Gavin Shand – Passionate about conservation and dedicated to a career in wildlife filmmaking, Gavin is looking to gain experience as a Runner or Camera Assistant. Also with experience in Still photography, DSLR filmmaking and Time-lapse photography.
Adam Spencer – Returning as a full member, Adam is a filmmaker and journalist specializing in wildlife and conservation. He is available to participate in your project as a cameraman, researcher, and editor. He is also the newest member of the Filmmakers for Conservation board and runs their social media.
Will Nicholls – A natural history presenter and cameraman with a keen eye for a great shot. Will is also a multi award-winning wildlife photographer, being "Young British Wildlife Photographer of the Year" in 2009.
The last Introduction to Wildlife Film-making course of the year takes place at the end of this month :: 28-30 June 2013 – There's a few places left, so please do come and join us in Norfolk for a fun and informative weekend... It's the perfect way to start your wildlife film journey! Just £295 for the weekend with food and accommodation included!!
36th Annual International Wildlife Film Festival Award Winners Announced
The 36th Annual International Wildlife Film Festival is thrilled to announce this year’s award winners. The IWFF is the first festival of its kind and the longest running wildlife film festival and conservation conference in the world. Awards were presented at a First Friday ceremony on May 3rd at the Roxy Theater in Missoula, MT.
2013 IWFF AWARD WINNERS
Lifetime Achievement Award Natural history filmmakers and photographers Howard and Michele Hall Conservationist Hero of The Year Award Mateus Mutemba, for his extraordinary work with the Gorongosa Restoration Project Save Our Seas® Award Hot Tuna (2012)
Rick Rosenthal Best Cinematography – a tie The Last Lions Dereck and Beverly Joubert, 2011 Best Cinematography – a tie Siberian Tiger Quest Mike Birkhead and Joe Loncraine, 2012 Best ScoreKangaroo Dundee Andrew Graham-Brown, 2013 Best EditingThe Last Lions Dereck and Beverly Joubert, 2011 Sound Design The Last Lions Dereck and Beverly Joubert, 2011 Best FilmThe Last Lions Dereck and Beverly Joubert, 2011 Best in Category: Presenter/HostSiberian Tiger Quest Chris Morgan, 2012 Best in Category: Human/Wildlife Interaction Siberian Tiger Quest Mike Birkhead and Joe Loncraine, 2012 Best in Category: Environmental Wild Things Daniel Hinerfeld and Molly O’Brien, 2013 Best in Category: POV and Conservation Battle for Elephants John Heminway, 2013 Best in Category: Television Program Over $500,000 Cold Warriors: Wolves and Buffalo Jeff Turner, 2013 Best TV Program: $250,000-$500,000 An Original DUCKumentary Ann Johnson Prum, 2012 Best Television Program Under $250,000 Hunting the Ice Whales Max Quinn, 2012 Best TV Series Kangaroo Dundee Andrew Graham-Brown and Tom Mustill, 2013 Best Theatrical Release The Last Lions Dereck and Beverly Joubert, 2011
Steve Backshall recently presented a series called Deadly Sixty – on a Mission, at 6pm on Sunday on BBC1, probably with many children watching. He travels the world showing various species that may qualify for his notorious list.
The question is, yes it may be good for ratings, appeals to children, but in the end, does it do the animals themselves any good? I doubt it.
Should the spotted flycatcher be one of the Deadly Sixty? This inoffensive little brown bird migrates to Europe from Africa every summer and, surprise surprise, catches flies, not only spotted ones. According to the Deadly Sixty wide-ranging criteria it is a formidable flyer, picking off insects in mid-air and eating them alive – yes, yet another “deadly predator”, that worn out phrase. “Slayer” and “assassin” appeared on April 4th, words more applicable to humans than to the animals who need all the help they can get. So Steve Backshall treads a tricky line between attracting ratings and showing respect and admiration for the species he chooses.
