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Sarah Abbott

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Sarah Abbott

Hobart
Tasmania
Australia

Phone: +61 430 214 461

Email: sga.abbott@gmail.com

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Science/nature writer and producer.

Sarah has extensive experience working with major broadcasters, including as a science program and documentary producer with Network Ten Australia, video journalist with BBC News, and creative producer with Southern Cross Austereo.

Sarah has written and produced over 650 stories for the science, wildlife and adventure programs Scope and Totally Wild, and written two feature length environmental documentaries.

Currently freelancing as a science and nature videographer, Sarah is writing, shooting and editing projects for environmental and conservation organisations.

Master of Science Communication
Bachelor of Biological Sciences

Sarah offers services in: script writing, field producing, researching, casting, logistics, scouting, filming, editing, sourcing stock vision.

*Also excellent local contacts for aerial cinematography by drone, helicopter and plane.


Caroline Brett

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Caroline Brett

Shake the Tree Productions
Keeper's Cottage
Rectory Road
Suffield
Norfolk NR11 7ER

United Kingdom

Phone: +44 (0)1263 731 659

Email: carolinebrett@mac.com

Caroline graduated from Bristol University with a BSc Hons in Zoology, then worked for the prestigious Survival series as well as Anglia's Predators with Gaby Roslin, Wild about Essex with Tony Robinson‚ and Animals In Action.

Now as a director of Shake the Tree Productions, she has written, produced and directed films on black caiman in Brazil, street children in India and the history of the pearl trade in Bahrain.

Her stills are housed at the Specialist Stock Library, she has written seven books on wildlife and numerous articles. Recently while working for the Save Our Seas, the Foundation won two 'Rockies' at Jackson Hole and two 'Pandas' at Wildscreen.

Caroline is also a Wildeye Tutor.


Adrian Cale

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Adrian Cale

London, England (UK)

Phone:+44 (0)7789 205211

email: ade.cale@gmail.com

Website:www.adriancale.co.uk

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I am an independent wildlife film-maker who has written a wide variety of natural history content for various international broadcast and production partners. Content includes press releases, programme pitch documents, synopsis, treatments, scripts and script editing. Credits include:Baboon Boot Camp: Parthenon Entertainment, International Animal Rescue: Orangutan: IAR, Gibbons: Back in the Swing: 5 x 30' - Animal Planet/Discovery Networks, Woolly Jumpers: Made in Peru: Animal Planet/Discovery Networks. Winner BEST NEWCOMER AWARD at the International Wildlife Film Festival (IWFF) 2006. Make me a Monkey: Electric Sky Distribution. My combination of skill sets can compliment a number of crewing options and allow me to accommodate flexible and demanding budgets. I also develop my own independent film projects, which affords me a clear understanding of what it takes to carry a good program idea through from concept to completion.

Adrian is also a Wildeye Tutor.


Alice Clarke

Alice Clarke

Bristol

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Email: adc.super.t@gmail.com

Website: www.nhuafrica.com

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Alice is an accomplished self-shooting Producer/Director/Editor/Scriptwriter.

Credits include The Cheetah Diaries - series 1,2 & 3, The Search for the Knysna Elephants (Animal Planet), Wild Walk, Camp Raiders, Paseka the Easter Elephant (Afriscreen films), Kids' Guide to the Kalahari


Michael Anthony Cowton

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Michael Anthony Cowton

EcoTravelGuide
74 Canterbury Drive
Heighington
Lincoln
Lincolnshire LN4 1SX
United Kingdom

Phone: +44 (0)7720 754 390

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Email: editor@ecotravelguide.eu

Website: www.ecotravelguide.eu

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Michael is a freelance editor, travel and wildlife writer/photographer, and runs the website www.ecotravelguide.eu, with a focus on nature, wildlife and conservation.

A member of The International Ecotourism Society and the International Travel Writers Alliance, he is currently undergoing a distance learning certifcate course in wildlife conservation.

