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POODUNNIT? – A Wildlife Detective Story

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Do you dream of directing the next ground-breaking science TV programme or wildlife documentary?

Explore how the National Film and Television School's 2-year Directing and Producing Science and Natural History MA can train you to make captivating content about our world and beyond!

Check out the National Film and Television School's Science and Natural History Promo 2024 ... Find out more about the NFTS‘s renowned Directing and Producing Science and Natural History MA from the students at the National Film and Television School. Apply online at nfts.co.uk/snh


NFTS Science and Natural History Promo (c) NFTS 2024

They say: "What’s so great about the Directing and Producing Science and Natural History MA at NFTS? Here’s a few of our alumni with some answers. Application window for 2025 closing soon. Click the link to find out more: nfts.co.uk/directing-and-producing-science-and-natural-history"

Socials: facebook.com/NFTSFilmTV, twitter.com/NFTSFilmTV, instagram.com/NFTSFilmTV, youtube.com/NFTSFilmTV & linkedin.com/school/national-film-&-television-school

Member profile page: wildlife-film.com/-/NFTS.htm

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Cheep! Very Cheap! Chickens!

The food chain links Tesco, Morrisons, McDonald’s, Nandos and M&S with ever more intensively reared chickens, that’s more demand at lower prices from more and more consumers = us.

Not only do these factory farms produce air pollution, but famously, now, the manure that has wrecked the beautiful (was) River Wye that borders Wales and England.  (see “POODUNNIT” www.brockinitiative.org)

American giant corporation Cargill, plus Avara in the UK are in the (extremely) big business of supplying food for chickens, probably grown on cleared forests. So we are at the end of that food chain – not exactly chicken-feed….

Last year 1.1 billion living crowded creatures were slaughtered for meat in the UK, while Britons consume an estimated 80 million eggs a day (The i 27/4/2024)


POODUNNIT? – A Wildlife Detective Story

By Richard Brock. Visit: brockinitiative.org/category/poodunnit-a-wildlife-detective-story

Socials: facebook.com/BrockInitiative, x.com/brockinitiative, instagram.com/brock_initiative, tumblr.com/brockinitiative, youtube.com/user/brockinitiative & linkedin.com/company/brock-initiative

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The brand new European Wildlife Film Awards (EWFA) honor the most captivating and informative documentaries about Europe´s unique wildlife.

Highly endowed awards await the winning films in six categories:

  • Best European Film: Wildlife
  • Best European Film: Biodiversity
  • Best European Film: Nature Conservation
  • Audience Award
  • Best Story
  • Best Short Film

The first award ceremony will take place February 15th 2025.

All selected films will screen at the EWFA´s very own theatre in the ´Botschaft der Wildtiere´ (Wildlife Embassy) in Hamburg HafenCity over the course of the following year.

Submissions welcome until May 31st 2024 here: filmfreeway.com/EuropeanWildlifeFilmAwards

Website: europeanwildlifefilmawards.eu
Profile Page: Wildlife-film.com/-/European-Wildlife-Film-Awards.htm

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Art Below the Surface. – Boxfish Robotics

In the vast expanse of the ocean lies a realm of mystery and beauty waiting to be discovered. Black Whale Pictures, a pioneering filmmaking company, brings innovative underwater cinematography to life using cutting-edge technology to capture the enigmatic world beneath the waves.

At the heart of the French production company Black Whale Pictures lies a profound connection with the ocean. The company’s founder, Antoine Drancey, who has experience as a camera operator, director, and crew member on notable maritime expeditions such as 1Ocean with UNESCO, Barba, and Energy Observer, has combined a deep passion for biodiversity and the sea with technical acumen and established Black Whale Pictures in 2017.

Black Whale Pictures and their Innovative Underwater Approach to Cinematography

A pivotal asset in their technological arsenal since 2022 is the Boxfish Luna, an innovative underwater drone by the New Zealand manufacturer of professional ROVs and AUVs, Boxfish Robotics. This drone has transformed how Black Whale Pictures approaches underwater cinematography. With the Luna, filmmakers can dive into the ocean’s depths without leaving the deck, controlling the camera remotely to capture the elusive beauty of marine life. This ensures their safety and allows them to focus solely on capturing the perfect shot.


Art Below the Surface with Black Whale Pictures

The Boxfish Luna allows customisable setup, providing filmmakers with control over their filming. With easy access to shutter speed, ISO, or aperture, Luna offers a range of options to suit any filming scenario. This flexibility empowers cinematographers to unleash their creativity and capture the essence of marine life in stunning detail.

"You can achieve with the Boxfish Luna and its control of everything in the camera whatever you want, and then the small artist in every cameraman can speak." Antoine Drancey, founder of Black Whale Pictures

However, filming in the ocean comes with its own set of challenges, as Antoine highlighted in his story about a walrus encounter (watch the video to get more details). Despite taking precautions to approach the animals cautiously, unpredictability is an inherent aspect of wildlife filming. A delicate balance between safety and capturing the moment requires quick thinking on the spot and advanced technical expertise from the crew.

Black Whale Pictures demonstrates what professionals can achieve if they have access to the best innovative tools. They push the boundaries of underwater cinematography and envision a future for underwater filmmaking in using professional drones.

Watch the case study interview to learn more about the various aspects of innovative underwater filmmaking and discover the wonders of the underwater world through the underwater drone!

From: boxfishrobotics.com/case_study/art-below-the-surface

Follow: twitter.com/boxfishrobotics, instagram.com/boxfishrobotics & facebook.com/BoxfishRobotics

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CALL FOR ENTRY – INTRODUCING THE EUROPEAN WILDLIFE FILM AWARDS

Attention, story tellers of the natural world! This is your opportunity to be part of the very first European Wildlife Film Awards!

The European Wildlife Film Awards (EWFA) honor outstanding films that focus on nature-, wildlife- and conservation themes in Europe.

All selected films will be screened at the EWFA´s own nature film theatre, located in the `Botschaft der Wildtiere´ (Wildlife Embassy) in Hamburg HafenCity, Germany. Very generous prizes will be awarded to the winning films!

The EWFA are open for entry until May 31st 2024.

Check our website for further information: europeanwildlifefilmawards.eu.

Or enter your film directly here: filmfreeway.com/EuropeanWildlifeFilmAwards.


Showtime for Europe's wild nature - Introducing the European Wildlife Film Awards (EWFA)

Follow: instagram.com/european.wildlife.film.awards & facebook.com/europeanwildlifefilmawards

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BBC Studios Natural History Unit Announced As Headline Sponsor for Wildscreen Festival 2024

Wildscreen, the not-for-profit behind the biggest festival of natural world storytelling globally, today unveils BBC Studios Natural History Unit as Headline Sponsor for the event on 14 – 18 October 2024.

The support of BBC Studios Natural History Unit as Headline Sponsors marks its commitment to supporting the future of the international wildlife film and TV industry, with a focus on driving an inclusive and sustainable global talent pipeline.

BBC Studios Natural History Unit has partnered on a number of projects with Wildscreen, including the first ever Wildscreen Festival African hub in 2022, Wildscreen Festival Nairobi last year and, this coming year, on Wildscreen Festival Tanzania which will take place in June 2024. These events offer bespoke in-person opportunities to support and showcase in-country talent.

Speaking about BBC Studios Natural History Unit’s support of Wildscreen Festival, Wildscreen CEO Lucie Muir said: “BBC Studios Natural History Unit and Wildscreen are perfectly aligned in wanting to push the boundaries of innovation in the wildlife storytelling genre whilst also supporting a more equitable community of storytellers.

“Our Festival convenes thousands of industry leaders and entrants from over 40 countries, providing a platform for connections, funding, education and networking. With their support, we aim to make this year's Wildscreen Festival more impactful, inclusive and innovative than ever before.” 

Jonny Keeling, Head of BBC Studios Natural History Unit, said, “Never has it been more important to tell stories that inspire people to love and protect the natural world. Many of those stories are initiated and nurtured at the Wildscreen Festival so we are really excited and proud to be the Headline Sponsor this year and continue to build an equitable and sustainable industry.”

The 2024 edition of the festival takes place from the 14-18 October 2024 in Bristol and via a globally accessible virtual platform. Hybrid, reaffirming Wildscreen’s commitment to creating an inclusive, accessible and sustainable Festival.

Wildscreen Festival early bird passes are on sale now, with a variety of hybrid and virtual passes available allowing delegates to choose how and when they experience the festival. Tickets can be purchased here.

Follow the Festival on Instagram.com/wildscreenorg and twitter.com/WildscreenFest.

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"Planeta microbio (Microbe planet)" – A new documentary series from Rubén Duro's Science into Images ...

How do microbes behave outside the laboratory, in places close to us?

You will find the answer in this new series, which aims to offer a radically unique vision of the subject, showing the importance that microbes have for our life and our planet.

Throughout twelve chapters, and using special techniques, we will be able to see the spectacular and unusual world of microbes as we have never been shown until now.


Tráiler Planeta Microbio | CaixaForum+

The series is composed of 12 x 25 min episodes. Watch them here on streaming platform Caixaforum+ from the 2nd of May: caixaforumplus.org/c/planeta-microbio

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EIA at 40 – lifting the lid on Sin City, Laos’ notorious playground for illegal wildlife trade

In the countdown to EIA’s 40th anniversary later this year, we are featuring films and stories from our archive, highlighting our work exposing environmental crime and abuse around the world.

Today, we’re sharing a flashback to a film we made in 2015 to accompany a major Wildlife team investigation and report into Laos’ notorious Sin City.

On the ground, we documented how the Golden Triangle Special Economic Zone (GT SEZ), in Bokeo Province, had effectively become a lawless playground.

The complex comprised a casino, hotel, shops, restaurants, a shooting range and massage parlours – and visitors were able to openly buy endangered species products including tigers, leopards, elephants, rhinos, pangolins, helmeted hornbills, snakes and bears, all smuggled in from Asia and Africa.

Undercover investigators from EIA and our partner Education for Nature Vietnam (ENV) also documented restaurants with endangered species on their menus, from ”sauté tiger meat” and bear paws to reptiles and pangolins.

One business kept a live python and a bear cub in cages, both of which were available to eat on request.

Despite being situated in Laos, the GT SEZ, run by the Chinese company Kings Romans Group, functioned more as an extension of China – it ran on Beijing time, signs were in Mandarin, most workers were Chinese nationals and the Chinese yuan was the main currency.


Sin City: Illegal wildlife trade in Laos’ Special Economic Zone

From: eia-international.org/news/eia-at-40-lifting-the-lid-on-sin-city-laos-notorious-playground-for-illegal-wildlife-trade

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Enter the 2024 Jackson Wild Media Awards!

Media today deepens understanding of the world around us, inspires commitment to protect and restore the natural systems upon which all life depends and empowers the radical changes that will be required to do so. Nature film’s equivalent to the Oscars®, the Jackson Wild Media Awards celebrate excellence and innovation in nature, science and conservation storytelling.

Projects completed since June 1, 2023, are eligible to enter. 

Deadline to enter the 2024 Media Awards is May 15th

Finalists will be announced in July and Winners will be announced September of 2024, details to come!

