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Driving Elephants, an excellent new film from member Kirsty Wells.
Caught in the cross-fire of a shrinking forest habitat and an ever expanding urban population, the elephants of Bannerghatta National Park are being pushed towards extinction.
With approximately 40% of the national park’s northern boundary surrounded by the ever expanding city of Bangalore, inviolate forest space is being eaten away. Elephants are being marginalised into thin forest strips, where they are often tempted into local croplands.
Driving Elephants, a short feature documentary, explores the harsh realities facing Bannerghatta’s elephants as they leave the protected area, resulting in fatal consequences for both people and elephants.
Three Ways the New Mammalz App is More Than Just a Social Platform for Nature Lovers by Pam Voth
18 June 2020
Nature content creators from around the globe are flocking to Mammalz to share stories of the natural world and finding more than “likes”
Mammalz, a new community-driven user-generated content platform for all things nature offers a centralized place for today’s generation of socially savvy nature content creators, scientists, and consumers to connect with each other and create a global community around anything that advances the human-nature relationship. But even though it may look like a niche social platform for nature lovers on the surface, Mammalz is really more of a movement.
Here are three ways the Mammalz app is breaking the social media mold:
1) Global Representation
We’re throwing out the gatekeepers. Mammalz is democratizing the nature media industry. For far too long, a select, elite group has not only controlled the narrative, but maintained a narrow vision of creativity when it comes to nature storytelling. That stops now. Mammalz is the place for everyone around the world to unleash their creativity and share their stories of the natural world. Whether you’re a professional, an amateur, a scientist, an educator, or just someone who loves nature, all voices and perspectives are welcome here.
2) Reconnecting The World To Nature
Every visit to Mammalz brings a new possibility to encounter nature like you’ve never seen before. Join a live stream with a young zoo keeper, watch a timelapse video of a dragonfly emerging from its larval stage, or feel relaxation flood over you as you watch colorful fish dart in and around a coral reef. Mammalz is a place for curiosity and discovery to flourish. And it's a place where the power of community comes together to make a positive difference for the natural world.
3) Science and Education
Science is serious, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun! And the more you learn about nature, the more there is to love! Mammalz teams up scientists with creative media makers to convey important, complex information in a user-friendly way. On Mammalz, you can interact with subject experts to ask questions and get answers you know are accurate. Young and old alike will find a place to fall in love with nature while discovering ways to protect it.
QUEEN OF BIRDS – The Great Philippine Eagle from Dan O’Neill
The great Philippine eagle seems more like a creature from a story than that of reality. Standing at a metre tall, with a 7ft wingspan and dagger-like talons, they are truly formidable animals, but with just 400 pairs left in the wild, are the most endangered raptors in the world.
In December 2019, a young female Philippine eagle was miraculously rescued from the ocean off the south coast of Mindanao. The bird was starving, exhausted and after changing hands several times, was taken to the Philippine Eagle Foundation for rehabilitation. She was named 'Maasim'.
On news of Maasim's story, biologist, Dan O'Neill, heads to the Philippines to follow her journey back to the wild. But after a major setback, the mission is turned upside down...
Due to the ongoing threat of COVID-19, the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) has had to close its doors to the public.
With this comes losing the foundation’s largest source of funding – visitor admission to the centre. As a non-profit organization with very limited resources, the Philippine Eagle Foundation desperately relies on this to run its day-to-day operations.
With the centre closed indefinitely, the foundation will soon be unable to provide for the food and care of over 100 animals.
The Philippine Eagle Foundation in Davao City, Mindanao is the only conservation breeding and rehabilitation facility for the largest and most endangered eagle on the planet and the national bird of its country. Along with 31 critically endangered Philippine Eagles, it is home to over 80 other animals that are mostly found only in the Philippines, ranging from deer and a crocodile to various raptor species.
As a home to these animals, the foundation provides not only nourishment but also safety from threats to their health and wellbeing.
Through your donations to this campaign, you can help the Philippine Eagle Foundation not only with proper care for these creatures but with the necessary measures to ensure their safety during this difficult time.
Your donation will help:
Provide the day-to-day food of the animals
Veterinary care (in case of emergency)
In this crisis, we remember not just each other, but also the animals that depend on our care.
Patron, Philippine Eagle Foundation
Dear Friends of NaturVision,
These are exceptional times – and we have an exceptional festival ahead of us: From 16 – 23 July, the NaturVision Film Festival will be held online for the very first time.
Naturally, our online version will focus on quality films, as always, and we are proud to announce this year’s nominees at: festival.natur-vision.de/de/index/filmwettbewerb/nominierte.html Unfortunately, we can only show a limited selection of films, also for legal reasons (streaming conditions), and this also affects the films that have been nominated.
We are also using this online version as a special opportunity to introduce some new ideas:
We have extended the festival from four days to eight.
The opening ceremony will take place on Thursday 16 July at 7.00 p.m.
The award ceremony will have a new format: On the Sunday we will present the awards at two events and on the final evening, Thursday 23 July, we will close out the festival with the presentation of the NaturVision Audience Award and the NaturVision Film Music Award.