A former national newspaper sub-editor and columnist, he has edited several outdoors titles, and currently writes for a range of newspapers and magazines.


Jamie Crawford

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Jamie Crawford

110 Kempe Road
London NW6 6SL
United Kingdom

Email: info@jamiecrawfordmedia.com

Website: www.jamiecrawfordmedia.com

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Jamie works across all aspects of television as a regular on-camera face for the BBC and as a shooting PD and script writer behind the camera.

Presenting credits include wildlife and adventure shows for Five, Discovery and Animal Planet. For the past four years Jamie has presented photography and adventure stories for the BBC's One Show.

Production work includes writing, producing and directing for the BBC, ITV, Five, National Geographic, Discovery and Animal Planet.

Currently writing the final episode for the History channel's Mankind: the story of all of us


Tania Esteban

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Tania Esteban

TRE Productions
Bristol
United Kingdom

Phone: +44 (0)7482 299 623

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Email: tania.esteban@betafilmworks.org

Website: www.treproductions.co.uk

Blog: www.taniaroseesteban.wordpress.com

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Tania Esteban

Tania is a bilingual Zoologist, wildlife camerawoman and researcher with a passion for visually stunning, emotive natural history storytelling. A recent graduate from the University of Leeds (1st class), she has now completed her MA Wildlife Filmmaking in partnership with the BBC, looking to use her research skills and creative talents to produce cinematic and stylish wildlife documentaries that are entertaining and connect with audiences. Currently she is working as a Digital Researcher on Planet Earth 2 at the BBC NHU in Bristol.

She is knowledgeable about the business and all areas of the industry including camera, lighting, sound, editing, risk assessments, scheduling, grading, mixing, producing/directing and scriptwriting. Her final wildlife film featured actress Virginia McKenna and the Born Free Foundation, where she gained exclusive access to the largest ivory burn in Africa's history; and filmed the human-lion conflict in Meru National Park with Will Travers.

Producer of two award-winning factual radio programmes, Weekly Wildlife Watch and the Travel Talk Show on LSRfm, she enjoys podcasting and writing via a blog. Tania has experience in research through location work at the BBC on Wild Cats, as well as having designed and conducted 10 months research on bats highlighting their fascinating behaviours in urban and rural areas. She also works as a part-time Camera assistant/focus puller on drama sets and aspires to become a Self-shooting Producer.

Volunteering as a film intern and tour guide in South Africa built up her knowledge of animal behaviour and habitats, as well as ways of tracking and filming them. Tania is a keen extreme adventure sportswoman and enjoys caving (single rope technique), rock climbing (rope access), horse riding, kayaking as well as running.

KEY SKILLS:

  • Camera: Sony FS700, A7S, Panasonic HVX360, 7D, 5D, JVC 100, Blackmagic, Odyssey 7Q+4K.
  • Sound: Mixer 522, Senheiser 416, SK100, Radio mic, Boom operator, Zoom X5, foley.
  • Editing: Premier, Avid, FCP 7. Pro Tools, RX, DaVinci Resolve 12 Control, Post sound design.
  • Rigs/Dolly: EZ Jib, Focus
  • Light Dolly (w/track), Kessler CineSlider, Float cam, Steadicam.
  • Workflow/wrangling: Shotput Pro, file formats and codecs, transcoding, Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Techniques: High speed, long lens, macro, low light, time lapse, camera trap.

Mark Fletcher

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Mark Fletcher

Mill Cottage
125 Westbrook
Bromham
Chippenham
Wiltshire SN15 2EE
United Kingdom

Phone: +44 (0)1380 850 183

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Email: muddytrack@gmail.com

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Editor and Writer.

Personal Highlights 2014:

  • Top US wildlife film PBS 2013/14, and 10th highest show PBS 2013/14, Mating Game.
  • iMDb 13th best wildlife films ever made. Himalayas.
  • 18,000 people standing ovation in Amsterdam's Zigga Dome.
  • Working on an all-Chinese production.

