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VMI is looking for a Camera Technician/Driver to join their Bristol Camera Rental Facility team!

VMI currently has an opening for a Camera Technician/Driver to join our regional camera rental facility in St George, Bristol BS5 7XX.

Candidates must have a background in broadcast equipment with up to date working knowledge of current digital cameras and lenses (minimum 2-years experience).

This will be a combination of Camera preparation and driving required, so you must have a full driving licence.

You must also be able to hit the ground running, be a good team member, able to work independently and be a good communicator, as this is a small knightly knit team.

VMI is a certified Living Wage Employer.

For full details and to apply: crew.mandy.com/uk/job/public/594166/e0f268e8e0630e198eee400d4cee4085

Closing Date: 20th of August 2019

Visit: vmi.tv

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Jackson Wild Media Awards 2019 Finalists Announced!
From Jackson Wild
5th August 2019

Congratulations to this incredible lineup of finalists! This year's submissions included over 1,000 category entries - a record number - competing for more than 30 awards. We are deeply grateful to our more than 250 international preliminary judges who together reviewed over 5,000 hours of media. 

Stay tuned —Audioscape finalists and Special Consideration nominees will be announced mid-August.

See below for a full list of finalists:

Congratulations to the 2019 Finalists!

Best Animal Behavior Film - Long Form
Awarded to the program that most effectively explores animal behavior in a new, fresh, imaginative or authoritative way. Sponsored by Disneynature

Blue Planet II: One Ocean
BBC Studios Natural History Unit

Dynasties: Painted Wolves
BBC Studios Natural History Unit, BBC America, Tencent, France Télévisions, CCTV9

Our Planet: Jungles ?
A Silverback Films Production for Netflix

Best Animal Behavior Film - Short Form
Awarded to the program that most effectively explores animal behavior in a new, fresh, imaginative or authoritative way.

The Great Pretender
A film by Nardine Groch, Produced as part of the UWE Masters of Wildlife Filmmaking course.

Unraveling the Monarch Butterfly Migration Mystery | It's Okay to be Smart
PBS Digital Studios, Spotzen

Whales and SETI
A Rebel Media Productions film, made in partnership with Long Story Short Media, in association with The Templeton World Charity Foundation.

Best Ecosystem Film
Awarded to the program that most effectively explores a unique habitat and its wildlife. Sponsored by Terra Mater

Backyard Wilderness
Archipelago Films, Arise Media, HHMI Tangled Bank Studios, SK Films and Reconsider

Kingdoms of the Sky: Himalaya
PBS, BBC Earth

Mighty Rivers: The Ganges
Icon Films for Animal Planet

Our Planet: High Seas
A Silverback Films Production for Netflix

Best Earth & Sky Film
Awarded to the film that best explores the science of planet earth and the cosmos beyond. Relevant disciplines include Geology, Paleontology, Oceanography, Astronomy and Meteorology. Sponsored by: WGBH

Above and Beyond: NASA's Journey To Tomorrow
Discovery presents a Moxie Firecracker Films Production

Living Universe: The Explorers
Essential Media Entertainment, ZED, CuriosityStream, ARTE France

Space's Deepest Secrets: Cassini's Grand Finale
BBC Worldwide and Science Channel

Best Conservation Film - Long Form
Awarded to the program that most effectively contributes to an awareness of timely and relevant conservation issues and/or solutions. Sponsored by International Fund for Animal Welfare

Blue Planet II: Our Blue Planet
BBC Studios Natural History Unit

Kifaru Vs. Goliath
Visual, Ragtag Tribe Films

Sea of Shadows
Terra Mater Factual Studios in association with Appian Way, Malaika Pictures, The Wild Lens Collective for National Geographic Documentary Films

Best Conservation Film - Short Form
Awarded to the program that most effectively contributes to an awareness of timely and relevant conservation issues and/or solutions.

From Asia to Antarctica
Eco-Business

Nigerians fight to protect the world's most trafficked mammal
Katie Schuler, Mike Olcott, Dan Steinmetz, National Geographic Partners

Sides of a Horn
Whirlow Park Pictures, Broad River Productions, YKMD Productions, The Televisionaries, Frame 48

Best People & Nature Film - Long Form
Awarded to the program that most effectively explores the interdependent relationship between humans and animals or the environment. ?? ?Sponsored by: The Nature Conservancy

Sea of Shadows
Terra Mater Factual Studios in association with Appian Way, Malaika Pictures, The Wild Lens Collective for National Geographic Documentary Films

The Biggest Little Farm
NEON and LD Entertainment present a FarmLore Films production in association with Diamond Docs and Impact Partners & Artemis Rising

The Serengeti Rules
Passion Planet/HHMI Tangled Bank Studios

Best People & Nature Film - Short Form
Awarded to the program that most effectively explores the interdependent relationship between humans and animals or the environment. ??

