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We report on the big "Green Oscars" event recently held in Bristol - the winners (and losers) revealing the winner of the prestigious Golden Panda. A record, over 900 delegates attended and in my film we hear from several of them, from "green zero" beginners to some of the most experienced and successful filmmakers from around the world. Also included in this brand new film leading into 2019 is a look at projects for my series "Wildlife Winners and Losers", now reaching 100 films of various lengths, including a season of British Subjects with "Best Beaches for British Nature", a year right around Britain's coastline from a seabird's point of view. And the winner is?....
Collaborators on Conservation/Environmental Film Venture Wanted ...
Member Roland Arnison, Mallimak Media, is looking for collaborators on a new venture.
Roland will be developing a new film-making enterprise in 2019 to produce positive conservation and environmental stories from the field.
He is looking for at least one person to join him on this quest: particularly someone with self-shooting experience and someone with experience in non-broadcast video markets.
Above all, he is looking for people interested in joining him on an exciting collaborative adventure with no initial income but the potential for commercial and creative triumph!
If you fit the bill, please email Roland directly, firstname.lastname@example.org and he will share more details with you.
New Series Secret Life of Farm Animals by Oxford Scientific Films Coming to BBC Four by Jason Peters
3 December 2018
Documentary series looking at the secret life of farm animals coming soon!
We all think we know about farm animals; that sheep are stupid, pigs are smart and that cows lie down when it’s going to rain. But there’s a lot more to them than that. In this series we’re bringing together some of the country’s best farms to create one sun-dappled ideal where we will test animal intelligence, discover unlikely relationships and uncover a side of farm animals you’ve never seen before.
This news series starts on Thursday the 6th of December, 8pm on BBC Four. Music by Brollyman!
It’s Springtime on the farm and the focus is on sheep.
We follow the first 12 weeks of a lamb’s life on a Welsh Hill farm.
Along the way we find out that sheep are highly social animals with not only a remarkable ability to recognise each other, but to recognise human faces too. We meet a ram that has befriended a shy four-year-old boy and we take a drone’s eye view of some multi-coloured sheep to show that despite being sociable, flocking is actually all about self-preservation.
Other animals we meet on the farm include Charlie, a lonely goose looking for company in his own reflection.
It’s Summer and we follow the first twelve weeks of a Hereford calf’s life as he makes friends and settles into the herd.
We discover that cows are much more than mother nature’s muck-spreaders. They’re highly social animals with complex personalities. They’re brilliant problem solvers with a love of music and given freedom to roam, thanks to the matriarch, they can thrive in the wild just as their ancient ancestors did.
Is it any surprise that Hamish the Ram wants to be one?
But it’s not just about cows. We also discover that chickens use twenty-four different vocalisations to communicate.
It’s harvest season. We follow a litter of piglets from birth as they grow up in the Brecon Beacons.
We test the theory that every piglet always returns to the same teat to suckle; show that pigs love mud to keep cool because they have practically no sweat glands and we show how intelligent they are with a series of puzzles. We also reveal that they are masters at the art of deception. Pigs tell porkies!
Along the way we meet a pair of kunekune pigs raised as domestic pets in the heart of London. We visit a farm that uses llamas to guard its sheep and meet a pet rabbit with a remarkable identity crisis.
OSF is a BAFTA- and Emmy-award winning producer of contemporary factual, natural history, science and history productions, with a passion for storytelling and they are proud of the company’s heritage as a technological pioneer.
They have earned an international reputation for producing a broad range of high quality factual television from pure and popular natural history to specialist factual and documentary television.
Founded on 8 July 1968, by noted documentary filmmaker Gerald Thompson, the independent film company broke new ground in the world of documentaries, using new filming techniques and capturing footage of never before filmed activities of its various subjects.
Richard Hughes on current work and his journey as a wildlife film-maker coming late to the industry By Jason Peters
4 December 2018
Richard Hughes is a Freelance Wildlife Cameraman and Location Director with four years experience as a CAA commercial drone operator. He has been a member of the site for five years and so we thought we'd ask him a few questions just ahead of his latest film project being broadcast on the BBC.
What do you do?
Currently I work as a wildlife cameraman and location director, as well as guest lecturing at a broadcasting university.
What projects have you worked on in the past few years?
I shot a number of sequences across the ‘Wild Great Britain’ series for Channel 5 with Plimsoll Productions and then went on to work on Steve Backshaw’s Deadly Dinosaurs, BBC Bristol One Show inserts, ‘Meet the Penguins’ for Animal Planet, European Carnivores series for Smithsonian and then made a film about St Mary’s Lighthouse for Springwatch in 2018. It’s been a really busy couple of years.
What was it like changing your career in your mid-thirties?
I did not move into natural history film-making until I was 34. Making a career in this genre was always going to be a huge challenge. There are many very talented people looking for projects, who have more flexibility and more resources than myself.
Being older was problematic, as you can’t really get your foot in the door as a runner or assistant, and work your way up. Time was just not on my side. My idea was to contact Producers once I had built a portfolio of work, and that could come with something unique to offer. Before focusing on Nat History I spent 14 years as an editor, cutting tv documentaries and even features. Bringing this strong sense of what is needed in the edit along and a brain full of technical jargon could be a great asset on location.
As many will know, you don’t get the break if you have not got the experience!
I knew there was no point trying to meet with the people at the top of wildlife filmmaking game without something to offer. From my experience that first meeting is how people remember you from then on so I needed to be careful about who I met with and when.
I did however, and still do, go to as many events, festivals and screening as I could, to get my face known.
My approach; To make high production value films for wildlife / conservation charities, which I did for four years. Over that period, I made over 50 films and had the opportunity to travel to remote locations, work closely with ‘talent’, and film animals. Working voluntarily with the occasional ‘small budget’ makes you extremely innovative and resourceful! At the same time I was also trying to pay a mortgage and support 2 children, that is where the university lecturing came in to help pay the bills.
Making these films was an amazing opportunity to develop my field craft and use both camera and editing skills. As part of my own training I also become an early adopter of camera drones. Over that period I must have made 20 films about bears and as a result someone noted the bear footage on my reel and then I got a paid job filming wild bears.
How did you get you first break?