Learn more and enter here: jacksonwild.org/2024-media-awards.html

If you are interested in being considered for the Media Awards preliminary jury and would like to learn more info when applications open, please leave your name and email here.

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Congratulations to the projects selected for the 2024 World Wildlife Day Film Showcase!

The World Wildlife Day Film Showcase is one of the global events that accompanies the 2024 UN World Wildlife Day celebrations and help illustrate its theme, “Digital Innovation in Wildlife Conservation”. Stream the films and experience the apps, games and 360 video for free on our online platform. 

Don't forget to vote for your favorite in this year's Audience Choice Award!


2024 WWD Official Showcase Reel

See: watch.eventive.org/2024wwd

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Mangrove Photography Awards 2024 – 10 Years Celebrating Mangroves, Now Open for Entries!

Mangrove Action Project – a global charity dedicated to promoting science-based training to conserve and protect mangroves – has launched their 10th Mangrove Photography Awards. The competition invites photographers of all ages and levels to submit images that showcase the beauty, diversity and fragility of mangrove forests worldwide.

Mangroves are one of the world’s most critical ecosystems – and one of the most threatened. Their ability to store up to five times more carbon in soil compared to tropical inland forests makes them among our most powerful nature-based solutions to the climate crisis. Yet today, less than half the world’s original mangrove forest cover remains.

In an effort to highlight the importance of mangrove forests and the threats they and coastal communities relying on them face, the annual Awards aims to catalyse conservation and restoration efforts for these complex ecosystems. By drawing on the power of visual storytelling, we can deepen peoples’ understanding of the importance of mangroves and ways we can continue to protect them.

There are 5 single image categories that appeal to a range of interests and approaches – Wildlife, People, Landscape, Threats and Underwater – as well as Conservation Stories, a multiple image category allowing photographers to tell powerful narratives related to mangrove habitats.

As in previous years, we’re proud to bring together some of the world’s most celebrated conservationists, wildlife photographers and videographers. This year’s judging panel includes one of India’s most accomplished nature and wildlife photographers, Dhritiman Mukherjee; National Geographic Explorer and International League of Conservation Photographers senior fellow Morgan Heim; and Christian Ziegler, a renowned photojournalist specialising in natural history, conservation and science stories.

Photographers of all backgrounds, ages, and levels are invited to submit their images in any of the categories. A winner will be chosen for each category, with an overall winner being crowned Mangrove Photographer of the Year. Meanwhile, photographers under the age of 23 will vie for the Young Mangrove Photographer of the Year prize. All winners will be announced on 26th July to celebrate World Mangrove Day. The competition is free to enter with cash prizes for each category.

Enter the contest: Entries for all categories close on May 19th, 2024. To enter, visit photography.mangroveactionproject.org

Follow the Awards on Instagram and Facebook.

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Recommended Books This Month:

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Wild Woman: Empowering Stories from Women who Work in Nature by Philippa Forrester

An engaging blend of conservation stories and humorous, personal anecdotes from Philippa Forrester about women who, like her, choose to live and work in the wild.

Surviving in the wilderness has long been associated with men, and conservation and environmental biology have traditionally been male-dominated subjects. Yet many remarkable women also choose to live and work in wild and challenging landscapes.

In Wild Woman, Philippa Forrester considers the grit and determination required for women to maintain connections to wildlife and shares stories of female conservation heroes and other extraordinary wild women working in nature.

Talking to women from around the world, Philippa studies and celebrates what it means to be a wild woman. From the sixteenth-century botanist who was the first woman to circumnavigate the globe to modern-day women responding to bear attacks in Yellowstone, working to rewild reserves in South Africa, photographing Caribou in the Arctic and more, Philippa examines how these women benefit from a life spent in the wilderness and also considers what the natural world gains from them.

Relating some of her own experiences from three decades spent travelling around the world and working in some of the wildest places on Earth, Philippa asks: what does it take for a woman to live or work in the wild?

"Wild Woman is a timely reminder of the feminine energy behind some groundbreaking successes in global wildlife conservation.Through deeply personal experiences, Philippa shows us with spirit and gusto that the natural world is a source of strength, wisdom, humour and comfort." – Sophie Pavelle, author of Forget Me Not

"After years of child-rearing and being wifely, Philippa Forrester emerges with a lot of pertinent questions. Wild Woman is a piercing, funny, self deprecating answer to what it is to be wild. Locally, globally, diverse and female, it is full of a lifetime's awe – and wise. This delightfully brilliant, sometimes rightfully angry book, puts women where they should be: at the heart of conservation, knowing what it is to be wild, to tune in, mend and support the natural world and our place in it. I am cheering her, and all these wonderful women on!" – Nicola Chester, author of On Gallows Down

"A powerful testament to why women must have a greater say when conserving our natural world." – Mike Dilger, naturalist and broadcaster

Published by Bloomsbury Wildlife, 29th February 2024, available at: Amazon.co.uk

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Natural Causes : The wild life of a wildlife filmmaker by Stephen Mills

Breathed on by a tiger, stalked by a lion, nearly flattened by a rhino, struck by lightning and rocked by an earthquake… A wildlife filmmaker’s life is certainly exciting.

But there’s a serious side to these adventures. In the last 50 years nature films have helped to shape public awareness of both the beauty of the natural world and its plight. Environmental issues that once seemed peripheral are now centre-stage.

Stephen Mills has been a leading cameraperson and writer and this is a book about his life in film. Natural Causes tells the story of his campaigns, his companions, his colleagues, the challenges and charms of the landscapes in which he has worked and the extraordinary wild animals he has filmed. And it is a book about one man’s modest bid to ever-so-slightly change the world. For, at its heart, Natural Causes touches on the profound spiritual importance of nature to us all.

“… if you have a dream, a mission, a wish to change the world, you can do it. You can do it as long as you accept that the dream may shrink, the mission may creep a little and the change you make may be very small and that all those little bites out of your ambitions in no way render them pointless.”

"This is a gripping story about the love of life and of nature itself. As a journalist, Stephen has influenced the agenda; as a film-maker, he’s inspired a wide audience; as a conservationist, he’s averted disasters – but above all, as this book proves, he’s a skilled storyteller. Read, enjoy, laugh and appreciate how small acts and using the power of your voice can change things for the better." – Roz Kidman Cox, former editor BBC Wildlife

Published by Chiselbury, 1st March 2024, available at: Amazon.co.uk

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Chris Packham's Birdwatching Guide: From Beginner to Birder by Chris Packham

Let Chris Packham’s passion for birdwatching ignite your own birdwatching journey ...

Wherever we live, we may encounter birds every day, but while we may see them, many of us don’t take the time to look, and while we might hear them, we might not listen. In this informative, fully illustrated birdwatching companion, expert birder Chris Packham inspires us to stop and engage with the wildlife all around us and start to build a relationship with the huge variety of interesting, colourful and characterful birds in all our lives – whether in the town or city, by the coast or in the countryside.

You don’t need any special equipment to become interested in birdwatching, nor do you need posh binoculars or to live on a nature reserve. Let Chris show you where and when to look for birds – whether in your own garden or from your balcony, in your local park or out in the countryside. Use this accessible reference guide to identify the different characters and characteristics of birds and experience the joy that comes from spotting a glimpse of a bird and knowing how to identify it.

Let Chris open your eyes and ears to the captivating world of birds.

Discover:

  • How to identify different species of birds, including key things to look for
  • How to create bird-friendly spaces to encourage wildlife into your garden
  • What to find in different bird habitats and learn why certain birds are attracted to specific habitats
  • All about hides and hide etiquette and equipment you might need to further your birdwatching journey

"This is a great book, as expected from Chris Packham, some excellent bird photographs, beautifully illustrated and put together ... and as the title suggests, perfect for a beginner to help them on their birding journey, whilst being essential for more experienced birders who need a fellow enthusisat like Chris sitting on their bookselves as a reference." JP

"This book isn’t designed for the likes of me, but I was able to show it to a few other folk and one of them said ‘Looks quite useful’ and I noticed they did pick it up several times (when they thought I wasn’t looking) and kept turning the pages with the appearance of real interest. I think this is a good introduction to looking at birds and will work for people of a wide range of ages. If it brings more people to show an interest in this small but very accessible portion of the natural world, and starts them off on a journey where they care more and do more for the environment, then it will be the latest in many such contributions from Chris."Mark Avery

Published by DK, 7th March 2024, available at: Amazon.co.uk

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TOXIC: Britain’s forever polluted rivers and seas

ENDS Report and Watershed Investigations join volunteers from across the United Kingdom to uncover the toxic truth about PFAS pollution.

They've been described as the greatest chemical threat facing humankind in the 21st century.

PFAS, known as forever chemicals, have been building up in the natural environment – and even our own bodies – for decades. They are linked to cancers, hormone-related diseases, obesity and fertility issues in humans, and similar health issues in wildlife.

But where is this pollution coming from and how much of it is flowing into our rivers and out to sea?

In this documentary, ENDS Report and Watershed Investigations join volunteers as they take water samples and wild oysters from estuaries across the United Kingdom to uncover the toxic truth. Former Undertones frontman and clean rivers campaigner Feargal Sharkey and Green Party peer Natalie Bennett respond to the findings.


TRAILER TOXIC: Britain's forever polluted rivers and seas

Watch the film here: endsreport.com/toxic

What else is TOXIC in our waterways? Poo, that's what. Watch Richard Brock's film "POODUNNIT? – A Wildlife Detective Story"

This is a wildlife detective story, very watchable, somewhat tongue-in-cheek, but with a serious intention, plus outstanding wildlife film production values with BBC Natural History Unit experience.

Watch it. Become a Sherlock Holmes and find out! “POODUNNIT?” Whodunnit? Is doing it?


POODUNNIT? – A Wildlife Detective Story

Visit: brockinitiative.org/category/poodunnit-a-wildlife-detective-story

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Top 10 best natural sounds - from waves crashing, to haunting whale song ...

Brits claim to feel relaxed among the sounds of nature - but almost half worry that climate change means they may not hear them for much longer.

Brits’ favourite natural sounds include waves crashing against the shore, the gentle trickle of water flowing in a stream – and hauntingly beautiful whale song, research has found. A poll of 2,000 adults found these audio delights were closely followed the morning chorus of birds singing – and the trumpeting crescendo of wild elephants, to round off the top five.

However, 44 percent worry they soon won’t have the chance to enjoy the sounds of nature, because of climate change.

More than a quarter (27 percent) admit to being too busy to listen to the sounds around them while on their travels – with 26 percent of those blaming noisy traffic.

Despite this, 93 percent admit they feel relaxed in the sounds of nature – although fewer than half (49 percent) often make the effort to experience those nearby.

The research was commissioned by Dolby to mark its launch of “Seven Sonic Wonders of the World”.

The immersive album was created by wildlife sound recordist, Chris Watson, and award-winning composer, Nainita Desai, and allows listeners to enjoy rare sounds from around the world.

Chris Watson, who worked on David Attenborough’s “Life” series, and the BBC series “Frozen Planet”, said: “I’ve been fortunate enough to travel around the world and hear nature at its very best.

