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I’m a Celebrity. 17,000 complaints to UK RSPCA. Why?

The twenty-second series of I’m a Celebrity, of which I haven’t watched twenty-one, has finally ended, with the usual fanfare. It is a show which TV critics believe unites the country in a national conversation and arouses anger over the use of animals. But does anyone really care? – John Brookland

The twenty-second series of I’m a Celebrity, of which I haven’t watched twenty- one, has finally ended, with the usual fanfare. It is a show which TV critics believe unites the country in a national conversation and in some quarters arouses anger over the use of animals. But for the vast majority of viewers it is eagerly awaited and watched. So is it really worth complaining about every year. 

This year the number of complaints to the UK RSPCA about the the use of animals increased. But as usual the producers brushed off any complaints because they know the viewers like it just the way it is and they can survive without those that don’t. It makes huge revenue for the ITV so there is no chance of them ever changing the format. People watch it because they like to see the contestants squirm and they like to squirm with them. . 

If dogs or cats were used on the show.

The animals involved are mostly rats, fish, reptiles and insects which are viewed by many as not “proper animals.” They are not the kind that viewers can empathise with and it is also difficult for people to grasp the notion that such lowly creatures may feel pain or distress, particularly when many cultures eat them anyway.

To most people they are just pests, creepie crawlies, bugs and slimy dangerous reptiles, which we stamp on, spray toxic chemicals on and randomly kill all the time. They are plentiful and not endangered and are mainly of nuisance value to us, so it is difficult to convince anyone to care. Now if dogs or cats were used on the show it would be a different matter. We have, and unfortunately always will have, this rather speciesist and hypocritical attitude to the status of animals and their welfare.

The RSPCA says: "Every year, we are faced with serious concerns about the use of animals, including snakes, insects and other live creatures during the filming of the show. Since ‘I’m a Celebrity’ was first aired, animals have been dropped, thrown, handled roughly, crushed, chased, overcrowded, scared by contestants and prevented from escaping from stressful experiences."

The RSPCA has had 22-years to do something about the show without success which is probably proof that it is an impossible task. This is because they do not have the weight of public opinion supporting them. In reality clogging up their telephone lines and workforce is a fruitless task when their time could be better spent dealing urgent cruelty calls in the UK. They do have a campaign (also see below) at the moment whereby you can email ITV for all the good that will do. Far better perhaps to campaign and complain to the Australian RSPCA and State officials to stop them hosting the show, but of course they have their own version and seem little interested.

Read more: animalrightsandwrongs.uk/2022/11/im-a-celebrity-17000-complaints-to-uk-rspca-why

Unhappy campers: I'm a Celeb – RSPCA

Stop the use of live creatures on ITV's I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here

Returning for its 22nd season, I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here is one of ITV's most anticipated reality shows. It's also one of the most worrying.

Every year, we are faced with serious concerns about the use of animals, including snakes, insects and other live creatures during the filming of the show.

Since 'I'm a Celebrity' was first aired, animals have been dropped, thrown, handled roughly, crushed, chased, overcrowded, scared by contestants and prevented from escaping from stressful experiences.

With this year's series returning to Australia, we're more concerned than ever about the use of live animals on the show and the example it sets for viewers.

The show's messaging and the potential to prompt people to try and copy the 'bushtucker trials' at home for entertainment is also worrying and we feel that deliberately portraying certain species as nasty or frightening or as objects that can be used purely for entertainment rather than sentient, living creatures sends out totally the wrong message.

Stop cruelty at the I'm a Celeb camp: rspca.org.uk/getinvolved/campaign/imaceleb


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New Film ‘The Oil Machine’ Reveals The True Price of our Dependence on Oil and Whether Activists and Investors Can Spark its End
By Jason Peters
November 2022

Cosmic Catand Sonja Henrici Creates are thrilled to announce that new documentary THE OIL MACHINE, directed by Emma Davie (Becoming Animal, I Am Breathing) and produced by Sonja Henrici (Merkel, Time Trial) will be released in UK cinemas from 4th November 2022, just ahead of this year’s COP 27 commencing on 6th November, in addition to an impact campaign which promotes urgent and critical discussion.

THE OIL MACHINE explores our economic, historical and emotional entanglement with oil by looking at the conflicting imperatives around North Sea oil. This invisible machine at the core of our economy and society is now up for question as activists and investors demand change. Is this the end of oil?

IPCC Climate Report signalled "Code Red" for humanity & urged no more drilling for fossil fuels: New Powerful Film ‘The Oil Machine’ Reveals The True Price Of Our Dependence On Oil - Released 4 Nov Days before COP27.

Director, Emma Davie said: “Over the next few months, the UK Govt aims to put out 100 new licenses for oil companies to bid for exploration rights in the North Sea. These companies are likely to be from all over the world. This is at a time when the IPCC Climate Report has signalled "Code Red" for humanity and urged no more drilling for fossil fuels. How does our democracy deal with this largely unknown world of oil at our doorstep at a time when climate change is causing fires, floods and huge devastation to people all over the world? Now more than ever it is vital we understand what is happening in the North Sea. We need to be informed about processes such as the licensing rounds which hitherto have been invisible to most of the public and to understand the link between finance and oil. 

This film is made to stimulate debate across the country at such a significant time. Screenings and public debates will be hosted by different sectors of the community ranging from MP's to activists, scientists to lawyers, teachers to investment bankers. Every sector of our country is affected by this and we aim to mobilise a huge public discourse in all areas of society.”

THE OIL MACHINE reveals the hidden infrastructure of oil from the offshore rigs and the buried pipelines to its flow through the stock markets of London. As the North Sea industry struggles to meet the need to cut carbon emissions, oil workers see their livelihoods under threat, and investors seek to protect their assets. Meanwhile a younger generation of climate activists are catalysed by the signs of impending chaos, and the very real threat of global sea level rises. THE OIL MACHINE explores the complexities of transitioning away from oil and gas as a society – are we getting ever more embedded in it?

We have five to ten years to control our oil addiction, and yet the licensing of new oil fields continues in direct contradiction with the Paris Climate Agreement. This documentary looks at how the drama of global climate action is playing out in the fight over North Sea oil. 

By highlighting the complexities of how oil runs through every aspect of our society - from high finance to cheap consumer goods – THE OIL MACHINE brings together a wide range of voices from oil company executives, economists, young activists, pension fund managers and considers how this machine can be tamed, dismantled, or repurposed.

The film features a fascinating array of voices, including:Holly Gillibrand (dubbed “Scotland’s Greta”), Kevin Anderson (Professor of Energy & Climate Change, Manchester University), Emeka Emembolu (Senior VP of BP North Sea), Jake Molloy (Regional Organiser, RMT Union), James Marriott (co-author of Crude Britannia), Mikaela Loach (Edinburgh medical student), Sir David King (former UK Govt. Chief Scientific Advisor), Deirdre Michie (CEO of Oil & Gas UK), Steve Waygood (Chief Responsible Investor at Aviva Investors), Tessa Khan(climate lawyer from Uplift), Ann Pettifor (economist & author), and others.

“I believe that what we do over the next five years will determine the future of humanity for the next millennium.”  Sir David King, UK Government’s Chief Scientific Advisor 2000–2007, in THE OIL MACHINE

Tessa Khan (climate lawyer from Uplift) said: “The Oil Machine is an incredibly timely look at the role that the oil and gas industry has played in shaping the UK. When we are in the midst of a historic energy affordability crisis and climate crisis, it’s vital that we examine the ways that the industry has become entangled with our politics. The UK Government’s recent announcement of a new oil and gas licencing round—despite the fact that it will do nothing to bring down the cost of energy and will only further fuel the climate crisis—is just the latest example of the power that the industry wields. There has never been a more urgent need to shift away from oil, and yet we are witnessing an industry in resurgence. The next few years will be a vital test of whether or not we can stand up to the oil machine.”


The film is launching an impact campaign to engage discussion and create a call to action, starting with its signup page here: theoilmachine.org/after

We live in an oil machine and we are running out of time. The film shows how much we depend on oil and gas, and why that needs to change.

Through THE OIL MACHINE, the film plans to engage different facets of society in the discussion about how we transition away from an oil-based economy:

  • Sparking discussions after watching the film

    Every screening of THE OIL MACHINE can kick off a discussion in your community on how the North Sea plays a role in determining our future.

    No matter if you're an oil worker or a climate activist, an investor or an educator, a scientist or a politician – we’d love to hear from you if you can be part of the discussion at one of our screenings.

    We also make it very easy for you to host your own event.

  • What’s been happening since filming?


    The issues raised in the film have become even more urgent with recent upheavals in energy security, the cost of living, and our climate. One year on from the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, we’re now going back to the film’s contributors to ask them how recent global events have shaped the ongoing debate about oil.

  • What needs to come after The Oil Machine?

    We have to act now and make sweeping changes that move our societies away from dependence on fossil fuels. What will you do to help? What are your demands from those in power? We're asking the film’s contributors to share their ideas to get you started.

The Oil Machine – Official Trailer

A Sonja Henrici Creates Production for BBC Scotland and supported by The National Lottery through Screen Scotland.

THE OIL MACHINE will be released in UK cinemas from 4th November 2022!

Running Time: 82mins

Social Media:


Follow: facebook.com/theoilmachine & twitter.com/theoilmachine + instagram.com/theoilmachine

Visit the website for more: theoilmachine.org

See the Full Feature here ...


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Introducing VMI's Kit Wizard

So you have your favourite camera and your go-to lenses and accessories but when do you ever consider using newly arrived kit?

To answer this question, VMI have constructed a website module allowing visitors to enter an initial set of parameters and build a totally customised camera kit, choosing from every available combination of cameras, primes, zooms, grip and accessories.

The VMI Create Your Kit Wizard will take you on a tour of all of the different equipment groups and help you to build a comprehensive Shooting Kit. You can select appropriate camera and lens combinations and then add all peripherals such as wireless lens control & video links, matte box & filters, monitors, head & legs, grip and everything that you are likely to need in order to build a shooting kit.

Go here and build your kit: vmi.tv/kit-wizard


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It's time to meet the 2022 Earthshot Prize Finalists

After a year scouring the globe we can now reveal our cohort of incredible 2022 Finalists.

Representing five different continents, this year’s fifteen finalists have blown us away with their ingenuity, passion and ambition to tackle the biggest environmental challenges our planet faces.

The five best solutions will be awarded a huge £1 million prize fund to scale their work, at the 2022 Earthshot Prize Awards in Boston this December.

Discover the 2022 Finalists below and learn more about them here: earthshotprize.org/winners-finalists

Introducing the Finalists of The Earthshot Prize 2022. Over the coming weeks, this five-part series will tell the inspiring stories of fifteen incredible solutions to some of the greatest environmental challenges we face on Earth today.

The Finalists announced by The Earthshot Prize today are:

  • Protect and Restore Nature - Desert Agricultural Transformation | Hutan | Kheyti Greenhouse-in-a-box
  • Clean Our Air - The Ampd Enertainer | Mukuru Clean Stoves | ROAM
  • Revive Our Oceans – The Great Bubble Barrier | Indigenous Women of the Great Barrier Reef | SeaForester
  • Build a Waste-Free World – The City of Amsterdam Circular Economy | Fleather | Notpla
  • Fix Our Climate - 44.01 | LanzaTech | Low Carbon Materials

Trailer | The Earthshot Prize 2022 Finalists: Solutions to Repair our Planet

The Earthshot Prize profiles their 2022 Finalists, whose innovative solutions to fight the climate crisis aim to repair our planet in this decade. Learn more about what inspires them and their work in this five-part series.

The Earthshot Prize 2022 Finalists: Solutions to Repair our Planet

Visit: earthshotprize.org/winners-finalists


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Tom Hanner on Filming Darwin's Beetle Specimens – Wildscreen Director Q&As

National Film and Television School Graduate Tom Hanner delves into his sources of inspiration, his passion for the hidden world of beetles and what it was like handling antique specimens in the Natural History Museum.

