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Africa's Big Five And Other Wildlife Film Makers by Jean Hartley with a foreword by Richard Leakey
Jean Hartley, born in Kenya, is acknowledged as being the first to legitimise "fixing" for wildlife film crews. Over the last 25 years, she has worked on over a thousand films, the vast majority being about wildlife and nature.
In this insightful book she features five of the great film makers who all started their careers in Kenya in the 1950s, legends whom she is proud to call personal friends. Watching all their films, and many more, she became fascinated by the history of film making in Kenya and determined to find out when it all started.
She traces the roots of wildlife film back a hundred years, drawing on accounts of the original film makers and the professional hunters who guided those early safaris. She tracks the changes from those grainy, speeded up, silent films through to the technologically perfect High Definition and 3D films that are being made today.
163 pages including a chronology of wildlife film making in East Africa -
paperback - at a special reduced price of just £5 (plus £1.95 delivery in the UK).
Natalie Gilbert is a writer, photographer and online manager with a postgrad in Anthrozoology.
She runs AnimalTheory as the foundation for her explorations of the human-animal bond focusing more on art, literature and online portrayals of animals than anything else.
All of her work is expressive and encouraging of debate, contribution and development - more an open conversation than a statement.
Natalie co-runs Viral Pandas, which is an online exploration of animals in the ether. The project invites contributions and comment from others. Take a look at the project and leave your comments at viralpandas.wordpress.com or on any of the related social networks.
A strong researcher, communicator and organiser, Natalie is happy to collaborate and assist with projects about the human-animal bond, be they artistic, educational, or practical. She has herself undertaken a Wildeye camera course to complement her photography and takes an avid interest in the development of these practices.
Birds in Batik
Clifftop, Harbour View
The British Wildlife Photography Awards were established to recognise the talents of wildlife photographers of all nationalities practising in Britain, whilst at the same time highlighting the great wealth and diversity of Britain's natural history. The driving motivation to set up the Awards evolved through the nation's growing awareness of the local environment and the need for its protection.
Now in its fifth year, this highly acclaimed and unique wildlife photography competition has captivated the nation with outstanding and beautiful imagery. It is a celebration of British wildlife as well as a showcase for nature photographers, both amateur and professional.
With twelve separate categories the subject matter covers everything from marine life and animal behaviour to creepy crawlies and urban wildlife.
Wildlife in HD is a special new Award for HD Video and will be awarded to the most inspirational and dynamic film, which clearly illustrates the unique power of moving images as a medium for capturing British Wildlife.
The 2013 winners were announced in September 2013.
Confessions of a Wildlife Filmmaker The Challenges of Staying Honest in an Industry Where Ratings Are King By Chris Palmer, with foreword by Jane Goodall
Confessions of a Wildlife Filmmaker is part memoir, part confession, and part indictment of the cable and television networks for failing to put conservation, education, and animal welfare ahead of ratings and profits.
It’s also about the mistakes he’s made while struggling to excel in a profession he loves. He argues that the state of the wildlife filmmaking industry worsens every year and says that it’s time for wildlife filmmaking to move in a more ethical direction.
He makes a compelling case that we must make broadcasters like Animal Planet, Discovery, National Geographic, and the History Channel do better, and that it’s time for viewers and filmmakers to fight back.
Review by Piers Warren: How refreshing to read such an honest and revealing account of the wildlife film-making industry. Chris Palmer describes his own journey through the business, his concerns as he realised it was not as ethical as many people think, and offers insights into how the situation could be improved. It's not often that you read a book that is both clear about the depth of the problems and who are causing them, but also leaves the reader on an optimistic note with the list of positive solutions that could and should be adopted. The threats that the natural world currently face are far too important and urgent for large networks to continue making facile and damaging shows, and this book shows how bad the situation has become.
