Wildlife-film.com - the international news and information resource for wildlife film makers worldwide with news and directories of producers, festivals, location managers, stock footage, training and freelance personnel.
homenewsCompaniesfreelancersfilmsshopcontact
         
 

Features / Case Studies (Stories from around the wildlife film-making world!) Home

See previous feature pages 1 2 3 4 5 6 and check out our 'interviews' pages too!

Conservation Film-making - How to make films that make a difference

Snake

News image

News image

News image

News image

News image

News image

News image

News image

News image

39th Annual International Wildlife Film Festival Award Winners Announced
by IWFF
23
April 2016

Congratulations to the IWFF 39 award winning films.

We are pleased to announce the Award Winners for the 2016 International Wildlife FIlm Festival. The 2016 IWFF Awards took place on Friday, April 22 at Missoula's Wilma Theater.

Newcomer Award

Islands of Creation – Nathan Dappen - USA - 2015 - 48 minutes

In the jungles of a remote archipelago in the South Pacific, a biologist is attempting to do something Charles Darwin and Ernst Mayr never accomplished: catch evolution in the act of creating new species. Albert Uy is on the verge of an amazing discovery in the Solomon Islands, but there’s a threat looming on the horizon. The islands’ resources are being exploited, putting all local wildlife at risk. It’s a race against time to gather the evidence necessary to prove the existence of a new species before it’s lost forever.

Student Award

Medieval Monsters – Oliver Mueller – United Kingdom – 2015 – 10 Minutes

The New Forest of England has remained unchanged for centuries and while many of the country’s ancient beasts have long since vanished, here the creatures of old can still be found. This film captures their lives using macro, slow-motion and time-lapse techniques to reveal behaviours beyond the capabilities of the human eye. Duelling dragonflies, acid-firing ants and jousting stag beetles take centre stage in this world of medieval monsters.

Independent Award

MOOSE: A Year in the Life of a Twig Eater – Susan Fleming – Canada – 2015 – 60 Minutes

This stunningly intimate nature documentary takes viewers deep inside the world of moose to experience a calf’s first year of life up close and personal.

Theatrical Feature Award

The Messenger – Su Rynard – Canada – 2015 – 90 Minutes

Broadcast Feature Award

Yellowstone Oliver Goetzl (Gulo Film Productions) – Germany – 2015 – 55 Minutes


Yellowstone from Gran Paradiso Film Festival

Few places are as special and unique as Yellowstone National Park – America’s first national park. A wilderness jewel of vast forests and wide-open valleys, home to large bison herds, wolf packs and grizzly bears. It sits atop one of the world’s largest active super volcanoes, giving rise to such iconic geothermal features as Old Faithful Geyser and Grand Prismatic Spring. As part of the landmark wildlife series AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS, “Yellowstone” was filmed over three years by award-winning filmmakers Oliver Goetzl and Ivo Nörenberg. Using the latest in cinematographic techniques, this film showcases Yellowstone’s extraordinary wildlife and spectacular landscapes like never before!

Broadcast Series Award

Animal Homes – Ann Johnson Prum – USA – 2015 – 55 Minutes

Animals, like humans, need a place they can call home to provide a safe and stable place to raise a family, whether it’s a bird nest, a bear den, a beaver lodge or spider web. This three-part series features a blend of animation and signature “architectural blueprints” that highlight engineering principles inside the structures and demonstrate just how animals around the globe build their remarkable homes. Ecologist Chris Morgan (Siberian Tiger Quest, Bears of the Last Frontier) serves as our guide to the materials, locations, neighborhoods, and aesthetics of these animal homes, as well as the intriguing behaviors and social interactions that take place in and around them.

Human Wildlife Interaction Award

Muerte es Vida (Death is Life) – Ali Alvarez – 2015 – United Kingdom – 70 Minutes

MUERTE ES VIDA is documentary about the connection between death and nature. The film’s central Mexican character, Sabino, believes the millions of Monarch butterflies that arrive every year are the souls of departed family coming back to visit as they arrive in time for Day of the Dead after an epic journey from Canada and the Northern United States. On their migration south they have touched people at their darkest hour of losing a loved one. We meet seven people, from Canada to Mexico, and see how each have dealt with their loss. This film is an honest and human view of loss and shows how Mexican culture deals with death.

Environmental Award

Unnatural Selection Steve Nicholls, Sarah Whalley (Warehouse51/Terra Mater) – Austria – 2013 – 53 Minutes

Unnatural Selection
Unnatural Selection from Terra Mater Factual Studios

The wings of cliff swallows in Nebraska are getting shorter while turtles in Chesapeake Bay are getting larger. On the Galapagos Islands, different species are collapsing back into one. What has happened to evolution? The answer is very simple: us. Humans have transformed the planet beyond recognition – turning grasslands and forests into fields and cities and polluting air and water. And all of these changes have altered the course of evolution, often in surprising ways.

Conservation Award

Red Wolf Revival – Roshan Patel – USA – 2015 – 24 Minutes

Short film about the last remaining wild population of red wolves. Centered on the historic recovery effort in Eastern North Carolina and the state’s declared intent to drive the species to extinction, we document the multifaceted struggle to reintroduce one of the rarest animals on earth in the face of cultural, economic, and biological challenges in North Carolina.

Children & Young Adults Award

A Life in a Day – Colin Scott – 2015 – USA – 5 Minutes

The life of a mayfly is an allegory of our own — you’re born, you struggle, mate, reproduce, and die — except it all happens over the course of a single day. A LIFE IN THE DAY is a four-minute animated short that reminds us that life is brief, beautiful, and meant to be enjoyed.

Best Cinematography Award

Soul of the Elephant – Dereck Joubert, Beverly Joubert – USA – 2015 – 53 Minutes

Ironically, every dead elephant with its ivory intact is a reason to celebrate. It means an elephant died of natural causes, not bullets, snares or poison, and a soul was allowed to be celebrated and mourned by its herd. Award-winning filmmakers, Dereck and Beverly Joubert start with the remains of two bull elephants and through a series of key flashbacks, look at the lives they would have led, the dramas they may have seen, their great migrations for water with their families, and their encounters with lions and hyenas. This film, shot over two years, is an intimate look at elephants through the lens of perhaps the greatest storytellers of natural history.

Best Editing Award

Gardeners of the Forest – Ceylan Carhoglu, Nicole Jordan Webber – USA – 2015 – 15 Minutes

For generations, Laos was known as the Land of a Million Elephants but, as of 2016, there are fewer than 600 elephants left in the wild.

Best Short Film Award

Red Wolf Revival – Roshan Patel – USA – 2015 – 24 Minutes

Best of Fest Award

The MessengerSu Rynard – Canada – 2015 – 90 Minutes


OFFICIAL TRAILER THE MESSENGER DOCUMENTARY from SongbirdSOS Film

An artful investigation into the causes of songbird mass depletion and the compassionate people who are working to turn the tide. The film takes viewers on a visually stunning journey revealing how the problems facing birds also pose daunting implications for our planet and ourselves.

A big congratulations to all winners, with special back slaps to our members in bold above!

See the full feature page with more trailers here...

Snake

News image

News image

 

Wildscreen picks former BBC Worldwide director to be new Chair of Board
By Pam Beddard - Wildscreen
22 April 2016

Former BBC Worldwide Director Peter Phippen is to be the new chairman of the Bristol- based charity behind Wildscreen, the world’s biggest festival of natural history film, television and photography, and Arkive, the internet’s best-used online encyclopaedia of endangered species.

He brings with him 30 years of media industry experience, including as a Board Director of BBC Worldwide Ltd, Managing Director of BBC Magazines and President/CEO of BBC Worldwide Americas Inc, for whom he launched a number of TV channels and chaired a joint venture with Discovery Inc.

Peter succeeds TV industry veteran Dick Emery who is stepping down after nearly nine years in post. Commenting on his appointment, Peter Phippen said: “I’m immensely proud to take over the Chair at Wildscreen, given its fantastic heritage and its vital mission - even more important today than when it was founded 30 years ago. I’ve had a long career in all areas of the media, but my most cherished moments have been those I’ve spent in the company of the talented people who provide us with insights into the natural world and those who work to protect it.”

Read more here...

Snake

News image

News image

News image

News image

News image

News image

News image

News image

Two man crews on a budget - Filming BBC 4 Britain’s Treasure Islands
By Simon Vacher
22 April 2016

I never imagined quite what a casual conversation could lead to, until I had an e-mail from the naturalist Stewart McPherson asking would I like to travel to around the globe filming a documentary on the fourteen UK Overseas Territories (sixteen if you separate Ascension and St Helena). Such a journey would take us to every corner of the globe, from the far reaches of the icy wilds and rich wildlife havens of the Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia and the Falklands, to the luxurious climates of the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean and the searing heat of the mid-Atlantic, then the ancient island of Pitcairn in the South Pacific and finally the home UK Territories in Europe. The resounding answer was a Yes! Initially, Stewart has imagined the project to take one year to film. In the end it took us nearly four years spread over six separate filming blocks to complete the film project, and when complete Stewart then began to write to Britain’s Treasure Islands book, the same title as the BBC 4 broadcast series.

In the early stages of the project, we didn't clearly identify that this project could potentially make it to broadcast, but shortly after some discussions between myself and Stewart, we decided it would be worth investing in a camera that would allow us to record 50mbps 4:2:2 broadcast-quality footage, on a budget. In early 2012, I found the most budget way of acquiring this quality was by purchasing a Sony EX1 along with a nanoFLASH data recorder. In the early stages of the project, we didn't clearly identify that this project could potentially make it to broadcast, but shortly after some discussions between myself and Stewart, we decided it would be worth investing in a camera that would allow us to record 50mbps 4:2:2 broadcast-quality footage, on a budget.

In early 2012, I found the most budget way of acquiring this quality was by purchasing a Sony EX1 along with a nanoFLASH data recorder. The whole recorder would balance rather badly on top of the camera, and was a real pain to operate with! Every so often, the SDI cable connecting the camera to the nanoFLASH would cause a dropout, so we sometimes missed a take but soon learnt to keep an eye on the nanoFLASH record status. It served us well though, and acquired the footage we needed. By early 2013 for our Antarctic trip, we had brought the Sony PMW-200, a really compact yet broadcast-quality camera that allowed us to be fast on our feet while still recording the quality we wanted. It was a game changer for me! Light, portable and no cables to go wrong. Now, we see cameras like this flooding the market and it’s hard to imagine anything different.

During the first few filming trips, Stewart was working in between trips to try find a producer to get the series to broadcast. He would tell me “Oh, I’ve spent hours meeting with a production company, or meeting this person or that person”, and a potential lead would suddenly seem very real and solid, until they would tell him they had no money or simply wanted all the rights with giving nothing in return. Finally, coming close to the mid-way in our project, Stewart found producer Steve Nicholls, then part of the Warehouse51 team. Steve understood Stewart’s vision, then took the idea up and proposed it to the Warehouse51 team, and before we knew it there was fuel in the engine!

See the full feature page here...

Snake

News image

News image

News image

News image

 

Wildscreen widens its reach by hosting insider’s guide to wildlife film event in Scotland
By Pam Beddard - Wildscreen
5 April 2016

Diary date: 9.30am – 1.30pm Thursday 12 May
Glasgow Science Centre, 50 Pacific Quay, Glasgow G51 1EA

Get insider insight into what it takes to become a wildlife filmmaker from star cameraman and TV presenter Gordon Buchanan and other industry experts when the world’s biggest festival of natural world storytelling WILDSCREEN, brings the first of a new series of outreach events to Scotland.

Wildscreen – the world’s biggest and leading celebration of storytelling about the natural world– will be launching a new series of outreach events on May 12 when it presents an insider’s guide to breaking into the industry at the Glasgow Science Centre, Scotland.

TV presenters Gordon Buchanan and Ben Garrod and the makers of the BBC’s new four-part documentary HIGHLANDS will be among the industry experts leading discussions about the many steps involved in making nature films and the entry opportunities for new and emerging talentThe event is the first to be hosted in Scotland by Wildscreen in its 30+ year history and marks the start of a new approach to outreach.

Wildscreen CEO Lucie Muir explains: “As part Wildscreen’s new strategy, we plan to curate a series of year-round events in and beyond our home base in Bristol, to celebrate, showcase and inspire natural world storytelling talent in different cities and countries. One aim of this will be to encourage and nurture fresh talent. The reason for starting in Scotland is partly that contains a rich treasury of spectacularly film-worthy wildernesses, wildlife and scenery but also that it already has the beginnings of a bright and bubbling natural history film and TV sector that is keen to engage with and develop home-grown talent.”

Scottish cameraman and presenter Gordon Buchanan best known to viewers for his work on BIG CAT DIARY, AUTUMNWATCH, SPRINGWATCH, the LOST LAND series and his ‘...AND ME’ documentaries about wildlife families , added: “When I was trying to get my foot in the door of wildlife filmmaking, attending Wildscreen was essential. Not only did I make contacts that lead to me getting both feet in the door but the whole atmosphere of the festival encouraged me to work as hard as I could be part of this incredible industry. Some of the very best wildlife in the UK can be found in Scotland so it is wonderful that Wildscreen is coming to Glasgow. I am certain the event will inspire all those who attend.”

