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CAUTIVERIO (Captivity) coming soon... By Jason Peters
10th May 2017
More than 300 dolphins live, socialize and work for food at Mexican pools.
Politicians, activists and owners of dolphinariums in Mexico have been fighting each other for months. The future of captive breeding is now in their hands. If this law is approved, captivity in this country will stay for the next 85 years to come.
The fate of these marine mammals now depends on people who's interest is money or votes, when it is actually in our hands.
Cautiverio is a documentary film that shows the reality behind the captive dolphin industry: from shows for human entertainment, to the so called therapy with dolphins.
The filmmakers behind this documentary will release Cautiverio by the end of the year.
Enter now the GREEN SCREEN Internationales Naturfilmfestival Eckernförde Youth Film Award!
Pick up the camcorder, grab the mobile phone, a digital camera; produce alone, with your friends, or your school a wildlife film and participate on the GREEN SCREEN Youth Film Award or the GREEN Clip Award.
Win great prizes with your film at the largest Wildlife Film Festival in Germany. Your film or clip is viewed by an international expert panel of judges and if it receives a nomination, presented at the GREEN SCREEN International Wildlife Filmfestival in Eckernförde on a Award Ceremony.
Professional filmmakers will be present, they´ll let you know more gimmicks and tricks and draw out the winning film.
We believe that Wild Pages has become an invaluable resource for many wildlife film-makers around the world (having been purchased on every continent bar Antarctica!) and especially for those that are unable to get to film festivals due to time or financial constraints… It has become an essential piece of kit!!
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Disneynature, in its ongoing quest to bring the natural world to the big screen as never before, presents its most ambitious project to date, taking moviegoers on a grand journey into the wilds of China. “Born In China” follows the adventures of three animal families — the majestic panda, the savvy golden monkey and the elusive snow leopard.
Featuring stunning imagery, the film navigates the vast terrain—from the frigid mountains to the heart of the bamboo forest—on the wings of a red-crowned crane, showcasing remarkably intimate family moments captured on film for the first time ever.
A donation to WWF has been promised for all tickets sold in the first week of showings, to benefit wild pandas and snow leopards.
On Steven Ballantyne's involvement, MD Mandy Leith said this: “The team at Brian Leith Productions wish Steven Ballantyne and EPM ongoing success at their new Shanghai base. We have worked closely with Steven over the last couple of years on our wildlife feature film Born in China for Disneynature. Steven managed several extremely challenging and very lengthy remote location shoots in a thoroughly professional and impressive manner. Steven is very conscientious, safe and level headed. He is a kind and respectful individual, and we would have no hesitation recommending Steven and EPM’s services to other producers. We are looking forward to working with them again next time we film that part of the world.”
Ghost of the Mountains(in production)
- In Spring 2014 the team from Brian Leith Productions set out on a “mission impossible” – to film a dramatic story of Snow Leopards in the wild for our film for Disneynature, Born in China. We were successful in capturing the best footage of snow leopards ever, and a wildlife first, to film snow leopard cubs in their natural environmental… This film documents how against all the odds the team were able to reveal one of the last great secrets of the natural world. A feature length documentary for Disneynature to be shown on Netflix.
EPM Asia is asked to work on the content development for productions planned in Mongolia, Myanmar & Papua New Guinea
Steven Ballantyne at EPM Asia Ltd said, 'This is a fantastic opportunity to play a key part in designing the content for a new Natural History series, using our extensive knowledge of th regions we have certainly delivered a range of new ideas for consideration'. To discuss you remote location filming requirements in Pacific, Central and East Asia email firstname.lastname@example.org.
40th Annual International Wildlife Film Festival Award Winners Announced from IWFF
22 April 2017
Congratulations to the IWFF 40 award winning films.
We are pleased to announce the Award Winners for the 2017 International Wildlife FIlm Festival. The 40th IWFF Awards took place on Friday, April 21st at the Montana Natural History Center.
In the jungles of a remote archipelago in the South Pacific, a biologist is attempting to do something Charles Darwin and Ernst Mayr never accomplished: catch evolution in the act of creating new species. Albert Uy is on the verge of an amazing discovery in the Solomon Islands, but there’s a threat looming on the horizon. The islands’ resources are being exploited, putting all local wildlife at risk. It’s a race against time to gather the evidence necessary to prove the existence of a new species before it’s lost forever.
Huge congrats to all winners from Wildlife-film.com, with special hoorays to our members in bold above! :)
Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam extended the deadline for entries until 1 June 2017!
