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Festival de Ménigoute 2016 – Winners announced!
By Jason Peters
1st November 2016

The 32nd International Ménigoute Festival was held from 27th October to 1st November 2016 and during these six days, a large number of the public came to participate in the various activities offered as parts of this event. Some screenings welcomed up to 1200 people!

Le Palmarès movies – The Award-Winning Films 2016

Le Lirou d’or – Grand Prix de Ménigoute (4 000 €)
The Golden Lirou - Ménigoute Grand Prize
Offered by the Parthenay-Gâtine Community of Communes, it rewards the best film. The award is offered by the Ornithological Group of Deux-Sèvres.

1 - Magie der Moor – The Magic Moor
Jan Haft - Nautilusfilm GmbH - Germany - 93 minutes - 2015

2 - Nous, Mammifères – Us, Mammals - Marie Daniel and Fabien Mazzocco - C Nature et Mauvaises Graine - France - 60 mn - 2016
3 - Le Bel Opportuniste - The Beautiful Opportunist - Anne and Erik Lapied - La Salamandre - Switzerland - 33 min - 2015

Prix Paul Géroudet (2 000 €)
Paul Géroudet Award
Offered by the company Our Birds in partnership with Asters - Conservatory of Natural Areas of Haute-Savoie, the Vultures association Baronnies and the Zoological Society of Geneva, the award recognizes the best ornithological film.

1 - Animal Homes - Natural Born Engineers: The Nest
Ann Johnson Prum - Terra Mater Factual Studios and Thirteen Productions - Austria - 51 mn - 2015

2 - Harfang Des Neiges - Snowy Owl - Roger Leblanc - Bellefeuille Productions - Canada - 52 mn - 2016

3 - Kestrel - Cees Van Kempen - Ispida Wildlife Productions + Caroline Brett & Alan Miller - Netherlands - 50 minutes - 2015

Prix Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine de la créativité (2000 €)
Region Aquitaine New Award for Creativity
Offered by New Aquitaine, it rewards the best treatment film, chosen for its originality, innovative and creative aspects.

1 - Nous, Mammifères - Us, Mammals
Marie & Daniel Fabien Mazzocco - C Nature et Mauvaises Graine - France - 60 mn - 2016

2 - Métamorphoses - Sacha Bollet et Benoît Demarle - Le Gobie et La Salamandre - France and Switzerland - 50 mn - 2016
3 - Ex Aequo

The Hunt, Race Against Time- Hugh Pearson - Silverback Films - England - 57 mn - 2015
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The Pray - Alex Jones & Emma Blackwell - Wildlife Film Productions - USA - 12 minutes - 2016

Prix de Protection de la Nature (1 830 €)
Protection of Nature Award
Offered by the League for the Protection of Birds (LPO), France Nature Environnement (FNE) and Nicolas Hulot Foundation for Nature and Humanity (FNH)

1 - Mystery Monkeys Shangri-la
Jacky Poon - Terra Mater Factual Studios - Austria - 51 mn - 2015

2 - Ex Aequo
La Tour du Valat, un Laboratoire à Ciel Ouvert - Tour of Valat, an Open-air Laboratory - Stephan Rytz - Orca Productions - Switzerland - 34 min - 2016
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Bruxelles Sauvage - Wild Brussels - Bernard Crutzen - Zistoires Productions - Belgium - 52 mn - 2015

Prix du Parc Naturel Régional du Marais Poitevin (1 525 €)
Regional Natural Park of the Marais Poitevin Award
It rewards the best movie that enhance the natural resources of wetlands.

1 - Métamorphoses
Sacha Bollet & Benoît Demarle - Le Gobie et La Salamandre - France and Switzerland - 50 mn - 2016

2 - La Tour du Valat, un Laboratoire à Ciel Ouvert - Tour of Valat, an Open-Air Laboratory - Stephan Rytz - Orca Productions - Switzerland - 34 3 min -2016
3 - Wildes Deutschland, der Chiemsee – Wild Germany, Lake Chiemsee - Jan Haft - Nautilus Film GmbH - Germany - 44 mn - 2016

Prix des Clubs Connaître et Protéger la Nature (1 000 €)
Understanding and Protecting Nature Club Award
It rewards the best documentary for educational purposes.