There will be a free festival space, equivalent to our open-air section of recent years in terms of structure and content, as well as a chargeable section where the majority of the film programme will be shown.
We will also be offering extras such as workshops for our expert audience and a broad environmental education programme for kids and teens.
We already invite you today to enjoy and help us shape our first online festival!
Best wishes – also on behalf of the whole team,
We have seen reports of everything from Malayan tigers to pugs testing positive for COVID-19. In this episode, we explore which animals can contract and transmit the coronavirus, and whether or not we should be worried about our pets.
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#NatureNow, directed by Tom Mustill, wins two Webbys!
“Nature is a tool we can use to repair our broken climate, but we are ignoring it.”
Gripping Films made this short film with Greta Thunberg and George Monbiot in advance of the global climate strikes on Sept 20th 2019 and the UN summit in NYC to bring attention and action to this urgent issue.
They tried to make the film have the tiniest environmental impact possible. The team took trains to Sweden to interview Greta, charged their hybrid car at George’s house, used green energy to power the edit and recycled archive footage rather than shooting new. Then they calculated their carbon footprint and donated enough to a rewinding NCS programme called Mossy Earth to neutralise it 10x over.
– Public Service & Activism 2020 People's Voice Winner
– Public Service & Activism
The First Latin American Nature Awards Call For Entries is Open
Concurso Latinoamericano de Naturaleza - Latin American Nature Awards invites you to submit your work via FilmFreeway!
The call for entries for Latin American Nature Awards is now open!
Submit for free and you can win $2,000USD and come to explore a new market!
This event is an international effort to encourage the production of documentaries, photographs, illustrations, among others that promote awareness and knowledge about our natural world, without neglecting the importance of its conservation through various media and virtual platforms, seeking to address issues of global interest. The Latin American Nature Awards is intended to be the largest wildlife film festival in Latin America.
We have seven categories in this first edition, the deadline for the presentation of applications is August 1, 2020 23:59 pm EST. The finalists in each category will be announced on August 31, 2020 and we will announce the winners on October 15, 2020.
The awards for each category will be presented in cash or in other forms, due to the various measures taken by governments worldwide within the framework of the pandemic of COVID-19, additionally the winners will receive a commemorative statuette manufactured by R.S Owens, which manufactures the iconic Statuettes of the Emmy® and the Oscars® since 1982.
We can’t wait to see what you’ve been working on, and we hope to see you at this year’s Awards!
AUCEF's New Film "Unbreathable: The Fight for Healthy Air" Premiered June 18th at a Virtual DCEFF
CEF’s new film, "Unbreathable: The Fight for Healthy Air," premiered (virtually), on June 18th with the DC Environmental Film Festival and a live panel discussion at 5:00pm EST. Panelists included: Mustafa Santiago Ali,VP of Environmental Justice, National Wildlife Federation; Bill Reilly, former EPA Administrator; Shashawnda Campbell, co-founder of Free Your Voice in Baltimore; Beth Gardiner, author of “Choked”; Maggie Burnette Stogner, director of “Unbreathable" and, moderator Paul Billings, National Senior VP of Policy, American Lung Association. For more information, visit the website at www.unbreathable.org
This film premieres at a critical time. Asthma is the number one health issue for children, and recent research links air pollution to higher cases and deaths from COVID-19. Environmental regulations and enforcement of existing laws are being stripped away when the need for renewable energy is more urgent than ever.
“A powerful and important film about one of modern America’s most consequential laws.” — Beth Gardiner, author, CHOKED
Unbreathable: The Fight for Healthy Air spotlights the ongoing struggle for clean air in the United States. Over the past fifty years, there has been major progress in significantly reducing air pollution across the nation thanks to the Clean Air Act. However, asthma continues to be the number one health issue for children and nearly half of all Americans across the country today are still impacted by unhealthy levels of air pollution. This short film shares stories of communities that are fighting for healthier air and the challenges we face to ensure healthy air for all.
Executive Produced by the Center for Environmental Filmmaking at American University, with support from the American Lung Association, AU’s Center for Environmental Policy, and the Hanley Foundation.
On Thursday, June 18, the Center for Environmental Filmmaking held a panel discussion with director Maggie Burnette Stogner and policy experts, including Mustafa Santiago Ali (VP of Environmental Justice, National Wildlife Federation), and Shashawnda Campbell (Free Your Voice, Baltimore). You can watch a recording of that discussion below.
David Attenborough's 'A Life on Our Planet' to release in October
Popular British natural-history filmmaker, Sir David Attenborough is all set to release his new book this year. Titled 'A Life on Our Planet', in this book 94-year-old Attenbourough writes about the 'dreadful damage wrought by mankind' which had led to the climate crisis and solutions to tackle it for a better future.
The news about Attenborough's "brand-new legacy-defining book" was shared by his publisher Penguin Books UK on May 28. Here's what they posted:
We're thrilled to share a very special message from Sir #DavidAttenborough; his brand-new legacy-defining book, A Life on Our Planet, will be published this October
Whoopi Goldberg’s Dramatic Call for Climate Action – Extinction Rebellion
Whoopi Goldberg has teamed up with Extinction Rebellion in a beautiful new animation set in the future, entitled 'The Gigantic Change'. The film, released as part of World Environment Day, looks back from 2050 to show how people came together to save the world from the climate and ecological crisis.