“We often neglect the joys the sounds of the Earth bring us, over the sights it brings us – but they really do go hand in hand.

“It brings me great pleasure to work on this project, to reveal some of the most inspiring sounds I’ve heard on my travels.

“I hope the tracks transport listeners to the heart of these natural wonders, to where I originally placed my microphones – Dolby Atmos helps take them there.”

Read more: express.co.uk/news/nature/1881537/top-10-best-sounds-nature-waves-water-wildlife

Buy the Album: apple.co/4aVG5KK

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Chimps Are Our Closest Living Animal Relative And For That Fact Alone They Deserve To Be Celebrated
By Pupfish Publishing
16th February 2024

New Book Coming Soon: The Book of Being Chimp by Wildlife Film-maker Adrian Cale with a foreword by Dr Jane Goodall

Inspired by a fascination for chimps ever since he could use his own opposable thumbs, this is Adrian Cale’s warm and witty look at the wonderful but challenging world of simply being a chimpanzee.

The Book of Being Chimp is an entertaining celebration of the chimpanzee. Written with fact-filled, often witty reverence and featuring 100 of the author’s beautiful photographs, it is a fun and informative step-by-step guide to chimpanzee life. The captivating pictures are accompanied by a simple, humorous, and engaging text which tells you all about the contrasting lives of chimps in the wild and those being rehabilitated at rescue centres.

The book is presented across 40 beautifully designed spreads. Each spread starts with the word 'being' as part of a sequential guide to the various stages, characteristics, behaviour, quirks and challenges of chimp life. From being a mum, being a community and being clever, to being bottle-fed, being ticklish and being encouraged etc, this charming and touching book will leave you brimming with knowledge and rooting for chimps everywhere.

"Emotive, informative, inspirational and enchanting, with stunning photographs and clear writing throughout… If chimps themselves could read, this might well be their own how-to-grow-up guide." - Dr Jane Goodall, DBE - Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace

"This warm, witty and beautiful book encourages everyone to see how much we share with chimps – and their right to share the planet with us too." - Patrick Barkham - Bestselling natural history author.

"A beautiful book with stunning photographs, this is a wonderfully humorous, informative and personal story all about chimps. Quite simply, a great read for all the family.” - Iolo Williams - BBC Willdife Tv Presenter (Springwatch, Winterwatch)

"Just when you think chimpanzees can't be any more fascinating! This beautiful book shares new insights into the lives of our closest cousins. Written in a funny and engaging way, you are left feeling empowered to conserve them and their wild environment." Megan McCubbin - BBC Wildlife TV Presenter & Zoologist (Animal Park, Springwatch)

Publisher: Pupfish Publishing
Distributed by CBL Distribution.
RRP £19.99

About the Author           

Adrian Cale is an award-winning wildlife filmmaker, writer and naturalist who has made acclaimed TV documentaries for broadcasters including BBC, National Geographic, Animal Planet and Sky. Many are also shown on well-known streaming services.

Adrian has contributed work towards ape conservation for the Jane Goodall Institute, Ape Alliance, and International Animal Rescue.

He is a Fellow at the Zoological Society of London, and one of the Presidents of the Young Peoples Trust for the Environment (YPTE).

Publication date: Tuesday 5th March 2024                  Available from all good bookshops!

Pre-order on Amazon.co.uk

Full Press Release here...

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The Elephant Queen: How a wildlife documentary inspired rural Kenya

Powerful, award-winning nature films like ‘The Elephant Queen’ have the potential to reshape attitudes and garner support for elephants in rural communities, according to a new study.

New study shows film can transform attitudes towards elephants

Powerful, award-winning nature films like ‘The Elephant Queen’, made by filmmakers Mark Deeble, Victoria Stone and Etienne Oliff, have the potential to reshape attitudes and garner support for elephants in rural communities, according to a new study. The findings are crucial at a time when Kenya and other parts of Africa are grappling with escalating human-elephant conflict (HEC).

Results from the study by Save the Elephants – one of the sponsors of ‘The Elephant Queen Outreach Programme’s ground-breaking mobile cinema which was created by the filmmakers and traveled the length and breadth of Kenya for two years – suggests that nature films could have a positive influence on conservation efforts in marginalized rural communities grappling with HEC.

The study, published in the journal of People and Nature, shows that 86.7% of community viewers (aged 16-85) who saw ‘The Elephant Queen’ felt the film changed their attitudes towards elephants. On average 79% of viewers believed the film would change their interactions with elephants in the future. 88.4% of viewers felt the film could change their whole community’s relationship with elephants.

The film also appears to have had a positive influence on younger generations, particularly among Kenyan students. Students aged between 16-18 surveyed said they gained knowledge and affection towards elephants and felt the benefits of elephants more keenly after viewing ‘The Elephant Queen’. This suggests that continued exposure to educational content like ‘The Elephant Queen’ could foster a more positive outlook on elephants among Kenyan youth.

Human-Elephant Conflict (HEC) is an increasing problem in rural Africa as elephants and humans compete for resources, resulting in crop damage and loss of life. As a result, local communities often encounter elephants through intense or violent interactions, lacking awareness of the positive contributions these animals offer and rarely witnessing their natural behavior in the wild. Films like ‘The Elephant Queen’ have the potential to alter this narrative.

‘The Elephant Queen’ follows the lives of a Tsavo elephant herd – led by the matriarch Athena – their quest for water, and the extensive journeys they undertake for survival during droughts, emphasizing their role as environmental architects crucial to numerous other species.

Read more: savetheelephants.org/news/the-elephant-queen-how-a-wildlife-documentary-inspired-rural-kenya

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Wildscreen Festival 2024 – Tickets on Sale!

Wildscreen Festival, the biggest global gathering of natural world storytellers, is back.

We’re excited to return to the heart of Bristol for a unique hybrid event. We expect to be welcoming more delegates in 2024 than ever before, so join our community for a jam-packed programme of headliners, panels, exclusive film screenings and face-to-face networking between 14-18 October.

Book your tickets now and save up to 50% off your pass!

Go here: wildscreen.org/festival/tickets

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Wildscreen Festival is heading to Tanzania!

This June, Wildscreen are taking their iconic Festival to Arusha!

Building on the success of our 2023 Wildscreen Festival Nairobi and with support from BBC Studios Natural History Unit and Tanzania based non-profit AFRISOS, we’re proud to be launching a new two-day event for 2024: Wildscreen Festival Tanzania.

The new mini-festival will feature African storytellers and filmmakers sharing their expertise and experience alongside key global industry players. Content will span headline talks, panels, workshops, commissioning sessions and networking and is open to all aspiring and established African film industry professionals as well as the global natural history film industry.

The event will be programmed with the support of a Festival Advisory Board, chaired by Faith Musembi, Producer/Director (BBC Studios NHU)

Details: Arusha, Tanzania ... 6–7th June 2024

Venue: Mount Meru Hotel, Arusha

Tickets here: wildscreen.org/tanzania

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Nat Geo Leans Into Disney IP As Courteney Monroe Teases Possibility Of A “Real Finding Nemo” Series

National Geographic just launched A Real Bug’s Life, a premium wildlife documentary based on the Pixar movie. Courteney Monroe, president of National Geographic Global Television Networks, said that this is only the start in terms of it adapting Disney IP..

Monroe was asked whether she could see a real-life version of Ratatouille and said it was a “good idea”.

“There is such a rich IP to mine and there’s so much shared DNA between the Nat Geo and Disney brands that we are exploring lots of opportunities,” she said at the TCA press tour. “You can imagine maybe a real Finding Nemo and other franchises there, where there’s so many families with young children on the Disney+ platform that would gravitate to the real world storytelling around this franchise.”

Earlier this morning, Nat Geo renewed A Real Bug’s Life, narrated by Awkwafina, for a second season, due to launch in the fall.

These connections are important for Nat Geo, Monroe said.

Last month at the Realscreen even in New Orleans, Tom McDonald, EVP, Global Factual and Unscripted, Nat Geo, floated the idea of a Nat Geo series becoming an amusement attraction at Disney World.

Monroe said that there’s no specific plans for this, but she said she believed there was a “tremendous amount of untapped potential for National Geographic inside the Walt Disney Company beyond just in terms of the content that we create”.

“There’s a lot of really exciting conversations happening about how can we expand our presence in the parks, working with the Disney consumer products team, working with a travel team, there’s a whole Nat Geo experiences business. The Walt Disney Company is a perfect fit for the National Geographic brand and I do think there’s a lot of opportunities outside of television and film and there’s some really good conversations underway.”

From: deadline.com/2024/02/nat-geo-leans-into-disney-ip-real-finding-nemo-series-1235819439

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Global Conservation Launches New Film Series: War on Nature

Online Docuseries Spotlights Conservation Heroes in Developing Countries And Their Critical Efforts to Combat Forest Destruction and Species Extinction

Global Conservation, the only international non-profit organization focused on direct protection of endangered National Parks and Indigenous Territories in developing countries, is proud to present its new film series War on Nature.

The ten-episode film series airing on YouTube exposes the ongoing destruction of the world's last intact forests, marine ecosystems, and endangered species on the brink of extinction and chronicles Global Conservation's race to protect them.

The first-of-its-kind series takes the audience to the world's most critical frontline battles in the War on Nature – from Africa to the Amazon, the jungles of the Leuser Ecosystem on the island of Sumatra to the coral reefs of the Derawan Archipelago – to meet the real Heroes in Protection battling to save the planet.

These short films explore the massive impact of illegal logging and mining, palm oil expansion, wildlife poaching, illegal fishing, and burning of the Earth's last intact forests and wildlife habitats.

Heroes in Protection profiled include Farwiza Farhan of HaKA Sumatra, a TIME 100 Awardee in 2023, and Michael Keigwin, MBE of the Uganda Conservation Foundation (UCF), who has dedicated his life to protecting Uganda's endangered national parks and wildlife. In their fight to save our planet, these notable conservation leaders have faced massive illegal wildlife poaching, heavy corruption, and fights against criminal gangs, all with limited financial resources. 

"Without these Heroes in Protection, the Earth would not stand a chance against humankind's War on Nature," said Jeff Morgan, Founder and Executive Director of Global Conservation. "Without the direct support of Global Conservation, many endangered UNESCO World Heritage sites, National Parks, Indigenous Territories, and Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in developing countries face daunting challenges for survival."

Directed and narrated by world-renowned conservation filmmakers like Paul Hilton and Andrea Pistoli, the first two films of the series focus on the War on Nature: Uganda and the recovery of Murchinson Falls National Park and Kidepo Valley National Park, and the War on Nature: Sumatra protecting the Leuser Ecosystem – the Last Place on Earth where tigers, elephants, rhinos, and orangutans exist together in the wild. Upcoming episodes in 2024 in the War on Nature series include Panama, Georgia, Zimbabwe, Borneo, and Marine Protection.

"Every time we lose a species, we are one step closer to our own demise," said Paul Hilton. "By traveling to these locations and meeting the people on the ground, it really hits home how underfunded and underappreciated these Heroes in Protection truly are. Risking their lives daily, these frontlines heroes are dedicating their lives to protect the biodiversity and most critical habitats on our planet, and with Global Conservation's direct funding, equipment, and training, and Global Park Defense and Community Protection methodologies, they are creating scalable and effective models across five continents."