The Netherlands’ main wildlife film festival is held in the city center of Rotterdam from 26-29 October 2017. We screen movies with a central focus on the natural world, but also critical and informative documentaries on raising awareness, the environment and sustainability. We would like to invite both professional and non-professional filmmakers from anywhere in the world to participate. The competition is free of fees.
The competition offers awards in a wide range of categories of which this year the WFFR Virtual Reality Award and the Newcomer Awards are new.
Awards can be won in the categories:
Best Film Professional
Best Film Non-Professional
WFFR Environmental/Sustainability Award
WFFR Underwater Award
WFFR Newcomer Award
WFFR Virtual Reality Award
WFFR Awareness Award
In addition to the awards attributed by the jury, an audience award will also be awarded to the most popular film chosen by the general public in the professional and the non-professional category.
Around August 15th the selected finalists will be informed if their film have been selected to be screened at the festival and if their film is nominated for an award. The award winning ceremony will take place on October 29th during the closing ceremony of the festival. Selected filmmakers are invited to visit the festival and receive a festival pass. Many other activities are scheduled around the festival like photo exhibitions, an educational kids program, a gathering for filmmakers and a Nature Cafe.
The 33rd "International Festival of Ornithological Film" will take place from October 27th to November 1st 2017 in Ménigoute (Deux - Sèvres - FRANCE).
Ménigoute Festival’s main purpose is to inspire to the greatest public increased awareness of the need to conserve the natural environment. At the same time, it aims to encourage the documentaries’ production and broadcasting. About 40 ornithological and wildlife entries, French premieres, will be selected to be screened in competition during public performances.
Entries are free of fees.
Nine prizes, totalling about 16,930 €, will be awarded.
Many other activities are sheduled for the festival, including photographic exhibitions, conferences, art shows, guided visits to sites in the local area for their landscape and wildlife interest.
NHNZ Produces New Documentary Short About Hauturu Little Barrier Island
This month the Little Barrier Island Supporters Trust launched a new documentary short about the most intact ecosystem in New Zealand: Te Hauturu te-o-Toi, Little Barrier Island.
The documentary has been produced by NHNZ.. Little Barrier Island: New Zealand’s Ark gives viewers unprecedented access to the wonders of this precious island. From the stony shores that are a refuge for native reptiles to high ridges, riddled with the burrows of sea birds, and deep into the primeval forest, where native birds, insects and the ancient tuatara live and thrive in peace. This is New Zealand as it once was.
Ruud Kleinpaste, documentary narrator and patron of the Little Barrier Island Supporters Trust, says: “Little Barrier Island is one of New Zealand’s most precious treasures. We hope that this stunning film will show New Zealanders how important conservation is, on any scale.”
Trustee David Stone adds that the film is an opportunity for the New Zealand public to see the closely protected island for themselves: “Visitor numbers and movements are strictly regulated as it is critical that human impact is kept to a minimum. Consequently, very few people get to see what the environment is like up close. Thanks to the team at NHNZ we now have a stunning film that shows the amazing conservation work that has gone into preserving and nurturing Little Barrier Island.”
Little Barrier Island: New Zealand’s Ark is available for streaming online on the Little Barrier Island Supporters Trust website: www.littlebarrierisland.org.nz
Borneo Wildlife Warriors – The New Scubazoo Series Launched – Because the Jungle is Worth Fighting for! From Scubazoo
4 April 2017
BORNEO WILDLIFE WARRIORS –
BECAUSE THE JUNGLE IS WORTH FIGHTING FOR
New Online Series Charts Fight to Save the Most Enigmatic and Endangered Animals on Earth
There are few places that evoke the magic and mystery of Borneo: dense jungles packed with exotic animals, including orangutans, sun bears and the world’s smallest elephant. However Borneo’s rainforests—and all that inhabit it—are facing colossal threats. Deforestation, illegal wildlife and pet trade and the traditional medicine trade are all threatening the survival of these unique animals.
The Wildlife Rescue Unit are an elite group of vets and rangers on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to deal with human-animal conflict. Through rehabilitation programmes, relentless rescues and relocations, they are tasked with saving Borneo’s wildlife—and their exhausting, often dangerous work is now the subject of a new online show, Borneo Wildlife Warriors.
“The series shows a real behind the scenes look at what goes on at our ‘rescues’. Its basically a reality show on our wildlife rescues and also portrays the many wonderful characters within the WRU whose great deeds and heroic attempts save wildlife in Sabah,” said Dr. Sen, head of the WRU.
