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3 Places available on Wildeye's Wildlife Camera Operator Course, 31 Oct - 2 Nov 2014 - Last chance to attend a course this year!
What is 4K? How can you get great wildlife footage from a DSLR? What does broadcast quality mean? How can you get amazing aerial shots on a budget? What do you need to take slow motion video?
you are hoping
for a career as a professional wildlife camera operator or want to film wildlife as a fascinating hobby, this course
will arm you with the knowledge and techniques to create stunning
shots and sequences. As camera technology advances apace it can
be difficult to know what equipment to use (and then how to use
it!), with a high tutor to student ratio, this course is unique
in content and value for money.
weekend introduces the latest technology and camera systems for those
who may upgrade their equipment in the future or have yet to buy a camcorder. The knowledge gained
will help you choose and use the right gear for your purposes and
will save you wasting money on unnecessary or inappropriate technology.
The Creative Camerawork element will help you improve your techniques
under expert instruction.
course starts with a discussion about the latest camera technology and is then split into
hands-on workshops exploring various aspects of camera use in wildlife film-making,
including: wide angle, telephoto, macro, scopes, slow motion, time lapse, 3D, aerial solutions and
creative techniques. It is taught by wildlife film-maker Mike Linley, Piers Warren - Principal of Wildeye, independent
wildlife filmmaker Adrian Cale, Simon Beer - a video camera specialist from Production
Gear Ltd and high speed camera specialist
location is Whitwell
Hall Country Centre in the centre of Norfolk, UK.
£345 per person, which includes all tuition, accommodation, and meals.
Find out more here!
If the home page shows that there are still places available please complete the online application form and send in the deposit as detailed.
Sound Recording in Northumberland
with Chris Watson and Jez riley French 8-11 May 2015 launched!
This long weekend field meeting is an opportunity to practice and develop sound recording skills in the company of Chris Watson in his home patch of Northumberland. Audio specialist and artist Jez riley French will also be present throughout to share his experience, particularly with the use of extended field recording techniques including the use of non-conventional equipment such as hydrophones and contact microphones. More here! NB. places available for female participants only now due to remaining accommodation options. £375 per person, which includes tuition, 3 nights accommodation, breakfasts and evening meals. Book here!
JHWFF Science Media Awards 2014 Winners
More than 480 entries competed for 27 awards this year! 100+ preliminary judges screened 3,000+ hours to select the finalists. The 2014 Science Media Award winners were selected by a distinguished panel of judges preceding the three-day Science Media Symposium. We are thrilled to announce this year's 27 Science Media Award Winners!
2014 Grand Helix Award Winner: Particle Fever
PF Productions, LLC & Anthos Media, LLC
14-193 Particle Fever Trailer from JH Wildlife Film Festival
Check out the list of finalists here...
View the full list of winners here: www.jhfestival.org/2014-finalist--winner-clips.html
Wildscreen Festival 2014 is imminent: 19-24 October!
There are many opportunities for newcomers at this years Wildscreen Festival. Check out the How Do I Get a Job? workshop, packed full of expert hints and tips to help you kickstart your career in the industry. There's also a Beginners Underwater Filming workshop, a range of production skills workshops and a chance to have your questions answered by industry professionals.
Take a look at the programme for more incredible sessions to suit every aspiring filmmaker. Workshop and Panda Awards Ceremony tickets are now on sale to non-delegates and the wider industry!
Places will sell out fast, so if haven't booked yours yet, we recommend you hurry! Book now to avoid disappointment!
Also, not to be missed, the Big Ideas Talk with Sir David Attenborough and Anthony Geffen! David Attenborough and Anthony Geffen are leading innovators in 3D/4K natural-history documentaries. Alongside television productions, they have innovated fresh approaches to storytelling on multiple platforms, including successful digital Apps and most recently Virtual Reality.