1 - Le Bel Opportuniste - The Beautiful Opportunist
Anne and Erik Lapied - La Salamandre - Switzerland - 33 min - 2015

2 - Independence days, sur les Traces des Jeunes Prédateurs Marins- Independence days, in the footsteps of Young Marine Predators - Aurélien Prudor - CNRS - France - 30 minutes - 2015
3 - Bruxelles Sauvage - Wild Brussels - Bernard Crutzen - Zistoires Productions - Belgium - 52 mn – 2015

Prix Paysages (1 525 €)
Landscapes Award
Offered by the Conservatory of Natural Spaces of Poitou-Charentes, it rewards the best film about the size and aesthetic roles, cultural and ecological landscape.

1 America's National Park: Saguaro
Yann Sochaczewski & Henry M. Mix + Pim Niesten - Altayfilm GmbH - Germany - 48 mn – 2015

2 - Terrils, du Noir au Vert – Slag Heaps, from Black to Green - Nicolas Cailleret - Transparences Productions - France - 52 mn - 2015
3 - Der Kleine Kaukasus, Zwischen Ararat Kaspischen und Meer - The Small Caucasus, Between Ararat and the Caspian Sea - Henry M. Mix - Altayfilm GmbH - Germany - 48 mn - 2015

Prix Jeunes Regards (1 525 €)
Youth Jury
Award Offered by Crédit Agricole, it rewards the best film of the youth jury consisting of students from the IFFCAM (Francophone Institute of Animal Training Cinema Menigoute).

1 - The Pray
Alex Jones & Emma Blackwell - Wildlife Film Productions - USA- 12 mn – 2016

2 - Nous, Mammifères - Us, Mammals - Marie and Daniel Fabien Mazzocco - C Nature et Mauvaises Graine - France - 60 mn - 2016
3 - Ex Aequo
Métamorphoses - Sacha Bollet & Benoît Demarle - Le Gobie et La Salamandre - France and Switzerland - 50 mn - 2016
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Bruxelles Sauvage - Wild Brussels - Bernard Crutzen - Zistoires Productions - Belgium - 52 mn – 2015

Prix du Jury (1 525 €)
Jury Prize
Offered by merchants and artisans Township Menigoute.

1- Bruxelles Sauvage - Wild Brussels
Bernard Crutzen - Zistoires Productions - Belgium - 52 mn – 2015

2 -Terrils, du Noir au Vert – Slag Heaps, from Black to Green - Nicolas Cailleret - Transparences Productions - France - 52 mn - 2015
3 - The Pray - Alex Jones & Emma Blackwell - Wildlife Film Productions - USA- 12 mn - 2016

Watch this years' Festival Trailer:

I was on the jury at this festival, and it was a real pleasure... Thanks to the other judges for their patience with my limited French.

I was very busy watching the many films selected, but I did manage to take a few iPhone snaps... A bit random, but enjoy!! :) My delightful companion was anthropologist, Dr. Sarah Bologna.

A very friendly festival, I recommend that you all go next year!! NB. Brush up on your French though!! :-D

Visit: www.menigoute-festival.org

Congratulations to all 2016 Winners from Wildlife-film.com, in particular our members highlighted!

We'd also like to mention a film that was entered into the competition, by member Hilco Jansma, who joined us there with much travel-hardship and it was a real pleasure to see him... We loved his film... The Noorderplantsoen. :)

See the full feature page here...

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And the Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam 2016 Winners Are!!

The 2nd Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam was held from the 27th to 30th of October, in Rotterdam.

Over 4,000 visitors made it a great success. Over four days, there were more than 80 natural history and underwater films shown in the Rotterdam theater. A film festival which also acquainted the audience with many of the directors, and where visitors could enjoy a drink in the natuurcafé and roam around the pop-up forest where virtual reality movies were shown.

At the closing event, seven prizes were handed out on Sunday.