"A journey into the weird, wonderful and truly astonishing lives of the small yet mighty creatures who keep the world turning – beetles. They have been successful for millions of years, yet today they’re in serious trouble; what does the future hold for these incredibly important animals, and for us if they disappear?" - The Caretakers

Tom Hanner on Filming Darwin's Beetle Specimens | Director Q&As

This Q&A was recorded on 4 November 2022 as part of Wildscreen Festival 2022. ‘The Caretakers’ was selected for Wildscreen’s Official Selection.

If you were a Wildscreen Festival delegate, watch the full film here until Dec 16th: matchmaking.grip.events/WildscreenFestival2022/app/profile/6891588 (or buy a pass!)

Tom's Instagram: instagram.com/tom.hanner

The Caretakers TRAILER (2021)

Visit: tomhanner.com/the-caretakers


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The Abbeville Bird and Nature Film Competition PHOTO COMPETITION is open!

Since 1991, our Festival has become one of the biggest bird photography competitions in Europe.

The Grand Prix will win €1,500 and 1st Prize in each category, €800. The Public Prize and the Prix du Public and the Young Talent will get €500.

An exhibition of the best pictures will be set up in Le Crotoy, Bay of Somme, during the 32nd edition of the Bird and Nature Festival, April 22- 30, 2023.

Find out more here: festival-oiseau-nature.com/concours/en/concours-photo-international
Closing December 1st, 2022 at 10 pm (Paris time)


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WWF's 2022 Living Planet Report: How much wildlife have we lost?

The Living Planet Report 2022 is a comprehensive study of trends in global biodiversity and the health of the planet. This flagship WWF publication reveals an average decline of 69% in species populations since 1970. While conservation efforts are helping, urgent action is required if we are to reverse nature loss.

Biodiversity loss is not only an environmental issue, but economic, development, security, social, moral and ethical issue too. Industrialised countries are responsible for most environmental degradation but it is developing nations that are disproportionately impacted by biodiversity loss. We all have a role to play in building a nature-positive society that safeguards the planet for the good health of everyone.

WWF's 2022 Living Planet Report: How much wildlife have we lost?

Learn more: livingplanet.panda.org

Download the Report: wwf.org.uk/our-reports/living-planet-report-2022

READ: Researchers Report a Staggering Decline in Wildlife. Here’s How to Understand It – nytimes.com The latest update to an important assessment found that populations had declined by an average of 69 percent since 1970. But that might not mean what you think.

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The Trials of Life: A Natural History of Animal Behaviour by David Attenborough

The third and final updated edition of David Attenborough’s classic Life trilogy. Life on Earth covered evolution, Living Planet, ecology, and now The Trials of Life tackles ethology, the study of how animals behave.

‘This is, quite simply, the best thing I’ve ever done.’ Sir David Attenborough on the TV series, The Trials of Life, upon which this book is based.

This is the third and last of Sir David’s great natural history books based on his TV series and competes his survey of the animal world that began with Life on Earth and continues with Living Planet.

In Life on Earth, Sir David showed how each group of animals evolved. In Living Planet he looked at the way they have adapted to the whole range of habitats in which they live. Now, in Trials of Life, he completes the story by revealing how animals behave – and why.

Praise for the New Edition of Life on Earth:

‘It does not disappoint. The new Life on Earth is as glorious as the first’ – Guardian

‘A beautiful and wide-ranging work. The breadth of natural history covered is extraordinary and mesmerising’ – New Scientist

The book is available at Book Depository with FREE delivery worldwide.

Also at Amazon.co.uk

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Listen to the Land Speak: A Journey into the wisdom of what lies beneath us by Manchán Magan

Our ancestors developed a uniquely nature-focused society, centred on esteemed poets, seers, monks, healers and wise women who were deeply connected to the land. They used this connection to the cycles of the natural world – from which we are increasingly dissociated – as an animating force in their lives.

In this illuminating new book, Manchán Magan sets out on a journey, through bogs, across rivers and over mountains, to trace these ancestor’s footsteps. He uncovers the ancient myths that have shaped our national identity and are embedded in the strata of land that have endured through millennia – from ice ages through to famines and floods.

Here, the River Shannon is a goddess, and trees and their life-sustaining root systems are hallowed. See the world in a new light in this magical exploration into the life-sustaining wisdom of what lies beneath us.

'We could do with a lot more characters like [Manchan] dotted about this world.' – Irish Independent

'Manchan creates a gorgeous tapestry that lingers in the mind's eye.' – Kerri Ni Dochartaigh

'Manchan['s] ... got some theories about the roots of the Irish language that are going to blow your head off ... an incredible storyteller.' – Blindboy Boatclub

'Manchan's passion for Ireland's ecological and poetic heritage is more urgently relevant than ever.' – Darach O Seaghdha

Manchán Magan is a writer and documentary-maker. His most recent book Thirty-Two Words for Field was a runaway bestseller. It inspired a picture book for children, Tree Dogs, Banshee Fingers and Other Irish Words for Nature, with illustrator Steve Doogan, which was also a bestseller. Manchán writes occasionally for The Irish Times and presents The Almanac of Ireland podcast for RTÉ Radio 1.

The book is available at Book Depository with FREE delivery worldwide.

Also at Amazon.co.uk


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New, must-read book from CIWF's Philip Lymbery: Sixty Harvests Left: How to Reach a Nature-Friendly Future

Taking its title from a chilling warning made by the United Nations that the world's soils could be lost within a lifetime, Sixty Harvests Left uncovers how the food industry is threatening the planet. Put simply, without soils there will be no food: game over. And time is running out.

From the United Kingdom to Italy, from Brazil to the Gambia to the USA, Philip Lymbery, the internationally acclaimed author of Farmageddon, goes behind the scenes of industrial farming and confronts 'Big Agriculture', where mega-farms, chemicals and animal cages are sweeping the countryside and jeopardising the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat and the nature that we treasure.

In his investigations, however, he also finds hope in the pioneers who are battling to bring landscapes back to life, who are rethinking farming methods, rediscovering traditional techniques and developing technologies to feed an ever-expanding global population.

Impassioned, balanced and persuasive, Sixty Harvests Left not only demonstrates why future harvests matter more than ever, but reveals how we can restore our planet for a nature-friendly future.

Sixty Harvests Left (book launch film)

"The warnings are coming thick and fast now and Lymbery's are clear, concise and truly frightening - we are burning and poisoning the global larder. But we have solutions that we must implement now" -- Chris Packham

"The chilling title is the red flag; the contents, however, lay out all the remedies to save the planet and its species, including ours, and make for absorbing and sometimes terrifying reading. Minutely researched, and written for laymen as well as experts, Sixty Harvests Left deserves to be read world-wide and acted upon immediately. I cannot recommend it highly enough." -- Joanna Lumley

"In this beautifully written book, Philip Lymbery describes how intensive agriculture harms the environment and inflicts suffering on sentient animals. But after visiting and talking to those on the front line - scientists, farmers and food providers - he is able to show that there are sustainable alternatives. And that they are working. There is indeed hope for the future of our planet, and each one of us can play a part. I urge you to read Sixty Harvests Left." -- Dr Jane Goodall, DBE, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace

"We seriously can't recommend this book enough. It's a must read." JP

Sixty Harvests Left: How to Reach a Nature-Friendly Future's Celebrity Launch!

Joanna Lumley officially launched CIWF's Global CEO, Philip Lymbery’s third book, Sixty Harvests Left: How to Reach a Nature-Friendly Future, at Hatchards Bookshop in Piccadilly, London on the 17th August.

The event, attended by several of high-profile supporters and influential journalists, celebrated the powerful new book which follows the successful release of Farmageddon and Dead Zone.

Sixty Harvests Left describes how, far from being ‘a necessary evil’, factory farming is threatening the very survival of our planet and that ending the industrialisation of the countryside is key to saving our children’s future.

CIWF Patron, Dame Joanna Lumley, who hosted the launch, said: “As long as I can remember I've seen everything linked together, that is people, and animals and places and time and how we eat and the seasons... and no part of it is more of less important than the other.

“I was overwhelmed when I read this book, because it addresses all the horrors that keep me awake at night… but in Philip’s book it shows that if we follow the simple, and sometimes complicated, and sometimes challenging rules, we can get out of this."

The book shines a light on the dark side of food production and highlights the reality of our global food system. It confronts ‘Big Ag’, whose mega-farms, chemicals and animal cages are sweeping across the countryside around the world, and jeopardising the very air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat and the nature we treasure.

As highlighted in The Guardian, new data collated for the book found that there are now more than 1,000 US-style mega-farms in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, with some holding as many as a million animals. These large-scale intensive units prevent animals from expressing their natural behaviours.

But Sixty Harvest Left also offers solutions, detailing the pioneers who are battling to bring landscapes back to life, in a world where wildlife, hens, pigs and people thrive by protecting the very thing that our civilisation is built on: soil.

“Sixty Harvests Left is a book about urgency, but also hope,” said Philip at the launch event. “The solutions are just waiting for us to take them down and save ourselves.”

The book is available at Bookdepository.com with FREE delivery worldwide.

Also: Amazon.co.uk

Sixty Harvests Left (post launch film)

Royalties from the book will help CIWF to continue our fight against factory farming.


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Netflix Plots Natural History Push: Morgan Freeman To Narrate Two Series & David Attenborough Returns With Season 2 Of ‘Our Planet’

Netflix is heading back in to the wild with a major new natural history push.

The streamer has ordered six new series including Our Universe and Life on Our Planet narrated by Morgan Freeman and renewed David Attenborough’s Our Planet for a second season. It is doubling down on the ‘Our’ brand with Our Oceans, Our Living World and Our Water World.

The push, headed by Adam Del Deo, VP Documentary Series, comes after Our Planet was watched by more than 100M households since its launch in April 2019 and President Barack Obama’s Our Great National Parks launched in April.

Our Universe blends wildlife footage with cosmic special effects and take viewers on an adventure to explore the connections that drive our natural world. From the birth of the sun to the birth of a sea turtle, Our Universe uses animation to dramatize the celestial forces that generated our solar system, while using modern camera and CGI technology to highlight the most iconic, charismatic animals on Earth.

Narrated by Freeman, the six-part series premieres on November 22. It is produced by BBC Studios and exec produced by Andrew Cohen with Mike Davis as showrunner.

Freeman also narrates Life on Our Planet, the story of life’s battle to conquer and survive on planet Earth. It will explore the 99% of earth’s inhabitants lost to the deep past. In partnership with Industrial Light & Magic, the series uses the latest technology and science to bring long extinct creatures back to life.

The eight-part series, which will launch in 2023, comes from All3Media’s Silverback Films and Amblin Television. Dan Tapster, Keith Scholey, Alastair Fothergill are series producers with Fothergill and Scholey exec producing alongside Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey.

Our Planet II, narrated by Attenborough, will also launch in 2023. From the team behind Planet Earth, it will follow more animals on the move and unravel the mysteries of how and why animals migrate to reveal stories in the natural world.

Produced by Silverback Films, the four-part series is exec produced by Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey with Huw Cordey as series producer.

Our Oceans will explore the tropical warm waters of the Indian Ocean, to the fiery depths of the Atlantic, from the unpredictable waters of the Pacific that are surrounded by a ring of fire, to the freezing isolation of the Southern and Arctic Oceans.

Produced by Freeborne Media and Wild Space Productions, the five-part series will launch in 2024 ...

Read more: deadline.com/2022/11/netflix-natural-history-morgan-freeman-david-attenborough-1235159763


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National Geographic Dominates Documentary Emmy Awards Wins, Led By ‘The Rescue’ and ‘The First Wave’

National Geographic dominated the documentary categories of the 43rd annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards, winning eight total during the Thursday night (29th September) ceremony. The event, announced by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and hosted by Vice News’ Alzo Slade, were presented at the Palladium Times Square in New York City..

As previously announced, Sir David Attenborough was presented with a lifetime achievement award, introduced by cinematographer, time lapse photographer and documentarian Louie Schwartzberg. Dame Judy Dench also appeared via pre-recorded video to celebrate Attenborough.