They will discuss some of their most recent projects, including the upcoming series “Conquest of the Skies 3D" with Guardian journalist, Maggie Brown. See: www.wildscreenfestival.org/programme/big-ideas-talk-sir-david-attenborough-and-anthony-geffen.aspx
Wildscreen Fringe 18 - 30 October 2014- This year we're screening over 60 amazing wildlife films from around the world! With strands For the Young, From the Young & Fearless, to full length features and films that Focus on Flight don't miss out on some spectacular films this October. As well as the opportunity to see these superb films, you can also come and hear some of the biggest directors and producers from the wildlife TV & Film industry sharing their behind-the-scenes stories. As if that wasn't enough, we're also hosting a spectacular comedy night at the Colston Hall - join us and Stand Up for Ugly Animals!
A year of FREE full Wildlife-film.com membership to all Wildscreen Delegates!
We will be offering free membership to all Wildscreen delegates for a year! Sign up during the festival to take advantage of this great offer! Contact us for more info: email@example.com
Bold New Creative Iinitiative Launched by Handcrafted Films with the Answer to ‘Who is Protecting our Forests?’
On the Eve of September's Climate Summit, a Film Exhibition was Launched to Address Critical Question: Who is Protecting Our Forests? The award-winning British Handcrafted Films team, brought to the corner of Lexington and 59th Street a world that could not be more different from the streets of Manhattan.
Visitors to the storefront witnessed the setbacks and successes of indigenous and traditional peoples who live to protect the endangered tropical forests of the world, from Indonesia to Brazil and Nicaragua. Their stories were featured in the exhibition “If Not Us Then Who?” at the Roger Smith Hotel from 19 September through 24 September.
Two short films were premiered and two new reports launched. Written by the Rights and Resources Initiative and Tebtebba, the reports unveiled new research on land rights, extractive industries and social conflict globally.
Read more here: www.ifnotusthenwho.me
If not us then who? from Handcrafted Films
Visit www.ifnotusthenwho.me & www.handcraftedfilms.net
Social media links: @ifnotus_thenwho, Facebook Page and Instagram
The Environmental Investigation Agency – 30 game-changing years of exposing environmental crime and exploitation
By Paul Newman – EIA
The London-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) is a campaigning organisation like no other, and September 17, 2014 marked 30 years of working on the front lines to expose environmental crime and exploitation.
It began with three young activists seeking to make a difference and has grown into unique, manoeuvrable and hugely effective organisation, driving changes in international law and putting the concept of organised transnational environmental crime onto political agendas around the world.
Carving out a solid reputation for investigations and campaigns, EIA works on a wide range of environmental crimes including illegal wildlife trade (tigers, elephants and cetaceans), illegal logging, hazardous waste and trade in climate- and ozone-altering chemicals.
EIA differs from other NGOs in its strong focus on environmental criminality, dispatching investigators to work undercover with hidden cameras, false-front companies and assumed identities, often in harrowing and potentially dangerous circumstances.
Its findings are shared with appropriate enforcement authorities for action, and used to highlight issues and bring pressure to bear on them.
“EIA has been the boots on the ground in this effort way before we came to the fight … in the environmental movement, EIA is the equivalent of Her Majesty’s Secret Service” – Louie Psihoyos, director of the Oscar-winning documentary The Cove
“The reason for their success is not just the information gathered, it is the way they use it as a political lobbying tool. One of Britain’s most effective conservation groups” – BBC Wildlife Magazine
“EIA performs an extremely important role in investigating various abuses of the natural world. I believe it deserves support from anyone concerned about the future of the living world” – Sir Peter Scott, conservationist and WWF founder
As well as investigations and campaigns, EIA also shares its skills and donates equipment to individuals and groups around the world to help train effective local voices for change.