Let’s hope Steve can help rectify his reputation as a wrangler of so called “deadly” species by the promotion of his well-observed, well-promoted, and well-narrated series Microworlds repeated on BBC2 from a small audience slot on BBC4 (4 viewers?). That is the truth about nature, not a countdown of species whose future may be threatened by misleading sensationalism.
After a hiatus of seven years from the sunny city, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition is finally set to land back on the shores of Durban this July.
The internationally renowned exhibition will take place at Durban’s uShaka Marine World from the 25 July to the 25 September this year. The exhibition launch forms part of the Wild Talk Africa Film Festival and Conference, South Africa’s premier natural history film event, which will be running from the 23-26 July.
Save 20% with Beyond Borders Film School New Specials in Kruger National Park By Sebastien Rombi
Beyond Borders Film School is proud to announce a joined venture with Ecotraining. Established in 1993 with a mission to raise the standard of guiding in Africa, EcoTraining is the pioneer and leader of professional Field Guide and other nature training programs. www.ecotraining.co.za
Alongside with Ecotraining, Beyond Borders Film School now offers two packages situated in two Big 5 game reserves in South Africa.
Minimum 4 students, Maximum 6 students
A 30 days course about wildlife filmmaking in the wild with extra lectures about African animals behavior, guiding ethics and ecology!
A unique opportunity to make your own short documentary about any of the African wild animals!
Plus an August Special on the Garden Route - R17,250 per person - Save 50% off our luxury package - a last minute special about our course in August!!
Operation Jukani is Beyond Borders current production about the translocation of more than 120 big cats on the Garden Route of South Africa.
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, which is a sanctuary that homes large wild cats (lions, leopards, cheetahs, black panther, tigers, mountain lions...), African Wild Dogs, Hyena's, snakes and Zebras, is currently situated outside Mossel Bay, approximately 150km from Plettenberg Bay. The animals at the sanctuary have been confiscated from hunting operations, circus's, and also over populations from zoos. Without organizations like Jukani these animals would have most probably been put down. Jukani has created a retirement village for their wildlife and they are in the process of moving their operation to a better location very close to where Beyond Borders Productions is based.
Steven, you are originally from the UK, when did you move to Asia and what prompted the move?
I moved to Hong Kong 5 years ago, there were a number of factors that lead to this decision but primarily it came down to life style. I love Asia and have spent over ten years exploring, working and experiencing as much as Asia as possible – from the Jungles of Papua New Guinea to the Deserts of China and Mongolia to the foot hills of Tibet and India – My personal adventures and remote location production logistics work have and continue to take me across this amazing continent, so moving to Asia was always on the cards.
You may have already sent us one or several entries for this years' Festival de Ménigoute but maybe you will be pleased if we remind you that the 29th Festival of Ménigoute will take place from 29 October to 3 November 2013.
Should you require a few weeks more to finish your film, please contact us and let us know how much time you need.
We will welcome all your propositions of documentaries where are starring wild animals (birds, mammals, fish, insects…) providing they won’t have been screened before in another French event.
There is no entry fee.
You will find on our website the rules to be observed and the entry forms to be completed and to send us along with the DVD of the films submitted.
"I got my latest job through Wildlife-film.com" says member Serena Cowdy
I've just picked up my latest job - a live interview as a wildlife presenter and expert on Sky News - through being listed on the Wildlife-film.com website.
The Sky News producer was searching the web for a wildlife presenter who might be able to comment on a topical wildlife issue at short notice. When you google 'wildlife presenter', Wildlife-film.com comes really high in the ranking - which is how he found me.
He then checked out my professional website (listed in my profile) and texted me on the number I'd included. We went from there - the next morning, I was being interviewed live on Sky News!
That interview led to another, pre-recorded discussion (shown on Sky later in the same day). It also really helped to raise my profile in the industry, and gave me some great new material for my showreel.
So, what can I say - the site really works - thank you! It makes it really simple for industry professionals to find and contact you, particularly at short notice.
