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

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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

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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.

The Authors


Madelaine Westwood

Madelaine is the founder of the Great Apes Film Initiative and the Pedal Powered Cinema Project. As a wildlife film-maker for over twenty years, Madelaine has learned that moving images can have a powerful effect upon the people who view them. With a background in documentaries working with broadcasters such as National Geographic, BBC, Discovery, Channel 4, plus five years in commercials and corporate films, Madelaine decided to use this experience to try and reach the people who needed to see the films the most – those who live and work in the areas most affected by environmental damage, climate change, habitat loss and species extinction.


Piers Warren

Piers is well known throughout the wildlife film-making industry as the Principal of WILDEYE – The International School of Wildlife Film-making, and as the founder of Wildlife Film News and producer of wildlife-film.com, which he created in 1999. With a strong background in biology, education and conservation, he has had a lifelong passion for wildlife films and has a wide knowledge of natural history. He is one of the founders of the international organisation Filmmakers for Conservation and is also the founder and Director of the annual Wildeye Conservation Film Festival.

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

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