For me it was about sheer persistence. I am dyslexic and always struggled slightly in verbalising my ideas at meetings with producers. I knew however that if I was given the opportunity to actually do the job I was more than capable and I am in my element on location.
My skills lied in composition, narrative and problems solving. When I added my background as an editor and technical knowledge it becomes quite a useful package in this era of decreasing budgets. I applied for a position as a shooting PD and in my application, I was very clear about where my strengths and weaknesses lied. The series Producer invited me in for an interview at Channel 5. It turned out he was also dyslexic and recognised my skillset and eye for detail. I went on to produce, director and shoot 2 x 1 hours for a presenter lead series.
I have just finished a 3 part BBC series called ‘Secret Life of Farm Animals’ for Oxford Scientific Films. I was DoP as well as location directing whilst the SP was in the edit.
I met with one of the Exec Producers at OSF some six years earlier and kept in contact over that time. I would send them my film ideas for comment and eventually got invited in to edit the OSF reel. Finally, I got that call, and spent 50 days in 2018 filming the ‘Secret Life of Farm Animals’. It was an absolute joy to work on and I really appreciated the opportunity presented by the exec.
Note: ‘Secret Life of Farm Animals’. Part 1 of 3 starts Thursday 6 Dec 18 on BBC4. See above/here!
It sounds like you have been working in the UK a lot this past year or so?
It is not very often that I get to spend so long in the UK and I am always in awe of the people I meet trying to restore and conserve our fragile landscape. The UK has such a diverse range of environments but it could support more wildlife. There are pockets of amazing species but they is also a lot missing, nature itself feels depleted. Having just filmed a farm series taking me across the UK, it was really interesting to talk to farmers about their responsible farming practice, and hear how they are always looking to improve farmland and hedgerows to increase the wildlife populations.
What is coming up next?
I am currently working on a baby animal series for a Bristol based indie, and in 2019 I am producing my own series which I hope to get distributed later in the year.
I still have ambitions to get into more ‘blue chip’ productions as I want to develop a better understanding of specific animal behaviour. Someone that can only be done by spending a great deal of time with one animal.
I remember a Producer once saying to me they have a folder for editors, a folder for camera people a folder for sound recordists, and so on. With my knowledge of editing, technology, cameras and directing the Producer made another folder called ‘other’, which is where I went. Obviously, they would never look in the ‘other’ box for any of these roles.
You have to work out what it is that you are best at and what you most enjoy doing. Work on these skills and try to meet with Producers whose work you like. Make sure to bring something with you to the meeting, not a reel (although useful) but an idea, access. You might not get work at the beginning but you can start to build a relationship.
People also move on in this industry. You can spend a lot of time developing relationships with a couple of people and then, suddenly, their email bounces back. The phase ‘…eggs in one basket’ comes to mind. Go to events and festivals. Don’t be a pain, come with ideas, be useful, be on hand. I would never mention that I got up at ‘silly o’clock’ to travel from London to Bristol for a ‘coffee’ meeting! Show that you are interested in their work, bring something useful. They will more likely hire someone they know well, or who they have worked with before. I remember a Nat History exec, whom I respect, saying to me ‘why should I give you the keys to my Ferrari?’ and I can see their point. Why should they trust you with their budget?
Excel, be excellent at what you do, be committed and slowly build relationships. It will happen, but it might not be overnight.
Showing independent wildlife films from across the world, Wilderland Film Festival will take audiences on an evening-long journey from awe-inspiring mountains and tangled rainforests to colourful reefs and endless oceans. It will be an opportunity to witness the diversity of life our planet has to offer as never seen before.
With the huge success of Blue Planet II and Planet Earth II the public’s connection to our natural world has never been stronger. And now, kicking off on 10th December at the 1532 Performing Arts Centre (Bristol Grammar School) audiences will be first in line for a night of stunning imagery, thrilling action and beautiful storytelling with submissions from Turkey to Australia and Canada to Russia
Alongside these films we will be offering the audience the chance to enter our raffle with some amazing prizes to be announced! You will also be given the chance to engage in the conservation of the future by voting for your city's Wilderlight species.. more information to come!
World Wildlife Day Living Oceans Film Showcase announced from JHWFF, CITES & UNDP
20 November 2018
Stories about marine species and ecosystems will hit the big screen and your mobile phone when the planet celebrates World Wildlife Day 2019
Global marine species have never come under the international spotlight as a group. This will change in 2019. The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and Jackson Hole WILD announced today that they will team up again to organize an international film showcase, this time focused on marine species. Winning films will raise global awareness of the importance of life below water to our everyday lives, explore the critical challenges facing the marine ecosystems that comprise two-thirds of our planet and highlight inspiring solutions in meeting them.
The Living Oceans Film Showcase will be one of the global events that will anchor next year’s UN World Wildlife Day (3 March) celebrated around the theme Life Below Water: For People and Planet. Winners will be announced at UN Headquarters in New York at a high-level event on Friday, March 1 to observe the Day.
Covering two-thirds of the planet and making up more than 99% of earth’s livable habitat, our oceans remain the least understood ecosystems on Earth. In fact, we know more about the moon than we do about the deep sea. Nonetheless, life on our planet began in the ocean and we rely on a healthy ocean for our very survival. Life below water has sustained human civilization and development for millennia, from providing food and nourishment, material for handicraft and construction to the very air we breathe.
CITES, the world’s wildlife trade regulator, protects marine species listed on its Appendices from over-exploitation by ensuring that international trade in these species is sustainable, legal and traceable.
“CITES has a long history of regulating international trade in many marine species to help ensure their survival in the wild, including since 2013 several commercially harvested sharks and rays, such as hammerhead, porbeagle and oceanic whitetip sharks, and the devil and manta rays. For marine species, this places CITES at the interface between sustainable use and international trade, focusing on species that have declined to a level that requires sound trade and management measures to maintain or rebuilt stocks,” stated David Morgan, Officer-in-Charge of CITES.
As UNDP Head of Biodiversity and Ecosystems, Midori Paxton, notes: “Over three billion people depend on marine and coastal biodiversity for their livelihoods and primary source of protein; the estimated market value of marine and coastal resources and industries is $3 trillion per year; and oceans help to mitigate the impact of climate change. If we are to ensure that ocean ecosystems are sustainably managed for current and future generations, a comprehensive global response is needed that scales up successful nature-based initiatives.”