‘For all of us who care about the environment and wildlife – and want to make a difference – this is an important book.’ Jane Goodall PhD, DBE, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace
A complete ‘how to’ guide, aimed at both film-makers and conservationists who want to use film as a tool for conservation
Covers all pre-production activities including how to raise funds
How to choose and use the filming equipment you need, plus a guide to post-production
Explores reaching audiences, organising screenings, using social media, monitoring effectiveness and ethical considerations
Features case studies from leading conservation film-makers including Mike Pandey, Rob Stewart (Sharkwater and Revolution), Will Anderson (Hugh’s Fish Fight) and Shekar Dattatri
Describes how organisations use film effectively in conservation; including Greenpeace, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) and Great Apes Film Initiative (GAFI)
‘This book is of enormous value to everyone involved in conservation’ Lee Durrell MBE, PhD, Honorary Director, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust
‘Conservation Film-making is a richly nourishing book, a professional tour de force, and a compelling argument that films, when made according to the best practices contained in this book, can make a huge and positive difference to the world in which we live.’ Professor Chris Palmer, Director of the Center for Environmental Filmmaking
‘This terrific book will become the bible for everyone determined to fly in the face of everything-is-wonderful-and-happy natural history programmes and show, instead, that conservation can be awe-inspiring and watchable, too.’ Mark Carwardine, Conservationist
‘Conservation Film-making is a detailed and well-researched 'how to' guide, but it is more than that – it's a good read! It should be read by everyone involved in conservation, to understand better how film could – indeed should – be used.’ Ian Redmond OBE, Chairman of Ape Alliance
Michael, an outdoors writer, editor and photographer, has a passion for nature-based travel and wildlife.
A member of the International Travel Writers Alliance and The International Ecotourism Society (TIES), Michael is a former editor of EcoTravel, Outdoor Pursuits, Camping, Lakeland Walker and Which Motorcaravan magazines, and national newspaper journalist.
He says: "With an increasing awareness of globally responsible principles in our everyday lives, the public is clearly keen to adopt these values through their choice of holiday destinations. That is harnessed with the growing understanding that the survival of habitats and species is mostly in local people's hands, and that they need to be able to derive real benefits from their environments if they are to be conserved. With ecotourism increasingly being applied to all tourism that has tangible benefits for local people and the environment, the website aims to bring to the forefront these unusual, alternative and authentic experiences grounded in culture, nature and wildlife, and rooted in local knowledge."
Farm animals have been disappearing from our fields as the production of food has become a global industry. We no longer know for certain what is entering the food chain and what we are eating - as the UK horsemeat scandal demonstrated. We are reaching a tipping point as the farming revolution threatens our countryside, health and the quality of our food wherever we live in the world.
Our health is under threat: half of all antibiotics used worldwide (rising to 80 per cent in US) are routinely given to industrially farmed animals, contributing to the emergence of deadly antibiotic-resistant superbugs
Wildlife is being systematically destroyed: bees are now trucked across the States (and even airfreighted from Australia) to pollinate the fruit trees in the vast orchards of California, where a chemical assault has decimated the wild insect population
Cereals that could feed billions of people are being given to animals: soya and grain that could nourish the world's poorest, are now grown increasingly as animal fodder
Farmageddon is a fascinating and terrifying investigative journey behind the closed doors of a runaway industry across the world - from the UK, Europe and the USA, to China, Argentina, Peru and Mexico. It is both a wake-up call to change our current food production and eating practices and an attempt to find a way to a better farming future.
Devoted to birds and wildlife since childhood, Mark's early scientific research at Oxford, Aberdeen and the RSPB provided a solid background for his management, ambassadorial, and political lobbying activities which were to follow and his larger than life, yet quietly humane personality has provided the final tools in his own, unique, nature conservationists toolbox.
In this book, Mark mixes a great many stories from his professional life at the RSPB with personal anecdotes and passionate arguments on past and present issues in bird and nature conservation. He shows us something of the many scientists whose work paves the way for conservation action, places domestic conservation into an international context, takes us behind the scenes to glimpse the politicians who have worked with him, or against him, along the way. Mark leaves us armed with practical tips and a guiding philosophy to take wildlife conservation though the troubled years that lie ahead.
A personal, philosophical and political history of 25 years of bird conservation, this book provides an instructive and amusing read for all those who would like a glimpse into the birds and wildlife conservation world what the issues are, what must be done, how it can be done, and the challenges, highs and lows involved.
"…if you have any real interest in the workings of saving species and their habitats then it’s a tremendously rewarding ‘must read’" Chris Packham
The Power Of Film And Media To Conserve Our Natural World"
- Already Making A Difference
of Filmmakers for Conservation is to promote global conservation
through the making, broadcasting and distribution of films,
and to help conservation organisations and filmmakers worldwide
produce a greater number of better-informed and more effective
conservation films. It is often said that conservation films
don't make a difference - Filmmakers for Conservation dispels
2011 saw the database go live and evolve into a comprehensive library with four categories:
FILMS THAT HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE - Films that have been documented or otherwise proven to have made a real and tangible difference to a conservation issue.