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Sara Frost

Sara Frost

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Sara Frost

Clachan Seil
Oban PA34 4TJ
Scotland
United Kingdom

Phone: +44 (0)7527 303 901

Email: sarafrost@live.co.uk

Website: www.sarafrost.webs.com

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Sara is a Zoologist, Writer and Speaker.

With 4 years of presenting experience she has presented anywhere from on live television and radio to museums and schools. She is currently a Senior Wildlife Officer for ORCA and works on a mini-cruise ferry in the North Sea, surveying marine mammals and presenting to on board guests about whale and dolphin conservation. Recent work includes guiding both BBC film crew for The One Show and Ray Mears on current documentaries. Previous to this, Sara has been the President of Newcastle University’s Zoological Society, a Wildlife Guide and Presenter on a Whale Watching boat in Scotland and a Wildlife Rehabilitator in Canada - working with black bears, coyotes, raccoons and much more.

Sara also excels with the written word and is currently writing a book about wildlife conservation in Canada. She has worked as a Features Journalist for a newspaper and has recently published an article in the UK Wolf Conservation Trust magazine, in addition to producing, narrating and editing a wolf biology DVD.

A hardy traveller, Sara has backpacked all over the world from +40°c in the Sahara Desert to -40°c in the Yukon Territories. She is never afraid of hard work and always researching her next expedition. Relative new comer looking to gain more work and experience.

  • Interested in: Presenting, Public Speaking, Researching, Writing, Editing.
  • What I can offer: Passion for communicating science and Natural History subjects in an enthusiastic manner, flexibility, wildlife guiding and experience working in remote locations.

Kire Godal

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Kire Godal

Malaika Media, Original Godal Productions, Toolbox Media
Nairobi
Kenya

Phone: +254 (0)722 519 748

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Email: info@kiregodal.com

Website: www.kiregodal.com

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Award winning filmmaker Kire Godal makes natural history and conservation films on Africa, as well as commercial and promotional films for African companies and NGO's.

Her work can be seen internationally on the National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo Wild worldwide, Discovery Animal Planet, Fox, France 5, among many others.

As a filmmaker and explorer Kire is the first to film many rare and secret ceremonies of diverse traditional African groups. She is also passionate about wildlife, and dedicated to human-wildlife stories and environmental issues.

Kire was nominated for the prestigious 2014 Panda Award given at Wildscreen Film Festival UK for her film Lion Guardians. Her film Lion Warriors for National Geographic was nominated at 2011 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival for best in People & Nature category, as well as being a finalist in three categories at the International Wildlife Film Festival 2011. There Will Always Be Lions? won two Merit Awards for "Conservation Ethics & Cultural Message" at the International Wildlife Film Festival 2012, and was nominated for a Roscar Award in 2013.

She helped produce and shoot The Elephant in the Room an illegal ivory awareness PSA which won 'Best in Short Shorts' category at Jackson Hole Film Festival 2013.


Nardine Groch

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Nardine Groch

Nardine Groch

Bristol
United Kingdom

Phone: +44 (0)7823 649 120

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Email: nardine.groch@gmail.com

Website: www.nardinegroch.com

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Nardine is an environmental journalist, radio producer and wildlife photographer from Australia. She has travelled to many wild places, from Svalbard to the Amazon, to work alongside scientists and photograph animals in their natural environment.

She has worked as an animal presenter at Zoos Victoria for nine years and in 2010 produced a short film about lions through the Wildlife Film Academy in South Africa. More recently, Nardine has worked as a researcher and features writer for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). Last year she produced a radio documentary for ABC Radio National's PocketDocs program, The Whale Aria, where she used her own classically trained soprano voice to compare whale and human song.

She has qualifications in Creative writing, Zoology and Environmental Journalism and last year spent her final semester in Copenhagen where she gained media accreditation to attend the UNFCCC COP21 in Paris as a freelance journalist.

Her focus is to use the creative mediums of radio, tv and interactive online to engage audiences in compelling wildlife, environmental and conservation storytelling that will better explore the human relationship with the natural world.