See the full press release here...

Snake

News image

News image

Winners Announced for International Elephant Film Festival 2016
From Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival/CITES
4th
March 2016

Winners announced at UN Headquarters on World Wildlife Day!
International Elephant Film Festival Celebrates World’s Best Elephant Films

The Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) teamed up in organizing an International Elephant Film Festival to raise global awareness of the various challenges facing the African and Asian elephants, as a highlight of UN World Wildlife Day on 3 March. The Festival received more than 250 entries into the film competition, which were reviewed by over 75 preliminary judges over six weeks before the short list was passed on to the final judging panel.

"These films connect us in a very personal way to wildlife, observed John E. Scanlon, Secretary General of CITES.” They inspire us all to make sure these magnificent animals survive in the wild. Congratulations to all of the finalists and category winners, and thank you for making this such a memorable World Wildlife Day."

The high-level celebration at UN Headquarters attracted international diplomats and policy-makers as well as conservation, NGO & business partners and filmmakers and included UNEP Goodwill Ambassador/model Gisele Bündchen and Actress/Producer Kristin Davis, whose film Gardeners of Eden won the Elephant Hero category.

The International Elephant Film Festival Winners are:

African Voices
Recognizing excellence in elephant films produced by citizens of African nations.

Elephants Without Borders, Afriscreen Films for BBC and Animal Planet

Asian Elephants
Awarded to the film that most effectively communicates the unique challenges facing Asian Elephants.

Manas: Return of the Giants, Ammonite Ltd. and Kosmik Global

Issues & Solutions
Awarded to the film that most effectively reveals current issues and challenges--most notably the ivory poaching crisis--and communicates solutions to the environmental, social-economic and sustainability issues facing elephant conservation including reducing the demand for illegal ivory in the destination countries.

Explorer: Warlords of Ivory, National Geographic Studios for National Geographic Channels

Elephant Hero
Awarded to the film that most effectively celebrates noteworthy achievements including the work of individuals or groups committed to elephant protection & conservation.

Gardeners of Eden, Village Beat

Elephant Micro-Movie (under 5 minutes)
Awarded to the PSA, music video, media artwork or advocacy film that most effectively communicates an appreciation or understanding of elephants or elephant conservation. Limited to media 5 minutes in length or less.

War of Space, Mays Entertainment

People & Elephants
Awarded to the film that most effectively conveys the complex relationship between elephants and humans.

Naledi: Every Elephant Counts, Vulcan Productions in association with Off the Fence

Science & Elephants
Awarded to the film that most effectively demonstrates the impact of science and technology on understanding elephants and advancing elephant conservation.

Minds of Giants, Vulcan Productions & Off the Fence

Special Consideration to: Mike Birkhead Associates

IEFF would also like to acknowledge Echo, the Elephants of Amboseli - the researchers who studied her family and the filmmakers who told their story forever changed how the world would see these remarkable animals.

Wildlife-film.com says very well done to all winners, with special congratulations to members Afriscreen Films & Ammonite for their very well-deserved wins! When congratulated on Twitter, Afriscreen said "The elephants deserve it!" - We say, so true.

See the full feature here...

Snake

News image

News image

News image

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

News image

2016 Science Media Awards - Open for submissions! 

CALL FOR ENTRY NOW OPEN! AWARDS FOR VISIONARY SCIENCE STORYTELLING!!

From the infinitesimal to the infinite, science plays a profound role in our daily lives in ways we can scarcely imagine! In the fall of 2016, we will celebrate outstanding media that best conveys the wonders of science to public audiences, at the Science Media Awards & Symposium (SMASH16), presented in partnership with WGBH in Boston, September 20-22, 2016.

The Grand Helix Award

This award goes to the single film or media project that best exemplifies excellence in the art of inspired scientific storytelling. Each film entered into competition will be considered for this prestigious recognition.

Call for Entry Opened March 1 | Call for Entry Closes June 1 | Extended Deadline June 15 | Finalists Announced August 1 | Winners announced September 21


2016 Science Media Awards - Call for Entry Trailer from Jackson Hole WILD

See the categories and enter your film here: www.sciencemediasummit.org/2016-categories.html

Apply to be a Science Media Awards preliminary judge!
Visit: www.sciencemediasummit.org/judging.html Deadline: May 15

Snake

News image

News image

News image

News image

International Elephant Film Festival Finalists announced!

International Elephant Film Festival Celebrates World’s Best Elephant Films - Finalists announced 26th February. Winners to be announced at UN Headquarters on UN World Wildlife Day - 3 March 2016

The Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) teamed up in organizing an International Elephant Film Festival to raise global awareness of the various challenges facing the African and Asian elephants, as a highlight of UN World Wildlife Day on March 3. The Festival received more than 250 entries into the film competition, which were reviewed by over 75 preliminary judges over six weeks before the short list was passed on to the final judging panel.

The distinguished panel of international judges who will select the winners include:
Inger Anderson, Director General of International Union for Conservation of Nature
Ian Craig, Director of Conservation, Northern Rangelands Trust, Kenya
BingBing Li, Actress, Singer and Conservationist, China
Edna Molewa, Minister of Environmental Affairs, South Africa
Catherine Novelli, Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment, United States
John E. Scanlon, Secretary General of CITES

In judging the films the international panel is assessing the overall impact, cinematography and videography of the films. The views expressed in each film should not be seen as necessarily reflecting the personal views of the judges.

International Elephant Film Finalists

African Voices
All the Presidents Elephants, Triosphere for NHU Africa
Elephants Without Borders, Afriscreen Films, BBC
NATURE: Soul of the Elephant, Wildlife Films and THIRTEEN Productions LLC in co-production with Terra Mater Factual Studios
Paseka The Easter Elephant, Afriscreen Films
White Gold, Pace Productions

Asian Elephants
Elephant Island, Mike Birkhead Associates
Gods in Shackles, Sangita Iyer
Manas: Return of the Giants, Ammonite, Ltd. and Kosmik Global
The Eyes of Thailand, DVA Productions in association with Indiewood Pictures

Issues & Solutions
Elephants Without Borders, Afriscreen Films, BBC
Naledi: Every Elephant Counts, Vulcan Productions in association with Off the Fence
Warlords of Ivory, National Geographic Studios for National Geographic Channels

Elephant Hero
Echo and the Elephants of Amboseli: Episode Two, Mike Birkhead Associates in association with Off The Fence for Animal Planet International
Echo, an Unforgettable Elephant, Mike Birkhead Associates for BBC and Thirteen/WNET.ORG in association with PBS
Gardeners of Eden, Village Beat, RYOT

Elephant Micro-Movie (under 5 minutes)
An Elephant’s Tale: The Matriarch, Wildlife Conservation Society
I Will Always Remember You, Hugo Guinness
Elephants are Wildlife. Not Entertainers, World Animal Protection
Let Them Live, Filmontage Productions
#SeriousAboutWildlifeCrime, International Consortium on Combatting Wildlife Crime
War of Space, Mays Entertainment
Wild, Village Beat

People & Elephants
For the Love of Elephants, Make Believe Media
Gardeners of Eden, Village Beat, RYOT
Naledi: Every Elephant Counts, Vulcan Productions in association with Off the Fence
Tyke: Elephant Outlaw, Jumping Dog Productions

Science & Elephants
Elephants Without Borders, Afriscreen Films, BBC
Living with Elephants, Evanescence Studios
Minds of Giants, Vulcan Productions in association with Off the Fence
The Secret Life of Elephants- Episode One: Elephant Funeral, BBC Bristol NHU

Winners will be announced at a high level event and global celebration of UN World Wildlife Day at UN Headquarters in New York on 3 March 2016. Winning and finalist films will be subsequently showcased extensively throughout the world, through local screening events and broadcasts.

Special congratulations to our nominated members: Afriscreen Films, Ammonite, Ltd. and NHU Africa


International Elephant Film Festival Trailer from Jackson Hole WILD

For more information, please visit: www.internationalelephantfilmfestival.org

Snake

News image

News image

The 11th Annual Spring 2016 Film Series
- An SOC Signature Series
Created and Hosted by Chris Palmer - AUCEF
1 February 2016

Free and Open to the Public - No Reservations Required

  • Tuesday, February 9 at 7 pm
    Reception at 6:30 pm with food and drink. Highlights from the 2016 Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital (EFF), March 15-26
  • Tuesday, February 23 at 7 pm—Part of SOC Week
    Reception at 6:30 pm with food and drink. Reality TV, Garbage Juice and Me - Michael Cascio

Note: The March 19-25 events below are all part of Washington D.C.’s Environmental Film Festival. www.dcenvironmentalfilmfest.org

  • Saturday, March 19 at 4 pm
    When Mickey Came to Town (USA, 2016, 30 min.) World Premiere.
  • Saturday, March 19 at 7 pm
    Reception at 6:00 p.m. with food provided by Chaia, a local “farm to taco” vegetarian restaurant.
    Farming for the Future - Enduring Traditions, Innovative Practices
  • Tuesday, March 22 at 7 pm Reception at 6:30 pm with food and drink.
    An Evening with Chris Palmer - The Most Important Environmental/Conservation Films of All Time
  • Wednesday, March 23 at 7 pm
    Student Short Environmental Film Festival
  • Thursday, March 24 at 7 pm
    Ok, I’ve Watched the Film, Now What?
  • Friday, March 25 at 7 pm
    Containment (USA, 2015, 82 min.) Washington, D.C. Premiere.
  • Tuesday, March 29 at 7 pm
    Chesapeake Footsoldiers

Read full details here...

Snake

News image

News image
'On the Edge' by Barrie Williams

British Wildlife Photography Awards 2016 - Call for Entries
by Maggie Gowan of British Wildlife Photography Awards
1 February 2016

The 2016 Competition is Open for Entries

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

The £20,000 prize fund includes products from lead sponsor Canon.

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

Categories

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

Wildlife in HD Video

In addition to still photography there is a great opportunity to capture wildlife in action and win an amazing prize. Be inspired by the video winner and commended entries in 2015. www.bwpawards.org/categories/wildlife-in-hd-video

Young People’s Awards WildPix / BWPA, sponsored by RSPB Wildlife Explorers

Entry is free for all young photographers with two age groups. www.bwpawards.org/page/young_awards

Chris Packham, Naturalist and TV Presenter said "Each year the British Wildlife Photography Awards generates an incredible catalogue of splendid, exciting, imaginative and artistic images, proving beyond doubt that we have the richest palette of life to celebrate in our own backyard. Anyone passionate about protecting and preserving wildlife will be inspired by the British Wildlife Photography Awards, which in its sixth year has done more than any other award to raise the profile of British wildlife.

The Awards and Prizes

1. Overall Winner, British Wildlife Photographer: £5,000
2. Wildlife in HD Video Winner: Canon XA30 Professional Camcorder
3. The category winners will receive: A Canon PowerShot G5 X Camera
4. Portfolio Winner ‘British Seasons’: A £600 voucher for Páramo clothing
5. The Young People’s Awards WildPix / BWPA:
Young British Wildlife Photographer (12 - 18) £500
Young British Wildlife Photographer (Up to 11) £300

The Sponsors

Canon, RSPB Wildlife Explorers, WWF, The Wildlife Trusts, BBC Wildlife Magazine, CVP.Com, Countryside Jobs Service, Buglife, Paramo and Outdoor Photography Magazine.

Supporters

Natural England, Wildeye, Wildlife-film.com, Kristal Digital Imaging Centre and AA Publishing.

Awards Ceremony

All winners, commended entrants and photographers who feature in the book will be invited to an Awards ceremony and launch of the traveling exhibition.

Dates

The competition is open until 30th April 2016.


The Last Seahorse from BWPAwards.

2015 WILDLIFE IN HD VIDEO WINNER – 'The Last Seahorse in Studland'
Camera, Edit & Production by member Andy Jackson, Written & Narrated by Jacky Daley (SubSeaTV
Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England)

"We’re thrilled to share that our film The Last Seahorse in Studland? has won the Wildlife in HD Video category of the British Wildlife Photography Awards 2015. Every year, we’re inspired by the beautiful photographs and films that tell dynamic, breathtaking, and intimate stories of Britain’s wildlife across all categories of the BWPAwards. It’s a great honour to have our work recognised amongst such talented company. Big congratulations to all the other category winners and commended entries. We’re hopeful that winning the competition will bring more attention to the plight of British seahorses and help to protect one of our most iconic marine animals." www.subseatv.net

Read the full call here...

Snake

News image

News image

News image

Wildscreen offers wildlife film and TV makers new ways to win one of its coveted Panda awards
By Wildscreen
28 January 2016

Wildscreen will be giving fresh talent, lower budget productions, and innovators more chances to win one of its coveted Panda Awards when the world’s biggest festival of natural history film and TV storytelling returns to Bristol, UK, from 10 – 14 October 2016.