In Mississippi, culture and history run as deep as its mighty river. Soar over landmarks where Civil Rights movements were waged, Civil War battles were lost and the Blues were born. The Magnolia State is also a land of seductive landscapes and endless creativity, giving us literary geniuses such as William Faulkner and Tennessee Williams, plus musical legends Muddy Waters and Elvis. Take flight on this journey over a land of hospitality, beauty and complexity.
“We can never get a re-creation of community and heal our society without giving our citizens a sense of belonging.”
- Patch Adams
The first time I encountered a California Condor in the wild, it took my breath away. I wasn’t prepared for the emotional rush of having a massive prehistoric looking bird fly right over my head. It was the same heart-dropping feeling of having a bomber buzz an airfield during one of the countless airshows I attended as a child. It was something so magnificently dramatic, and profoundly humbling.
Even more dramatic was the reason the Condor was flying over my head in the first place. Just a couple of years prior to that, there were no Condors in the wild. They had been brought to the brink of extinction by human activity and then at the 11th hour, saved from their certain demise by an extraordinary and audacious act of science and humanity.
I became obsessed with how an animal, representing a stunning connection to our prehistoric past, and posing absolutely zero threat to humans, was so far gone that it could only survive as a species if humans intervened. That story, wrought with intrigue, heartbreak, ego, and drama became the subject of my first film and what ensued was a life-changing lesson.
Believing that the Condor would not survive on its own, biologists made an unprecedented move to remove all of them from the wild, then captively propagate them in zoos to get their population back to sustainable numbers. Then began a long slow process of reintroducing them back into the wild and in turn managing the wild population, a process that continues today to great success.
But that success was not met without first enduring controversy, legal battles, mounting costs, competing interests, and other human drama that threatened to sink the entire effort. So why then, was it so successful?
As it turns out, there is something powerful that happens when a disparate group of individuals, organizations, and competing interests unite over a common cause, they form community. And that lesson has proven itself time and again in my over 20 years of making natural history films and being involved in conservation efforts.
Whether the issue is wildlife, habitat, policy, or public acceptance, the formation of community has been the deciding factor for success. Giving stakeholders a sense of belonging where their voices are heard, respected, and equally considered creates a conversation, not just an information exchange. And when people start conversing and truly feel a sense of belonging, mountains move.
I am reminded of a quote from author and expert on leadership, Linda Lambert, who says,
“One great conversation can shift the direction of change forever.”
I’ve experienced that many times in my life and I believe it with all my heart. So the big question is, how do we capture that sense of community that we know works on a local scale, and translate that to a global platform?
It’s not like we don’t know what to do. Throughout our history, communication and community were inextricably linked. That is, until technology allowed us to communicate to the masses. Then, communication became less about a way to share stories and converse, and more about a way to provide information. Community, in the modern age, has taken a back seat as communication has exponentially evolved into a global powerhouse that consumes us, giving us instant access to information and opinion anywhere, anytime. But that evolution has missed out on a key ingredient that helped people stay connected to life, interaction.
Media has simply become a one-way passive experience. It is my sincere belief that this is a major factor that holds the nature community back. We are a disparate group of like-minded people and organizations strewn across the globe with a common purpose, but a very loose sense of belonging, no real community. And that, I believe, is a root cause of the disconnect from nature we are experiencing today.
Today, as we catapult forward growing exponentially in both population and impact, people have become more disconnected from nature than ever. We have lost the basic understanding of our place in the mosaic of life. While we are a highly evolved complex beautiful creature standing for the most part at the apex of life, we are also, at our most simple, a vulnerable animal on this planet.
The Mammalz mission is to reconnect people to nature and we do that by taking the power that technology has given us by connecting us globally as individuals and transforming that into a sharing community, where people feel a sense of belonging, can interact with each other, and can have meaningful conversations.
But how do we actually do that? Through all of the lessons learned about community, media, human nature, and our connection to this planet and each other, we have whittled it down to a three-step process that we believe will be game-changing in helping Mammalz reconnect the world to nature.
The first thing we do is democratize participation giving everybody on the platform an equal voice and the ability to interact with one another and create conversations rather than everybody just talking at one another.
The second thing we do is create an atmosphere where truth, facts, science, creativity, and respect are not an option, but the standard.
Finally and most importantly, we need to think beyond today’s assumptions and operate from a shared global vision of what community actually means. How we create shared purpose, self-worth, value, inclusivity, equality, diversity, and then harness that vision to find real-world, long-lasting, meaningful solutions to the problems facing our natural world.
I’ll leave you with a favorite quote of mine, from Thomas Berry that is so apropos in light of the current pandemic and the other massive issues we face today.
"The natural world is the larger sacred community to which we belong. To be alienated from this community is to become destitute in all that makes us human. To damage this community is to diminish our own existence.”
We are Mammalz and we are all in this together. We welcome each and all of you to this community. If you love nature, this is your home.