“Tonight’s Emmy winners exemplify the role of the documentarian at its best; filmmaking that champions the advance of truth in the interest of the communities we all serve,” said Terry O’Reilly, Chairman, NATAS. “We congratulate tonight’s honorees and thank them for the indispensable service they provide to our nation and the world.”

Added NATAS president/CEO Adam Sharp: “What a journey we have all travelled to get us here tonight. As indicated by our record-breaking number of documentaries this year, the breadth and scope of the work nominated tonight has revealed that in spite of the difficult circumstances of the last few years, the talent, innovation and sheer passion exhibited by the professionals we honor this evening has never been higher.”


“The First Wave” (National Geographic)


“CNN Films: The Hunt for Planet B” (CNN)


“Puff: Wonders of the Reef” (Netflix)


“Nature: The Elephant and the Termite” (PBS) Writer: Mark Deeble

Read more: Variety.com/2022/tv/awards/documentary-emmy-awards-2022-winners-natas-national-geographic-1235389449


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David Attenborough narrates same-sex mating ritual in epic Frozen Planet II clip

The BBC’s highly popular Frozen Planet II left fans in awe after showing off an adorable gay albatross couple.

The incredibly popular docuseries showcased the mating habits of the Antipodean wandering albatross on Sunday (2 October).

The show is narrated by living legend David Attenborough, who explained that the seabirds land on small coastal islands to find mates for the upcoming breeding season.

Like many species in the order of Procellariiforms, albatrosses face a long and arduous process of mating rituals between potential breeding partners until a suitable mate is found. It can take years.

These rituals often take place in the spring as the days turn longer and the searching mates, who begin at age 14, are more abundant.

Frozen Planet II focused on the mating habits of a specific albatross, who was attempting to find love in a small patch of the Antipodes islands.

After a brief stand-off with a competing male, the female albatross quickly lost interest and decided enough was enough, flying off to find a more suitable partner.

“It seems that this is not going to be his year after all,” Attenborough remarked.

But before all hope was lost, the male spotted another potential mate and began the ritual once more – but this time, his mate was another male.

According to Attenborough, there has been a sharp decline in female albatrosses because their usual feeding spot further north has been overwhelmed with industrial fishing fleets that hunt them.

Because of the offset of male and female albatrosses, same-sex partnerships have become increasingly common in the wild, despite already being quite frequent.

“A same-sex partnership like this may bring no survival advantage, but is apparently preferable to a life alone,” Attenborough concluded.

The albatrosses in a same-sex partnership | Frozen Planet II - BBC

More here: pinknews.co.uk/2022/10/03/gay-albatross-couple-frozen-planet-ii


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Introducing VMI's Kit Wizard

So you have your favourite camera and your go-to lenses and accessories but when do you ever consider using newly arrived kit?

To answer this question, VMI have constructed a website module allowing visitors to enter an initial set of parameters and build a totally customised camera kit, choosing from every available combination of cameras, primes, zooms, grip and accessories.

The VMI Create Your Kit Wizard will take you on a tour of all of the different equipment groups and help you to build a comprehensive Shooting Kit. You can select appropriate camera and lens combinations and then add all peripherals such as wireless lens control & video links, matte box & filters, monitors, head & legs, grip and everything that you are likely to need in order to build a shooting kit.

Go here and build your kit: vmi.tv/kit-wizard


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The Impact of David Attenborough and the Natural History Unit | 100 Years of the BBC

David Attenborough recounts some of his timeless moments exploring the natural world with BBC Studios' dedicated Natural History Unit.

From his first major series Zoo Quest in 1954 to the amazing advances in technology that have made shows like The Green Planet possible.

The Impact of David Attenborough and the Natural History Unit | 100 Years of the BBC

Visit: bbc.co.uk/100


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Hundreds of historical wildlife films dating back to the 19th Century have been preserved in archive

Recordings of a boxing kangaroo, decoy gull heads and an experiment in high definition video are among nearly 300 natural history films digitised as part of the ‘Making Wildfilm History Archive Project’.

A grant from the Wellcome Trust to the University of Bristol’s Special Collections has enabled the comprehensive cataloguing of this remarkable archive, containing some the world's most pioneering wildlife films gathered together in this unique collection. Eric Ashby playing with fox Eric Ashby

The earliest example of animal behaviour on film is from 1895, ‘Das Boxende Kanguruh’ by Max Skladanowsky. The captive marsupial is recorded boxing against a human, capturing animal movement and behaviour in a way audiences had never seen before.

The archive charts the progress of wildlife filmmaking for over a hundred years, including the ‘golden era’ period between 1960-1985, which paved the way for today’s big budget, technologically advanced blue-chip productions. It contains unique records from the BBC Natural History Unit’s ground-breaking ‘Life on Earth’ series, broadcast in 1979 – ranging from production stills, scripts and travel itineraries, to oral history interviews with writer/presenter Sir David Attenborough, composer Edward Williams, and cameraman Martin Saunders, who recounts filming Attenborough’s famously close encounter with a mountain gorilla, and how they nearly lost this iconic footage to the Rwandan Army.

Source material from the WildFilmHistory project led by Bristol based organisation Wildscreen, which ran from 2008-2012, sits alongside production papers and stills collected by Jeffery Boswall (1931-2012), a Producer for the BBC Natural History Unit. Recordings from industry symposiums and festivals capture debates on issues of conservation and climate change, and the moral responsibilities of wildlife film-makers.

Other unique highlights include a 1965 film of an expedition by John Hurrell Crook to the High Simien in Ethiopia to observe Gelada Baboons, produced by the University of Bristol’s Psychology Department, in collaboration with the BBC’s Natural History Unit. An intriguing experiment with decoy gull heads is among a collection of films from renowned ethologist Niko Tinbergen (1907-1988). There’s also footage of an early experiment in High Definition filming made in 1987 at Morecambe Bay.

In addition, oral history interviews with 60 industry pioneers have been digitised from their video master tapes to the latest digital preservation standards.

Further information about the archive is available online at bristol.ac.uk/library/special-collections/strengths/wildfilm

From: bristol.ac.uk/news/2022/october/wildfilm-archive-.html


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Filmmaking and Technology: A Powerful Storytelling Duo – Roxy Furman

Filmmaking is much more than simply creating something that is visually beautiful, it is about telling stories. These stories have the power to create change. I am not just talking about activist films that follow a strict agenda to ignite action towards a specific cause. A simple film allowing someone insight into an animal’s life, falling in love with its beauty, could ignite long-lasting change in a person’s behavior. This is why wildlife filmmaking can be so incredibly powerful as a tool for conservation.

One of the first films I made was with a couple of friends who did the same Wildlife Filmmaking Masters as me. We headed to Devon for a few days to film the first beavers present in England in over 100 years – this was the first-ever legally sanctioned reintroduction of an extinct native mammal to England. This legal status was given to the iconic beaver, which is now permanently residing on the River Otter in Devon. This was extremely exciting news for many animal lovers, and the perfect opportunity to get out and do some filming, to share this rewilding success with others.

Beavers used to be present throughout England, Scotland, and Wales, but were driven to extinction in the 16th century, predominantly due to hunting for their fur, meat, and castoreum (a secretion used in perfumes, food, and medicine). During the time of their reintroduction to Devon in 2008, there was a lot of controversy about their presence, and people’s concerns about the impact they would have on the infrastructure on neighboring land. As such, Devon Wildlife Trust’s River Otter Beaver Trial was established in 2015 to measure the impact of their presence. This 5-year study was a huge success and revealed that their presence actually enhanced the ecology of the river catchment in East Devon, increased fish biomass, improved water quality, and their dams worked as natural flood defenses. As such, in 2020 it was ruled that they were here to stay.

Stories like this are incredibly important to share because across the world, humans have reduced, or completely eliminated, wildlife from their native land. Sometimes this occurred so many years ago, that people in those areas now have an untrue perception, or even fear of that species, and feel opposed to their return. Seeing the success of the beaver gives hope for the possible reintroduction of other species.

The next big film I made was called I Am Capable, and it was the final piece for my Masters degree. My original plan for this film was to travel to Sumatra and tell a story about human-wildlife conflict. However, the pandemic hit, and plans changed. The Masters was pushed back and I began working for Silverback Films.

Read more: news.lenovo.com/filmmaking-and-technology-a-powerful-storytelling-duo


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The Conservation Game: New Documentary Exposes Big Cats Exploited on TV

A new documentary exposes ‘ambassador animals’ on TV and uncovers the secret of what happens to big cats after their TV fame days.

The Conservation Game is a new documentary presented by The Passionate Eye and tells the story of Tim Harrison, a retired cop and now director of the non-profit Outreach for Animals. Harrison makes a ‘bombshell discovery while undercover at an exotic animal auction. Harrison unveils where these animals come from and what happens to them “when the cameras turn off.”

The documentary follows Harrison as he suspects that America’s top television celebrity conservationists may be secretly connected to the exploitative exotic pet trade.

According to the documentary, there are now more tigers living in captivity in the United States than there are wild tigers in their native ranges. The exotic animal market is a multimillion-dollar business that runs thanks to fake sanctuaries, roadside zoos, and private menageries that have little to no federal oversight.

In the documentary, Harrison investigates into the secret world of the big cat trade. He and his team take their fight to the U.S. Congress and urge lawmakers to pass federal legislation that would end the private breeding and exploitation of these animals.

During the documentary, Harrison, as well as animal welfare advocate and researcher Jeff Kremer tracks down ambassador cats that were once used in television shows but are now nowhere to be found.

Read more: onegreenplanet.org/animals/the-conservation-game-new-documentary-exposes-big-cats-exploited-on-tv

THE CONSERVATION GAME. Official Trailer. Now Available on Apple TV, Amazon + More!

Visit: theconservationgame.com


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Off the Fence premieres “The Letter” at the Vatican, on YouTube

BAFTA- and Oscar-winning prodco Off the Fence (My Octopus Teacher) is premiering its newest doc, The Letter: A Message for Our Earth, via a showing at the Vatican and on YouTube on Tuesday (October 4).

The doc is inspired by Pope Francis’ letter which calls for the people of the world to take “swift and unified global action” against global warming. It boasts access to the Pope, and also tells the stories of people around the world whose lives have been profoundly affected by climate change.

The doc premieres on YouTube on Tuesday, with a premiere event and screening occurring at the Vatican on the same day. Attendees at the screening include leading figures in the climate debate from around the world, ambassadors, and contributors to the film, including Arouna Kande, a climate refugee from Senegal; Chief Dada, an Indigenous leader from Brazil; U.S. conservationists Greg Asner and Robin Martin; and 13-year-old climate activist Ridhima Pandey.

Thousands of private screenings have also been planned to occur around the world in the coming months

The doc was produced in full collaboration with the Laudato Si’ Movement and the Vatican, and was written and directed by Nicolas Brown (H20: The Molecule That Made Us; Human Planet), produced by Ellen Windemuth, and executive produced by Off the Fence CEO Bo Stehmeier

“Putting today’s greatest challenges at the center of the story is at the core of what we as an organization try to do — to continuously inform, explain and evaluate — and in order to do this, we like to collaborate with as many voices as possible,” said Stehmeier in a news release

"The Letter is a powerful reminder of our responsibility as human beings, regardless of race, creed or color, to come together in solidarity for the greater good of one another and the preservation of our planet.”

From: realscreen.com/2022/10/04/off-the-fence-premieres-the-letter-at-the-vatican-on-youtube

The Letter tells the story about the Pope’s call to care for our planet. For info on translated versions and how to take action, visit TheLetterFilm.org

In 2015, Pope Francis wrote Laudato Si’ (The Letter); an encyclical letter about the environmental crisis to every single person in the world. A few years later, four voices that have gone unheard in global conversations have been invited to an unprecedented dialogue with the Pope. Hailing from Senegal, the Amazon, India, and Hawai’i, they bring perspective and solutions from the poor, the indigenous, the youth, and wildlife into a conversation with Pope Francis himself. This documentary follows their journey to Rome and the extraordinary experiences that took place there, and is packed with powerfully moving personal stories alongside the latest information about the planetary crisis and the toll it’s taking on nature and people.

