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REVOLUTION - The movie

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REVOLUTION was released on Earth Day

Revolution is a feature documentary about opening your eyes, changing the world and fighting for something. A true life adventure following director Rob Stewart in the follow up to his hit Sharkwater, Revolution is an epic adventure into the evolution of life on earth and the revolution to save us. Discovering that there’s more in jeopardy than sharks, Stewart uncovers a grave secret threatening our own survival as a species, and embarks on a life-threatening adventure through 4 years and 15 countries into the greatest battle ever waged. Bringing you some of the most incredible wildlife spectacles ever recorded, audiences are brought face to face with sharks and cuddly lemurs, into the microscopic world of the pygmy seahorse, and on the hunt with the deadly flamboyant cuttlefish. From the coral reefs in Papua New Guinea to the rain forests in Madagascar, Stewart reveals that our fate is tied to even the smallest of creatures. Through it all, Stewart’s journey reveals a massive opportunity, as activists and individuals all over the world are winning the battle to save the ecosystems we depend on for survival. Presenting the most important information on human survival and inspiring people all over the world to fight for life, Revolution is essential viewing for everyone. Startling, beautiful, and provocative, Revolution inspires audiences across the globe to join the biggest movement in history that’s rising to the challenge of saving our world. Revolution premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and has already gone on to win ten awards, including the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Atlantic Film Festival, Most Popular Environmental Film Award at the Vancouver International Film Festival, the Audience Award at the Victoria Film Festival and the Social Justice Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

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Revolution

Revolution is a feature documentary about opening your eyes, changing the world and fighting for something. A true life adventure following director Rob Stewart in the follow up to his hit Sharkwater, Revolution is an epic adventure into the evolution of life on earth and the revolution to save us.
Discovering that there’s more in jeopardy than sharks, Stewart uncovers a grave secret threatening our own survival as a species, and embarks on a life-threatening adventure through 4 years and 15 countries into the greatest battle ever waged.

Bringing you some of the most incredible wildlife spectacles ever recorded, audiences are brought face to face with sharks and cuddly lemurs, into the microscopic world of the pygmy seahorse, and on the hunt with the deadly flamboyant cuttlefish. From the coral reefs in Papua New Guinea to the rain forests in Madagascar, Stewart reveals that our fate is tied to even the smallest of creatures.

Through it all, Stewart’s journey reveals a massive opportunity, as activists and individuals all over the world are winning the battle to save the ecosystems we depend on for survival. Presenting the most important information on human survival and inspiring people all over the world to fight for life, Revolution is essential viewing for everyone. Startling, beautiful, and provocative, Revolution inspires audiences across the globe to join the biggest movement in history that’s rising to the challenge of saving our world.

Revolution premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and has already gone on to win ten awards, including the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Atlantic Film Festival, Most Popular Environmental Film Award at the Vancouver International Film Festival, the Audience Award at the Victoria Film Festival and the Social Justice Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

Purchase or rent the film here.

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Videographer wanted on the Phana Macaque Project

PHANA MACAQUE PROJECT is looking for a videographer to help us make a film about the social behaviour of the long-tailed macaques in Don Chao Poo Forest, Phana, Amnat Charoen Forest, in North-east Thailand.

We cannot offer a salary, but accommodation will be provided and food can be found easily and cheaply in the small town/village. Airfare not included. Starting date: any time after 1st September 2015. Duration to be discussed.

The monkeys in our forest are habituated to provisioning by us, the local council and visitors, as well as foraging for themselves. They are not aggressive towards humans and at present do not range much outside the forest. In both these respects they differ from others of the same species elsewhere in Thailand.

Full credit will be accorded and it may be that the resulting video will be of interest to TV companies, for instance.

Phana Macaque Project wishes to use the video for local educational purposes and on our website but the footage and film rights would be maintained by the volunteer.

Please visit our website at www.thaimonkeyforest.com

For further information and to apply, please contact Lawrence Whiting at phanamacaqueproject@gmail.com

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Join the Wildeye Wildlife Camera Operator Course this December!

News imageWildeye currently has a few places left on the Wildlife Camera Operator Course this coming December, 11-13!