Yet, the capacity of life below water to provide these services is severely impacted, as our planet’s oceans and the species that live within it are under assault from an onslaught of threats, including climate change, marine pollution and trash, habitat destruction, and unsustainable fishing practices.
“While we still stand at a juncture in which crisis can still be averted, it is essential to take action that empowers local engagement and personal commitment,” explained Lisa Samford, Executive Director of the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. “Our aim is to galvanize the power of media to inspire wonder, catalyze change and move the dial on the conservation of marine species and ecosystems.”
The CITES Secretariat is designated by the United Nations General Assembly as the global facilitator for the celebration of the World Wildlife Day each year in collaboration with organizations in the United Nations system. UNDP is co-organizing this year’s set of World Wildlife Day events and activities together with UN Environment, Jackson Hole WILD, Wildlife Conservation Society, and other organizational partners.
Timeline and planned activities
The call for entry will close on January 1, 2019 and finalists will be announced February 1, 2019. Winners will be presented at a high-level event to coincide with the global celebration of UN World Wildlife Day at UN Headquarters in New York on 1 March 2019.
Winning and finalist films will be subsequently showcased extensively throughout the world.
Participants are asked to submit media in one or more of the following categories:
Ocean Heroes: Awarded to the film that most effectively celebrates noteworthy work of individuals or groups committed to protection, raising awareness or understanding, and sustainable use of marine species or ecosystems.
People and Oceans: Awarded to the film that best communicates humanity’s social, cultural, economic and/or environmental interdependence with marine species and ecosystems including sustainable commercial use.
Ocean Issues and Solutions: Awarded to the film that most effectively explores current challenges and communicates solutions to the environmental, social-economic and sustainability issues facing marine species and ecosystems.
Marine Life: Awarded to the film that most effectively showcases the rich diversity and complex behavior of one or more marine species.
Ocean Short: Awarded to the best marine species or ecosystem film less than 15 minutes in length.
Ocean Micro Movie: Awarded to the best marine species or ecosystem film less than 5 minutes in length.
Programmes created after January 1, 2012 are eligible for consideration.
There is no entry fee for submission. Entries must have been completed after January 1, 2012 but need not have been broadcast/exhibited prior to submission. Entries for competition are invited from media producers from around the world. Media submitted may be of any length, may originate in any digital media format and be fictional or non-fictional. Programs must have mixed (mono/stereo) audio track on both channels, must be an English version (dubbed or subtitled), and programs with visible time-code will not be accepted.
Submissions in all official UN languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish) are welcomed. Programmes in a language other than English must be subtitled in English for the Living Ocean Showcase presentation. Eligible entries are required to complete submission form via www.JHFestival.org. Entries will be uploaded to a private and secure Vimeo channel for judging.
Interested in being a preliminary judge for the Living Oceans Film Showcase? Email your resume to email@example.com
Even the world's most popular beaches aren't immune to the plastc pollution crisis!
There was a spectacular turnout from the local commuity to pull pounds of plastic from the beach/ocean, learn about the challenge of ocean plastic and for the chance to see the new Aquaman movie before anyone else!
To mark our tenth anniversary and help raise awareness about our coast; its incredible biodiversity and the threats it is facing we have expanded the Coast and Marine category to include British and Irish Coastlines within four separate categories and prizes for; Wales, Scotland, England and Northern Ireland.
“Our island nation has 32,018 kilometres of coastline overlooking the English Channel, Celtic Sea, Irish Sea, North Sea and, of course, the open North Atlantic Ocean. We are surrounded by some of the richest seas in the World, teeming with an astonishing abundance and diversity of marine wildlife.
We provide a home to some 8 million sea birds, wide variety of cetaceans, along with everything from otters and grey seals to basking sharks and white-tailed eagles. There are estimated to be 8,500 marine species living in UK seas altogether. But we do a shockingly bad job of looking after them. The good news is that we can turn the tide. With proper management we can ensure that our seas are brought back to full health and remain healthy for generations to come”
THIS MANIFESTO . . .
Was conceived to publish a set of informed ideas from a parliament of strong, independent voices. Ideas which, if implemented today, would make a huge difference for wildlife tomorrow.
THIS MANIFESTO . . .
Presents a series of essays by 18 Ministers highlighting some of the most critical concerns affecting the UK landscape and its species, each accompanied by ten commandments – ‘no-brainer’ solutions to the problems. More here ...
The 2019 competition has different dates to previous years. The 2019 competition is open now, and closes on 6th April 2019.
We are offering a prize draw for 5 entrants who purchase an entry package worth £30 or more by 10th December. (NB Your images do not need to be uploaded until closing of the competition). The prize worth £35 is the latest BWPA book no 9 and 2019 Calendar, which will be posted in time for Christmas.
Naturalist, Author and Wildlife TV Producer Stephen Moss comments;
“Once again, this collection of images from the British Wildlife Photography Awards leaves us in awe of the skill, patience and artistry of the photographers whose work is showcased here. The extraordinary range of subjects, species and habitats, and the imaginative way they are portrayed, leaves us in no doubt that we in Britain are fortunate to be home to some of the most talented photographers in the world. But stunning though this book is, it is not simply a collection of beautiful images, preserved like museum specimens for us to enjoy. It is also a snapshot of Britain’s diverse and beautiful wildlife, at a time when these wild creatures – and the places where they live – are under threat as never before.”
The competition is sponsored by: Canon, RSPB Wildlife Explorers, WWF UK, The Wildlife Trusts, Buglife, BBC Wildlife Magazine, Wildlife Worldwide, Shetland Nature, Paramo, Outdoor Photography Magazine and Countryside Jobs Service
Supporters: Natural England, Wildlife-film.com, Wildeye, Kristal Digital Imaging Centre.
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or hosting the exhibition please get in touch.
The winning pictures and best entries will be included in a touring exhibition across the UK and a stunning coffee table book.
Overall Winner, British Wildlife Photographer
The title of British Wildlife Photographer is given to the photographer whose single image is judged to be the most striking and memorable of all the entries. The photographer of the overall winning image is awarded a first prize of £5,000.
Each adult category winner for still images will win a prize with a value of around £1,000.