Last Wild Places: Gorongosa
National Geographic Society

Nigerians fight to protect the world's most trafficked mammal
Katie Schuler, Mike Olcott, Dan Steinmetz, National Geographic Partners

Where Life Begins
Katie Schuler, Coral & Oak Studios, The Wilderness Society

Best Changing Planet Film - Long Form
Awarded for the best examination of our changing planet, including human impact, the environment, sustainability and climate change. Sponsored by Love Nature Picture

Our Planet: Frozen Worlds
A Silverback Films Production for Netflix

The Human Element
Earth Vision Film

The Serengeti Rules
Passion Planet/HHMI Tangled Bank Studios

Best Changing Planet Film - Short Form
Awarded for the best examination of our changing planet, including human impact, the environment, sustainability and climate change.

Cowboys & Scientists
Grizzly Creek Films, Archbold Biological Station

How to Save Our Planet
Silverback Films, Netflix, WWF UK

The Last Green Thread
Grizzly Creek Films, Danny Schmidt Films

Best Science in Nature Film - Long Form
Awarded to the program that most effectively incorporates science, the scientific method and scientific discovery into an understanding of some aspect of the natural world. ? Sponsored by Marco Polo Film AG

700 SHARKS
ARTE France, Le cinquième rêve, Andromède Océanologie, Les gens bien productions, Filmin'Tahiti, CNRS Images, with the participation of FranceTélévisions, National Geographic Wild, Ushuaia TV, Ici Explora, ARTE Distribution, Le CNC, La Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, La Polynésie française.

Laws of the Lizard
Day's Edge Productions for Smithsonian Network

The Kingdom: How Fungi Made Our World
Smith & Nasht, Real to Reel Productions In association with CuriosityStream, The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, ZDF/ARTE, SVT Sweden

The Serengeti Rules
Passion Planet/HHMI Tangled Bank Studios

Best Science in Nature Film - Short Form
Awarded to the program that most effectively incorporates science, the scientific method and scientific discovery into an understanding of some aspect of the natural world.
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Second Genesis
HHMI Tangled Bank Studios and Market Road Films for PBS

Sounds of Survival
Katie Garrett and bioGraphic

The Anomalies: Venom Race
Day's Edge Productions for bioGraphic

The Lizard's Tale: Anoles
In The City Day's Edge Productions for Smithsonian Network

Best Impact Film - Long Form
Awarded to the film that most effectively celebrates the impact of individuals, groups, organizations or movements committed to the protection, awareness or understanding of a species, ecosystem or some other aspect of the natural world. Sponsored by ORF

Kifaru Vs. Goliath
Visual, Ragtag Tribe Films Picture Ghost Fleet Vulcan Productions, Seahorse Productions

STROOP - journey into the rhino horn wars
SDBFilms

The Serengeti Rules
Passion Planet/HHMI Tangled Bank Studios

Best Impact Film - Short Form
Awarded to the film that most effectively celebrates the impact of individuals, groups, organizations or movements committed to the protection, awareness or understanding of a species, ecosystem or some other aspect of the natural world.

Anointed
Mainspring Media, PREL

Blood Island
Lindsey Parietti in association with the University of the West of England

Last Wild Places: Gorongosa
National Geographic Society

Saving Grayling
Pioneer Studios, USFW, NFWF

Best Educational/Institutional Film
Awarded to the non-broadcast or commercially distributed program that most successfully educates its audience on some aspect of the natural world. This includes projects created by government agencies, NGOs, universities and other institutions. Sponsored by: PBS

Hidden Rivers of Southern Appalachia
Freshwaters Illustrated

M6NTHS
Eline Helena Film in association with the University of the West of England

The Disappeared
Artists in Motion Ltd, Sound Off Films

The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating
Elisabeth Tova Bailey

Best Limited Series Film - Long Form
Awarded to the mini-series with episodes longer than 20 minutes in length, that most effectively advances a natural history theme. Sponsored by: RED Digital Cinema

