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Winners and Losers – 60+ Films Coming Soon! By Richard Brock
20 May 2016
The natural world is changing very quickly now. The clock is ticking faster and faster. Some species are winning, some are losing. Many people are trying to help – in some exciting cases wildlife is helping itself. My series “Winners and Losers” looks carefully with well-documented evidence at these changes – past, present and particularly the future. Using previously unseen footage from the recent past we bring the story right up to date and try to look forward as to the winners and the losers we might expect – and why. As far as I know, no one has done this so deliberately around the world with so many species and places. In the 60+ shortish lms recently nished in 2016 we nd many examples of winners, or, at least those trying not to be losers!
The series of sixty conservation films are coming together... See the downloadable pdf with full details!
"WILDLIFE cameraman and producer Richard Brock is about to launch a collection of 50 films from around the world showing nature’s “Winners and Losers” in their fight against climate change and other environmental
challenges. “It shows how to turn losers in to winners,” he says.
For 15 years he’s risked the wrath of governments and big corporations to make films showing how man’s activities are harming nature and he’s updated these for thenew series."
If you are passionate about wildlife and have a desire to learn about wildlife filmmaking, TaTanka Productions, Castle Rock, Colorado is putting on a Wildlife Documentary Video Workshop at Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. Bring your camera and learn how to produce your own 10 to 12 minute wildlife documentary on our nation's newly proclaimed national mammal, the Bison.
The workshop will run for 5 days July 31-August 5, 2016.
The spectacular Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge is a true gem of the US Fish and Wildlife Refuge System. The refuge's mixed grass prairies, lush meadows and majestic mountains with hundreds of buffalo is the backdrop for this learning experience.
You will be filming during the most exciting time of the year – the bison rut (mating season), where you will observe bison behavior to the maximum. The bulls when their tails go straight up, pounding the earth with their hooves and their bellows are deafening, signaling they are primed and ready for combat to challenge the other bulls that may come their way. The winning bulls get the prize, the females. The documentary you produce will be on your observations of bison behavior. Until you have intimately observed bison behavior and the rut – it is nothing like you have ever seen before. A refuge biologist will be on hand to discuss the nuances of bison behavior. Other wildlife to be observed on the refuge are elk, deer, prairie dog, burrowing owls, eagles, vast variety of other raptors, southern song birds and possibly the endangered black-capped vireo.
Tom and Sabrina Karges, owners of TaTanka Productions, a non profit 501c3, have been producing documentaries for thirty plus years specializing in Natural History and Social Awareness programs. Their work has taken them all over the world. But, their favorite place to return to is the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. They have been filming at the Refuge for more than twenty five years and have produced several films for the Refuge Visitors Center. Their latest film “Wild Side of Eden” is presently being shown at the Visitors Center. You can see “WILD SIDE OF EDEN” on Youtube.
The workshop is limited to 12 individuals. You will work in a small team learning how to produce your wildlife documentary program. You will learn the importance of research before you ever turn on the camera, idea script, script writing, shooting, audio and the basics of editing.
Students attending the workshop should have a passion for wildlife and wildlife filmmaking. To produce a successful wildlife film takes more than just shooting hours of footage. You must be able to combine your creative story telling ability with your technical expertise in shooting and then putting it altogether in the final edit. In essence the goal of the workshop is to inspire you to develop your skills to be a successful wildlife filmmaker.
The price for the seminar is $785.00 for the week. TaTanka is a 501c3 non profit so your tuition is considered a TAX DEDUCTION. At the conclusion of the five day seminar you will have your own professionally produced 10 to 12 minute documentary on bison behavior that you have shot and edited to take home.
"Our friend and colleague Bill Grant died Sunday May 15 morning from complications of pneumonia. As one of the Jackson Hole founding board members, Bill's leadership and insight made a deep and enduring impact on the Festival for more than two decades. He served as the Chairman of the Board for more than a decade, and remained on the Executive Committee as Chairman Emeritus, since his retirement. His wisdom, clarity and wry humor will be deeply missed."