Launching the Festival’s latest call for entries, Lucie Muir, CEO of the charity which runs the biennial event, said: “Approaches to natural world storytelling are constantly evolving and Wildscreen seeks to reflect this when celebrating and honouring the best. So our 2016 Panda Awards competition will offer two Cinematography prizes, distinguishing between lower budget shoots involving three camera operators or fewer and those employing bigger camera teams, while our Innovation Award will expand to introduce separate prizes for creative and technological innovation.

We will also do more to encourage and celebrate industry newcomers by offering an Emerging Talent Award – open to individuals doing exceptional new work in any area of natural history production, be it for a single project or a series.”

Read the full press release here...

Snake

News image

AU's Center for Environmental Filmmaking 2016 Report By Chris Palmer, Director, January 24, 2016

The following report provides an overview of the Center for Environmental Filmmaking’s activities and events taking place during the 2015/2016 period. The Center’s programs are made possible by the generosity of the foundations and donors listed at the end.

With Dean Emeritus Larry Kirkman’s support, I founded the Center eleven years ago at the School of Communication to address the world’s unprecedented environmental challenges, from climate disruption to species extinction.

Powerful films, images, and stories can play a key role in fostering conservation and bringing about change. We are committed to raising awareness and empowering action through the innovative use of media.

Our campaign mantra is: Changing lives. Fostering creativity. Conserving our environment through the power of media.

Our mission is to inspire a new generation of filmmakers and media experts whose commitment to environmental stewardship drives them to produce creative work that is informative, ethically sound, and entertaining—and that makes a positive difference. Our signature initiatives include:

  • Creating partnerships with established organizations—Maryland Public Television, the National Park Service, The Nature Conservancy, and others—that give students the opportunity to produce professional films.
  • Bringing world-class filmmakers to American University to talk, teach, and mentor. · Developing innovative, interdisciplinary, and experiential classes and programs.
  • Promoting the ethical treatment of wildlife and the environment.
  • Awarding student scholarships and fellowships.
  • Supporting and mentoring environmental and wildlife filmmakers in a variety of other ways.

Read the full report here...

More information about our programs can be found on our website www.environmentalfilm.org and at www.ChrisPalmerOnline.com

Snake

News image

News image

News image

News image

News image

 



Call for entry announced for the International Elephant Film Festival

Winners will be announced on World Wildlife Day 2016

Geneva/Jackson, WY, 18 November 2015 - The Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES) have teamed up in organizing an International Elephant Film Festival to raise global awareness of the various challenges facing the African and Asian elephants, and to mark next year’s UN World Wildlife Day (3 March 2016).

As the largest and most magnificent terrestrial animal on our planet, the elephant once roamed through much of Africa and Asia. Over the past decade, devastating poaching of African elephants for their ivory is reducing their overall numbers, and has decimated some African elephant populations. Over the period 2010-2012, an estimated 100,000 elephants were poached for their ivory, which is a devastating figure. Industrial-scale poaching to feed the illicit ivory trade is among the most noticeable and destructive forms of wildlife crime. In response, there has been increasing high level political support to combat these crimes as was recently demonstrated through the adoption of the historic United Nations General Assembly Resolution on tackling illicit wildlife trade.

“At a time when the elephant crisis can still be averted, it is essential to take action that empowers local engagement and personal commitment,” explained Lisa Samford, Executive Director of the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. “Our aim is to galvanize the power of media to inspire wonder, catalyze change and move the dial on elephant conservation.”

In welcoming this unique initiative with the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, CITES Secretary-General, John E. Scanlon, said: “We are delighted to support this global Elephant Film Festival to amplify the global calls to stop the poaching of elephants and the illicit trafficking of elephant ivory. The Festival will also capture the voices of local people from communities who are living with elephants, and seek to support them in securing a sustainable livelihood.”

“The great political momentum that has been generated over the past few years to combat illicit wildlife trafficking is translating into deeper and stronger efforts to fight these highly destructive crimes on the front lines, where is it most needed. It is through collective action that we will win this fight, which will be a feature of The Festival”, added Scanlon.

The CITES Secretariat is designated by the United Nations General Assembly as the global facilitator for the celebration of the World Wildlife Day each year in collaboration with organizations in the United Nations system. The CITES Secretariat will continue to work with UNDP, UNODC, UNEP and others as active partners to mobilize the worldwide celebration of the day in 2016.


International Elephant Film Festival Trailer from JH Wildlife Film Festival

Timeline and planned activities

The call for entries will close on 15 January, 2016 and finalists will be announced in early February. Winners will be presented at a high level event to coincide with the global celebration of UN World Wildlife Day at UN Headquarters in New York on 3 March 2016.

Winning and finalist films will be subsequently showcased extensively throughout the world, with specifically targeted countries and regions including African countries, China, Philippines, Thailand, the United States of America and Viet Nam, through screening events and local broadcast stations.

Subtitled DVDs will be distributed free to schools and libraries, and free screenings will be organized with local NGOs and elephant stakeholders wishing to incorporate Elephant Film Festival finalists and winners into their own programming.

Competition categories

Participants are asked to submit media in one or more of the following categories:

  • Issues and Solutions
  • Elephant Hero
  • People and Elephants
  • Asian Elephants
  • Science and conservation
  • African Voices and
  • MicroMovie/Short Programme (under 5 minutes).

Programmes created since 1 January, 2007 are eligible for consideration.

Submission Guidelines

  • There is no entry fee for submission.
  • Entries must have been completed after 1 January, 2007 but need not have been broadcast/exhibited prior to submission.
  • Entries for competition are invited from media producers from around the world.
  • Media submitted may be of any length, may originate in any format (including animation, web page, etc.) and be fictional or non-fictional. Motion picture programmes must have mixed (mono/stereo) audio track on both channels, must be an English version (dubbed or subtitled), and programmes with visible time-code will not be accepted.
  • Submissions in all official UN languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish) and Swahili, are welcomed. Programmes in a language other than English must be subtitled in English for Festival presentation.
  • Eligible entries are required to complete submission form via www.JHFestival.org.
  • Entries will be uploaded to a private and secure Vimeo channel for judging.

For more information, please visit: www.internationalelephantfilmfestival.org

Media contacts:

Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival: Kathryn Jeffords, Kathryn@jhfestival.org, +1-307-200-3286
CITES Secretariat: Yuan Liu, Yuan.LIU@cites.org

Press Release here: cites.org

Snake

News image

News image

News image

News image

News image

News image

News image

The First Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam Winners Announced!

The first edition of the Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam was a great success!

The winners are:

Jury Awards:

Best Film Professional: The Bat Man of Mexico, Tom Mustill, 2014


The Bat Man of Mexico: Trailer - Natural World - BBC Two from BBC

Best Film Non-Professional: The Wild Wet, Moritz Katz, Joshua Mayo 2014


The Wild Wet - trailer from Joshua Mayo

WFFR Awareness Award: DamNation, Ben Knight & Travis Rummel, 2014


DamNation - Official Film Trailer from Patagonia

Audience Awards:

Audience Award Professional: De IJsvogel (Kingfisher), Cees van Kempen, 2015
Co-producer, Caroline Brett, Editor, Alan Miller & Sound by Olivier Nijs


scene from the film KINGFISHER - laying egg from Ispida

Audience Award Non-Professional: A Leap of Frog, Hilco Jansma, 2013


A leap of frog from HilcoJansma

The second edition of WFFR will take place from 27-30 October 2016.

Congratulations to the organisers for a successful first festival and to the award-winners, especially our members in bold above! :)

Visit: www.wffr.nl & www.facebook.com/wildlifefilmfestivalrotterdam

Snake

News image

Eden Shorts 2015 – Winners Announced!

The winner of the Eden Shorts Competition 2015, judged by Michaela Strachan and Nigel Marven, is member Mat Larkin for his film Return of the Nightingale! Well done Mat!

Them and Us by Anne Massey was the runner-up.

Several of our other members were either commended or short-listed... See below... Congratulations to all... We are proud! :)


Return of the Nightingale by Mat Larkin | Eden Shorts 2015 Winner from UKTV

Commended films:

Sullivan's Wild by Andrew O'Donnell
Angel of the Atlantic by Tom Young

Shortlisted films:

Siling Lake by Xinyang Hong
Dragonflies with Paul Ritchie by Aaron Cook
Spider Monkeys by Will Nicholls

Visit: eden.uktv.co.uk/eden-shorts & facebook.com/edentvchannel

Snake

News image

Please support the Wildeye Conservation Film Festival Indiegogo Campaign!!
By Jason Peters
2nd November 2015

The Power of Film in the Fight for Conservation... IT'S TIME TO FOCUS!

If we can raise the funds, the Wildeye Conservation Film Festival will be holding it's inaugural event at the University of East Anglia from 28-31 July 2016.

The vision for the annual Wildeye Conservation Film Festival is to not only provide an empowering forum for film-makers, web/broadcasters and conservation organisations to discuss better practices for conservation-related productions, but also to celebrate, and bring larger audiences to, those films which make a difference. Explore the site here: wildeyefestival.org

The Festival Directors are Piers Warren, founder of Wildeye and Wildlife-film.com & Jason Peters, editor of this newsletter! See what we have to say in our video below:


Wildeye Conservation Film Festival Crowdfunding Video from Wildeye Conservation Film Fest

We really hope that past students, members and subscribers/followers and all will get behind us and the festival aims. We really need your support. Please.

We have some great perks too, including some Wildlife Watching Supplies camo scrim, exclusive ringtones from patron Chris Watson and Jez riley French and some sound equipment from Telinga and Rycote... We are also offering discounted membership of Wildlife-film.com and lots and lots of THANK YOUS!! :)

Our Patrons are: Stephen Fry, Michaela Strachan, Joanna Lumley OBE, Steve Backshall, Bill Bailey, Mark Carwardine, Virginia McKenna OBE, Lee Durrell MBE, Chris Watson, Dr. Sylvia Earle, Ian Redmond OBE and Richard Brock – Click here to read more about them.

PLEASE SUPPORT US BY VISITING AND CONTRIBUTING TO OUR INDIEGOGO CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN HERE: indiegogo.com/projects/wildeye-conservation-film-festival/x/156996# THANK YOU!!

Snake

News image

Michael Rosenberg R.I.P.
By Alan Miller
25 October 2015

Sometimes, you are blessed to meet extraordinary people whose force of personality and creative talent have the effect of changing the course of your own life. Michael Rosenberg, who founded Partridge Films in 1974, was certainly one of those people. A true maverick with a creative independence that inspired a great many in the business, Michael blazed a trail with astounding natural history films that won award after award. I believe Michael is still the record holder when it comes to Wildscreen Golden Panda wins.

I was lucky enough to be taken under Michael’s wing during Partridge’s golden age and became one of many recipients of his willingness to support and encourage. I joined Partridge as an assistant sound editor and left nine years later, a writer/director/editor. And that career trajectory is all down to Michael’s talent, support and friendship. Michael was also fiercely independent and showed enormous indifference to those who sought to creatively control him. I remember a FAX machine spewing out pages and pages of notes from American executives, changes to be made to a film still in the edit. Michael’s response to this long, intrusive document was to slide a wastebasket to catch the pages as they chugged out of the machine. I was also lucky enough to spend a lot of time with Michael outside work as we shared a flat in London and Bristol. The oft-quoted cliché about this arrangement was that I once said that he was the perfect flat-mate as he was either absent or unconscious. This glib but diverting line was not strictly true as we had many conversations over the finest wines known to humanity.

Michael Rosenberg and Alan Miller at Partridge Films

When Partridge outgrew its London base, Michael the maverick became Michael the mogul. He was the figurehead of a much larger ship sailing in much more expansive waters. In the early 90s based at HTV TV Centre in Bristol, a Queen’s Award for Export followed and both once competitive companies Partridge and Survival combined and became United Media. Michael’s retirement party in 2001 was a fine affair and it was striking to see just how many people there had been inspired and supported by this giant of the wildlife world. Unique is a word often overused. It’s a perfect word for Michael.

Michael Rosenberg died on the 21st October 2015 after developing cancer and suffering complications from pain relief surgery. Sincere condolences to Jenny and Cathy, his immediate family.

See more here and leave a comment...

Snake

News image

The 5th Green-Go International Short Film Contest Winners Announced!

The winners of greengofest.eu were:

1. Our footprint on Earth


Vladimir Pridoroghin - Take a right step from CEEweb for Biodiversity

The ecological state of Ukraine is getting worse every year. Accordingly, health of the nation worsens too. What will happen if no action is taken? If we leave such a trace on our planet, there will be nobody to leave traces soon.

2. Two faces of exploitation


Jonathan Happ - Gold rush from CEEweb for Biodiversity

The true face of informal gold mining worldwide and in Kenya.