FILMS THAT HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO MAKING A DIFFERENCE - Undocumented or unproven but made about an issue that has found a degree of success.
FILMS THAT HAVE A CONSERVATION/ENVIRONMENTAL MESSAGE OR THEME - Good conservation films that will have raised awareness of an issue but no conclusive successes known.
FILMMAKERS WHO HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE - This category includes filmmakers and organisations that have made a significant contribution to conservation film making over time: Collectively, their films have made a difference!
We are very keen to increase the number of films that are listed, so please get involved and send in your films and/or ideas!!
Fingers in the Sparkle Jar: A Memoir
By Chris Packham
A beautifully told, deeply personal growing-up memoir from the BBC presenter about life, death, love and nature.
Every minute was magical, every single thing it did was fascinating and everything it didn't do was equally wondrous, and to be sat there, with a Kestrel, a real live Kestrel, my own real live Kestrel on my wrist! I felt like I'd climbed through a hole in heaven's fence.
An introverted, unusual young boy, isolated by his obsessions and a loner at school, Chris Packham only felt happy in the fields and woods around his suburban home. But when he stole a young Kestrel from its nest, he was about to embark on a friendship that would teach him what it meant to love, and that would change him forever. In his rich, lyrical and emotionally exposing memoir, Chris brings to life his childhood in the 70s, from his bedroom bursting with fox skulls, birds' eggs and sweaty jam jars, to his feral adventures. But pervading his story is the search for freedom, meaning and acceptance in a world that didn’t understand him.
Beautifully wrought, this coming-of-age memoir will be unlike any you've ever read.
‘Fingers in the Sparkle Jar is like nothing else I know – a flickering vat of life itself. A brilliant and remarkable book.’ Robert MacFarlane
We think this book is essential reading for all interested in Chris, his career and the natural world but also anyone interested in the trials of life.
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Alan Root is one of Africa's most bitten. In the course of his adventures he has been mauled by a leopard, a silverback gorilla and a hippo, and almost lost his life to a deadly puff adder, which claimed one of his fingers. Root's unmatched experience of East African wildlife and his appetite for risk have made him a world-class naturalist and film-maker. He's one of the great wildlife pioneers.
In Ivory, Apes & Peacocks, Alan tells the story of his life's work, from his arrival in Kenya as a young boy (furious at having to leave behind Britain's birds) to the making of his game-changing films. Instead of sticking to the Big Five animals, these looked up close at whole ecosystems - baobab trees, termite mounds, natural springs - and involved firsts such as tracking the wildebeest migration from a balloon, then flying it over Kilimanjaro, filming inside a hornbill's nest and diving with hippos and crocodiles.
Along the way we meet Sally the pet hippo and Emily the house-proud chimp, watch as Dian Fossey catches sight of her first mountain gorilla and have sundowners with George and Joy Adamson. And here, too, is Joan Root, Alan's wife and collaborator for over thirty years, who was brutally murdered in retaliation for her environmental campaigning.
In this extraordinary memoir we look at Africa's wonders through the eyes of a visionary, live through hair-raising adventure and personal sorrow, and also bear witness to a natural world now largely lost from view.
reef has been translated into more than ten languages and sold over 150,000 copies worlwide.
Released in early December 2011, Scubazoo’s latest coffee table book: Maldives – The Underwater Kingdomcaptures the wonder of the Maldivian underwater world — a world that needs protecting, to ensure our aquatic treasures are preserved for future generations. The book is 268 pages long and includes a DVD insert which closely follows the book.
All online orders will ship with a free Maldives 2012 wall calendar (take a look here).
This selection of images of creatures to be seen in Scotland, is the product of the author's enthusiasm for his native country's wild places and the things that live there. Compiled from images collected over a dozen years since his retirement from the world of education the text outlines his belief that in this digital age, through publication of their photographic work, many amateurs like himself can help introduce and inform people in Scotland, and visitors from abroad, about the natural world that lies in many cases not far from their doorsteps His particular interest in species such as mountain hare, ptarmigan and snow bunting give a clue as to his favourite places in Scotland and his photograpic images of these species have seldom been bettered. His love of the high ground is apparent too from the number of the plants illustrated which belong to the moorlands and hills. His fascination with the shorelands is well ilustrated in his images of shorebirds, from those to be found wading in sandy places to those that cling to the cliffs of Scotland's well known seabird colonies.