WFFR 2016 - trailers from Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam

The winners are:

Best Professional Film: David Attenborough's Light on Earth by Ammonite Films
Music: Fraser Purdie

Best Non-professional Film: The Pray by Alex Jones & Emma Blackwell

Public Professional Award: The Hunt - Hunger at Sea by Silverback Films

Public Award Non-professional: Amsterdam Wildlife

WFFR Underwater Award: The Hunt - Hunger at Sea by Silverback Films

WFFR Environmental/Sustainability Award: Ethiopia Rising

WFFR Awareness Award: The Messenger

Big congrat's to the winners, with a special "well done" to our marvellous members in bold above! :)

WFFR Winners 2016
WFFR Winners 2016

Visit: www.wffr.nl/index.php/and-the-winners-are

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Wildscreen Panda Awards 2016 Winners Announced!
By Wildscreen
13th October 2016

Ivory trade exposé and Chris Packham earn top honours at Wildscreen

A documentary exposing the brutality and corruption of the global ivory trade, made with backing from Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, was named tonight as the 2016 winner of the international wildlife film and TV’s industry highest accolade - the WWF Golden Panda Award.

THE IVORY GAME - a Netflix Original, produced by Terra Mater Film Studios (Austria) and Paul Allen’s Vulcan Productions (USA), with DiCaprio as executive producer - beat 43 other titles from eleven countries to lift both the best in festival trophy and the Panda Award for best theatrical entry at this year’s Wildscreen – the world’s biggest festival of screen-based nature storytelling.

The same ceremony, held at Bristol’s Colston Hall also saw the British TV presenter, author and photographer CHRIS PACKHAM receive the festival’s Panda Award for Outstanding Achievement and the presentation of 20 other Panda Awards to productions and individuals – among them the US investigative reporter BRYAN CHRISTY and the veteran UK broadcaster SIR DAVID ATTENBOROUGH, 90 this year, who opened the event.

Welcoming the results, Lucie Muir, CEO of the charity behind the biennial festival, said: “A major talking point at this year’s Wildscreen Festival has been the growing success of independents, not only at finding fresh ways to tell wildlife stories but also new ways to share them. Our Golden Panda winner, The Ivory Game, is one example of this – as gripping as a thriller drama in style and soon to be shown by an on-demand channel with the unique ability to put an urgent conservation story in front of a huge global audience very speedily. Another is the festival’s recognition of Chris Packham, who embodies what Wildscreen stands for - an extremely talented storyteller who shares his personal passion for the natural world via film, television, photography and online networks and, so, ignites the same care and enthusiasm in very many others, especially younger people.”

The Wildscreen Panda Awards ceremony 2016 was hosted by television presenters Steve Backshall and Liz Bonnin and attended by a capacity audience of industry representatives, celebrity guests, media and public.

The full roll of Wildscreen Panda Award winners is:

Terra Mater Factual Studios Animal Behaviour Award:

DISNEYNATURE MONKEY KINGDOM (UK)
Producer(s): Disneynature, Crazy Ape Productions & Silverback Films

Jury comment: Each sequence of individual behaviour in this beautifully made film built to a bigger picture revealing the behaviour of the entire species.

Campaign Award:

HAIRY NOSE (USA)
Producer(s): WildAid, McCann Shanghail & Gwantsi

Jury comment: A very creative and funny film about an important issue which makes you smile and think at the same time.

Panasonic Cinematography Award: large crew

THE HUNT - for the episode The Hardest Challenge (UK)
Producer(s): Silverback Films, with the BBC, BBC Worldwide, BBC America, The Open University, CCTV9 & NDR Naturfilm United Kingdom
Camerawork: Jamie McPherson, John Aitchison, Mark Smith, Sophie Darlington, Doug Anderson, Mark & Vicky Deeble-Stone

Kenya Location Manager: Jean Hartley/ViewFinders

Jury comment: Outstanding cinematography that has taken wildlife filming to a new level and makes you feel completely in the moment.