Founded by biologists-turned-wildlife filmmakers, Rob Whitehair and Alexander Finden, Mammalz is the “Twitch for Nature”; a mobile- and web-based media streaming and social platform dedicated to nature storytelling and driven by community. Whether you are a professional media maker, scientist, educator, artist, writer, or one of over 600 million nature enthusiasts across the planet, Mammalz provides you with the tools to personalize your experience, share your love of nature, and truly make a difference.
Mammalz, PBC is a Public Benefit Corporation founded in May 2018 and headquartered in San Diego, CA.
The Mammalz mission is to promote a greater global public understanding of nature and the environment while acting as a bridge between science, media makers, and the public.
The first community-driven content platform for all things nature.
We started Mammalz to revolutionize the way the world communicates about and connects to nature. TV is old. YouTube, Facebook, and others are missing the thing that binds us together - a sense of community. Mammalz is a global, interactive community that unleashes the power of creativity to show you nature in ways that you've never experienced.Rob Whitehair Co-Founder, CEO @ Mammalz
While we gaze out our windows at the trees, the clouds, and the birds, many of us are realizing how much we’ve taken the natural world for granted. Staying connected to nature is a challenge in isolation, but even more dispiriting is our constant struggle to stay connected to each other. As it becomes ever more clear from scientists that a disregard for nature and lack of understanding about how humans fit into the mosaic of the natural world has landed us in the current pandemic crisis, our launch of Mammalz has become even more timely and poignant. The good news is that by simply joining the Mammalz community, we can immediately begin to discover inspiring nature stories, unleash our creativity to share our own perspectives about the natural world, and connect with a global community who loves nature as much as we do.
Our team at Mammalz is now prouder than ever to stand behind our mission: to promote a greater global understanding of nature and the environment while acting as a bridge between science, media makers, and the public. And with your support, our Wefunder investors, we are delighted to announce that Mammalz is available for free across the globe on the App Store and the web. We invite you all to join us in the new way to experience nature.
Why you may want to invest in Mammalz:
1 - We are revolutionizing the way we connect with nature during a time when we all need it most.
2 - Active users spend over 1 hour per day on Mammalz.
3 - Over 20% of our monthly active users are active daily.
4 - 37% average post engagement rate - 9x higher than our competitors.
5 - $300,000 secured in prior investments.
6 - With a TAM of over 600 million nature enthusiasts, we can create an entirely new content economy.
7 - We are enabling thousands of nature content creators to make a living doing what they love.
Wildlife gardening during lockdown tips from Laura Turner at the Wildlife Garden Project
Without the option to nip to your local garden centre, it’s not as easy as usual to get your hands on all the plants and supplies you might normally buy. But there’s still plenty you can do, even if money is tight. We've teamed up with the British Dragonfly Society to bring you some tips on keeping your garden wildlife friendly whilst during lockdown.
How much does cinema shape our environmental ideology? – Katie Wardle
We don't usually watch fictional films with the intent to change our ideology on a subject, for this we may turn to a documentary. Anyone can be easily influenced and manipulated by the all-consuming world of cinema. Anthropomorphic stereotypes of wildlife in films like that of the Disney animation collection often skew the public’s perception of different animals and their natural behaviour with oversimplification.
Animals like sharks, wolves, bats and spiders have over and over again been depicted as the “monsters”, creating an irrational fear and overall negative public perception. On the other hand, animals like deer, rabbits, dolphins, bears and monkeys are rarely found to be anything other than giant-eyed, fluffy and cuddle-worthy creatures. They remind us of infant children: innocent and deserving of nothing but affection.
With Society constantly moving further away from nature, neither stereotype has been healthy for conservation, often leaving the audience as a “fan” of the anthropomorphised character rather than the animal itself, and later getting disappointed with the real thing when it does not live up to expectations.
One of the most drastically negative conservation associations to film is Disney/Pixar’s Finding Nemo.
Want to make a difference? Watch & Share the Wildlife Winners & Losers Film Series produced by Richard Brock & largely edited by Gareth Trezise ... Use these films to help save the planet!
And the Wildlife Winners are…
I’m wildlife filmmaker and producer Richard Brock. For many years I worked for the BBC’s prestigious Natural History Unit alongside David Attenborough. My series “Wildlife 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 80+ shortish films most recently finished in 2020 we find many examples of winners, or, at least those trying not to be losers!
The natural world is changing very quickly now. The clock is ticking faster and faster. Some species are winning, some are losing.
So, here FOR FREE are films to use as AMMUNITION to help save the planet:
Do you feel, increasingly, that there’s a new need to explain to people the plight of wildlife, and the planet, which we all depend on?
Now’s your chance, for free, to get the message out there around the world. Help distribute hope and knowledge with Wildlife Winners and Losers – how to turn losers into winners.
These films are yours to view and, please pass on – see Brock Initiative YouTube ... It’s a call to action! A unique opportunity to help the planet!
“We’ve been celebrating nature by bringing its wonders to the TV screen all over the world. Now that world is changing, faster and faster, and nature needs help. Films can do that, at a local level, be it with decision makers in the government or in the village.”
