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Leeds Beckett University - Wildlife Filmmaking Workshop 2015

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British Wildlife Photography Awards 2015 - Call for Entries
by Maggie Gowan of British Wildlife Photography Awards
1 February 2015

The 2015 Competition is now open for entries.

Your chance to win a prestigious award, with a cash prize of £5,000 and reach millions through national exposure. Help raise awareness about British wildlife and celebrate our natural heritage. Winners and commended entrants will have their work showcased in a touring exhibition and stunning book, and will be invited to an exclusive Awards ceremony in London.

The overall prize fund worth up to £20,000 includes prizes from lead sponsors Sky and Canon.

The awards recognise the talents of photographers practising in Britain whilst also highlighting the great wealth and diversity of British natural history. A celebration of British wildlife as well as a showcase for photographers and videographers, both amateur and professional.

Categories www.bwpawards.org/categories

There are sixteen separate categories including animal behaviour, urban wildlife, habitat, animal portraits, marine life, the hidden secret world that lies in the undergrowth and a special award for wildlife in HD Video. Also two junior categories and a school award - to encourage young people to connect with nature through photography.

Wildlife in HD Video sponsored by Sky

In addition to still photography there is a great opportunity to capture wildlife in action and win an amazing prize. Be inspired by the video winner and commended entries in 2014. www.bwpawards.org/categories/wildlife-in-hd-video


Tide from BWPAwards.
WILDLIFE IN HD VIDEO WINNER 2014 – 'Tide' by Rebecca Payne (Bristol, England)

See the full Press Release here...

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David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities, Series 3, from member Humble Bee Films starts 2nd Feb!

Sir David shines the spotlight on some of nature’s evolutionary anomalies and reveals how these curious animals continue to fascinate. David Attenborough gets licked by a cheetah! Find out more in the new series of Attenborough's Natural Curiosities on Watch Channel at 9pm on Monday 2nd February

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Visit: www.watch.uktv.co.uk/shows/david-attenboroughs-natural-curiosities

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VMI Bristol Launch Event, 12th Feb Colston Hall.

VMI is celebrating the opening of our new VMI Bristol office in Lower Park Row and we invite you to attend our Open Day Event on Thursday 12th February at the Colston Hall.

The full range of VMI's large sensor cameras, lighting and grip, including Alexa, Amira, EPIC, FS7 etc is now available to hire from the new Bristol branch VMI Bristol Launch Event

Entry is free, refreshments will be supplied, and there will be a free prize draw too for Simple Minds Tickets in April, also at the Colston Hall!

Visit: www.vmi.tv


Brock Initiative


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Eco-Comedy Video Competition Call for Entries: $2,000 prize

The 2015 Eco-Comedy theme is “Clean Water, Clean Air.”

Produce a short, humorous video for YouTube tackling this year’s theme. The contest is open to anyone worldwide who has a flair for producing videos and something to say about conservation.

Submissions must:
1. Be humorous!
2. Communicate a clear (and funny!) message around the broad theme of “clean water, clean air” and overall environmental conservation.
3. Reach a broad audience.
4. Be an original production.
5. Be less than three minutes (including titles and credits).
6. Be posted to Eco­Comedy Video Competition 2015 YouTube Channel at: www.youtube.com/channel/UCWFuA_JundApDudndM2XB4g
7. Be submitted by 11:59pm Eastern Time Zone on Sunday, March 1st, 2015.

A panel of five judges representing The Nature Conservancy and the Center for Environmental Filmmaking will determine the finalists and grand prize winner. The decision of the judges is final. Awards are based on overall merit of the entries. The organizations listed above reserve the right to post submissions on their websites and social media channels.

Submissions that are not received by Sunday, March 1, 2015, will not be accepted. Finalists will be announced on Wednesday, March 4, 2015. The winner will be announced at American University on Tuesday, March 24, at the DC Environmental Film Festival at 7:00 p.m., in the Forman Theater located in the McKinley Building on the American University campus.