Each category winner (except British Seasons, Habitat and Behaviour) will receive a Canon EOS M50 with the EF-M 15-45mm and EF-M 55-200mm lens. Tell unforgettable stories in rich colour and detail with the compact and connected 4K EOS M50. Its sleek design is packed with innovative technologies including cinematic 4K and 5-axis image stabilisation, with DSLR image quality in a lightweight mirrorless body. This modern camera combines a 24.1 Megapixel DSLR sized CMOS sensor with powerful DIGIC 8 processing for outstanding low light performance and depth of field control. A large central electronic viewfinder provides an intuitive shooting experience, with a 7.5cm vari- angle touchscreen to shoot from every perspective
The Behaviour category winner will receive a £1,000 voucher from category sponsor Shetland Nature - to be used against any Shetland Nature tour, subject to availability.
The winner of the Habitat category will win a single place on Wildlife Worldwide’s Skomer’s Perfect Puffin photography tour. Staying on the island for two nights, you can enjoy the wildlife without the crowds and build up an impressive portfolio of puffin images. Other species include short-eared owls, razorbills, guillemots and even grey seals. Accompanied throughout by award-winning photographers, this 3-day trip is the perfect way to get up close and photograph Skomer Island’s puffins.
Coast and Marine categories TBA.
Wildlife in HD Video
The prize in the Wildlife in HD Video category is a Canon XA11 Full HD Camcorder. The XA11 is a Full HD camcorder which feature stunning 20x 26.8mm-576mm optical zoom lenses to flexibly capture a variety of scenes with superb image quality. A Hi-UD lens supports the reduction of chromatic aberration and drives vivid imaging. Canon’s HD CMOS Sensor and the powerful DIGIC DV4 image processing platform deliver great performance in low light and the ability to capture superb Full HD images in 50P at 35Mbps
The XA11 offers a range of various interfaces including HDMI, XLR professional audio terminals, headphone jack and optional GPS support.. Comprising compact and lightweight bodies, the XA11 is ideal for high-action shoots when both speed and mobility are essential. Dynamic Mode provides 5-Axis image stabilization - roll axis, horizontal roll, vertical roll, up-down and left-right - to ensure smooth image capture in various styles of fast-paced shoots
There are two special awards to encourage participation by young people. These are free to enter.
Young British Wildlife Photographer (Up to 11) - £300
Young British Wildlife Photographer (12 - 18) - £100
*Prizes correct on publication but subject to change.
The film is based on the idea of showing how wildlife can thrive in the most unlikely corners of the UK, specifically industrial areas. I grew up in North Yorkshire only a stones throw from Teesside, one of the UK's largest industrial complexes. Teesside is unique in its volume of "waste-ground" and abandoned areas between the large factories, the closure of steel & chemical works is a loss to local people but a gain for the areas wildlife. More here ...
Highlights of all the Winning and Commended films of 2018:
Plant Based News say it is delighted to announce the release of its' new documentary Vegan 2018.
The feature-length film, which premiered on their youtube page on the 28th November, paints an exciting portrait of our changing world and features leading names in the animal advocacy movement, as well as top media figures, environmentalists, celebrities, and entrepreneurs.
We attended the VEGAN 2018 PREMIERE + Q & A with Earthling Ed, Heather Mills & Maria Chiorando in London on the 27th of November, a day before it's release on YouTube. The Prince Charles Cinema, just off Leicester Square, was packed full, with a largely if not exclusively vegan crowd. Plant Based News have been making an annual end of year VEGAN film, directed by Klaus Mitchell, since 2015 ... See the the past three in the playlist below. Each film has improved in line with the growing, more confident and essentially more successful movement. The 2015 film was 24 mins long, with 2016 at 35 mins, 2017 at 47 mins and this years' comes in at a feature-length 57 mins and has a slicker feel, is very comprehensive with input from people right across the celebrity vegan world (including Saudi Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal, James Cameron, will.i.am, Lewis Hamilton, Miley Cyrus, George Monbiot and Dr Jane Goodall) and is undoubtably inspiring. It tells of the rise and growth of the vegan movement right across the world, featuring leading names in the animal advocacy movement, as well as top media figures, celebrities and entrepreneurs, Vegan 2018 paints an exciting portrait of our changing world. We recommended it as a good and entertaining place to start if you are not vegan but are interested in finding out what veganism is all about or, if you are vegan, for reassuring you that you are in the right camp and things are getting better (for the animals, the planet and likely your health) year on year!
They say: "Plant Based News is an award winning resource for the latest up-to-the minute plant-based-interest content. It is stuffed with news, blogs, reviews, and more.
Our aim is to use our platform to create awareness about animal rights, environmentalism, ethical consumerism and the plant-based lifestyle. Not a false narrative - but information that empowers people to make better choices.
Whether you’re interested in health, the environment, or video interviews with the biggest names in the vegan world, you will definitely find something to entertain or inspire you."
BWPA 2018 Wildlife in HD Video Winner, Sam Oakes, on his Winning Entry by Sam Oakes
6 November 2018
The film is based on the idea of showing how wildlife can thrive in the most unlikely corners of the UK, specifically industrial areas. I grew up in North Yorkshire only a stones throw from Teesside, one of the UK's largest industrial complexes. Teesside is unique in its volume of "waste-ground" and abandoned areas between the large factories, the closure of steel & chemical works is a loss to local people but a gain for the areas wildlife.
Spread across a large and interconnected coastal habitat the area holds large numbers of Foxes, Roe deer, Grey & Common seals along with vast numbers of waders & wildfowl. Crucially these creatures are left undisturbed, protected from the public by the uninviting and imposing scale of the waste areas they inhabit. They are able to simultaneously live life in the shadow of our industrial landscape yet far from human disturbance.
This juxtaposition between wildlife and landscape has always intrigued me and driven me to film in the area as much as possible, aiming to capture the unique stories and the creatures that live there. With such an unusual backdrop on offer this industrial landscape allows me to be really creative with the shots I try to capture, compressing that distance between creature and chimney in a way that is seldom possible elsewhere in the UK.
This film includes clips that I have shot over a long timescale, from the days when I just started out filming in 2016 up until present. In a way the film and the area captures my progression in filmmaking from the beginning until present, Teesside has been an ever-present habitat throughout the last 2 years and it felt natural to create a homage to this wonderful area, one that has nurtured me and helped me so much over the last few years.