Panasonic Cinematography Award: small crew

JAGO: A LIFE UNDERWATER (UK)
Producer(s): James Reed for Underdog Films, with Fantomline Pictures, James Morgan Films & Vistaar Productions
Camerawork: James Morgan, Mark Sharman (underwater) & Ben Sadd (aerial)

Jury comment: This film stands out for the stunning imagery and variety of shooting styles, all brilliantly realised.

Children’s Award

WILD AND WEIRD - for the episode Radical Relationships (UK)
Producer(s): BBC & BBC Worldwide BBC Earth

Creative Innovation Award

RACING EXTINCTION (USA)
Producer(s): Okeanos Foundation for the Sea & Discovery Channel, with Vulcan Productions, the Li Ka Shing Foundation, Earth Day Texas, JP's Peace, Love & Happiness Foundation, Diamond Docs & Insurgent Docs

Jury comment: The winning film uses an imaginative range of techniques from stunts, to undercover investigation and beautiful scientific imagery that build to an extraordinary visual climax.

Doghouse Editing Award

MATT MEECH for THE HUNT(UK)
Producer(s): Silverback Films, with the BBC, BBC Worldwide, BBC America, The Open University, CCTV9 & NDR Naturfilm United Kingdom
Kenya Location Manager: Jean Hartley/ViewFinders

Jury comment: Beautifully crafted sequences put you on the edge of your seat and force a rethink on whether we really have seen everything before.

Icon Films Emerging Talent Award

RYAN PATRICK KILLACKEY for YASUNI MAN (USA)

Jury comment: This was a hard fought category, but the winner is the person whose next film the jury would most like to see.

Disneynature Impact Award

RACING EXTINCTION (USA)
Producer(s): Okeanos Foundation for the Sea & Discovery Channel, with Vulcan Productions, the Li Ka Shing Foundation, Earth Day Texas, JP's Peace, Love & Happiness Foundation, Diamond Docs & Insurgent Docs

Jury comment: This important film has had a worldwide impact across all platforms with a powerful call to action that can only build and build.

Music Award

STEVEN PRICE for THE HUNT (UK)
Producer(s): Silverback Films, with the BBC, BBC Worldwide, BBC America, The Open University, CCTV9 & NDR Naturfilm United Kingdom

Kenya Location Manager: Jean Hartley/ViewFinders

Jury comment: A masterful example of the musicians’ art where the score tells the story in perfect harmony with the pictures and sound.

ORF People and Nature Award

HONEY HUNTERS (Poland)
Producer(s): Arkana Studio with ARTE G.E.I.E.; Telewizja Polska S.A; Studio Produkcyjne ORKA; MX35 Wajda Szlenkier Litwin SP.J

Jury comment: A wonderfully human film that comes from a filmmaking tradition different to most wildlife and environmental films.

UWE Popular Broadcast Award

JOHN BISHOP’S GORILLA ADVENTURE (UK)
Producer(s): Tigress Productions & LOLA Entertainment

Jury comment: A category with a wonderful variety of films but the winner was a film in which the warmth and enthusiasm of the presenter was so genuine that it engages an audience far beyond those normally drawn to wildlife or conservation films.

Presenter Award

BRYAN CHRISTY for EXPLORER: WARLORDS OF IVORY (USA)
Producer(s): National Geographic Studios for National Geographic Channels
Location Manager: Jean Hartley/ViewFinders

Jury comment: A hugely authoritative presenter with a lifetime’s commitment to the subject, a flair for storytelling and a fearless determination to bring violent people to justice.

NHK Science Award

DAVID ATTENBOROUGH’S LIGHT ON EARTH (Austria/UK)
Producer(s): Terra Mater Factual Studios/Ammonite Films with CuriosityStream, BBC, UKTV and ABC Australia - Music by Fraser Purdie

Jury comment: A very strong category but the winner is a truly magical film that captures the wonder of science and the natural world in an entrancing new way.

Script Award

WILD WEATHER WITH RICHARD HAMMOND (Austria/UK)
Producer(s): Oxford Scientific Films, Terra Mater Factual Studios, Open University Co-Production with Hamster’s Wheel and PAAN

Jury comment: A seamless blend of narration and pieces to camera that is high on entertainment while packed with fascinating facts.