Because, in the words of the Laudato Si’ Movement chair Lorna Gold, “once you know, you CANNOT look away.”

The Pope, the Environmental Crisis, and Frontline Leaders | The Letter: Laudato Si Film

Learn more about the protagonists and how you can take action at TheLetterFilm.org


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Hans Zimmer: I found my calling with Sir David Attenborough documentaries - BBC Newsnight

The Oscar, Grammy, Golden Globe, and Bafta winning film composer Hans Zimmer is releasing a double album of reimagined versions of some of his most famous film themes, and this month the BBC is showing a documentary looking back on his four-decade career.

Zimmer, who created the scores for films including Top Gun: Maverick, The Lion King, No Time to Die and The Dark Knight, spoke to BBC Newsnight about this work and his latest project, composing for Frozen Planet II, and his environmental work with Sir David Attenborough.

Hans Zimmer: I found my calling with Sir David Attenborough documentaries - BBC Newsnight

Newsnight site: bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0d7l1lv


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Island of the Sea Wolves: behind the scenes of the Netflix hit series

Documentary director Chelsea Turner on the making of the three-part series, which stars the incredible sea wolf.

A sea otter, bobbing in the waves, cries out to his mother. An aerie of bald eagles swoops toward an ocean swirling with herring. A lone sea wolf patrols a glassy shoreline as mist rises from a forest-carpeted mountainscape.

Island of the Sea Wolves, which premiered last month on Netflix, offers a glimpse into the ecosystem inhabitants of Vancouver Island. At the juncture of land and sea, the father-daughter duo Chelsea and Jeff Turner at Vancouver-based River Road Films follow the journeys through the seasons of Vancouver Island’s amazing animals, including sea wolves, Vancouver Island marmots, sea otters, orcas, bears and eagles. Narrated by actor and comedian Will Arnett and accompanied by a score (by Laurentia Editha and Denise Santos) that feels like nature-doc-meets-Pirates-of-the-Caribbean, the series blends incredible cinematography (by Maxwel Hohn) with detailed research and engaging storytelling.

Co-director Chelsea Turner spoke with Canadian Geographic about what went into the making of this fascinating series — and what it meant to film the documentary in her own backyard.

On the sea wolves as a leading character

Each of our five main animal characters are special and charismatic in their own ways. But I think the sea wolf is just such an iconic animal for Vancouver Island — and the way it makes its living and uses the sea for food is just so unique among canines. A lot of the stories [in the series] were about that relationship between the ocean and the land and what it means to have that island habitat. We felt like the sea wolves really embodied that relationship, because they’re obviously land animals, but they’re also very much using the sea — and bridge those two worlds right on the edge between the land and the sea. And they’re so charismatic, too. We really knew we could effectively follow a whole family through all three seasons and see what kind of surprises life had in store for them, and follow their journey. So, for all those reasons, we felt like they would be a great  leading character to ground the series.

Read more: canadiangeographic.ca/articles/island-of-the-sea-wolves-behind-the-scenes-of-the-netflix-hit-series


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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture's Northwoods Rewilding Network celebrates its 50th land partner!

Scotland TPB's flagship network of land partners committed to rewilding, has grown to 50 in its first 18 months, revealing a huge appetite for nature restoration across Scotland...

Northwoods was launched in April 2021 and has expanded rapidly, with the network now covering more than 13,000 acres.

"The thread that runs through the network is a determination to be part of the solution to climate breakdown and biodiversity loss." James Nairne, Northwoods Project Lead

Their latest film, Why Rewild?, celebrates this milestone as the Northwoods partners share why they have chosen to rewild.

Why Rewild?

Visit: scotlandbigpicture.com/northwoods


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"We can do it... We must do it." Sir David Attenborough - BBC

“We can do it. We must do it. Then there will be a future for the planet." - Sir David Attenborough

Our frozen planet is changing. Discover what these changes mean for the world as a whole.

"We can do it. We must do it." | Frozen Planet II - BBC

To stand any chance of saving Our Frozen Planet, it's vital that nations work together to limit global warming.

Visit: bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0d6n8tm


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The Future of Wildlife Content in a Climate Change Era

What is the future for wildlife filmmakers in an age of disinformation, climate change denial and widespread disinterest?

‘If we had communicated the facts well enough,’ asserts presenter and paleoanthropologist, Ella Al-Shamahi, ‘COP27 wouldn’t be happening next month.’

As it stands, COP27 is happening and the machine of global discussion, rather than action, lumbers on. This is the predicament facing the world’s natural history creatives, and the dilemma posited before a group of 5 award-winning, world-renowned members of the wildlife film industry at this year’s Wildscreen Festival.

‘We are communicating to the converted very well,’ continues Ella, ‘And we are not communicating to the unconverted well at all.’

Several nods murmur through the audience.

‘What are we doing wrong?’

In an age blighted by disinformation, viral antagonism and entrenching internet enclaves, the digital sphere presents a hostile landscape to explore. Yet this is the frontline for natural history filmmakers across the world in their battle to amplify nature’s voice.

Previously, natural history filming served research, documentary, educational and entertainment purposes. However, with climate change poisoning every natural habitat on earth, the future of the planet’s ecosystems is at stake. The job of communicating this crisis lies in the hands of a small and highly specialised industry struggling to find its voice, and even its place, in the new digital hierarchy.

Read more: epigram.org.uk/2022/10/18/the-future-of-wildlife-content by Alexander Sana Sampson


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Making TV Shows, with the BBC & Albert

albert's Director Carys Taylor & wildlife filmmaker Tom Mustill appeared on this episode of the "Big Green Money Show"

From Dragons' Den to costume dramas, what’s being done to make TV greener?

Plus Deborah and Fliss examine the BBC's promise to become the world's most sustainable broadcaster.

Listen: bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0db7r9r


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The climate films shaping society

We need a subtler, more varied portrayal of climate change in film than just climate disaster blockbusters, says Becca Warner

In a fictional hospital in Seattle, surgeons are sweating through their scrub caps as a heatwave descends on the city. With a sudden whoosh and a clank, the building's overworked air conditioning system comes to a halt. Within minutes, the stifling temperature makes it unsafe to operate, and surgeons are forced to rush to finish their procedures.

The Grey's Anatomy doctors are navigating the same relationships and patients that have kept them on our screens for some 400 episodes of the show. But in this episode, for the first time, the backdrop to the drama is the very real issue of climate change. The air conditioning system, Dr Richard Webber says, "wasn't designed to be pushed that hard". Dr Addison Montgomery replies: "the Earth wasn't designed to push this hard".

It's a relatively rare example of the many kinds of climate-related storylines that are typically missing from fictional TV and film worlds. Social scientists and non-profits argue that climate is a topic that belongs in many kinds of on-screen stories, not just the occasional climate-disaster thriller. But can seeing the realities of climate change affecting characters on the big and small screen really help us to relate differently to the unfolding climate crisis – to cope better, or even change our behaviour?

Read more: bbc.com/future/article/20221021-how-climate-change-in-film-shape-society


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“POO DUNNIT!” says Richard Brock

This story is about the long and beautiful River Wye between Wales and England, from source to mouth, through one year, about one of the most changing parts of Britain.

A crime has been committed with a wildlife and human view, we look at the River Wye as it is, has been, and could be!...in other words, how the river could be winning or losing, and that’s due, as usual, to us. Let’s explore the potential, and see if there’s time to repair damage done, and how the future might look if wildlife and people who care are given a chance, to help this river corridor into the
future. The two characters we’ll follow all the way downstream, the heron and the mallard duck are well-adapted to land, water and the air and we’ll be with them all the way down to the sea in 2022. And that brings us to another crucial world...

Continue reading this and MUCH more in the Brock Initiative Spring 2022 Newsletter!

Subscribe and see past Brock Initiative Newsletters here: brockinitiative.org/newsletter

Poo-dunnit? Coming soon.

The River Wye as it was, how it is today and how it could be in the future, with a lot of help from its friends.

Work-in-progress: Please visit here to view work-in-progress on this film project as we complete the sections: brockinitiative.org/river-wye-work-in-progress

In the meantime, watch our Best Beaches film: brockinitiative.org/best-beaches-for-british-nature-2

Best Beaches for British Nature

Right around Britain in one year with a seabird's eye view... revealing the most beautiful, wildest beaches with the most exciting wildlife to be found there. Meet puffins, sharks, red squirrels, masses of shore birds, ducks and geese, ospreys, reptiles, rare butterflies, otters, salmon, pine martins, little egrets, seals, and orchids in beautiful sand dunes.

Filmed and produced by Richard Brock Aerials Ross Birnie Edited by Gareth Trezise

Go here to find all the Wildlife Winners & Losers films: brockinitiative.org/about/about-wildlife-winners-and-losers

Socials: facebook.com/BrockInitiative, twitter.com/brockinitiative & instagram.com/brock_initiative

Website: www.brockinitiative.org & Blog


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Solo Camping Adventure Into Big Cypress Backcountry – Florida Outdoors Series with Ewan Wilson

Big Cypress is a massive natural preserve that both steals the heart and brings dread to any adventurer who plans to go deep into this swampy territory. It's full of alligators, black bears, venomous snakes, and god knows what else.

Knowing all of this it was only natural for me to plan a trip to Big Cypress when I discovered a trail that will take me through the preserve. This challenge is something I have always wanted to do, it's a full-on trip through a wild ecosystem. All of my food, water, and camera gear will be on my back as I attempt to cross the 33mils trail that will take me through the heart of Wild Florida and out the other end, hopefully. I hope you enjoyed this adventure into the primeval wilderness of backcountry Florida.

I hope you enjoyed the video and stick around for more. Till next time friends!

Solo Camping Adventure Into Big Cypress Backcountry | Florida Outdoors Series - EP 1

I am an adventure filmmaker who is passionate about all things nature, history, and travel! My personal mission is to try and understand the world through the medium of filmmaking, whether that be fascinating history, an animal that just captures my imagination or a location that just needs to be filmed. In short, I just love this crazy place we call planet earth, and I want to share my adventures with whoever wants to watch! So I hope you enjoy my work and stick around to see more.

Follow me on: Instagram: instagram.com/ewanwilson_adventurefilms


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“Troubled Tributary” Wins Student Emmy

“Troubled Tributary” was awarded a Student Production Award for the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter in the Non-Fiction Long Form category.

The full listing can be found here.

The students of the Center for Environmental Filmmaking’s COMM 568 - Environment & Wildlife Production for Public Broadcast produced an outstanding program “Troubled Tributary” that aired on Maryland Public Television at the end of April as part of their Chesapeake Bay Week series.

“Troubled Tributary” explores the beauty and ongoing challenges of Maryland’s longest watershed, from pollution run-off that affects the most vulnerable communities, in particular historical Black communities, to rising water levels and other climate-crisis issues.

It features Patuxent Riverkeeper Fred Tutman, the only African-American Riverkeeper in the United States, whose ancestors date back to Maryland’s first freed slaves. Congratulations to grad students Jess Wiegandt, Lia Nydes, Nicole Wackerly, Alyssa Michener, Becky Lake and the rest of the class!

Watch here: Troubled Tributary: Maryland’s Patuxent River


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Path of the Panther Shows How Impact Campaigns Instigate Change Through Film

For the team behind the conservation documentary Path of the Panther, making the film was just the beginning.

The film, which just won an audience award at the Naples International Film Festival, is part of an increasingly popular focus on “impact producing,” which emphasizes using films to instigate positive change. As Path of the Panther director Eric Bendick puts it, impact producing is “the outreach effort that goes beyond the film into the world.”

“Ultimately, every doc has a perspective and a politics. Whether you are forward with that political statement, or whether it’s subtle and underneath, every documentary is political,” he explained at Naples. “Impact producing is an extension of the perspective of the film, in that it wants to mobilize an outcome or a goal for the world.”