For more information regarding submission guidelines and contest rules, visit: www.american.edu/soc/cef/eco-comedy-film-competition.cfm

Please address questions to Chris Palmer at palmer@american.edu

Wild Pages

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The 10th Annual Spring 2015 Film Series
- An SOC Signature Series
Created and Hosted by Chris Palmer - AUCEF
30 January 2015

  • TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 3 at 7 pm - Highlights from the March 17-29, 2015 Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital
  • TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10 at 7 pm - Animal Planet’s Saving Africa’s Giants with Yao Ming
  • TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 24 at 7 pm – PART OF SOC WEEK
    Call of the Lion: Wildlife Films Told Through the Eyes of Local People

Note: The March 20-28 events below are all part of Washington D.C.’s Environmental Film Festival. www.dcenvironmentalfilmfest.org

  • FRIDAY, MARCH 20 at 7 pm – World Premiere Screening of Doeville
    DOEVILLE (USA, 2015, 92 min.)
  • TUESDAY, MARCH 24 at 7 pm – Reception at 6:30 pm.
    An Evening with Chris Palmer

  • WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25 at 7 pm - Student Short Environmental Film Festival
  • THURSDAY, MARCH 26 at 7 pm - OK, I’ve Watched the Film, Now What?
    Impact Filmmaking Panel
  • FRIDAY, MARCH 27 at 7 pm - The Leopard in the Land
    (USA/Mongolia, 2014, 58 min.)
  • SATURDAY, MARCH 28 at 5 pm - Of Oysters and Watermen: A Chesapeake Bay Program CHESAPEAKE VILLAGES (USA, 2015, 30 min.)
    ADD ONE BACK (USA, 2014, 17 min.)
  • SATURDAY, MARCH 28 at 7 pm - Reception at 6:00 p.m.
    Farming for the Future – Enduring Traditions, Innovative Practices

    FARMING FOR THE FUTURE (USA, 2013, 7 min.)
    50 YEARS OF FARMING: FOR LOVE & VEGETABLES (USA, 2014, 10 min.)
    GROWING LEGACY (USA, 2014, 6 min.)
    SOIL CARBON COWBOY (USA, 2013, 12 min.)
  • TUESDAY, MARCH 31 at 7 pm - Chesapeake Villages

Malsi Doyle & Michael Forman Theater, McKinley Building, American University
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016-8017
Directions: www.american.edu/maps
Metro: Tenleytown/AU, shuttle bus service to AU

For more information, please contact:
Chris Palmer (202) 885-3408 or palmer@american.edu
Or visit www.environmentalfilm.org

Also see: www.american.edu/soc/cef/upcoming-events.cfm

See the full Feature here...

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Brolly and The Recipe!
By Brollyman
January 2015

The Story
Hi all, my name is Brolly, and this is my first ever solo project which has been five months in the making.
I live in Wales with my fab wife and crazy boys Josh & Sam {Team Tiger}. When I'm not writing music you can find me fishing or out and about on family adventures, probably hunting dinosaurs.
My day job is that of a TV composer. I write music for wildlife programmes and children’s animation. I’m about as far removed from being a pop star or rock musician as you could possibly imagine... for more on Brolly and his day job please visit the website.

Back in 2013 I wrote the music for a wildlife programme about an African animal called the honey badger. As is often the case with these projects finding the right music for the show can be a lengthy process. On this occasion we started with African Kwaito music and ended up with something much more dramatic and filmic. Once the job was done and dusted I listened back to the unused tracks and felt something good about them. I didn’t just want to archive them off to be forgotten so I set to work on a fun little project and here I am five months later with twelve finished tracks and some great performances. Using google I found musicians and sent them tracks and grooves to work on, I then experimented with what came back.

Read the full Feature here...

Available on Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk and

British Wildlife Photography Awards

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Safety in Numbers
By Dick Harrewijn
January 2015

Safety In Numbers explains a unique natural phenomenon happening above a Utrecht neighborhood.