In this stunning 4k series, we meet the heroes of Borneo’s jungles, as they welcome British wildlife photojournalist Aaron ‘Bertie’ Gekoski into their ranks and attempt to turn him into a fully- edged ranger. Poignant, exhilarating, and at times amusing, Borneo Wildlife Warriors is an extraordinary journey into the heart of Borneo’s jungles.
As the situation of our fragile planet becomes more dire, we need more conservation film-makers to tell honest, engaging stories about what is really happening out there!!
There are many conservation and environmental issues that could be tackled effectively if only the people involved were informed or educated about the causes and solutions that could make a difference. Films and the Media are some of the most powerful communication tools we have, but we need to make the right films and distribute them to the audience decision makers community corporation law enforcers government bodies who can create that change. So how do you go about this? How do you produce a clear message? Who are your target audience? What style of film would be most successful? What equipment do you need? How do you record sound? How do you edit everything together? What part should a narrator play? How do you monitor effectiveness?
All of these questions and more are answered in this unique hands-on training programme over a weekend in Norfolk, UK. It is designed specifically for those who are interested in gaining the skills to use films and the media to enhance the effectiveness of conservation and environmental campaigning. It is also invaluable for those who may need to employ professional film-makers for conservation productions. Participants on the last course said: "It was a great weekend thanks to our awesome and wonderful tutors. What a dedicated team! I learned a lot, laughed a lot and got tons of inspiration and strength to go on."
"Thank you for providing this course – the wider content opened my eyes to some big issues and new ways of getting involved. Having such a range of expertise and experience all in one room was brilliant." More here: www.wildeye.co.uk/conservation-film-making
NEW DATES: Wildlife Camera Operator Course, 29 Sept - 1 Oct Should I be shooting in HD or 4K? How can I get amazing aerial shots on a budget? What do I need to take super slow motion video without spending a fortune? What does ‘broadcast quality’ mean? How can I make amazing time lapse sequences with an ordinary DSLR? All these questions will be answered …
Whether you are hoping for a career as a professional wildlife camera operator or want to film wildlife as a fascinating hobby, this course will arm you with the knowledge and techniques to create stunning shots and sequences. As camera technology advances apace it can be difficult to know what equipment to use (and then how to use it!), with a high tutor to student ratio, this course is unique in content and value for money.
The weekend introduces the latest technology and camera systems for those who may upgrade their equipment in the future or have yet to buy a camcorder. The knowledge gained will help you choose and use the right gear for your purposes and will save you wasting money on unnecessary or inappropriate technology. The Creative Camerawork element will help you improve your techniques under expert instruction.
The course starts with a discussion about the latest camera technology and is then split into hands-on workshops exploring various aspects of camera use in wildlife film-making, including: macro, microscopes, slow motion, time lapse, aerial solutions and creative techniques. It is taught by wildlife film-maker Mike Linley, Piers Warren – Principal of Wildeye, independent wildlife film-maker Adrian Cale, Simon Beer – a video camera specialist from Production Gear Ltd. and aerials specialist Elliott Corke. See some short films from previous courses below:
Gorillas & Chimps in Uganda, 13-22 November After our fabulous trip last year to see/film wild mountain gorillas and chimpanzees in the forests of Uganda, whilst learning about conservation projects, we are returning in November this year.
For many people this is on their lifetime wish-list - so grab the chance while you can!
A unique itinerary is planned to give participants an incredible opportunity to see wild great apes and engage in their conservation. Highlights include: mountain gorilla and chimpanzee trekking, visiting the Ngamba Chimp Island Sanctuary, several game drives featuring lions, elephants, monkeys, buffaloes and more, learning about and participating in conservation projects such as tree-planting, teaching local people about the value of wildlife, and the Pedal Powered Cinema Project, staying at Dian Fossey Lodge.
As well as local guides and specialists you will be accompanied throughout by Madelaine Westwood (founder of GAFI (The Great Apes Film Initiative) and the Pedal Powered Cinema Project) and Piers Warren (Principal of Wildeye).
Participants on the last trip said: "Quite simply a life-changing experience!" "What a wonderful time we had, all seems like a dream now. Thanks for organising our trip of a lifetime!" More here: www.wildeye.co.uk/gorillas-chimpanzees-ugandaJust three places now available!
Intro to Wildlife Sound Recording 1-3 December Interest in the sound recording of wildlife and environments has grown rapidly in the last few years. Described in various ways: location, field, natural, wild etc., these recordings can be put to a multitude of uses including film, television, radio, art installations, web and CD releases, video game soundtracks, as part of musical compositions and so on.