3. You are part of Nature. Live with it! (co-organisers of the category: Eurosite and ECNC)


A. S. Hakan GOK - The Barb from CEEweb for Biodiversity

A little boy goes fishing and a beautiful day becomes a nightmare. I tried to use two themes to bring the topic to light. In one of them was a fishing boy symbolizing hope and the future, and the other was the hopeless surface of arid earth. I tried to imagine a sea consisting of mere lifeless images. So emerged “The Barb”.

Top Liked Public Award


S. Okan Aydin - Twilight from CEEweb for Biodiversity

The film (Twilight) shows us very clear at oil, and combat vehicles how destroyed the nature and children future life.

Category winners are awarded with 700 Euros and the public award winner with 500 Euros.

Visit: www.greengofest.eu & www.facebook.com/greengoshorts

Snake

News image

Shuklaphanta - Wildlife and People film
By Fabien Lemaire
12 October 2015

Participate in the production of our film and finance the long search of the Tiger of Nepal...

Shuklaphanta, Wildlife and People is a wildlife documentary of Fabien Lemaire. The shooting will begin in January 2016 in Nepal... We leave to the discovery of a small paradise in the west of the country, despite human pressure, managed to resist. Over the seasons, we will discover the territory of tigers, leopards and rhinos. But our aim is also to meet the people of the region, understand the cohabitation between these saved wildlife and local people!

This area is exceptional on account of its many landscapes and its 600 species of animals, 22 of which are critically endangered (like the Asian elephant and the marsh crocodile). It may look like Africa and yet we are well and truly in Asia! The Shuklaphanta Reserve is symbolic because it was the first national park created in Nepal in 1973... Without this decree, the forest would have simply disappeared along with its amazing wealth! Today, surrounded by villages and rice crops, it is protected by the army which is established inside the park itself to combat all kinds of trafficking! Human pressure is colossal and anything can still switch...

See the feature here...


teaser "SHUKLAPHANTA, des animaux et des hommes" from fabienlemaire

Snake

News image

News image

JHWFF 2015 Winners Revealed!

October 2, JACKSON, WY. The Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, (JHWFF) the premier event of its genre, has announced the 2015 winners for its 13th biennial Festival. Winners were unveiled in Jackson, Wy at the Grand Teton Awards Gala on Thursday, October 1st, 2015. The awards are one part of a five-day industry conference hosted at the Jackson Lake Lodge in the Grand Teton National Park, September 28-October 2, 2015, that attracts the leading filmmakers, organizations, scientists, broadcasters, and visionaries engaged in conservation and wildlife media.

This year’s submissions in the prestigious competition included nearly 1,000 category entries, a record number, competing for 23 special awards. This year’s winners were selected by a distinguished panel of international judges.

Congratulations to the 2015 Winners!

Grand Teton Award Winner (sponsored by BBC Earth & Sony Electronics)

Jago: A Life Underwater
Underdog Films Production in association with James Morgan Films, Fantomline Pictures and Vistaar Productions.


Jago: A Life Underwater from JH Wildlife Film Festival

CONTENT CATEGORIES:

Best Animal Behavior Program (sponsored by Vulcan Productions)

Life Story – First Steps
BBC Natural History Unit, BBC Worldwide, Discovery, France TV and The Open University

Best Wildlife Habitat Program (sponsored by NHK Japan Broadcasting Corporation)

Congo- Deep and Dangerous (Ep. 1)
Doclights GmbH/NDR Naturfilm; Blue Planet Film, NDR, ARTE, ORF, WDR and National Geographic WILD

Best Conservation Program (sponsored by HHMI/Tangled bank Studios)

The Messenger
Songbirdsos Productions Inc. and Films À Cinq/ARTE France

Best People & Nature Program (sponsored by The Nature Conservancy)

Natural World: The Bat Man of Mexico
Windfall Films / Directed by Tom Mustill

Best Science and Nature Program (Sponsored by Marco Polo Films)

License to Krill
DOX Productions Ltd, Films á Cinq, Arte France in association with NOVA/WGBH

Conservation Hero (Sponsored by World Wildlife Fund)

E.O. Wilson—Of Ants and Men
Shining Red Productions, Inc. for PBS

PROGRAM CATEGORIES:

Best Educational/Institutional Program (Sponsored by North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences)

Great Transitions: The Origin of Tetrapods
Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Best Limited Series—Long Form (Sponsored by Universum/ORF)

Life Story
BBC Natural History Unit, BBC Worldwide, Discovery, France TV and The Open University

Best Limited Series—Short Form (Sponsored by Discovery)

Deep Look
KQED, PBS Digital Studios

Best Children’s Program (Sponsored by Boréales)

Secrets of Bumblebees
A co-production by ORF and Power of Earth Productions in association with ORF- Enterprise, bm:ukk and Kultur NÖ

Best Hosted or Presenter-led Program (Sponsored by National Geographic Studios)

David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive 3D
Colossus Productions, Sky and Atlantic Productions
Host: David Attenborough

Best Short Program (Sponsored by MFA in Science & Natural History Filmmaking, Montana State University)
Return of the Cicadas
Samuel Orr Best

Short Short (Sponsored by Conservation Media Group)

Power of Nature: Elephants

BBC Earth Productions

Best Theatrical Program (Sponsored by Terra Mater Factual Studios)

Racing Extinction
Oceanic Preservation Society, Presented by Okeanos - Foundation for the Sea and the Discovery Channel. In association with Vulcan Productions, Earth Day Texas, JP’s Peace, Love & Happiness Foundation, Diamond Docs, and Insurgent Media

Best Immersive (Sponsored by Sky-Skan)

Tiny Giants 3D
BBC Earth Productions Marian Zunz - Camerawork by Jonathan Jones/Ember Films

Newcomer (Sponsored by Disneynature)

Return of the River
Elwafilm LLC

Best Interactive Media (Sponsored by BBC Earth)

David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive 3D
App Atlantic Productions

CRAFT CATEGORIES:

Best Sound (Sponsored by Dolby Laboratories)

Disneynature Monkey Kingdom
Sound Recordist: Andrew Yarme, Sound Editor: Kate Hopkins, AMPS. Tim Owens
Sound Mixers: Andrew Wilson, AMPS. David E. Fluhr, CAS, Johnathan Rush
Produced by
Silverback Films

Best Cinematography (Sponsored by Sony Electronics)

Wild Yellowstone—Frozen Frontier
Brain Farm Digital Cinema for Nat Geo Wild and Terra Mater Factual Studios
Cinematography: John Shier, Dawson Dunning, Curt Morgan. Aerial Cinematography: Nel Boshoff, Richard Burton, Greg Wheeler, Nick Wolcott; Additional Cinematography: Howard Bourne, Jeff Hogan, Theo Jebb

Best Editing (Sponsored by Panasonic)

Wild Yellowstone—Frozen Frontier
Brain Farm Digital Cinema for Nat Geo WILD and Terra Mater Factual Studios
Editor: James Taggart

Best Original Musical Score (Sponsored by PBS)

David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive 3D
Colossus Productions, Sky and Atlantic Productions
Composer: Ilan Eshkeri

Best Writing (Sponsored by Nat Geo WILD)

E.O. Wilson—Of Ants and Men
Shining Red Productions, Inc. for PBS
Writer: Graham Townsley

Special Consideration/Special Jury Awards:

Shark Girl
Kaufmann Productions Pty Ltd. In association with ABC Australia, Screen Australia, Smithsonian Channel & Terra Mater Factual Studios

The Secret Life of Your House
The Garden Productions / Produced by Tony Lee

The Secret Garden: Spring Awakening
Doclights GmbH/NDR Naturfilm, nautilusfilm GMbH, NDR, NDR/ARTE, ORF


2015 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival Trailer from JH Wildlife Film Festival

More at www.jhfestival.org/2015-film-competition.html
www.facebook.com/jhwff
www.instagram.com/jacksonholewild
www.twitter.com/JHWildlifeFilm

See the feature here...

Snake

News image

News image

Conservation Film-making: How to make films that make a difference
A new book by Madelaine Westwood and Piers Warren with a Foreword by Jane Goodall

Never has the time been more critical for film-making to help make a difference to the natural world

From Wildeye
23 September 2015

‘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

To celebrate the launch of the book, for a limited time, we are offering FREE UK postage and reduced postage rates overseas.

Conservation Film-making is available in paperback (£12.95), PDF e-book and for Kindle - see www.wildeye.co.uk/conservation-film-making-book

See the feature here...

Snake

News image

News image

BWPA 2015 Winners Announced!
by British Wildlife Photography Awards
14 September 2015

The British Wildlife Photography Awards proudly announce the winners for 2015.

Winning images are chosen from thousands of entries in sixteen separate categories including a special film category for Wildlife in HD Video and three junior categories to encourage young people to connect with nature through photography.

“The British Wildlife Photography Awards has become one of the most anticipated events in the wildlife photography calendar. The bar in wildlife photography has already been raised to unimaginably high levels of sophistication, innovation and artistic vision, yet the standard somehow continues to get better and better. This latest collection of images is testament to the sheer level of interest in wildlife in Britain and, above all, the remarkable abilities of our wildlife photographers”. Mark Carwardine, zoologist, writer, photographer and broadcaster.

British Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015 is Barrie Williams, for his overall winning picture of gannets on a cliff, ‘On the Edge’ See the feature here...

WILDLIFE IN HD VIDEO WINNER – 'The Last Seahorse in Studland'
Camera, Edit & Production by member Andy Jackson, Written & Narrated by Jacky Daley (SubSeaTV
Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England)


The Last Seahorse from BWPAwards.

"We’re thrilled to share that our film The Last Seahorse in Studland? has won the Wildlife in HD Video category of the British Wildlife Photography Awards 2015. Every year, we’re inspired by the beautiful photographs and films that tell dynamic, breathtaking, and intimate stories of Britain’s wildlife across all categories of the BWPAwards. It’s a great honour to have our work recognised amongst such talented company. Big congratulations to all the other category winners and commended entries. We’re hopeful that winning the competition will bring more attention to the plight of British seahorses and help to protect one of our most iconic marine animals." www.subseatv.net

Highly commended entries:

Brittlestars and Flameshellsby Lindsay Brown, Music by Jason Shaw
Home in the Garden
by Josh Jaggard
Seal Playtime by Sue Daly
British Garden Birds by Kathy Stringer and Nick Poole
Beautiful Berwicks
by Mihali Moore
Mersea Island by Mat Larkin

Island Life by Drew Buckley
Dancing Skies by Owen Carter
Tribute Tonk by Tom Ross and Gary Smith

Congratulations to those above, especially to the marvellous Wildlife-film.com members highlighted!

See the feature here...

Snake

News image

News image

Latest Course News from Beyond Borders Film School
By Sebastien Rombi
21st September 2015

Beyond Borders Wildlife Film School, situated on the Garden Route and in the Kruger National Park of South Africa just had another very successful 21 day and 30 day course with six students. From different origins such as United Kingdom, Zimbabwe, India and South Africa, all six of them produced, filmed and edited 6 great short documentaries, one of them being in 3D!

Helen from the UK produced Evocation

"A designers perspective of colour, pattern and texture in the African Bush"
As an interior designers Helen Eisenstadt, in this beautiful music video, used Mother Nature to compare colour, pattern and texture with her own creative work.
Filmed and edited at Manhingi Lodge - Balule Game Reserve - Kruger National Park.

Mark from the UK produced True Grit

A beautiful biography about Mr Van Reenen whose passion for Wild Africa shaped his life.
From his childhood in Rhodesia to his game ranging roles in the Kruger in the late 1950s Van Reenen never stopped fighting for a better Africa and Mark Eisenstadt captured his message in his own words and in a very original way.
Filmed and Edited at Manhingi Lodge in Balule Game Reserve.
DO NOT MISS THE BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE END OF THE MOVIE

Penelope from Zimbabwe produced Bulldozers Of the Bush

A short documentary showcasing the pros and cons of elephants impact on the african bush. They can be very destructive but they also help the eco-system as well as the humans in many different ways. Watch this video to find out more.
Filmed and edited at Manhingi Lodge - Balule Game Reserve - Kruger National Park

Angad from India produced a 2D & 3D documentary called Haven Of The Bush.
In 2D: www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0omwHUFXeY
In 3D: www.youtube.com/watch?v=hx0lccWTIR8

A short documentary about what some people do to help some animals in the african bush.
Cornell and Jeanneli are two ecologists based in the Balule Game Reserve, South Africa and they are busy rehabilitating a baby wildebeest, some impalas, a bush pig and some very cute meerkats!
Follow their adventures in this video made in 2D and 3D.
Filmed and edited at Manhingi Lodge - Balule Game Reserve - South Africa.
DO NOT MISS THE BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE END OF THE DOCUMENTARY!

Tumeleng from South Africa produced Nature The Great Healer

A short documentary about the medicinal uses of some plants in the african bushveld. A very informative video filmed and edited at Manhingi Lodge - Balule Game Reserve - South Africa.