The Eastern Himalaya – land of Gods, of ancient mountain kingdoms, of icy peaks and alpine meadows – is like no other place on Earth. The life and landscapes of the region are as diverse, spectacular and fragile as the mountains themselves. Even today, these mountains hold many mysteries: unnamed species, primeval cultures and the promise of magical cures to heal all of humanity.
Himalaya - Mountains of Life takes us on a journey of biocultural discovery, from the great canyon of Yarlung Tsangpo and the Siang Gorge in the east to the Kali Gandaki Gorge in the west. Along the way, Himalaya demonstrates through breathtaking imagery and words, why the preservation of this heritage is so important – not just for us, but for the future of all life on Earth.
Live interview on May 15th 2013. Lucy Hockings interviews ATREE President and Founder Kamal Bawa along with filmmaker/photojournalist and founder of Felis Creations Sandesh Kadur about the impact of climate change in the Himalaya.
DOEVILLE the movie: the fight to know and grow our food.
The compelling story of one extraordinary woman's struggle to make her farm sustainable. Member, Kathryn Pasternak has been filming a documentary about farmer Gail Rose for the last three years. The film is called DOEVILLE.
A pair of cranes nesting at WWT Slimbridge have produced what is probably the first crane egg to be laid in western Britain in over 400 years.
The parents were released into the wild three years ago as part of The Great Crane Project reintroduction programme. Find out more in this video.
ARKive celebrated its' 10th birthday on the 20th of May (happy birthday from us!) and to mark the occasion, they asked for your help to find the World’s Favourite Species... 1 month, 162 countries, and 14,000 people later, a #FaveSpecies was chosen... It was the KAKAPO, with 9% of the total votes! The most frequently selected reason for voting this species as your favourite was “because it’s under threat and we need to protect it”.
A video of illegal logging operations in the ecologically outstanding Raja Ampat Islands of West Papua has been released by environmentalists following the arrest of rogue Indonesian cop-turned-smuggler Labora Sitorus, who financed and coordinated timber theft on a huge scale.
Filmed near the northern coast of Batanta Island in April 2009 by the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), the footage documents loggers illegally felling trees without relevant Government approvals, before sawing them into planks and posts to await collection by boats at the beach.
The loggers told EIA investigators their operation was illegal but that it exclusively supplied Labora Sitorus, who they knew to be a policeman. The loggers also admitted they had been running nine chainsaws across multiple sites around the western tip of Batanta for at least 18 months, indicating Sitorus’ involvement in illegal timber had been going on since at least 2007.
With each chainsaw producing about 1.5m3 of sawn timber a day, the gang featured in the film was likely supplying Sitorus’ business with at least 4,000m3 of timber a year. Loggers also trapped rare bird species for subsequent sale. Read the full report here.
China's top actress and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Goodwill Ambassador, Li Bingbing, has joined the world's largest wildlife awareness campaign against the ivory and rhino horn trade in a series of public service announcements beginning with "War." This is the first of five live action spots featuring the screen star to air throughout China as part of the "Say No To Ivory and Rhino Horn" Campaign. Li joins fellow countryman and WildAid Ambassador Yao Ming, who launched the campaign in April 2013 in Beijing with WildAid, Save the Elephants, and the African Wildlife Foundation.
WildPhotos is back and this year will be better than ever! As well as the fantastic talks programme featuring the world's best wildlife and conservation photographers, including a keynote from the superb National Geographic photographer Michael 'Nick' Nichols, we also have some exciting new changes afoot.
As part of the spectacular two-day event, we have an inspiring new range of workshops which allow you to get in-depth, technical and hands-on with some of the best in the industry. But that's not all. We've also introduced a new way of attending the event - you can still buy a one or two day ticket for the talks programme, or you can buy a ticket for one of our exciting new workshops, or mix it all up and have a half day of each with our Mix'n'Match ticket. The choice is absolutely yours.