In the production of wildlife films, the importance of the sound track and the role of the sound recordist is often over-looked. The successful recording of wildlife sound, and creation of the film’s sound track is a crucial and major part of the creative process. With new digital equipment available for recording and editing sound it requires skill and experience to do the job justice.
This two-day course aims to teach you the skills necessary to produce superb field recordings and give you hands-on experience with some of the latest equipment. The course is suitable for wildlife film-makers, sound recordists, radio producers, audio artists, musicians and video game designers, both professional and amateur. It is taught by Chris Watson, one of the world’s top wildlife sound specialists who regularly works for the BBC, and assisted by audio specialist Jez riley French. More here: www.wildeye.co.uk/introduction-to-wildlife-sound-recording
Jean went through a five and a half hour operation with two surgeons in February... "who proudly announced that they had successfully removed everything in there that was not deemed necessary. Let’s hope they are right in their assessment. Recovery is slow, at best, but we think we are getting there. Thank you for your patience." from The ViewFinder
In case you've not already seen it, Anna Roberts put this film together from Wildscreen last year, where Jean was much missed!
Follow Durrell's Volunteer Manager Daniel Craven as he travels to India to discover the real Durrells and Gerry’s mission to save the world’s smallest pig from extinction.
Critically endangered, pygmy hogs are so rare they were once thought to be extinct, but today, with the help of Durrell conservationists and supporters, these little pigs are making a comeback.
We hope that you enjoy this unique film, please share it with your friends to help us spread the word about Durrell and please consider making a donation to support the pygmy hog project in Assam.
Massacre on Migration in Cyprus and Malta 2017 with Chris Packham and team
A hard-hitting short film has been released entitled Cyprus: Massacre on Migration with well known UK naturalist and anti-wildlife-crime campaigner Chris Packham, the film highlights the indiscriminate slaughter of birds in Cyprus, and in particular on the Dhekelia Sovereign British Base. Packham’s touching and personal account – shot in autumn 2016 – brings the ugly issue of extensive illegal bird trapping with mist nets and limesticks into sharp focus. It includes footage shot in the killing fields with anti-trapping activists CABS, plus an interview with BirdLife Cyprus.
Chris was also charged with assault and trespass in Malta after confronting hunters he believed had illegally trapped wild birds.
The BBC Springwatch presenter and naturalist will appear before magistrates on Thursday morning on the island of Gozo after being charged with “attempting to use force” and “pushing against” a Maltese man.
Packham, who is making an independent film about Malta’s spring hunt in which thousands of migrating birds are shot over the Mediterranean islands, had called the police after discovering a large cage of protected wild species, including goldfinch, moorhen, starlings and turtle doves. It is illegal to keep some of these birds in captivity.
Chris Packham: Why I'm fighting to stop the slaughter of Malta's wild birds
According to Packham, he and his producer Ruth Peacey and sound recordist Garry Moore were filming an interview on a public road when two men jumped out of a vehicle and “started screaming and shouting and pushing”. More: theguardian.com
Chris was later cleared of two counts of assault. A Maltese magistrate dismissed the case against him after he produced video evidence in court that showed he was jostled by a hunter while filming an interview about the illegal slaughter of birds on the island.
Your chance to win a prestigious award, cash prize of £5,000 and opportunity to reach millions through national exposure. Help raise awareness about British wildlife and celebrate our natural heritage. Winners and commended entrants will have their work showcased in a touring exhibition and stunning book, and will be invited to an exclusive Awards ceremony in London.
The £20,000 prize fund includes the latest camera kit from lead sponsor Canon.
The awards recognise the talents of photographers practising in Britain whilst also highlighting the great wealth and diversity of British natural history. A celebration of British wildlife as well as a showcase for photographers and videographers, both amateur and professional.
There are fifteen separate categories including animal behaviour, urban wildlife, habitat, animal portraits, marine life, the hidden secret world that lies in the undergrowth and a special award for Wildlife in HD Video. Also two junior categories - to encourage young people to connect with nature through photography.
In addition to still photography there is a great opportunity to capture wildlife in action and win an amazing prize. Be inspired by the video winner and commended entries in 2016: bwpawards.org/videowinners2016
Denes Dobai - A very enthusiastic sound recordist, film and music maker who records his own music and sounds and original sound-scapes in several different genres for mainly wildlife/travel documentaries.
Libor Spacek - A Prague-based award-winnig Cinematographer (DoP), Underwater Cameraman, Drone Operator, Photographer, Scuba Instructor (SSI), Sea Captain, Environmentalist interested in shooting nature, wildlife, marine life, projects focusing on the monitoring and protection of the underwater world, natives and their rituals at film and photography production with Escape to Nature.
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