Nat Geo WILD Series Award

EARTH – A NEW WILD (UK)
Producer(s): Passion Planet (with producer Gaby Bastyra) and National Geographic Studios for PBS

Jury comment: A very high quality category but the winner is a hugely hopeful series with a strong concept running through all the individual programmes which are full of new ideas and positive solutions.

Short Film Award

IN BETWEEN (Germany)
Producer(s): Rolf Steinmann

Jury comment: Stunning photography that stirs an emotional response

Films at 59 Sound Award

OLIVER GOERTZ for MAGICAL MOORS (Germany)
Producer(s): nautilusfilm GmbH - Natural History Germany with Bayerischer Rundfunk

Jury comment: The sound design evoked a primeval atmosphere and captured exactly what it feels like to be in the particular landscape.

Technical Innovation Award

DAVID ATTENBOROUGH’S LIGHT ON EARTH (Austria/UK)
Producer(s): Terra Mater Factual Studios and Ammonite Films with CuriosityStream, BBC, UKTV and ABC Australia - Music by Fraser Purdie

Wildscreen Festival 2016 - Nominations - David Attenborough's Light on Earth
David Attenborough's Light on Earth - Terra Mater / Ammonite Films + Jack Hynes

Jury comment: Stunning use of specially designed cameras to reveal something genuinely new, without drawing attention to its own cleverness.

Theatrical Award

THE IVORY GAME (Austria/USA)
Producer(s): A Netflix documentary by Terra Mater Film Studios, with Vulcan Productions in association with Malaika Pictures & Appian Way

Location Manager: Jean Hartley/ViewFinders

The Ivory Game - Terra Mater/Netflix
Ivory - Terra Mater Factual Studios / Richard Ladkani

Jury comment: A stunning documentary of global reach and ambition about a vitally important subject that compels you to watch as multiple storylines play out to a dramatic conclusion.

Jury’s Special Prize

ATTENBOROUGH AND THE GIANT DINOSAUR (UK)
Producer(s): BBC, BBC Worldwide & PBS

Jury comment: This film was edged out in its extremely competitive category but deserves recognition for its epic scale, compelling storytelling and restrained but excellently judged use of CGI.

WWF Golden Panda Award, for the best in the festival

THE IVORY GAME (Austria/USA)
Producer(s): A Netflix documentary by Terra Mater Film Studios, with Vulcan Productions in association with Malaika Pictures & Appian Way

Location Manager: Jean Hartley/ViewFinders


WhoSay talked to the directors of Netflix's new Doc. ‘The Ivory Game' about how they got Leo involved.

Jury comment: There were many brilliant and inspiring winners in this year’s awards but one film stood out for its ambition and skilful execution. The Golden Panda winner takes a familiar subject and makes you care.

Visit: www.theivorygame.com

The Christopher Parsons Award for Outstanding Achievement, named after the Wildscreen Festival’s co-founder

CHRIS PACKHAM (UK)

Also see: vimeo.com/channels/carnyxchrispackham

The Ivory Game will be available globally on Netflix from November 4th.

See the feature page here...

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NFTS Tutor Wins Science Award at Wildscreen Festival
Directing Natural History & Science MA Course Leader Triumphs at Panda Awards
By Vicky Hewlett - National Film and Television School
14 October 2016

Paul Reddish who has recently been appointed to lead the National Film and Television School’s (NFTS) new Directing and Producing Natural History and Science MA is part of the team that has won two prestigious Panda Awards for Attenborough’s Life that Glows including the Innovation Award and the Science Award. The Panda Awards took place last night at Colston Hall in Bristol and is part of the Wildscreen festival, which attracts the leading lights of the wildlife film and programme making industry including Sir David Attenborough himself!

Paul came up with the story and wrote the scripts for Attenborough’s Life that Glows, directed by Joe Loncraine, where David Attenborough introduces the perplexing world of glowing fungi and asks, is fungal bioluminescence just a biochemical accident or is there a more important function at play?