EIA’s major successes in the past 30 years include:
- playing a pivotal role in securing the worldwide ban on ivory trade in 1989;
• dramatically reducing the international trade in wild caught birds;
- exposing the largest rhino horn poaching operation in the world;
- significantly reducing the demand for whale and dolphin meat in Japan and successfully campaigning for leading internet marketplaces Amazon, Google and Rakuten to stop selling such products;
- highlighting the illegal trade in big cat skins and exposing the trans-Himalayan trafficking routes for big cat body parts;
- contributing to the closure of 53 illegal mines in prime tiger habitat in India;
- exposing rife elephant poaching in Tanzania and Zambia in 2010 and so directly defeating their bids to sell stockpiled ivory;
- playing key roles in achieving the 2010’s European Union Timber Regulation and 2011’s historic Voluntary Partnership Agreement between the EU and Indonesia to help safeguard Indonesia’s forests.
EIA has an extensive archive of stills and footage from its 30 years of investigations, which can be made available to the Media on request.
Please watch the following examples:
Visit: www.eia-international.org & facebook.com/environmentalinvestigationagency & @EIAinvestigator
EIA has one of the world's largest archive of footage devoted to the illegal trade in wildlife products and other environmentally damaging commodities. The collection is data-based and is available on a professional basis to journalists, publishers and programme-makers.
All the funds raised from the sale of this archive help to fund future campaigns. The visual media you see on this website is indicative of what is available in the whole collection.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org for further information or to find out about footage sales.
Balaenoptera Legacy - 30 Years On from EIA
A short film to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Environmental Investigation Agency
Shot on C100
graded with FilmConvert
Feature Page: www.wildlife-film.com/features/EIA-30-game-changing-years-of-exposing-environmental-crime-and-exploitation.html
The 10th Annual Fall 2014 Film Series
- An SOC Signature Series -
Created and Hosted by Chris Palmer
- TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7 at 7 pm -
Behind the Scenes: the Making of America's Wilderness
Celebrate 50 years of Wilderness by joining us for a screening, panel discussion and gear showcase, as National Park Service film producers, Chuck Dunkerly, Erin Finicane (AU SOC '13), and Sarah Gulick (AU SOC '14) take us behind the scenes to explore the making of their acclaimed web series, America's Wilderness. From coping with dramatic weather to waiting for the perfect wildlife moment, the filmmakers walk us through tricks of the trade and lessons learned during their search for inspiring stories that bring the spirit of wilderness to people everywhere. Panel moderated by Professor Maggie Stogner.
- TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14 at 7 pm -
How PETA Uses Film and Stars to Promote Its Cause
PETA Senior VP Dan Mathews will show how his organization uses undercover video to document cruelty to animals in slaughterhouses, laboratories, fur farms, and circuses. But who wants to watch that stuff? By enlisting personalities like Jason Biggs and Pink to host video shorts and carefully marketing them on the web, PETA has reached millions worldwide.
- TUESDAY, OCTOBER 21 at 7 pm -
Moving Beyond the Obituaries: From Doom and Gloom to #Oceanoptimism
Nancy Knowlton, Sant Chair of Marine Science, Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History says that psychologists have known for some time that scary news without solutions causes people to disengage. While not discounting the scope of the environmental problems we face, we need to do a better job of celebrating our successes.
- TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28 at 7 pm -
Greenpeace Video: Brand jamming, mini films galore, and Postcards from Climate Change
Melissa Thompson, Senior Video Producer for Greenpeace USA, describes how Greenpeace uses video (make it funny! make it sharable! tell a good story!). She will show lots of clips and discuss her best tips for getting videos out there to be seen by millions.
- TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11 at 7 pm -
Classroom in the Wild: Film Screening Followed by Q&A
Come and hear first-hand accounts from students about their extraordinary experiences during Classroom in the Wild in the Chesapeake Bay and in Alaska. Professor Larry Engel, who led the summer Alaska course will attend, as will Lauren Demko who co-led the Chesapeake Bay course. In a presentation of photos and videos by the students themselves, you will learn more about these unique courses, as well as future opportunities to practice environmental filmmaking in Classroom in the Wild in 2015.