Path of the Panther tracks wildlife photographer Carlton Ward Jr.’s mission to photograph the elusive Florida panther in the Everglades. The film’s impact campaign has included pushing for the passage of the Florida Wildlife Corridor Act, which was passed unanimously last year by Florida lawmakers and signed into law by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. It protects key regions of the Everglades from a series of toll roads being built straight through them. Since the bill’s passage, the state has acquired even more land for conservation.

Path of the Panther impact producer Tori Linder, who is a native Floridian, describes conservation as “Florida’s hallmark bipartisan issue.”

“Floridians care about their environment, and we see broad public support when this issue goes to the polls … And yet, we continue to see this conflict between the economic development of the state and the protection of our hidden wild in our own backyard,” she says. “So, we must provide Floridians the tools to advocate for these places and take action at all levels.”

“The state has a tremendous conservation legacy that is unlike most others in the country, and much of that was led with bipartisan support,” Linder continues. “You have the work of both Republicans and Democrats to thank for what still exists here, what has allowed the Panther to recover and what still allows its future. Today, the Florida wildlife corridor is intact. We have work to do to ensure that it is permanently stays free. But I’m very grateful.”

The Path of the Panther team isn’t finished, however. Next it plans to get the word out in schools.

Read more: moviemaker.com/path-of-the-panther-impact-producing-can-affect-legislature-and-classroom-curriculum


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Polar bears to sea lions: Stories behind the camera from Wildlife Photographer of the Year

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition - run by the Natural History Museum - serves as an annual celebration of nature's majesty.

This year more than ever, the images reflect not just the aesthetic glory of their subjects, but the precariousness of their futures too - with stunning results.

Channel 4 News have been speaking to some of this year's entrants, who gave them an exclusive preview of their work.

Polar bears to sea lions: Stories behind the camera from Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Follow Channel 4 News on Instagram: instagram.com/Channel4News

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year 59 competition is now open for entries until 8 December 2022: nhm.ac.uk/wpy/competition/enter-the-competition


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Vice Studios Global President Kate Ward Replaces Tom McDonald At BBC Studios

Kate Ward, Vice Studios Global President and the boss of Pulse Films, has joined BBC Studios to oversee factual.

The signature hire was unveiled this afternoon and will see Ward take over from Tom McDonald, who departed to Nat Geo earlier this year.

Ward will oversee a portfolio that includes the prolific Natural History Unit, which recently opened an LA office, along with the Docs, Science and Factual Units. She will also look after the factual indies BBC Studios has stakes in, such as Louis Theroux’s Mindhouse Productions and Rogan Productions.

BBC Studios Productions CEO Ralph Lee hailed her “infectious passion for great documentary storytelling and a deep understanding of the content market.”

Read more: deadline.com/2022/09/vice-kate-ward-bbc-studios-tom-mcdonald-1235124557


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Have your say in saving wildlife: People’s Plan for Nature

Hear why the RSPB has teamed up with WWF and The National Trust to launch the People’s Plan for Nature. It’s your chance to shape the future of nature and it’s easy to have your say.

What is the People’s Plan for Nature?

The nature crisis affects everyone, and we believe everyone should have a say in how we solve it. The People’s Plan for Nature is the UK’s biggest ever conversation about the future of nature.

The biggest ever conversation about nature

The People’s Plan for Nature starts by seeing people from all walks of life sharing ideas for how we can make the UK’s nature something to be truly proud of.

Create a shared vision for nature in the UK

100 people from across the UK will be selected to take part in the People’s Assembly for Nature. They will develop a plan and a set of recommendations for change on behalf of the UK public.

Work together to save nature

When the People’s Plan for Nature is published, it will be too big for anyone to ignore. The plan will set out how the government, businesses, NGOs and communities can take action to protect and restore nature. Together, we can all play our part to save nature.

Why do we need the People’s Plan for Nature?

We want everyone to be involved in shaping the future of nature in the UK. The nature crisis affects everyone, so we should all have a say in how we protect and restore nature.

Have your say in saving wildlife | The People’s Plan for Nature

Visit: peoplesplanfornature.org


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‘Wildcat’ Trailer Follows a Veteran, a Ph.D. Candidate, and an Ocelot Into the Amazon

Melissa Lesh and Trevor Frost direct the Prime Video documentary about trauma and animal conservation, out December 21 in theaters.

Amazon Prime Video is pushing new wildlife documentary “Wildcat” — from directors Melissa Lesh and Trevor Frost and producers Joshua Altman and Alysa Nahmias — into the busy nonfiction fall fray. This powerful documentary, made at the intersection of military PTSD and animal conservation, debuted at the Telluride Film Festival this past summer to strong notices. Prime Video will now release the film in theaters on December 21 and on the streaming platform on December 30.

Per the official synopsis, “Wildcat” follows the inspiring story of young veteran Harry Turner on his journey into the Amazon. Once there, he meets Ph.D. candidate Samantha Zwicker, who is running a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center, and his life finds new meaning as he is entrusted with the life of an orphaned baby ocelot. What was meant to be an attempt to escape from life turns out to be an unexpected journey of love, discovery, and healing.

Read more: indiewire.com/2022/11/wildcat-trailer-prime-video-documentary-amazon-jungle-1234778387

Wildcat - Official Trailer | Prime Video


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What David Attenborough leaves out ...

The broadcaster’s stunning documentaries have redefined the way we see nature—but they only tell a partial story of life on Earth

David Attenborough’s Frozen Planet II, recently broadcast on BBC One, is his 139th series for the BBC as a producer, writer, presenter or narrator. And there’s more to come. Next year will see the arrival of Wild Isles, billed as “an eye-opening celebration of British and Irish wildlife” and narrated by Attenborough. Since 2005, BBC viewers have come to know British wildlife through Springwatch—a chatty, digestible, familiar programme, very much the soap opera to the prestige drama of Frozen Planet. It will be interesting to see how different our landscapes will seem once the elite corps of the BBC Natural History Unit (NHU) helicopters onto our fells and downs, toting drones, low-light cameras, macro lenses and motion-triggered time-lapse tech. Perhaps Wild Isles will feel like a sitcom on the big screen: the same characters, but better lit, in nicer locations and with the timing just that little bit off. 

What Wild Isles is sure to have in common with Springwatch is a focus on individual emotive stories. Attenborough’s great early works—Life on Earth (1979), The Living Planet (1984)—were grand unfolding narratives of geological change and evolution; but later programmes make the animals the stars. “Storytelling took a huge shift in Planet Earth II [from 2016], being character-led, emotionally engaging and intimately shot,” says the conservation writer and filmmaker Mary Colwell, who has worked with the NHU for many years. “No longer was it the ‘voice of God’, but the audience immersed in the motivation and jeopardies of the characters.”

Read more: prospectmagazine.co.uk/magazine/what-david-attenborough-leaves-out


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HOGWOOD: a Modern Horror Story from Viva! is NOW ON NETFLIX!!

You’re being lied to. Each day, you are bombarded with messages reassuring you that the UK has the highest welfare standards in the world. Through careful marketing and misleading labels, we are led to believe that farmed animals are well cared for and that eating meat is natural, normal and necessary. It’s time to uncover the truth. This is the film the meat industry doesn’t want you to see.

Narrated by Game of Thrones actor Jerome Flynn, HOGWOOD: a modern horror story has already sent ripples throughout the animal agriculture industry. It sparked a nationwide Day of Action where thousands of people came together to protest outside 150 Tesco stores. Over 70,000 people signed a petition urging Tesco to drop Hogwood. It became one of Viva!’s most far-reaching campaigns to date.

The film will be the culmination of months of investigative work by the Viva! team who worked tirelessly to expose the kind of unspeakable cruelty to animals many mistakenly think we have consigned to the history books.

It shows the concerted efforts to silence Viva! and exposes the negligence and inaction by government bodies and corporations alike. The film follows the Viva! Campaigns team as they enter some of Britain’s biggest factory farms for the very first time and sheds new light on the shocking things that lie beyond the public gaze. It explores why factory farming is supported and follows the brave fight to expose the truth and change the world.

Hogwood: a modern horror story - NOW ON NETFLIX (2022 Trailer)

From: plantbasednews.org/more/videos/slay-vegan-fashion-documentary-rebecca-capelli-interview

Hogwood is now available to stream on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Apple TV, and Google Play

Peter Egan, British Actor best known for his roles in the TV shows Ever Decreasing Circles and Downton Abbey, and the films Chariots of Fire, Bean, and Death at a Funeral.“I truly believe HOGWOOD can change the hearts and minds of all who watch it. This powerful documentary could put an end to the damaging animal industries which threaten our very existence. HOGWOOD must be shared far and wide.”

Visit: www.hogwoodmovie.com

"Anyone who eats pigs (pork, jowl, shoulder, butt, belly, ribs, hock, side, loin, ham, sausages, bacon, chops, foot/trotter … all names for flesh from a cut-up dead pig) should make themselves watch this film.

In fact anyone who consumes animal products full stop should give enough of a fuck to actually see where the majority of meat/dairy comes from. Despicable places, hidden away from public view, places that torture animals with unimaginable cruelty just to produce cheap meat, eggs and dairy products. Anyone who buys these products should know that this horror story is entirely in their name. This knowledge should make you sad, angry, and sick to the stomach. The awareness should make you want to engage in helping to end such vile practices. Don’t make excuses for the perpetrators of these crimes. Don’t be complicit. Don’t look away.

I hear so often through my work that “people don’t like to be preached to”, that "people don’t want to get home from a hard days work to watch something depressing and finger-wagging”, that “vegans think that they are better than non-vegans and so this holier-than-thou approach creates a barrier to communication, putting them at odds to those they are preaching to rather than enabling the finding of common ground”.

Frankly I am sick of hearing these things. They are all excuses for not allowing the truth to be told. I truly believe that if everyone had seen all of the films, footage and real-life cruelty that I’ve seen, read the many books, scientific papers and articles that I’ve read … On the cruelty, on the vastly damaging impact of the animal agriculture industry on the planet, on the natural world, the climate emergency, including pollution (air, sea (dead zones), rivers/freshwater, eutrophication, micro-plastics, soil degradation etc), habitat destruction, biodiversity loss, extinctions and the genesis of viral pandemics, on antibiotic over-use creating resistance, and on general human health (listen to my friend Dr Josh Cullimore in the film!) … I truly believe that they would independently come to the same conclusions that I have. That they can’t be a contributing part to all of the atrocious wrongdoings born out of the animal agriculture industry. They just need to make the effort to look … then choose to accept and act.

“If we don’t act now, who will?” Jerome Flynn, who narrates the film

Please watch this film with an open mind and I would genuinely love to hear what you think. I’ll be very happy to point you towards other resources that might help you see. Just ask!" JP

Visit: www.hogwoodmovie.com


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ZDF Studios & Curiosity explore ‘Restless Planet’ in co-pro docuseries

ZDF Studios subsidiary ZDF Digital has partnered with Curiosity and ZDFinfo for Restless Planet (working title), a new science series exploring the history of the world.

The 5 x 50-minute Curiosity original science documentary series spans 4.5 billion years when Earth was first formed through to the modern day, exploring the dramatic history of our planet and the catastrophes that determined Earth’s fate.

Produced by ZDF Digital, a subsidiary wholly owned by ZDF Studios, in association with Curiosity and its flagship streamer Curiosity Stream, as well as ZDFinfo, the series is now filming in eight locations: Chile, Australia, Indonesia, Iceland, USA, Canada, Switzerland and Germany. The title will be delivered in June 2023 and ZDF Studios will handle all international sales outside of the co-production partner’s rights.

Ralf Rueckauer, VP of unscripted, ZDF Studios, commented: “Restless Planet is an extraordinary series based on all the latest research with the involvement of some of the world’s top experts in the fields of planetology, science, geology, physics and biology.

“This is also a timely and thought-provoking documentary as we face the ever-growing threat of climate change.”

In related news, ZDF Studios has secured global distribution rights to Smart Swarms, a new 2 x 52-minute documentary that studies the behaviour of wildlife operating within swarms. Produced by Spiegel TV for ZDF’s Terra X slot, the two-parter is expected to have completed production by mid 2023.