Blue Planet II
BBC Studios Natural History Unit

Okavango - River of Dreams
A TERRA MATER FACTUAL STUDIOS / WILDLIFE FILMS production in co-production with THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC, DOCLIGHTS/NDR NATURFILM in association with PBS, CPB, ARTE FRANCE / Unité Découverte et Connaissance and SVT

Our Planet
A Silverback Films Production for Netflix

Best Limited Series Film - Short Form
Awarded to the mini-series with episodes shorter than 20 minutes in length, that most effectively advances a natural history theme. Sponsored by: ARRI

Deep Look
KQED, PBS Digital Studios

How to Save Our Planet
Silverback Films
, Netflix, WWF UK

Wild_Life: Resurrection Island
The Front and Bertie Gregory for National Geographic

Best Engaging Youth Film
Awarded to the program that most effectively inspires an appreciation of the natural world, or issues associated with animals and the environment to young people 6-12 years of age. Sponsored by: Discovery

Backyard Wilderness
Archipelago Films, Arise Media, HHMI Tangled Bank Studios, SK Films and Reconsider

Great Bear Rainforest
Spirit Bear Entertainment

Superpower Dogs
IMAX & Cosmic

Best Host/Presenter Led Film
Awarded to the program that makes the most effective use of a host or presenter in communicating an appreciation and understanding of the natural world. Sponsored by: Vulcan Productions

Judi Dench: My Passion for Trees
Atlantic Productions, Host: Judi Dench

Mighty Rivers: The Ganges
Icon Films for Animal Planet, Host: Jeremy Wade

STROOP - journey into the rhino horn war
SDBFilms
, Host: Bonné de Bod

Wild_Life : Resurrection Island
The Front for National Geographic, Host: Bertie Gregory

Best Micro-Movie Film
Awarded to the most effective and compelling project under five minutes in length (including PSAs, music videos, and campaigns), that best advances an appreciation or understanding of the natural world. Sponsored by: Seeker

Expand the Field
National Geographic Society

Finding Captain Nemo
Popular Science

March of the Newts
Freshwaters Illustrated

Not A Pet
Triangle Monday, The Big Sky

What is Biodiversity?
Silverback Films
, Netflix, WWF UK

Best Theatrical Film
Awarded to the program created for commercial distribution that best advances an appreciation or understanding of the natural world. This category includes programs distributed in theaters, BluRay/DVD or streamed via the internet. Sponsored by: Off the Fence Picture

Free Solo
National Geographic Documentary Films Presents A Little Monster Films Production, an Itinerant Media Production and a Parkes+MacDonald/Image Nation Production

Human Nature
Wonder Collaborative, News & Guts Films, Sandbox Films

Sea of Shadows
Terra Mater Factual Studios in association with Appian Way, Malaika Pictures, The Wild Lens Collective for National Geographic Documentary Films

The Serengeti Rules
Passion Planet/HHMI Tangled Bank Studios

Best Student and Emerging Film
Presented in recognition of the best program produced by either a first-time filmmaker in the field of natural history production, or a student currently enrolled or no more than 2 years out of an academic program. Sponsored by: HHMI Tangled Bank Studios

A Voice Above Nature
Annie Moir in association with the ?University of the West of England

Bears of Durango
?Test Area North

Blood Island
Lindsey Parietti in association with the University of the West of England ?

Chungungo: A Mentor's Tale
Visionhawk Films, Aquaterrafilms, Nedo Producciones Ltda.

Best 360° Storytelling
Awarded to the best natural history program created for the immersive platform of Virtual Reality. Sponsored by: USC Cinematic Arts

Everest VR: The Movie Experience
Jonathan Griffith Productions, Legend 3D, Vulcan Productions

Greenland Melting
FRONTLINE, Emblematic Group, NOVA, xRez Studio, Realtra

My Africa
A Passion Planet Production in association with Vision 3 for Conservation International

Polar Obsession
Black Dot Films VR for National Geographic

Best Visualization Film
Awarded for the cinematography or computer generated visual storytelling that most enhances the natural history program of which it is a part. Sponsored by: Fujifilm and Fujinon Lenses

Blue Planet II: The Deep
BBC Studios Natural History Unit, Cinematographer: Gavin Thurston