Free and Open to the Public - No Reservations Required: www.american.edu/soc/cef/upcoming-events.cfm
Malsi Doyle & Michael Forman Theater, American University
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016-8017
Metro: Tenleytown/AU, shuttle bus service to AU
For more information, please contact: Chris Palmer (202) 885-3408 or email@example.com
The Last Seahorse in Studland? from member Andy Jackson/Subsea TV
We went to Dorset to film seahorses in August. We were planning to tell their life cycle story: seahorse breeding time, courtship displays, and how male seahorses are the ones to give birth.
Unfortunately, after many hours of searching, with the help of local experts, we found just one lonely seahorse: the only seahorse sighted in Studland this year. You may have seen this in the news a few weeks ago.
We also found unrestricted anchoring and destructive mooring systems that tear up the eelgrass beds in the bay.
So we made this film instead, because we believe there is a way to save the seahorses while still having fun on boats. It will take a bit of will - and a bit of money.
Please share our film and help to give Studland's seahorses a voice and a chance.
Sign up to support Studland being designated a Marine Conservation Zone here: action.wildlifetrusts.org
the last seahorse in studland? from Andy Jackson
British Wildlife Photography Awards exhibition tour!
The BWPA touring exhibition is now in Gloucestershire! Catch the stunning 2014 collection at Nature in Art until the 16th November. For our full list of tour dates, visit the BWPA website:
See the 2014 Winners Feature Page here!
The British Wildlife Photography Awards: Collection 5 showcases the very best entries from the British Wildlife Photography Awards 2014.
This superb collection of imagery showcases the very best of the British Wildlife Photography Awards, an annual competition celebrating the breathtaking diversity of the natural history of the British Isles. The photographs within the book demonstrate an extraordinary range of viewpoints and differing approaches. Every picture is accompanied by the photographer's personal account of the inspiration behind the image: wonderfully varied, amusing and illuminating stories that help bring us closer to the fascinating and often unseen world of nature. Also included are the photographer's notes, outlining their technique and the type of equipment used, making this an invaluable resource for anyone interested in improving their photography or investing in new equipment.The book is available here: www.amazon.co.uk
American Conservation Film Festival News!
The schedule has been set, official versions of films have been arriving to our mailbox and programs are at the printers! We're looking forward to kicking off the 12th annual American Conservation Film Festival on Thursday, October 30th! The four day Festival will feature discussions with filmmakers, professional workshops, family programming, and social events — all with the mission of engaging, informing, and inspiring the audience through the power of film.
This year’s Festival will present films with a wide range of environmental and conservation themes. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, ACFF will feature a block of awe-inspiring wilderness-themed films, including selections from the National Park Service series American Wilderness and the film Wrenched about iconoclastic conservationist Edward Abbey.
Other highlights include a feature on Madagascar’s endangered lemurs, Island of Lemurs: Madagascar from David Douglas and Drew Fellman and narrated by Morgan Freeman. Read more here.
You can view a listing of our 2014 Films HERE and view our Film Schedule HERE.
Web: www.conservationfilm.org & facebook & @ConservationFF
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SeeSense miniature cameras have seen use in a variety of Broadcast applications including:
Sports Cameras - Goal Camera - Stadium View Camera - POV, etc, etc
Entertainment - Hidden Camera - Special POV, etc, etc Natural History - Special POV, Kangaroo (JoeyCam), Underwater, etc, etc
Studio - POV for Jewellery TV, Lottery, Live Internet Casino, etc, etc
News - Commentary booth, Helicopter Reporter POV, etc, etc
Events - POV crowd view for large screens, Concert and Public Speaking view, etc
Find out more here & visit: www.seesense.eu
Big welcomes to our two new freelancer full members of September!
Olivier Nijs - A sound recordist with twenty years experience in capturing in and outdoor soundscapes.
Anna Kozlova - Enthusiastic, experienced diver and underwater videographer.
With a background in science and additional education in cinematography.
There's basic FREE membership for all here or for a much more comprehensive listing, Profile Page and additional benefits, become a full member: Wildlife-film.com/freelancers or Wildlife-film.com/companies
See 'Kit For Sale' for items from members/subscribers!
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