What is 4K? How can you get great wildlife footage from a DSLR? What does broadcast quality mean? How can you get amazing aerial shots on a budget? What do you need to take slow motion video?

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.

News imageThe 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: wide angle, telephoto, macro, scopes, 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 filmmaker Adrian Cale, Simon Beer – a video camera specialist from Production Gear Ltd.and high speed camera specialist Simon Lewis from BBC Earth.

£365 per person, which includes tuition, accommodation, and meals. Book here.

Visit the hompage for availability: www.wildeye.co.uk


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Congratulations to the 2015 IWFF Award Winners!

After viewing, deliberating and debating, the IWFF’s competition jury reached a consensus on their awards categories.

The winners are:

Best of Festival - Poached
Best Broadcast Feature - Africa's Giant Killers
Best Theatrical Feature - Enchanted Kingdom
Best Student Film - The Wild Wet
Best Environmental Film - Chuitna: More than Salmon on the Line
Best Short Film - Portrait of an Urban Beekeeper
Best Cinematography - Enchanted Kingdom
Visionary Award - Walking Under Water
Best Broadcast Series - Life Story
Best Human-Wildlife Interactions - EARTH A New Wild
Best Children and Young Adult Program - Marvelous Musical Report Advocacy Award - Chuitna: More Than Salmon on the Line
Individual Achievement Award - Silencing the Thunder
Best Storytelling - Return of the River
Best Conservation Message - Return of the River
Best Government Production - The Last Dragons: Protecting Appalachia's Hellbenders
Chuck Jonkel Founder’s Award - Chris Palmer

Visit: www.wildlifefilms.org/2015-winning-films

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Chris Palmer

Confessions of a Wildlife Filmmaker talk at the DC Environmental Film Festival by Chris Palmer

The Confessions of a Wildlife Filmmaker book release event was held at American University on March 24th, 2015. Wildlife Filmmaker & Author Chris Palmer talked about his book and what filmmakers and audiences alike can do to protect our wildlife and be more eco-conscious about our environment. After his conference, Chris was available to speak with the attendees and do a book signing. See a part of the event here, if only to see Chris's infectious enthusiasm for the subject matter!


Confessions of a Wildlife Filmmaker-Environmental Film Festival from Chris Palmer

Also see: "Confessions of a Wildlife Filmmaker" - Book Trailer & our interview with the author!

Chris did an “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) on Reddit. See: bestofama.com/amas/32916g

And read When Wildlife Docs Harass: Ethics Required in Environmental Filmmaking Too by Chris: www.documentary.org

The book is available on: www.amazon.co.uk & www.amazon.com

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Summer Wildlife Filmmaking Workshop – Leeds Beckett University: 25% Discount

Get 25% discount offer on 2015 Summer Wildlife Filmmaking Workshop. Interested parties must contact David Turner in order to receive a special link which will allow them to redeem the discount.

David Turner The Northern Film School at Leeds Beckett University
Tel: +44 (0)113 812 3330
Email: d.p.turner@leedsbekcett.ac.uk

Wild Pages

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Disneynature’s Monkey Kingdom, produced by member Silverback Films, supports Conservation International

Disneynature's newest feature film Monkey Kingdom debuted in the U.S. on Friday the 17th of April, and for every ticket sold during the opening week (April 17–23), Disneynature will make a donation to Conservation International.

For two decades, Conservation International and Disney have worked together to protect nature’s bounty to save threatened species and improve human well-being. For Earth Day 2015, CI and Disney teamed up again. This time Disneynature committed to make a donation through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund to CI for every ticket sold during Monkey Kingdom’s opening week (April 17-23, 2015). The results are in and they’re stunning. Moviegoers in the U.S. will make the following conservation efforts possible in Sri Lanka, Cambodia and Indonesia: www.conservation.org/stories/Pages/disneynature-monkey-kingdom.aspx


Disneynature's Monkey Kingdom - Official Trailer from Disney Movie Trailers

Disneynature's Monkey Kingdom spotlights the gripping reality of a newborn monkey and it's mother, struggling to survive within the competitive social hierarchy of the Temple Troop, a dynamic group of monkeys who live in ancient ruins found deep in the storied jungles of South Asia, alongside a rich cast of forest characters. Life is grand, food is plentiful and safety is assured if you're lucky enough to be born on the higher rungs of the Troop's social ladder. But this young mother and her infant find themselves in a constant state of hunger, dodging threats from higher-ranking monkeys determined to keep them on their assigned rung. It'll take a lot of ingenuity, hard work—and a little luck—if this little family hopes to change their place in the world. Directed by Mark Linfield and co-directed by Alastair Fothergill with Cinematography by Gavin Thurston. Disneynature's eighth True Life Adventure swings into US theaters in April 2015. UK and worldwide release dates TBA.

