“Ian is a highly accomplished filmmaker, able to capture landscapes with a child-like incredulity that invites the viewer to experience his films with as much fresh-eyed wonder as those in the action, completely free of cliche.” - Vertebrate Publishing

About Us

Image Impossible is a full service film production company. Producers of short web videos to full blown cinematic features. We can tailor to any needs.

♦ Producing/directing, location scouting.

♦ Cinematography services & location audio recording. 20 years experience using state of the art equipment.

♦ Timelapse ♦ Highspeed ♦ HD & 4K ♦ Aerial ♦ Underwater ♦ GoPro

♦ Studio, corporate and commercial filming/production experience.

♦ Remote locations specialist. Arctic wilderness ♦ Mountaineering ♦ Marine environments (Top Side) sailing and filming from RIBs.

♦ Background of filming extreme sports ♦ Adventure climbing ♦ BASE jumping ♦ Highlining ♦ Paragliding.

♦ Post production facilities FCPX ♦ Premiere Pro CC ♦ CGI ♦ colour grading & audio mixing.


For a week in December 2013, I borrowed a Sony F5 and 4K recorder from Sony Pro Europe. In less than ideal conditions we went out and filmed 4 disciplines.

Kayaking – Daniel J. Fylan-Smith

Downhill Mountain biking – Kris Gilyeat (& Nick Wright)

Riding – Vicki Smith (& Chloe Oakland)

Paragliding. – Dean Crosby (activeedge.co.uk & Robin Lund)

Landrover – bespokecars.co.uk

Location Support – Simon Gee

Music : We Are All Astronauts – Once [Mango Alley]

FULL TRACK HERE soundcloud.com/weareallastronauts/once

MARMOT ‘Hand Picked’ Series

Marmot commissioned this 5 part web series for the run up to Kendal Mountain Festival & a headline talk by Lucy Creamer

Cliffhanger 2012 ‘BBCs Short’

Image Impossible Produced Film DRIVEN TO DESPAIR, Broadcast on US TV


Lands End to John O’Groats in a Straight Line

A new cinematic documentary following a team of 4 as they set a new record for a Lands End to John O’Groats expedition & smash 2 UK endurance kayak records in the process.

Awarded the Peoples Choice Award at the prestigious Kendal Mountain Festival Nov. 2014.
Awarded the 2015 Sir Edmund Hillary Award for Documentary at California’s Mountain Film Festival.
Nominated for OIA ‘Contributions to Adventure Film & Photography Award’ 2015.
Shortlisted for Sheffield Adventure Film Festival March 2015.
Shortlisted for Llanberis Mountain Film Festival March 2015.

DVD, Stream & Download CLICK HERE


“Against unreasonable odds and all expert advice somebody filmed the whole bloody thing! No reshoots, no studio shots and then he went and made it into an award winning film!” – Myoutdoors.co.uk
‘Superb, human, this documentary is a great adventure on overcoming oneself. This is no ordinary expedition film!’ – Patrick Laurent. Vimeo On Demand viewer

Read about Beeline Britain and As The Crow Flies in the new article in Sidetracked Magazine 

Interview with the British Mountaineering Council


Upcoming & Recent Events

UPCOMING EVENT -  The Telegraph Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show. EXCEL London. 16:00h 15th February 2015. As The Crow Flies

UPCOMING EVENT - Broadcast & Video Expo EXCEL London. 24th February 2015. Extreme Location Filming Panel

UPCOMING EVENT - Broadcast & Video Expo EXCEL London. 23 – 26th February 2015. Sony Independant Expert

UPCOMING EVENT Llanberis Mountain Film Festival. 6-8th March 2015 As The Crow Flies

UPCOMING EVENT - Sheffield Adventure Film Festival 22nd March 2015. 11:00h Industry Hangout

UPCOMING EVENT SAE Institute. 18 & 26 March Filmmaking lectures

RECENT EVENT –  As The Crow Flies & Talk  in London. 28th November 2014

RECENT EVENT – As The Crow Flies Kendal Mountain Festival 20-23rd Nov. 2014

RECENT EVENT –  Production & Post forum  – 6th Nov. 2014 Natures storytellers Panel

RECENT EVENT - As The Crow Flies. Buxton Adventure Festival. October 11th 2014

RECENT EVENT - Sony Presentation at Summer in the City Sat 9 & Sun 10 August 2014

RECENT TALK – Kendal Mountain ‘On The Edge’ Festival. Saturday 26th July 14.30

RECENT TALK - Kendal Mountain Festival. Saturday 16th Nov 2013 – 14.30

RECENT TALK – Isle of Islay High school – Charity Dinner Talk, 27th April 2013


“The panel was particularly engaging and highly insightful, and I know it was thoroughly enjoyed”. Naziath Mantoo Production & Post forum @BAFTA
‘s As The Crow Flies – One to watch at Kendal 2014″ - MyOutdoors.co.uk
“Inspiring talk by Ian Burton just now at Kendal Mountain Festival. Showing it’s not impossible after all!” - Eden Lighthouse
“A Great & inspiring talk” - Tim Haskel, Calumet
“AWESOME, Ian’s enthusiasm is infectious” - Robin Ashcroft, Kendal Mountain Festival
“Ian’s talk was exactly what the event needed”  - Dale Lovell, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
“If any one can, Ian Burton can” – Ann-Marie Hiscox, Sony Pro Europe

I’m an experienced public speaker, talking everywhere from secondary schools to tv audiences at BAFTA. I have been part of panels on stage to my own speaking tour talking about my experiences as an adventure and wildlife cameraman.

‘How To Win A Losing Battle is packed with stories of filming a number of hit BBC series and feature documentaries including, ‘The Asgard Project’, Driven to Despair’, As The Crow Flies’, ‘Climbing Great Buildings’ & a host of other series and films Including C4 ‘Hidden Talent’ BBC Natural History Unit ‘Snowdonia, A Year in the Wild’

Now filming, producing and directing my own feature Documentaries including ‘As The Crow Flies’ & ‘Driven to Despair’, I have some amazing stories of hardship and triumph over tragedy to inspire all audiences.

I’ve been giving talks and Lectures throughout my career, passing on experiences as a remote locations cameraman with amazing stills, film clips and stories. I have guest lectured at Universities, collages, as well as film festivals and schools, I’m also a Sony ICE (Independant Certified Expert) and regularly gives seminars and workshops on film making and 3D craft and technique.

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Freelance Cameraman & Director of Photography

My career started in wildlife film making, working with the prestigious RSPB Film Unit, living with eagle in the mountains and sea cliffs of Norway.

This baptism of fire led me to being an adventure cameraman, shooting TV series such as BBC ‘Climbing Great Buildings’, BBC 4 ‘Nation on Film’, and Discovery Channel film ‘The Asgard Project’, BBC NHU, ‘Wild Britannia’, ‘Snowdon, A Year in the Wild’, ‘Mountain, with Griff Rhys Jones’, C4 ‘Hidden Talent’. BBC 1 ‘Country File’, ‘Coast’, ‘The Eagle Odyssey’.

In this time I’ve won several awards, including BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY at the BFI in Soho, 2007 & numerous BEST IN FESTIVALS for a whole range of independent adventure films.

As well as freelancing, I now produce & Direct my own feature documentaries for the big screen and TV.

Contact Ian — 07879442133 — ian@ianburton.co.uk —  CV