War on Nature Series

For more information on the War on Nature film series, please visit WaronNature.org.

For more information on Global Conservation, please visit GlobalConservation.org.

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A Deep Dive Into 8K: Underwater Cinematographer Pawel Achtel on New Era of High-Resolution Filmmaking

The world of videography and filmmaking is constantly evolving, with new technologies pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. The latest of these technologies is 8K resolution video which offers a new level of detail and clarity that was previously unimaginable. With 8K, filmmakers and videographers can capture images — both above and below sea level — in incredible precision and realism, giving TV viewers a truly immersive viewing experience.

Meet Pawel Achtel, a world-renowned professional in underwater cinematography with a career spanning over 35 years and more than 5,000 dives ranging from the equator to Antarctica. The filmmaker’s extensive diving experience informs his cinematographic work — which has captured the attention of industry leaders such as National Geographic, BBC and Discovery — providing a unique perspective on life underwater and highlighting his expertise in designing and producing advanced cinematography equipment. He was also involved in capturing 8K resolution underwater sequences for “Avatar: The Way of Water.”

Samsung Newsroom sat down with Pawel Achtel to dive into the details of underwater cinematography and explore how Samsung’s Neo QLED 8K lineup is reshaping the landscape for filmmakers and viewers at home.


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How 8K Technology Transforms Underwater Filmmaking

In fields like underwater cinematography, where visuals matter most, Samsung’s Neo QLED 8K is indispensable. Not only does it help viewers feel immersed in the scene, but it is also vital for filmmakers to assess underwater footage.

Due to variables like ocean currents and light refraction, filming underwater in true 8K quality can be difficult. “But, when all the circumstances line up, the results are breathtaking,” shared Achtel.

While advanced technologies like submersible lenses assist in capturing these shots, Neo QLED 8K — known for its high resolution and clarity — allows filmmakers like Achtel to closely examine even the smallest details of underwater scenes. This close look helps improve sharpness and other aspects of image quality after filming, overcoming the challenges of underwater optics.

“The underwater world is elusive — and filmmakers have a rare opportunity to allow people to see it in great detail, in a way people may not see elsewhere,” said Achtel. “It makes these shots interesting and captivating as they reveal an environment completely foreign to us in stunning detail.”

Read more: news.samsung.com/global/interview-a-deep-dive-into-8k-underwater-cinematographer-pawel-achtel-on-new-era-of-high-resolution-filmmaking

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National Geographic’s Most Powerful New Wildlife Series, Queens, Has Arrived

Glamour is exclusively premiering the trailer for the seven-episode series, which is narrated by Angela Bassett and helmed by a female-led production team.

National Geographic's new series, Queens, tells two very striking and profound stories: the one in front of the camera, which follows six powerful sisterhoods within the animal kingdom, and the one happening behind the scenes, with the first-ever women-led production team for a natural history series.

You can't tell one without the other, and it's evident in the chill-inducing trailer, which Glamour is exclusively premiering ahead of the series' debut on Monday, March 4. Narrated by Oscar winner and Glamour Woman of the Year Angela Bassett, Queens examines the impact of the matriarchy from the smallest ant to the largest land and sea mammals.

The seven-episode series was filmed over four years in 12 countries and is, without question, one of National Geographic's most ambitious and crucial projects, both for the future of wildlife and the women telling their stories. (Historically, women have been underrepresented in nearly every aspect of the natural history storytelling space.)

Queens flips the traditionally male-dominated natural history genre on its head,” Queens executive producer Vanessa Berlowitz tells Glamour. “It charts the little-explored intricacies of the animal queendom—from the raw and heartwarming—to most heart-stopping moments. Through the use of cutting-edge technology, we closely documented these staggering yet inspiring journeys.”


QUEENS | Official Trailer | National Geographic

Read more: glamour.com/story/national-geographics-most-powerful-new-wildlife-series-queens-has-arrived

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Behind The Lens With 'Queens': Celebrating Female Leadership In Nature And Film

National Geographic's series “Queens” represents a groundbreaking venture into the wild, telling the stories of nature's matriarchs through the lens of a female-led production team. From the savannas of Africa to the icy realms of the Arctic, “Queens” delves into the lives of animal kingdom's leading ladies, showcasing their roles as leaders, protectors, and providers.

This series is a celebration not only of the animal queens but also of the remarkable women behind the camera, including Erin Ranney, a wildlife camerawoman with a passion for the natural world and an eye for capturing its most intimate moments.

Female-Led Production Powerhouse

What sets “Queens” apart is its commitment to a female-led production team. This choice was deliberate, aiming to bring a fresh perspective to wildlife filmmaking. From the producers and directors to the National Geographic Explorers and nature experts, to the camerawomen like Ranney who captured it all, women were at the forefront of this ambitious project. This unique approach offered new insights and sensibilities in portraying the lives of animal matriarchs, highlighting the strength, intelligence, and nurturing roles they play within their communities.

Behind the Scenes with Erin Ranney

The role of the nature and wildlife camerawomen like Ranney in “Queens” was pivotal. With over two and a half years spent filming wildlife across the globe, her dedication to the series is evident. Ranney's approach to wildlife cinematography is deeply personal. She views the camera as an extension of her connection to nature, a tool that allows her to explore and share the intricacies of the natural world without intruding upon it.

In the exclusive video clip shared here, Ranney expresses that her work on “Queens” was not just a job but an opportunity to grow as a camerawoman and to engage with cutting-edge technology that enabled her to capture the essence of her subjects.


National Geographic "Queens": Erin Ranney

Read more: forbes.com/sites/tonybradley/2024/02/07/behind-the-lens-with-queens-celebrating-female-leadership-in-nature-and-film

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Queens Producers & Writers On The Female-Driven Vision Of National Geographic’s New Show

Producers and writers Vanessa Berlowitz and Chloe Sarosh discuss breaking ground in the natural history space with National Geographic’s Queens.

National Geographic’s Queens is a new series that explores the world of female-led societies within the animal kingdom. Narrated by Angela Bassett (who won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Queen Ramonda in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever), Queens tells the stories of mammals, birds, and insects alike, and is unafraid to shy away from the tough realities of life in the natural world. The show was brought to life by a female-led production team, which itself is a groundbreaking step in the natural history filmmaking space.

Two of the women who helped bring Queens to the screen are the producer/writers Vanessa Berlowitz and Chloe Sarosh. Both women have extensive histories of telling stories about the natural world. Berlowitz executive produced Epic Adventures with Bertie Gregory, and Sarosh produced the series Earth from Space.

Screen Rant interviewed Chloe Sarosh and Vanessa Berlowitz about their multi-year journey developing Queens, their collaboration with National Geographic, and the importance they placed on having women creators behind the scenes.

Read more & watch: screenrant.com/queens-nat-geo-chloe-sarosh-vanessa-berlowitz-interview

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Meet the powerful female duo behind National Geographic's Queens

"Storytelling is in our blood," says Pamela Caragol, the Executive Producer behind National Geographic's newest series, Queens.

Queens is a seven-part documentary series celebrating the resilience, intelligence and ferocity of matriarchies in the animal kingdom. Narrated by Angela Bassett and helmed by an entirely female-led production team, the project celebrates females, both animal and human, in a groundbreaking way.

"This industry in natural history has been dominated, you know, most often by men. What drove us to really make sure that this was a success is to be able to open those doors, smooth the road, even though it's still going to be hard, and to empower women to be a part of this journey," added Janet Han Vissering, the Senior Vice President of Development and Production for National Geographic.

"There's so much that's groundbreaking about the series Queens," Caragol said. "Faith Musembi, who you would see in our 'Behind the Queens' episode, we feature her, she is the first Black Kenyan woman to produce an episode of premium natural history."

In addition to giving a platform to some of the most impactful and underrepresented female conservationists around the world, the series also works to underscore the urgent need for action against climate change.

"Animals are not arriving or behaving in some of the traditional ways that we've actually had because of climate change," Vissering explained. "I hope people in the future will make some different choices on how they live which will hopefully help the condition our planet and the homes of these animals that we feature."

Read more & watch: abc7ny.com/videoClip/queens-national-geographic-storytellers-pamela-caragol/14544964

Watch National Geographic's Queens now streaming on Disney+ and Hulu.

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The first Wildlife Filmmaking Course of its kind: Immersed in nature with Too Wild
By Too Wild
7th February 2024

A nature filmmaking masterclass provided by a team that brings international wildlife stories to the screens of National Geographic, Nat Geo WILD, BBC, WWF, Disney+, WildEarth, and more.

The bush is humming full of life, and if we are agile enough to witness and read it, we can share its story through film. Nature lovers and storytellers can now merge and master these two worlds through Too Wild.

Meet South Africa’s first immersive wildlife filmmaking course while living and learning directly in the bush.

Be mentored. Get hands-on experience. Build a showreel. All in the bush.

Too Wild is excited to bring industry professionals and eager learners together in their wildlife filmmaking course. Learners can anticipate a life-changing experience in the wild discovering how to ethically film wild animals while living 6 weeks in the heart of the African bush – in the Timbavati Game Reserve of The Greater Kruger National Park.

Throughout the nature cinematography programme, learners utilise industry-standard camera equipment to create stories and build a showreel, all the while enjoying mentorships from experienced naturalists, trackers, cinematographers, and the post-production team.

Candidates will study directly from a team with collective experience working with National Geographic, Nat Geo WILD, BBC, WWF, Disney+, WildEarth, SABC, DSTV and CGTN. Additionally, students are treated to a premium experience: having renowned wildlife filmmakers as our guest speakers for a day.

Together with our four experienced core team members, students focus on four distinct aspects of wildlife documentaries with a generous film set of over 7,000 hectares to hone their craft.

4 Core Components of the Wildlife Filmmaking Course

The programme’s lessons are conducted in an immersive panoramic teaching style in a small group of 8 learners, with dedicated one-on-one mentoring. We will establish the foundations of researching a story through to final development as our team of expert mentors contribute their unique skills from different fields to understand animal behaviour, the natural environment, impact producing, storytelling, and post-production.

1. Filmmaking

This practical course pillar focuses on teaching learners how to:

  • Shoot to wildlife industry standards while discovering their creative flairUnderstand animal behaviour and the surrounding environment from the experts
  • Operate safely and ethically in the wild confidently
  • Build wildlife camera rigs and use specialised equipment
  • Create captivating and immersive sequences with their technical skills

2. Impact producing

This creative course pillar focuses on teaching learners how to:

  • Tell captivating stories from the natural world as tools to create social, behavioural and environmental change
  • Understand the responsibility you have as a filmmaker and how to behave in the wild
  • Focus on ethics in wildlife filmmaking - how far do you go to get that shot?