Dynasties: Chimpanzee
BBC Studios Natural History Unit, BBC America, Tencent, France Télévisions, CCTV9, Cinematographers: John Brown, Mark MacEwen

Our Planet: One Planet
A Silverback Films Production for Netflix

The Serengeti Rules
Passion Planet/HHMI Tangled Bank Studios, Cinematographer: Tim Cragg

Best Editing Film
Awarded for the editing that most enhances the natural history program of which it is a part. Sponsored by: Sony Electronics

Blue Planet II: One Ocean
BBC Studios Natural History Unit, Editor: Matthew Meech

Dynasties: Chimpanzee
BBC Studios Natural History Unit, BBC America, Tencent, France Télévisions, CCTV9, Editor: Nigel Buck

Kifaru Vs. Goliath
Visual, Ragtag Tribe Films, Editor: Andrew Harrison Brown

The Biggest Little Farm NEON and LD Entertainment present a FarmLore Films production in association with Diamond Docs and Impact Partners & Artemis Rising, Editor: Amy Overbeck

Best Writing Film
Awarded for the writing that most enhances the natural history program of which it is a part through the union of imagery, story line, dialog and narration. Sponsored by: National Geographic

Attenborough´s Ant Mountain
A production of TERRA MATER FACTUAL STUDIOS in association with BBC and ABC Australia produced by AMMONITE LTD., Writers: Martin Dohrn, Joe Loncraine

Cute little Killers
A TERRA MATER FACTUAL STUDIOS production, Writer: Ruth Berry

Sex, Lies and Butterflies
A Production of TERRA MATER FACTUAL STUDIOS and CONEFLOWER PRODUCTIONS in co-production with THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC for WNET, Writer: Janet Hess

Wildlife-film.com congratulates all of the finalsists, especially those of our members that have made the list (in bold above). It's likely other members have worked on some of these productions... Let us know if you have!

Visit: jacksonwild.org/2019-finalists.html

Founded in 1991, the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival has become Jackson Wild, expanding our reach and impact around the globe. Jackson Wild believes in the power of media to inspire wonder for our living planet and ignite action to restore and protect it through high-impact collaboration.?

Jackson Wild creates impact through four pillars of engagement: Summits, Awards, New Frontiers and Global Impact. See: www.jacksonwild.org/about.html

The Summit Programming & Schedule is Live!

More than ever before, we are inspired by the urgency of our times, and we are committed to creating a convening that will move the dial to restore and protect the world's ecosystems, species and cultures. With this in mind, we have an extensive lineup focusing on impact, innovation and collaboration through the power of storytelling.

See the 2019 programming here: www.jacksonwild.org/programming.html

Visit/Like facebook.com/jacksonwildorg & follow twitter/jacksonwildorg & instagram.com/jacksonwildorg

Full Feature Page here!

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Available Wildeye Courses

Wildeye have places available on their Introduction to Wildlife Filmmaking Course: 6th September – 8th September 2019

One of of their most popular wildlife film-making courses, the introductory weekend offers you your first insight into the world of wildlife film-making. From pre-production to delivery, they’ll guide you through the many stages of the process from your first idea, research, scripting, travel, filming, editing, delivering as well as importantly selling and distributing your completed film.

This course is broken down into bite-sized modules presented over two days including time spent filming at Pensthorpe, former home of BBC Springwatch.  The wildlife film-making weekend is suitable for anyone including beginners, hobbyists, keen enthusiasts, those looking to undertake wildlife film-making degrees or apprenticeships all the way through to camera operators looking to diversify into wildlife film-making. As well as educating, inspiring and providing practical hands on experience its a great addition to any CV.

More info and booking here: wildeye.co.uk/course/introduction-to-wildlife-film-making-2

Also, they have introduced One on One Camera Training ... Bespoke camera training, suitable for those with little to no experience, their one-day technical course will get you up to speed with all of your cameras manual functions and have you shooting like a professional with confidence.

Find out more and book here: wildeye.co.uk/course/wildlife-camera-operator

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What is the best camera for wildlife filmmaking and photography? Darryl Saffer tells us!

What is the best camera for wildlife filmmaking and photography? That is the number one question I am asked. In this episode of Wildlife Filmmaking I discuss a class of cameras that I have found to fit most of my needs: bridge cameras, in particular the Sony RX10 mk4 and its predecessor the mk3. They are excellent 4K video cameras and shoot 20mp stills. The b-roll and stills are shot entirely with the mk3 and 4 in the Rocky Mountains. In addition to the suggestions I make for a future model, I'd add a ND filter and faster buffer. Correction: the macro focus at 600mm starts at approximately 24 inches. BTW, I receive no compensation from any manufacturer or seller and the cameras shown are my personal equipment.