Teesside is home to a Grey seal population that disappeared at the turn of the last century due to land reclamation and has now only recently returned. The success of returning seals is only one of many boosts to local wildlife in recent years however, the opening of the RSPB's centre at Saltholme, the arrival of breeding Avocets and the presence of Otters in the River Tees are all indicators of positive change on Teesside. In the face of urban sprawl and the squeezing of wild habitats across the country I hope Teesside can show that there is room for wildlife all around us if we learn to love it as the local people have done here. I'm incredibly grateful to the organisations working to make Teesside a wild place and allowing people to indulge in the hidden gems of this landscape, without their hard work I would never have had the filming opportunities and encounters I have experienced making this film.
I filmed "Industrial Evolution" solo, it has been an amalgamation of many days spent lying on a cold muddy marshes and beaches waiting for those fleeting moments when an animal allows you a glimpse into their life. On a freezing winters day the motivation to get out an film is never left wanting when Teesside is on my mind, I don't think it is an area I'll ever grown tired of and I certainly won't stop filming there after this film!
I used a Panasonic GH5 during filming. Combining this small camera body with a Sigma 150-600 has provided me with a very lightweight and mobile setup that is capable of producing beautiful 4K images at an affordable price. Due to the lightweight nature of this kit I was able to shoot in relatively inaccessible locations perched on the tide line of marshes or in the swash of breaking waves on the beach, knowing I could up sticks quickly and react to wildlife sightings at the drop of a hat.
The proliferation of cheap 4K cameras has certainly helped people like myself to get into wildlife filmmaking and develop the skills required to operate high end cameras.
I feel very lucky to be entering the wildlife filmmaking at the time I am, and I'm eternally grateful for all the opportunities I have been given by people in the industry.
Maybe one day we'll get to see Teesside in a landmark wildlife series, but until then I'll keep crawling around the undergrowth of this magical place in search of encounters with wonderful wildlife.
WILDLIFE IN HD VIDEO WINNER: “Industrial Evolution”, Teesside, Sam Oakes
Industrial areas might not spring immediately to mind when searching for a wild encounter, but while Teesside
in the north-east of England is best known for towering factories and vast steelworks, something stirs in the
shadows. Nature is creeping back and finding a foothold between the smoking chimneys and bustling ports.
Waders forage through healthy mudflats, grey seals have returned to their daily roost, and foxes and raptors
stalk prey between iconic landmarks and relics of the industrial revolution that in the past claimed so much
of this estuarine habitat for man.
A lot has happened in Malta in 2018. Chris Packham brings you an update from the frontline. With thanks to Birdlife Malta for flamingo footage. Please visit www.birdlife.org and www.komitee.de to see how you can help teams on the ground.
Crossroads & Under the Counter – two new films on illegal activity from EIA
The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) is an independent campaigning organisation committed to bringing about change that protects the natural world from environmental crime and abuse.
EIA produces hard-hitting campaign films on a wide range of environmental crimes.
Sun Sun Beer is born. This episode speaks to the creative process of making beer. It also speaks a bit to the flavour profile of the Sun Sun Beer. After many months of work, the Sun Sun Beer is officially launching December 14th 2018 at New New New Brewery in Dunedin and other bars around New Zealand. Please come out in support of the Sun Bears and raise a pint of Sun Sun Beer. Hope to see you out there. Please drink responsibly.
Trekking with Trevor Komodo Adventure: Komodo Dragon Encounter!
Trevor's Komodo Adventure has begun! Four days were spent exploring Komodo National Park while filming incredible animals. Check out episode one of the four-part mini series from his Komodo Adventure! If you love animals and Komodo dragons, then you've come to the right place!
Enter the Back from the Brink Film and Photography Competition! by Jason Peters
28 November 2018
Back from the Brink is one of the most ambitious conservation projects ever undertaken.
Its aim – to save 20 species from extinction and benefit over 200 more through 19 projects that span England; from the tip of Cornwall to Northumberland.
It’s the first time ever that so many conservation organisations have come together with one focus in mind – to bring back from the brink of extinction some of England’s most threatened species of animal, plant and fungi. Explore the diverse projects to find out more about the special species they’ll be saving, the places they’ll be working and how you can get involved and make a difference. naturebftb.co.uk
And, they have a film and photography competition!
Do you see yourself as a photographer or filmmaker? Maybe you are a promising presenter, personality or innovator? Perhaps you just love being a creative enthusiast on your phone?
The Back from the Brink Film and Photography Competition is a great opportunity for you to get involved - help us to inspire a nation to celebrate and care about their local wildlife and habitats.
We’re all about the threatened and endangered species here at Back from the Brink, but they’re not always on your doorstep!
So, through this competition, we want you to focus on the wildlife you care about - the local animals and plants that you feel are threatened, or are recovering, or maybe thriving. The landscapes that inspire you, the places that are special, the stories of people and nature that give you hope. We want you to share these stories with us so that we can share them with everyone else - with the whole world…
Let the journey begin!
Call for Entries:
We are looking for innovative films and inspiring images that entertain, raise awareness, or celebrate the beauty of our precious wildlife and landscapes.
There are 8 different film categories available to enter, including a Young Person’s Award for those between 13 and 18 years old; a Presenter Award for those who want step in front of the camera; and an Innovation Award encouraging creative new approaches to create and present stories about our natural world. Check out all of the categories below.
This competition has been developed in partnership with Wildscreen, the charity behind the internationally-renowned Wildscreen Festival, and will culminate in an exciting Back from the Brink Festival in the autumn of 2019.
The winning films and images, selected by a panel of illustrious judges, will be screened and displayed here. Also up for grabs for the category winners are a goody bag of prizes donated by Back from the Brink project partners and Wildscreen.
For the film that most effectively communicates an issue affecting the natural world and either:
explores the results of actions taken to address the issue(s) such as campaigns and conservation work.
is intended to deliver tangible impacts as a result of making and showing the film, such as behaviour change, audience participation or increased viewer knowledge from sharing a solution or action which audiences can take.
Entrants are required to submit a brief narrative (maximum 500 words) outlining the tangible impacts and outcomes of the production. This can include numerical information.