Richard Brock Founder of the Brock Initiative
What you can do:
choose subjects that inspire and interest you
watch the the films
share with as many people as possible – by as many means as possible!
use the series to inspire you to help save the planet
use the series to give you ammunition to help save the planet
Sir David Attenborough says:
“Richard’s interest in and concern for the natural world has resulted in the formation of the Brock Initiative. He and his team intend to reach people locally in order to make a difference on the ground. I wish him every success.”
Our Forest Campaign’s latest report revealed traders paying to ship illicit Myanmar teak into Europe via the back door. In trying to sneak the banned timber in via Croatia, the move sought to skirt EU import rules so the traders can get their hands on it for high-paying clients to use for luxury products in the marine sector, such as superyacht decking. In our report, The Croatian Connection Exposed: Importing illicit Myanmar teak through Europe’s back door, we named the European firms involved.
Electro Doctor Jamie Adam pays tribute to Sir David Attenborough in new single
Doctor by day and electropopster by night Jamie Adam has released a bouncy tribute to the father of the plant, Sir David Attenborough.
“He represents all the good qualities that humans can possess when it comes to nature and living in synergy with the planet,” explains Adam. “He has a sense of compassion and empathy with the natural world that we’ve lost in the pursuit of capitalism. I’m not bashing capitalism, I think it can work – but not in its current form. We are destroying our biodiversity and I think our current situation (with the pandemic) is a warning sign of what’s to come down the line.”
African Safari: Botswana 2020. Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Makgadikgadi & Nxai Pan National Parks from Robert Hofmeyr
In February 2020 Moving Pictures Africa travelled to the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Makgadikgadi, and Nxai Pan National Parks in Botswana. Our aim was to film the desert wildlife of the Kalahari and the zebra migration during the rainy season.
Filmed in 4K+ on too many cameras: Red Weapon Magnesium, GoPro Hero 8, DJI Mavic Pro, Canon EOS RP, and Samsung Gear 360.
Animals in this film: lion, gemsbok (oryx), bat-eared fox, springbok, cheetah, African elephant and burchell's zebra.
Climate change does not threaten us all equally. Instead it deepens divides. Within countries and between continents, people of colour and indigenous people are the hardest hit. And fighting climate change means fighting this injustice.
Isolation Room presents 'The Sylvan Space' created by Chris Watson
Headphones on, and...escape…
Isolation Room – binaural mix #4 – for slow listening in the lockdown
'The Sylvan Space'
A 9-hour dusk-til-dawn field recording from
Holystone oak woodland in Northumberland
as captured in surround sound by Chris Watson
Played in real-time 21.15 - 06.15 BST, June 12/13.
Celebrated sound recordist Chris Watson had been using lockdown to explore some of the extraordinary wilderness locations a short trip away from his Northumberland home. At the top of his list is Holystone Oak Woodland in Northumberland National Park. Over one night at the start of this month Chris headed out with his recording equipment and a bivvy bag to capture the songs, sounds, and atmospheres of this ancient sacred forest. Read more...
In 2003, the ban on whaling in Iceland was overturned. IFAW launched an extensive campaign in the country addressing politicians, building bridges, working with Icelandic partners and raising awareness among the population and tourists. We supported the whale watching industry as a sustainable alternative. Nearly two decades later, Icelanders are ending whaling.
Quibi staffers seethe at Reese Witherspoon’s $6M payday amid layoffs
Quibi staff are seething on the savanna after Reese Witherspoon was paid $6 million to narrate a nature show on the troubled platform where her husband works.
Witherspoon voices the show “Fierce Queens,” which gives a feminist slant to nature docs by exploring heroic female animals including cheetahs, hyenas and ant queens, telling viewers: “Imagine a world where females call all the shots.”
But Page Six is told that the show, produced by the BBC’s Natural History Unit, has been one of the weakest performers on Quibi, as one source said: “Quibi may have to implement cutbacks, and people are fuming that stars like Reese got paid millions.”
Thousands of schoolchildren across the UK are about to get an education fit for the 21st Century – via ECOSTREAMZ
Education is a key topic in the UK right now. Whether young people should be in school at all due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and what they should be learning while there are both under debate.
Appropriately then, a new initiative has launched that will ensure that thousands of schoolchildren are about to get an education fit for the 21st Century. Because the world’s first online streaming platform for eco-issues is going to be given free to 32,770 schools.
Ecostreamz: coming to a school near you
The online streaming platform is the brainchild of Oregon-based artist and filmmaker James Branchflower and British conservationist Ian Redmond. The subscription-based initiative features shorts and documentaries from filmmakers fighting the ecological and social “war” engulfing the planet right now. As Ecostreamz’s website says, the founders created it to “educate, inspire and empower” people about the critical stories of our time that the media often discards “on the cutting room floor”. The platform’s content focuses on issues such as deforestation, social justice, wildlife conservation, and human rights.
In collaboration with SaveMoneyCutCarbon, a company that provides “sustainable solutions” for homes and businesses, Ecostreamz has developed an educational sponsorship programme. In Britain, that collaboration will result in Ecostreamz offering a free 12-month subscription to every school that has engaged SaveMoneyCutCarbon. In a press release, Ecostreamz said that will mean 32,770 schools receive the free subscription.
