Dominic Gill is an English 35 year old television host and director and Co-Founder at Encompass Films in Los Angeles California. His life has always been firmly rooted in the world of adventure, and capturing his adventures on camera. At the age of 26, after studying Biology at Imperial College London and working with an Environmental Consulting firm, he made the decision to dive head first into chasing his dreams. He bought a tandem bicycle, a heavy production camera and a machete and flew up tot he oil fields of Northern Alaska. It took him two years and two months to cycle to the southerly tip of Argentina, inviting random strangers to help pedal his tandem south and share their stories on camera. The resulting international award winning documentary and book entitled 'Take A Seat' helped plot the course that Dominic is now on. When he is not out climbing, exploring, or hunting for adventurous stories, he is behind the camera one week high up the Andes, another in the slums of Rio shooting, directing, and telling the stories of other souls that are pushing the boundaries.

Dominic has both hosted, directed and written over two seasons of international TV content and numerous award winning short films, and while he still wheels the tandem out occasionally for another adventure, he is equally familiar with engaging on scientific exploration on icecaps or capturing footage in communities where few others would feel comfortable.

A short reel of footage showing parts of what started Dominic's world of adventure film making and hosting; pedaling a heavily laden tandem bike while also trying to film is good preparation for most things, they say….

And if you've a taste for more pretty pictures, here is Dominic's showreel for his production company, Encompass Films...

One of the most valuable things about undertaking adventures or journeys of any kind is that when you get back you have something to share. Through his rubbing shoulders with literally thousands of strangers on his tandem bicycle, as well as putting himself through the mill up mountains as well as on the bike, Dominic has a lot to say about the world we live in, from a sociological, geographical, adventurous and plain ol' fun perspective. He spends a good deal of his time when he is not adventuring or editing talking to people at events or in their place of work about what he has learnt on his travels. Efficiency in the work place, interpersonal communication, film making, international travel, sports and Inspiration are topics he is often asked to deliver on.

A year after Dominic completed his first Take A Seat journey, he wrote a book about the two years and two months of adventures he'd experienced, the people he'd met, the places he'd been, but most importantly, the kindness he'd experienced. The book has now been published both in the UK (Mainstream Publishing) and the US (Falcon Press).

"A voyage to the heart of what it means to be human. Read it. Cycle with Dominic, and you'll be a better person for the ride."
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu

Buy this Take A Seat in print or e-book!

(n)ICE. When Heaven Freezes Over from Dominic Gill on Vimeo.

It was my mother's fault, climbing. Thanks to her encouraging me at the age of 8 developed the habit of escaping whenever possible to climb rock or ice all over the world. it was in fact one of the reasons I decided to try and chase my dreams career-wise. When I had a desk job as an environmental consultant i routed most of my mental capacity to dreaming up adventures in the mountains, then, when friday 5pm came round i was out, barely making it back in time for a shower on monday morning. I am one of the lucky ones in that i have managed to carve a life out of having adventures and filming them (sometimes in front of the camera, sometimes behind) every day of the week, not just on the weekend.

At the tender age of 25 Dominic embarked on his first documentary film Take A Seat (a project which remains to this day the biggest) from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, approximately 29,519 kilometres / 18,449 miles down the west coast to Ushuaia, the most southerly city in South America. His mode of transport was a tandem bicycle. Sometimes on my own, sometimes with one of the approximately 270 people he picked up for company on the back.

After an initial plan of 18 months, he soon realised that rushing south was a waste of an opportunity to get to know people and places. He also underestimated the amount of ongoing rest needed to continue ploughing ahead with 100kg plus of bicycle, and occasionally a little extra weight added by a less than fit companion. He arrived at the Southern tip of Patagonia 2 years and 2 months after rolling away from Prudhoe Bay. Click here to view trailer

On Dominic's first Take A Seat project from Alaska to Argentina, he met one elderly gentleman by the name of Ernie Greenwald, in Lompoc, California. Ernie was once a keen cyclist, but Lymphocytic Leukemia and old age had seen to it that his dream of cycling cross country was all but forgotten.
Now with a wealth of experience cycling a tandem, Dominic set about planning a journey from LA to New York, in which they would cross the country together. Sadly, a worsening of Ernie's condition beat him to the starting line and he was never able to make the journey. However, in Ernie's honor, Dominic crossed the country with 10 intrepid individuals, each with a disability that would make a leg of this journey impossible for them alone. Take A Seat: Sharing a Ride Across America was aired on NBC Universal Sports in April 2011. Click here to view trailer

Take A Seat Egypt is the third International Take A Seat project by Dominic Gill, who now takes his tandem bicycle to Egypt, the heart of the Arab uprising. He explores the country, its politics and its rich history inviting Egyptian people to take a seat and help him pedal through the heat of summer to experience the rawest of road trips, with no doors or windows protecting them from reality. Painful, beautiful and everything in between. Click here to view trailer

Take A Seat Alberta is the fourth International Take A Seat project by Dominic Gill, who now takes his tandem bicycle to Alberta. He explores the country in his usual fashion, with the help of a motley crew of companions, both native Albertans and foreigners. Click here to view trailer