For the film that best uses creative new approaches to create and present stories about the natural world.
This could include innovative storytelling, an imaginative use of new technology, creative filmmaking processes such as stop motion and animation.
Nature Near Me Award:
For the production that most effectively communicates the natural world within a 1km radius from the entrant’s home, school or workplace.
Entrants will be required to submit the location(s) where the film was shot if they are successful and the film proceeds to the final round of judging.
People & Nature Award: For the production that most effectively explores and tells stories about the social, cultural or economic relationships people have with the natural world.
For the production that most effectively uses on-screen presenter(s) to engage audiences with the natural world.
This award is directed at on-screen presenter(s) and as such films solely using narration are not eligible. Productions with a combination of narration and an on-screen presenter(s) are eligible.
Threatened Environments & Species Award:
For the production that most effectively explores the concept of ‘threatened’.
This award explores perceptions of ‘threatened’ as a concept; looking at narratives on threatened animals, plants and environments.
Young Person’s Award:
For the best overall production by a young person.
Entrants must be between 13 and 18 years old at the time of making the film.
Just a Minute Award:
For the best overall production on the natural world that has a maximum length of one minute.
Entries must have a running time of one minute (60 seconds) excluding end credits.
For those who prefer photography, there are 4 categories to tackle, including a Storytelling Award which encourages entrants to develop a collection of six to ten images that cover an important natural world story, woven together with a strong narrative.
Biodiversity: Portraits and images that display the natural beauty and behaviour of animals, plants and fungi.
Spaces for Species: Celebrating the wonder and importance of the UK’s landscapes and habitats.
People and Nature:
Focussing on human relationships with nature, including:
Reacting to challenges or conflict.
Experiencing, celebrating or enjoying the wonder of nature.
Storytelling: A collection of six to ten images covering an important story of the natural world, weaved together with a strong narrative.
Each sequence of six to ten images should be a story told through the progression of images. At least half of the images should have been created since 17 November 2017, the start of the Back from the Brink project, the remainder can be created prior to this if appropriate to the narrative of the entry, e.g. showing change in a local environment or species.
Entrants are required to submit a brief synopsis (maximum 500 words) to outline their photo story.
"David Attenborough has betrayed the living world he loves"
By downplaying our environmental crisis, the presenter’s BBC films have generated complacency, confusion and ignorance.
Knowingly creating a false impression of the world: this is a serious matter. It is more serious still when the BBC does it, and yet worse when the presenter is “the most trusted man in Britain”. But, as his latest interview with the Observer reveals, David Attenborough sticks to his line that fully representing environmental issues is a “turn-off”.
His new series, Dynasties, will mention the pressures affecting wildlife, but Attenborough makes it clear that it will play them down. To do otherwise, he suggests, would be “proselytising” and “alarmist”. His series will be “a great relief from the political landscape which otherwise dominates our thoughts”. In light of the astonishing rate of collapse of the animal populations he features, alongside most of the rest of the world’s living systems – and when broadcasting as a whole has disgracefully failed to represent such truths – I don’t think such escapism is appropriate or justifiable.
It is not proselytising or alarmist to tell us the raw truth about what is happening to the world, however much it might discomfit us. Nor do I believe that revealing the marvels of nature automatically translates into environmental action, as the executive producer of Dynasties claims. I’ve come to believe it can have the opposite effect.
For many years, wildlife film-making has presented a pristine living world. It has created an impression of security and abundance, even in places afflicted by cascading ecological collapse. The cameras reassure us that there are vast tracts of wilderness in which wildlife continues to thrive. They cultivate complacency, not action.
Wildlife-film.com Opinion: Whilst I think the title of this article is purposely provocative, I still say good for you for George... We need more people telling us how it really is. I had similar thoughts when reading the "too much alarmism on environment a turn-off" article... The world needs to wake up... We should all be alarmed. Change might then happen. Had the BBC NHU been telling the truth about the true state of nature for the past sixty years, we might not be in our current state of ignorance. Yes, David Attenborough has made amazing programmes, which have instilled awe and wonder in the minds of several generations, but why has my generation allowed, on average around the world, an astonishing 60% decline in the size of populations of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians in just over 40 years, according to WWF’s Living Planet Report 2018? David Attenborough's original 'Life' series, which started with 'Life on Earth' in 1979 and ended with 'Life in Cold Blood' in 2008, was a groundbreaking wildlife documentary series, exploring the rich variety of plant and animal life on the planet, and it taught us much, showing us never-before-seen wonders, but did it teach us anything about where we were heading in terms of habitat loss and species decline? The answer is no. Other programmes have done better, and the BBC has shifted it's stance somewhat in very recent years on being more holistic in it's story-telling, but change is not happening fast enough. Wildlife film-makers are told that story-telling is king and there will be many many amazing stories out there of heroic conservationists trying to save our natural world... Let's share those stories! Richard Brock, who worked in the BBC Natural History Unit for 35 years producing David Attenborough's 'Life on Earth' and 'Living Planet' series, was so concerned by the lack of willingness to address the real current state of the environment that he left the BBC and started The Brock Initiative, which produces films that tell the truth, hoping to make a difference. He says: "These days it's simply not good enough to use the old response... "If people know about it they'll care for it and do something". Wrong. They'll just go on being conned that it's all perfect out there, with endless jungles, immaculate Masai Maras, and untouched oceans. What planet are they on about?" So, let's tell the truth about the state of our planet... Awe and wonder hasn't worked Sir David ... Let's alarm people!!
Wildlife filmmaker Bertie Gregory has channeled his childhood obsession with wildlife into photography. Photos from this obsession earned him recognition early on in his career, including been named a National Geographic Young Explorer, Youth Outdoor Photographer of the Year, and Zenith Scientific Exploration Society Explorer.
Join him as he takes audiences on an adventure to iconic South Georgia Island. Sailing through the roughest ocean on the planet in a 50-foot boat, his team’s target is the sub-Antarctic island, known for its breathtaking scenery and high concentration of wildlife.
Iceland's Christmas TV advert rejected for being political
Supermarket’s Greenpeace film on palm oil’s impact on orangutan deemed rule breach!
Iceland’s Christmas campaign has been pulled from TV because it has been deemed to breach political advertising rules.
