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The Wildlife-film.com office is now back in the UK!
I've been based in New Zealand for the past ten months and great it was there in Christchurch... An amazing country all over... Go there if you can!
We've now relocated back to the UK however and so are back on GMT working hours... Glad to be here too, even with all the current messy governance and looming Brexit etc!! :)
As the situation of our fragile planet becomes more dire, we need more conservation film-makers to tell honest, engaging stories about what is really happening out there!!
There are many conservation and environmental issues that could be tackled effectively if only the people involved were informed or educated about the causes and solutions that could make a difference. Films and the Media are some of the most powerful communication tools we have, but we need to make the right films and distribute them to the audience decision makers community corporation law enforcers government bodies who can create that change. So how do you go about this? How do you produce a clear message? Who are your target audience? What style of film would be most successful? What equipment do you need? How do you record sound? How do you edit everything together? What part should a narrator play? How do you monitor effectiveness?
All of these questions and more are answered in this unique hands-on training programme over a weekend in Norfolk, UK. It is designed specifically for those who are interested in gaining the skills to use films and the media to enhance the effectiveness of conservation and environmental campaigning. It is also invaluable for those who may need to employ professional film-makers for conservation productions. Participants on the last course said: "It was a great weekend thanks to our awesome and wonderful tutors. What a dedicated team! I learned a lot, laughed a lot and got tons of inspiration and strength to go on."
"Thank you for providing this course – the wider content opened my eyes to some big issues and new ways of getting involved. Having such a range of expertise and experience all in one room was brilliant." More here: www.wildeye.co.uk/conservation-film-making
Wildlife Camera Operator Course, 29 Sept - 1 Oct Should I be shooting in HD or 4K? How can I get amazing aerial shots on a budget? What do I need to take super slow motion video without spending a fortune? What does ‘broadcast quality’ mean? How can I make amazing time lapse sequences with an ordinary DSLR? All these questions will be answered …
Whether 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.
The 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.
The 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: macro, microscopes, slow motion, time lapse, aerial solutions and creative techniques. It is taught by wildlife film-maker Mike Linley, Piers Warren – Principal of Wildeye, independent wildlife film-maker Adrian Cale, Simon Beer – a video camera specialist from Production Gear Ltd. and aerials specialist Elliott Corke. See some short films from previous courses below:
Gorillas & Chimps in Uganda, 13-22 November After our fabulous trip last year to see/film wild mountain gorillas and chimpanzees in the forests of Uganda, whilst learning about conservation projects, we are returning in November this year.
For many people this is on their lifetime wish-list - so grab the chance while you can!
A unique itinerary is planned to give participants an incredible opportunity to see wild great apes and engage in their conservation. Highlights include: mountain gorilla and chimpanzee trekking, visiting the Ngamba Chimp Island Sanctuary, several game drives featuring lions, elephants, monkeys, buffaloes and more, learning about and participating in conservation projects such as tree-planting, teaching local people about the value of wildlife, and the Pedal Powered Cinema Project, staying at Dian Fossey Lodge.
As well as local guides and specialists you will be accompanied throughout by Madelaine Westwood (founder of GAFI (The Great Apes Film Initiative) and the Pedal Powered Cinema Project) and Piers Warren (Principal of Wildeye).
Participants on the last trip said: "Quite simply a life-changing experience!" "What a wonderful time we had, all seems like a dream now. Thanks for organising our trip of a lifetime!" More here: www.wildeye.co.uk/gorillas-chimpanzees-ugandaJust two places now available!
Intro to Wildlife Sound Recording 1-3 December Interest in the sound recording of wildlife and environments has grown rapidly in the last few years. Described in various ways: location, field, natural, wild etc., these recordings can be put to a multitude of uses including film, television, radio, art installations, web and CD releases, video game soundtracks, as part of musical compositions and so on.
In the production of wildlife films, the importance of the sound track and the role of the sound recordist is often over-looked. The successful recording of wildlife sound, and creation of the film’s sound track is a crucial and major part of the creative process. With new digital equipment available for recording and editing sound it requires skill and experience to do the job justice.