“The scientists involved in making this production, their experiments and findings add another layer to this fascinating subject. Combined with beautifully filmed scenes of nature’s swarms, this is a documentary that will captivate audiences everywhere,” said Rueckauer.

From: tbivision.com/2022/09/06/zdf-studios-curiosity-explore-restless-planet-in-co-pro-docuseries


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The Climate Book by Greta Thunberg available now

We still have time to change the world. From Greta Thunberg, the world's leading climate activist, comes the essential handbook for making it happen.

You might think it's an impossible task: secure a safe future for life on Earth, at a scale and speed never seen, against all the odds. There is hope - but only if we listen to the science before it's too late.

In The Climate Book, Greta Thunberg has gathered the wisdom of over one hundred experts - geophysicists, oceanographers and meteorologists; engineers, economists and mathematicians; historians, philosophers and indigenous leaders - to equip us all with the knowledge we need to combat climate disaster. Alongside them, she shares her own stories of demonstrating and uncovering greenwashing around the world, revealing how much we have been kept in the dark. This is one of our biggest challenges, she shows, but also our greatest source of hope. Once we are given the full picture, how can we not act? And if a schoolchild's strike could ignite a global protest, what could we do collectively if we tried?

We are alive at the most decisive time in the history of humanity. Together, we can do the seemingly impossible. But it has to be us, and it has to be now.

"With The Climate Book, a stunning and essential new work, Greta Thunberg takes her mission to the next level ... [It is] an incredible and moving resource. There are chapters on almost everything you might need to know about ... the book is a curated, portable library of knowledge, full of classics. Everyone will get something different from reading this book ... Itis an extraordinary body of work and I can't recommend it highly enough. You feel the passion as well as the intellectual heft of the authors, and that is what is so moving about it. It is time for all of us to rise up" -- Rowan Hooper — New Scientist

"This book is superb at explaining the urgency and importance of preventing climate change... its writers weave messages with skill and beauty... this is a campaigning book of course, but much more than that" -- Gaia Vince — Guardian

The book is available at Bookdepository.com with FREE Delivery Worldwide!

Also: Amazon.co.uk


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What is "Tina in the Wild"?

Tina in the wild is a series Tina Hansen (and her cameraman) made last year in September when they worked with a capture team in South Africa.

It was a 3 week course full of laughs, challanges, friendship and adrenaline filled moments!

The aim of the series is to shed a light on how conservation efforts in Africa actually looks like. It is to educate about conservation, wildlife and vet med; but in an interesting and fun format - suitable for the whole family to watch!

Tina says "I’m being fully authentic in this series - leaving bloopers, poor translations and spelling mistakes all in there! (Haha, as you know this is also my first time in front of a proper camera!)"

The series can now be found on a streaming platform (like Netflix) called ONESTNETWORK!

The first and the second episode are already on there, and the other five are coming out next month!

When you sign up you have 2 weeks for free (and can cancel at any time), and then the price is at $1,99 per month! (Fairly cheap compared to the other platforms out there!)

Watch the first episode for free here: onestnetwork.com/zen/tinainthewild-e1

Find trailers on Tina's Instagram: instagram.com/travelingvetstudent

Also Facebook: facebook.com/travelingvetstudent

Websites: www.travelingvetstudent.wixsite.com/blog & www.beacons.page/travelingvetstudent


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The Wilderland Festival Autumn Tour is Coming!

Wilderland is the UK’s first touring wildlife film festival. Sharing with audiences the very best natural history films by world class filmmakers across the globe.

Selected from over a hundred entries, Wilderland is now back for its third year touring the 2022 Official Selection showcase.

These groundbreaking independent films will offer audiences unparalleled insight into some of the world’s most incredible stories from our natural world. A must-see for lovers of wildlife, film, travel, conservation and adventure.

Hosted by wildlife television presenter, filmmaker, and field biologist Dan O’Neill

Dates & Venues:


6th – EDINBURGH - ROXY: assemblyfestival.com/roxy/whats-on/wilderland-film-festival
7th – ABERDEEN - TIVOLI: aberdeenperformingarts.com/whats-on/wilderland-festival
8th – GLASGOW - EASTWOOD THEATRE: ercultureandleisure.org/events/wilderland-film-festival
9th – OBAN - CORRAN HALLS: seetickets.com/event/wilderland-film-festival/corran-halls/2315679
10th – CUMBRIA - RHEGED: rheged.com/event/wilderland-wildlife-film-festival-cinema
12th – SHETLAND ARTS CENTRE: tickets.shetlandarts.org/sales/categories/literature/wilderland-film-festival-2022

“It’s so exciting to see these breathtaking films on the big screen for the first time” - Steve Backshall

“Wilderland is special because it gives audiences unparalleled insight into some of the world’s most incredible wildlife” - Gordon Buchanan

Visit: wilderlandfestival.com


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It all started with a comment … VMI's entire environmental strategy and successes were all triggered by a chance comment made by a client

It all started with a comment back in 2018: Like many companies, VMI regularly engaged in customer questionnaires seeking feedback on product and service and like any company there will be the occasional negative comment mixed into the positives.

The directors then have a choice: either act on it or, if it’s too hard/inconvenient, ignore it.

Here’s the comment, reprinted with permission of its author Brodie Lea, a self-employed video producer.

"Be great if VMI stopped wrapping cables, batteries etc in plastic. It’s a nice idea, but not sure there’s any need, especially given current climate surrounding plastic…” Lightweight Media

Brodie Lea’s comment back in 2018 catalysed VMI’s entire sustainability strategy

What would you do? More importantly, what did we do?

On this occasion Brodie’s criticism struck a chord. Like all rental companies at the time, VMI had always wrapped inventory for hire in plastic to protect it on delivery and to show that filters and cables had been checked. Could we do this differently?

We went back to our plastics supplier and asked for an alternative. They had plastic tubing which incorporated an EPI additive which made it biodegradable and the images on their site looked fabulous – result!

Or maybe not? Read on: vmi.tv/blog/esg/it-all-started-with-a-comment


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Hear the sounds of animals thought to be silent ... until now!

Many animals create sounds through structures in their throats as they push air up through the lungs. However, some vertebrates such as turtles have generally been considered non-vocal.

A new study has discovered that 53 of these overlooked creatures do in fact engage in vocal communication. Gabriel Jorgewich-Cohen and his colleagues recorded a range of acoustic capabilities from chirps and clicks to more advanced sounds of different tones.

The team then combined their findings with data on 1800 species of choanates vertebrates - lung possessing vertebrates. The researchers concluded that acoustic communication began in nose-breathing vertebrates about 407 million years ago. This means vocal communication is at least as old as the lungfish Eoactinistia foreyi, which may be the last common ancestor of all choanate vertebrates.

Hear the sounds of animals thought to be silent...until now

Read more: newscientist.com/article/2343954-vocal-communication-recorded-in-53-animals-we-thought-were-silent


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Frozen Planet: Filming climate change in action on an Arctic glacier

Shooting sequences for the BBC's new Frozen Planet series brought Raymond Besant up close to the dramatic effects of climate change in the Arctic.

"Greenland is one of those dream locations," says the Orkney-based film-maker.

"It's exciting from the perspective of going to a new place and hopefully seeing something pretty epic."

He travelled to the west coast of the world's largest island last year after getting a phone call from the makers of Frozen Planet during lockdown.

His job was to film huge blocks of ice breaking off the gigantic Store Glacier in a process called calving.

The footage was to help show the scale of how Greenland's vast ice sheet was melting due to warmer temperatures in polar regions.

Greenland's west side is often shrouded in fog and there were a few days of waiting around before Raymond got the call to say that the weather was good enough for filming.

"We threw everything into a helicopter and headed out," says Raymond.

"We could soon see some of the icebergs that had already come off the glacier and then the glacier itself - it's absolutely enormous.

"The front of the Store Glacier is 5km wide and flying quite close we could see bits falling off."

Read more: bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-62925833


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Animal Aid’s latest investigation: Pheasants and Partridges in Wales

Caged, wounded and distressed: latest game bird farm investigation

Animal Aid has been investigating the game bird breeding industry in Wales and England since 2004, and in November that year our undercover footage was shown on BBC’s Countryfile programme. Our first major report, the following year, revealed in detail the horrors of the use of battery cages for breeding birds.

The birds are so stressed by being confined, that they repeatedly fly upwards in an effort to escape, and they attack one another out of frustration and lack of space.  Often, the gamekeeper’s solution is to put clips on the birds’ beaks to restrict movement and dressings on the birds’ backs to prevent mating injuries. But of course, this does nothing to alleviate the birds’ anxiety and may even serve to increase it.

Investigation into game bird farms in Wales, 2022

Since 2004, Animal Aid has made numerous visits to game farms in Wales and England, cataloguing the miserable confinement of the breeding birds, their physical injuries and their anxiety. We have reported our findings to the relevant authorities, and repeatedly called for a ban on the use of the cages.

Our latest investigation has revealed that, almost 20 years later, nothing has changed. An inspection of two game bird breeding operations in Wales in May this year, found countless pheasants and partridges confined in dreadful battery cages on these vast, soulless industrial farms. See timeline, here, for details.: animalaid.org.uk/pheasants-and-partridges-in-wales

Take action: bangamebirdcages.org.uk


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Sir David Attenborough Behind BBC Landmark ‘Wild Isles’ On British Wildlife From Silverback Films

Sir David Attenborough’s latest BBC natural history landmark is Wild Isles (working title), aiming to “do for the wildlife of Britain what the Planet Earth series has done for the wildlife of the world.”

The five-part landmark, which has been in the making for three years, will show a “wild side to the British Isles,” said the BBC, starting with an episode on why the region is so globally important for nature before profiling one key habitat per ep: woodlands, grasslands, freshwater and marine. The like of killer whales, sea eagles and butterflies will all be on show.

Netflix’s David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet producer Silverback Films, which was recently acquired by All3Media, is producing and The Open University, the RSPB and WWF are all co-producers.

Attenborough said British wildlife “matches anything I have seen on my global travels,” describing “astonishing scenery, extraordinary animal dramas and wildlife spectacles.”

Jack Bootle, BBC Head of Commissioning, Science and Natural History, said viewers will exit the show “thinking a meadow in Somerset is as beautiful as the Serengeti, and the North Atlantic as wild and dramatic as the Antarctic Ocean.”

More here: deadline.com/2022/08/sir-david-attenborough-bbc-wild-isles-silverback-films-1235092096
Also see: bbc.com/mediacentre/2022/sir-david-attenborough-to-present-major-new-series-on-uk-wildlife-for-bbc-one


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Her laugh was the 'most precious thing': Sir David Attenborough mourns the Queen

The Queen was 'an expert in getting people to relax', Sir David Attenborough told ITV's Julie Etchingham

Sir David Attenborough has paid tribute to the Queen - saying he will remember her by her "most precious" laugh.

Britain's leading natural history expert, 96, knew the monarch through his work promoting nature and conservation to the world.

The pair, who were the same age, enjoyed global admiration as icons of British culture throughout their long careers.

Sir David Attenborough speaks about his friendship with the Queen | ITV News

On Thursday the 8th of September, the Queen died "peacefully" at the age of 96, Buckingham Palace confirmed.

Sir David recalled the monarch's sense of humour on Friday, as he reflected on a friendship, and working relationship, that spanned many decades.

He recalled working on documentaries with the sovereign throughout their long careers - telling ITV News she was “incomparably professional” every time.

While it was easy enough for anyone to make a polite laugh “if there was something funny she laughed in a genuine way”, he recalled.

And when the Queen truly laughed “she wasn’t putting it on and that made it very easy,” Sir David added.

“She was an expert at getting people to relax.

“When you met her you were well-aware that you were in the presence of someone who was extremely important to our society and yet she made it seem that you were meeting another human being with exactly the same conditions that all human beings have.”

Together, the pair filmed The Queen’s Green Planet - a 2018 ITV film about the Queen’s dream of creating a lasting legacy of a network of national forest parks from each of the 53 Commonwealth nations, called the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy.