See the full feature, films and images here...

Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival 2015

Snake

News image

News image

News image


Borneo from Below - Discover the rumble beneath the jungle!
The first ever ongoing series dedicated to Borneo’s marine world...
From Vinay Dalta of Scubazoo
August 2015


Borneo From Below is a new online series by Scubazoo's roving reporter, Aaron “Bertie” Gekoski, showcasing Borneo’s incredible marine environment. Discover the rumble beneath the jungle!

Borneo From Below Trailer

Discover the rumble beneath the jungle with this new web series! Borneo From Below will showcase the region's world-class diving and fascinating characters: freediving 'sea gypsies', huge schools of sharks, flamboyant cuttlefish and more! Plus, we will tackle key environmental issue such as dynamite fishing, shark finning and the trade in endangered animals. Each episode will be posted to Facebook. Please like us to receive regular updates and also watch the trailer below.With thanks to Scuba Junkie#Borneo #Diving #Trailer

Posted by Borneo From Below on Thursday, 30 July 2015

Borneo’s not just about orangutans, pygmy elephants and sun bears. The dive sites around this exotic island are regularly voted the world’s best. And Scubazoo want to show you why. Here you can find weird and wonderful critters such as flamboyant cuttlefish and blue-ringed octopus, along with schools of hammerheads, sperm whales and manta rays.

Borneo From Below is the first ongoing series dedicated to Borneo’s marine environment. Produced by Scubazoo and presented by Bertie, the series will showcase the area's incredible underwater inhabitants. Along with this, viewers will be offered tips to improve their photography and introduced to fascinating local cultures. Borneo From Below will also tackle some key environmental issues, including the trades that are pushing species to the brink of extinction. Footage and images ©Scubazoo www.scubazoo.com

Borneo From Below proudly presents our very first episode: “Landing in Borneo”!In this episode, Scubazoo's roving...

Posted by Borneo From Below on Thursday, 6 August 2015

What is it about Borneo? asks Aaron (aka Bertie) Gekoski

Few places carry such exotic connotations. Jungles filled tree-to-tree with pygmy elephants, proboscis monkeys, sun bears and orangutans. Head Hunters, crazy-looking bugs, rainforests, mountains. And that’s just above the water.

Borneo From Below does little to dampen the romance. This massive coastline – Borneo is the 3rd largest island in the world – is home to world-class coral reefs that are visited by pods of pilot and sperm whales, mantas, whale sharks, gigantic schools of devil ray and more.

Read the full feature here...

Snake

News image

News image

JHWFF 2015 Finalists Announced!
From Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival
5th August 2015

Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival recognizes 80+ of the best wildlife and nature films.

The Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, (JHWFF) the premier event of its genre, has announced the 2015 finalists for its 13th biennial Festival. Winners will be unveiled in Jackson, Wyoming at the Grand Teton Awards Gala on Thursday, October 1st,2015. The awards are one part of a five-day industry conference hosted at the Jackson Lake Lodge in the Grand Teton National Park, September 28-October 2, 2015, that attracts the leading filmmakers, organizations, scientists, broadcasters, and visionaries engaged in conservation and wildlife media. This year’s submissions in the prestigious competition included nearly 1,000 category entries, a record number, competing for 23 special awards. This year’s finalists were selected by over 150 international judges who viewing 3200 hours of media. A distinguished panel of international judges immediately preceding the Festival will select the 2015 award winners. Finalists in Best Sound and Special Consideration will be announced shortly.

Congratulations to the 2015 Finalists!

CONTENT CATEGORIES:

Best Animal Behavior Program

Brothers in Blood: The Lions of Sabi Sand - Aquavision Television Productions
Disneynature Monkey Kingdom - Disneynature/Silverback Films
Life Story – First Steps - BBC Natural History Unit, BBC Worldwide, Discovery, France TV and The Open University

Best Wildlife Habitat Program

Africa’s Giant Killers - Icon Films in association with Natural History Film Unit Botswana, BBC and Animal Planet
Congo - Deep and Dangerous (Ep.1) - Doclights GmbH/NDR Naturfilm; Blue Planet Film, NDR, ARTE, ORF, WDR and National Geographic WILD
Vanishing Kings - A co-production by ORF, Interspot Film, ARTE, Smithsonian Networks, into nature productions and Boksdocs

Best Conservation Program (sponsored by Tangled Bank Studios)

I Bought a Rainforest - KEO Films/The Open University for BBC Two
Racing Extinction - Oceanic Preservation Society, Presented by Okeanos - Foundation for the Sea and the Discovery Channel. In association with Vulcan Productions, Earth Day Texas, JP’s Peace, Love & Happiness Foundation, Diamond Docs, and Insurgent Media
The Messenger - Songbirdsos Productions Inc. and Films À Cinq/ARTE France

Best People & Nature Program (sponsored by The Nature Conservancy)


Wandering Lions of Gujarat promo from Ammonite Films

India’s Wandering Lions - Ammonite Ltd., Kosmik Global Pvt. Ltd., Earth Touch and Discovery Communications India
I Bought a Rainforest - KEO Films/The Open University for BBC Two
Natural World: The Bat Man of Mexico - Tom Mustill/Windfall Films
Racing Extinction - Oceanic Preservation Society, Presented by Okeanos - Foundation for the Sea and the Discovery Channel. In association with Vulcan Productions, Earth Day Texas, JP’s Peace, Love & Happiness Foundation, Diamond Docs, and Insurgent Media

Read about all finalists here...

Snake

News image

Say hello to the Wildeye Conservation Film Festival!!

We are proud to announce the Wildeye Conservation Film Festival, which will be an annual symposium in the United Kingdom where film-makers, conservation experts and web/broadcasters can explore and innovate production techniques for reaching the broadest possible audiences, and celebrate those films that make a difference.

Join us as a delegate, volunteer, exhibitor or speaker …

For the continued survival of life on Earth it is our mission to improve wildlife conservation and environmental protection through the education of the public and those with political power. We are in a period of man-made mass extinction, with rates already many thousands of times the base-extinction-rate, and greenhouse gas emissions continuing to increase despite decades of warnings about climate change. Film-making whether it be for cinema, television or the web is a powerful tool for education and can inspire change. The Wildeye Conservation Film Festival aims to seek ways to utilise this inspirational tool for maximum power in effectively educating and motivating audiences.

The vision for the annual Wildeye Conservation Film Festival is to not only provide an empowering forum for film-makers, web/broadcasters and conservation organisations to discuss better practices for conservation-related productions, but also to celebrate, and bring larger audiences to, those films which make a difference.

The inaugural festival will take place at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK from 28-31 July 2016.


Wildeye Conservation Film Festival Teaser Trailer from Wildeye Conservation Film Fest

The Festival Directors are Piers Warren, founder of Wildeye and Wildlife-film.com & Jason Peters, editor of this newsletter! We really hope that past students, members and subscribers/followers etc will get behind us and the festival aims. It's Time To Focus!!

Our Patrons are: Stephen Fry, Michaela Strachan, Joanna Lumley OBE, Steve Backshall, Bill Bailey, Mark Carwardine, Virginia McKenna OBE, Lee Durrell MBE, Dr. Sylvia Earle, Ian Redmond OBE and Richard Brock – Click here to read more about them.

We are looking for sponsors... Please visit: www.wildeyefestival.org/sponsorship-opportunities or email for further info: jason@wildeyefestival.org

Snake

News image

News image

News image

Winners and Losers – How to turn losers into winners.
By Richard Brock
9 July 2015

A series of fifty short or fairly short conservation films which are really different, and positive. They’re about change and will all be completed by the end of this year, 2015. Twenty five are ready now, including wolves, whales, chimps, white storks, River Thames, squirrels, Dubai, sea turtles, butterflies etc.

Being filmed this summer is “PLASTIC PERIL”. A wet-wipes story and a beautiful seabird, the fulmar, also known as “the Flying Dustbin”. It’s been a great winner but now may becoming a loser. Filming locations include Yorkshire, Cornwall (see photos of Richard Brock and Mark Grantham) and the Antarctic. But also less exciting locations!

“Just imagine this. You are a wet-wipe (or other small piece of plastic domestic debris). Yes, a wet-wipe – bane of the hidden world of sewage disposal. From your typical domestic habitat – a kitchen or more personal bathroom, you are flushed away down a plumbed pipe (of course from a wet-wipes point of view using the standard wildlife film perspective) into another pipe, this time a living one, and then on to a baby living one. Yes you’ve passed from an ‘innocent’ human home and behaviour into the living insides of two birds many miles away on a sea cliff somewhere, to an adult fulmar petrel and it’s chick. It’s a species with an amazing story which feeds its’ chick by regurgitation (lovely word)...

Read the full feature here...

Snake

News image

News image

News image

You’ve got to dream it to live it!
By Danielle Ryan, Bluebottle Films
17 June 2015

If you told us a year ago that we would drive more than five thousand kilometers up and down the east coast of Australia and also fly to Tasmania and Western Australia to film documentaries on the ocean, we would have pinched ourselves with disbelief.

What started as a conversation in a pub over beers, turned into a life-fulfilling journey. It was James Sherwood’s childhood dream to film underwater, and he just so happened to share that dream with the right person.

Before he could blink an eye, he was sitting on the marlin board at the back of a manta ray research vessel, twisting his head over his shoulders waiting for researcher, Frazer McGregor, to call out ‘Go’.

And, off James went with a big smile on his face, lunging into the water, and filming his first ever manta ray.

See the full feature here...

Leeds Beckett University - Wildlife Filmmaking Workshop 2015

Snake

News image

News image

The Northern Film School at Leeds Beckett University's two-week Wildlife Film-making Workshop Starts Soon!
By The Northern Film School at Leeds Beckett University
1st April 2015

At the end of June 2015 the prestigious Northern Film School at Leeds Beckett University will begin its first two-week Wildlife Filmmaking Workshop. Course Leader Nick Wright has this to say:

I can teach you to play the piano in less than a minute. Lift the lid, press the notes – deep notes to the left, higher notes to the right, and a loud and a soft peddle below. The rest, as they say, is practice.

The importance of practice is the basic concept we have adopted for the Wildlife Filmmaking Course. Practice and experience are particular opportunities we aim to build here which can never be accessed by theoretical means alone.

Inevitably, theory and background and knowledge have an important role to play, and these areas are well covered by the Course. Integral sessions cover wildlife law, fieldcraft, macro and long-lens work, specialized techniques, sound production and design, wildlife identification, ethics, screenings, storytelling, editing, history, commentary writing, logistics, navigation, personal safety – all the preparations necessary for wildlife film production.

See the feature here...

Snake

News image

News image

Wildscreen celebrates the launch of latest initiative – Wildscreen Exchange - by curating a free conservation photography exhibition, FRAGILE, showcasing the work of some of the world’s best wildlife conservation photographers.

To celebrate the launch of their newest initiative, the Wildscreen Exchange, Bristol-based charity Wildscreen are curating a free conservation photography exhibition from 9-30th May 2015 at the Grant Bradley Gallery, Bedminster Parade, Bristol. The Wildscreen Exchange is a unique online photo and video library which will empower the world’s conservation organisations with free and affordable digital media to enable the most inspiring and impactful campaigning, educating and storytelling about our fragile natural world.

Wildscreen’s conservation photography exhibition, FRAGILE, will showcase a selection of the imagery that has been donated to Wildscreen by some of the world’s best wildlife photographers. This exhibition will be the first opportunity for the public to see these amazing images and discover the incredible stories that they tell, as well as finding out how they can make a difference. Visitors will also be offered the opportunity to purchase any of the images in the exhibition, with proceeds going towards the further development of this dynamic conservation project.

Watch the Wildscreen Exchange trailer featuring Sir David Attenborough: www.vimeo.com/wildscreenexchange


Wildscreen Exchange Trailer featuring Sir David Attenborough
from Wildscreen Exchange

For more information on FRAGILE, Wildscreen Exchange, or how to get involved, contact the Wildscreen Exchange team at exchange.info@wildscreen.org.uk or on Twitter @WildscreenEx.

Snake

News image

News image

News image

News image

Latest News from Beyond Borders Film School
By Sebastien Rombi
27th March 2015

Beyond Borders Wildlife Film School, situated on the Garden Route and in the Kruger National Park of South Africa just had another very successful 30 day course with four students. From different origins such as Belgium, Germany, Nigeria and UK, all four of them produced, filmed and edited 4 great short documentaries, two of them being in 3D!

Jessica from the UK concentrated on elephants and produced "Sally - The Gentle Giant"

Love and understanding between a matriarch elephant and her handler. Sally, a matriarch elephant, has been with her handler Jeffrey for the past 20 years since Sally was rescued from a culling at Kruger National Park. Their relationship is one that has developed into love.

Ina from Germany concentrated on Rock Monitors and produced "African Dragon"
Carine from Belgium concentrated on snakes in 3D and produced "Bridging The Gap"
Shola from Nigeria concentrated on a guesthouse in Plettenberg Bay and produced a 3D promo video called "La Vista Lodge".