This two-day course aims to teach you the skills necessary to produce superb field recordings and give you hands-on experience with some of the latest equipment. The course is suitable for wildlife film-makers, sound recordists, radio producers, audio artists, musicians and video game designers, both professional and amateur. It is taught by Chris Watson, one of the world’s top wildlife sound specialists who regularly works for the BBC, and assisted by audio specialist Jez riley French. More here: www.wildeye.co.uk/introduction-to-wildlife-sound-recording
Enter now the GREEN SCREEN Internationales Naturfilmfestival Eckernförde Youth Film Award!
Pick up the camcorder, grab the mobile phone, a digital camera; produce alone, with your friends, or your school a wildlife film and participate on the GREEN SCREEN Youth Film Award or the GREEN Clip Award.
Win great prizes with your film at the largest Wildlife Film Festival in Germany. Your film or clip is viewed by an international expert panel of judges and if it receives a nomination, presented at the GREEN SCREEN International Wildlife Filmfestival in Eckernförde on a Award Ceremony.
Professional filmmakers will be present, they´ll let you know more gimmicks and tricks and draw out the winning film.
At the foot of a picturesque inlet on New Zealand’s South Island lies the Victorian-era city of Dunedin. It’s in this university town, with its population of 120,200, that you’ll find a factual TV production company with the reach to take on the world.
Founded in 1977 as TVNZ’s natural history unit, NHNZ has, against all odds, seamlessly outgrown the dramatic hills of New Zealand’s Otago Peninsula to become a global powerhouse in the natural history and non-fiction sector.
So just how did an indie headquartered in the farthest city in the world from London (19,100 km/11,870 mi) manage to not only survive, but thrive?
Support member Dominique Lalonde on his 'The Wild Nature of Canada' crowdfunding campaign!
Over for the past year Dominique has presented/produced a weekly documentary web-series on YouTube from the wilderness of Canada. He's explored the wilderness of Canada throughout the seasons and has filmed the footage in a way that makes the viewer feel as if they are with him. The past year of of filming and editing is showing on Youtube at the moment.
Dominique says "I produce this web-series to share, learn and understand the cycles of nature. You will discover the birds, the mammals, the wildflowers, the insects, the reptiles and the amphibians of Eastern North America. Each episode is published in French and English.
This year you will see, among other things, footage shot in the parc national de la Gaspésie, the parc national du Mont-Tremblant and the Northern gannets at the Parc national de l'Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé."
New Online Series Showcasing Borneo’s Incredible Wildlife and the Scientists Trying to Save Them premiered on June 5th, 2017!
Deep in the heart of Borneo’s jungles lies a remote research centre: The Danau Girang Field Centre (DGFC). In this isolated and wild location, a dedicated team of young Malaysian and international research scientists have been combining eld-developed gadgets and traps with state-of-the-art tracking technology in their quest to unravel the mysteries of Borneo’s jungle. Their mission? To safeguard its most charismatic animals through monitoring, observing, and applied conservation.
Borneo Jungle Diaries investigates life behind-the-scenes at DGFC. Environmental photojournalist, Aaron ‘Bertie’ Gekoski, follows a different scientist and animal per episode as they: tag a Sunda pangolin for the rst time ever; catch baby crocodiles and huge pythons at night; gain intimate insights into the behaviour of nocturnal primates; track a herd of elephants, and much more.
More than 300 dolphins live, socialize and work for food at Mexican pools.
Politicians, activists and owners of dolphinariums in Mexico have been fighting each other for months. The future of captive breeding is now in their hands. If this law is approved, captivity in this country will stay for the next 85 years to come.
The fate of these marine mammals now depends on people who's interest is money or votes, when it is actually in our hands.
Cautiverio is a documentary film that shows the reality behind the captive dolphin industry: from shows for human entertainment, to the so called therapy with dolphins.
The filmmakers behind this documentary will release Cautiverio by the end of the year.
Just under two weeks to go until the start of the Festival! The programme catalogue has gone to print; as well as the previous sponsors, we now have eco-friendly printers dieUmweltDruckerei on board to sponsor our "NaturVision Newcomer Film Award" to the tune of €1,000 (taking the total prize money to €46,000), and our delight at our incredibly varied film programme – from classic nature films to investigative environmental reports, all the way through to artificial cinematic art – far outweighs the stress of the final preparations. festival.natur-vision.de/en We hope you will all be able to make it to the Festival, watch films, get chatting to the public, make new contacts, and celebrate with us.
