Paul Diffley

Documentary Filmmaker, Self-Shooting PD, Adventure Cameraman & Drone Pilot

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Award-winning productions

Paul is a multi-award winning adventure filmmaker, based in Edinburgh, Scotland. As well as creating productions under his Hot Aches label, Paul works freelance as a camera operator, editor, self-shooting PD and drone pilot.

His experience ranges from hanging off ropes filming live outside broadcasts of rock climbing, to following adventurers and athletes pushing their limits. He is an expert at using the latest HD/ 4K video cameras and is highly proficient with professional video editing software. His rock climbing films sell worldwide on DVD and download.

Extensive experience

Paul is equally at home shooting video in challenging mountain environments using ropes and rigging gear as he is conducting an intimate and sensitive interview in a person's livingroom.

Skilled in observational documentary techniques and an experienced interviewer, Paul puts his subjects at ease and allows the story to reveal itself. Many of his productions have won awards at national and international film festivals. They appeal to both judges and audiences alike for their strong story-telling characteristics. 

Adventure sports

Among the adventure sports Paul has filmed are: 

  • rock climbing and ice climbing 
  • competitive and sea kayaking
  • fell running and mountaineering
  • cross-country and downhill mountain biking
  • kite surfing and yacht racing
  • skiing and snowboarding

Sharing the adventure

Paul has taught adventure filmmaking as a regular tutor at the Adventure Film Academy and has mentored several students, passing on the benefit of his experience to an up and coming generation of mountain filmmakers. In addition, he has given presentations about mountain film and film making at events worldwide including the Banff Mountain Film Festival and is available as a speaker for other organisations and events.

Hands-on experience

Aside from his professional interest in adventure sports as a film maker, Paul is a lifelong rock climber and general outdoor enthusiast with a love of mountain environments and a passion to portray their special qualities through the medium of film.

  • Sony ICE Accredited (Independent Certified Expert)
  • Awarded the Guild of Television Cameramen ‘Award for Excellence 2012
  • Fully licensed and insuraned drone pilot.

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