The Science Award is given to the production that best furthers human and/or audience knowledge and understanding of the natural world through scientific methodology and discovery.

Paul, who in addition to his new teaching role at the NFTS, has been Producer and Director across a number of high profile natural history films and series including Attenborough in Paradise, The Future is Wild, Hummingbirds Jewelled Messengers, says: “It is an absolute honour to be part of the team that created this engaging new programme; it’s always fantastic to win awards but I am particularly pleased that Life that Glows has won a science award given that I am about to teach directing and producing science documentaries as well as natural history programmes at the NFTS. I love to encourage and mentor new talent and I can’t wait to meet and start working with the students and tutors at such a prestigious institution!”

The Panda Innovation Award is given for outstanding achievement in innovation in natural world storytelling. According to Paul, “Martin Dohrn deserves the most praise for the Innovation Award, as he designed and built the remarkable split-beam low light/IR camera used in the movie.”

For more information on the NFTS two-year Directing and Producing Natural History and Science MA, which starts in January 2017, please visit www.nfts.co.uk

See the feature page here...

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Audio Post Production Course with Pip Norton & Chris Watson this coming December!

Audio Post Production Course with Pip Norton & Chris Watson, 16-18 December 2016 has availabilty too... This two-day course explores techniques of editing audio files on a computer and mixing soundtracks. Through demonstration and working on practical tasks you will learn how to create, edit, manipulate and improve sound recordings, and also how they can be effectively combined and mixed together to produce a soundtrack. More here!

Check out the homepage for up-to-date availability: www.wildeye.co.uk


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LAUNCHING NOVEMBER 4TH ON NETFLIX: THE IVORY GAME From Executive Producer Leonardo DiCaprio, Directed By Richard Ladkani & Kief Davidson

From executive producer Leonardo DiCaprio, THE IVORY GAME is an epic documentary thriller that goes undercover into the dark and sinister underbelly of ivory trafficking. Award-winning director Richard Ladkani and Academy Award®-nominated director Kief Davidson filmed undercover for 16 months in China and Africa with a crack team of intelligence operatives, undercover activists, passionate frontline rangers and tough-as-nails conservationists, to infiltrate the corrupt global network of ivory trafficking. A production from Terra Mater Film Studios and Vulcan Productions, this stunningly photographed exposé follows poachers in pursuit of the 'white gold' of ivory. Ultimately, the film becomes an urgent wake-up call that proves time is running out for the African elephants, dangerously nearing closer and closer to extinction.


The Ivory Game | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix from Netflix US & Canada

Watch: Netflix from November 4th

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The voice of the lake, a poetic journey into the culture and spirituality of a remote village immersed in the Himalayas - from new member Georgina Barreiro

I want to share with you our next documentary project 'The voice of the lake'. We are raising funds through Indiegogo to make the film come true!

The film takes place in the fascinating Himalayas, portraying the life of the Bhutia and Leptcha people living in a remote community in Sikkim, India. Best known by its mystic lake, also called 'wish fulfilling lake', this town has been considered a sacred place for some of the most important spiritual teachers who have meditated in the caves currounding the lake for centuries.

Every year this mystical village is the scene for a very important Tibetan Buddhist ceremony that takes place at the same time as a dancing and singing sikkimese competition. Pilgrims from all around come to the lake to join both celebrations.


The voice of the lake | La voz del lago - Crowfunding from Georgina Barreiro

I invite you to know more about our project and the way you can support us. igg.me/at/thevoiceofthelake

Visit: facebook.com/thevoiceofthelake

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Watch Leonardo DiCaprio’s Climate Change Film Right Here!

By now, you have probably heard that Leonardo DiCaprio has a new documentary about climate change. So how can you watch it?

The Fisher Stevens-directed documentary made its television debut on National Geographic's channel in 171 countries and 45 languages on Sunday, Oct. 30. And, additionally, in an unprecedented move, National Geographic also announced that Before the Flood would premiere commercial free across digital and streaming platforms around the world as part of the network's commitment to covering climate change.