3. Post-production

Our partners, Think Lemonade, specialise in natural history and will be hosting the post-production part of our programme. This technical course pillar focuses on teaching learners how to:

  • Creatively weave pictures, sounds, words and colour grading to move in harmony and produce a moving picture
  • Manage your data, the very foundation of starting to put together a documentary
  • Build sequences and timelines using editing software
  • Create a soundscape using natural sounds and music
  • Learn to shoot for the edit

4. Ecology

At Too Wild, we believe in creating an immersive experience that changes the way people walk through the world by inspiring curiosity, wonder and empathy. As such, we enforce a strict non-interference policy through eco-friendly filmmaking so that the well-being of the animals will always come before the shot. This ethical course pillar focuses on teaching learners how to:

  • Learn the foundations of animal behaviour
  • Explore ecological concepts which will change your way of thinking about the natural world
  • Learn to read the tracks and signs of the wild for more immersive storytelling.
  • Dive into the sensory world and challenge the way we look, smell, hear, taste and feel.

Watch the Promo:


Wildlife Filmmaking Course 2024

Ideal Candidates

This course is open to ANYONE and all skill levels. We aim to be all-inclusive, as long as the student is above the age of 18. We welcome wildlife enthusiasts, documentary hobbyists, and budding filmmakers ready to jumpstart their career and their portfolios.

Plus, our course is ideal for you if you:

  • Are a wildlife enthusiast and have an inherent respect for nature and animals
  • Are an adventurous soul who is looking for an authentic experience with wildlife
  • Have an interest in film and/or photography
  • Are a filmmaking student who wants to gain field experience in a Big 5 territory
  • Are starting in your professional journey and want to get some hands-on experience whilst expanding your skills
  • Want a break from your day-to-day life to focus on your passions.

Committed to Uplifting Local Talent

In addition to sharing our knowledge and love of capturing the bush with the world, we have a special focus on equipping local talent with the skills to become a wildlife filmmaker. Too Wild has partnered with the Timbavati Foundation, Wild Shots Outreach and Ruggedwear to create a community outreach programme.

A percentage of every student’s fee from the course will go towards sponsoring a student from one of the local communities on the edge of the game reserve, to nurture local talent and produce the next generation of South African wildlife filmmakers. Together, we have the power to inspire change and uplift the youth.

More than a course, a community

Additionally, participants also gain access to the exclusive Too Wild community. Learners depart from the programme, but never fully leave the Too Wild experience. Our course participants are supported as part of a larger network of like-minded individuals with resources and more.

Once a participant, alumni become members of the Too Wild community, which includes:

  • Joining the global Too Wild WhatsApp Group
  • Access to exclusive content and workshops
  • Discussions, networking and opportunities
  • Staying notified of wildlife-focused science
  • Support from Too Wild, with access to the mentors
  • Updates on Too Wild’s evolution and future projects
  • Plus, special discounts and offers

So, start by watching this:


Wildlife Filmmaking Course 2024

Sign up now to begin

For more information on this wildlife filmmaking course, contact the team by sending an email to immersed@toowild.co now or head to www.toowild.co.

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‘My Octopus Teacher’ Filmmaker to Focus on Restoration of Extinct Species Such as the Dodo Bird in Upcoming Doc

Colossal Biosciences, a company devoted to genetically resurrecting the woolly mammoth, is the subject of Oscar-winning director James Reed‘s next documentary series for Teton Ridge Entertainment, a company backed by former Legendary CEO Thomas Tull.

Reed, who won an Academy Award in 2020 for co-directing “My Octopus Teacher,” is currently in production on the multi-year docuseries, which will follow the Dallas-based company as it uses gene-editing technology to bring back extinct species including the woolly mammoth, the thylacine (commonly referred to as the Tasmanian tiger) and the dodo bird. Reed will chronicle how Colossal, which deems itself the world’s first de-extinction company, strives to rewild the extinct animals and bring them back to their natural habitats.

Read more: variety.com/2024/film/news/my-octopus-teacher-james-reed-restoration-extinct-species-doc-series-1235917153

Also: James Reed to make docuseries on Colossal Biosciences – televisual.com

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In Conversation with award-winning wildlife filmmaker Alastair Fothergill of Wild Isles

'Speaking of his time at BBC Natural History, Fothergill spoke very highly of Bristol as a “Green Hollywood” and that any aspiring wildlife filmmakers should seize all opportunities that arise from wildlife projects being produced across Bristol and specifically the BBC’s Natural History unit.'

Wild Isles (2023) is a brand-new wildlife series by David Attenborough focused on capturing the array of breath-taking scenery that the British Isles and Ireland has to offer. Brought to life by Silverback Films, a production company co-founded by Alastair Fothergill, Wild Isles looks exclusively at the fantastic landscapes of the UK that are unique in both their geology and diverse range of species.

Epigram spoke to Alastair Fothergill in advance of his tour Wild Isles Live, which comesto the Bristol Beacon on May 11th, as well as other locations across the UK. Each viewing will be a cinematic screening of the series as well as further behind the scenes footage that explains the making of Wild Isles - the sixth most watched programme on the BBC when released.

Fothergill spoke of the experience of bringing Wild Isles to life as “amazing fun”
whilst also more time-consuming than the production of international projects since cameramen were able to travel back to re-capture footage where necessary due to being near the filming locations.

Across his career that spans decades, Fothergill has embarked on countless award-winning and well-received projects. Most notably producing Frozen Planet (2011-2012), Our Planet as well as Wild Isles, through his production company Silverback Films.

Across many projects, Fothergill has worked closely with David Attenborough for thirty years, and Attenborough was able to go back in the field at 96 years old for this series as it was filmed domestically.

Across Fothergill’s career capturing first hand footage in radically different locations around the planet, climate change has caused drastic changes to occur around the world. Fothergill stated the effects of climate change were most prominent in polar regions where the retreating sea ice has posed massive consequences for the lives of polar bears particularly.

As a result of the changes Fothergill has seen, the tour Wild Isles Live focuses on the importance of conservation and how we as individuals can contribute towards helping conserve the environment and preserve the natural beauty of the British Isles.

Read more: epigram.org.uk/wild-isles-live

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Before Alastair Fothergill's Wild Isles, there was Richard Brock's Best Beaches for British Nature

Right around Britain in one year with a seabird's eye view... revealing the most beautiful, wildest beaches with the most exciting wildlife to be found there.

Meet puffins, sharks, red squirrels, masses of shore birds, ducks and geese, ospreys, reptiles, rare butterflies, otters, salmon, pine martins, little egrets, seals, and orchids in beautiful sand dunes.


Best Beaches for British Nature

See how this ambitious journey was filmed, with Ross Birnie, versatile cameraman who shows you where and when and especially how.


The Making of Best Beaches for British Nature

Visit: brockinitiative.org/category/save-nature-shows/best-beaches-for-british-nature

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New Video from The Story of Stuff Project: The World We Need

"We’re not people protecting nature. We are nature, protecting itself."

This new video follows Casey Camp-Horinek and her story. Casey is Ponca and a longtime activist, environmentalist and actress.

The Ponca people and their ancestors have seen what happens when life is not honored: indigenous culture stolen, land polluted, people poisoned. But today, they continue fighting to restore the land and communities, and protect the Rights of Nature.


Casey Camp’s Story of the Ponca Tribe & Fighting to Protect the Rights of Nature | The World We Need

Visit: storyofstuff.org/casey-camps-story-ponca-tribe-protect-rights-of-nature

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Sir David Attenborough to present Planet Earth III

The third instalment of the landmark award-winning series made is by BBC Studios Natural History Unit, co-produced by BBC America and The Open University.

BBC Studios Natural History Unit has confirmed that Sir David Attenborough will present Planet Earth III, the third instalment of the landmark award-winning series.

Mike Gunton Executive Producer said, ‘Planet Earth wouldn’t be Planet Earth without David, so I’m delighted he is presenting the third series. As ever, he has brought his huge enthusiasm and wisdom, has been encouraging about our new perspective and has, I know, really enjoyed seeing the extraordinary new wonders brought to the screen’

‘The opening of the series with David was filmed in the beautiful British countryside in exactly the location where Charles Darwin used to walk whilst thinking-over his Earth-shaking ideas about evolution. It seemed the perfect place for David to introduce Planet Earth III and remind us of both the wonders and the fragility of our planet. ….and for him, of course, the sun shined under blue skies one of the only days it did all summer!.’

Planet Earth III, an 8x60’ series made by BBC Studios Natural History Production co-produced with BBC America, ZDF and France Televisions in partnership with The Open University for BBC. The Executive Producer is Mike Gunton, and the Series Producer is Matt Brandon. It was commissioned by Jack Bootle, Head of Commissioning, Specialist Factual. It will tx on BBC One later this year.

From: bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/bbcstudios/2023sir-david-attenborough-announced-to-present-planet-earth-three-

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Mammals: World first as Attenborough series films leopards hunting in pitch black

African leopards have been filmed hunting at night for the first time as part of Sir David Attenborough's latest series - Mammals.

It focuses on how these animals are adapting to a world rapidly changed by the most dominant mammal - us.

The opening episode has been shot completely in the dark revealing, among other things, the African leopard's specially adapted eyesight.

The changes in behaviour were reported by naturalists who spent five years watching how mammals were coping with rapidly changing habitats.


World first as Attenborough series films leopards hunting in pitch black

Mammals began on BBC One at 19:00 BST on Sunday 31 March.

Read more about the series here: bbc.com/news/science-environment-68658875

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Power to the People – VMI

You can have the best camera kit in the world but if you can’t power it because your batteries have failed you, then you are really stuck. This article explores the battery standards which exist today and how to make the most out of every type of technology.

Powering portable gear used to be really easy. It is again once more.

Powering portable gear used to be really easy. Then it became really complicated with lots of different standards… and now it has become much easier again, courtesy of new technology.

This article explores the battery standards which exist today and why certain cameras, like Alexa 35, work better with 26V; Why 14V batteries work brilliantly with small LED lights but more powerful fixtures need 26V like Aputure 300x/600x. Finally, the article concludes that lights like Nanlight 900/1200 and even video villages and production sets can be powered by simple portable power stations and how these can work best of all.

Introduction

In days of old, powering equipment was relatively simple, though batteries weren’t particularly good, so you needed a lot of them but at least you knew where you were!

Location cameras used a single 12V on-camera battery; cameras on dollies were powered by larger block batteries; monitors were powered by 12V dumb blocks; small lights were powered by 12V sources and everything else needed a Generator. Easy.

12V battery technology has been around for a long time and those with exceedingly long memories may recall that even the early ARRI 16mm and 35mm cameras (remember the ARRI 16mm SR?!) used these batteries to help them to run in sync at 24 or 25fps.

Read more: vmi.tv/blog/learn-help/power-to-the-people

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Netflix to close Wild Space Productions

Netflix is closing its natural history programming vehicle Wild Space Productions.

The production services facility was set up by Blue Planet II exec James Honeyborne and the streaming giant in 2019 to produce the premium nature programming created by Honeyborne’s label Freeborne Media.

While the majority of Wild Space staff are on fixed-term freelance contracts it is understood a handful of roles are being made redundant at the company.

Bristol-based Wild Space helped create award-winning natural history series for the streaming giant including Our Great National Parks, Island of the Sea Wolves and Surviving Paradise: A Family Tale.

Netflix and Honeyborne have also ended their first-look partnership, which was set up when Freeborne was launched.