Queen shows funny side in conversation with Sir David Attenborough for ITV documentary | ITV News

Read more: itv.com/news/2022-09-09/her-laugh-was-the-most-precious-thing-david-attenborough-mourns-the-queen


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IFLScience Meets: Director Pamela Gordon On "Lion: The Rise And Fall Of The Marsh Pride"

"This film not only documents the history of these incredible wild creatures but also the increasing and urgent issue of human animal conflict."

As one of Britain’s foremost documentary filmmakers, director Pamela Gordon has been working in factual broadcasting for over 30 years. From history to human conflict and even taking TV chef Gordon Ramsey behind bars, her portfolio is rich and varied and most recently includes a feature-length film about lions.

Lion: The Rise and Fall of the Marsh Pride, created in collaboration with the BBC Science and Natural History Unit, tells the story of the most-filmed pride of lions on Earth living in the Maasai Mara. Exploring the plight of these animals whose future isn’t guaranteed, the film also looks at the human conflicts that have threatened them and the conservation advocates fighting to keep them alive.

We spoke to Gordon to find out more about the very serious issues that underlie the documentary, but also to learn more about what makes this kind of filmmaking so fulfilling for those involved.

How did you come to work on Lion: The Rise And Fall Of The Marsh Pride?

This film takes a natural history subject, told through the amazing archive that the BBC has of the Marsh Pride, but uses a documentary approach. I have worked as a documentary director for 25 years and have made many films about people’s life stories and situations, but I am passionate about conservation. When the opportunity came up to direct this film, I jumped at it. I have experience of working with archive in history films, like the Thatcher and Blair series for the BBC which I made recently, but finding the lions’ stories in hundreds of hours of footage was a new challenge. Traveling to Kenya for the interviews and present-day filming, I was able to use my documentary-making experience to capture the current situation regarding human-animal conflict as well as the relationship between people and the lions both past and present.

Read more: iflscience.com/iflscience-meets-director-pamela-gordon-on-lion-the-rise-and-fall-of-the-marsh-pride-64925

Revisiting a lion pride 15 years on | Lion: The Rise & Fall of Marsh Pride - BBC

Watch Lion: The Rise and Fall of the Marsh Pride: bbc.co.uk/programmes/m001bg5g


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Master Wildlife Filmmaking Podcast episode 48: Ben Masters - Writer, Director and Founder of Fin & Fur Films

Ben and the team at Fin & Fur Films blends strong messages with beautiful filmmaking in all their films and Deep in the Heart is no exception.

Ben Masters is a filmmaker and writer specializing in wildlife and adventure stories. He is most known for directing the feature length documentary The River and The Wall (SXSW 2019 Award Winner) and for producing Unbranded (Mountainfilm 2015 Audience Award Winner). Masters studied wildlife biology at Texas A&M University and founded Fin and Fur Films in 2015.

He is the author of two books published by Texas A&M University Press and has written for National Geographic and Western Horseman. A proud Texan, Masters loves riding a good horse through new country, filming wildlife stories that haven’t been documented before, and using movies to help conserve wildlife and wild places.

Ben Masters - Writer, Director and Founder of Fin & Fur Films

Fin & Fur Website: finandfurfilms.com
Ben's Instagram: instagram.com/bencmasters
Deep in the Heart Film: deepintheheartwildlife.com

Visit: jakewillers.com Support Jake: patreon.com/MWFP


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Wildlife Filmmaking with Daniel Huertas

Daniel Huertas is a Natural History and conservation filmmaker with Studio Silverback who has worked on films and projects including Our Planet and the Earthshot Prize.

In this episode of The Cosmic Shed, Daniel joins Andrew to discuss his work including the fascinating films Our Planet Our Business and Our Planet Too Big to Fail. Films which take the environmental and conservation message to the heart of the decision makers who have such an impact on our home.

Find out more about Studio Silverback here

From: thecosmicshed.com/e/wildlife-filmmaking-with-daniel-huertas

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Vegan charity helps close ‘pig slum’, but Trading Standards back away from prosecuting ‘abusers’

A district judge at Leicester Magistrates Court ruled on Tuesday (8 November) that directors of Flat House Farm would face no jail time or community service for the abject cruelty Viva! investigators witnessed on their farm.

A total of 68 charges were brought by Trading Standards which ranged from failing to supply adequate drinking water to failing to ensure that faeces, urine and food were cleaned up in a timely manner. 

Farm owners, Elvidge Farms Ltd, pleaded guilty to just one count of breaching the Animal Welfare Act 2006 (Section 9 – duty of person responsible for animal to ensure welfare).

Flat House Farm first attracted media attention in 2020 when Viva! released undercover footage of the farm revealing grotesque conditions.

As a result of Viva! Campaigns releasing this footage, Red Tractor dropped Flat House Farm, stating that they were “appalled” by the footage. 

Trading Standards’ own investigation then led to the prosecution of Flat House Farm but at the start of the trial, Trading Standards offered no evidence on all but one of its charges – despite having conducted a full investigation at the public’s expense. They said there were no grounds for disqualification and sought no costs.

District Judge Nick Watson sentenced Elvidge Farms Ltd to pay a £4,500 fine, along with a maximum surcharge of £181 within three months. A 10 per cent discount was awarded due to the company’s guilty plea. As it was Elvidge Farms Ltd that pleaded guilty – and a company cannot go to prison or be disqualified from rearing animals – no jail time or community service was given.

However, the court proceedings revealed that Flat House Farm is no longer farming pigs.

Speaking about the result, Viva! Founder and Director, Juliet Gellatley said:

“On the one hand I am delighted that no pigs are now suffering in the filthy slum that was Flat House. I am truly proud of Viva!’s role in this outcome. On the other hand, it is appalling that the UK legal system has deemed that those running a farm with a mountain of evidence against it will face no jail time, instead paying a measly fine.

"Today’s sentencing just proves that farmed animals in the UK have almost no legal protection. If organisations such as Trading Standards aren’t prepared to protect these animals, who will?" 

Read more: viva.org.uk/media-centre/vegan-charity-helps-close-pig-slum

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INDIA: The Land Of Ahimsa - Premiere

Is India really “The Land of Ahimsa”? Or is there a darker, cruel underbelly Indian society refuses to see?

This feature-length documentary follows Dolly Vyas-Ahuja on her journey to veganism. Dolly narrates and produces the film alongside Bollywood actor Aryeman, who directs.

Throughout the film, we interview plant-based doctors, athletes, Animal Activists, and entrepreneurs and visit sanctuaries to illustrate the importance of “Ahimsa” in action in India with the hope this will resonate across the globe. We demonstrate how by rising to the true meaning of the word, we can create a non-violent world that will relieve the suffering of all living beings, improve our health and wellness, and allow us to live in a clean environment.

Why is this film important? “The Land of Ahimsa” will encourage Indians, as well as viewers all around the world, to practice “Ahimsa”, non-violent behaviors. This will greatly transform the state of the country and return it back to the peaceful place it once was. Inspiring viewers to adopt a vegan lifestyle will benefit their health and wellness, and the state of the environment and will reduce the unnecessary suffering of animals. Watching the film will make viewers feel motivated and empowered to change the world, starting with the food they eat to the way they treat others. Everyone has an inner activist who seeks truth and justice, and this film will hopefully bring out this inner voice.

INDIA: The Land Of Ahimsa [Official Documentary]

Find out more: thelandofahimsa.com

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Undercover Footage Shows LIDL'S Cheap Chicken Makes Farmed Animals Pay The Price

ICalls to ban fast-growing chicken breeds have redoubled following an undercover video investigation into a German chicken supplier for Lidl, the discount supermarket that now has about 170 stores in the U.S. The undercover video was filmed over several months by Spanish animal rights group Equalia and released in partnership with The Humane League.

The video appears to show chicks struggling to stand up, dead and dying chicks and chickens, chickens pecking or eating other dead chickens, workers collecting dead chickens and a person urinating in the chicken shed.

According to the European Chicken Commitment (ECC), fast-growing chickens mature so quickly “that their skeleton and internal organs are placed under a huge amount of stress [and they] have such large chest muscles that many of them can no longer keep their balance.”

“Only a ban on fast growing chicken breeds will lead to a significant improvement in broiler welfare,” says Laura Dixon who watched the video. Dixon is a poultry welfare specialist and programme director of the MSc International Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law programme at Scotland’s Rural College in the UK.

Lidl animal cruelty scandal

Visit: sentientmedia.org/new-undercover-lidls-cheap-chicken

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Paul McCartney urges 4.2 million followers to be ‘careful about what we eat’ to solve climate crisis

The Beatles icon has praised the award-winning documentary Eating Our Way To Extinction

Paul McCartney has urged his legion of followers to be ‘careful about what we eat’ in order to solve the current climate crisis.

The Beatles star, whose family spearheaded the Meatless Monday initiative, plugged the award-winning documentary Eating Our Way to Extinction on Twitter.

Narrated by Kate Winslet, the film sheds light on how animal agriculture and factory farming is the most destructive industry in the world, making audiences ‘question their everyday choices’.

“Hi there, this is Paul McCartney, I’ve recently seen a film called Eating Our Way to Extinction… Anyway listen, give it a look because it explains that what we eat is so important…” the star wrote. “If we are careful about what we eat, it’s probably the best thing for solving the ecological crisis that we’re now in.”

Read more: veganfoodandliving.com/news/paul-mccartney-urges-followers-be-careful-what-we-eat

Watch the film for FREE:

Eating Our Way to Extinction | Full Film | Free

Visit: eating2extinction.com/about

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New documentary ‘I Could Never Go Vegan’ which explores the barriers to going plant-based will launch next month

'I Could Never Go Vegan' features a number of prolific plant-based dieters, including George Monbiot and Olympic silver medallist Dotsie Bausch among others.

A new vegan documentary which addresses the barriers to going plant-based will debut next month.

I Could Never Go Vegan explores the various common arguments against veganism, why they exist, and whether they are justified.

It boasts interviews with a range of prolific plant-based proponents, including George Monbiot, Dr Melanie Joy, Olympic silver medallist Dotsie Bausch and powerlifting champion Sophia Ellis, and pig vet and animal rights activist Dr Alice Brough among others.

Also featured are plant-based health experts including Dr Shireen Kassam, Dr Alan Desmond, and Dr Gemma Newman, and foodies The Happy Pear.

Additionally, slaughterhouse workers, farmers, and food professionals are interviewed as the filmmakers grapple with the reasons people refuse to stop eating animals.

To mark World Vegan Day, co-producers, brothers Thomas and James Pickering have released the film‘s trailer.

More here: veganfoodandliving.com/news/new-documentary-i-could-never-go-vegan-launch-next-month

I Could Never Go Vegan | Official Trailer

I could never go vegan. Five words spoken around the world by so many non-vegans, but why? On a quest for the truth, a filmmaker sets out on a journey to find out the leading arguments facing the vegan movement, and if they're justified.

Follow on:
Instagram: instagram.com/icouldnevergovegan_movie
Facebook: facebook.com/icouldnevergovegan
TikTok: tiktok.com/@icouldnevergovegan
Website: icouldnevergovegan.co.uk

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MILK | A Short Film From a Mother's Perspective

Blood is thicker than milk. A film for the forgotten, by Ed Winters.

"We made Milk so that we could show the reality of the dairy industry from the perspective of those trapped within it. We never stop to think about what these animals are being forced to endure, so by highlighting the story of an individual mother, we hope that people will recognise that there is always a victim when we buy dairy products.

What happens to the mother cow is what happens to all female dairy cows. We specifically chose to show the standard legal practices to illustrate how ingrained and normalised the suffering of dairy cows is within the dairy industry. The location of the farm and slaughterhouse are based on real locations that are considered high welfare and humane.

What we show in Milk is literally the best of the best when it comes to dairy farming, yet, as soon we view what happens from the perspective of the mother cow, it becomes clear that this is an industry that runs on the exploitation and suffering of animals. By using animation, we are able to show a unique perspective and tell the story of the mother cow in a way that cannot be done from investigative footage alone. Milk centres the cow as the protagonist of her own story and allows us to view what is happening to her from an up close and personal perspective.