The accompanying audio CD does not duplicate the book's contents but provides a complementary description of Scottish habitats through twelve sound pictures or 'soundscapes' mixed from recordings made from the Atlantic to the North Sea. Particulary atmospheric are the tracks of corncrakes calling all around the stereo picture on the outer island of Barra or the "chorus" of Roe Deer barking in a Strathspey woodland.
Neither the book nor CD are exhaustive in their selection of images and sounds leaving many more species for the nature watcher, and listener to seek out inspired by this unique collection of images and sounds from the Scottish landscape. And for the visitor from far away here is an ideal, compact distillation of some of Scotland's beautiful wildlife to take home and through which to recall so much of what makes Scotland and its wildlife special.
Wildlife and nature films are a hugely popular entertainment genre: networks such as Animal Planet and Discovery are stars in the cable television universe, viewers flock to IMAX theaters to see jaw-dropping footage from the wild, and the venerable BBC still scores triumphs with series such as Planet Earth.
As cinematic technology brings ever-more-breathtaking images to the screen, and as our direct contact with nature diminishes, an ever-expanding audience craves the indirect experience of wild nature that these films provide.
But this success has a dark side, as Chris Palmer reveals in his authoritative and engrossing report on the wildlife film business. A veteran producer and film educator, Palmer looks past the headlines about TV host Steve Irwin’s death by stingray and filmmaker Timothy Treadwell falling prey to his beloved grizzlies, to uncover a more pervasive and troubling trend toward sensationalism, extreme risk-taking, and even abuse in wildlife films.
He tracks the roots of this trend to the early days of the genre, and he profiles a new breed of skilled, ethical filmmakers whose work enlightens as well as entertains, and who represents the future that Palmer envisions for the industry he loves.
"A film 10 years in the Making ... I was told it was virtually impossible to do!
The film covers the lives of sparrowhawks throughout the year from November to August when all adult and juvenile sparrowhawks disperse and covers why up to 19 species of songbird choose to nest right next to it.
The closer the songbirds nest to the sparrowhawk the more successful they are in rearing there broods keeping the balance of nature just right." Dave Culley
"After spending 10 years filming the lives of Sparrowhawks ... a pair of Tawny Owls moved onto the island forcing the sparrowhawks out. This gave me an opportunity to film another of our great and very elusive British birds' lives.
Tawny Owls are often heard but very rarely seen, until now." Dave Culley
The Highland Pony: A Celebration features the versatile, economical and much loved Highland pony.
This stunning film showcases the pony in Scotland's breath-taking hill scenery and coastal landscapes as well as further afield. It traces past and present uses of Scotland's largest native pony breed, its fascinating history and past highs and lows. All aspects of the pony are well covered from showing to dressage, endurance to TREC, as well as breed standards, stallions, mares and foals.
The DVD was made by Caroline Brett, a wildlife documentary film producer/director and narrated by BBC presenter and cameraman Gordon Buchanan. It is a stunning production that reveals a wealth of information and will fascinate everyone interested in horses and ponies.
The Native Pony Stallion is a guide to handling and working with an entire pony. The book covers each stage from foal to maturity, and offers advice on how to care for a stallion and prepare him for various disciplines including showing and breeding.
It contains detailed veterinary guidance, information about stallions from the Native Pony Societies, useful tips and helpful insights on each British native pony breed gleaned from interviews with experienced pony people.
The Norfolk Cranes' Story By John Buxton, Chris Durdin and Nick Upton
This book – published in July 2011 – tells the story of how cranes bred at Horsey in Norfolk, and how they were protected and studied there.
The cranes’ story starts with their arrival at Horsey in 1979. Their first nesting attempt was in 1981 and the first chick fledged in 1982.
From this slow start in the Broads, the re-colonisation of this iconic wetland bird is now taking small but steady steps forwards elsewhere in the UK.
Their guardian at Horsey was – and is – John Buxton. Much of what we know about cranes in the UK was contained in John’s memory and notebooks.
