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26/05/2010

GTC Meet The Wildlife Filmmakers

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A unique one-day workshop has been organised for the Guild of Television Cameramen by Bristol Wildlife Filmmakers. (Photo: John Waters with meerkat!)
Meet the Wildlife Filmmakers will be held on June 28th at the Avon Wildlife Trust's Folly Farm Reserve in Chew Valley, Bristol. Bristol has long been associated with top-class wildlife filmmaking. The BBC's Natural History Unit is based there as well as independent production companies specialising in this fascinating and difficult area of filming.
Drawing on the skills and experience of leading practitioners in natural history filmmaking, the workshop will provide an insight into the intricacies of and secrets behind the craft. It will explain how to maximise chances of filming wild animals successfully using field craft skills and a hide. Innovative camera techniques, using both time-lapse and macro photography, will be demonstrated.
Wildlife legislation, as it relates to the handling and filming of wild creatures will be introduced. A session entitled Sequence Building will illustrate the wide variety of visual and sound material needed to construct a meaningful wildlife sequence within a compelling overall storyline.
The workshop is being arranged with the help of Sarah Pitt, an experienced Producer and Co-Founder of Bristol Wildlife Filmmakers. Tutors taking part are Karen Partridge, Mike Salisbury, Tim Shepherd and John Waters.
Karen Partridge has produced acclaimed programmes for the BBC, Discovery, Animal Planet, National Geographic and PBS in the USA. Mike Salisbury OBE has produced five David Attenborough series for the BBC. Tim Shepherd is an Emmy and RTS award-winner for cinematography on The Private Life of Plants and The Human Body series, as well as being the adviser behind many of the stunning time-lapse and motion-control sequences in those programmes. John Waters is a Somerset-based Cameraman who has worked on more than 60 TV productions, including the David Attenborough series The Private Life of Plants, The Life of Birds, Planet Earth, The Natural World and Meerkat Manor.
In addition to the technical aspects of filming in the wild, delegates will have the opportunity to learn about sequence-building, storytelling and wildlife legislation. They also be able to test, in the field, Varicam camera equipment from Panasonic, along with Fujinon stabilising lenses from Pyser-SGI and tripods from Vinten.
To reserve places, email GTC Workshops Coordinator Clive North on workshops.07@gtc.org.uk Places will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis.
(BMcN)
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