Organic, free-range, high-welfare, humanely raised. It doesn’t matter what label we put on dairy products, all dairy cows are victims of an industry that forcibly impregnates them, takes their babies from them, exploits their bodies and then sends them to a slaughterhouse to cut their throats. It's time to end the dairy industry."

MILK | A Short Film From a Mother's Perspective

Visit: therealcolourofmilk.com

Produced by Surge Media: surgeactivism.org


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Living Planet Report 2022, Billions of snow crabs have disappeared & more – Month in a Minute

Got a minute? Watch our super-fast recap of October’s biggest stories in animals, our global food system and the environment.

It’s time for the October edition of Sentient Media’s "The month in a Minute", narrated by Jasmine C. Leyva.

October brought a sobering report from the WWF showing an average decline of 69 percent across  wildlife populations since 1970, primarily driven by habitat destruction for agriculture. Meanwhile, in New Zealand farmers may have to pay for greenhouse gas emissions in a world-first – and this month also saw activists acquitted in a trial for rescuing piglets from Smithfield Foods in 2017.

Catch these stories and more in our October media roundup:

Living Planet Report 2022, Billions of snow crabs have disappeared & more | Month in a Minute

Head to read the overview of the rest of the news, for those of you with more than a minute to spare: sentientmedia.org/month-in-a-minute-october-2022

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Lilou Lemaire – a French Film Director/Camera Operator/Cinematographer living in Paris.

Lilou began her career as a fashion and portrait photographer in the 2000s, collaborating with communication agencies for advertising campaigns as well as French and international magazines. Capturing the gaze of many personalities from culture, ecology, fashion, and luxury, she has developed personal work which she exhibits. From her experience as a photographer, Lilou has retained a taste for natural light, the art of framing, and a permanent quest for aesthetics.

As a director/camera operator she likes to spotlight complex, never-before-filmed subjects, men and women of the shadows, in unrecognised or difficult to access places. Alone or in a team, she always takes the time to approach her subjects with strong ethics and respect. Her thoroughness and seriousness have allowed her to gain confidence in France with the Ministry of the Armed Forces, the Ministry of Justice, and the Ministry of the Interior, where security and confidentiality constraints are imposed. With the ability to work successfully in all terrains, often in extreme conditions, naturally, you can imagine that Lilou is at ease working/filming in the forest as she is in complex military environments.

Working in these sensitive environments has also made her become not only aware of questions of ecology but also of diversity and the fight against discrimination.

Lilou has recently directed a documentary on the cooks of the French army "Cuisiniers sous les Drapeaux: Mission Covid”, a film on the Covid crisis in the heart of a hospital; and a film on the women soldiers of Operation Barkhane at the end of 2020.

During the height of the Covid pandemic of 2021 and 2022, Lilou worked as a director with the DOP Gavin Thurston and an international team, filming in 4K Dolby Cinema (Dolby Vision HDR & Dolby Atmos) producing the first wildlife documentary series about Saudi Arabia. The objective of which was to highlight the areas biodiversity and the efforts being made to protect it. See: liloulemaire.com/wildlife-saudi-arabia


Website: www.liloulemaire.com

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Robert Wedderburn – a Wildlife Film Director / Producer / DOP / Drone Operator based in South Africa and Ecuador

Passionate about filmmaking and creative storytelling.

Snake Heroes

Websites: www.robertwedderburn.com & www.filmwildlife.com

Profile Page: Wildlife-film.com/-/RobertWedderburn.htm

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Raphael Fimm – a German film composer, orchestrator and arranger based in Vienna, Austria.

His dozens of film credits include over 10 feature-length films, such as 2021’s “The Fire Cats”, the 2019 South African romantic comedy “Zulu Wedding”, and 2017’s “The Sunrise Storyteller”.

Raphael is recognized for innovative and highly sophisticated orchestral writing and arranging, memorable, singable themes and motivic long-form writing for cinema, and for his extensive experience working with live ensembles, including full-sized orchestras. Combining a thoroughly modern ear with a deep knowledge of classical orchestral music, Raphael has won numerous film scoring awards, including Best Score at the Hollywood Art and Movie Awards in 2021, for the German cycling documentary “Tour du Togo”.

Starting with classical piano training in early childhood, Raphael’s musical education experience includes an internship with well-known German film composer Gert Wilden, Jr., and an assistantship with Golden-Globe-nominated composer Alex Heffes (Mandela) at the Synchron Recording Stage in Vienna during the recording of Heffes’s score for “The Arctic”.

Raphael also holds a degree in media composition from Triagon Academy in Cologne, and a professional certificate in composing and orchestrating for film and television from the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Raphael Fimm – Film Scores

Website: www.raphael-fimm.com

Profile Page: Wildlife-film.com/-/RaphaelFimm.htm

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John Wendle – An experienced self shooting producer director based in Dakar, Senegal in West Africa.

John has worked as a journalist for 20 years in places from Afghanistan to Svalbard and Cameroon to Myanmar.

Covering wildlife, science, and conflict stories, he has worked for National Geographic, BBC, and many others.

He currently operates a Sony FS7, flies a DJI Mavic 2 Pro, and edits in Premiere.

John will help get your stories off the ground from pre-production services to shooting and editing from anywhere across West Africa, the continent, and beyond.

He speaks fluent Russian and French.

Drone Reel

Website: www.johnwendle.com

Profile Page: Wildlife-film.com/-/JohnWendle.htm

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Alain Compost – an experienced DOP, Wildlife Cameraman, Photographer & Ecologist based in Indonesia

Photography of Endangered species, Rain forest of South East Asia, Environment and Sustainability.

Documentary Film Making, International Television Productions Animal Behaviour, Culture and Traditions, Extreme working conditions.

Combining an artist's vision with an activist's passion, Alain Compost portrays the wonder and tragedy of the planet’s endangered wildlife.

Working alone or as part of a film crew, Alain Compost provides a self-contained high-definition video system and digital still photography.

His 20.000 image catalog comprises one of the most comprehensive image libraries of Indonesian and Southeast Asian wildlife.

Specialties: Nature Photography and Documentary Films.

CV Movie Alain Compost

Find Alain here: instagram.com/alaincfilms & linkedin.com/in/alain-compost-77678419

Profile Page: Wildlife-film.com/-/AlainCompost.htm

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Native to Earth Limited – Wildlife Conservation Documentaries and Media: Connecting audiences to the true guardians of the Earth.

Native to Earth is a collection of creatives passionate about conserving the natural world. We exist to unite audiences’ understanding of the Earth’s offerings, the truth about their misuse and vulnerability, and to empower everyone to make positive change. We aim to document the natural world whilst carrying a responsibility to communicate the truth about both the challenges and how to overcome them.

Our vision is for people across the globe to reconnect with nature and unite as Natives of the Earth through exposure to alternative perspectives of what it means to live sustainably, cherish nature’s offerings, and value the work it takes to protect and live in harmony with the natural world, enriching their lives in the process.

Our mission is:

To produce documentaries and interactive media that engage audiences with the challenges of the Biodiversity Crisis, from ecological breakdown to socioeconomic struggle. To inform audiences of how and by whom the challenges of the Biodiversity Crisis are being addressed. To empower audiences to contribute to solutions that make real change.

Connect with us: social@nativeto.earth

Website: www.nativeto.earth

Profile Page: Wildlife-film.com/-/Native-to-Earth.htm

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Innsbruck Nature Film Festival (INFF) – The established film competition on the subjects of nature, environment and sustainability since 2002

Short or long, documentary or story, thought-provoking, factual, shocking, fascinating, or just simply beautiful: films that will be shown to the public at Innsbruck’s Metropol cinema this autumn at INFF!

The established international Nature Film Competition on the subject of nature, environment and sustainability features high quality projects from throughout the world and celebrates its 21st edition in 2022.

As an environmental film festival in the middle of the Alps, INFF pays special attention to networking and values in the sense of the European Green Deal. INFF is a European platform for the exchange of filmmakers, production companies and broadcasters from all over the world.

Feel free to join INFF personally 15-18 October 2022

20th Innsbruck Nature Film Festival

For details head over to the website: www.naturefestival.eu

#youarenature #wearenature

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Benjamin Smail Productions (BSP) – offering full solutions in natural history & documentary filmmaking.

From Pre to Post production we can cover the whole production line, with a wide range of in-house equipment, knowledge and skills.

Working in live TV broadcast for over 10 years, I followed my dream and started up my own production company 2 years ago. To turn my Natural history filmmaking and photography passion into a job that I love. Now working with a range of clients creating wildlife content.

Some of our regular clients include Nature parks & Eco wildlife tourism companies which we create documentaries and promotional content for. As well as creating and hosting live awards shows for the international Nature Photographer of the year (NPOTY) contest and editor and filmmaker for online virtual Nature Photography festivals.

Certificate in Wildlife-film Natural history course and a university degree in film & TV production. With work experience working on shows like the BBC natural history unit's "Natural World" series.

Working with a whole range of in-house kits from large format 4K cameras (and higher 8k). With specialist grip and kits, associated with natural history filmmaking. Including high-speed cameras for slow-motion, sliders, motion control time-lapses, cranes, aerial drones, gimbal stabilised rigs, camera traps & macro scopes to name a few. (Please see website for the whole in-house kit list)

We can provide services for all of the production, for example, audio, broadcast engineering & repairs, data management, pre-production & planning, post-production, presenting, writing, narrating, lighting and still photography among others.

With BSP (Benjamin Smail Productions) you are in safe & trusted hands for all aspects of production, to create beautiful natural history documentaries. We don't just offer a wildlife camera operator and video, we offer a solution in creative Natural history storytelling. Of course completely bespoke to the client.

Please contact me for more information I love to hear about new exciting projects!

Best Wildlife Experience in The Netherlands | Nocturnal Wildlife | Pine Martens | Night Photography

Website: www.benjaminsmailproductions.com

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Tina Hansen – Veterinarian/Program host, AKA “Tina in the wild”

Tina Hansen is an influencer and soon to be veterinary graduate, as of March 2023.

“Tina in the wild” is a documentary filmed last September (2021) at a wildlife capture course in South Africa!

Cameraman Mauritz Eklund (See below) and Tina made a film series about their trip to South Africa in September 2021, when they were working with wildlife there.

They are interested in promoting this series and are open to other missions in the future ... Not necessarily together!

Trailer coming soon ... Subscribe: youtube.com/channel/UCzlv6f4B5-weR-B2UbjhLDg

Website: www.travelingvetstudent.wixsite.com/blog

Also see: www.beacons.page/travelingvetstudent

Profile Page: Wildlife-film.com/-/TinaHansen.htm

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Carl-Mauritz Axel Eklund – Film student: Cinematographer, co-director, editor and producer.

Tina Hansen is an influencer and soon to be veterinary graduate, as of March 2023.

Carl-Mauritz worked as a cameraman on the “Tina in the wild” project, also directing Tina Hansen.

After filming he had the main responsibility of editing the series.

Traveling To ICELAND During A PANDEMIC | "Be The Best Version Of Yourself" Project

Find him here: instagram.com/mauritzeklund & youtube.com/channel/UCg3dDxeDIBva6Fbe0F--R_g

Profile Page: Wildlife-film.com/-/Carl-MauritzAxelEklund.htm

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24-7mediaconceptS.L. – Production Services in the Canary Islands.

Services include everything from interviews to complete Film and TV production services:

  • Location Scouting
  • Local Crew Management
  • Production management
  • Casting
  • Livestream with own mobile Studio, up to 9 Cameras
  • Sound, Lighting, Grip
  • Permits
  • We provide all of the Equipment required for any Standard Interview

Website: www.24-7mediaconcept.com

CEO: Günther Haase – gunther@24-7mediaconcept.com

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NewyonderA global streaming service, film studios and certified B Corp dedicated to leaving our planet wilder through storytelling optimism and change.

Go beyond the story and subscribe for change®.

Watch Newyonder Originals in 4K UHD on compatible devices, at any time, and help drive real tangible change from your own sofa – with a % of the revenue going towards regenerative and sustainable impact projects.

Website: www.newyonder.earth

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