Wildlife Filmmaking - Bridge Cameras and the Sony RX10

Visit his website: www.thefieldjournal.net

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THE BIG PICTURE CONFERENCE hosted by SCOTLAND: The Big Picture

The Big Picture Conference, Scotland’s only event dedicated to rewilding, comes to Stirling on 21st September 2019.

The day will focus on inspirational stories and experiences from around Scotland and from around the world, delivered by rewilding practitioners, policymakers and storytellers. Delegates can browse the Rewilding Market and network with attendees from all over Scotland and from many different sectors.

Tickets are on sale now. Venue: Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling.

Don't miss out on what is set to be an inspirational day: www.scotlandbigpicture.com/conference

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EATING OUR WAY TO EXTINCTION, an upcoming vegan film by member Ludo Brockway, update!

We are in the final month of filming and could not be more excited. These next two weeks will include our last trips to capture the remaining shots needed, and then it’s a wrap! What a journey we have all been on. It has been invigorating, sometimes testing, often emotional but overwhelmingly highly rewarding to travel to all the corners of the Earth, seeing some of the most breathtaking, awe inspiring pockets of the world, and the most devastatingly sad destruction unfolding before us in large part due to livestock farming. We hope to make huge changes with this film, and cannot wait for you all to see it.

Having been to Brazil once before, we were lucky to go one more time to delve even deeper into the stories over there. It was a trip for the books, and we have met such incredible people in all of our travels. However a special thank you to Caren, our totally wonderful fixer, who we could not have got this trip done without. Photo's left for some sneak previews of our time over there.


Eating Our Way To Extinction Trailer

We are also super excited to announce that having met our total raise of £1.5 M we are powering full steam ahead, and the film will be ready for our release date early 2020. A huge thanks as always for your continued support, without each and every one of you we would not be where we are now. Let’s keep fighting the good fight! Eating Our Way To Extinction Team

Visit: indiegogo.com/projects/eating-our-way-to-extinction & facebook.com/eatingourwayto

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Walk For Wildscreen – Support Lucie & Molly!

Lucie and Molly, who make up the Wildscreen Team, will be walking a whopping 100km over one weekend to raise vital funds for Wildscreen Exchange.

Wildscreen Exchange provides over 375+ conservation organisations, in over 38 countries, with access to world-class media to support their storytelling and campaigning about the natural world. Exchange contains 25,000+ high quality images generously shared by over 650 of the world's best wildlife photographers and makes them available to conservation organisations to help them tell their stories and ultimately save the species and habitats they work with.

The Wildscreen Duo need your help to maintain and grow this important communications resource for the 375 conservation organisations who depend on it. Your donation will contribute to keeping Exchange online and accessible for a year.

The 100km route will see the Wildscreen duo take on some of the most challenging sections of the UK’s South West Coastal Path... 9-11th of August 2019!

They say "Any support you can give would be amazing!"

Visit: gofundme.com/walk-with-wildscreen

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Attend GREEN SCREEN this September ... Register!

Dear Filmmakers, we invite you to join the celebration of Nature Film in beautiful beachtown Eckernförde!

Over 150 film screenings, lectures and seminars, a state-of-the-art camera and drone workshop, sailing trips and other get togethers and last but not least the festive opening and award ceremonies offer plenty of opportunities to engage with the audiences as well as with collegues from all over the world!

Registration for industry representatives is open now: www.greenscreen-festival.de/en/professional/accreditation

You can log in via your existing account, otherwise please create a new one. The accreditation fee for all 5 days is €70. The daily accreditation fee is €25 per day, All events, seminars and workshops, and all film screenings are included. (Please make sure to reserve your tickets via the registration link, otherwise you may be denied entry to sold out screenings and/or events)

Free registration: all jury and panel members 2019, reporting press and young filmmakers under 18 years.