As part of its festive campaign the discount supermarket struck a deal with Greenpeace to rebadge an animated short film featuring an orangutan and the destruction of its rainforest habitat at the hands of palm oil growers.
Earlier this year, Iceland became the first major UK supermarket to pledge to remove palm oil from all its own-brand foods. Habitat loss in countries such as Malaysia – a major global producer of palm oil – has contributed to the orangutan now being classified as critically endangered.
Clearcast, the body responsible for vetting ads before they are broadcast to the public, said it was in breach of rules banning political advertising laid down by the 2003 Communications Act.
“This was a film that Greenpeace made with a voice over by Emma Thompson,” said Iceland’s founder, Malcolm Walker. “We got permission to use it and take off the Greenpeace logo and use it as the Iceland Christmas ad. It would have blown the John Lewis ad out of the window. It was so emotional.”
One of the stipulations enshrined in the broadcast code for advertising practice (BCAP), is that an ad is prohibited if it is “directed towards a political end”.
On the 21st of Ocrover, over 1000 people blocked Parliament Square to launch a mass civil disobedience campaign demanding action on climate emergency. A “Declaration of Rebellion” was been made against the UK Government in Parliament Square for its inaction on the climate emergency and ecological crisis.
George Monbiot, Caroline Lucas MP, Greta Thunberg (the 15-year-old currently breaking Swedish law by refusing to go to school due to inaction on the climate) and Green MEP Molly Scott Cato joined more than a thousand people for a non-violent civil disobedience act that closed down the road in front of Parliament and launched Extinction Rebellion
Conscientious protectors of the earth also locked on to each other in the middle of the road to further increase the disruption and highlight the emergency
Thousands support the rebellion online, pledging future arrest and involvement in a further series of actions planned for November
Demands include that the Government must tell the truth about the ecological emergency we are in, enact legally binding policy measures to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2025; and the creation of a national Citizen’s Assembly to oversee the changes necessary as part of creating a democracy fit for purpose.
Environmental group Extinction Rebellion today called for a nonviolent uprising against the criminal inaction of the British government on the climate emergency and ecological crisis. Rebellion.earth/over-1000-people-block-parliament-sq-to-launch-mass-civil-disobedience-campaign-demanding-action-on-climate-emergency
Then on the 17th of November it was 'Rebellion Day' ... Extinction Rebellion – First time in living memory central London’s bridges blocked by protest group!
More than 6,000 people occupied five bridges in central London to raise the alarm on the climate and ecological crisis – and to put pressure on the Government to come clean on the fact that there is a climate emergency.
This is the first time in living memory that a protest group has intentionally and deliberately blocked the five iconic bridges of central London – Southwark, Blackfriars, Waterloo, Westminster and Lambeth bridges. Police put signal blockers in place to prevent live streaming. There were 80+ confirmed arrests of protestors, people who willingly put themselves at risk of arrest and imprisonment to ensure that this cause is brought to the public’s attention.
Cecelia B of Extinction Rebellion said: “We are peacefully standing up for the Earth and for humanity. People are dancing and singing and making new friends. This is a joyful rebellion and this is what the future looks like.”
George Monbiot of the Guardian commented: “Something I have been waiting for, for a very long time, is happening. People are risking their liberty in defence of the living world in very large numbers. It is only when we are prepared to take such action that people begin to recognise the seriousness of our existential crisis. rebellion.earth/update-extinction-rebellion-first-time-in-living-memory-central-londons-bridges-blocked-by-protest-group
We fully support the movement and joined the Rebellion Day in London on the 17th!
Underwater factory farms revealed ... It's time to Rethink Fish.
Underneath the surface of the water, a fascinating world is being revealed to us. New scientific discoveries are proving that fish are sensitive, intelligent, emotional animals capable of far more than we ever thought. They feel pain, they use tools and they form social bonds. They need celebrating.
But fish also need protecting. In vast underwater factory farms, or when pulled out of their ocean homes, fish are being slaughtered in the most gruesome of ways. Fish suffer silently in their trillions every year.
Compassion supporters like you have spoken up to protect chickens, pigs and cows in the past — now will you help shine a light on one of the greatest animal welfare challenges of our time?
Will you create an ocean swell of support for fish by sharing this video with family and friends? The water is alive with the incredible intelligence, personalities and complicated lives of fish. Our new campaign seeks to raise awareness of these discoveries and turn that excitement into political action.
Millions of fish are silently suffering in vast underwater factory farms across Europe. And we have proof that, out of sight, fish fight for their lives when being killed in ways so painful they are illegal according to European Law. These fish need your help.
Compassion in World Farming recently sent undercover investigators to fish farms across Europe. We discovered fish like sea bass, sea bream and trout being kept in appalling conditions.
Confined to concrete tanks on land or in floating ocean nets by the thousands, these fish spend their short, miserable lives swimming in cramped waters where disease and parasites can thrive. Dead fish were found floating in tanks as live ones swam around them.
Equally shocking is the cruel way fish are killed. Sea bass and sea bream are commonly dumped into large buckets of ice slurry, where they thrash about, fighting for their lives, as ice gets lodged in their gills and they struggle to breathe. They can remain conscious throughout this ordeal, and many are still alive when they are packaged for sale.
Our team also witnessed trout flailing about in pools of bloody water after having their throats cut, a clear sign that the stunning system wasn’t working properly. This kind of suffering is illegal according to European law, which mandates animals should not suffer unnecessarily while being killed.
More humane slaughter methods for fish already exist, so please, write to your Agricultural Minister, asking them to introduce national legislation protecting fish at their time of death.
Just like other farm animals, fish are sentient. These intelligent, sensitive animals are capable of feeling immense pain and they desperately need you to speak up on their behalf.
George Monbiot: Ending Meat & Dairy Consumption Is Needed to Prevent Worst Impacts of Climate Change
"We look at the link between climate change and meat consumption on the heels of a series of damning reports that say if humans don’t act now to halt climate change, the results will be catastrophic. A new study by the World Meteorological Organization shows the past four years have been the hottest on record. On Tuesday, the United Nations reported that carbon emissions reached record highs in 2017 and are on the rise for the first time in four years. Radical reductions are necessary to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees, the level that would prevent the worst effects of catastrophic climate change. Livestock for meat and dairy products worldwide is responsible for almost 15 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, making it the second largest source of emissions after the fossil fuels industry. We speak with British author and journalist George Monbiot, who argues that the fate of the planet depends on the way we choose to eat." Democracy Now!with Amy Goodman with Nermeen Shaikh.