Read more: broadcastnow.co.uk/netflix/netflix-to-close-wild-space-productions/5190927.article

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Trailer: Offspring's Earthsounds for Apple TV+

Apple TV+ has released the premiere date and trailer for Offspring’s new 12-part documentary series “Earthsounds,” narrated by Tom Hiddleston.

Filmed over 1,000 days across three and half years, “Earthsounds” documents over 3,000 hours of audio, “using cutting-edge technology to record our planet in brand-new ways.” Filmed across 20 countries on all seven continents, “Earthsounds” will premiere all episodes globally on February 23 on Apple TV+.

“Earthsounds” travels to spectacular habitats, including the Queensland rainforest, the Antarctic ice shelf, the Namibian dunes, tropical coral reefs and more. Discoveries and rarely heard recordings from the series include snow leopards singing love songs, the intimate chatter of ostrich chicks from inside their eggs, musical spiders and walrus’s underwater courtship calls. The series also captures the “mesmerizing secret sounds of our planet,” including the hum of deserts, drinking trees and the buzz of the northern lights.

“Earthsounds” is produced by Offspring Films and executive produced by Alex Williamson and Isla Robertson. Sam Hodgson is the series producer, and the series director is Tom Payne. “Earthsounds” is the second collaboration between Offspring Films and Apple TV+, following four-time BAFTA Award-nominated “Earth At Night In Color.”


Earthsounds — Official Trailer | Apple TV+

From: televisual.com/news/trailer-offsprings-earthsounds-for-apple-tv

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Raymond Besant: Orkney cameraman films wildlife for shows such as Frozen Planet II and Wild Isles

Underwater images taken by wildlife cameraman Raymond Besant are the focus of an exhibition in Orkney

From capturing stunning underwater shots around Orkney to filming in Greenland, Raymond Besant’s work as a wildlife cameraman has taken him all over the world.

Over the past decade his work has been narrated by the iconic Sir David Attenborough, and he’s had the chance to film one of his favourite animals – otters.

Raymond’s interest in wildlife started when he was a child and he learned about the local wildlife while growing up in Orkney.

His early interest sparked the idea that he would like to one day work in that area. He said: “I would watch loads of wildlife TV when I was a kid – and I thought I wanted to do something to do with wildlife.”

As a teenager he became interested in photography – saying it was a way for him to record what he was seeing..

How did Raymond Besant start working as a wildlife cameraman?

After graduating from Robert Gordon University with an honours degree in Bioscience, he went on to work as a press photographer for The Press and Journal. But his love of wildlife remained and he knew he really wanted to be a wildlife cameraman.

Prior to him leaving the P&J in 2011, he started making a film about seabirds.

Raymond filmed just south of Stonehaven, and says it was where he learned how to film, and subsequently felt he could make it as a wildlife cameraman.

He got his break with BBC’s Springwatch, and has continued working in wildlife TV production and filming over the last decade.

Read more: pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/lifestyle/6360659/raymond-besant-wild-isles-orkney-exhibition

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Secret World of Sound, Sky Nature review: Attenborough still astonishes us

A new documentary looks at wildlife through the fresh angle of sound - and its veteran presenter is a natural marvel in his own right

It must be ever harder for wildlife filmmakers to come up with a fresh angle, so congratulations to the team behind Secret World of Sound with David Attenborough.

The noises that creatures make, from buzzing bees to roaring lions (described here as “the vocabulary of nature”), might seem better suited to radio. But this three-part series, with its cutting-edge audio technology, managed to use sound to enhance some familiar visuals.

Take one of the oldest scenes in the wildlife TV canon – a pride of lionesses fighting off the hyenas attempting to steal their dinner. We too now heard the noise that attracted the hyenas, the slobbering racket of lions feasting on a warthog. Their fault for having such bad table manners, you might say, and for chewing with their mouths open.

“For us the sound of the natural world is the sound of peace and tranquility,” intoned Attenborough in that distinctive timbre of his. You may not feel the same about the sound of a mouse scuttling behind the skirting board or a wasp buzzing around your picnic hamper, but in general you get his point.

There was plenty to astonish us in this opening programme. How a drought-stricken elephant can hear a breaking thunderstorm 100 miles away – and not through those gigantic ears, but with its feet. And to return to bees, I never realised that their buzzing wasn’t some sort of vocal effect, but a by-product of their beating wings.

The standout sequence was filmed in Vancouver, Canada. It featured a flock of crafty gulls imitating rainfall by stamping their feet, thus attracting worms to the surface. Attenborough called this “a rhythmic dance of deception”.


Secret World of Sound with David Attenborough | Official Trailer | Sky Nature

Read more: inews.co.uk/culture/television/secret-world-of-sound-sky-nature-review-david-attenborough-2923521

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BBC Studios’ Mammals makes its mark with international pre-sales

BBC Studios announces global pre-sales of the Natural History Unit’s latest, Sir David Attenborough presented, major series at BBC Studios Showcase 2024.

At its annual Showcase event in London, BBC Studios has announced international pre-sales of Mammals, the brand new series from its renowned Natural History Unit.

The six-part series co-produced by BBC America, ZDF, Youku and France Télévisions, has confirmed early commitment from buyers and pre-sold to China (Youku), Denmark (DR), Estonia (ERR), Japan (NHK), Norway (NRK), Spain (Movistar Plus+) and Sweden (SVT).

Mammals will also be available on the BBC Nordic channel and on the BBC Earth channel in: Asia, Canada, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Macedonia, MENA, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain and Turkey. Viewers will also get to enjoy the series on Sony BBC Earth in India, BBC Earth SVOD in Taiwan and BBC Player in Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan.

Nick Percy, President, Global Markets, BBC Studios said: “Hot on the heels of the remarkable success of Planet Earth III, BBC Studios Natural History Unit has delivered yet another inspiring and informative series that international buyers want to be a part of. Mammals offers audiences worldwide a unique insight into the animal kingdom, capturing previously untold and unseen stories whilst delivering unmissable global event television.”

Mammals are found on every continent and in every ocean, from the coldest wildernesses to the hottest deserts, from the densest jungles to the darkest depths, this group of animals has evolved to master almost every habitat on our planet.

Full of new, never-before-seen behaviours, this major new series offers fascinating insights into the most successful animal group in the world. From the tiny Etruscan shrew to the giant blue whale, Mammals will reveal the secrets of their success, and how their winning design, incredible adaptability, unrivalled intelligence and unique sociability have all contributed to their remarkable rise.

By weight, less than 6% of today’s mammals are wild animals and many species face extinction. As well as giving BBC viewers an exciting new perspective on a remarkable group of animals, the series will also highlight many of the problems faced by mammals in today’s rapidly changing world.


Mammals | Official Trailer | BBC Studios

More here: bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/bbcstudios/2024/bbc-studios-mammals-makes-its-mark-with-international-pre-sales

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‘Shark! Celebrity Infested Waters’ Reality Series Set At ITV & Plimsoll; U.S. Adaptation In Works

ITV and UK-based natural history producer Plimsoll Productions (Super/Natural, A Bug’s Life), an ITV Studios company, have teamed on Shark! Celebrity Infested Waters, a reality series that is not for the celebrity faint-of-heart.

The entertainment and wildlife crossover format will dare a group of ocean-phobic celebrities to confront their greatest fear – sharks. “Throughout their adrenaline-fueled, challenge-heavy journey in the Bahamas – the shark capital of the world – these A-listers will push past their limits to come nose to nose with nature’s ‘villains,’ according to the official synopsis. “Their firsthand experiences will provide immeasurable excitement and new perspective; they’ll come to appreciate sharks’ valuable place on the food chain and in our ecosystem, recognizing that a world devoid of these notoriously terrifying creatures is downright frightening.”

The series is slated to air next year to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Oscar-winning film Jaws. Celebrity casting is currently underway, and Plimsoll is actively pitching a U.S. adaptation.

The celebrities will be tasked with diving with a different species of shark, with the breeds getting bigger and more dangerous each time. Bimini, the Bahamas island where the show will be filmed, is home to around 7-10 different shark types including Hammerheads, Bull sharks and Tiger sharks.

The celebrities will also face “fear-inducing challenges” while learning first hand the important role sharks play in our oceans.

“The team at Plimsoll is uniquely positioned to pioneer this format that blends conservation with wildly entertaining pop culture,” says Karen Plumb, Head of Factual Entertainment, Plimsoll Productions. “We’re constantly looking for innovative approaches to wildlife storytelling and are certain that our fish-out-of-water spin – delivering 50 years after Jaws – will transform the world’s perception of these critical predators before it’s too late.”

More here: deadline.com/2024/02/shark-celebrity-infested-waters-reality-series-itv-plimsoll-us-adaptation-1235838730

Have you seen Majorca's Shark - The TRUTH from the Brock Initiative yet?

When a shark turned up amongst tourists in Majorca one summer, the tabloid press went wild - front pages on The Daily Mirror and The Sun.

Was it to be another 1970's "Jaws" drama all over again?

The truth surfaced with this report from the local shark expert.

It is said more people are killed by toasters, or even chairs!


Majorca's Shark - The TRUTH

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Why African filmmakers aren’t producing nature documentaries

Every year, many nature and conservation films are shot in African countries and broadcast around the world, showcasing the continent’s abundance of wildlife, stunning landscapes, and cultures. But Africans are rarely responsible for these productions.

Local producers say opportunities for African filmmakers in the field are few and far between due to factors including limited access to parks and reserves, and the prohibitive cost of equipment, production, and distribution. As a result, many of the African nature films, shows and documentaries that gain global acclaim are produced by Western production companies and media houses such as the BBC.

A number of organizations have in recent years sought to change this. Among them is Nature, Environment & Wildlife Filmmakers (NEWF), a Durban, South Africa-based nonprofit founded by producers Noel and Pragna-Partosam Kok to build the capacity of African nature filmmakers. In 2022, it launched a collaborative program with the science and media nonprofit National Geographic Society to boost budding nature filmmakers across the continent. The initiative dubbed Africa Refocused offers filmmakers access to parks, equipment and specialized storytelling labs, such as a dive center to learn underwater filmmaking.

NEWF co-founder Noel Kok told Semafor Africa that it is also essential for homegrown talent to build local audiences for nature films. He noted that broadcasters and streaming platforms in Africa more readily commission entertainment genres, such as dramas and comedies, but rarely do the same for nature films.

“How do you change the story? You change the storyteller,” Kok said. “Our work is focused on changing the storyteller in Africa’s nature stories so that our perspectives as Africans are represented, and the key to do that is breaking down the barriers of entry and providing access.”

Read more: semafor.com/article/02/17/2024/natgeo-works-with-african-wildlife-filmmakers

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Local Lens: Decolonizing Africa’s Nature Documentaries – Who Gets to Make Wildlife Films Set in Africa?

Dozens of wildlife films are shot in countries like South Africa, Kenya, and Tanzania each year, but the vast majority are designed, contracted, and funded outside the continent. A growing group of African conservationists and storytellers is working to change that.