Feel free to browse the catalogue: www.greenscreen-festival.de/en/download

We are looking forward to five fantastic festival days with you! Your GREEN SCREEN Team

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Acclaimed SA Film Wins Genesis Award alongside Steven Spielberg and Ellen DeGeneres

South Africa’s breakout film STROOP - journey into the rhino horn war has won the prestigious Genesis Award in the 'Outstanding Brigitte Bardot International Documentary Feature Film' category in the United States. The Genesis Awards recognize excellent work in media with a special focus on outstanding reporting of animal protection issues.

The winners, in only 15 categories, included Stephen Spielberg’s Jurassic World, for tackling wildlife trafficking, Natalie Portman’s vegan film Eating Animals, Ellen DeGeneres, for her talkshow that continually highlights gorilla protection issues, as well as iconic American institutions like the New York Times, 60 Minutes and Sesame Street.

Says filmmaker and STROOP presenter, Bonné de Bod: "We are so thrilled! It’s wonderful that this independent, crowd-funded film on the heroes trying to tackle our rhino poaching crisis is being honoured in such a huge way, and just shows me once again, that the world views this as vitally important. This massive recognition of STROOP just keeps shining a global light on South Africa’s effort to save our rhinos and that it can’t be ignored.”.


SA Rhino documentary STROOP Wins Genesis Award

Read more: algoafm.co.za Visit: www.stroop-film.com

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“Our Planet” & "Hostile Planet" get 2019 Primetime Emmy nominations

Netflix’s Our Planet (pictured) and National Geographic’s Hostile Planet are among the unscripted and non-fiction nominees for the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards.

For a full list of this year’s nominees, click here.

Read more: realscreen.com/2019/07/16/our-planet-free-solo-nab-2019-primetime-emmy-nominations

Our Planet by member Silverback Films gets ten nominations!!

Follow: twitter.com/ourplanet Visit: ourplanet.com Watch: netflix.com/title/80049832

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LIGHT & SHADOW Nominated for Two EMMY AWARDS and WINS Best Camera Award at CANNES for THE WILD ANDES!!!

They say: "We are nominated not for ONE but TWO EMMY AWARDS for THE WILD ANDES!!! In the categories Outstanding Cinematography for ‘Patagonia Untamed’ and Outstanding Music & Sound for ‘Extreme Survival’. We feel incredibly proud and honored! We thank our clients and partners for believing in the project! And congrats to the whole team for your amazing work!"

Woohoo!! Fantastic news! We are nominated not for ONE but TWO EMMY AWARDS for THE WILD ANDES!!! In the categories...

Posted by Light and Shadow on Friday, 26 July 2019

"THE WILD ANDES (90 min feature doc) wins an award for BEST CAMERA at Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards 2019. We are deeply honored that our dedication to our work, our passion for nature and our joy for making wildlife documentaries are being recognized by such a prestigious film festival. Thanks to all the creative and talented members of our team, our clients and partners for the amazing support! "

We have more fantastic news to share with you!! THE WILD ANDES (90 min feature doc) wins an award for BEST CAMERA at...

Posted by Light and Shadow on Friday, 9 August 2019

Congratulations guys! Visit: www.lightandshadow.tv

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The Harry Percy Award for Young Wildlife Filmmakers launched in collaboration with the Born Free Foundation
by Jason Peters
30 April 2019

The Harry Percy Award for young wildlife filmmakers is a new annual competition for young film industry amateurs and professionals, looking to break into the world of wildlife conservation.

It is a chance to produce exciting new work and win a career-boosting cash prize, whilst helping to support Born Free’s mission to Keep Wildlife in the Wild.

The award will be entirely funded by donations in memory of Harry Percy, via JustGiving: justgiving.com/campaign/HarryPercyAward

Acclaimed wildlife filmmaker and presenter, Gordon Buchannan, is supporting this award and will be part of the judging panel to select the winning film. Gordon says:

"This is a unique new opportunity to support young people starting out in the wildlife film industry and I am very much looking forward to seeing the exciting work being produced. Money raised through this campaign will enable us to launch this important award and raise awareness of Born Free’s vital conservation work. It is a fitting tribute for a remarkable and talented young man who had a promising career in filmmaking ahead of him."

Watch this short film, created using Harry Percy's incredible wildlife video footage and still images, edited by Harry's good friend Matt Couldwell:

Matt says of his friend: "Harry Percy was one of most selfless, positive and generous people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. We bonded over our passion for wildlife conservation and visual storytelling where our focal point was to produce content that would make a difference. My aim is to continue the journey he started."