British Wildlife Photography Awards

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JHWFF Call for Entry OPEN!

Widely considered the most prestigious honor in natural history media, the Festival culminates in a Gala Celebration to recognize the coveted Teton Awards. More than 900 entries competed for 23 awards in 2013! View the 2015 competition categories.

Over 150 preliminary judges will screen more than 3,500 hours to select this year's finalists. Finalists will be showcased throughout the week of the Festival, and winning films will be announced at a Gala Celebration on October 1st.

See the Call for Entry trailer featuring images from 2013 finalists & winners!


Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival Highlight Reel from JH Wildlife Film Festival

Closing 1st of June!

Visit: www.jhfestival.org

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Wildscreen goes WILD with Sunny Side of the Doc

Wildscreen is teaming up with Sunny Side of the Doc to deliver a special screening programme of the world's best wildlife films. Wildlife and natural history programming will be the special focus at this June's Sunny Side of the Doc, the international marketplace for documentary and factual content, and for the 4 day event Wildscreen will bring selected Panda Award winning and nominated films for public screening at the Grand Ecran. In addition, during Natural History Day on Wednesday 24 June, Sunny Side will gather the most influential nature lovers in the business under one roof for a series of forums, lunches and case studies all to encourage the creation of cutting-edge wildlife content.

If you were a Wildscreen Festival delegates, you can get 10% off ticket prices. To take advantage, simply register on the Sunny Side website before 12 June and enter the discount code UNDERTHESUN.

Sunny Side of the Doc will take place in La Rochelle on Monday 22 - Thursday 25 June 2015.

Visit: www.sunnysideofthedoc.com

Blue chip to new chip: Sunny Side goes WILD this June | Join 2000+ delegates

Let's reimagine the natural history genre! Wildlife and Natural History programming will be the special focus at the 26th edition of Sunny Side of the Doc, international marketplace for documentary and factual content, taking place in La Rochelle, 22-25 June 2015. Sunny Side will gather the most influential nature lovers in the business under one roof for a series of forums, lunch and case studies all to encourage the creation of cutting-edge wildlife content.

Our public screening programme Grand Ecran will bring you the latest outstanding wildlife films from all over the world during 4 days, in partnership with two prestigious events: Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival & Wildscreen Film Festival.

Find out more here:www.sunnysideofthedoc.com

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Check out the trailer for Disneynature’s upcoming 2016 film Born In China, produced by member Brian Leith Productions

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.


Disneynature's Born in China Official US Trailer from Disney Movie Trailers

Visit: www.brianleith.tv

So You Want to Be a WIldlifre Photographer?

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Beneath the Waterline By Jack Perks OUT NOW!!

The film takes you on a journey around the UK meeting people like Andrew Kerr of the sustainable eel group and Matt Hayes a well known British angler to hear there thoughts on certain problems.. It features Jack presenting issues and threats while showing what's being done to compact them as well as showing rare species. Powan, Spined Loach, Eel and some invasives will be looked at in detail as well as wider issues affecting all fish species such as getting kids into nature and making nature reserves more aware of freshwater fish. This part is designed to give a taster of the species and problems fish face. Additional camerawork and edited by Laura Turner. The film was crowd funded via Kickstarter which raised the funds to produce the short film. btwlfishproject.com

See the film here...

Jack is looking for budding wildlife presenters...