HERD OF ELEPHANTS traipses across the acacia-dotted savannah alongside stately giraffes and a dazzle of zebra. A pride of hungry lions closes in on an anxious water buffalo. Hundreds of wildebeest swim through a crocodile-infested river to reach fresh grassland. A gorilla mother cuddles her newborn in a high mountain forest. We’ve all seen these types of gripping wildlife scenes play out in nature films of Africa, from an industry that took off on the continent in the late 1960s and flourishes to this day.

Leading the world when it comes to charismatic megafauna, Africa remains the ultimate place to film wildlife. But for decades, viewers have watched the same style of narratives that underpin a billion-dollar home entertainment industry mostly outside the continent. The story of Africa’s wildlife is generally presented through the lens of Western film producers and tailored for Western audiences, typically about romanticized wilderness areas or threatened paradises desperately in need of [read: foreign] intervention. Few productions are shown in the source countries due to distribution restrictions, the cost of broadcasting licences, or supposed-disinterest by Africans towards their natural heritage.

“They have been mining our stories for years and keeping everything for themselves,” says Dr. Paula Kahumbu, wildlife ecologist, National Geographic Explorer, and CEO of the Kenyan wildlife protection organization WildlifeDirect. “The heroes are almost always White, the poachers or bad guys Black, and there is hardly anything about Africans caring about nature, living with nature, and having a relationship with nature."

A multi-award-winning conservationist, Kahumbu is often approached by international media companies wanting to tell a certain kind of wildlife story. “It usually hinges on some great White former hunter or conservationist, and they want me as the token Black person to whom they’re handing over the baton [to] end in a positive way.”

Read more: earthisland.org/journal/index.php/magazine/entry/who-gets-to-make-wildlife-films-set-in-africa

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Love Nature, Sky Nature partner for wildlife series “Airborne”

Blue Ant Media-owned Love Nature and Sky Nature are teaming up for a four-part blue-chip wildlife series, Airborne, which will roll out on Love Nature globally and Sky Nature in the UK, Germany and Italy.

Produced by UK prodco Humble Bee Films, the 4 x 60-minute series profiles an array of creatures that fly, glide and leap through the air, from condors to lemurs to gliding squirrels and orchid bees, revealing fascinating stories of these animals who have all learned to master the air in unique and extraordinary ways.

Blue Ant Studios’ international rights group will handle pre-sales and licensing opportunities for the title outside of commissioning territories.

Airborne is produced by Humble Bee Films for Love Nature and Sky Nature. Charlotte Crosse and Stephen Dunleavy are the executive producers for Humble Bee, with Poppy Dixon executive producing for Sky Nature and James Manfull for Love Nature.

From: realscreen.com/2024/02/13/love-nature-sky-nature-partner-for-wildlife-series-airborne

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Fremantle acquires majority stake in Beach House

Fremantle has acquired a majority stake investment in one of Asia’s largest independent TV and Film production companies, Beach House Pictures. Financial details were not disclosed.

Founded in 2005 by producers Donovan Chan and Jocelyn Little, Beach House Pictures (BHP) specialises in creating and co-financing original IP across scripted and non-scripted content, entertainment and brand-funded programming for all major regional and international platforms. Most recent productions include Netflix Indonesia’s number one documentary feature Ice Cold: Murder, Coffee, and Jessica Wongso; the Emmy-nominated lifestyle series for Netflix Mind Your Manners; Netflix true crime documentary Missing: The Lucie Blackman Case; Grierson Awards nominated science series Evolve (Prime Video and Curiosity); Asian TV Award-winner scripted children’s series Mr Midnight (Netflix) and wildlife drama Otter Dynasty (Max/Discovery+, Love Nature). BHP also produces long-running franchises including Masterchef Singapore (Mediacorp), Ed Stafford: First Man Out (Discovery+, Bilibili) and Wild City with David Attenborough (Netflix, Sky, BBC America).

BHP is currently in production on the IMAX documentary feature The Elephant Odyssey, the Sung Kang (Fast and Furious) led car culture series The Ride Life for Insight TV and wildlife meets survival documentary series Survival of the Beast for Love Nature.

Read more: advanced-television.com/2024/02/08/fremantle-acquires-majority-stake-in-beach-house

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Disney Has Been ‘Woke’ Before—And Right About It

Heading into an uncertain U.S. presidential campaign, Florida governor Ron DeSantis branded the Walt Disney Company a "woke" corporation producing films that pursue a politically correct, LGBTQ+ agenda. A so-called “exclusively gay moment” in the live-action Beauty and the Beast, a same-sex kiss at the end of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and an out gay character in the animated Strange World all provided fuel for DeSantis’ stoking of the culture wars. Now that DeSantis has dropped out of the race, he has returned to Florida to continue his work as a culture warrior against Disney, higher education, and more. But what DeSantis fails to realize is that this isn’t Disney’s first “woke” moment.

Seventy-five years ago, Disney Studios premiered Seal Island, a 27-minute film that directly challenged how Americans thought about the environment. Although Disney had garnered an international reputation for animated feature-length films, Seal Island was a live-action nature documentary that dared to depict animals as deserving compassion and respect.

Given the popularity of contemporary nature documentaries today, it’s difficult to imagine a time when wildlife films consisted mostly of safari expeditions and far-off travelogues that treated animals as expendable and exploitable. But in the first half of the 20th century, animals were mostly depicted as trophies to be hunted or threats to be eliminated.

Beginning with the release of Seal Island in 1948, the 13 documentaries that ultimately comprised Disney’s True-Life Adventures series shattered that archetype. The films encouraged viewers to empathize with creatures in the natural world, establishing animals as protagonists in dramatic stories that portrayed them as smart, nurturing, and even heroic.

Walt Disney drew on an environmental ethos he had established six years earlier, in 1942, with the release of the animated film Bambi. Conservatives had railed against that movie as sentimental nature-faking, with Outdoor Life editor Raymond J. Brown declaring it “an insult to American sportsmen” for depicting the shooting of Bambi’s mother, something that took place off-screen, and “Man’s” carelessness in setting the forest on fire.

As with many Disney films today, however, detractors could not suppress the public’s enthusiasm for either Bambi or Seal Island and its sequels. Between 1949 and 1959, the True-Life Adventures films earned Disney a remarkable eight Academy Awards and proved wildlife filmmaking’s commercial viability. Yet the movies’ greatest impact was in how they transformed Americans’ perceptions of nature, exerting a cultural influence “far wider than Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring or the Sierra Club,” as one commentator observed.

Read more: time.com/6693810/disney-environmental-films-woke

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‘Nobody can hold a candle to it’: David Attenborough backs BBC’s nature shows

Presenter, whose series Mammals airs on Sunday, says broadcaster has changed opinions on conservation the world over.

Sir David Attenborough has said the BBC’s natural history programmes have helped “world opinion change” about conservation, as his latest series, Mammals, highlights the damage “overcrowded” game reserve tourism has on cheetahs – which he says we are in danger of “loving to death”.

In the same way Blue Planet II raised awareness of plastics, the six-part BBC One programme is likely to prompt questions about safari holidays through footage of large numbers of tourist-filled trucks chasing views of hunting cheetahs making a kill – which can often result in the animals leaving the meat and cubs dying.

Mammals, which comes 22 years after Attenborough’s acclaimed Life of Mammals, has the broadcaster explain: “With an estimated 69mn visitors to protected sites in Africa each year” parts of it are “becoming overcrowded”.

As a hunting cheetah is chased by vehicles “there is pressure to get the best view of the kill. As the predators start to hunt, so do the cars,” Attenborough explains.

With more than 70 trucks encircling the cheetah after it has caught its prey, Attenborough warns: “Wildlife experts studying the cheetah recommend that there should be no more than five vehicles to each sighting.”

He says tourism is essential to fund protection of the animals and the reserves they live in but “we are in danger of loving these cheetah to death” because the huge number of vehicles “comes at a cost” as “more of the cheetah’s hunts fail and more of their kills are abandoned”.

Attenborough adds: “In areas of high tourism, research has shown that the survival of cubs is also greatly reduced. It must surely be possible to respect the animals’ need for space and at the same time enable human visitors to have a meaningful glimpse of the wild world. That is what must be achieved if cheetah are to have a future on the African plains.”

At a screening of the BBC Studios show in London, Roger Webb, the series’ executive producer, said “hopefully it starts conversations”, while the series producer Scott Alexander said the BBC was “not pointing fingers … just pointing out realities”.

Attenborough added how powerful an effect the BBC’s shows could have, saying he had seen “world opinion change as a consequence of the [BBC Studios’] natural history unit (NHU) … nobody else can hold a candle to it … it’s had a worldwide effect.”

He said the unit, which is cutting up to 7% of its roles due to a TV market slowdown, was “something the BBC can be very, very proud of. The NHU is an extraordinary worldwide organisation which has no parallel anywhere else.”

Read more: theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2024/mar/25/nobody-can-hold-a-candle-to-it-david-attenborough-backs-bbcs-nature-shows

Watch Mammals:bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/m001xxn5/mammals

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South African Wildlife Film-maker Mike Vincent Dies

Rooted in sense of place and passion for social justice and conservation, his award-winning documentaries were regularly used on SABC’s 50/50

Renowned wildlife filmmaker Mike Vincent, whose award-winning productions shone a light on conservation issues in the Eastern Cape and further afield, has died.

The jovial, but forceful, content creator was also a champion of social justice who managed to overcome stage-four cancer after being diagnosed in 2016.

More here: heraldlive.co.za/news/2024-03-26-top-wildlife-filmmaker-mike-vincent-dies

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Piers Morgan Blasts Vegan Filmmakers Who Claim Jesus Was Vegetarian

Piers Morgan Uncensored is joined by filmmakers Kip Anderson and Kameron Waters to discuss their latest documentary Christspiracy, which claims evidence has been uncovered that suggests Jesus Christ was a vegetarian.

Piers Morgan fumes at 'offensive' claims Jesus Christ had a 'plant-based' vegetarian diet. Piers Morgan went head-to-head with two vegan filmmakers who claimed Jesus was a vegetarian in a fiery debate on his show Uncensored.

Piers Morgan fumes Jesus wasn't a vegetarian

Piers Moran was joined by filmmakers Kip Anderson and Kameron Waters to discuss their latest documentary film in the latest installment of Uncensored. The two filmmakers claim they have "evidence" that suggests Jesus Christ was a vegetarian and explore such findings in their film, Christspiracy.


Piers Morgan Blasts Vegan Filmmakers Who Claim Jesus Was Vegetarian

More here: express.co.uk/celebrity-news/1883901/piers-morgan-fumes-offensive-vegan-vegetarian-jesus-claims-uncensored


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Get Earthling Ed's latest book How to Argue With a Meat Eater (And Win Every Time)

“An empowering and deeply informative book" – Moby

Challenge their beliefs; change the world

If you are a vegan, you’ll know all too well how provocative it can be – you never know when you’ll be challenged or how. But being able to face down and rebut arguments against veganism is hugely important. Not just because many of the arguments lack substance, but because every interaction provides a pivotal moment to create change.

How to Argue With a Meat Eater will teach you to not only become a skilled debater, sharing the secrets of renowned vegan educator Ed Winters, but it will arm you with powerful facts and insights that will give pause to even the most devout meat eater.