ABOUT HARRY PERCY, 1995-2018

In October 2018, freelance filmmaker and keen conservationist, Harry Percy, attended a Born Free event at the Royal Geographical Society in London.

There he met Born Free’s CEO Howard Jones and enthusiastically spoke of his ambitions to visit Africa to film the work of the international wildlife charity. Just days later, Harry tragically passed away unexpectedly.

He was only 22 years old.

Aware of their son’s desire to become more involved with wildlife conservation, Harry’s parents Tim Percy and Dominique de Bellefroid contacted Born Free with the idea of launching the Harry Percy Award for young wildlife filmmakers, to honour Harry’s memory.

THE AWARD

The Harry Percy Award will be made to an individual who is judged to have employed the medium of film, to best effect for public understanding, whilst inspiring others to engage with the spirit and message of the film, to make positive changes towards co-existence.

The theme for the inaugural award will be Wildlife: Welfare and Captivity

First prize is £5,000. An additional amount of up to £5,000 will be made available to develop and create a Born Free film made by the award winner. There are also three runners-up prizes of £1,000 each.

Entries will be accepted between 3rd June and 31st August 2019.

Full terms and conditions, including technical information, how to enter and details about the judging process, can be found here.

Visit: www.bornfree.org.uk/harry-percy-award

Give: www.justgiving.com/campaign/HarryPercyAward

See the full feature here!

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The Grierson Awards 2019 – Shortlist 2019

The Grierson Trust has unveiled the shortlist for this year’s Grierson British Documentary Awards.

Discovery – Best Natural History Documentary
A single documentary, or an episode from a strand or series, which addresses any aspect of natural history.

  • Australia: Earth's Magical Kingdom by Oxford Scientific Films & Northern Pictures for BBC Two
  • Cities: Nature's New Wild by BBC Studios for BBC Two
  • Drowning in Plastic by Raw TV for BBC One
  • Dynasties: Chimp by Natural History Unit/BBC Studios for BBC One
  • Earth From Space by BBC Studios for BBC & PBS in partnership with The Open University for BBC One
  • Natural World - Pangolins: The World's Most Wanted Animal by BBC Studios for BBC Two
  • Nature's Turtle Nursery: Inside The Nest by Renegade Pictures (UK) for BBC Four
  • Our Planet: Episode 2 - Frozen Worlds by Silverback Films for Netflix

Climate Change: The Facts by BBC Studios The Science Unit & IWC Media for BBC One is shortlisted for Best Science Documentary and LIZ BONNIN for Drowning in Plastic by Raw TV for BBC One as Best Presenter.

Nominations announced Thursday, 19 September
Awards ceremony Thursday, 14 November at The Queen Elizabeth Hall

More here: griersontrust.org/grierson-awards/the-grierson-awards/shortlist


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'We cannot be radical enough': David Attenborough urges action on climate emergency

The naturalist appeared at a parliament select committee hearing to discuss environmental policy with MPs. He said the government's commitment to net zero carbon emissions for the UK by 2050 was not necessarily the best approach. 'The question is: what is practically possible? How can we take the electorate with us in dealing with these things?' he said.


'We cannot be radical enough': David Attenborough urges action on climate emergency

Read David Attenborough: polluting planet may become as reviled as slavery – theguardian.com

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Amazon rainforest: 'Once it's gone, it's gone forever' - BBC News

Billions of leaves in the Amazon rainforest take in carbon dioxide – a gas which contributes to global warming. So does deforestation cause a rise in global temperatures? Erika Berenguer is a scientist at the Oxford Environmental Change Institute. She's been studying the same patch of trees in the Amazon for ten years.


Amazon rainforest: 'Once it's gone, it's gone forever' - BBC News

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How Attenborough nature documentaries inspired new 'Lion King'

Disney's new 3D "Lion King" was inspired by the majestic scope of David Attenborough's natural world documentaries - although the talking animals did cause some problems, its creators have revealed. The film tells the classic tale of young lion cub Simba seeking to avenge his father Mufasa's death and save his kingdom, rendered in photo-realistic visuals using cutting-edge effects. From the very opening scene, the remake - which emulates the 1994 original's "Circle of Life" theme - treats viewers to breathtaking "shots" of antelope, zebras and wildebeest galloping across the African savannah.