Don’t forget: Our early-bird rate of €35 for accreditation is still available until 3 July. After that, the price goes up to €65. For filmmakers who have submitted a film, participation is free of charge. festival.natur-vision.de/en/trade-visitors/accreditation.html
Best regards, Ralph Thoms, Kay Hoffmann and the entire NaturVision Team
Sweet summertime is here! And it's a perfect time to get the kids out and exploring their environment with phones, iPads, or cameras in hand! We're excited to launch this new project and contest to engage youth 18 and under in filmmaking, award them for their efforts, and build a Youth Film Archive.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS AUGUST 15, 2017.
Top prize is $250 cash and an iPad mini with $100 prizes in four age categories.
Sudan: The Last of the Rhinos was a colourful lament for the plight of the white rhino: review
There have been plenty of recent documentaries about the plight of pachyderms. Natural World’s film Sudan: The Last of the Rhinos (BBC Two) was the most melancholy yet. Why? Because it demonstrated that the lifelong work of admirable conservationists like Dr Kes Hillman-Smith, who was singing exactly the same tune on current affairs programme Nationwide nearly 40 years ago, is no match for the depredations of geopolitics.
But this wasn’t just the story of violent African unrest subsidised by poaching. Several northern whites spent a long period of captivity behind the Iron Curtain, where a well-meaning Czech zookeeper had no means of seeking expert support from the West. More here: Telegraph.co.uk/tv
The remarkable story of 43-year-old Sudan, the very last male northern white rhino on the planet. Aged just three, Sudan was snatched from his mother's side in Central Africa. He became a prized exhibit in a zoo behind the Iron Curtain, while the rest of his kind was poached to extinction in the wild. Today, Sudan has become an unwitting celebrity and the focus of a desperate eleventh hour battle to save his sub-species. This astonishing modern day fable is told through the international cast of characters who have been involved in Sudan's life, for better and for worse.
Global Artists make world's tallest rhino sculpture
We’re about to witness the imminent extinction of our planet’s last three Northern White Rhinos. Scientists say that rhinos play a crucial role in maintaining balance in the world’s fragile ecosystem. When they die, we do too.
Gillie and Marc are famous monumental sculpture artists embarking on the biggest rhino conservation project through art that the world has ever seen, and installing it in Astor Place in the heart of New York City.
They will be creating the BIGGEST RHINO SCULPTURE IN THE WORLD titled, The Last Three to build a legacy for the last three Northern White Rhinos and save the world from extinction. This sculpture will be used to raise awareness and gather one million goodbye messages from the world. Gillie and Marc will then take these messages and use them as petition to stop the poaching trade. Leave your goodbye message or check out all the other amazing rewards to help us SAVE THE RHINOS.
NFTS Directing Natural History & Science MA Application Deadline: 06 Jul 2017!
A unique course, the only one of its kind in the UK, designed to fast track you into the industry.
Exclusive scholarship available for this course with RSPB.
Students will gain the skills and expertise needed to direct science, natural history and wildlife productions and the know-how to produce entire shows.
The course gives students the ability to generate science and natural history programme ideas and formats.
Gain the confidence and know-how to pitch those ideas to commissioning editors.
Graduate with brilliant list of industry contacts and relevant skills for building a sustainable career as a Producer/Director.
Work experince at the UK’s major wildlife production companies.
Sir David Attenborough will deliver a masterclass/lecture to the students.
'A new MA designed to bring on the next generation of natural-history programme makers' BBC Wildlife
We welcome EU/EEA Students. Those accepted onto courses starting in 2018 will have their fees guaranteed at the UK rate for both years of the course. Postgraduate students can apply for a loan to help with their studies via the Student Loans Company Loans. A £ 10,000 loan is available to contribute to course and living costs. The Post Graduate Loan is only open to EU/EEA and UK Students who normally live in England. It is not currently available to Scottish, Welsh or Northern Ireland Students. Find out more here.
Jahawi Bertolli - A natural history film maker and photographer from Kenya specialising in wildlife and the underwater world. While a lot of his work is done scuba diving, he is also an experienced wildlife cameraman having grown up in the African bush and he's also a record setting free diver and music composer.
This film explains why Locally Managed Marine Areas (LMMAs) are beneficial to coastal communities, how they are established and exactly what they are. It is designed for local fishing communities, donors, government and civil society who want to support LMMAs and spread the word about them. Full film here: vimeo.com/219819536
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