Providing you with the knowledge to become a better conversationalist and critical thinker, and the motivation to create a more ethical, kind and sustainable world, let this book be your guide and inspiration to know that, no matter what the argument, you can win every time.

"An absolute must-read – it shows how we can communicate incredibly emotive topics with confidence and compassion, and provides the reader with indispensable tools to express themselves clearly and persuasively." — Rich Roll

“Ed Winters builds on his groundbreaking debut book with a follow up that couldn’t be more timely or important. How to Argue With a Meat Eater is an empowering and deeply informative book that will leave readers more enriched and knowledgeable about veganism and how to argue effectively about it. Everyone would benefit from reading this book." — Moby

Available from: Amazon.co.uk

A follow-up to Ed Winters first book, the the best-selling This Is Vegan Propaganda: (And Other Lies the Meat Industry Tells You)

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You won't believe how many new vegan products were launched for Veganuary 2024

2024 was a huge success for Veganuary! Thank you to everyone who took part.

The full report on the Veganuary 2024 campaign is here, and oh boy does it make exciting reading!

Here are some of the biggest highlights:

  • A mind-blowing 25 million people worldwide gave up animal products during January*
  • At least 2,100 new vegan products and menu options were launched globally during January - the largest number yet
  • A record-breaking 300 businesses and organisations took part in the Workplace Challenge around the world, with more than 115 joining in the UK, including numerous NHS Trusts, Just Eat Takeaway and British Association for Sustainability in Sport
  • More than 10,000 international media mentions of Veganuary including on the Graham Norton Show, Eastenders and Countdown

Read the full campaign report here!


Veganuary 2024 Campaign Highlights

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How Netflix Is Driving the Plant-Based Shift: A Timeline

Over the past decade, Netflix has hosted a number of impactful films and series that have changed the way many of us think, eat, and behave..

It’s hard to imagine a time when you couldn’t just open Netflix and have access to hundreds of movies, sitcoms, drama series, and hard-hitting documentaries. But actually, the streaming site has only really been a big part of our lives since the early 2010s. Weird, right? It started as a DVD service in the late 1990s, before pivoting to streaming in 2007, three years later it launched its first stream-only plan. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Now, Netflix is such a big part of our day-to-day lives that it can influence everything from what songs we listen to (queue Kate Bush’s Running Up That Hill) to what clothes we wear (thanks Bridgerton for the Regency revival) to which issues we care about. The global streaming giant is packed with impactful climate crisis-, diet-, and animal welfare-related content, and it’s had a big effect on how many of us see the world.

In fact, we would go so far as to say that Netflix—which boasts more than 80 million subscribers in the US and Canada alone—has played (and still is playing) a key role in making plant-based diets and ethical consumerism mainstream.

Over the last 10 years, it has hosted some of the most hard-hitting exposés on the food industry (Cowspiracy and What the Health are just two examples) and helped to inspire many people around the world (including famous names) to change their eating habits for good. It has also changed how countless people see animals in the entertainment industry (looking at you, Blackfish) and made more of us want to reach for plant-based, whole foods over processed products (Live to 100: Secrets of the Blue Zones is just one recent example).

To help demonstrate just how much Netflix has helped turn us all into more conscious consumers over the last decade, we put together a timeline of some of its biggest releases to date and unpacked the impact each has had (and continues to have) on viewers around the world.

Read more: vegnews.com/vegan-news/netflix-driving-plant-based-shift-timeline


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Cowspiracy Is The ‘Most Effective’ Vegan Documentary, Poll Finds

Documentaries are key to educating and informing people on veganism

A new survey has revealed the most effective vegan documentaries for encouraging people new to veganism. Based on a global survey by vegan dating app Veggly, Cowspiracy remains the most effective documentary. Other classics like Earthlings, What The Health, and The Game Changers also made the list. The study revealed too that respondents think documentaries are the most effective way to encourage new vegans. Alex Felipelli, Founder of Veggly, told Plant Based News (PBN): “The votes prove that all of these documentaries helped lots of vegans make the transition.”

Vegans rank Cowspiracy “most effective” documentary

Cowspiracy tops the list as the most effective documentary to show to new vegans, with more than one in five respondents choosing it.

The feature-length environmental documentary follows filmmaker Kip Andersen as he discovers the impacts of animal agriculture industry on the planet – and the extreme lengths that meat lobbyists go to stop people finding out about them. Originally released in 2014, the hard-hitting investigative film put the “sustainability secret” into the spotlight and opened many people’s eyes to the impacts of animal agriculture.

A decade later, its message remains as relevant. Despite an even larger body of scientific evidence, government-backed advertising campaigns still try to play down the harms of meat, fish and dairy. Scientists are pleading with governments to act on evidence rather than the interests of big corporations. All the while, the meat industry continues to confuse consumers will deliberately misleading stats.


COWSPIRACY - Official Trailer - HD

Read more: plantbasednews.org/culture/film/most-effective-vegan-documentaries

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Latest film from the Cowspiracy team ... Christspiracy!

Two daring filmmakers embark on a global quest sparked by the not-so-simple question “is there a spiritual way to kill an animal”, and along the way discover the biggest coverup in the last 2000 years.

For 5 years filmmakers Kip Andersen and Kameron Waters traveled around the world hopping from Rome to Jerusalem, Oxford to India—interviewing everyone from renowned theologians and archeologists to Christian farmers and Indigenous shamans—all to reveal a massive coverup, one that will transform history, forever.

From the co-creator of the hit Netflix documentaries Seaspiracy, Cowspiracy and What the Health, Christspiracy is a fascinating investigation that will change the way you think about faith, ethics and our relationship with creation.


Christspiracy | Official Theatrical Teaser

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Eating Our Way To Extinction - Essential Facts (35mins) Documentary

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Narrated by Kate Winslet, this condensed version of ‘Eating Our Way to Extinction,’ addresses in a more concise manner the 'elephant in the room' that no one wants to talk about...animal agriculture! Will we be the next species on the path toward extinction?

"Eating Our Way to Extinction - The Essential Facts", condenses the original full cinematic film version into a powerful 35 minutes of evidence-based facts and information that were liked and recommended by most viewers. This powerful documentary sends a simple but impactful message by uncovering hard truths and addressing, the most pressing issue of our generation – ecological collapse.

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Act Now: Join the Viva! Fight for the Planet

We fight for our planet.

Our forests are burning, our air is being polluted, our oceans are poisoned, our soil degraded and our wildlife wiped out. Never before in human history have we seen ecological devastation on this scale.

For 30 years, Viva! has been fighting for the planet, highlighting how livestock farming is destroying it!

Our groundbreaking Vegan Now! campaign exposes the link between animal farming and the climate crisis. Farming animals for meat, dairy and eggs is a leading cause of wildlife loss, deforestation, greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution, food waste… the list goes on.

Will you help Viva! continue fighting for the planet and for the animals? Giving just a small amount each month has a huge impact on our campaigns and the future!


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IT’S THEIR HOME - BIG MEAT IS DESTROYING IT – The Humane League

The stench of the factory farm was choking. Inescapable. And just a few hundred yards from an elementary school.

Oklahoma has a growing factory farm problem. Concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) are taking over the state—polluting air and water, forcing farmers off their own land, and creating hell on earth for animals.

220 MILLION ANIMALS ARE SLAUGHTERED IN OKLAHOMA EACH YEAR

95% of all pigs in Oklahoma live on just 33 industrial mega-farms. Deprived of sunlight. Deprived of adequate space. Deprived of any dignity that would make their lives worth living.

COMMUNITIES ARE FIGHTING BACK

Oklahomans are raising their voices against the animal agriculture industry. Common Enemytells their story.

Visit/Watch: commonenemyfilm.com

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The Paris Climate Agreement, Bird Flu Found in US Milk Supply & more | Month in a Minute

The March 2024 edition of Sentient Media's popular Month in a Minute series is here! Watch their 60-second recap of the top stories in animals, food and farming.

Jeff Bezos pledges $60 million to alternative-meat research, with a focus on lowering costs, increasing quality, and boosting nutritional benefits.

Meanwhile Florida legislature passes a ban on cultivated meat, with representatives stating "Cultured meat is made by man. Real meat is made by God himself.”

A first-of-its-kind study looking at options for a Paris-compliant livestock sector suggests that emissions from livestock must peak before 2025, followed by a 61% reduction by 2036.

A new report looking at the big-name financiers bankrolling livestock finds that since 2015, over half a trillion dollars in credit has been provided to the world’s largest 55 industrial livestock companies, fueling the expansion of global meat and dairy production.

In Wisconsin, satellites spotlight illegal manure spreading, by analyzing troves of aerial photographs to teach computers to recognize when farmers butter the land with livestock poop during the winter.

Bird flu is found in US milk for first time in Texas, Kansas and New Mexico.

Bamboo can provide a new source of protein ‘similar to cow’s milk’ according to a study by the China National Bamboo Research Centre, who argue the shoots are rich in protein, dietary fiber, minerals, and vitamins.

And in Germany Burger King makes plant-based meals cheaper than meat.

Narration by Jasmine C. Perry

Watch all this and more in the March media recap!


The Paris Climate Agreement, Bird Flu Found in US Milk Supply & more | Month in a Minute

Have a little more time?

Browse more top stories here: sentientmedia.org/the-month-in-a-minute-march-2024

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Too WildAfrican Wildlife Film Course from wildlife presenter/producer Lauren Arthur and cameraman/DOP David Eastaugh!

Want to become a wildlife filmmaker?

Our wildlife filmmaking course is based in the Greater Kruger National Park in South Africa, where you will live in the wild for six weeks.

Our course is hosted by industry professionals including experienced naturalists, trackers, impact producers, cinematographers and natural history editors to help you create your own story.

What’s included:

  • 6 weeks of immersive training;
  • Live in the Timbavati Big 5 Game Reserve;
  • Daily safaris to ethically film wildlife;
  • Use industry standard film equipment;
  • Small groups of up to maximum 8 participants;
  • Dedicated 1-2-1 mentoring;
  • A panoramic teaching style with expert mentors;
  • Learn basic tracking skills and insights into animal behaviour;
  • Build your own showreel and wildlife documentary short;
  • Connect with like-minded people;
  • Become part of the Too Wild Community.

Check us out here:


Wildlife Filmmaking Course 2024

Visit their website here: toowild.co

Profile Page: wildlife-film.com/-/Too-Wild.htm

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Since the late 1990s Wildlife-film.com has been the leading source of information for the wildlife filmmaking industry worldwide. For over twenty years the site has been Google's number one ranking site for 'wildlife film' and related searches. Our site is viewed in over 195 countries. Our newsletter, Wildlife Film News, is read every month by thousands of people involved in wildlife filmmaking - from broadcasters and producers, to cameramen - we encourage readers to submit their news. We also serve as an online resource for industry professionals and services. Find producers, editors, presenters and more in our Freelancer section, and find out about festivals, training and conservation in Organisations. We encourage amateur and professional freelancers to join our network and welcome all wildlife-film related organisations to join our team.


 
 


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