and anteaters, among other animals. The birds, however, are the real attraction, as almost 900 species have been recorded, which is more than in all of the U.S. and Canada combined.

KENYA: This is the place to really start pushing yourself, Monaghan said. “The weather is hot, but food is good, the people are wonderful and the wildlife is everywhere.”
The east African country is home to wildebeests, elephants, giraffes, hippos, warthogs, lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas and much more. Many safari companies in the country offer guided tours. Expect to book a tour as much as a year out, and time your trip based on migrations.

AUSTRALIA: “I believe nine of the world’s most venomous snakes live there, and eight of the world’s most venomous spiders live there, too,” Monaghan said. He said Australia doesn’t look big on maps, probably because most map-makers have never been there, but “there is just a lot to see; it’s a huge country.” More than 80 percent of Australia’s plants, mammals, reptiles and frogs are unique to the continent. Some of the best-known animals are the kangaroo, koala, echidna, dingo, platypus, wallaby and wombat.

MADAGASCAR: “The animals there are nowhere else on planet Earth,” Monaghan said. “There are some very bizarre creatures and some very pristine forests that afford incredible opportunities to see animals. It truly is a magical country.”

According to the World Wildlife Fund, the island developed its own distinct ecosystems and wildlife since splitting from the African continent an estimated 160 million years ago.
Approximately 95 percent of Madagascar’s reptiles, 89 percent of its plant life and 92 percent of its mammals exist nowhere else on Earth. Some of those animals include several species of lemur, in addition to flying foxes, narrow-striped mongooses, chameleons, geckos, tomato frogs and many insects. The coral reefs off the coast are home to a wide variety of sea life.

Still not convinced or you need some time to save up the money? Dom visits some of these awesome destinations in this new season of Wild Things, let him take you there! Don’t forget to watch Wild Things starting THIS WEEK (27th January 2016) on the Travel Channel in the US!


Wild Things season 3 promos and reviews

Dom is on a promo tour for the new season 3 of Wild Things. Here are some press excerpts so far:

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TV Picks For January 2016: We’re addicted to Dominic Monaghan’s wild adventures, as he fearlessly covers the globe while getting you a birdseye view of the remote nooks and crannies for a thrill amidst glorious nature and her creepy crawly bounty.  He’s irrepressible and the sort you would want to travel with, always upbeat.

Monsters and Critics had a few questions for the intrepid Monaghan, continue reading here: http://www.monstersandcritics.com/travel-channels-dominic-monaghan-talks-new-wild-things-with-dominic-monaghan/

Wild_ThingsDominic Monaghan hunts more Wild Things on OLN TV,eh?

I’ve always enjoyed Dominic Monaghan’s animal hunt-travel show. The aptly named Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan finds the spunky, energetic Lost actor as he hopscotches the planet seeking out dangerous, unique and odd-looking beasties from the animal world. Among the items on his checklist this season are the Indian Cobra, the flying lizard, giant whale sharks and the rare Aye-aye lemur of Madagascar.

Monaghan’s enthusiasm and dry sense of humour is what keeps me coming back to the series and the information he includes in each episode is just as entertaining as the subject matter. In Tuesday’s Season 3 return on OLN, Monaghan and his long-suffering Toronto-based cameraman Frank Vilaca trek to Belize in search of the Fer-de-Lance or Bothrops asper, an aggressive, six foot long reptile capable of leaping a third of its length to deliver a bite on prey.

Continue reading here: http://www.tv-eh.com/2016/01/04/dominic-monaghan-hunts-more-wild-things-on-oln/

Tune in Tuesdays on OLN Canada and from the 27th January on Travel Channel!

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