By 2050 the world's population could approach 10 billion - and around 60% more food could be needed to feed everyone. The environmental impacts of the food system are daunting its responsible for about a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions and uses about 70% of all freshwater resources, and it occupies about 40% of the Earth's land surface.
Food rated emissions could increase to 50 percent by 2050 and fill up the total emissions budget that we have in order to avoid dangerous levels of climate change.
Interest in vegan food has been booming across the rich world. A major study has put the diet to the test - analyzing an imagined scenario in which the world goes vegan by 2050. If everybody went vegan by 2050 we estimated that food-related greenhouse gas emissions could be reduced by 3/4.
Cows are the biggest emission contributors. Bugs in their digestive system produce methane and deforestation for their pasture releases carbon dioxide - these gases warm the planet. If cows were a country, they'd be the third largest greenhouse gas emitter.
Wildlife-film.com will have been going for twenty years next year (July 2019) and whilst it’s always been very pro-conservation films (early thanks to founder Piers Warren, also a co-founder of Filmmakers For Conservation), in recent years I have found myself including a lot of vegan film news right across the site, Wildlife Film News (WFN) and our social medias. This has been partly because I adopted a vegan diet myself (again!) some four years ago (along with Piers after watching Cowspiracy) and partly because of the huge increase in content relating to plant-based living. The world is changing and veganism has become much more mainstream than ever before.
Sometimes my postings have felt a little off brand as they’ve not all been about wildlife, more animal welfare/rights, along with the affects of the industry on wild ecosystems and the climate, plus all the many health benefits ... So, whilst I believe it’s all connected, many films, stories and articles have strayed from being strictly ‘wildlife film’ and that’s perhaps tricky when those very words are in the name!
So that’s why I’ve set up Vegan Film News (VFN) ... I will still include some vegan film news in WFN but the dedicated pages of VFN will enable comprehensive coverage of all things vegan film-related, with lots that have nothing to do with wildlife!
We are in a climate emergency and I wholly believe that adopting a plant-based diet is the most effective thing that any of us can do to help combat global warming, which in turn will help save many wildlife species from extinction.
ECOSTREAMZ – a new digital streaming platform similar to Netflix and Hulu, whose solitary goal is to provide easy access to important films and media dealing with environmental, social justice and wildlife conservation issues. In this day, when so much is happening at breakneck speed, it is now more critical than ever to be well informed. ECOSTREAMZ’ mission is to become THE media clearinghouse for the activist community to learn from, grow and come away being able to make a positive difference in this world.
While there are numerous streaming services out there today covering virtually every genre and topic, to our knowledge, nobody is doing exactly what ECOSTREAMZ is doing, the way we’re doing it.
So what makes us different?
Partnerships – We’re not just a collection of movies. If you browse our site, you will notice we are aligning ourselves with organizations all over the globe covering a wide variety of issues. Through these partnerships, we provide organizations a wider audience by hosting their videos on our platform which can ultimately translate into more donors for the non-profit. Additionally, we promote our partners in newsletters and all appropriate press material. Organizations even have the opportunity to receive quarterly royalties based upon viewership of their videos during the prior period, see below. Some of our current partners include: International Primate Protection League, Ape Alliance, Gorilla Foundation, ALERT, CAPE (Center for Animal Protection and Education), SYRCL (South Yuba River Citizen’s League), the Borneo Project, In Defense of Animals, WildAid and most recently IISD (the environmental reporting service for the United Nations).
Revenue Share – We give back. In fact, we give back more than most streaming services….80% of net revenue goes directly back to the filmmakers and/or organizations through a quarterly revenue share of films and media viewed during that period. Most streaming services only offer royalty percentages of between 25% and 50% net.
Member discounts – We offer our partner’s members discounts on subscriptions to ECOSTREAMZ. Anywhere from 25% to 50% off the already low monthly subscription rate of $3.99.
Singular Focus – Our only concern is making the world a better place. We are accomplishing this by presenting the most diverse collection of issue-related content anywhere. For that reason, our platform contains films both short and long and from all parts of the world. Some have received awards and some may be well known. But most you will never see anyplace else but on our site. This is due to the fact that we do not acquire films based on their popularity, but rather, on what they can offer the world in terms of a change message.
If you are interested in having ECOSTREAMZ host your films or if you wish to become a sponsoring organization, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Famed conservationist, Ian Redmond, is a consultant on and supporter of the platform.
An enthusiastic and friendly film-maker with a history of working in varying fields from sales to conservation. Passionate about accelerating sustainable and environmental change through inspiration and education. Skilled in communicating ideas, strengthening teamwork and building relationships. Continuously strengthening his wildlife photography and filmmaking whilst assisting on conservation any way that he can. Visit his website: www.peterselway.com
Dan Marsh – a freelance filmmaker and fully licensed, insured and qualified UAV/drone operator. He has spent the last year researching and filming the marine life in the South Pacific and has now returned to the UK to pursue his dream of becoming a wildlife filmmaker.
Ross Vaughn – a visual storyteller with extensive experience in on-set productions as well as run-and-gun synch setups that has been a member of several award-winning teams. He's directed, DP'd, sound engineered, edited, and provided aerial services on multiple projects throughout the United States and abroad. Passionate about conservation and creating stories that make it personal for viewers so that we can eventually live in a world where the diversity of life thrives.
Since the late 1990s Wildlife-film.com has been the leading source of information for the wildlife filmmaking industry worldwide. For over eighteen years the site has been Google's number one ranking site for 'wildlife film' and related searches. Our site is viewed in over 185 countries. Our newsletter, Wildlife Film News, is read every month by thousands of people involved in wildlife filmmaking - from broadcasters and producers, to cameramen - we encourage readers to submit their news. We also serve as an online resource for industry professionals and services. Find producers, editors, presenters and more in our Freelancer section, and find out about festivals, training and conservation in Organisations. We encourage amateur and professional freelancers to join our network and welcome all wildlife-film related organisations to join our team.
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