Interested?! Take a look at our new website and get your tickets before they vanish!
BBC NHU films wild Siberian tigers for first time in BBC Two’s Operation Snow Tiger presented by Liz Bonnin
In the BBC Natural History Unit's 50-year history, there is only one big cat the unit has never filmed in the wild, until now - the Siberian tiger. Tiger expert Liz Bonnin and a team of scientists have filmed one of the world's most elusive big cats in the frozen wastes of Siberia for a new two-part series on BBC Two - Operation Snow Tiger.
For the first time ever, the UK’s wildlife organisations have joined forces to undertake a health check of nature in the UK and its Overseas Territories. Launched by Sir David Attenborough and it made for grim reading with only a few glimmers of hope. 60% of British animal and plant species have declined in the past 50 years, and one in 10% could disappear if we don't act effectively now.
Over 4000 fresh, new and exclusive high definition clips have been added to our natural history archive. From canopy feeding black herons (playing the "daytime night-time" game), to aardwolves, baby mole rats, and Africa's big five, this premier stock footage collection is now available at NHNZ Moving Images. Search our collection or send us your wish list and we will do your research for you.
Check out The Drill Project, a documentary that features the first-ever images of Bioko Island drills. The film is part of a conservation awareness campaign to reduce the illegal bushmeat trade on the island.
Twilight of the Hooded Grebe from Marcelo Viñas and Juan María Raggio
See this interesting and well-made documentary about the critically endangered Hooded Grebe, produced in Argentina.
Its goal is to create a National Park in the only area where the Hooded Grebe sets up its' nesting colonies.
Made for Aves Argentinas, BirlLife International and Ambiente Sur Narrated by Maurice Rumboll, who first discovererd the species in 1974!
3rd Doñana Wildlife & Science Film Festival - Late deadline, 10th of June
This edition will establish two main categories:
Educational and scientific shortfilms. Deadline for receipt of entries: June 10, 2013.
You can download the rules and register through the festival's website:
Environmental Film Festival Melbourne
The Environmental Film Festival Melbourne began in 2010 with a vision to inform and inspire people on environmental issues and has since grown into one of Melbourne’s most notable environmental social events. Showcasing a diverse range of the best environmental films from Australia and around the world and drawing large crowds from all over Victoria, EFFM has stitched its way into the diverse tapestry of Melbourne’s arts and cultural life.
EFFM 2013 is happening in October and is now looking for films highlighting the impacts of society on the environment, or the impacts of the environment on society. Narratives and documentaries welcome. AU$1000 prize for the best Australian films. Submissions closed on the 31st of May but they will accept up until the 5th of June, so hurry if you want to take part! Visit the EFFM website for more information www.greatwhaleconservancy.org and see their Facebook Page
Wildeye Spring Book Offer: Buy Wildlife Film-making: Looking to the Future and get Wild Pages: The Wildlife Film-makers' Resource Guide at Half Price!
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Book 1)Wildlife Film-making: Looking to the Future explores the future of the wildlife film-making industry
Featuring contributions from many leading wildlife film professionals.
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Offer = Two books for £17.88 (Usually £23.90) and P&P is reduced as the books are being sent together.
The following night-vision clips were taken with a Raptor Hawk HK247-AP Black and White EM-CCD (Electron Multiplied-CCD) camera fitted with a Pentax 12mm F1.4 lens.
They feature a series of clips of deer feeding at night plus a brief clip of a passing car to illustrate just how dark conditions actually were.
Filming was taken over a 1.5 hour period from dusk at 20.00 hours on 10th April 2013.
There was zero light pollution and a new moon (it was a moonless night) so the EM-CCD camera technology was really pushed to get these clips.
Images were taken from an observation hut in a forest North East of the village of Mlyncecky close to the High Tatra mountains in SLOVAKIA.
Our sincere thanks go to Pan Miso Soltys (Jelen-meister!) for this opportunity.
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