I'm proud to present to you my new short about Starlings in the city Utrecht. This is where I lived until recently and last april every evening these birds choose my neighborhood and even my backyard as their place to roost.

The place where I lived is called Eiland8. Its a project where 8 flats were on the list to be demolished. In preparation for this all current inhabitants where moved to somewhere else and temporary the apartments where given to creative people; filmmakers, photographers, fashion designers, painters, etc. After four years of living here I've seen the neighborhood change dramatically and the reputation of being a ghetto changed to a popular place to live.

Read the full Feature here...


SAFETY in NUMBERS from Dick Harrewijn

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River Dreams from new member Hunter Nichols

Hunter Nichols, a canoeist and cinematographer, spends forty-four days paddling solo from his hometown of Birmingham, Alabama to barrier islands in the Gulf of Mexico. Hunter begins his trip on the Cahaba River, renowned for its beauty and biodiversity. The voyage continues on to the Alabama River, then through the Mobile-Tensaw Delta, and finally enters the Gulf of Mexico. Each of these scenic waterways becomes a character in this inspiring film showcasing some of the last wild places remaining in the South. As the voyage nears the Gulf Coast, powerful storms, alligators, sickness, and pollution threaten to unravel this trip of a lifetime..


RIVER DREAMS - A 44 Day Solo Canoe Journey (Documentary Trailer) from Hunter Nichols

Visit: www.riverdreamsfilm.com, www.facebook.com/RiverDreamsFilm & @RiverDreamsFilm
Purchase the film on DVD or BluRay here!

Wildlife Film-making: Looking to the Future

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The winner of the Scottish Nature Photography Awards Favourite Scottish Nature Photography Book 2014 is... Naturally Orkney by member Raymond Besant :)

The Awards showcase quality Scottish nature photography and we recognise that books are a great creative outlet for photographers and that they inspire, inform and entertain the public.

"I am really delighted that Naturally Orkney has won this award. I loved working on the images, trying out new techniques, observing animal behaviour and bringing Orkney's wildlife to a wider audience so they can enjoy it too. "A satisfying aspect has been people's surprise at some of the species found here. Whilst lots of folk know that Orkney is a great place to see Hen Harriers, it's less known that when you've finished watching them you can stop off and observe something equally beautiful like the Emerald Damselfly which is a new coloniser in Orkney. "I'm humbled that folk have taken to the book so much and if it helps or inspires them to spend a bit more time searching for and enjoying Orkney's wildlife then so much the better." - Raymond Besant

Read more: www.scottishnaturephotographyawards.com/bv/bv_2014.php Congrat's from us Raymond!!

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Blue Planet in Concert by the Philharmonia Orchestra

Step beyond the stage to the edge of the ocean with a special edition of Backstage Pass. This episode takes you behind the scenes of The Blue Planet in Concert. From David Attenborough to the Royal Festival Hall stage, discover the magic of George Fenton's music and listen to audience reactions on the night. This features interviews with the composer George Fenton, executive producer Jane Carter and many members of the orchestra involved in the project. Sit back for a moment and dive into The Blue Planet with us.

Also available on iTunes

Environmental Investigation Agency

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Watch this excellent animation, Sticky from Jilli Rose

Exiled from the tropical paradise where they evolved, a tiny population of remarkable stick insects dodged extinction by hiding under a single windswept bush on the world's tallest sea stack for 80 years. Thanks to a dedicated team of scientists they're now living safely in captivity, but when can they go home?


Sticky from jilli rose

Visit: www.facebook.com/StickyShortFilm

Filmmakers For Conservation

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Warmest welcomes to our newest full members from last month!

Ateles Films - A European film production company with offices in the Netherlands and Portuga, specialising in stories about nature, wildlife and the environment. Equipment and stock footage available.

Hunter Nichols - A freelance photographer, cinematographer, and editor based in Birmingham, Alabama, specialising in producing conservation related documentaries.

Kiran Ghadge - A cinematographer & photographer with a unique creative eye. He specializes in wildlife and natural history.

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

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