Beyond Borders is very proud of what their students have achieved after learning script writing, camera technology, camera techniques (in 2D and 3D) and video editing (2D and 3).

See the feature here..

Snake

News image

News image

Winners and Losers - A series of 20 minute films for 2015/2016
By Richard Brock
1 March 2015

Richard Brock talking about his new series, which was described as a "great idea" by Sir David Attenborough.

Despite my great age, and after 35 years with BBC Natural History Unit (David Attenborough - Life on Earth, The Living Planet etc ), this is not a trawl through my wildlife/human conservation footage since. Rather, I believe it provides unusual well-documented stories of change leading to new material and suggesting solutions for the future of wildlife, people and the planet. Updates reveal some encouraging efforts and results across a wide range of species, habitats, and issues. Many of the issues are also challenges which the younger generation may face and even overcome.

See the feature here...

Snake

News image

News image

Penguins, George Butler, Cuba and Climate Change: Environmental Film Festival Marks 23 Years in Washington, D.C.
By Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital
1 March 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital, March 17- 29, is the largest and longest-running environmental film festival in the country and the largest film festival in Washington, D.C.

The 23rd annual Festival presents over 160 films selected to provide fresh perspectives on a wide variety of environmental issues facing our planet. A special focus on “Climate Connections” explores the impact of climate change on our world. The 2015 Festival features cinematic work from 31 countries and 96 Washington, D.C., U.S. and World premieres.

Most screenings include discussion with filmmakers, environmental experts and cultural leaders. In addition to over 60 filmmakers who will present their film at the 2015 Festival, speakers will include environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau, climate scientist Joe Romm, actress Kristin Davis and Tommy Wells, the new Director of the District Department of the Environment.

See the feature here...

Snake

News image

News image

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

The 2015 Competition is now open for entries.

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

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

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

Categories www.bwpawards.org/categories

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

Wildlife in HD Video sponsored by Sky

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


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

See the full Press Release here...

Snake

News image

News image

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See the full Feature here...

Snake

News image

News image


Safety in Numbers
By Dick Harrewijn
January 2015

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

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

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

Read the full Feature here...


SAFETY in NUMBERS from Dick Harrewijn

Snake

News image

News image

Brolly and The Recipe!
By Brollyman
January 2015

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

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

Read the full Feature here...


Snake

News image

Discovery Channel Wants Us to Watch a Man Get Eaten By An Anaconda
By Chris Palmer and Shannon Lawrence
7th December 2014

Did you see the man who let a snake eat him on TV last night? Sounds like a joke, but sadly, it’s real. On Sunday, December 7, Discovery Channel will air Eaten Alive, a show that promises the ultimate man versus nature showdown. Armed with a “snake-proof suit,” naturalist Paul Rosolie will allow himself to be eaten by an anaconda.

What were Discovery executives thinking when they green-lighted this program? There’s a simple answer: ratings. In the television industry, ratings are king — even if that means losing reputable programming. Discovery has equated educational programming with boredom, replacing it with shock value to attract viewers. In turn, they’ve thrown conservation and animal welfare out the window.

Is it wrong to aim for higher ratings? No. Any business model would include activities that enhance the success of their product. But for a company with a reputation as a source of educational and environmentally sound information, the decision to air Eaten Alive has serious implications for both public awareness and the wildlife involved in the stunt.

Paul Rosolie - Snakeproof suit
Paul Rosolie in his "snake-proof suit"

Read the full feature here...

Snake

News image

News image

The BBC Life Story story - Filming Techniques!
By Caragh Salisbury - Digital Producer at BBC Earth
25 November 2014

BBC Life Story is a landmark 6-part TV series, currently available on the BBC iPlayer. Presented by David Attenborough, it tells the remarkable and often perilous story of the journey through life.

This is the first series that the BBC Natural History Unit has shot in Ultra High Definition (4k). The quality of the images is much higher with 4k because it captures four times as much information and detail. This has the effect of bringing the viewer closer to, and more in to, the animal’s world. The detail is not just for fun - it actually brings you closer to, and more in to, the animal’s world, because a lot of this is about seeing the lives of these animals on their faces and in their eyes.

The Life Story team spent 1900 days filming the series, in 29 countries across six continents. They travelled a total of 1,850,798 miles – the equivalent of circling the globe 78 times. They recorded a total of 1800 hours of footage – that’s 300 terabytes of data, or the equivalent of 64,000 DVD’s.

Here are some of the filming techniques used in production:

Filming Meerkats - Photo by Sophie Lanfear
Filming Meerkats - Photo by member Sophie Lanfear

Spectacular steadicam moments: Meerkats, Kangaroos and Fur Seals

New filming techniques with the steadicam reveal to viewers the animal’s view of what is happening for the first time. In this instance, the steadicam was used to film a meerkat's view of an encounter with a cobra.

Clip of Meerkats mobbing a Cobra

Read the full feature here...

REVOLUTION - The movie

Snake

News image

News image

News image

News image

News image

News image

News image

News image

News image

News image

News image

News image

News imageBeyond Borders Film School News
By Sebastien Rombi
27th October 2014

News imageBeyond Borders Film School is very proud to announce the opening of their second branch situated in Kruger National Park!


With competitive rates and access to elephants, lions, leopards, cheetahs, rhinos, wild dogs etc ... on 15000 HA property, Beyond Borders is definitely the BEST wildlife film school in Africa.

News imageTheir WEBSITE has been completely re-done and featuresNews image now their Garden Route branch as well as their Kruger National Park branch.

If a 30 day course is too long for you, they now also offer 21 day courses all year round. They had a great past couple of month with some students producing some great short wildlife documentaries. Here is the link of their Youtube Channel if you are interested in seeing some of them: www.youtube.com/channel/UCkJ5D8IGmqymZzJtplKiXWw

One of their latest student produced a wonderful promo video about the animal sanctuaries occurring around their Garden Route branch such as Monkeyland, Birds of Eden and Jukani Predator Park. You can watch it HERE - It is called The Eden Syndrome. Their student also produced a great 3D short documentary about Cape Fur Seals. You can watch the 2D version HERE. It is called Swimming with Seals. The quality of the underwater footage is really amazing!


Student Short Documentaries from Beyond Borders Film School

News imageNews imageThey still have some places available for their course in November (starting on the 21st of November) and the dates for their 2015 courses (21 days and 30 days) are now out on their WEBSITE.

 

A couple of people are already interested in enrolling in Kruger in January/February/March so contact Sebastien Rombi on sebastienr@beyondborders.co.za or via telephone on +27723030582 if you would like to put your name down.

Snake

News image

Wildscreen Panda Awards 2014 Winners Announced!
By Wildscreen
23rd October 2014

The Oscars of the natural history and wildlife film industry - the Wildscreen Panda Awards - were announced at a prestigious and glittering awards ceremony on Thurdsay 23rd of October 2014. The Panda Awards are the centrepiece of the Wildscreen Festival, and were presented by Monty Halls and Patrick Aryee.

This year, the WWF Golden Panda Award - which is given to the best overall production - was given to On a River in Ireland from Crossing the Line Productions (Ireland). The film also took home the Script Award and shared the Panasonic Cinematography Award.

The Outstanding Achievement Award - which is given to an organisation or individual that has made a globally significant contribution to wildlife filmmaking, conservation and/or the public's understanding of the environment went to John Downer.

We hope you had a fantastic time at the Festival and look forward to seeing you all again in 2016!

Wildscreen Award Winners Announced:

Terra Mater Factual Studios Theatrical - Chimpanzee
Disneynature - Silverback Films (United Kingdom)
Kenya Fixer: Jean Hartley/ViewFinders

3D - Enchanted Kingdom
BBC Earth Films (United Kingdom)

Sound: Chris Watson Kenya Fixer: Jean Hartley/ViewFinders Camera: Jonathan Jones

Disneynature Innovation: David Attenborough's Natural History Museum Alive
Colossus Productions (United Kingdom)

NHK Science: Your Inner Fish
Tangled Bank Studios and Windfall Films (USA)

Against All Odds: Legends of the Deep - Giant Squid
An NHK, NHK Enterprises and Discovery Channel co-production in association with ZDF and ARTE (Japan and USA)

Panasonic Cinematography: Shared between Chimpanzee and On a River in Ireland
Disneynature/Silverback Films - Camera: Martyn Colbeck & Bill Wallauer (United Kingdom) & Crossing the Line Productions - Camera: John Murray (Ireland)

Children's Choice Award: Deadly Pole to Pole to Arctic
CBBC BBC and BBC Worldwide (United Kingdom)

Script: On a River in Ireland
Crossing the Line Productions (Ireland)
Script: Production Team

Discovery People and Nature: Bat Man of Mexico
Tom Mustill - Windfall Films (United Kingdom)

Read the interview with Tom Mustill - Director of The Bat Man of Mexico here!

ORF Universum Animal Behaviour - Chimpanzee
Disneynature - Silverback Films (United Kingdom)

Nat Geo WILD Popular Broadcast - Penguins: Spy in the Huddle
John Downer Productions (United Kingdom)

Icon Films Newcomer: Sirocco How A Dud Became A Stud
Ashwika Kapur – Centre for Science Communication (New Zealand)

Bundu Youth: Elephant Seals
Alex Jones/Wildlife Film Productions (USA)

BBC Earth New Media: Earth Unplugged Youtube Channel
BBC Earth (USA)

Campaign: Tools of the Trade
WildAid and Homestead (USA)

Environment & Conservation: Shark Girl
Kaufmann Productions Pty Ltd, in association with Smithsonian Channel, Terra Mater & ABC Australia (Australia)

Music: David Attenborough's Natural History Museum Alive
Colossus Productions (United Kingdom)
Music: Ilan Eshkeri

Films@59 Sound: Hidden Kingdoms - Under Open Skies
BBC, Discovery Channel, RTL, France Televisions & CCTV9 (United Kingdom)
Sound: Tim Owens

Series: Hebrides - Islands on the Edge
Maramedia and Otter Films for BBC Scotland and ITV Studios Global Entertainment (United Kingdom)

Doghouse Editing: Leopards: 21st Century Cats Joint with Wild Canada
Icon Films for BBC (United Kingdom) - Editing: Rupert Troskie with Brian Leith Productions & River Road Films (Canada) - Editing: Matt Meech

Short: The Forgotten Home of Coffee
Kew Gardens & Lonelyleap (United Kingdom)

Presenter Led: Secrets of Bones
BBC & BBC Worldwide (United Kingdom)
Presenter: Ben Garrod

Special Jury Award: Your Inner Fish
Tangled Bank Studios and Windfall Films (USA)

Best of Festival: On a River in Ireland
Crossing the Line Productions (Ireland)

The photographs of the 2014 Panda Awards Winners are now live and can be viewed on the Wildscreen Flickr. Also see photographs from the photo booth at Club Privé - Wildscreen Tuesday Night Party 2014 here!

More on the Wildscreen Festival website.

Wildlife-film.com winning members are listed in bold above... Congratulations to them all!!
NB. If we've missed out your part in any production, please let us know! :)

Read more and see the full list of winners here...

Snake

News image

News image

The Environmental Investigation Agency – 30 game-changing years of exposing environmental crime and exploitation
By Paul Newman EIA
September 2014

The London-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) is a campaigning organisation like no other, and September 17, 2014 marked 30 years of working on the front lines to expose environmental crime and exploitation.

It began with three young activists seeking to make a difference and has grown into unique, manoeuvrable and hugely effective organisation, driving changes in international law and putting the concept of organised transnational environmental crime onto political agendas around the world.

Carving out a solid reputation for investigations and campaigns, EIA works on a wide range of environmental crimes including illegal wildlife trade (tigers, elephants and cetaceans), illegal logging, hazardous waste and trade in climate- and ozone-altering chemicals.

EIA differs from other NGOs in its strong focus on environmental criminality, dispatching investigators to work undercover with hidden cameras, false-front companies and assumed identities, often in harrowing and potentially dangerous circumstances.

Its findings are shared with appropriate enforcement authorities for action, and used to highlight issues and bring pressure to bear on them.

See the full Feature Page here...

Snake

News image

British Wildlife Photography Awards 2014 Winners Announced!
1 September 2014

The British Wildlife Photography Awards proudly announce the winners for 2014.

The Awards celebrate both the work of amateur and professional photographers and the beauty and diversity of British wildlife. Winning and commended images are chosen from thousands of entries in sixteen separate categories including a special film category for Wildlife in HD Video and three junior categories to encourage young people to connect with nature through photography.

“Each year the British Wildlife Photography Awards generates an incredible catalogue of splendid, exciting, imaginative and artistic images, proving beyond doubt that we have the richest palette of life to celebrate in our own backyard. Anyone passionate about protecting and preserving wildlife will be inspired by the British Wildlife Photography Awards, which in its fifth year has done more than any other award to raise the profile of British wildlife”, Chris Packham, TV Presenter and Naturalist.

