Timur Tugalev Travel Filmmaker



National Geographic award-winning travel filmmaker and digital nomad specialising in adventure video with a passion for nature and storytelling. As well as directing, shooting and editing travel content – I lead a team of talented freelance filmmakers based all around the world, creating high-quality inspirational videos for multiple markets.   I also work for Skyscanner.net, developing the brand’s travel video marketing strategy + managing freelance videographers to cover more destinations at scale. 

In my spare time I co-run one of Italy’s most popular travel blogs TheLostAvocado by Sara Izzi, a very gifted writer and photographer. For The Lost Avocado I manage all video content and film discovery journey travel series called “Lost In” which have been featured on National Geographic, Condé Nast Traveller, Forbes, Outside Magazine, El Pais ,The Huffington Post, Fubiz and many other smaller publications & blogs.

See all my travel videos here


“Lost in Kyrgyzstan” My latest video,  Winner of the National Geographic Traveller 2017 photography competition in video category.

 National GeographicOutside Magazine,        Condé Nast TravellerThe Huffington Post ,                 &  El Pais
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“Lost in Cuba” (Latest Video)  I invite you to look into the lives of some of the incredible people that I was lucky to meet on this beautiful island.

Video of the Week  National Geographic + El Pais 
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In the past I had the pleasure to work on video/animation & web projects with companies such as BBC Scotland, Channel 4, Scottish government, Hilton, MTP productions, the Leith Agency & others.

If you’re a brand, apart from filming and editing I can offer help with audience research & competitor analysis and advise on best content types for all stages of your marketing funnel including activation, acquisition and retention (Video and AAR). Once the video is created, I can help with advanced video upload, relevant tagging and optimization for maximum search engine visibility (SEO).

For bigger projects, a team with latest equipment including drones and 360 degree video cameras for VR (virtual reality) video could be assembled.

I’ve worked in Skyscanner’s global social media team (more than 8 million followers worldwide) and can advise good practices for organic and paid content on social networks (Facebook, Youtube, Instagram, Vine, Periscope & Twitter).

“Lost in Rotterdam” video above created for the Italian blog has been shared by Vimeo on its Facebook and twitter.


I am available for freelance filming work worldwide. My main work focus is to try to capture the raw beauty of a specific location. I hope to inspire people to stop for a moment and see something that perhaps will make them want to travel, create or experience art, learn about another culture or just smile for a second. Any of these things would make me feel that I’ve done something worth spending my time on

My video equipment include: Sony A7s , Canon 5D mrk III DSLR (with Magic Lantern), Go Pro cameras and various lenses, DEFY G2X 3 axes gimbal (Similar to Ronin M but lighter and more portable) and a DJI phantom 4 drone.

As a hobby I enjoy sketching, digital painting, web & graphic design. I also run an online t-shirt store called Zi-Do with original designs created by me and my brother. My Software knowledge: Adobe Premiere,After Effects, Final Cut Pro, Photoshop, Autodesk Maya, Mudbox, Sketchbook, Lightroom, Boujou camera tracking, Z-brush & Flash.

If you want to learn about Travel Filmmaking, I’ve recently launched a Travel Filmmaking YouTube Channel where i’ll be talking about my current and past travel adventures, breaking down the edits from my films and sharing the stories behind every scene.


I’m a Glasgow School of Art graduate with a master’s degree in 3D animation and visual effects
I speak Spanish, Russian, English and currently learning Italian.

+ I Love cats despite the allergy

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