Watch it here:


Before the Flood - Full Movie | National Geographic
from National Geographic

Join Leonardo DiCaprio as he explores the topic of climate change, and discovers what must be done today to prevent catastrophic disruption of life on our planet.

More here: www.ecowatch.com

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Planet Earth II - Coming Soon to BBC One - Sunday, 6th November at 8pm

The Planet Earth II crew completed 117 shoots in 40 different countries around the world.

An introduction by Tom Hugh-Jones, Series Producer and Mike Gunton, Executive Producer

When Planet Earth came out a decade ago, it transformed how viewers saw their planet. The first natural history series to be filmed in high definition, it captivated a global audience of over half a billion people by giving them an unprecedented view of life on Earth.

Now 10 years on, we’re revisiting this rich subject but with a new perspective. More than just observe, we want to immerse audiences in the most spectacular landscapes and habitats on Earth and bring them eye to eye with the animals that live there.

Advances in filming technology have made it possible for us to reveal the natural world in entirely new ways. We’re able to go further, get closer and capture behaviour and places that would have been impossible 10 years ago. From the highest mountains to the remotest islands and from the richest jungles to the harshest deserts, Planet Earth II focuses on the most iconic habitats on land and seeks to bring audiences an experience of what it’s like to live in these great wildernesses.

Continuing scientific discovery has uncovered new revelations and wildlife stories that have never been filmed before. A new generation of low-light cameras have allowed us to capture the drama that takes place in the darkest night and deepest jungles, drones have brought a new aerial perspective and the latest camera-stabilisation techniques have allowed us to free the camera from the tripod to follow in the footsteps of animals, travelling with them to experience their world. A major advance has been the development of high quality remote camera-traps that have allowed us to witness creatures and behaviours so elusive that they were considered almost impossible to capture.

We’ve also turned our cameras on a new habitat – for the very first time in a landmark natural history series - where in the final episode we journey to cities to witness the surprising ways that some animals are managing to thrive in the urban world, before considering what the future holds for our relationship with the natural world.

Over three years in the making, with 117 filming trips in 40 different countries and a total of 2089 shooting days, we’ve tested the limits of our intrepid crews. They’ve travelled to some of the world’s most inaccessible places to bring our audience a new perspective on Planet Earth. Finished in stunning ultra-high definition, narrated by the inimitable Sir David Attenborough and set to a beautiful score from Hans Zimmer and his team, Planet Earth II promises to be a jaw dropping landmark event that we hope will thrill and inspire new audiences the world over.


Planet Earth II: Official Extended Trailer - BBC Earth from BBC Earth

A BBC Studios Production co-produced with BBC America, ZDF, Tencent and France Télèvisions
A six-part series, starting with Islands at 8pm this coming Sunday, 6th Nov 2016, on BBC One - See: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02544td.

Read: BBC series Planet Earth II will be unparalleled, says Attenborough

Wildlife Film-making: Looking to the Future

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Welcome to the new full members who joined our happy family in October! :)

Georgina Barreiro - An independent filmmaker from Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Paul Baudler - A composer writing cinematic electronic music suitable for space or nature documentaries.

Saran Davies - MSc Student at the University of Bristol with aspirations for a career in wildlife filmmaking.

Markus Eichenberger - A photographer from Switzerland whose expertise lies in landscape, architecture, people, wildlife photography and filming.

Robert Glowacky - A recent MA Wildlife Filmmaking UWE graduate, now a Freelance Filmmaker specializing in camera work and editing.

Nardine Groch - An environmental journalist, radio producer and wildlife photographer from Australia, currently studying the Masters of Wildlife Filmmaking at UWE in Bristol.

Matthew Hutchings - An experienced DIT within the television industry and has worked on a variety of formats throughout the industry.

Paul D Scott - A Bristol-based wildlife camera operator.

Freya Steele - Photographer and filmmaker (mainly wildlife and natural history based).

Nick Owen Williams - A self-shooting researcher with an MA in Wildlife Filmmaking and experience of every aspect of production including research/development, camera, sound, and post-production.

Meg White - A Sydney-based camera operator and photographer providing cinematography and photography services.

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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