The Winners

British Wildlife Photographer

BWPA Overall Winner - The Tourist
by Lee Acaster
'The Tourist' by Lee Acaster (London, England)

The winning picture ‘The Tourist’, is by Lee Acaster, for his image of a Greylag Goose in London. "It was a real privilege to have such a close encounter with a wild bird in the very heart of London. I vividly remember the excitement I felt as she patiently waited for me to get the shot, and I knew immediately this was a once in a lifetime opportunity, I’m just grateful that she didn't lose interest as quickly as my children do when I’m taking photographs of them”. Lee Acaster.

Judge Mark Ward, Editor-in-Chief, at RSPB Nature’s Home Magazine commented “The winning photograph shows a familiar bird in a familiar setting, but the visual impact is extraordinary. The stormy, brooding backdrop sets a dramatic scene, while the orange and pink from the bird bring vibrancy to the monochromatic cityscape. Lee’s stunning photograph proves you do not have to travel far from home to capture the very best of Britain’s wildlife images.”

WILDLIFE IN HD VIDEO – 'Tide' by Rebecca Payne (Bristol, England)


Tide from BWPAwards

Highlights of all the commended winners:


BWPA Highlights 2014 from BWPAwards

Highly commended entries:

A Sense of Placeby Max Smith
A Sting in the Tale
by Mat Thompson
Squirrel Island
by Sam Meyrick
Crustacean Sensation
by Sue Daly
Arctic Char
by Andy Jackson
Urban Foxes by Dani Godwin
Beauty and the Beast by Tim Balmer
Sex Life of a Snail by Kathryn Feavers
Morning Placidity
by Hilxia Szabo

Congratulations to those above, especially to the Wildlife-film.com members highlighted!

WildPix Young People’s Awards here: www.bwpawards.org/static/young-winner-2014.html

See the full Feature Page here...

Snake

News image

Jackson Hole Science Media Awards Announces 2014 Finalists
From Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival
1st August 2014

The Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival is delighted to announce the finalists selected for its second biennial 2014 Jackson Hole Science Media Awards. This year’s saw more than 480 entries competing for 21 special awards. More than 140 international judges screened an aggregated 3000+ hours in order to select the finalist films. Finalists in the peer-judged Craft Categories (Visualization, Editing, Writing and Audioscape) and Special Consideration nominations were announced August 15. The 2014 Science Media Award-winners will be selected by a distinguished panel of judges preceding the three-day Science Media Symposium, an industry conference hosted in partnership with WGBH in Boston, September 17-19, and will be announced at a gala Awards Celebration at the New England Aquarium, on September 17th.


Jackson Hole Science Media Awards Trailer from JH Wildlife Film Festival

Congratulations to members Brian Leith Productions, Gulo Film Productions, Silverback Filmsand Montana State University, MFA Science and Natural History Filmmaking Program for their nominations...

Check out the list of finalists here...

British Wildlife Photography Awards

Snake

News image

Gray Area: Wolves of the Southwest
By Alan Lacy
29 July 2014

Missing from the landscape of Mexico and the American Southwest for over thirty years, the Mexican gray wolf is once again roaming the wilderness in portions of Arizona and New Mexico. This species of wolf, often referred to as the lobo, came within one female of extinction in the 1970’s. Thanks to the dedicated hard work of individuals and organizations, this species is now on its way to recovery. However, fewer than 100 are in the wild today. Gray Area: Wolves of the Southwest, is a film on this unique sub-species of wolf, and is intended to create more interest and awareness for this critically endangered species.

Alan Lacy - Gray Area: Wolves of the Southwest

Mexican wolves once inhabited the Southwestern United States and throughout most of Mexico. After many years of extermination campaigns, wolves across America were effectively reduced to near extinction levels within the United States and Mexico. In 1973, the Endangered Species Act was enacted. The Mexican was listed as an endangered species in 1976, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service sent a trapper into Mexico to capture the last remaining lobos on the planet. He managed to capture 5 wolves in various regions of Northern Mexico, and found 2 more in a zoo; the entire species reduced to within 7 animals of extinction. The collaborative efforts between Mexico and the United States saved this species from extinction, and a captive breeding program began.


Gray Area: Wolves of the Southwest from The Last Pack

Read more and #FundThePack here...

Snake

News image

The Demonising of Wolves by Animal Planet
By Richard Brock
22 July 2014

The wolf has had a bad press ever since the Little Red Riding Hood story broke…

“However, pressure from concerned citizens can sometimes make a radical difference. In May 2013, Animal Planet started promoting a new program called Man-Eating Super Wolves with this description: “Razor sharp teeth, killer instinct, and senses so precise they hear your beating heart, and your fear. They’re on the hunt, and now with numbers growing out of control, they’re threatening humans like never before.”

The environmental community was outraged. Jamie Clark, president of Defenders of Wildlife, told me, “At first I was so shocked. I actually thought it was a joke.” She described it as “reprehensible on so many levels.” In a letter to her members demanding that Animal Planet take the show off the air immediately, she wrote, “Animal Planet has sadly joined the legions of wolf-haters waging war on our struggling wolves…(It) is airing a lurid, factually absurd, and shameful special…(which) portrays wolves as bloodthirsty killing machines…This is pure tabloid sensationalism and just plain wrong…This despicable distortion of reality could not come at a worse time for wolves. Wolf-haters have mounted extermination efforts in Idaho and elsewhere, threatening to reverse two decades of hard-won progress for one of America’s most beloved wild animals.” Clark called the program a “shoddy tabloid pseudo-documentary.”

Criticism from the International Wolf Center, renowned wolf expert David Mech, and many others led Animal Planet to cancel the program, showing that public pressure on broadcasters can work.” (Excerpt from Chris Palmer’s upcoming book Confessions of a Wildlife Filmmaker.)

Except on 21st July 2014 Discovery’s Animal Planet showed that same wolf program at 10pm in Britain. And where else on world TV will they continue to desecrate wild animals in this way?

Man-Eating Super Wolves - Sibera Hunter
Discovery Promo Picture - Man-Eating Super Wolves - Sibera Hunter

Read more from Richard here...

Snake

News image

Multi-Award Winning Wildlife Evolution Series Returns!
By NHNZ
4 July 2014

The second season of the multi-award winning and critically acclaimed series, Life Force, premieres on the Science Channel in the USA on Monday 7 July, at 10PM ET/PT under the title Mutant Planet.

Life Force 2 builds on the worldwide success of Life Force, a six part series that explored evolutionary hotspots around the world. The series has been co-produced with NHNZ, NHK and CCTV9, and will premiere in several nations over the next six months.

This blue-chip evolutionary wildlife science series follows the dramas of the daily lives of animals found in biodiverse global ‘hot spots’, unravelling compelling science mysteries, and showing how strange ties and curious connections bind our mutant world. The series sets itself apart from traditional natural history shows by carefully crafting a blend of genres, combining exceptional wildlife photography by world-class crews with CGI, cinematic-style narratives and cutting-edge science.

Read more here...

Wildeye Introduction to Wildlife Film-making Course

Snake

News image

Nominations for natural history film ‘Oscars’ announced!
By Wildscreen
19th June 2014

Today, Thursday 19 June, the nominations for the bi-annual international wildlife TV and film awards have been announced.

Wildscreen’s prestigious Panda Awards received 488 entries from 42 countries, representing the very best in creativity, technological innovation and storytelling from across the industry.

Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive
David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive

Over 30 UK-made wildlife programmes have made the shortlist across 22 different categories. David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive (Colossus Productions) is shortlisted for awards in six categories acknowledging the series’ musical score, accessibility for younger viewers and technological innovation.

Bill Bailey’s Jungle Hero (BBC, BBC Worldwide, Science Channel and Glassbox Productions), Chimpanzee (Disneynature) and Leopards: 21st Century Cats (Icon Films for BBC) have also been shortlisted in multiple categories.

Chimpanzee
Chimpanzee

The Panda Awards – dubbed the ‘Green Oscars’ – forms the centrepiece of the Wildscreen Film Festival which celebrates the very best in natural history film making and takes place in Bristol, England from 19-24 October. The awards ceremony will be held on Thursday 23 October.

The shortlisted films represent some of the best international wildlife films this year with other nominations including the USA’s Mysteries of the Unseen World (National Geographic Entertainment), Kenya’s Lion Guardians (Kire Godal for Lion Guardians), Australia’s Sea Eagle (Mint Productions), and New Zealand’s The Last Ocean (Fisheye Films Ltd) amongst entries from as far afield as Japan, Switzerland, Canada and South Africa.

Read more and see the full list here...

Snake

News image

News image

Tom Mustill - Director of The Bat Man of Mexico
By Jason Peters
13 June
2014

An interview with member, Tom Mustill, the director of The Bat Man of Mexico, a Natural World Special, first showing on BBC Two at 9pm on Friday the 13th of June 2014.


What's the story of your latest film?

It's about a man called Rodrigo Medellin, who is a Mexican conservationist. His great passion is bats, and the film charts the end of his twenty year effort to pull a species called the Lesser Long-Nosed Bat back from extinction, and follows his journey alongside the bats on their migration, which takes them 1500 miles across Mexico from giant underground volcanoes to desert islands. What's rather special about the film is that it is a pretty audacious success story - Rodrigo and his team have brought the bats back from a very precarious level, and now their populations are thriving.

Read the full interview here!

Watch the film on BBC iPlayer until June the 20th! Don't miss it!! :)

Snake

News image

News image

News image

Tutoring in Norway: Wildlife and the Northern Lights using Canon
By Adrian Cale
8th May 2014

I recently travelled to Norway with Canon kit to help tutor aspiring wildlife filmmakers for UK based wildlife filmmaking group Wildeye and our Norwegian host Bernhard Paussett of Norsk NaturfilmOur mission – to film the wildlife and Northern Lights. 

We stayed at Sandsøy Fort (an abandoned coastal fort now fitted out for visitors) on the northwest coast of Norway, where the wild landscape would not have been out of place in Lord of the Rings. Here mountain ranges cloaked in thick snow roll out as far as the eye can see, while all around, sister islands reach from the waves to the sky in equally epic proportions. Surrounded by such rugged beauty this white wilderness is truly a stunning place to visit.

The conditions at this time of the year are extreme to say the least. With temperatures dropping to -11° it was going to be a challenge. At these temperatures communication from brain to fingers can be short lived so the right clothing is essential if fingers are to remain in good working order around a camera.

Read the full Feature here...

Snake

News image

Wildscreen appoints new Chief Executive
By Wildscreen
27th of March 2014

Wildscreen, the award-winning wildlife conservation charity, today announces the appointment of Caroline Copsey as its new CEO.

Caroline joins Wildscreen following 3 years at Dyson Ltd where she most recently held position as the head of marketing for international business development. She started with the company in 2011 as group marketing controller.

Her career to date has given her extensive commercial, marketing and management experience both nationally and internationally working across a wide range of industries. Before Dyson, she was responsible for the introduction and marketing of several national food brands to the consumer market.

Caroline’s experience puts her in an ideal position to spearhead the expansion of existing Wildscreen platforms and to drive forward the development of innovative new projects and the international ambitions of the organisation.

She replaces Richard Edwards, who stepped down as chief executive in November last year to take up a new opportunity with WWF-UK.

See more here...

Wildeye Camera Operator Course

Snake

News image

Wild Pages 14/15 is Out Now!!
By Wildeye Publishing
18th March 2014

The wait for the second edition of Wild Pages: The Wildlife Film-makers' Resource Guide is finally over... We have just recieved the first boxes of the publication and it is now available in print, eBook and Kindle versions! :)

  • Latest edition 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

Please order your copy from the first boxes now! Visit: www.wildeye.co.uk/wildpages/order.html Thank you!!

See more here...

Snake

News image

Our urban neighbour - Dani Godwin on a year of wildlife education and filming Bristols foxes.
By Danielle Godwin
March 2014

My name is Dani Godwin. I am a wildlife photographer and filmmaker living in Bristol, UK. I have always had a passion for the world around me. I love to travel and come into contact with exotic wildlife and different cultures. I have spent much of my time photographing in the wild but I have also spent time observing animal behavior inside zoos. After spending six months travelling around the world, crossing borders by every method possible, playing Pictionary with tuk-tuk drivers and spending time with elephants, wombats and many other animals, I have to say my most memorable moment was giving a BBC Wildlife Magazine to a group of Cambodian children and seeing their faces light up in awe when, for the first time, they saw a photo of a wolf in snow. It was a truly inspiring moment for me.

I was lucky enough last year to be accepted onto the MA Wildlife Filmmaking course in collaboration with UWE and the BBC. It was, so far, the best year of my life. I have come out of the year with a well-rounded understanding of the film industry and have met many great people within the industry, who have given me the greatest advice.