Nardine is currently studying on the BBC Natural History Unit affiliated Masters of Wildlife Filmmaking at UWE in Bristol, where she is further developing her skills in storytelling, camera, sound, editing and field craft.


Hannah Hoare

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Hannah Hoare

Bristol
United Kingdom


Phone: +44 (0)7917 787 827

Email: hannah.hoare@blueyonder.co.uk

Website: www.hannahvision.com

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I'm a freelance producer/director, writer & edit producer with experience in a variety of wildlife programme styles including blue chip natural history, presenter-led films, animal & people documentaries, short films and fast-paced & funny docusoaps.


Jin Pyn Lee

Jin Pyn Lee

Elemantree Media
1/34 Dunne Street
Kingsbury
Victoria 3083
Australia

Phone: +61 423 66 2233

Email: jinpyn@elephantandtree.com

Freelance television producer, director, writer, fixer, production management.

Specialize in Asian natural history and conservation (over twenty years involvement).

Jin Pyn's career spans across broadcaster and independent production companies. Credits include BBC Worldwide, Channel News Asia, and Animal Planet, across all genres: short-form interstitials, long-form factual documentaries, and animation. Geographically the programs have been distributed all over the globe, including Korea's Kids Talk Talk, US's Somos TV and India's Edumedia. In Japan, Jin Pyn has won the best animation award, and her children's picture book was the first from Singapore to garner multiple languages.


Matthew Leiper

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Matthew Leiper

Bramcote
Nottingham
United Kingdom

Phone:+44 (0)7907 782 997

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Email: matt.leiper@hotmail.co.uk

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Matthew Leiper recently graduated from the University of Salford with a Masters Degree in Wildlife Documentary Production.

His experiences have taken him across the globe from filming Tasmanian Devils in Australia to Hammerhead Sharks in the Bahamas and has experience behind both the camera and the keyboard for filming and editing roles respectively.

With a Grade 8 in LAMDA Verse and Prose, Matthew also has a clear and strong reading voice - he has narrated all of his own work himself as well as the documentaries of some of his fellow students.


Dee Marshall

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Dee Marshall

202 Chemin des Vachers
Uriage 38410
France

Phone: +33 6 11 54 81 12

Email: dee.marshall@gmail.com

Website: www.beneaththeskies.com

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Freelance Photographer/Writer/Production Assistant/Researcher.

Dee is an experienced writer and photographer with extensive knowledge of wildlife and proven ability in wildlife photography, filming and editing.

In addition to a diploma in Mammal Ecology and Conservation and many short courses in natural history film production, she has several years experience in visual and written communication.

Having spent many years editing texts and writing for scientific journals, she is experienced in researching and studying a wide variety of scientific subjects.

Dee writes illustrated articles for an online natural history magazine, organises film and photography workshops and manages large budget media projects for clients.

She is fluent in French and English and competent in Italian, German and Japanese.

A keen eye for detail - a creative flair - highly organised - efficient - passionate about natural history.


Alan Miller

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Alan Miller

Shake the Tree Productions
Keeper's Cottage
Rectory Road
Suffield
Norfolk NR11 7ER

United Kingdom

Phone: +44 (0)1263 731 659

Email: alanmiller@mac.com

Alan has been editing wildlife documentaries for twenty five years. BBC trained, Alan started editing wildlife programmes at Partridge Films and worked on many of their Wildscreen Panda award winners.

He has worked for many companies, including Granada, BBC, NHK Japan and Nature Conservation Films for whom he wrote, directed and edited a wildlife feature film and edited two other wildlife feature films. He has also written and directed many documentaries but remains passionately interested in editing.

He is experienced in both Avid and Final Cut Pro systems. Alan is a recent Wildscreen Panda award-winner and his recently completed independent feature film won best of category in 2012's London Independent Film Festival.

Alan is also a Wildeye Tutor.