Liz Bonnin: The BBC should use recycled footage to make climate change series
The animal behaviour specialist, who has fronted Blue Planet Live, said she is reducing her participation in programmes which require extensive travel
The BBC’s globe-travelling natural history spectaculars will need to rely upon recycled footage in a post Covid-19 world, the presenter Liz Bonnin warns.
The animal behaviour specialist, who has fronted Blue Planet Live and investigations including Drowning in Plastic, said she is reducing her participation in programmes which require extensive travel.
Bonnin said broadcasters had to find more environmentally sustainable methods to produce blockbuster series detailing the impact of climate change, like Sir David Attenborough’s The Blue Planet II, including recycling their own footage.
“My next project is a documentary about the environment and pandemics which is on hold and we’re taking a long hard look at how much archive we can use to make that programme and travel as minimally as possible. That will be my life going forward,” Bonnin told i.
There’s no need to despatch crews to exotic climes simply to repeat wildlife scenes which could be recycled from the Natural History Unit archive.
“We have a wealth of natural history footage. The stories can be told in pretty much the same way and I think that is our responsibility as programme-makers, to do the best we can to reduce our carbon footprint.”
Sky Nature – everything you need to know about the brand new channel
Here's everything you need to know about Sky's new channel for all the nature fans...
If lockdown has you itching to see David Attenborough back on our screens once again, you’re in luck!
Sky is launching a brand-new channel to show off the naturalist’s existing back catalogue as well as new original content for nature lovers to enjoy.
Sky Nature will host a number of documentaries featuring the likes of Hugh Bonneville and Steve Backshall.
Sky Nature is a new channel dedicated to natural history programming. It follows the launches of Sky Comedy and Sky Crime – and will join Sky Documentaries and Sky HISTORY as the broadcaster’s newest channel offering.
Available both as a live channel and on demand, Sky Nature will offer Sky’s existing David Attenborough catalogue, content from 4K natural history specialists Love Nature as well as brand new original series.
When does Sky Nature launch in the UK?
The channel launched on Wednesday 27th May alongside Sky Documentaries and Sky History.
Sky Nature will be replacing the History Channel slot on the EPG guides, and can be found on channel 130 for Sky UK customers.
What new shows are coming to Sky Nature?
Sky Nature promises us several series which will explore the beauty and wonder of the natural world – some of the highlights include:
Shark with Steve Backshall, Wild Animal Babies with Patrick Aryee, Gangs of Lemur Island, Africa’s Underwater Wonders, Mysteries of the Mekong, Amazing Animal Friends, Wild Tales from the Farm, Malawi Wildlife Rescue, Into the Wild: Asia and Pridelands: Wilderness Reborn.
Richard wrote this guest blog about wildlife, filming, butterflies, lockdown and children.
It was the end of March and I had been filming wildlife in the Kalahari Desert for the past five weeks. No shops, no crowds, and no pandemic here. But even so, the crew were being pulled back to the UK as borders started to close. Although a very sensible decision by the production company, if it wasn’t for family commitments, staying in the desert seemed much more appealing!
Back in London I was greeted by empty food shelves, a full-on year 1 and year 5 school curriculum to help facilitate, and quite rightly, two children demanding 100% of my attention, until, at least, I became too boring.
The reality of Lockdown in a 2 bedroom maisonette in South London after the infinite view across the Kalahari was hugely challenging, but the biggest trial came from my son, who, at 5 years, protested every day about leaving the house for any outdoor activity, of any kind. He was NOT going outside.
It was during one of these moments, when, if only for my own sanity, I decided to bring the outdoors in, in an effort to engage the 5-year old in the lost world of mud and mini–beasts.
There was also a macro scene of the forest floor I needed to film for an upcoming documentary series, so why not get the kids involved? I started to make a set on the front room table.
With Painted Lady caterpillars on order I set about collecting earth, branches, stones and fallen leaves and from outside and gradually the two children joined in. They were excited about bringing mud into the house - an opportunity to break the rules perhaps!
Vulcan Productions, the Seattle-headquartered prodco established by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen (pictured) in 1997 and the company behind several socially conscious and environmentally focused documentaries, is closing its doors at the start of next year.
In a statement issued Wednesday (May 27), general manager Ruth Johnston said, “This difficult decision was made as part of the ongoing transition after Paul G. Allen’s passing in 2018, and in light of the unprecedented crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Allen passed away in October of 2018 from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. With his sister Jody Allen, he co-founded Vulcan Inc. as an investment firm to handle his myriad business and philanthropic endeavors, which included the production arm.
The prodco was behind such acclaimed documentaries as The Ivory Game, Racing Extinction ...
American Alligators Are Beautiful and Heres Why from Ewan Wilson
The American Alligator is one of nature's most misrepresented animals. Most people see this lumbering reptile as a boring piece of scenery or perhaps a threatening predator, but personally I think the alligator is a beautiful creature which represents more than just teeth and power!