During my time on the course, I was given many opportunities and have created films for WWT Slimbridge, undertaken research for BBC2’s The Burrowers and was, last year, really pleased to have one of my films “Highly Commended” at the British Wildlife Photography Awards. Winter Snow

The highlight for me was being able to create a film on a British animal that I believe needed some attention, The Urban Fox.

Read more here...

Snake

News image

Help OFI build a Forest Enclosure for 3 Sun Bears in Indonesia
By Patrick Rouxel
March 2014

When I first saw Kevin in July 2012 at the OFI Orangutan Care Centre and Quarantine in Central Indonesian Borneo, I was impressed by the size of his canines, the length of his claws, and how powerful he looked. Like most people, I did not dare get too close to his cage.

Desi, much smaller in size and with grey hair on her face, looked much less impressive, but I also kept a safe distance because she seemed to be always grumpy and quick at biting if your hands got too close to her cage.

Hilda was in a dark cage where it was difficult to see her unless you got real close, which I didn't venture doing.

Every day I would get rotting logs from the nearby forest to give to the bears. They loved ripping through them to get to the termites, larva, and forest cockroaches. They just couldn't get enough of them. After a few days, the bears were greeting me with happy faces as I arrived in the mornings.

They were so thrilled about getting these logs and ripping them apart, thrilled about doing what sun bears love to do. They showed no aggression towards me and soon allowed me to stick my arms in their cages to pat them and play.

Read more here...

Snake

News image

News image


Meet the Mexican Ambassador for Keiko, the Untold Story of the Star of Free Willy – Member Karla Munguia Colmenero
By Jason Peters
March 2014

Wildlife conservationist and film-maker, Karla has been given the role of Ambassador in Mexico and Latin America for the film Keiko, The Untold Story of the Star of Free Willy.

Read the letter from the film-maker Theresa Demarest, describing Karla's background and outlining her task:

To Whom It May Concern,

We have entered into an agreement with Karla Munguia Colmenero, wildlife filmmaker and conservationist, to be our ambassador and representative in Mexico for our documentary film Keiko The Untold Story of the Star of Free Willy, which documents the life and true story of Keiko, the orca whale who starred in the hit film Free Willy, and the only orca ever released from captivity into the wild.

Karla was nine years old when she first met Keiko at Reino Aventura...

Read more here...

Snake

News image

News image

Introducing ROAR Talent!
By Wildscreen
5th March 2014

We are launching an incredibly exciting new initiative at the Wildscreen Festival this year. 2014 will be the inaugural year for the Wildscreen ROAR Talent Programme and Bursary!

ROAR Talent Programme

The ROAR Talent programme is a strand of sessions, workshops and events tailored to the knowledge level and requirements of industry newcomers, or beginners in specific areas. The aim of the strand is to teach vital foundation skills and provide valuable trade know-how, with each session acting as a thorough introduction to a specific topic.

The workshops are open to everyone, with the tickets being available to purchase in the same way as all Wildscreen workshop tickets.

ROAR Talent workshops will be denoted in the programme with the ROAR Talent logo, as will all events within the strand.

Read more here...

Snake


News image

News image

News image

AU’s Center for Environmental Filmmaking
And the School of Communication

Present
The 9th Annual Spring 2014 Film Series
Hosted by Chris Palmer

THURSDAY, MARCH 20 at 7pm
JOURNEY TO THE SOUTH PACIFIC (A 3D IMAX Film)

TUESDAY, MARCH 25 at 7pm Reception at 6:30pm
AN EVENING WITH CHRIS PALMER: CAN COMEDY ENCOURAGE CONSERVATION?

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26 at 7pm
STUDENT SHORT ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL

THURSDAY, MARCH 27 at 7pm
OK, IVE WATCHED THE FILM, NOW WHAT?

FRIDAY, MARCH 28 at 6:45 PM Reception at 6:00pm
Presented with the Embassy of Spain
STOP! RODANDO EL CAMBIO (Spain, 2014, 70 min.)

FRIDAY, MARCH 28 at 8pm
ROAMING WILD (USA, 2014, 65 min.)

SATURDAY, MARCH 29 at 6pm
SHOOTING IN THE WILD (USA, 2013, 27 min.)

SATURDAY, MARCH 29 at 7 Reception at 5:00pm
FARMING FOR THE FUTURE: ENDURING TRADITIONS INNOVATIVE PRACTICES

Free and Open to the Public – No Reservation Required

Note: The March 20-29 events below are all part of Washington D.C.’s Environmental Film Festival. www.dcenvironmentalfilmfest.org

Read more here...

Wild Pages: The Wildlife Film-makers' Resource Guide

Snake

News image

BWPA 2013 Highly commended Entrant, Cain Scrimgeour, on his British Photography Experiences
by Cain Scrimgeour
26 February 2014

My name is Cain Scrimgeour I’m a naturalist, wildlife photographer and filmmaker from the North-East of England. Since an early age the natural world has had me hooked. Born and raised in the suburbs of North Tyneside, Newcastle Upon Tyne’s ‘green belt’ was only a stones throw away from my home. My passion developed in the areas of land which were left around the housing estates, wastelands as some people may call them, wildernesses to me.

In 2004 I discovered Holywell Pond, a local Northumberland Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve, it was here that I had the spark, that moment in the natural world, where an interest becomes a passion, and a life. My spark came in the form of a Great Crested Grebe sitting on its nest, how could something so wonderfully different be so close to my home, what else was out there?

Read much more here!

Snake

News image

I was a Dog in Isiolo – The Chinese, Roads, Steam, Rhinos, Elephants and Ivory.
The latest about the greatest wildlife threat of our time.
By Richard Brock
11 February 2014

"May I please draw your attention to this short film linked to the London Wildlife Conference this February on the illegal trade in wildlife, and possible solutions in the future? Please circulate, distribute and pass on the contents to help, in particular, elephants and rhinos. Because they really need it. Just think how the Chinese would react if Africans started stealing their beloved pandas, which are protected by the death penalty!" Richard Brock

Urgent and unusual, this short film tracks the trail of illegal elephant ivory and rhino horn and searches for solutions from Richard Brock...

Edited by member: Gareth Trezise

Read more, watch the film and make comment here!

Snake

News image

Illegal wildlife trade conference offers a watershed moment to conserve iconic species.
By Paul Newman EIA
07 February 2014

LONDON: Just days before UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s landmark Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade, the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) has set out the key actions it believes are essential to tackle the international organised criminal networks plundering the environment. Drawing on 30 years of experience at the front lines of wildlife crime, a new EIA report released today, In Cold Blood – Combating organised wildlife crime, examines wildlife crime case histories and highlights the crucial lessons to be learnt for better enforcement and conservation.

Read more, watch the film a film...

Brock Initiative

Snake

News image

2014 Panda Awards - Call for Entries!
By Wilscreen Festival
7th February 2014

Here at Wildscreen we are very excited to announce the entry call for the 2014 Panda Awards! Entry for the film competition will be open from 7 February - 18 April and we cannot wait to see what you have in store for us this year. In 2012 we received a record-breaking 500 entries from 46 different countries, and would love to beat that this year!

Also... New Categories Announced!

Read more and find out out to submit here...

Snake

News image

Jack Perks introduces his ambitious project to get beneath the surface of our waterways and film all 54 species of British freshwater fish
By Jack Perks
6 February 2014

I’m a wildlife cameraman and photographer by profession, and cover all species from birds to insects, but I have always had an interest in fish, particularly freshwater fish, since growing up in Nottinghamshire there wasn’t exactly much in the way of a coast locally!

Freshwater fish face so many threats now; what with barriers to their movement, pollution, habitat loss and invasive species to name but a few, so I feel that it’s important to document and to show what’s happening. It’s often a case of ‘out of sight out of mind’ with freshwater fish so I’m very keen to put them ‘in sight and in mind’ both with the public and with any other bodies that control, areas of water.

Read more and see some great fish footage here...

Snake

News image

British Wildlife Photography Awards 2014 - Call for Entries by Maggie Gowan of British Wildlife Photography Awards
1 February 2014

The 2014 competition is open from the 1st February.

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

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

The British Wildlife Photography Awards were established to recognise the talents of photographers practising in Britain, whilst at the same time highlighting the great wealth and diversity of Britain’s natural history. Now in its sixth year, this highly acclaimed and unique wildlife photography competition has captivated millions across the nation with outstanding and beautiful imagery. It is a celebration of British wildlife as well as a showcase for photographers and videographers, both amateur and professional.

Read the full 'Call for Entries' feature here!

Snake

News image

News image

Hy Brasil - a sound installation by member Chris Watson

Using wildlife sound recordings from around the world, Chris Watson documents a day on the mystical island of Hy Brasil at Opera North, the Howard Assembly Room, Leeds Grand Theatre. Entry is free and the opening times are 2pm-8pm (Tuesday to Saturday). Spaces are limited to hear Chris speak with special guest Alec Finlay on the 4 March, The Art of Listening, covers his work, career and the fine art of listening. To book a space call 0844 848 2727, visit website at howardassemblyroom.co.uk. Take a look at the trailer here.

More here!

Wildlife Film-making: Looking to the Future

Snake

News image
News image

New York Wild Film Festival Winners 2014
By Nancy Rosenthal - New York WILD Film Festival
28 January 2014

Africa: Kalahari – Best Wildlife FIlm and Best in Festival
Q & A with Executive Producer, Mike Gunton

Gloop – Best Short Film
Q & A with Producer Gaby Bastyra

The Last Ocean – Best Conservation Film
Q&A with Marine Ecologist David Ainley

See the full list of winners here.

Snake

News image

Gloop Wins 'Best Short' at the New York Wild Film Festival 2014
By EcoTales
26 January 2014

Last night the celebrated short film Gloop, from EcoTales, won its fifth award for “Best Short” at New York Wild Film Festival

Gaby Bastyra (pictured), EcoTale's talented Head of Media and one of the creative duo (Gaby and Joe Churchman) responsible for Gloop, was there to pick up the award.

Find out more here.

Snake

News image

The UK Wildlife Film School announces its 2014 Wildlife Film Courses
By UK Wildlife Film School
24 January 2014

The UK Wildlife Film School would like to announce its Wildlife Film Courses for 2014. Filming all of our 2014 courses with Sony-F3 Video Cameras, this year we will be visiting such awe-inspiring locations as the Isle of Skye, Rum, Mull & Jura and the Knapdale Forest.

Read more...

Snake

News image

News image

The Complete Camera Company in Denmark - NaturenLIVE
By The Complete Camera Company
January 2014

Check out what member The Complete Camera Company is up to in Denmark: #NaturenLIVE: Who's Coming to Dinner! A unique experiment using specialist camera equipment.

A Danish production company called ‘We Love People’ got in touch to tell us the amazing story that for the first time in nearly 200 years wild wolves had been sighted roaming the forests of Denmark. They believed that male wolves had crossed the border from Germany and were looking for food and new territory. The plan was to have a deer carcass out in the forest where we would rig 3 cameras, infra red lights and 2 mics.

See the full feature...

Snake

News image

News image

New member, Jonathan Jones, worked on Hidden Kingdoms!
From
Ember Films
16 January 2014

Hidden Kingdoms is an innovative new series from the BBC's Natural History Unit. For the first time it takes the viewer into a unique and unexplored miniature world, immersing you into the action-packed lives of the planet's smaller animals.

Jonathan 'Jip' Jones (Ember Films) was the principal cinematographer on the first two episodes as well as filming the 40 minute 3D IMAX feature which is to be screened soon. It was shot on Red Epic using super slow motion techniques.

Read more...

Snake

News image

Wildlife video Contributors wanted
By WWT
January 2014

WWT are looking for volunteers to work alongside staff in capturing the wildlife action at all our centres on video.

Find out more...

Snake

News image

Wanted: unpaid freelance camera operators.
By Marcus Brent-Smith
January 2014

UK-based NGO is looking for young, keen camera operators to cover the Scottish Tropical Ecology Conference

Find out more...

British Wildlife Photography Awards

UDENA

Wildeye
HTML Comment Box is loading comments...


Environmental Investigation Agency

About Wildlife-film.com

Since the late 1990s Wildlife-film.com has been the leading source of information for the wildlife filmmaking industry worldwide. For over twelve years the site has been Google's number one ranking site for 'wildlife film' and related searches. Our site is viewed in over 175 countries. Our newsletter, Wildlife Film News, is read every month by thousands of people involved in wildlife filmmaking - from broadcasters and producers, to cameramen - we encourage readers to submit their news. We also serve as an online resource for industry professionals and services. Find producers, editors, presenters and more in our Freelancer section, and find out about festivals, training and conservation in Organisations. We encourage amateur and professional freelancers to join our network and welcome all wildlife-film related organisations to join our team.


 


Wildlife Film News is available every month straight to your Inbox!  Subscribe here:


site search by freefind



Like our Facebook Page Follow us on Twitter Google+
Subscribe to our YouTube Channel Subscribe to our Vimeo Channel Pinterest

Royalty-Free Stock Video at Pond5






Free Sound Effects