Kathryn Pasternak

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Kathryn Pasternak

Pasternak Media LLC
7533 Fisher Drive
Falls Church
VA 22043
USA

Phone: +1 703 216 1746

Email:
kathryn.pasternak@gmail.com

Website: www.pasternakmedia.com

Pasternak Media offers strategic planning, story /editorial consultation and the Executive Producing services of Emmy Award winning producer/writer Kathryn Pasternak, for wildlife and other documentary film projects and conservation media.

Kathryn produces, writes and shoots documentary television projects, as well as reversioning TV programs for the US market.

She is available on a work for hire basis.


Petra Regent

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Petra Regent

Bristol
United Kingdom

Phone: +44 (0)7932 000 219

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Email: petra.regent@virgin.net

Executive Producer, Scriptwriter.


Darryl Sweetland

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Darryl Sweetland

Asian Wildlife Films
Thailand

Mobile: +66 81 532 0303

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Email: darrylsweetland@yahoo.com

Biologist, writer, and cameraman, Darryl has lived and worked in Thailand since 1996. He speaks, reads, and writes Thai.

Darryl has extensive experience of looking for and filming Thai wildlife and most often this involves spending long periods in hides and camping in the forest, which is something he loves.

From Oct 2007 to March 2010 Darryl was a regular contributor to www.earth-touch.com (Wild Touch - SABC2), and some of his work can be viewed in the Thailand section of their website.

Darryl offers a wide range of services to film crews wishing to work in Thailand.


Swati Thiyagarajan

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Swati Thiyagarajan

Cape Town, South Africa & New Delhi, India

Phone: +27 21 786 2340

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Email: swati@ndtv.com

Website: www.ndtv.com

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Swati is an accomplished director, editor, writer and presenter.

She is a wildlife and conservation journalist/filmmaker.


Thomas Veltre

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Thomas Veltre

The really Interesting Picture Company
33-21 163rd Street
Flushing
New York 11358
USA

Phone: +1 646 797 3171

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Email: tom.veltre@
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picturecompany.com


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Founded by Filmmaker and Communication Scholar Thomas Veltre, The Really Interesting Picture Company is exactly what it claims - a creative production company dedicated to exploring really interesting ideas and untold stories through a broad range of media.

Our work embraces Arts, Science, Wildlife & Environment, News, Broadcast, On-line, Museum Exhibit and other non-fiction applications. Based in New York City and around the world, The TRIPCo Team includes some of the most interesting artists and craftspeople working in digital media today.

Thomas Veltre brings more than two decades of media production experience to his role as proprietor of The Really Interesting Picture Company.

Formerly in-house media producer for the Wildlife Conservation Society, Tom writes, shoots and edits in a wide variety of formats for a broad spectrum of venues, ranging from documentaries, news and public affairs programming to interactive museum exhibits, instructional materials and new media applications. As a producer/cinematographer, he has covered stories on four different continents, and his work has been broadcast by all the major North American commercial television networks, PBS, Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel, CNN, BBC, NHK (Japan) and Fuji TV (Japan).

He holds an undergraduate degree in Music Education from the Crane School of Music, (SUNY Potsdam), and did his masters and doctoral work in Media Ecology at New York University under Neil Postman. Tom is also a former board member of Filmmakers For Conservation, and an adjunct professor in Communications at Fordham University where he explores the interface of mass communication and the environment.


Nick Owen Williams

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Nick Owen Williams

Abingdon
United Kingdom

Phone: +44 (0)7854 162 519

Email: nickowenwilliams@gmail.com

Website: nickowenwilliams.wix.com/livewild

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Services offered:

Research and Development Offline and Online editing with Premiere Pro (equipment supplied) Camera and sound recording assistance Running and logistical support

Person Summary:

A self-shooting researcher with an MA in Wildlife Filmmaking and experience of every aspect of production including research/development, camera, sound, and post-production. Proficient in use of Premiere Pro and Avid ProTools software and confident working with a wide range of cameras and audio equipment on location. Background in writing and theatre with a degree in English from Oxford University and experience of script writing and voice-over work.

A creative, highly organised, and motivated individual.


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