National Geographic, Nat Geo Wild unveil programming slates for 2020-21
To mark Earth Day 2021, Nat Geo will premiere the four-part event series Planet of the Whales (pictured) from National Geographic photographer Brian Skerry, and Brian Armstrong and Shannon Malone-DeBenedictis of Red Rock Films.
Filmed over three years and across 24 locations, Planet of the Whales explores the communication skills and intricate social structures of five different whale species.
New footage of a Tasmanian Tiger has been discovered.
Three researchers from the Tasmanian Tiger Archives Facebook group, working closely with the staff from the National Film and Sound Archive Australia have discovered previously unknown footage of the Tasmanian Tiger at Beaumaris zoo.
Branden Holmes, Mike Williams and Gareth Linnard have recently discovered more movie footage of a Tasmanian Tiger that has been hidden from the world.
The footage is 16mm and is 21 seconds long, filmed at Beaumaris zoo in Hobart.
The narrator is unknown.
The Team believe the footage was completed after March 1935 and filmed by Sidney Cook.
Australian factual prodco WildBear Entertainment’s Scottish Vets Down Under will bow on BBC Scotland on May 25.
The 12 x 30-minute ob-doc series follows veterinarians Chris Allison and Mike Whiteford, an equine expert, who get to know their new environment of Bendigo in Victoria, Australia, and animals they’ve never encountered before.
The “fish-out-of-water” spin on vet and animal rescue shows follows the two longtime friends — who are on-call 24/7 — as they help local pets and farm animals, as well as a range of native wildlife such as spiny anteaters and kangaroos.
Scottish Vets Down Under also follows the team of vets and nurses at the Bendigo Animal Hospital and Bendigo Equine Hospital, as well as local animal owners.
Horseshoe crabs predate the dinosaurs and have survived mass extinctions and major climatic shifts. Meet the biologist who is researching these living fossils to see if they could hold evolutionary secrets for marine species in the face of climate change.
Here at Scubazoo we have been developing some free Wildlife Worksheets for people to print off and work through at home. Take part with your family – learn as you read through the wildlife fact file, then complete the worksheet, show your creativity and have some fun.
The worksheet will be uploaded weekly to our website (www.scubazoo.tv/education) for you to download. We will also include a link to take you to an exciting video with more information on the featured creature. You can also take the time to explore some of our other free videos on the site – packed full of interesting content and perfect to keep kids entertained and informed at home.
Have fun, and feel FREE to forward on and share with family, friends and educational bodies!
Don’t forget to show us your creative masterpieces by posting online and tagging @sz.tv with the hashtag #SZWildlifeworksheets.
The first featured creature is the bizarre Frogfish – did you know this fish walks with its fins rather than swims??
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‘Hummingbird’ spy creature films millions of monarchs taking flight
An animatronic “hummingbird” equipped with a camera has been used to film a sea of monarch butterflies taking flight in their wintering grounds in Mexico.
The “spy creature” technology is the latest by John Downer Productions, a pioneer in wildlife filming, and is featured in the PBS NATURE series “Spy in the Wild.”
The series also makes use of other spy creatures to infiltrate groups of orangutans, meerkats, egrets, tortoises, sloths, cobras and hippos.
Immerse yourself in 30 Minutes of Birds in Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary, Thailand from Darryl Sweetland
He says "Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an absolute paradise for nature lovers. I film there whenever I can, but I rarely set up hides with the plan of filming birds - I am normally waiting for mammals, but those endless hours of waiting in hides are helped along wonderfully by the bird life that so often turns up instead of the tiger or banteng that I am normally waiting in vain for. In this video I've put together 30 minutes of bird clips from Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary that I was lucky enough to film whilst waiting in my hide."
Listen: Amazon jungle sounds - calm night in the rainforest from George Vlad
Sounds of the Amazon rainforest at night - at first listen this seems like a thick wall of sound but once your ears get accustomed to the busy-ness, layers start to emerge. You'll hear sounds like fog drip, soft wind and occasionally deadfall. On top of that the piercing chorus of insects is constant, multi-layered and continuously changing. As a final touch, several birds call every now and then, their plaintive wails echoing around the thick undergrowth. What else can you hear?
In addition to producing our own films, we create visual stories to help the work of others. From concept to delivery, we think up bright ideas, write scripts, shoot video, record sound, create graphics and produce visually rich, compelling films that inform and inspire.
"Rewilding is about speaking to hearts and opening minds."
Mat Larkin, Head of Filmmaking.
In 2018 we met up with Colin Murdoch, a west coast deer stalker who gave us his perspective on rewilding in The Voice. Colin then asked to turn the tables and on a blustery December morning in Lochcarron, he posed some challenging questions to our Director, Peter Cairns.
Even when they’re both hugging a grizzly bear for the camera, nature documentary personalities Marty Stouffer and Casey Anderson don’t look anything alike, said a federal judge in dismissing the former’s trademark lawsuit against National Geographic.
A pioneer of the nature documentary genre, Stouffer sued National Geographic in 2018 claiming several of its programs including “Untamed Americas” staring Casey Anderson ripped off his iconic series “Wild America.”
National Geographic countered that Stouffer was attempting to enforce trademark claims over general fixtures of the genre in violation of its own First Amendment rights.