Its producers took safari tours of real-life locations from Kenya's huge Masai Mara reserve to the desert sand dunes of Namibia for inspiration, before artists and technicians sketched and modelled details for the final film. The movie also featured the musical talents of celebrated German composer Hans Zimmer, who provided the soundtrack for the Attenborough series "Planet Earth II" produced by the BBC. Attenborough, a veteran British environmentalist, has narrated dozens of wildlife documentaries over six decades, opening the eyes of millions of television viewers around the globe to the wonders of the natural world. It was important the film have "the illusion of it being a naturalistic documentary," director Jon Favreau told journalists in Beverly Hills this week. "We looked at a lot of the work that Hans had done like Planet Earth II, all of those Attenborough BBC documentaries, and how much emotion can be expressed without human performance, just through music and editorial and storytelling," said Favreau.

Read more: timeslive.co.za


The Lion King Official Trailer

"It was our chance to retell the story using a new set of tools." Director, Jon Favreau


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Conservationists sound alarm about declining lion population ahead of ‘Lion King’ remake

The live-action remake of ‘The Lion King’ is expected to smash box office records. And as Tammie Sutherland reports, some Canadian wildlife conservationists are hoping the film will draw attention to the declining lion population around the world.

From: citynews1130.com

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Trophy hunters shoot drugged, farm-raised lions – from their parked cars! Help fight the horror of canned lion hunting

When you think of lions – Simba from The Lion King might come to mind – a magnificent creature living free in the wild… STAND BY FOR A SHOCK! In South Africa, these majestic creatures are bred in captivity and then drugged and paraded for ‘trophy hunters’ to shoot from parked vehicles. It’s sickening cruelty – the dazed lions are shot for FUN!


Help fight the horror of canned lion hunting

Find out more and help: networkforanimals.org

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Wildlife with Bertie Gregory: The Big Freeze | National Geographic

National Geographic wildlife filmmaker Bertie Gregory heads to the unforgiving Canadian Arctic. He follows a unique annual event when the polar bears come to the edge of the land, waiting for the “big freeze” that will allow them to start hunting on the ocean ice. In their footsteps, follow other remarkably adapted animals that can survive the Arctic’s frigid temperatures.


Wildlife with Bertie Gregory: The Big Freeze | National Geographic

Visit: nationalgeographic.com/tv/wild-life-with-bertie-gregory

Conservation Film-making - How to make films that make a difference


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Giant jellyfish spotted by divers – BBC News

Divers have swum with a huge barrel jellyfish off the coast of Cornwall. Lizzie Daly, a biologist with Wild Ocean Week, said the creature was as big as her body. It is the largest species of jellyfish which is found in British waters, with the average diameter being about 40cm (16 inches). Image by underwater cameraman Dan Abbott.


Giant jellyfish spotted by divers - BBC News

Visit: bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07h2qwq


Day 7 WILD OCEAN WEEK | GIANT Barrel Jellyfish

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Member & past Wildeye student Agatha Jackson on 'How to become a wildlife filmmaker'!

Play Wild is a personal vlog documenting experiences of an aspiring wildlife documentary producer featuring steps taken towards entering the industry, useful tips from professionals and independent creative work.

In this episode I catch up with you on what has been happening in my professional life over the last 3 years, how did I progress and what I have learnt and achieved over that time.


How to become a wildlife filmmaker: Do your thing!

Visit Agatha's website: agathajackson.com

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How to break into wildlife filmmaking: An interview with Alex Braczkowski

Christian Parkinson of the Imagejunkies Podcast talks with "the brilliant Alex Braczkowski about his work as a wildlife researcher and filmmaker".

"Alex is originally from South Africa but is currently in Australia finishing his PhD. His work studying and filming Tree Climbing Lions is quite outstanding."

In this interview, they discuss everything from travelling with a drone in Africa to sources of funding for wildlife filmmakers. Get a pen and paper ready because this episode is packed with useful stuff.


Tragic Poisoning of Lion Cubs in Uganda, a Filmmaker Reflects | National Geographic

More here: imagejunkies.net/2019/07/02/how-to-break-into-wildlife-filmmaking-an-interview-with-alex-braczkowski

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How a major meat company is linked to Amazon deforestation

In an investigation with Repórter Brasil and the Guardian, we found that the world's largest beef supplier is buying cattle from a company that illegally grazes its cows on deforested land.


How a major meat company is linked to Amazon deforestation


What a Brazilian beef feedlot looks like

Read the story on Amazon deforestation here: thebureauinvestigates.com

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