The co-author is Chris Durdin from Honeyguide Wildlife Holidays and for many years on the RSPB's staff. With John providing the information and Chris doing the writing, this was how the book was completed.
In part three, Cranes in Europe, Nick Upton describes the challenges facing cranes in the rest of Europe, charting their recent rise in numbers that has contributed to their reappearance in the UK.
Check out the website and get the book here!
Hardback; 133 pages; 65 colour photos; six black & white photos; three colour illustrations, one of which is a map. £30.00
We provide a number of solutions from training, equipment and consultancy. Our philosophy is that no two organisational entities are alike, and that many interrelated factors such as the nature of their business, profile of their employees and the geographical range of their assets, uniquely determine their level of exposure, hence customised solutions are required to meet their needs. Whilst TYR Solutions operates predominately in high risk hostile environments for a number of media organisations, we have also deployed consultants on documentaries for health and safety purposes, to build jungle base camps, provide remote medical facilities and individual tracking and secure communications.
TYR Solutions has identified the need for medical/security awareness consultancy, communications and tracking support for documentary and wildlife production companies. We have a number of consultants with remote location and FGASA Field guides. Our consultants can also operate as logistics and base camp managers. TYR can also offer pre trip planning.
TYR Solutions can enhance communications through the sale or rental of satellite phones, Bgans and personal and vehicle tracking devices and can either monitor the tracking platform for the client or we can set the client with their own platform.
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Mike Linley has been producing and filming factual wildlife documentaries for over 30 years. Showing TV audiences all over the planet the wonders of the natural world has given him an immense amount of pleasure.
However, one thing that’s always concerned him is that the programmes he's made have only been viewable at home, on the TV, removed from the wild spaces of Britain.
But now new technology is changing this.
Over the past year he has been working with interpretation specialists Ugly Studios to develop interactive touchscreen displays.
These screens enable his vast catalogue of digital video footage, photographs and wildlife facts to be viewed in situ, on a reserve, right there, where the wildlife can be seen.
Not only is this fascinating for visitors, it is a useful tool for visitor centre staff to use; helping visitors identify the wild species they have seen and so learn more about them.
WildFilmHistory is a unique multimedia guide to the history and heritage of wildlife filmmaking.
From ‘lost and forgotten’ material to the most astounding developments in wildlife filmmaking plus som ‘behind the scenes’ photographs and oral histories with industry pioneers, this is an invaluable free resource which applauds the determination, ingenuity and passion of individuals with an enthusiasm for the natural world.
A complete tool-kit of information for all wildlife film-makers – established and newcomers. Listings of wildlife production companies, footage libraries, distributors, broadcasters, location managers/fixers, film festivals, organisations, publications and more, with contact details, weblinks and descriptions. Including answers to those all-important questions such as whether companies take people on work experience or consider co-productions, how to submit proposals etc.
Invaluable information at your fingertips to save hours of trawling through the Internet and sending many emails.
Latest edition of WIld Pages fully updated and expanded - 355 packed pages.
A complete tool-kit of information for all wildlife film-makers – established and newcomers.
Listings of wildlife production companies, footage libraries, distributors, broadcasters, location managers/fixers, film festivals, organisations, publications, freelancers and more, with contact details, weblinks and descriptions
Including answers to those all-important questions such as whether companies take people on work experience or consider co-productions, how to submit proposals etc.
Invaluable information at your fingertips to save hours of trawling through the Internet and sending many emails.
Arkive is an initiative of the UK-based charity Wildscreen – which uses the power of wildlife films and photos to promote a greater understanding of the natural world and the need for its conservation.
Arkive (www.arkive.org) is the world’s leading online encyclopaedia about the natural world with over 16,000 in-depth species fact-files and more than 100,000 films and photos. It’s renowned for the depth of information provided and for its accuracy, with fact-files sourced from, or checked by, academic experts. To find out more about Wildscreen please visit www.wildscreen.org.
Wildscreen Exchange empowers conservation organisations by connecting them with world-leading filmmakers and photographers to create ground-breaking communications about our natural world. Photographers and filmmakers donate images and footage free for use by not-for-profit organisations in their online and offline communication campaigns.
Working with the most influential content creators in the natural history genre and the conservation organisations with the greatest tales to tell, Wildscreen Exchange documents, crafts and shares exclusive, untold stories that the world needs to see, motivating meaningful change and hope for the future.
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