Any budding wildlife presenters in the Nottingham/East Midlands? I'm looking to produce 10 short films on the counties wildlife and although I don't mind appearing in a couple I think it would be better with a range of talent and enthusiastic people. We have a cameraman sorted though if you'd like to have a go at that or editing there could be room also. Its purely a collaborative effect so no monies I'm afraid but were hoping the films may lead to bigger and better things and a great chance to work as part of a team. Email: jackperksphotography@hotmail.co.uk

Wildlife Film-making: Looking to the Future

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Classroom in the Wild: Alaska (July 24 to August 1) from the Center for Environmental Filmmaking

SOC’s Center for Environmental Filmmaking is offering students a three credit, three week immersive course in HD filmmaking under challenging environmental and expeditionary conditions in Alaska. Week one on campus and through distance learning prepares students in extreme filmmaking and survival techniques for the 8-10 day field work in Alaska. In week two the class flies to Anchorage and begins training in the field. We will concentrate on rock, glacier, and water. Then groups will produce short environmental and wildlife films. The last week of the course will bring students back to the university for postproduction and project completion. Students are led by professor and filmmaker Larry Engel and survival expert Brian Horner. Students experience upwards of 20 hours of sunlight each day with hands-on experience under extreme filmmaking conditions. In addition, participants learn some of the most important survival skills needed for traveling and filming in remote locations and harsh environments.

Classroom in the Wild - Alaska

Check out the trailer from last year's class here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvL57fL7ZSo

Visit: www.american.edu/soc/cef/classroom-in-the-wild-alaska.cfm

For more information, contact: Prof. Larry Engel (+1 646 226 9244 cell +1 202 885 2688) or Prof. Chris Palmer (+1 202 716 6160 cell).

Wildeye

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The 5th Green-Go International Short Film Contest CALL FOR ENTRIES is open!

CEEweb for Biodiversity organizes the International Green-Go Short Film Contest for the 5th time to raise awareness about environmental problems and to celebrate our natural heritage, the European Nature.

The Contest is awaiting creative/shocking/funny/explicit eye-opener short films in the following three categories:

1. Our footprint on Earth
2. Two faces of exploitation
3. You are part of Nature. Live with it! (co-organisers of the category: Eurosite and ECNC)

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

Deadline for submissions: 15 September 2015

Be inspired by:


Uploads from Biodiversity CEEweb from Biodiversity CEEweb

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

Green-Go Short Film Contest

Environmental Investigation Agency

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India’s Wandering Lions delivered by Ammonite Films

Lions. Not African, but Indian. After a brush with extinction the Asiatic lion is reclaiming its lost lands. But can lions and people truly settle their differences and live together… Without conflict?

We are very proud to announce that we have completed our most recent film India’s Wandering Lions. It’s been a labour of love to deliver some unique images of the miraculous growing population of Asiatic lions in India’s Gujarat state.

A thousand years ago, lions were common in many regions across Asia, but were frequently viewed as vermin – to be killed whenever possible. Today, the Indian lion population has rebounded to a population of over 400 – a cause for celebration. However, their success has surpassed the natural capacity of the Gir Forest Sanctuary, forcing lions to spill over its borders and seek new homes. Can they remain out of trouble and keep their human neighbours onside for the long term?

We have worked with Kosmik Global, Earth Touch and Discovery India to bring this incredible story to light. With unprecedented access by locals and the various forest departments, we have uncovered one of the most extraordinary stories of recovery of our generation. Our 4K cameras bring a beautiful richness and clarity to the imagery, while colour starlight and hi-res thermal techniques allow us to create striking images, day or night. International air dates to be announced soon!


Wandering Lions of Gujarat promo from Ammonite Films

Visit: www.ammonite.co.uk/news/indias-wandering-lions-delivered

Filmmakers For Conservation

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Welcome to our newest full members, from April!

Bluebottle Films - An award-winning Australian production company, based in Sydney.

Philipp Klein - A camera operator and assistant based in Berlin.Showreel by Philipp Klein

Felicity Flashman - A third year undergraduate at the Falmouth University studying Marine and Natural History photography.

Tim Marks - A filmmaker, camera operator, and photographer, based in Harare, who has been filming documentaries since 2010.

There's basic FREE membership for all here or for a much more comprehensive listing, Profile Page and additional benefits, become a full member: Wildlife-film.com/freelancers or Wildlife-film.com/companies

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