“The fact that National Geographic is using its titles to describe the content of the accused series weighs heavily in National Geographic’s favor,” wrote U.S. District of Colorado Judge William Martinez, a Barack Obama appointee, in the 22-page opinion.
“Each of the accused series substantially focuses on America’s wildlands. While the English language is notably quite expansive, the range of words to describe such programming is limited,” Martinez wrote. “Yet Stouffer would not allow even a synonym for ‘wild’ (i.e., ‘Untamed Americas’).”
At the end of our evening game drive we came across these two dik dik sparring. After spending some more time with them, things began to get interesting as it progressed to the two dik diks fighting. The dik dik battle went on for about 8 minutes which is quite a long time for any species of antelopes. There are moments in the video where the duo get quite intense and at times we can see the female dik dik casually minding her own business while the two dik dik fight and lock horns.
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Female Warriors Fight Poaching in New James Cameron Movie & David Attenborough is Teaching Kids About Wildlife Online – LIVEKINDLY News
This week's LIVEKINDLY news: James Cameron's new documentary was just release about the world’s only all-female anti-poaching rangers unit. Pamplona, Spain, has cancelled its annual “Running of the Bulls” event due to the coronavirus pandemic. Courteney Cox and Leonardo DiCaprio speak out against the illegal wildlife trade.
The coronavirus has forced six meat giants to close processing plants across the US. The dairy board calls upon the government as milk supply exceeds demand by at least 10% in the U.S. Sir David Attenborough is teaching quarantined kids about geography and animals for the BBC.
KFC China launched vegan chicken nuggets—made by major U.S. meat producer, Cargill. Starbucks China adds Beyond Meat items to its menu. Luxury parka brand Canada Goose is finally ditching virgin fur.
YouTube pulls “Planet of the Humans” due to copyright violation claim: reports
Global video streaming platform YouTube has pulled the controversial Planet of the Humans documentary, directed by Jeff Gibbs and executive produced by Michael Moore, from the site due to a copyright violation claim concerning an alleged use of uncleared footage, according to reports.
The film, which was posted for free viewing on the site in time for the 50th anniversary of Earth Day in late April, takes an uncompromising look at what it deems as the failures of the environmental movement, including giving into corporate interests. Since its appearance on YouTube, it has garnered criticism from various voices within the environmental movement, including George Monbiot, Bill McKibben and filmmaker Josh Fox (Gasland). It first screened as a work in progress at Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival. Along with Moore and Gibbs (pictured left and center), Ozzie Zehner (right) serves as producer.
According to The Guardian, the copyright violation claim came from environmental photographer Toby Smith, who alleges the filmmakers used several seconds of footage from a project in which he traces the journeys of rare earth elements as they are extracted and used for various electronics and green technologies. Smith also told the UK news outlet that he didn’t approve of the context in which his material was used, and disagrees with the message of the film.
Could coronavirus change how we tackle the climate crisis?
With major cities under coronavirus lockdowns, ecosystems around the world have been healing. Smog-free air, cleaner waterways and drastic drops in carbon emissions have become a rallying point for many environmental activists who say that change is possible. Emissions of carbon dioxide – the main contributor to global warming – are predicted to drop a record 8% globally this year, according to the International Energy Agency.
But scientists say the clear skies and other improvements will be short-lived and have minimal impact on global warming as economies begin to re-open. And as many nations are looking to bounce back from economic turmoil, action on climate change may not be the highest priority for governments. In this episode of The Stream, we'll look at the potential impact of the pandemic on environmental policy and tackling the global climate emergency.
Ella Stephenson – an enthusiastic individual looking to progress in the wildlife filmmaking industry. Recently graduating from Ravensbourne with experience in both production and technical roles.
Her skills include working within the camera department as an assistant in studio and as a 2nd AC on location. Skills in production management including the creation of production paperwork, budgets, schedules and managing health and safety and skills working in floor management for studios.
She has a keen passion for wildlife and travelling. She is a volunteer ambassador working in orphanages and on a farm in Togo with Kailend and has travelled around Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Recently writing her dissertation on ‘The Ecological Importance of Sharks and Their Perception in the Media’.
She has a good working knowledge of kit and practices and has bases in London and Brighton and a full clean UK driving licence.
Ritesh Kadam – A dedicated resourceful individual and experienced wild life photographer with excellent planning, management and interpersonal skills, equipped with patience and a keen eye for detail. Communication, Research, Organisational and photography skills are just facets to my experienced profile and relevant to drive the pre set goals.
Offering production and research support as a Documentary film Fixer across India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Tibet, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia under the iTravel Films banner.
With specialised teams catering to all aspects of outdoor filming including government regulations and hi end equipments support, we assure the best of services for all your filming needs.
Kirsty Wells – a young filmmaker with an academic background in Zoology.
She has spent the last few years independently shooting and editing short-form video content from documentaries to promotional videos and is now building up TV credits in research and production roles.
Kirsty has worked in development and research roles for factual TV (Storyfilms and CB Films) and as an AP on location for an ongoing natural history series with Oxford Scientific Films.
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