We are compiling a collection of photos, memories, stories and messages to be given to Bill’s family. ?Any you wish to share will be included, and treasured. Please send to Lisa@jhfestival.org
The Grant family has requested in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the ?Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, P.O. Box 3940, Jackson, WY 83001. If you prefer to use PayPal, please identify Bill Grant Memorial in the transaction description.
Award-winning wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Cairns talks about his career as a wildlife photographer, his journey as a conservationist and his latest project, SCOTLAND: The Big Picture.
Peter was a pioneer of Scotland’s wildlife tourism sector and for almost two decades has been planning and guiding photo-tours for Northshots Photo Adventures, Scotland’s longest established provider of photographic tours and experiences.
Peter's talk featured as part of a Wildscreen event celebrating natural world storytelling in Scotland on May 12th 2016.
The event featured a series of inspirational short talks accompanied by spectacular visuals from a diverse and innovative group of storytellers including TV presenter and filmmaker Gordon Buchanan, award-winning wildlife photographer Peter Cairns, artist Hanna Tuulikki and a performance by Scottish Gaelic singer Julie Fowlis accompanied by Donald Shaw.
To celebrate the 90th birthday of Sir David Attenborough, BBC Earth Unplugged teamed up with the legendary Aardman Animations, creators of Wallace & Gromit and Creature Comforts, to bring you three very special animations featuring iconic moments from Sir David's career.
"Discover the Wilderness of the UAE" is a 3 film Natural History Documentary mini-series about the UAE's wildlife and conservation, featuring mountain, desert and marine life. The production is supported by Emirates Airline, and I will compose the music for the series.
On the 16th of May 2016, Morten recorded a brand new piece with the Budapest Art Orchestra. The title of the composition is "The Last Wilderness". You can listen to the music in this video, where you can also get a glimpse of some of the beautiful and amazing footage from the series.
Luminous beings, creatures with their own internal light, enchant and astonish us. Anyone who has seen a firefly or a glow-worm cannot help but fall under their spell. The sea at night sparkles as millions of luminous plankton reveal the shapes of dolphins in a truly magical light show.
But why do animals produce living light? For centuries we could only marvel at the beauty and the mystery, but now for the first time we can begin to reveal the amazing truth about living lights. It has taken three crucial technological breakthroughs. Firstly, colour cameras have improved dramatically; they are now over 4,000 times more sensitive than a decade ago. The cameras are so sensitive they are revealing startling discoveries that until now we could not see. Secondly, scientists have entered the unknown world of the boundless deep open ocean with the help of a new generation of submersibles and robots. Thirdly, Ammonite Films have invented and built a series of unique cameras that can capture the faintest ephemeral glow of luminous life.
By combining these three innovations, this film shows creatures and behaviours never seen before. Sir David Attenborough is our guide as we venture into a new hitherto unseen world. Bioluminescence is everywhere: in the soil, on the land and throughout the oceans.
Join Sir David Attenborough and a team of the world's leading scientists and deep sea explorers on a quest to reveal the secrets of living lights. See: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03syr6g
Member Faser Purdie was comissioned to compose the music for the programme as was thrilled to be working on a David Attenborough film!
"Working with Fraser was easy right from the start. My brief for the music for 'Life that Glows' was complicated to say the least. I wanted everything and nothing, classic but modern, electronic but orchestral, otherworldly but not sci fi. Fraser instantly got it and his music fitted our intentions perfectly. He was fast yet consider and everything sounded new and different. A pleasure to work with.”
- Loe Loncraine, Director, 'Attenborough’s Life That Glows’
Ewan McGregor narrates a dramatic portrait of his homeland's wildlife. With spectacular photography and incredible behaviour, the series showcases the Highlands as never before. Produced by Maramedia with cameramen members Raymond Besant & Jim Manthorpe.
When the Highlands: Scotland’s Wild Heart team were planning their trip to the remote uninhabited Orkney island of Copinsay to film the resident seal colony, they did not expect the macabre drama that unfolded before their eyes. Cameraman Raymond Besant was filming a particular male seal, easily identifiable by a pink scar on his nose, when he noticed a big red patch in the water.
He zoomed in for a closer look and could see that the big, aggressive male had something white in his mouth: a pup.
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